Empire Vale students with the circus clown Nino
Empire Vale students with the circus clown Nino

School students run away to the circus for the day

IT'S not everyday you are given a performing arts lesson by a Circus Ring Master. A group of Empire Vale Public School students gained an informative insight into circus life, where they got to look beyond the spotlight, stunts and sequins during a special backstage tour of the Moscow Circus, led by none other than the Moscow Circus Ring Master Shane Lennon and his talented acrobatic four year old son Hudson.

The educational tour provided the students with a unique learning opportunity to develop their understanding of what life is like for touring circus performers and the daily demands of living a nomadic lifestyle. The students were given the opportunity to observe, listen to and ask questions regarding developing circus skills, career opportunities, animal welfare, circus sustainably and the importance of providing a quality education for the circus employees' children, whilst on tour.

"I gained a better understanding of how the circus team cared for their animals, made sure their children got a good education and how they lived the circus lifestyle." Jasmine, Year 6.

"I loved seeing the awesome tricks and performances that the circus team could do. I still find it hard to believe that they were able to achieve some of the acts they did!" Kirsty, Year 6.

To top off the experience the students enjoyed an outstanding performance of The Moscow Circus, which was part of the school's Principal's Gold Award Prize. The Moscow Circus is performing in Ballina until 29th of November. Don't miss it!

- KAREN RANTISSI



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