Students at Melbourne Girls Grammar are bold, courageous and dynamic, ready to meet the future head on. They define their own path through the choices they make and the opportunities they embrace.
Julia: Creative communicator
Julia Ades has always loved to perform. From a young age, she made up skits, performed for her family and friends and was singing all day long. “Ever since I was little, my parents said – oh my gosh you’re so dramatic you need to be an actress!” said Julia.
“I love entertaining people, I love making people laugh. It’s like we have a connection because I’ve made people feel an emotion.”
Julia, a Year 7 student at Melbourne Girls Grammar, has always loved performing, writing, singing and playing the guitar, but when she joined the School in Year 3 Julia discovered her passion for acting. After auditioning for a play for the first time, she was cast in the lead role of Goldilocks in the Morris Hall Production of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. This was her first opportunity to act, and she loved it!
After getting a taste for life on the stage, Julia started to develop a love for musicals. This has now become a passion for Julia, and she can recite almost the entire performance of Hamilton word for word. Finding more opportunities to act and sing spurred Julia to audition for the Middle Years production of Beauty and the Beast, where she scored another lead role even though she was only Year 5. “I love entertaining people, I love making people laugh. It’s like we have a connection because I’ve made people feel an emotion.”
Becoming comfortable on the stage has been the key to Julia being able to make the most of every opportunity. She has competed in House Public Speaking and won two years in a row, “On the stage in Ross Hall is where I feel at home. School has always encouraged me to know that I can do anything I set my mind to because I am good enough,” said Julia.
Julia’s family moved from Brazil 20 years ago, “Having grown up with a family who speaks Portuguese, French and multiple other languages, I’ve nurtured a love for language which has sparked my interest in people, culture and drama.”
Language is a huge passion for Julia. She loves language because there are so many benefits from being bilingual and she draws upon the similar techniques used in Latin-based languages to learn French and Italian.
“Having grown up with a family who speaks Portuguese, French and multiple other languages, I’ve nurtured a love for language which has sparked my interest in people, culture and drama.”
As Julia evolved from performing skits and plays for her family, she started to prepare content she could share more broadly. “Through my love, and passion for communicating and storytelling and connecting with people and cultures, I’ve created a YouTube channel,” said Julia. Her YouTube focusses mainly on teaching people about productivity and organisation, and more recently she’s extended to writing fictional novels and is working on her creative writing skills.
“If it wasn’t for Melbourne Girls Grammar I don’t know how I would have found my passions for acting, singing, and reaching people, and I’m so thankful for it.”
In a rapidly changing world, Melbourne Girls Grammar understands that the future requires schools to prepare students with a set of skills and knowledge to face the unknown. Through the challenge and choice the School provides, Julia is able to define her own path through the decisions she makes.
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