This primary school’s a circus … and its results are no joke

This clever partnership shows how circus classes are not about clowning around, but a model with important skills outcomes for students.
circus. Image is gleeful young girl throwing arms up in the air, in front of palm tree lit up by coloured lights against a dark sky. Other performers in the same t-shirt can be seen behind and to the side of her.

Six years ago, when Darwin primary school teacher Carol Putica started in her new role as Principal at Ludmilla Primary School in Darwin, she realised this new chapter may also be the beginning of a new arts partnership that could open fresh avenues of learning and development for her students.

After years spent observing the impacts of leading youth arts organisation Corrugated Iron’s workshops in Darwin schools, Putica decided to start a conversation with the company to see if its circus workshops could have a greater presence at her new school.

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).