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Quotes - what they say about us

We are very proud to share with you some of the comments we have received from our children's parents. We believe that this says more about us than we ever can.

"During the parents' presentation a couple of weeks ago, I couldn't help but notice how Craig had matured and gained in confidence and self esteem in the years he has been with you. For this I thank you enormously and hope that this will help Craig in future years in whatever he chooses to do. Once again, I would like you to know how important you have been in making Craig the confident well spoken young boy he has become."
Dawn Walker

"We would like to express our appreciation and gratitude of how the program has enhanced Chloe's confidence and ability to communicate with her peers and adults. Chloe was very quietly spoken but since attending the drama program she has improved her speaking voice and is now confident at addressing school functions and meetings. Recently, one of the teachers at her school commented on how Chloe was able to express her thoughts so clearly and the manner in which she articulated her message to the group.

We enjoy attending the parent days and productions staged by the Academy. The energy and enthusiasm displayed by the students is a refreshing experience. Thank you, for your dedication and perseverance in maintaining such a high standard of work, and we look forward to many more years with your organisation."
Heather & Peter Parker

"This is to let you know how pleased we've been with your Drama classes. The benefit to my four children confidence wise, has been amazing. Fleur has really come out of her shell in the last twelve months. She has a lot of problems at school socially, as she's always looked older than she is. Kids can be so cruel at times. With drama she found her niche and she loves it. Everyone from parents to teachers to family has been amazed at her confidence this year. Fleur performed at the school camp this year and in the school play and really knocked their socks off!

Rhett's problems are totally different to Fleur's, but he's improved a lot too. Between drama and his tutoring, he's getting on top of things again. Babs and Bess just love the classes and look forward to them every week. No doubt they will really benefit too in the long term. At the moment, it’s a weekly love affair, thoroughly enjoyed by them all. We thank you!"
Therese van der Voorden

"Michael (who has learning difficulties) enjoys the classes so much. Last week he was able to take part in his school assembly, even his teachers had tears in their eyes – all thanks to the Helen O'Grady Drama Academy."
Jenny Anderson

"When I think how Callum was the first day in class, hanging onto my skirts, terrified to leave me and I look at him now, eighteen months later, I am amazed at the change. He is enthusiastic and confident. He even had his own lines to say in the play and spoke them clearly and with expression."
C. Walker

"You may remember that last year I finally left the Academy after having spent seven years with the Cottesloe studio at both Upper Primary and Youth Theatre levels. Although I miss the fun and enjoyment of the classes and end of year productions, the valuable lessons and skills I have learnt have proven to be of great service in both my social life and beyond, and will probably remain with me for the rest of my life."
Jeremy David McKenna
Student

"I thank you for the fantastic job you did with our children! They were awesome! It proves that given the opportunity children can grow to another level."
Cape Town Principal, South Africa

"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

"We would like to take this opportunity in thanking you and the drama teachers for making our daughter's Monday filled with laughter, humour and a love of drama . She continues to love her classes ."
Youth Theatre Parent, Cape Town, South Africa

"My daughter had her first exposure to your class on Friday, and she still talking about what a fantastic time she had. Thank you so much for making it so pleasant, as she is generally a very quiet person, and that this will allow her not to be so conservative and to have a voice (not just at home, but everywhere)."
New parent, Cape Town, South Africa

"My child was once a student who was shy but since joining the Helen O'Grady Drama Academy she has become bold, even competitive by volunteering to do the lead roles."
Parent, Nairobi Kenya

"My child just looooooves your classes and I wanted to extend a special thank you to you for caring so much and investing so much into making the classes so enjoyable for everyone. We really do appreciate it. Your passion for the arts shows and if no other parent has said so....thanks for making it special for all the kids."
Parent, Nairobi Kenya

"Hannah told me after the class…"This isn't like Drama. It's just a fun class!" Could there be any better reason for enrolling a child?! "
Cape Town Parent

"As a toddler Lara was very vocal and loud but during her Grade 1 year we noticed she started to become a bit of an introvert and more shy. We signed her up with Helen O' Grady Drama Academy in the hope that it would help her with her speech as well as aid her in being more self-confident. Although still a little shy, she has blossomed while doing drama. Her speech is clearer and she is learning to express herself better with words. Very much the drama queen, the classes give her free range to express herself and open her mind to whatever the scene for that week may be. She is encouraged to be less constrained and applauded no matter how silly we as parents may think normally. We signed her up with their agent, linked to the Drama Academy and she has done her first advert. We hope the first of many. She carried herself as a true professional and we received many compliments for the manner in which she did her very short little scene. We have only the Academy to thank!"
Cape Town Parent

"As a toddler Lara was very vocal and loud but during her Grade 1 year we noticed she started to become a bit of an introvert and more shy. We signed her up with Helen O' Grady Drama Academy in the hope that it would help her with her speech as well as aid her in being more self-confident. Although still a little shy, she has blossomed while doing drama. Her speech is clearer and she is learning to express herself better with words. Very much the drama queen, the classes give her free range to express herself and open her mind to whatever the scene for that week may be. She is encouraged to be less constrained and applauded no matter how silly we as parents may think normally. We signed her up with their agent, linked to the Drama Academy and she has done her first advert. We hope the first of many. She carried herself as a true professional and we received many compliments for the manner in which she did her very short little scene. We have only the Academy to thank!"
Cape Town Parent

"Thank you so much for the recognition yesterday. The trophy brings and overwhelming sense of excitement for the child ... and parent! It's such a brilliant idea and will be treasured. Keep up the good work."
Cape Town Parent, South Africa

"My daughter has been doing Drama at Islamia College since the last term last year. Due to certain events last year, she had become very shy and had lost self-confidence. I was so pleasantly surprised yesterday when I saw her perform on stage. It's a big step forward from last year (at the end of last year, she didn't even have the confidence to go up on stage at her Awards day to collect her award!) I would like to say a big thank you to the teachers for their support and encouragement and for helping my daughter regain her confidence."
Cape Town Parent, South Africa

"I would like to express my sincere appreciation for the great development of my child's drama capabilities. We've witnessed an amazing progress in her confidence and speech."
Cairo Parent, Egypt

"Helen O’Grady Drama Academy has helped me build up my self esteem and develop both my communication and social skills. The Academy has also helped me discover a creative part of me which I did not know and also taught me to be able to fit in anywhere I find myself in the world."
Lagos Student, Nigeria

"Congratulations on a magnificent holiday programme and performance last week. Your dedication, passion and professionalism is a shining star in our lives. You are all Miracle Workers. Thank you!"
Cape Town Parent, South Africa

"I'm so proud of what you doing wth the young children of Kenya. Naturing talent is the best you can do to a child!"
Nairobi Parent, Kenya

"Well done for an entertaining show on Sunday morning ! Thank you so much for giving the little ones the confidence to be comfortable with their surroundings. And most importantly with themselves …"
Parent - Cape Town, South Africa

"“Thank you so much for an absolutely wonderful evening – and a wonderful year for my son. He used to have such terrible self-esteem, calling himself the dumbest in class, uncool, etc, so this is just wonderful. You have done so much for his confidence!”"
Parent Pretoria, South Africa

"My child has grown so much in confidence over the last few months, which is a pleasure to witness!"
Bloemfontein Parent, South Africa

"We would like to express our appreciation and gratitude of how the program has enhanced Chloe's confidence and ability to communicate with her peers and adults. Chloe was very quietly spoken but since attending the drama program she has improved her speaking voice and is now confident at addressing school functions and meetings. Thank you, for your dedication and perseverance in maintaining such a high standard of work, and we look forward to many more years with your organisation."
Johannesburg Parent, South Africa

"Thank you for giving our children the opportunity to participate in the drama programme. It is refreshing to see the limitations taken off our children and to see them express themselves freely."
Cape Town Parent, South Africa

"During the parents' presentation, I couldn't help but notice how Craig had matured and gained in confidence and self esteem in the years he has been with you. For this I thank you enormously and hope that this will help Craig in future years in whatever he chooses to do. Once again, I would like you to know how important you have been in making Craig the confident well spoken young boy he has become."
Durban Parent, South Africa

"Helen O’Grady Drama Academy has helped to stimulate my creativity, my communication skills and has also given me a positive self image."
Lagos Student, Nigeria

"Even though she has only been a member of your amazing Academy for a term and a half, I have seen a remarkable improvement in her self confidence and have been amazed at how her shyness (especially in talking to people she has only just met) is receding."
Cape Town Parent, South Africa


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"Well done for an entertaining show on Sunday morning ! Thank you so much for giving the little ones the confidence to be comfortable with their surroundings. And most importantly with themselves …"

- Parent - Cape Town, South Africa