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Catriona's 'ladette to lady' Sydney style

Thursday, September 16, 2010
The June Dally-Watkins School of Personal and Professional Development offers a one-day course guaranteeing to teach you the essentials for looking good and gaining confidence to be successful. Catriona Rowntree went to one of the classes to see if there was anything she needed to brush up on.

Miss Dally, as she is known to her students, knows what she's talking about. For 60 years she has been teaching males and females simple ways to improve appearances and how to make a good impression.

She believes it all begins with good posture — the way you carry yourself, stand, walk and sit. Students are told to think of their body as a house — the mind is the control tower of a tall house which should be straight and stretched.

You may think it's all a bit old-fashioned, but even if it's subconscious, first impressions affect us all. They are certainly relevant in today's competitive world.

There is a lot covered in a day at Miss Dally's school.


Learn the new ideas for skincare and cosmetics just right for your complexion.


Make fashion work for you. Learn styles to suit your body shape and how to plan your wardrobe. A colour analysis divided into four seasons will help you choose tones to highlight your best features.


Learn how to carry yourself, posture, walking, standing and how to greet and farewell people.

Manners and etiquette

A stickler for manners and etiquette, Miss Dally emphasises the importance of the way we treat others, the correct way to eat and actions that make life more pleasant for ourselves and those around us.


It's off to Scissors on the Park for a cut and style, wash and blowdry. Their experts will discuss a new style for you to suit your face shape.

Miss Dally's classes are also perfect for mothers and grandmothers who are a bit bored by the way they look and fancy an update. Results are always positive and students leave with a new confidence and a spring in their step. Sometimes it's just a matter of being reminded about the basics our mothers taught us and with a few new beauty tips included.

Related: Central Coast girls' weekend


The June Dally-Watkins School in the centre of Sydney.


June Dally-Watkins' one-day course costs $500 per person. It includes haircut, wardrobe tips, skincare and cosmetic use. The next course is on October 9, 2010.

Virgin Blue has one-way flights to Sydney from:

  • Canberra $88
  • Melbourne $90
  • Brisbane $99
  • Hobart $109
  • Adelaide $119
  • Darwin $229
  • Perth $245

There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares quoted are one-way booked on the internet. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one-way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at September 9, 2010, and are subject to change.

Prices correct at September 16, 2010.

For further information

Virgin Blue
Ph: 136 789

June Dally-Watkins
Level 2, 210 Clarence Street
Sydney 2000
Ph: (02) 9267 3255
Fax: (02) 9267 3251

User comments
I've always said a simple course in etiquette should be made available! However, this appears to be purely for women... Personally I think something similar should be taught in schools - etiquette for both males and females! Simple things like manners, posture, chivalry... Bring back some of the old ways I say!

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