I have been most impressed with the way you relate and impart and connect with the students – as mentioned lots of positive feedback and uplifting moments! Pip Ray, Don College
Circus is a fantastic way to engage and challenge students within a school setting, from Prep through to Grade 12.
Readily incorporated into the Drama and Health & Physical Education areas of the curriculum, our workshops also address many of the Australian Curriculum General Capabilities.
While students have lots of fun learning circus, they also tap into a world of positive change on all levels which can be highly beneficial, both individually and for the school community.
Our school based workshops can also be adapted to suit students with additional needs.
One Off or Ongoing Workshops:
Our workshops introduce students to a range of basic circus skills over a single workshop or a series of workshops. In addition to the circus skills, students will learn collaboration and teamwork skills and have the chance to develop coordination, concentration and confidence. All this in a friendly, non-competitive environment.
Confidence and Self-Esteem Building:
Circus is able to appropriately challenge any individual wherever they may be in their life. The diversity of activities in each workshop means that participants have, with some effort, every opportunity to succeed at a seemingly impossible challenge. Participants also have the opportunity to celebrate their new skills either within the class or in a performance context.
The physical nature of circus makes it a great way to re-engage students who are disengaging from formal education. These targeted workshops focus on re-engagement in learning, encouragement of pro-social behaviour and development of perseverance and determination.
In the course of longer term projects participants have the opportunity to focus on modalities that interest and inspire them, set goals they wish to achieve and celebrate their successes.
Circus allows participants to take risks of both a physical and psychological nature within a safe environment. This environment is a valuable place to learn about genuine strength, risk and the consequences of actions.
Working on tasks and challenges individually and in groups within a non-competitive environment allows participants to build mutual respect, learn collaboration skills and value diversity within the group.
Many of the activities, from simple name games right through to complex human pyramids, are fantastic for building team strength and ability.
Longer-term projects can be designed to build leadership skills in participants. This involves learning circus skills alongside leadership tasks. Participants will then have the opportunity to teach their newly acquired circus skills to younger peers or even the teachers!
A performance outcome can be incorporated into longer projects. This can be a simple show and tell of skills learnt or a more in depth performance devising process.
Can be added to any skill development workshop. Students will have the opportunity to make their favourite piece of circus equipment, allowing them to continue practicing when the project concludes. These workshops offer the opportunity for practical literacy and numeracy development.
Teacher Professional Development:
Teacher PD workshops offer the opportunity for staff to develop skills that can then be passed on to their students. Learn group icebreaking and teamwork activities, then try a variety of basic circus skills that can easily be adapted and taught to the different ages and abilities of their students.