Thursday, 16 September 2010

Nickelodeon 2010 Parent's Choice Awards

The winners of the best theatre classes for kids 2010 are Drama Kids International of Las Vegas(NV), Pittsburg(PA) and San Antonio(TX). Congratulations to our owners and thank you to parents for choosing Drama Kids! To learn more about our programs and classes, visit our website in America: Drama Kids

Drama Kids of Las Vegas! Drama Kids of Pittsburg! Drama Kids of San Antonio!

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Five Secrets of Business Success by Richard Branson

I received a link to a business blog where renown Richard Branson of Virgin Atlantic shared his views on his five secrets to business success. Why are we in business in the first place? Branson's view -"building a business is all about doing something to be proud of, bringing talented people together and creating something that’s going to make a real difference to other people’s lives" echoed the very foundation of what each of us franchisors and franchisees do daily in our work with parents and children, teachers and principals. We are not only part of this huge international network but proud to be an owner in this growing business. Whether we are franchisors or franchisees, we bring talented people together - our teachers, our administrators, our managers and together we are out there to make a real difference in the lives of our students, parents and the community. Was Richard Branson thinking of the Helen O'Grady network when he made that comment? Obviously not, his thoughts were centered on Virgin Atlantic. Read the full article on

Monday, 13 September 2010

A teacher's experience in China.

I encourage teachers in our programs to share their experiences from around the world. Here is one from Lianna in Chaoyang, China. The name of the student has been modified.

In the past one year, we conducted four terms of after-school classes as well as a summer camp. The children who turn up for our different classes range from 4 to 11 years. There will always be challenges that make us occasionally drag our feet but there is also a great sense of personal satisfaction that comes with the job.

Sherry was barely 5 years old when she first joined us. Being the youngest in the cl ass (coupled with the fact that she comes from a bilingual family, as opposed to other children here who speak only English at home), she was naturally slower in her speech. Most of the time, Sherry would give a blank look and the more expressive kids would overshadow her. It was a real challenge to integrate her and focus on the needs of the other students at the same time.

It was therefore a surprise when Sherry’s mum approached me. She said Sherry really liked the drama class and that she would be reciting the lines all the time at home. She even got her little brother involved with her reenactment of class. Mum noticed that Sherry is beginning to speak with tone, pause, pitch etc and she thought Sherry had picked it up from school. She found out later that it was the influence of her time with the Helen O'Grady drama classes. She was so pleased that she even wanted to enroll her 3 ½ year old son! Never underestimate
what kids can pick up from the lessons!

This reveals what "Development through drama" can do for you and your child.

1998 CHIJ Kellock Upper Primary Students

1998 CHIJ Kellock Upper Primary Students
FIRST in-school enrichment program started in 1998 in CHIJ Kellock with this Upper Primary class. 11 years later, drama classes are conducted worldwide as an after-school activity in many schools. Visit us on our website