Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Last week, I met Peanut the Clown (Pete Turner) at the opening of the Hovingham Cabin...

Pete sent me some information about the Taster Sessions in Circus Skills he is running for us as part of our ‘Be Healthy/Be Safe’ programme this year. These sessions are intended to give a taste of what circus skills can do for our young people and our schools. Apparently, he covers a range of circus skills and how to teach them effectively across a range of ages and abilities. Juggling is the start of all the skills so there will be a special emphasis in learning how to juggle three balls and how to teach juggling across the age range in these sessions. Pete is also working with ‘ECLIPSE - Surpass Yourself’ (a not-for-profit company based in Harehills) to establish a series of children’s circus clubs across Leeds, with a central project supporting teachers, learning mentors and parents in running circus clubs as part of our after-school provision.

The Healthy Schools team have already told me that this year I need to learn to juggle so I'll have to try to get to one of Peanut's sessions. If you want to find out more you can visit Peanut the Clown’s website at www.peanut-the-clown.com.

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