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!


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The Knights of the Round Table were present at our Kallaroo Upper Primary Class this week.

We took a step back in time this week and through our play, visited the historical time of King Arthur and his Knights.  Lots of students made the effort to dress up and this really helped to create a fantastic atmosphere. There were plenty of damsels in distress that were rescued by our brave knights, Sir Galahad and Sir Lancelot.

Some students took their characters even further by continuing to develop them in thier Snippets section (where the children make up their own short scene, with a  partner).

I was very impressed with the student’s willingness to grasp a different time period and really try to become those different characters.

It was an amazing lesson and was so much fun!

Kindy Drama goes to the Zoo!

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Be afraid! Be very afraid of this Helen O’Grady lion!

All of our Kindy classes have been loving the current theme of the “Zoo”!

Students were able to dress as their favourite zoo animal and participated in an improvisation about visiting the zoo.

All of the students had so much fun, especially when they were sprayed with water by an elephant!