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Co-Curricular Showcase: Juggling Club

This is our eighth showcase of the MCNC’s Online Pocket Guide to Co-Curriculars – “the good, the bad, the ugly…”

12919399_1708727732727527_442569065_oHave you ever dreamed of entertaining others but don’t know how? Do you immediately think “yep, that’s me,” when referred to as clumsy, and desperately want to improve your hand-eye coordination? Do you want to impress your fellow classmates and peers with a dexterous and nimble-fingered art?

Welcome to Juggling Club! If you answered yes to any of the above, you’re at the right place.

What basic skills will I learn, and advanced skills will I progress onto in  Juggling Club?

The primary focus for beginners is to master and familiarise themselves with the three ball cascade, the most basic and the backbone of all other juggling patterns. From then on, trickier and more challenging sequences such as the mesmerising ‘Mill’s Mess’ may be taught; the customary round balls swapped for different objects such as clubs. Although not for the faint-hearted to hear, Mr. Meldrum speaks of the most skilled jugglers in the school to be able to juggle knives, and he himself, with fire, all with considerable ease!

What benefits will I gain from joining the juggling club?

In the long term, consistent practice will bring rewarding changes to the mind and body. This includes hand-eye coordination (unless you’re as experienced to juggling as Mr. Meldrum, who can juggle with eyes closed), proprioception (the awareness of self) and plasticity. Juggling can also act as a soothing form of meditation. Juggling may be even prescribed to combat certain brain problems or paralysis, in reinforcing the vital neural connections and motor control.

Great! How do I join?

All you need to bring is yourself, and the ready mindset to have a lot of fun while at the same time making countless mistakes and dropping juggling balls everywhere – that’s the only way you’ll learn.

Management teacher: Mr. Meldrum

Juggling club meetings occur once a week in R8 on Thursday lunchtimes.

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