Kids get in on the cir­cus act

Classes teach strength, con­fi­dence in fun set­ting

Central and North Burnett Times - - JUNIOR SPORT -

FLIP­SIDE has core val­ues of safe risk tak­ing, hard work, show­ing off, laugh­ter, build­ing trust and valu­ing dreams and as­pi­ra­tions.

It pro­vides ac­cess to young peo­ple re­gard­less of back­ground and lo­ca­tion.

Flip­side Cir­cus has been work­ing with schools in a va­ri­ety of ways for the past 15 years.

The cir­cus classes en­cour­age co-oper­a­tive and non-com­pet­i­tive phys­i­cal move­ment in a safe en­vi­ron­ment and are suit­able for chil­dren of all ages and fit­ness lev­els.

They are flex­i­ble and re­spon­sive to the needs of in­di­vid­ual schools and come equipped with mo­bile fa­cil­i­ties and ex­cep­tional and qual­i­fied train­ers.

Vis­it­ing Eidsvold School at the end of last year, Flip­side re­warded Rod­ney Thomp­son with a schol­ar­ship to par­tic­i­pate in the Christ­mas hol­i­day pro­gram in Bris­bane.

Flip­side Cir­cus co-or­di­na­tor Chris­tine Larsen said the Hu­man Pyra­mid Pro­gram is de­signed to en­cour­age con­fi­dence in stu­dents of all ages and in­crease co-or­di­na­tion and bal­ance.

“It has been shown that school attendance in­creases after the chil­dren have had a per­for­mance ex­pe­ri­ence,” Larsen said.

“The in­creases in con­fi­dence as we work with the chil­dren of the two-week pro­gram are re­mark­able.”

Eidsvold State School chil­dren have par­tic­i­pated in the pro­gram over the past two years and the stu­dents have em­braced the op­por­tu­nity to show their skills when it comes to gym­nas­tics.

Thomp­son said the ex­pe­ri­ence he gained at Flip­side was im­mea­sur­able.

“I have had so much fun learn­ing new skills and my strength has dou­bled in a week,” he said.

“I have over­come my fear of heights and I have learned how to co-or­di­nate a per­for­mance.”

Flip­side is a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion (in­cor­po­rated in 1998).

Flip­side Cir­cus has grown steadily from a solid grass­roots and com­mu­nity base.


NEW SKILLS: Flip­side Cir­cus classes teach Eidsvold’s Rod­ney Thomp­son the ropes.

FLY­ING HIGH: Libby Sparks shows that Flip­side is about learn­ing to take cal­cu­lated risks and be­ing loud and proud.

STACKS ON: At Flip­side the chil­dren are one in, all in.

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