Sun­ny­cir­cus thrills a sold-out au­di­ence

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Stanstead

Thes­tu­dents of Sun­ny­side School pre­sented a fab­u­lous cir­cus per­for­mance to a stand­ing-room only crowd last Thurs­day night, April 10th.

The 90 minute show fea­tured a mix of ath­let­ics, gym­nas­tics, dance, bal­ance and dra­matic skills all in­ter­twined and staged to present a mod­ern, fun and en­er­getic cir­cus show. The 25 sep­a­rate acts gave a chance for ev­ery stu­dent to be a part of the show which in­cluded a ‘Wild An­i­mals’ act, walk­ing the tightrope, tum­bling, skip­ping and jump­ing, di­a­bo­los, hula hoops, devil sticks, poi twirls, rolla-bolla, uni­cy­cles and magic tricks

Sun­ny­side phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion teacher, Chantal Me­nard, was work­ing with Cir­cus pro­fes­sional, Marc Lafrenière and the stu­dents once a week since Oc­to­ber. ‘Mr. Marc’, as the stu­dents called him, was won­der­ful. He spent time with all the stu­dents teach­ing skills, help­ing them learn the acts and then di­rect­ing them to con­cen­trate on the rou­tines that would show their best abil­i­ties.

Cir­cus is a per­fect ex­am­ple of the new kind of phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion classes where all stu­dents can find some­thing that shows their tal­ents, so they want to come to gym and be phys­i­cally ac­tive.

The Cir­cus was much more than a phys-ed ac­tiv­ity, it was the theme for learn­ing through­out the school. Stu­dents were read­ing and writ­ing about the cir­cus in both English and French, learned about the his­tory and dif­fer­ent types of cir­cus per­for­mances, we did math prob­lems that had cir­cus con­tent, and art classes fo­cused on cre­at­ing a mul­ti­tude of beau­ti­ful dec­o­ra­tions to cre­ate a real cir­cus at­mos­phere in the school.

Al­ready Sun­ny­side staff are talk­ing about next year’s cir­cus show!

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