Approved Specialist Circus Program



Canning Vale College offers a unique Approved Specialist Circus Program. This is a school based extension program designed for students with an interest and talent in circus skills and performing on stage.

This program introduces students to broad range of skills from learning a range of circus equipment through to developing and performing routines and whole stage shows. Students in this program have the opportunity to work with their peers to develop their skills plus a range of external tutors from WA, across Australia and International.

The most visible aspect of the Program is the Act Belong Commit CVC Circus Troupe, but this is only one tier within the program. All students in the program are sorted into one of the two afterschool tiers, the Junior Training Troupe and Senior Performance Troupe. This runs on either a Tuesday after school (Junior Training Troupe) or Wednesday (Senior Performance Troupe).

The program then expands in Years 11 And 12 with a Certificate II in Creative Industries. This course offers a comprehensive overview of all aspects of the live productions and gives participants experience in writing and scripting, stage management, lighting, production development and directing.

The program has had the amazing support of Act Belong Commit for the past 7 years. Without this support, the opportunities on offer through this program would not be possible. The Act Belong Commit CVC Circus Troupe has been able to use the Act Belong Commit support to develop circus stage shows with positive health messages for Fringe World Festival, Telethon, RAC Christmas Pageant, Primary School Tour, Country Tour, National and International tours plus a number of workshops and performances for local community and school groups.

Our students have performed at Disneyland and Universal Studios California, taken workshops at the Los Angeles Circus School, performed and run workshops on Coco’s Keeling Islands, undertook a week of training at the National Institute of Circus (NICA) and Circus OZ in Melbourne, performed at Dreamworld Queensland and taken workshops at Flipside Circus Brisbane.

All of this experience have helped a large number of graduates enter a career in the performing arts, including student placements at NICA, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), multiple entrants to WAAPA programs, and even students undertaking circus programs in Canada for entry to Cirque Du Soleil. 
Students accepted into this program will be enrolled in an Extension Circus unit from Year 7 and may continue in the extension class through to Year 10.


The Program is selective and highly competitive. Auditions will be held in Term 2 or 3 of the previous year to commencement. Applicants will also be invited to a pre-audition workshop. Students who are accepted are then streamed into one of the afterschool sessions.

To apply for this program please fill out the CVC Approved Specialist Application Form.
Please note due to COVID-19 we have extended the end of Term 1 deadline. We are still accepting 2021 applications and encourage you to submit the application as soon as possible. 


In 2018, Circus Coordinator Crystle Challinger was crowned Australian VET Trainer of the Year 2018. Miss Challinger was the only secondary education teacher to be nominated for or win an award at both state and national level. To win the award when up against TAFE, University and Registered Training Organisations is an absolutely incredible achievement and a real testament to her dedication to VET programs in Creative Industries for students at CVC. 


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