Wonder and Awe

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I have been planning this surprise for my kids for ages and on Friday night the stars finally aligned!!! As part of the Perth Fringe Festival in the Cultural precinct, there is a large tank set up. Every evening until the 24th of February at 6pm (see link below ) 2 mermaids come into the tank and interact with the many children who come to visit.

It certainly was a surprise!! While Miss 7 is at a point where she is “too cool for school” her response was “Thanks mum, I’ve always wanted to see fake mermaids. But I was actually hoping the surprise was going to be an icecream.” [An icecream would have been so much easier than taking 5 kids under 6 into the city solo!!!] The cool exterior was soon dispelled as she was absolutely enamoured by these gorgeous creatures who clearly loved interacting with the kids.

If you are looking for something free and different to do with your kids, check it out 🙂

https://www.fringeworld.com.au/program/venue/121c345f-a770-4207-b6bf-c3e2bc057502/


ORANGE FORMS, ORANGE FORMS, ORANGE FORMS :)

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Hello Everyone,

Yes it is THAT time and the nagging has begun!! Whilst the office is being inundated with orange re-enrolment forms, there are still a few out there who have not brought theirs back. Please, please, do so soon so that the lovely Kristen and I can begin the exciting task of casting and co-ordinating our Year End Shows.

All of the teachers and Principals of the 5 WA branches of Helen O’Grady Drama Academy, met on Saturday, for a run through of next term’s play. We cannot wait to share the energy and enthusiasm with the students as we go about making some amazing memories 🙂

I will be out visiting in the coming weeks, I look forward to seeing you (and your ORANGE FORMS) soon.

Emma Lupino – Rockingham/Mandurah Principal 🙂


So Impressed!!

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What a busy time of year!  You’ll often hear me enter a classroom with “That’s right – it is drama boot camp time!”  As students put their energy and enthusiasm into preparing for Parent Day prensentations,  I must take this moment to say how proud I am of all of our students – especially our Upper Primary classes who are working on four pieces!!

We just cannot wait to show you, their parents, how wonderful your children are 🙂


Thank You!

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Last week I received an email from “What’s on 4 Little Ones” Australia which read:
“Congratulations! It’s our great pleasure to tell you that you have been nominated in the Best Regional School Age Activity category in the What’s On 4 2012 Junior awards! These awards recognise and celebrate the very best as nominated and voted for by parents, parents-to-be and carers.  So…what you do has meant so much to someone they have taken the time to tell us how wonderful you are and how much they value you!”

I was so excited that, in only my second year as Principal, and in the very first year of these awards, someone has bestowed such an honour on myself, the programme and the Academy nationally.  For those of you who don’t know in my first year as Principa, I had my fourth child and my life became very busy and full as a Mum and a Principal”Crazy!” I can hear some of you saying, but I love it! I get the best of both worlds – the rewards and challenges of running my own business and the flexibility that allows me to be the kind of Mum that I want to be. I am proud of this nomination and this recognition of our fantastic programme is very deserved! Having my oldest daughte rnow at an age where she can start our classes, I am beginning to see the benefits from a different perspective. In my 3 years at the Academy, I have always been able to see the growth that comes about for our students on a weekly basis.  Occasionally, parents  give me a snippet of how their child has used the life skills in their everyday world. Now, I am also seeing how  my outgoing, effervescent daughte,r was also in need of the creative outlet and safe environment of her drama class.  our self development programme is has allowimg her to become a confident little girl, who is aware of her worth and abilities and is also comfortable to challenge herself.
So, to those of you out there who nominated the Helen O’Grady Drama Academy for this award, I want to thank you for the compliment and also let you know that it truly is my pleasureto bring the programme to your children! Our students  give as much to me as I do to them in terms of a positive impact!

Emma Lupino, Principal, Rockingham/Mandurah branch.

To vote for Helen O’Grady Drama Academy please go to http://www.whatson4littleones.com.au/awards-voting-2012.asp
and vote in the Best National Activity for School Aged Children section. Thank you for your support 🙂