Circus Performance Skills in the Gym | An Innovative Approach to Learning

February 05, 2021

Step right up and see the amazing Grade 8 in an innovative learning space! The gymnasium. Students are perfecting their circus performance skills in Physical Health and Education class.

In this unit called “Individual Circus Performances” students learn various circus acts that they will later perform for one full minute. Students select an individual act to flawlessly perform from juggling, plate spinning and the diabolo (which involves a circus prop that consists of a bobbin and two cups. It’s sort of like a yo-yo; the object is spun using a string attached to two wands). 

Watch this video of the students hard at work.


As an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, the aim of all programmes is to develop internationally-minded citizens who recognise a responsibility towards each other and the planet, creating a better and more peaceful world. AIS students are:

By understanding our own strengths and weaknesses, we can support our own personal development.

A well-balanced life is paramount to our intellectual, physical and emotional well-being. We respect that of others whilst recognising our interdependence on others and the world in which we live.

We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination, working both independently and cooperatively in creating innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.

Empathy, compassion and respect are drivers in how our students think and act. Our commitment to service makes us aim to leave a positive impact behind in the world and lives of others.

Self-reflection leads to an appreciation of one’s own history and culture, whereas an open mind respects the values and traditions of others. The combination of the two skills helps us grow and develop the ability to remain objective.

Our students are armed with a strong sense of fairness and justice, respecting the dignity and rights of others. AIS students act with integrity and honesty, taking responsibility for their own actions.

Our students are at the very least fluent in two languages, and are able to express themselves confidently. Collaborating and listening to the perspectives of others complete the picture.

Critical thinking and creativity are both solutions to analysing complex problems. Our students are trained in making reasoned and ethical decisions.

Our students acquire knowledge across a range of disciplines, knowing no boundaries for broadness or depth. Our students learn to engage with issues and ideas that have a local and global significance.

Curiosity and a love of learning are a second nature to our students. We help develop skills for inquiry and independent research, maintaining an enthusiastic and positive attitude throughout.

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