Thursday, August 30, 2012


We would like to invite you and your child to come for a trial Drama
class with Helen O'Grady Drama at Noah's Club on Saturday 8th September at 10:00AM. The children will be able to have fun, make new friends and explore the Academy's Drama and Speech Program. Hope to see you there!

 Below is some information about Helen O'Grady Drama Academy

The Helen O'Grady Drama Academy was founded in Australia in 1979 and is now available in over 27 countries worldwide with over 50,000 students.  Helen O’Grady Drama develops their speech (articulation & projection), body awareness- all while learning English.  It is a literacy enrichment program taught through Drama.

Purpose of Helen O’Grady Drama Program
The purpose of the Helen O'Grady Drama System is to involve our students in a highly stimulating, creative, theatre arts program, designed to develop:

1. Enthusiasm and a positive approach to life.
2. Ongoing confidence.
3. Self esteem.
4. Skill in verbal communication.
5. Effective social interaction.

Curriculum System of program
Every year we have a different syllabus so your child never repeats a lesson...
For your child to learn the skills for life it does take time. We recommend you stay with Helen O Grady for 2 years.  This way the techniques are installed in them, their whole personality will be stronger and their communication skills will have been improved so much it will never go away.

Drama Story

For all levels, the main part of each lesson is creative drama story. It encourages the children to take on new roles, learn new lines all the time and be creative. 

The curriculum material in each lesson covers:
- Introductory Activities   
- Speech
- Movement
- Improvisation
- Dialogue Development
- Conclusion

Objectives of learning  from Pre School (age  4-5) to Lower Primary (age 6-8) and Upper primary (age 9-12) and Learning Outcomes for Youth Theatre (age 13-17) are:
a) Lay the foundation for language acquisition.
b) Develop creative expression.
c) Develop interactive social skills.
e)  Build balance co-ordination skills.
f) Develop problem solving skills.
g) Develop effective negotiation skills.
h) Develop leadership and teambuilding skills. 
i) Create spontaneous response towards given issues and problems.
j)  Use lateral thinking skills to solve problems. 
k) Use active listening strategies including asking for clarifications and explanations.
Drama is an active learning process- faster and more fluid.  In Drama they learn how to say the words with expression and emotion. Clear and confident communication is an important skill in our world today.   Drama allows students to learn through role-play which is a more natural and effective way of learning.

Your child will develop their language and speech skills through Creative Drama.
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Monday, May 21, 2012

Pandan leaves – Aromatic mosquito repellent
                We have learned that  keeping Pandan leaves (Fragrant Pandan or Pandanus Amaryllifolius or La Dua in Vietnamese) indoor is very helpful with keeping mosqito's away. Noah’s Club has been trying out this method and the result is quite pleasant. Leaving a strong, sweet fragance in your rooms, pandan leaves can help repelling pests and some insects. Fresh leaves are preferred, since the dried ones lose their aromatic qualities.
                Pandan leaves come from the Pandanus amaryllifolius plant, a tropical member of the screwpine genus native to southeast Asia. This shrubby perennial plant has fan-shaped clusters of long, narrow leaves that produce a strong smell when wilted. Fresh pandan leaves have little odor. This plant has historically been used in cooking and to make household items such as baskets. Pandan leaves also contain compounds that repel some species of cockroaches and are a traditional insect repellent. They contain several repellent chemicals, including 2-acetyl-1-pyrroline (2AP). Pandan leaves produce a diuretic effect when consumed in large quantities. 
                They are also used in treating some skin conditions. Traditional medicine practitioners use the roots of this plant as an anti-diabetic treatment. Pandan leaves' strong, sweet smell makes them a desirable ingredient in perfumes and other scented cosmetics.
                They are very easy to be found in a local market or you may find them in your garden!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

What are you going to do this weekend?

            Definitely Noah's Club!! Last week, we had great fun with the Saturday Fun Club at Noah's Club. We were doing Arts, cooking, camping, playing and had great laughs the whole morning. The most fun activity was camping. We learned how to prepare for a picnic and a short camping trip. The walk after that was such an adventure even though we were actually just simply walking through the garden. While walking around the garden, we learned that you have to follow "arrows" which are directions to get to your camping spot, or you may get lost. It is very important to have the adults with you, because sometimes we don't understand the signs and there are so many strange things in the garden that we want to know about! When we got to our camping spot, we had to set up a tent, which wasn't easy but with the help of our teacher and the gardener, we made it!
            Oh, then the food hunting was a challenge but together and helping each other, nothing was that difficult. After all the hard work, it finally came to snack time. We had our food, the weather was fantastic and we were with great friends! What a fun morning!
            We can't wait to come back to Noah's Club next Saturday!

To keep these fun moments in our memory, we took pictures of the trip. We would love to share them. Enjoy looking at our Saturday Fun Club photos!

Getting ready! Don't forget to wear your hats!

Following arrows to find our camping point. 
To make it more fun, our teacher asked us to collect them on the way.

Here it is: our camp!

Noah found a letter! What's written inside?

Ah! It's the food hunt code!
Let's go food hunting
Noah: "This flower is so beautiful. But can we eat it?"

 Asking for help from the Chef
 to see if she can trade these lovely things we found in the garden for food

We finally got food! Let's celebrate

Giving the gardener some juice and fruits to thank him for helping us set up the tent.