Our academy also provides classes for previously disadvantaged children, ages 6 – 18 years, from the Helderberg and surrounds. As a large number of these children were born with alcohol foetal syndrome and focus issues we are passionate about improving their language and communication skills, literacy, creativity, speech, confidence, problem solving abilities, fitness and health. This is accomplished through the medium of plays, film projects, drama activities, script reading, poetry, short stories, improvisation, dance and singing.
The outcomes to date have been extremely rewarding and we are confident that real benefits, in terms of life skills and schoolwork, are being achieved. The children are inspired to work towards the year-end presentation at which their achievements are demonstrated to parents and other interested parties.
Further, these classes are beneficial to our associate student teachers who gain experience and insight into teaching and the development of young children. Currently we have five past students who are teaching performance arts at schools or studios in South Africa. Five more teachers are currently in training.