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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.\".
Wendy,
Headteacher
10th July 2001
Gloucestershire
School
Great series of sessions which the children loved.\nIt was a great idea to have the presentation to the school and parents at the end.\nThank you very much..
Wendy,
Headteacher
10th July 2001
Gloucestershire
School
A very successful day which really supported our circus theme well.\nThank you, we will book again!.
Kirsty,
25th June 2001
Hampshire
School
Excellent, well equipped, was able to hit level of children and lots of fun. Overall an excellent day! The children really enjoyed the day and have had a great experience. The work following showed their interest..
St,
23rd June 2001
Gloucestershire
School
The activties were great fun within the children's group. They had a wonderful time. Its just a shame the session wasnt longer!\nThe instructor was very friendly and excellent with the children. The class all participated enthusiastically and seemed to get a lot out of the session..
Cheryl,
Teacher
22nd June 2001
Worcestershire
School
A Lovely fun packed day. Thank you for a wonderful day! The children are pestering me & asking when you will be back - soon hopefully. .
Rachel,
21st June 2001
Nottinghamshire
School
Excellent day. The best day we've had all year. The children were so excited before, during and after the day. The feedback from children and parents was so positive. Everything was pitched at the right level. Next time we would have you for at least 2 days. Many thanks for a truly fantastic day..
Nicola,
21st June 2001
Nottinghamshire
School
Paul was excellent! He worked extremely hard all day and was very flexible in his approach. He related well to the students involved, yet controlled the workshops professionally to ensure that everyone participated safely. We have already booked a second event.\nPaul was very entertaining & the mixed groups thoroughly enjoyed the session..
Jane,
6th June 2001
Warwickshire
School
This was a group of 'difficult' students. Brilliant was the comment of most. Two presenters, good humoured all day. .
Angie,
3rd June 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..
Jill,
2nd June 2001
Surrey
School
Jeb had them all spell bound from the outset. His friendly manner and great sense of humour put even the most hesitant at ease. By the end of the session children were enjoying balancing, juggling and challenging themselves to 'have a go' at a range of activities. \nAge appropriate from 5 - 45! \nJeb even had our PE teacher on the tightrope!\nThank you..
Kerry,
1st June 2001
Worcestershire
School
An absolutely fabulous day! The students got so much out of the variety of activities and were buzzing with their new talents. Thank you very much!.
Linda,
24th May 2001
Warwickshire
School
It gave lots of children the opportunity to develop confidence and skills in areas that they had previously had no experience of. It was nice to see so many children totally enthralled for so long..
F.,
4th May 2001
Staffordshire
School
We liked the idea of the early part of the session 'having a go' at all the exciting equipment, then spending the rest of the session really working at learning a skill. The children who worked in this manner got most out of the day. Very good value..
Penny,
25th April 2001
Dorset
School
I was impressed with the range of equipment. Feedback from the kids was excellent, they all thoroughly enjoyed the workshops..
Sue,
Brown Owl
28th March 2001
Worcestershire
Brownies
The girls had a thoroughly good time. Their interest was held throughout the two sessions. They were pleased to gain their badge..
Elizabeth,
Leader
28th March 2001
City of Bristol
Guides
The girls and leaders had a great time, especially the fun time on the 21st March..
Mandy,
Guide Leader
28th March 2001
Worcestershire
Brownies
It was fantastic thank you, see you in the summer hopefully.\n.
G.,
23rd March 2001
Essex
School
Excellent! Everyone really enjoyed the day. Have passed your information on to another school..