Chil­dren love drama, par­ents love the re­sults

Central Leader - - News -

Con­fi­dence and com­mu­ni­ca­tion are in­creas­ingly be­ing seen as two of life’s great­est as­sets.

The He­len O’Grady Chil­dren’s Drama Academy pro­vides chil­dren with a self de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme, de­signed to in­crease their con­fi­dence, self es­teem, com­mu­nica­tive abil­ity and creative tal­ents, through a care­fully con­structed, pro­gres­sive drama syl­labus. A great amount of time has been spent de­vel­op­ing a cur­ricu­lum en­com­pass­ing an ex­ten­sive range of drama ac­tivi- ties, de­signed to cap­ture the imagination of chil­dren of all ages.

The aim is to tap into the nat­u­ral in­ter­est that chil­dren have in th­ese ar­eas and chan­nel it to de­velop con­fi­dent, ar­tic­u­late chil­dren, who de­sire to make a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion to the com­mu­nity.

He­len O’Grady, origi- na­tor of the ac­claimed sys­tem, has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence as a teacher, chil­dren’s tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter and pro­fes­sional ac­tress on both stage and tele­vi­sion.

Many years ago He­len be­came a Li­cen­ti­ate of Trin­ity Col­lege, Lon­don and in do­ing so em­barked on a life long pas­sion to pro­mote the de­vel­op­ment of chil­dren through speech and drama. Her ex­traor­di­nary abil­ity to mo­ti­vate oth­ers in her cho­sen field has re­sulted in over 130 branches op­er­at­ing within the He­len O’Grady in­ter­na­tional net­work and al­most 50,000 chil­dren at­tend­ing her drama pro­gramme each week.

Trin­ity Col­lege has recog­nised He­len’s unique achieve­ments by con­fer­ring on her an honorary Fel­low­ship – FTCL – the high­est aca­demic qual­i­fi­ca­tion awarded by the Col­lege, “in recog­ni­tion of the won­der­ful work she has done in pro­mot­ing drama on such a global ba­sis.”

As New Zealand is He­len’s real home, be­ing born and bred down south, the New Zealand net­work is close to her heart so she keeps in close con­tact with the NZ net­work and at­tends na­tional sem­i­nars here when she can.

She is an in­spi­ra­tion to all who work with her and pro­motes the pro­gramme as pas­sion­ately now as she did 29 years ago when she started the orig­i­nal classes in Perth, Aus­tralia.

Over the last 15 years in New Zealand, thou­sands of chil­dren have been in­spired by He­len’s unique pro­gramme.

Classes are run in stu­dios through­out Auck­land af­ter school.

For more de­tails about stu­dios in your area please phone Debbie Napier on 836 0233.

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