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M.,
14th July 2003
Wiltshire
School
For two girls to be confident on the large ball was excellent, also so many able to walk/use tall stilts! Tightrope skills - many enjoyed. Helping each other - good group work..
Julia,
8th July 2003
Merseyside
Pupil Referral Unit
Excellent! The whole day was brilliant. Steve and Jackie catered excellently for the boys. The programme was varied and moved at a good pace, which engaged their attention at all times. Thank you!!!.
Nicola,
PCC Secretary
6th July 2003
Oxfordshire
Family Event
Thank you very much for taking part in and supporting the Parish Room Project Launch. The event was a great sucess particularly with regard to raising the profile of the project in the local area. Many people enjoyed and will remember the event because of the circus skills, even the Bishop of Reading! Please can you express our particular thanks to Jebb for all his hard work that day, he was brilliant..
Brien,
3rd July 2003
Wiltshire
School
We were delighted with the two days your staff spent with us. The children were inspired and looked after well, which is essential for this age group. Thank you very much!.
Chris,
2nd July 2003
Greater London
School
Excellent. Good safety talk. Great equipment and demos. The Yr3's really enjoyed it and very suitable..
Vicky,
26th June 2003
Merseyside
School
'Jeb the Jester' was, from the onset, extremely friendly and professional. He remained warm and positive with the pupils at all times (he would make a good teacher!). This enabled the pupils to feel comfortable and therefore prepared to face new challanges.\nAll together approximately 200 pupils took part over the course of 2 days and then another 200 watched Jeb and some of the pupils perform.\nAll pupils without exception - loved it!\nFrom the onset this has been an extremely easy and professional company to deal with..
Alison,
21st June 2003
Worcestershire
School
Positive feedback, everyone enjoyed themselves. Nice to have learnt new tricks. Thanks very much..
Jenny,
17th May 2003
West Midlands
School
Sadly I was too busy with other things to see the sessions in progress, but I have had very positive feedback from the staff, and the children loved it!.
Dave,
1st May 2003
Merseyside
SEN
This was an excellent 2 day course. Pupil interest levels were maintained throughout. This particularly good for EBD pupils. All Pupils were challenged with new skills and achieved well. Motivation levels were high & all were keen to try all activities. It is impossible to measure the success of this course in terms of skills gained, increased self-esteem etc. However, viewing photos & video taken will give a clear picture that education is about what you see in these. Thanks very much from everyone..
Dr,
Teacher
9th April 2003
Greater London
School
Thoroughly enjoyed by all, though a few raised eyebrows from senior management. We hope to start our own after-school club next week..
Julie,
Public Health Team
8th April 2003
Vale of Glamorgan (Bro Morgannwg)
Family Event
Jebb and Nick made the sessions fun, exciting and interesting. Every child was included and encouraged to work outside their comfort zone.\nJebb and Nick were thorough gentlemen, it was great to work with them.\nA very big thank you!.
Katy,
5th April 2003
Warwickshire
School
Excellent! One mum reported that her daughter had said it was 'The best weekend of her life'!.
Graeme,
5th March 2003
Somerset
SEN
Mr Steve Grainger and his partner spent a whole week working with a group of 13 students aged 13 - 17 in January this year. The tuition was excellent, with workshops focusing on specific skills. An excellent variety of teaching methods was employed. A good awareness of the need to maintain interest levels was shown: activities were broken into manageable chunks which helped to maintain concentration. Excellent working relationships developed between tutors and learners. Students really enjoyed all aspects of Circus Skills Week, especially the show. This confirmed that the experience was valuable not only for developing physical, co-ordination skills but also inter-personal and communication skills. Changes in the students' body language were also noted during the week. To sum up: a very successful, worthwhile experience for students and staff, one which was generously resourced and efficiently managed by Mr Grainger and partner. Extremely good value for money..
Sally,
31st January 2003
Warwickshire
School
A really enjoyable day for both staff and children. Really raised self-esteem of children. Thank you..
Lisa,
Teacher
31st January 2003
Warwickshire
School
The children and staff all had a brilliant time, with plenty of interactive activities to keep the children interested during the session..
Bowyer,,
Headteacher
29th January 2003
Wiltshire
School
Thanks for an excellent day - we all loved it.
E,
29th January 2003
Wiltshire
School
This was so good we would like to book a whole week in June/July 2009 for a Circus Week with Y5/Y6 pupils..
Elisabeth,
Headteacher
29th January 2003
Wiltshire
School
Paul gave us an excellent week the children are still buzzing about it. \nThank you very much..
Stella,
28th January 2003
Greater London
School
Excellent day - Thanks very much. All the children achieved something today small and large.\n.
Ros,
Headteacher
11th January 2003
Suffolk
School
Jebb was excellent - but at times could have done with another pair of hands for safety reasons. Fantastic range of equipment and skills and pupils allowed to develop at their own pace with chosen skills. This created a huge sense of achievement for these young people..
Sally,
Acting Headteacher
18th October 2002
Gloucestershire
School
The overwhelming response from everyone involved in the day was that it was 'fantastic'. Children, staff, governors, parents, the Bishop & M.P. all had a great time. The leaders are sensitive to children's particular needs - excellent. Lots of laughing, learning of new skills and sheer enjoyment. Thanks again..
MJ,
Headteacher
9th October 2002
West Midlands
SEN
As a Headteacher of a special school for secondary aged boys with significant and persisting emotional and behavioural difficulties, I was absolutely delighted with the impact made by Shooting Stars Circus Skills. They grabbed the boys' attention from the outset, kept them motivated and positively involved throughout the day. The variety of activities was exceptional with all boys active for the whole day. Without doubt, this was the most successful activity session provided in school by external personnel. An excellent day!\nMr Quin "A truly wicked day with all the boys gaining confidence and greater self esteem. All the boys were kept motivated and on task through great leadership. Thanks for a great day.\n.
John,
Headteacher
24th June 2002
Derbyshire
School
The children thoroughly enjoyed it..
Felicity,
Headteacher
24th June 2002
Gloucestershire
School
Fantastic fun! Please can we book a 2 day period next year?.
John,
Teacher
24th June 2002
Derbyshire
School
once again - Very good throughout, we look forward to using you again, Many thanks, the children loved it!.
M.,
17th June 2002
West Midlands
School
Excellent! All the children had a great time - thank you. Unicycle video was good - pupils (Yr 6) enjoyed seeing some faces they recognised on the video!.
Sheila,
Headteacher
15th June 2002
Herefordshire
School
It is a great experience for all involved. The children meet new challenges, grow in confidence and have huge amounts of fun. Steve provides focused teaching of the skills, a friendly, well ordered atmosphere and an excellent variety of circus equipment..
Colette,
15th June 2002
Herefordshire
School
Worked hard to enthuse a very difficult group of kids. Thanks for sticking with us and coming back each week.\nThank you for sorting out the new equipment, we are having fun withit all..
Jackie,
Headteacher
14th June 2002
Worcestershire
School
Everything was brilliant - Parents "COMPLAINED that the pupils wouldn't stop talking about it!.
Jane,
Deputy
10th June 2002
Somerset
SEN
It was with nervous caution that we all welcomed your team late in the summer term to entertain and train our school of secondary aged boys, all of whom have statements for emotional and/or behavioural difficulties. Our primary concern, knowing their limited concentration spans and short fuses, was how you would engage them for a whole day? We were suitably impressed.\nIt was a most productive and rewarding day for the students and the staff. So much so, that a unicycle has been purchased and has been written into an individual education plans for one of our more difficult students. We all look forward to working with you and your team next year. Many thanks.\n.
Graeme,
6th June 2002
Somerset
SEN
Mr Steve Grainger and his partner spent a whole week working with a group of 13 students aged 13 - 17 in January this year. The tuition was excellent, with workshops focusing on specific skills. An excellent variety of teaching methods was employed. A good awareness of the need to maintain interest levels was shown: activities were broken into manageable chunks which helped to maintain concentration. Excellent working relationships developed between tutors and learners. Students really enjoyed all aspects of Circus Skills Week, especially the show. This confirmed that the experience was valuable not only for developing physical, co-ordination skills but also inter-personal and communication skills. Changes in the students' body language were also noted during the week. To sum up: a very successful, worthwhile experience for students and staff, one which was generously resourced and efficiently managed by Mr Grainger and partner. Extremely good value for money..
Nick,
Headteacher
22nd May 2002
Wiltshire
School
Both children and adults enjoyed the day and have been talking about it ever since. It was a very good way to start off our circus topic and has provided the children with first hand experiences to build on. Thank you..
Linda,
21st May 2002
Wiltshire
School
Staff impressed by safety training they received, and their involvement in the sessions. Personality and manner of Steve Grainger was great. Wonderful to have the use of the digital camera. One of the best 'whole school' days we have ever had. Lots of positive feedback from parents whose children usually go home and tell them nothing! .
Mark,
Deputy Headteacher
21st May 2002
Wiltshire
School
An absolutely stunning week. We have never had so many positive comments from children, parents and staff. It really was a moment the children will never forget. Thank you both very much and really look forward to meeting again sometime very soon in the future.\nComment from Yr 6 student \"I was born for this\"..
H,
Head Teacher
19th March 2002
Derbyshire
School
Children were encouraged to show off their new found skills in a supportive environment & without pressure. The performance was well organised & inclusive, regardless of ability..
Charlotte,
16th March 2002
Worcestershire
School
Children were engaged and interested all day - they loved it. Parents really impressed. Teachers enthusiastic..
Sue,
Guide Guider
23rd February 2002
Worcestershire
Guides
fantastic, and even though it was snowing heavily, Steve was in no rush to get away Thnak you very much for a wonderful day.
G.,
12th February 2002
Greater London
School
Steve & Jackie were very helpful and patient, the children thoroughly enjoyed their day & all the other year groups were extremely jealous! And now I can sort of juggle!!! Thank you very much..
Bill,
19th December 2001
Warwickshire
School
Excellent! Thank you for a superb day..
Angie,
Head Teacher
12th December 2001
Derbyshire
Pupil Referral Unit
Very entertaining and stimulating for young people. Very interested and amused. Great for their self-esteem and interpersonal skills. The workshop was a real treat for our pupils....It was superbly suited to their needs and enthusiasm. No pupil felt excluded and there were activities for the less energetic. Pupils could be as brave as they wanted..
Shelagh,
17th August 2001
Worcestershire
Fete / Carnival
The tent was very popular and it was a good focus for children. I have received very positive comments about you from visitor evaluation forms. Thanks for all your hard work..
Norman,
11th August 2001
Herefordshire
Fete / Carnival
Excellent! Most enjoyable, people enjoyed the participation..
Rebecca,
Education Officer
6th August 2001
Wiltshire
Family Event
Thank you very much for arranging to visit our Museum and teach circus skills. You were very professional and had a very good raport with the students. Everyone had a fantastic time and it was great fun. We all learnt something new from the sessions. If I organise more circus skills/clowning/history of jesters etc I would very much like to re-book..
Ceri,
23rd July 2001
Herefordshire
School
Excellent! I like the idea of the performing arts summer school! Will be in touch.
Diana,
Headteacher
18th July 2001
Gloucestershire
School
One parent commented on your natural empathy with the children - seconded by the staff. Very positive comments from children and parents. Some parents commented that children had talked of nothing else. Thank you very much! It was a great couple of days. .
Kathy,
16th July 2001
Somerset
School
Excellent! It was a great day. Good value. The pupils really enjoyed it, almost as much as the staff!.
D.,
12th July 2001
Warwickshire
School
The management of students was very skills - you provided a supportive and well disciplined environment which provided real opportunities for students to succeed in new ways. Their self-esteem was clearly enhanced by the experience. I also thought you were very flexible and accommodating. It was particularly good for students who usually under perform at school, and I feel that we will map the benefits in the future. The head is keen to involve the staff in a future circus skills activity..
S.,
Headteacher
11th July 2001
Staffordshire
School
Excellent. Thoroughly enjoyed by children and adults. Spot on! Thanks for a great day..
A.,
Headteacher
10th July 2001
Gloucestershire
School
Surpassed our expectations! Children gained so much from the experience - it was wonderful to watch the dogged determination of children as they practised and practised skills they had been taught until they accomplished them. We, as teachers, were surprised by the achievements of the children - you could see some children's self-confidence growing as they delighted in the skills they had mastered. We were all reduced to tears by one little boy, who has profound multiple physical and mental disabilities, he managed to walk the tightrope - raise his leg and wave - to the consternation of us all. Thank you for an amazing two days, a wonderful way to end the term, on an absolute high!\n(2002) "Thank you again for two wonderful days of workshops. Fantastic - yet again we've seen children's self-esteem being given a great boost. All children learnt a new skill and were eager to demonstrate it to any willing audience. A wonderful way to end the school year!\n(2004) "My last visit from Steve - as I retire. But I have booked for the new head as I am sure he/she will appreciate the value of circus skills. Circus Skills provide so much support for children - in terms of self-esteem, confidence, developing physical skills. Steve is wonderful at encouraging children to' have a go' and then taking them on in gradual steps to more advanced work. The children's sense of achievement is wonderful to see when they gain mastery of a new skill. Circus Skills is something in which all children can be involved - there are no barriers - just success. Thanks, Steve, for the many years of pleasure you have given the children at Benhall and for your unfailing commitment to children.\n.
Wendy,
Headteacher
10th July 2001
Gloucestershire
School
Responses from children:-\n\"The people keep you safe, they hold you up and help you.\"\n\"I was nervous on the tightrope but they told me I could do it and i did.\"\n\"The lady was beautiful and i loved everything.\"\n\"It was fantastic fun.\"\n\"Circus skills was my best ever day.\".