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Windhoek student becomes Junior Champion of the Namibia Performing Arts Championship

13 May

Jaime Oosthuizen from our Namibian Academy and the son of our former Helen O'Grady Principal, Simone Oosthuizen,  participated in the Namibian Championships of Performing Arts and was awarded the Junior Grand Champion of the Year 2019. He danced 3 items and sang 4 items.

Together with this top award,  won 6 Gold Medals, 1 Silver Medal and the Best Overall Junior Dancer of the Year.

He has been selected for Team Namibia to go to Los Angeles in July 2020 to participate in the World Championships of Performing Arts! We are so proud of him and how he handled himself and the pressure of the competition!

This is thanks to all his teachers in the Helen O'Grady Drama Academy and particularly BP Mcbreaton Pieters, his dance and drama teacher, who also helped him in the achievement of these Awards. BP won many awards himself on this evening and it shows the high level of talent that we have in the Helen O'Grady Drama Academy.

We wish Jaime huge success in the future - he is going to be a name that we will all be watching closely, particulary in dance, singing and acting - he is a musical theatre star in the making!

Also a big thank you to Simone Oosthuizen for bringin Helen O'Grady to Windhoek in Namibia.

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"On Friday evening I witnessed the professional level of theatre that the Helen O' Grady Drama Academy is able to impart on our children and I needed to share my excitement with you. What they managed to achieve with Grade R learners was astounding! The school invested in lessons and the final product was showcased at the Prize-Giving and it was a wonderful and heart-warming experience."

- Department of Education Cape Town, South Africa