Term 2 Begins Today!

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Yay – it is time to go back to drama classes this week! Let’s hope the weather is not too wet and windy from 4 – 7 each afternoon/evening so that everyone stays dry to and from the car and the class!
See you all in class soon 🙂

Kids in the Office!

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Boy, did we have fun at the Norton Rose Australia Offices on Monday!  It was “Kids in the Office Day” and there were over 30 children ranging in age from 20 months to teenagers in their Mum or Dad’s workplace!  We were invited to present some drama workshops as part of the day.  With the younger children, we had an exciting lesson all about the zoo, which included using musical instruments and animal finger puppets.  The older children were involved in an Improvisation set in – an office!  The computers unfortunately broke down in that office so there was mayhem and chaos!!

We think it is a GREAT idea to have a Bring Your Kids to Work Day, so if anyone else wants us to be involved in their workplace for a similar activity – let us know! 🙂

Make The Days Count

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These school holidays my friends and I have challenged each other to not count the days but rather make the days count. We often hang out for the holidays but two or three days in, we  can’t wait for school to go back!! Going away is a lovely thought but with my husband just starting a new job it was near impossible so I have been at home with my Princess 6, Madam 4, Miss 2 (who is toilet training) and Master 9months. So what have we done to “make the days count”??
Without endless funds (my mother in law keeps on promising to win lotto but is yet to come good!!) – creativity and linking activities have been my best friends!!
Holidays Week One- Modelling
We began this week researching on the internet the best possible play dough recipe, writing a shopping list, then (when the baby was up from his morning nap,) walking to the shops to buy the ingredients ($6 didn’t break the bank!).
Next, we made the play dough (3 batches in 3 different colours so as not to cause any arguments) and then came the real fun!!
For the next 3 days we played with play dough each morning.
The first day we simply made shapes and whatever each child wanted to make. The second day I had made up some play dough mats. I used the computer, printer and laminator to create activities (for example one was a moat and the task was to build a castle, another was a bridge and we needed to make a troll to go underneath it. The last day was my absolute favourite.  After all the fairy tale activities, it was our job to make the characters, and act out our own fairy tale using our play dough people. It wasn’t just my favourite – the kids LOVED it too!  It was fantastic to see how engaged they all were, (and we all know if they are engaged they aren’t fighting!). Even my 2 year old gained an understanding of story structure and characterisation as we moved between the play dough mats.
What an adventure our characters had: meeting trolls, swimming through shark- infested moats and fighting dragons… of course in a girl dominant house the Princesses conquered all evil in the end without a Prince in sight!!
In a society that is very much centred on developing the kinaesthetic intelligences through sporting activities,  I love shifting this focus and allowing my kids to develop their imagination and creativity.  I think that this in turn, will help to develop their confidence, problem solving skills, interpersonal skills as well as encourage them to think outside the box and be happy and proud of their own individuality.
Stay tuned!  Next week’s task is learning about the post.  We are writing a story for our cousins and posting it off.  I am also thinking that the older two can write each other a letter or draw a picture so that they get to have the excitement of receiving something in the mail. I might even post myself something so that I receive something that isn’t a bill!

Emma Lupino

Principal and Mother of 4 – Rockingham/Mandurah branch

Unexpected bouquets

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It is always good to get feedback, especially from places you don’t expect it.

I was talking to Kay, a member of the P&C at one of the High schools that have distributed my Helen O’Grady fliers. It began as a request for a voucher to support their Annual Art Auction, which I agreed to. She then told me about her daughter who, having a keen interest in acting when she was young, attended the Academy.

Kay then relayed with pride, that her daughter was now successfully studying at WAAPA (West Australian Academy of Performing Arts). It was so nice to hear her say that even though she was a talented little girl, it was the Helen O’Grady Drama Academy that taught her daughter the basics of acting, encouraged that confidence, channelled her talents and energy into drama and kept her dream alive.

Kay, I wish your daughter a successful acting career and thank you for confirming that the Academy makes a difference to so many children, past and present.

Love this time of term!!!!

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I must say this is a great time of term, I know you must be thinking that I am saying this because the term is at an end and the holidays are near, but this is not the case!!

The children are buzzing with excitement in our classes as holidays draw near and we all know that next term means we get to show our parents just how wonderful we are in our Parents’ Days. I love that as their teachers, we get to share in that excitement and help them to be proud of themselves and what they can show their parents.

For me as a teacher, the reason that I love this time of the term is that I can see now, how student, who have been in the class for as little as 9 hours, are really starting to show confidence in their performances and they are  remembering dramatic aspects for themselves. I am able to feed off them in the creative process.

Last week  at my Warnbro studio (held at the Warnbro Community Church,) after giving verbal instructions on how I wanted the piece to end, I looked up to see some fanastic expression. It was hard to pick one to share with you all!! In the end, I chose the lovely Apsley who began drama with me at the beginning of this term. She is the youngest our class and is constantly impressing  us with her effort, enthusiasm and energy 🙂

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