Over 1100 students from a diverse range of Victorian schools experienced SKILLZ at Circus Oz’s home base venue, The Melba Spiegeltent in Collingwood, from 9 – 12 November. More than a third of student participants were supported to attend the workshop program through Circus Oz’s philanthropic partners, the Clifton Hill / North Fitzroy Community Bank and the Victorian Department of Education.
The 50-minute education show was developed to draw on the Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships teaching materials mapped to the Victorian Curriculum.
Embracing the core Circus Oz values of community, diversity, humanity and hilarity, the SKILLZ program reached new heights in its exploration of friendship and teamwork through breathtaking acrobatic feats and serious fun.
To complement the learning experience, schools were also given the opportunity to participate in an all abilities circus workshop facilitated by experienced Circus Oz trainers either before or after their show.
The workshops introduced basic circus skills through a series of fun, non-competitive activities embodying themes from the performance such as: cooperation, safe physical interaction and respect.
Kim, Year 4 teacher from Hartwell Primary School said, “The workshops were so engaging, and it was a great opportunity for the kids to put into practice the principles of collaboration and teamwork that we focus on in the classroom. It really brought it to life. Plus the show was awesome!”
The week of education programming was followed by two general public performances (including an AUSLAN-interpreted session) of SKILLZ in The Melba Spiegeltent, attracting an audience of families with young children.
The Circus Oz SKILLZ program was made possible by the support of the Clifton Hill / North Fitzroy Community Bank and the Victorian Department of Education.