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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.