A home grown circus delights all
LAST Thursday the circus came to town.
There was no lions jumping through hoops of fire or death deifying stunts from trapeze artists.
There was however, prep children from the St George State School performing in their own acts of - safe - daring to an adoring and enthusiastic audience.
The children have been honing their skills all term and loved putting on the circus show for parents, older students and playgroup babies.
Part of the learning - delivered through the Junior Sport Program - is designed to refine gross motor skills, which in turn improved the children's learning in the classroom.
Teacher at the St George State School Lara Waters said the teaching of balancing and hand-eye coordination really boosted the children's confidence.
Just the confidence they have gained by performing and doing it then awaits into the classroom, because they have the confidence in themselves to explore with their reading and writing and counting," she said.
"It might look like a whole lot of fun but there is learning behind the fun."
Ms Waters said the kindergarten children are in the audience every year and cannot wait until they are in prep so they can get involved.
"They have already picked, 'I am going to be the clown or I am going to be the juggler.'"
The annual circus performance enabled the dispelling of fear about starting big school for younger children approaching school age, Ms Waters said.