Thank You and Congratulations!!!

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We always encourage our students to stretch themselves and relish opportunities which allow them to venture outside of their comfort zone.  I can certainly say that we at Helen O’Grady Drama Academy practice what we preach!  Saturday saw me compete in the Toastmasters International Speech Contest State Final, and I will admit that the nerves beforehand were clearly evident from the butterflies fluttering in my stomach!

As we tell our students though, nerves are ok and everytime we challenge ourselves, we learn more about who we are and what we are capable of.   The quality of speakers in the competition was incredible and I left the event with some great tips, which I look forward to sharing in our classes.  I also came away with Third Place, which was such a thrill!

I would like to thank everyone for their support and words of encouragement.  They mean so much. The beauty about gaining drama and speech skills is that we can continue to enhance and use them throughout life’s journey.  My time thus far with our Helen O’Grady Drama Academy family, both as a student and a teacher are precious to me, and definitely stand me in good stead in my new pursuit of competitive public speaking!

I would also like to congratulate one of our fantastic Applecross Upper Primary class members, Barnaby Beahan, who has certainly been making the most of his Helen O’Grady experience.

Barnaby attends Kalamunda Primary School and was one of four at his school originally invited to submit a written application as to why he would like to audition for their PEAC programme. He and one other student were then invited to audition. This is a huge achievement and a reflection of Barnaby’s positive attitude and dedication to his drama.  Qualities which we see every week in class!  Congratulations Barnaby, we are all very proud of you!!

If anyone else has any other positive stories, you would like to share, please let me know at I love to hear about them and I would love to share them with everyone else as well!


Term 2 Newsletter – Eastern Suburbs

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Newsletter Term 2 2012 Eastern suburbs

Here is our Eastern suburbs Term 2 Newsletter!

Week 5 Already!

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Wow, this term is certainly flying.  Each time I visit our after school classes, I am so impressed with the enthusiasm displayed by all of our students, and also our teachers!  A quick reminder to parents and family of our Primary aged students, that we will be inviting you to come in to class in either Week 8 or 9, to see how we are putting this enthusiasm to good use!  Please see our current Newsletter (if you have mislaid yours, please see our Newsletter segment of our blog on the website) for the date of your child’s Presentation Day.  Feel free to invite other family members, friends and even school teachers along to our special presentation day – the more claps the children get, the better!!

We Love Feedback!

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We love getting your feedback, so please keep it coming!  Our Northern suburbs Principal, Justin Lowson is a very popular and dynamic teacher and has recently received this lovely message:

Hi Justin,
Michelle here, Mia’s Mum!
We are sorry to tell you that we are leaving Perth and heading back to the UK in a weeks time!
So, this means that this coming Friday, will be Mia’s last day at Drama, which she is very sad about!
She has absolutely loved being a part of Helen O’Grady Drama Academy, you in particular having been her favourite part!! I can only hope we can find a similar class in the UK, with just as an amazing teacher who she will take to as much as she has to you!
We, once again, would like to thank you for allowing Mia to be a part of your class every Friday. She has become much more confident in the short time she has been with you, and has loved every minute!
All the best,

Toastmasters International Speech Competion District Final

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After winning the Northern Division Toastmasters International Speech Competition in March, I am excited to report that I will be competing in the WA District Final. This will take place this Saturday, 26th May at the Toastmasters inaugural District 17 Convention.  I am looking forward to putting my Helen O’Grady Drama Academy skills to good use in the competition.

The winner of the WA District Final will them move on to the Toastmasters International Speech Contest Semifinals to be held this August at the International Convention in Orlando, Florida.

The winner from each district’s International Speech Contest will compete in one of the nine semifinal speech contests.

One winner from each of the semifinal contests on Thursday, August 16, will move on to participate in the World Championship of Public Speaking on Saturday morning, August 18.

I will keep everyone posted as to how I go.  Whatever the results, it has been a great experience and I would like to thank everyone in our wonderful Helen O’Grady family for their support!