Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Beijing Year End Performances

A big round of applause for Beijing's year end performances!  Parents were pleased with their children's showcase in "Search the Circus" for the Little Tykes from ages 4 to 6.  Here's one of the characters - Happy, who lost his red nose!

Look out Farmer Giles!  Freddy Fox is coming to steal the chicks! Our beloved Lower Primary play  "The Chicken-Hearted Fox" was performed by the Friday evening LP class. Here comes Freddy Fox!

What is he searching for?  Hmm! Chickens Galore!
Here comes one of our beloved little chicks (below)

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Development Through Drama - Jacqueline's experience in Hanoi, Vietnam

Jacqueline Cadger from Scotland UK is a program manager for Helen O'Grady Academy in Hanoi.  She shares her first year experience:

"HOG is a great program! I love that students are able to develop their English in a fun and a refreshing way. The program truly allows students to develop their confidence and social skills. Nothing makes me more proud than seeing our students perform in front of friends and family.  It is wonderful that HOG is being taught in schools and allowing people to see the benefits drama in education can have on a child's development."

Monday, 16 December 2013

An overseas drama teacher's heart warming experience.

Emma Turner is from the UK where she studied Drama BA (Hons) and worked within education and Drama for 6 years before training with HOG UK and teaching in Beijing, China.
Here's Emma's experience in China:

“As a Drama teacher I teach in both our centers and at local schools across Beijing, which means there is a great deal of variety in the role! Some days I teach very large classes and other days I teach much smaller classes. It also requires a lot of travelling which means I get to visit areas of the city that a tourist wouldn't usually.  I  can fully immerse myself in the culture. Teaching in China can be very challenging but also very rewarding. When it gets to production time and the students are onstage performing in a second language and showing how much they have progressed, it is truly a heart warming experience.”

We continue to recruit more teachers for 2014 in Asia.  Contact us at enquiry@helenogradyfranchise.com if you want to be part of this international family!

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Parent Variety Show - Ho Chi Minh City

Parents of Helen O'Grady Drama Academy - Ho Chi Minh City were entertained to a variety show put together by the students for their families and friends.  Here are some loving fun visual moments!

Treated to "Bold Buccaneers"

Away Haul Away

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Eastern Asia First Conference 2013

 A very positive invigorating 2013 Conference!!
First Day of Conference, missing from photo Ren, Jean, Tanya, Kim, Jennifer
Last Day of Conference

From Left standing:  Fern Kwok (Vice Principal, Hong Kong), Francine Booysens (South Africa), Manolo and Marie Escueta (Franchisor, Philippines), Kevin Yu (Franchisee, Hong Kong), Singapore teachers - Margaret, Shirin, Sharon, Jacqueline (Principal, Hanoi), Ren Ee (CEO, Singapore), Jennifer (Singapore teacher), Jean Chan (COO, Singapore).
From left kneeling: Lynette Chiu (Director, HOG Asia), Vince Bunuan (Director of Operations, Philippines), Nancy Soon (Director, HOG Asia), Monique Bunuan(Principal, Philippines), Helen Cowie(Principal, Ho Chi Minh City), Lynette Teo (Director of Training, Singapore and Eastern Asia),
Margaret Ow (GM, HOG Asia).

Helen Cowie, Jenny Phung and Jacqueline Cadger Helen O'Grady Vietnam

Kevin Yu and Fern Kwok Helen O'Grady Hong Kong

Vince, Monique, Manolo and Marie, Helen O'Grady Philippines

Some of theTeaching Team and Directors, Helen O'Grady Singapore

Margaret, Lynette Chiu, Nancy and Lynette Teo, Helen O'Grady Asia

What's your Point?

After an intensive fun first day, it is a recollection moment on What's Your Point?  Our top 3 attendees with a maximum point of 21 points each won for themselves edible "Cool Fish", without having to fish!  But for the rest, they were encouraged to spend the day emulating "sharks"!

So the topic covering Fishing using Social Media to turn our "cold calls" experiences into positive genuine leads was the main point selected by our winners! Who are they?

Jennifer, drama teacher from Helen O'Grady Singapore

Marie Escueta, Director from Helen O'Grady Philippines

Jacqueline Louise Cadger, Principal from Helen O'Grady (Hanoi)

Laughter Yoga kicks start Eastern Asia's first Conference

Eastern Asia Conference kicked off to a roaring "Ho-Ho Ha-Ha Yeah!" that replaced our so familiar tambour!  The Eastern Asia franchisees as well as participants from South Africa and Philippines  agree that Santa Claus laughter is not only easy to learn but highly contagious!  Lynette Chiu, our highly respected Helen O'Grady Drama Director and trainer for Eastern Asia is now a Laughter Yoga certified coach! What better way to start our Monday morning than an extra boost of oxygen for the brain and innovative get-to-know you opportunity!

From left: Margaret Ow (Singapore), Tanya Boey (Singapore), Jenny Phung(Ho Chi Minh City), Francine Booysens (South Africa), Kevin Yu (Hong Kong), Certified Coach and Drama Director, Lynette Chiu

An electrifying moment for Lynette Chiu and Helen Cowie, Principal of
Helen O'Grady (Ho Chi Minh City).

What a contrast! 
Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall - swaying hips, gentle movement and voice to
a strong loud deep laugh! 

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Facial Expression, Vocal Energy and Body Language

Learning English Drama for young pre-schoolers may not be as difficult as we imagine.  Children have huge imagination.  We need to bring that imagination to the forefront of learning a language by getting them to copy us.

Here, Vice-Principal Fern Kwok does exactly that to engage her students through her facial expression, body gestures and the children copy her.

4 year olds in Hong Kong - The Deep Blue Sea rehearsal

"Give your head a massage" - remember those lines - "We are the jellywish, wobble, wobble, wobble,,,,,,!! Here we have a group of 4 year-old students in a Hong Kong kindergarten at a class rehearsal of "The Deep Blue Sea".  After just 17 hours (17 one-hour lessons), students without any knowledge of English are able to work with their teachers to put together a short pre-school play.
Vice-Principal Fern Kwok from Singapore and Hong Kong teacher Joanna captivates the students with their facial expressions, vocal energy and use of numerous props to support the learning of Drama in Education.

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