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Fabulous Arts Extravaganza


Hello Everyone. Just a note to say a BIG  THANK YOU to all the wonderful people who supported our Arts Extravaganza.  It was a great success and we’ve received lots of lovely feedback about the show, and everyone involved! 

A visiting artist mentioned that some of the art work in the foyer could hang in any art gallery in the world! Wow, that must have been wonderful for Miss Sharp to hear!  Congratulations to all the artists and Miss Sharp on the lovely display. 

They’ve also been complimentary comments about our clowns – even from the professional clowns who performed for us at the show, as well as the stilt walkers, belly dancers and our amazing roaming band.  Congratulations also to our NICA Sparks performers for their contribution to the evening’s entertainment. Who knew a sauce bottle could be so entertaining. 

Great music was made by our Junior and Senior Choirs and our school band, 800 Decibels rocked off. It was very exciting combining our musical and circus talents for the first time, and we think you all did an amazing job. 

Congratulations to our Bamboozle performers, many who performed on stage for the first time. You are all amazing and very talented. 🙂 

Special thanks to our guest performers, ‘Pancakes are for Breakfast’ who delighted us with their poetry, bananas and other strangely unimaginable things.  I wonder what that last thing was??? 

Finally, our National Institute of Circus Arts students performed a variety of interesting acts that demonstrated their developing skills in juggling, hat manipulation, hula hoops, tumbling and acrobalance.  Well done!



Nica Sparks 2 by Callum


Last Saturday I went to Nica Sparks.  First we played a game called Mr Hit.  Mr Hit is a game where you have to remember other people’s names. 

Second we did some acts with the props, which were an egg beater and a skipping rope. 

Last we played Firing Squad.  This is a game where you have to be very funny.  If you are not funny, you get shot by the firing squad.  

We had a lot of fun. 🙂 

End of Term 1


It has been a very busy term, with students performing at Willaura Hospital’s Market Day Fundraiser, and Ballarat’s Harmony Fest.  Both ventures have been very successful and the students have received some excellent feedback from organisers and members of the public.  Well done to everyone involved.  Special thanks to the parents who drove their children to these venues to perform.  Check out Holly’s report about Harmony Day under Bamboozle on the blog. 

Great work is being done by our Nica Sparks Troupe Members, and we look forward to seeing some items of work from them in term two.  They are managing the grueling schedule with a smile on their faces. Check out Callum’s reports by searching for Nica Sparks on our blog

Lots of students have now achieved their SMART goals, and have started writing about it on the blog.  We have invited parents to make positive comments  as well, so please leave some feedback for your children.  

We are due to visit NICA on the second Saturday of term 2.  Can’t wait to try out our next lot of tricks. 

Happy holidays everyone. 🙂


Week 4 Nica Sparks


Well I’m  sitting at Southern Cross waiting for the train home – with fingers crossed that it won’t breakdown,  have a signal fault, or stop for a short stay-over in Bacchus Marsh.  What a wonderful session today with the NICA Sparks troupe,  Liz Skitch and Derek Ives. Much laughter and more tears. The confidence of some of the kids is amazing.  They are also very funny.  I met a unicorn,  a whistle and there was also a band and some people who were very confused about shoes. Derek will be taking over while Liz is taking time off to have her baby. The students will be doing their first performance of their work-in-progress on Friday 9th April. Very exciting. 

3rd Workshop at NICA Sparks


First we played a game where we had to remember each other’s names.  We had to throw a ball at someone and call out their name.  Then we worked on performing. First we did single clowning, then we did duos. I did one with Charlotte. We had hats and a newspaper and we had to do major and minor. Major is the person who is doing the funny thing, while the minor supports them. We switched roles. It was fun. We made some people laugh. By Callum

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