Help in jug­gling school

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Circus -

PERTH Mod­ern School stu­dents are get­ting a taste of cir­cus life as part of the school’s new clubs pro­gram.

In­tro­duced for the first time this year, the pro­gram gives stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to sign up to a club that caters to their in­ter­ests and par­tic­i­pate for one hour each week as part of their usual timetable.

Clubs in­clude AFL, book club, chess, cir­cus, com­mu­nity ser­vice, en­gi­neer­ing, film, magic cards, pi­lates, sewing and writ­ing.

Stu­dents in the cir­cus club can learn jug­gling, stilt walk­ing, ac­ro­bat­ics and uni­cy­cling in a fun en­vi­ron­ment that en­cour­ages team­work, goal set­ting and cre­ativ­ity.

Teacher Paul Green said re­cent stud­ies at Cam­bridge Uni­ver­sity demon­strated regular jug­gling prac­tice bears a di­rect cor­re­la­tion to the devel­op­ment of neu­ronal con­nec­tions and brain cells.

“Stud­ies into sen­so­ri­mo­tor devel­op­ment have also iden­ti­fied a range of other phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties that tar­get spe­cific neu­ro­log­i­cal func­tions that as­sist with in­creased fo­cus in class, im­proved writ­ing ca­pac­ity and pro­longed at­ten­tion span,” Mr Green said.

“The var­i­ous skills that have been de­vel­oped tar­get spe­cific neu­ro­log­i­cal as­pects of the hu­man body, build­ing the ca­pac­ity for an in­di­vid­ual to fo­cus on learn­ing for longer pe­ri­ods of time.”

Cir­cus club mem­ber Zacharia Win­ter (15) said he en­joyed be­ing part of the club and no­ticed an im­prove­ment in his flex­i­bil­ity and co-or­di­na­tion. “The cir­cus club is an awe­some way to have fun, train your brain and have a break from the class­room,” Zacharia said.

Abigail Camp­bell-Young, teacher Paul Green and Zacharia Win­ter.

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