Last week was Project Week at my daughter’s school. The whole school set itself the project of putting on a circus.
Working together with a small circus company the children had a week of learning to be clowns, acrobats, tightrope walkers, fire-breathers, fakirs, dancers, magicians, jugglers, uni-cyclists and trapeze artists.
Together with lots of parent volunteers, they erected a big top on the school playground.
They practised all week… and on Friday and Saturday they put on an amazing performance for all the parents (and grandparents and brothers and sisters…).
Not only was it really professionally done – but it was wonderful to see how ever the most shy children really shone in their roles. All of them learned to do something really amazing – something that made their parents’ jaws drop – something they’d never have believed themselves capable of. Whether it was breathing fire, or lying on a bed of nails, or walking on a tightrope.
The sense of personal achievement and pride which came across from each child was wonderful to see… and their faces were shining with excitement.
The whole week was videoed as a documentary, as well as the performances. I can’t wait to get my copy of the DVD.
Oh… and here is my Circus-performer, fresh from the show. She’d just been dancing in the dark with long streamers under fluorescent light… an amazing effect. Oh… and holding the hoops for the circus ponies to jump through (well, children dressed as ponies).
Oh… and I suspect this may be a model of me at the school gate….at least, she seems to be drinking my beer….