Drama school head awarded on child development Malta, Helen O'Grady Drama Academy Malta

Drama school head awarded on child development

14th August 2009

National Director for the Helen O’Grady Academy, Mr Nigel Le Page, recently presented the National Director’s Award for Excellence to Mr Alan Montanaro, Principal of the Malta branch of the Academy during a gala dinner held at the private residence of the Lord Mayor of Bristol in the United Kingdom.

During the presentation Mr Le Page explained that the award is presented to persons who have contributed substantially in pushing the Helen O’Grady Academy brand forward. “Alan Montanaro has ensured that the name of Helen O’Grady is recognised as the leader in self-development of children in his territory; evidence of this is not only in the number of children attending each week, but also in the excellent relationships built up with those in the local community. His mission to bring our wonderful programme to children from socially disadvantaged backgrounds and/or marginalized communities is highly commendable”

The concept and philosophy behind the Academy is to provide children with a self-development programme that’s been specifically designed to increase their confidence, self-esteem, communicative ability and creative talents. The programme also imparts social skills that often don’t come out at an academic level. Classes are given in English and encourage proficiency in spoken English, through usage. This is all done in a fun way using a carefully constructed, progressive syllabus.

Addressing the international delegation of franchisors, Alan Montanaro said, “I feel very lucky. The Helen O’Grady Academy’s dynamic, fun-filled programme coupled with the energetic and infectious enthusiasm of my team of teachers - all of whom are convinced that the techniques of drama can enhance a child’s confidence in all aspects of life - is a recipe for success. ”.  Teachers of the Helen O’Grady Academy receive ongoing training and are skilled in encouraging the children’s progress in this fun and non-threatening medium.

Mr Montanaro also received a letter from HE, Jan Fidel, Member of the European Commission responsible for Education and Culture in Brussels, who states that the Academy’s approach based on drama and building up of self confidence offers “interesting opportunities to help young people to develop their full potential.

Weekly classes, for children aged between 3 and 12 with a Youth theatre programme for teenagers, are available in Sliema, B’Kara, Cottonera, Attard, Zebbug and, for the first time this year, even in Gozo.

 For more enrolment information about the Helen O’Grady Academy, contact 21465928 or 79647239. Alternatively email

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