Helen O’grady Academy Students Raise the Roof
09th September 2010
Children attending the Helen O’Grady Academy had the opportunity to showcase their talents during a soiree of punchy performances for parents and friends.
The younger children transported the audience to the tropical island of “Paradesia” where islanders are saved from certain disaster thanks to a warning from a conch shell. Next up was a lively rendition of the classic tale of “The Chicken-Heart Fox” where farmers and a couple of foxes find an amicable solution to their differences. “There’s a Roach in My Soup”, performed by St Edwards boys, told the story of a villain out to rob distracted diners by setting cockroaches loose in a restaurant. Not to mention the parable of the lazy grasshopper and the busy ants.
Older students performed “Storyland”, a short play where storybook characters negotiate with the people who created them, as well as a sci-fi special called “Maximum Speed”.
Youth Theatre students performed a horror spoof called “Freaky Creatures” which went down particularly well with the audience.
During a short welcome address to the 300-striong audience, Principal for the Helen O’Grady Academy, Alan Montanaro, explained that although not a talent school, the Academy recognizes the importance of performance as a tool to promote confidence.
“Throughout the year we focus on building children’s confidence and self esteem as well as their communicative abilities and creative talents. An end-of-year performance allows the children to tie it all together and showcase what they’ve learned”, he said.
Mr Montanaro also updated parents on the positive impact the Helen O’Grady Academy development programme has had on children from various schools. Quoting Ms Miriam Mallia, Head of School St Margaret College Kalkara Primary he said, “It is amazing how children who have language difficulties, not only manage to overcome them by speaking clearly, but also to integrate with their peers, holding their head up high as equals, sharing weaknesses which in turn become strengths, to the benefit of all.
The award-winning development programme has been developed over 30 years internationally. The highly developed original drama programme caters for children aged 3 to 17.
For more information into the Helen O’Grady Academy, contact 21465928 or 79647239, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.