IT'S not often students are encouraged to clown around at school.
But teachers at Yenda Public School didn't mind at all yesterday as excited pupils took part in circus-themed workshops.
Students swapped books and pens for juggling balls, spinning plates and diabolos, during the Up and Active health promotion program by touring group Circus Challenge.
Teacher Michelle Perez said the aim was to provide students with a unique and creative way to engage in physical activity.
"Students had the opportunity to learn a wide range of circus skills that required team work, goal setting and persistence," she said.
"They really got into it and enjoyed getting up on stage to try all of the things they learned.
"This is the first time we've had a visit like this and everyone has really enjoyed it."
Seven-year-old Alex Terrazas was among those involved in the circus workshop classes and assisted the visiting performers in presenting their juggling show.
"They do some very good tricks," he said.
"They taught me a few of them. My favourite thing was watching them ride the mini-bike around.
Richard Filby from Circus Challenge said it was good to see the kids to keen to have a go.
"We like to give the kids a shot at building up their confidence," he said.
"This shows them that there is always something they can do."