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Helen O'Grady Drama Classes encourage students aged
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They provide excellent preparation for growing up in
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Phone (06) 354 6323 to find out more about our
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Next course starts 30 January 2012
• NZQA level 3 Early Childhood qualification
• The experience and skills to obtain a job home-based care
• A first aid certificate • References from training families
• A combination of classroom and practical experience
• A post-course job placement service
And best of all there is NO COURSE FEE!
The Wellington Nannies College
provides a post-course
placement service for graduates
of its 21-week course.
"By the ends of the course we
know our nannies really well and
are able to place them in a job that
is right for them," says college
director Yvonne Guy.
While on the course, WNC
students obtain plenty of practical
experience and leave the course
with an NZQA qualification, as well
as those all-important references
from their training families.
The Wellington Nannies College
course is very much about learning
by doing. Students are placed with
training families four days a week.
While with their training families,
the students practise all aspects of
childcare and get to apply the
theoretical aspect of the course
directly to real-life situations.
In return for the help the
students provide them, the training
families pay the student's course
fee. This makes the course practical
Students coming from outside
Wellington are able to board with
their training family or be placed in
a college-subsidised shared flat. For
an info pack phone 0800 844 888,
or go to wnc.co.nz
On stage: Students Ashlea Martin and RianaSmith from the Youth Theatre class.
Back in 1979, when Helen
O'Grady, a trained teacher,
drama teacher and actress,
began holding after-school
drama classes for children, she
recognised the usefulness of drama
training in providing children with
enthusiasm, self-confidence, social
interaction, communication skills and a
positive approach to life.
Eventually becoming the Helen
O'Grady Drama Academy, the classes
can now be found in Africa, Georgia,
India, Indonesia, Zambia, Malaysia,
Singapore, China, America, South
Africa, United Kingdom, Ireland,
Europe, the Gulf States, Australia and
Helen's native country, New Zealand.
More than 50,000 students attend
Helen O'Grady Drama classes
worldwide each week, with franchises
in 22 countries. Franchisees, many of
which are either teachers, or from a
drama background, are fully trained in
all aspects of the teaching, marketing
and administration of the program.
The academy began operation in
New Zealand 20 years ago, while the
Palmerston North academy was
opened a few years later.
Principal Sophia Parker is very
passionate about what she does. She
loves working with the children as
they develop through the academy
and really enjoys seeing the change in
the outlook and attitude of the kids as
they become more confident in
Sophia has just completed 10 years
with the academy in Palmerston
North. She comes from a background
in teaching and performing, and
believes strongly in the principles of
the Helen O'Grady programme.
With a core of long-time students,
some of whom began their first classes
at the same time Sophia became
principle, she has first-hand experience
of the amazing difference the
programme can make in the students'
The speech aspect of the lessons is
one of the most noticeable for
academy staff, teachers and parents.
With children building confidence in
public speaking, the ability to phrase
their thoughts cogently and be able to
make themselves heard, the results
literally speak for themselves.
While the name does imply a strong
focus on performing, Sophia points
out that it's all about a positive
environment where children learn to
believe in themselves, interact with
others and build life-long skills. There
are some shows, where the kids get to
put their new skills into action, and
there is always a big end-of-year
performance where everyone gets a
chance to shine.
The academy is open to children as
young as five, and the younger kids
are organised into a lower primary
group, with ages five to eight. There is
an upper primary group, nine to
12-year-olds, and the youth theatre
group for teens from 13-years to the
cut-off age of 18.
The academy has been so popular
with students that many of the
18-year-olds would like to continue
the classes. Sophia has plans to start
an adult class soon, and this will allow
the older students to continue with an
Classes are run over four terms
throughout the year, in line with the
school terms. They are held after
school, with the younger group from
3.30 to 4.30pm, the middle group 4.30
to 5.30pm and the teen group from
5.30 to 6.30pm.
Classes are available in Palmerston
North on Monday, Thursday and
Friday, in Feilding on Tuesday and in
Wanganui on Wednesday.
The academy is also getting
involved in the schools, especially rural
schools, where the programme is
Sophia is also open to looking at
running elective programmes for any
mainstream schools in the area that
are interested in trialling the classes.
For further information on the
programme, testimonials and contact
information, visit helenogrady.co.nz or
call 354 6323.
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