Circus fun for youngsters

James Green, Katie Baird, India Southgate, Millie Cowper, Ruby Wood, Louie Bennett with Mr Sensible outside the circus tent'PICTURE BY LUKE HANNA
James Green, Katie Baird, India Southgate, Millie Cowper, Ruby Wood, Louie Bennett with Mr Sensible outside the circus tent'PICTURE BY LUKE HANNA

CHILDREN were clowning around this week as all the fun of the circus came to Southbourne.

The headteacher of Southbourne Junior School, Luke Hanna, arranged for a day of circus skills teaching and performances for all the pupils and said it was a great success – especially as it had been tied in with the curriculum.

Ellie Griffen winces as skittles pass a hair's breadth from her by the professionals 'PICTURE BY LUKE HANNA

Ellie Griffen winces as skittles pass a hair's breadth from her by the professionals 'PICTURE BY LUKE HANNA

“We’re doing the circus as a topic this term for the whole school which is a new thing,” said Mr Hanna, who took over the running of the school in September.

“I decided I wanted to try to get everyone working together at some point during the year and have experiences they can share across the school.”

The whole school was treated to a performance in the big-top tent, set up in the sunshine, before Circus Sensible, run by ringmaster Clive Sensible, taught the children a range of activities, including juggling and plate spinning.

Pupil India Southgate, from Year 3, said the show had been funny and had not looked at all easy.

After the demonstrations, the classes were prepared for some lessons from the professionals and took it in turns throughout the day to take part in various circus activities. The day was paid for by the school’s Parents and Teachers Association, which raised the cash through a number of fundraising activities.