Student juggles school with circus

GILL EVANS
Last updated 05:00 29/08/2012
New Plymouth Boys’ High School student Bradley Meredith demonstrates his juggling repertoire
CAMERON BURNELL/Fairfax NZ
KEEPING THEM AIRBORNE: New Plymouth Boys’ High School student Bradley Meredith demonstrates his juggling repertoire during a lunchtime busking session held as part of Arts Week.

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Bradley Meredith is living proof that you no longer have to run away from home to learn circus skills.

The New Plymouth Boys' High School student and member of the school's circus skills group showed off his talents during a lunchtime busking session held as part of Arts Week yesterday.

Bradley's been juggling for about four years but only started taking it seriously last year after meeting an Australian circus owner while on holiday in Fiji.

"He inspired me to try out all sorts of tricks and see just how many balls I could get up in the air," the 18-year-old said.

The circus skills group also put on a demonstration of slacklining which is similar to tightrope walking but uses a wider line that stretches and bounces like a long, narrow trampoline.

"I can juggle while on the slackline but am still learning the acrobatic moves," Bradley said.

NPBHS director cultural development Penni Bousfield said Arts Week was an initiative to get more cultural and performing arts happening in the school.

"It introduces them [the students] to new opportunities that they may not otherwise have tried or been aware of," Ms Bousfield said.

"It's another avenue to broaden their interests and find something they are good at."

Ms Bousfield said New Plymouth musician Andre Manella also gave a popular workshop demonstrating the art of looping, which involves recording one track on top of another building up layers of sound.

Other activities planned for the remainder of the week include pavement art, music, speech and poetry competitions, a concert and a documentary-making session based around the Maori TV series Songs from the Inside, she said.

"The week is also a bit of fun before everything focuses down on exams."

- Gill Evans is a Witt journalism student

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