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!


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