The circus has been the central theme for the term at Westlea Primary School and it was made all the more real on 2 June when a big top was put up on the school field.
It was filled with pupils and parents who screamed at the clowning around of the Randelles between the acts and watched the antics of acrobats, aerialists, sword balancing and a pole performer from Ecuador with open mouths.
The event was organised by outgoing school fundraising coordinator Penny Atherton.
During the last 9 years the fundraising committee has raised between £10,000 and £15,000 annually and she decided to go out with a bang.
Stephanie Randelle of Happy’s Circus with young funsters at Westlea
Penny said: “We’d already planned a circus theme for the summer fair on 21 June, then I thought it would be nice to have a real circus at the school.
“It was quite a risky commitment as we didn’t know if we would sell enough tickets to cover costs, but we did. With the stalls like face painting, refreshments and programme sales we were able to raise over £600 for the school.
“But the real satisfaction was hearing the shrieks of happiness coming from the tent whilst the show was on and the smiles as the crowd emerged.”
Headteacher Rose Carberry thanked Penny for all her hard work coordinating the circus visit. “It was such a lovely community event which brought families together.
“Everybody really enjoyed themselves; it became more and more exciting and noisy throughout the second half as the show built to a finale which included a lot of water being thrown about.
“There were so many positive comments the next day; it’s one of those events that will be remembered for a long time.”
The circus theme at Westlea continues until mid-July when Shooting Stars circus educators visit.
Every class will have the opportunity to try juggling, using diablos and balancing on mini-cycles, whilst learning the science behind these skills, building confidence and getting fit. The week ends with a big show for parents when the school hall is turned into a tent.
• Artisan Tool Hire sponsored an iPad Mini on 2 June. The winner of the lucky programme was Tamara Lewis.