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THE TRIBUNE, JANUARY 18, 2012
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Drama - an essential tool to develop confidence
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Drama develops skills
Three decades of speech, drama, voice
and communication classes is certainly
a legacy of which to be proud.
Prominent Palmerston North speech and
drama teacher Sheridan Hickey began what
would become Young Fry Productions back in
1981. For the past 30 years, Sheridan has worked
with young people, as well as adults, to build
personal, social and professional confidence by
developing interactive, spoken and non-verbal
"Those 30 years have gone by very quickly
because it has been such a pleasure," she smiles.
"I don't 'teach', I work with individuals and
groups to develop their abilities at a level and
pace they feel comfortable with."
Young Fry and its adult consultation class off-
shoot now boast alumni all over the world. Ex
''Fry'' have graduated from Toi Whakaari -- the
New Zealand Drama School, Unitec, Nasda -- the
National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art,
and the UCOL Theatre School among others. Past
students keep in contact not only from various
parts of New Zealand, but also places like Korea,
China, Japan, Britain, Europe and Australia.
"Not everyone is going to be a performer,
actor or entertainer. The young people I work
with often have a range of interests and activities
like science, sport, languages and music. They
have these other strings but they are interested
in being well rounded.
"Former Young Fry turned out as members of
the Student Volunteer Army in Christchurch
helping with the physical clean-up, as well as
behind the scenes with communications. There
are mayors and parliamentarians"
Based on a voice, speech and drama platform,
Sheridan says Young Fry's programme develops
and extends existing abilities and confidence by
making use of techniques like role playing.
"Drama is about conflict and resolution. In 30
years, despite changes in technology and the
learning material, the core skills for theatrecraft,
performance and engaging other people and
holding their attention haven't changed. Vocal
and physical presentation and presence are still
"The art of non-verbal communication -- the
physical nuances behind the spoken word -- is
important in underlining what you are saying.
People don't convince by logic alone; there is a
balance between content -- what you say, and
form -- how you say it."
It's why drama and role playing are so useful.
"I could pass on all the theoretical knowledge,
but for practical purposes, it's something that
needs to be applied."
Non-verbal communication can be a pause, a
glance, facial expression; a stance, a nod or hand
gesture that work in concert with the voice, its
words, tone and pace to convince, persuade,
influence, admonish or encourage others.
Interpersonal communication is a multi-layered
and dynamic process.
Young Fry sessions cater for those from six
years to tertiary level, and after the first year,
Sheridan runs segregated classes for boys and
girls because "it just works so much better",
taking into account the differences in physical
and emotional development, as well as individual
learning styles. Young Fry theatrical productions,
where the classes come together to put on a
performance, lay the groundwork for teamwork
Sheridan also works with adults who want to
improve their self-expression and professional
The new semester is about to start and
enquiries for can be made on 356 7273,
027 452 1520 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trades academy open
In training: Awatapu students Georgia Mills and Toby Bryant who were among the first Manawatu
students to sign up to study a trade under the new U-Skills Academy this year.
students can now
earn a trades or
qualification while they are still
at school -- at no cost.
UCOL is leading one of the
Government's new trades
academies, called U-Skills Central
Schools Academy. U-Skills offers
places to students in years 12-13
who are studying for NCEA level
2 and also want to gain a tertiary
pre-trade qualification. Both the
tertiary study and the transport
Trades academies allow
students to be enrolled at both
their secondary school and a
tertiary training provider.
In Palmerston North, the
training will be delivered at
UCOL's new trades facilities in
Princess Street and at the hub
school, Awatapu College, which is
hosting the U-Skills Small Engines
U-Skills also offers a fashion
and beauty programme,
mechanical engineering and
joinery at the UCOL campus.
U-Skills training will be
provided one day a week at
UCOL, or in blocks across the
week at the Hub school. Students
spend other days studying
Awatapu students 15-year-old
Georgia Mills and Toby Bryant
were among the first Manawatu
students to sign up to study a
trade under the new U-Skills
Academy this year. Both will train
on site at Awatapu College.
Awatapu already has its own
''trades academy'' but trades co-
ordinator Bernie Dowrick says the
U-Skills model creates a better
pathway into tertiary study. He
says it is an excellent opportunity
for students to get a feel for
training at a tertiary level, at no
"They can leave school with
both NCEA level 2 and a tertiary
qualification. Even if they decide
not to pursue a career in the area
they've studied, the experience
will leave them in a much better
position to make the right
decisions about their futures."
Both Georgia and Toby will
continue to study for their NCEA
qualification at Awatapu College
and will also take on level 2 study
in mechanical engineering.
Georgia decided on her study
path because she wanted to do
"a boy thing" and because she
knows it will lead to a good job.
"Everyone needs someone to
fix their car," she says.
Toby favours becoming a
diesel mechanic "because there
are fantastic opportunities out
there, in New Zealand and
overseas". Both will go on to
study level 3 at the U-Skills
academy at UCOL when they
have finished level 2.
U-Skills manager Jacqui Phillips
says U-Skills brings gains for
students and the Manawatu
"It's an opportunity for young
people to get tertiary-level
training to start them on their
''U-Skills students will also have
contact with local employers, as
well as career and personal
development support. It's a great
way to encourage young people
into trades where there are skill
shortages in many areas -- with
more shortages predicted in the
future. They can look forward to
excellent, sustainable pay rates in
Jacqui says studying under
U-Skills offers the best of both
worlds to students. "They can
enjoy the support of their school
environment and keep their
friends, and cultural and sporting
activities, while experiencing
study at a tertiary level and
starting to build a career."
Enrolments to study with the
U-Skills Central Schools Academy
are open now. For more
information, phone 0800 GO
UCOL (46 8265).
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