2013 What an Amazing Year!

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Well 2013 has flown by and we have had an amazing year here in the Eastern Suburbs! We have danced, sung, created, made new friends, improvised, laughed, smiled and all while learning to work together as a team, with partners, in small groups and much more! Communicating and learning how to express ourselves has never been so much fun! A big thank you to all the students who attended classes this year. It has been a pleasure sharing our amazing programme with you and we wish you all the very best for Christmas and the New Year swiftly approaching. Most of all we look forward to seeing you all again in 2014 for even more excitement! We will leave you with just a few photos of how much fun we have had this year… such a shame there isn’t enough space to fit in every fantastic moment:)   Kindest regards, Merylena Sulak Principal – Eastern Suburbs


Mundaring Lower                                                                            Forrestfield Lower


Dianella Youth



Forrestfield Upper


Swan View Lower                                                                          Mundaring Composite


Kalamunda Upper                                                                         Morley Lower



It’s time for a “Snippet”…What’s a “Snippet”?

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Each week our students are engaged in an “action packed” Drama Lesson! We do a range of activities in a variety of group sizes. Some are as a whole class, others are individual or in small groups. Here, Millie and Morgan are rehearsing a “Snippet”. Snippets are a form of dialogue development in which students work in pairs to develop a short piece of sequenced drama relating to a specific idea.

Snippets are great fun and allow the students to explore their own creative ideas!

They don’t have to be limited to a Drama class, try one in the car or down the park.

Here are your opening lines;

a) Why are you looking so happy?

b) Go on, guess!

Let me know how you go!

See you in class soon.


Newsletters Term 4 2012

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Term 4 12 FF KAL MDG     Term 4 12 BJ DIA MOR SV

If you have mislaid your newsletter, or want to pass the information for the ‘End of Year’ show onto family, friends, teachers and other prospective attendees, just click on the newsletter relevant to your area and scroll down to find your studio. It is always good to see the children being supported by a substantial audience so please be open with the invitation.

Week 6-Really?!?

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Can you believe how fast this term has gone? There has been so much energy and excitement in all of our studios, it is an absolute pleasure to visit classes as well as teach my own. When I am out visiting I can’t help but get excited about the contribution that the students will make to our year end shows. It is wonderful to see how all children are engaging in class activities with enthusiasm, and really giving a hundred percent. This creates such a bubble of excitement in my tummy as I think about how we, and our teachers get the opportunity to play a part in the creation of some pretty fabulous memories!! Our year end shows are such an exciting and inspiring time – a time where we get to “show off” our wonderful students. If the last few weeks are any indication, our year end shows will be AMAZING!! I am looking forward to continued enthusiasm as we finish this term, and can’t wait for our Term 4 and the adventure that we get to go on together.

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 Cheryl.Marron@helenogrady.net.au. I love to hear about them and I would love to share them with everyone else as well!