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CQUni students spread Safety Circus message to Queensland's primary schoolers

Published:26 June 2019

(Top): CQCM second and third year Bachelor of Theatre students are currently performing the Safety Circus to primary school students in North Queensland. Michael Lee, Amy Stockow (hidden), Jackson Wecker, Breanna King, Cara Slim, Leah Thomas and (bottom): Amy Stockow and Maddy Frankel.

CQUniversity’s Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music students are hitting the road again with the Queensland Police Service Crime Prevention unit, taking their vital Safety Circus message to primary schoolers in North Queensland.

The Safety Circus is an engaging theatre production running for 30 minutes, which imparts important safety messages to children around the areas of road safety (wearing helmets on bikes and scooters), bullying (using bystander behaviours to change the outcome of bullying), and use of a safety network to find a trusted adult.

It uses an original script written by Hannah Barn, a CQUni Bachelor of Theatre Honours student, as part of her Honours study. The show also features original songs with the lyrics written by Hannah Barn and the original music is written and arranged by Dr Judith Brown. The messages are based on the latest research on protective behaviours for children.

The Bachelor of Theatre students are performing the Safety Circus to grade 3 students at schools in the Bowen and Whitsunday area, including Collinsville State School and S.t John Bosco Catholic School, Bowen State School, Merinda State School, Queens Beach State School, St. Mary’s Catholic School, Proserpine State School and St. Catherine’s Catholic School.

“These students are taking time out of their mid-year vacation to present these important safety messages to the students ahead of the school holidays,” Dr Brown said.

A colouring competition was also held as part of the Safety Circus’ bicycle safety messages.