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Key Dates at a Glance
Autumn Term (September 23 – December 23)
Youth Class Start: Monday 11th September
Break: 30th October – 5th November
End: Sunday 26th December
Tech Week for RED SHOW w/c 27th November
10th September: (Sunday 10am – 11:30am) Discovery Taster
11th September: 6-week Adult Course starts
23rd October: 6-week Adult Course starts
30th October – 5th November: Half Term – No youth classes this week
19th November: (Sunday 10am – 11:30am) Discovery Taster
30th November: Last week of classes
4th December: Red Show Dress / Tech Week – No classes this week, but everyone will need to be at the Dress Rehearsal on Friday 8th December
8th December: (Friday 5pm – 9pm) Red Show Dress Rehearsal – Younger children will be finished by 7pm
9th December: (Saturday 3pm – 5pm) Red Show 1
9th December: (Saturday 7pm – 9pm) Red Show 2
10th December: (Sunday 12pm – 2pm) Red Show 3
10th December: (Sunday 3pm – 5pm) Red Show 4
CircusMASH Closed 18th December to 8th January.
MASH Rules for parents/guardians & participants
- Arrive on time. Participants must not miss the warm up as they will not be permitted in class
- Please ensure that hair is tied back. It is a hazard if it is not
- Correct clothing must be worn at all times. Black leggings/joggers/tights that are full length. A MASH T-shirt, or Leotard that covers arm pits
- No Jewellery in class. Tape is available for newly pierced ears
- Parents must be on time picking up youth
- There is a three strike rule. If rules are not obeyed after three strikes we reserve the right to un-enrol participants from the programme
Late pick-up fees
CircusMASH work with freelance trainers that are paid for the delivery of classes.
For youth that are not picked up on time the trainers need to wait around until parents arrive with no payment. For youth that are not picked up on time we need to cover the trainers fees which are £5 for every 15 minutes of lateness. We understand that as a one off it may not be your fault but we are having to implement this rule as a result of continuous pick up lateness.
Discovery Play (Tuesday 4.30pm) Show Schedule
Tech Week Starts on 4th December. This means that there will be NO class on Tuesday 5th December. Instead they will attend Dress Rehearsal on Friday.
Dress Rehearsal: Friday 8th December @5pm. Please collect young people at 6.30pm.
Showtime: Saturday 9th December @3pm. Arrival time is tbc.
Discovery (Wednesday at 4.30pm & Saturday at 9.30am) Show Schedule
Tech Week Starts on 4th December. This means that there will be NO classes this week. Instead they will attend Dress Rehearsal on Friday 8th.
Dress Rehearsal: Friday 8th December Drop off@5pm. Please collect young people at 6.30pm. It is compulsory to come to the dress rehearsal if they would like to be in the Saturday show.
Show 2: Saturday 9th December @ 7pm | Wednesday 4.30pm + Saturday 9.30am. Arrival time is tbc.
Show 3: Sunday 10th December @12pm | Wednesday 4.30pm. Arrival time is tbc.
Show 4: Sunday 10th December @3pm | Saturday 9.30am. Arrival time is tbc.
All Other Classes
- Youth Discovery – Wednesday 5.30pm & Saturday 10.30am
- Youth Aerial – Thursday 4.30pm & Saturday 11.30am
- Youth Foundation Ground & Aerial -Monday 5.30pm, Tuesday 5.30pm, Thursday 5.30pm
- Adult Aerial Classes – Monday 6.30pm & 8pm, Tuesday 6.30pm
- Adult CirqueStars – Wednesday 6.30pm
- Juggle Club – Sunday 5pm
There will be NO classes this week from 4th December. If you need extra practice there will be an opportunity to be part of tech rehearsals during the week.
Tech Rehearsal 1 4th December. This is not mandatory.
Tech Rehearsal 2 5th December. This is not mandatory.
Tech Rehearsal 3 6th December. This is not mandatory.
Tech Rehearsal 4 7th December. This is not mandatory.
Dress Rehearsal: Friday 8th December Drop off@5pm. Please collect young people at 6.30pm. It is compulsory to come to the dress rehearsal if they would like to be the Saturday show.
Show 1: Saturday 9th December @3pm. Arrival time is tbc.
Show 2: Saturday 9th December @ 7pm. Arrival time is tbc.
Show 3: Sunday 10th December @12pm. Arrival time is tbc.
Show 4: Sunday 10th December @3pm. Arrival time is tbc.
October Half Term Workshops
More information available soon
Codes of Practice
CircusMASH Youth Circus exists to advance the skills and education of young people in the knowledge, practice and appreciation of all aspects of circus in a safe and supportive educational environment in which they can develop and have fun. CircusMASH Adult academy also has this aim.
Our promise to you…
- To provide a safe, supportive environment to engage and learn circus activities
- Encourage you to develop skills in circus disciplines in preparation for a showcase
- Provide fully qualified coaches to aid your learning
- Ensure that all rehearsals start on time and sessions are prepared in advance
- Ensure that all sessions are fun
- Value participants equally regardless of age, disability, gender, orientation, race or religion
- Not tolerate any form of discrimination or bullying
- To challenge you with the disciplines that you are learning
- Set rehearsal targets that are challenging, yet achievable
- Always be available for any questions or concerns from participants or parents
Our expectation from you…
- Play an active part in supporting our codes of practice
- Behave in a controlled manner at all times in workshops and rehearsals
- Support others in their learning and development
- Arrive on time to workshops and rehearsals ready to start
- Arrive with correct clothing, shoes, no jewellery
- Ensure that you listen to your coach and use the equipment as instructed to do so
- Please bring your own water bottle to each session
- No food in rehearsals
Safety at Circus
Safety is our number one priority at CircusMASH. Learning circus disciplines can be dangerous and our job is to be aware of these dangers and meet all of our safety guidelines to ensure that every participant is kept safe at all times during rehearsals.
Participant Safety Rules
- Do not use the equipment without permission from the coach
- No Running around the equipment.
- Listen to your coaches instructions at all times
- Dress appropriately for rehearsals, no jewellery
- No chewing gum during rehearsals
Every discipline will have it’s own set of rules that apply to them. We will ensure:
- Every child on the equipment will have a coach/spotter with them and relevant safety matting will be in place
- They will work within their abilities yet be challenged safely
- All students will be supervised throughout each session
- All equipment will be safety checked before each circus session
If in the event of an emergency please listen to your teachers instructions. Teachers will ensure they have everyone registered in at the start of the session and lead everyone to safety.
Injuries & First Aid
A first aider will be present at all times during classes and rehearsals. In the event of a minor injury we will have a first aid kit available. Please ensure that you have filled in a parent emergency contact form.
While in the Circus Space:
- Water breaks will be given frequently, please bring your own water bottle
- Toilet breaks will be taken just when needed
- No chewing gum at any time
- No jewellery will be worn
All coaches are advanced DBS certified.
- Please be aware that there is CCTV in the studio we work
- If you do not agree with us taking photographs during rehearsals to document progress and for promotional purposes, please let us know on the registration form
Spotting & ensuring safety.
- It is common practice in coaching circus to use manual spotting techniques in order to keep participants safe, which may involve direct physical contact. This is the only way to ensure the child’s safety
Appropriate clothing and hair
- Please wear something that you feel comfortable moving about in Leggings/leotards are great as well as jogging bottoms with NO zips. Please ensure that your armpits, midriff and knee’s are covered
- No zips, buttons, sequins or any other object that may be sewn onto clothing
- Come along in trainers but you will need to be barefoot in some parts of the session
- Long hair tied up
- Learning circus can be very demanding. It is common for participants to feel uncomfortable trying something new. The reward comes from the achievement so we encourage all participants to overcome barriers that they are faced with
- Please be aware that certain circus activities can cause minor bumps and bruises like with any sporting activity
- We have 8 rules that we will go over with the children at the start of the programme that they will need to abide by for each session throughout the term.
- Only use equipment when told to do so by an instructor
- Always walk around the circus equipment. Never run
- Speak in a normal voice, no yelling or screaming
- Be at rehearsals on time
- Dress appropriately for training, no jewellery, tie long hair up
- Do not eat food or chew gum during training
- Inappropriate language is unacceptable
- Respect your coach and each other
Please download a copy of our full safeguarding policy here
The index of contents are:
– Policy Aims
– BEHAVIOUR STATEMENT
ANTI BULLYING AND ABUSE POLICY AND PROCEDURES
– INDICATORS OF ABUSE IN CHILDREN
– Physical Abuse
– Emotional Abuse
– Sexual Abuse
– STRATEGIES TO DISCOURAGE BULLYING
– ABUSE OF POSITION OF TRUST
– POOR PRACTICE
RESPONDING TO ALLEGATIONS/SUSPICIONS
– REPORTING PROCEDURE
– RESPONDING TO DISCLOSURE OF ABUSE
WHISTLE BLOWING PROCEDURES
SAFE RECRUITMENT AND TRAINING OF STAFF/VOLUNTEERS
– INTERVIEW AND INDUCTION
– WELFARE OFFICERS
– PLANNING AND PREPARATION
DUTY OF CARE
DRUGS AND ALCOHOL MISUSE
PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE USE OF IMAGES AND VIDEOS
SPOTTING AND MANUAL SUPPORT
DROP OFF/COLLECTION OF MEMBERS
– LATE PICK UP
– PERSISTENT FAILURE TO COLLECT A CHILD/YOUNG PERSON ON TIME
LOST CHILDREN PROCEDURES
● Operates a zero tolerance to bullying, discrimination or negativity towards others
● Promotes a safe space for all individuals irrespective of age, gender, ability, sexuality, political or religious beliefs, racial or ethnic origins
● Aims to promote a cohesive community where all staff, mentors, volunteers and associates are expected to contribute to maintain an inclusive, welcoming space
Disclosure of bullying behaviour will be treated as a safeguarding concern, in conjunction with the behaviour management policy and the bullying resolution procedures outlined below.
Bullying is the intention to cause unhappiness in another person. It can involve any physical, psychological or verbal action by an individual or a group that is designed to scare, harm, or intimidate, another person. Bullying is typically systematic and intentional, it may be in person or online. It is often motivated by prejudice against particular groups.
Where bullying has been alleged the anti-bullying policy should be enacted alongside, safeguarding and behaviour management policies. Where staff, mentors or affiliates are subject to such practice they are advised to respond as follows:
a) If the originator of the material is an employee they should consider resolving the matter directly with CircusMASH management or Board of Trustees
b) If the originator of the material is a participant they should report this to Liz Sifford and the matter will be dealt with in accordance with the safeguarding and behaviour management policies as well as the code of conduct
c) if the originator of the material is a contractor, client or visitor they should immediately report this to Liz Sifford
d) if the originator of the material has no connection to CircusMASH they should consider reporting the matter to the police, and disclose to Circus Central manager to ensure their safety and well-being within the premises
Bullying is not acceptable within CircusMASH. We aim to prevent bullying with a cohesive approach between participants and staff.
All participants are expected to work together to prevent bullying: participants are expected to tell mentors if they witness any bullying behaviours.
Staff and Volunteers
Staff must be vigilant of bullying behaviours within their sessions. Should bullying behaviours be witnessed, staff must
● Consider their personal safety and the safety of the group prior to intervening. Consult with other staff if necessary before taking action
● Follow the Safeguarding policy and procedures
● The Safeguarding Officer will assess the nature of the suspicions or the disclosure
● The Safeguarding Officer will decide on an appropriate course of action to resolve the situation
Where an allegation of bullying behaviour is made against a member, the safeguarding officer, in conjunction with other staff members will decide on the appropriate course of action to resolve the situation. CircusMASH reserves the right to implement measures, including barring the member, to safeguard participants.
Where bullying behaviour has been identified the Safeguarding Officer will
● Keep a written record of actions taken
● Work with relevant organisations and individuals to incur a satisfactory resolution (e.g. police/care workers/ support workers/ parents etc) Alternative resolutions to barring individuals include:
● Speak with the victim and bully (ies) separately. Encourage the victim to share the impact of bullying. Share impact with the bully to encourage empathy and understanding of impact of their behaviour
● Check in with bully to ascertain why the behaviour is occuring
● Seek an apology from the bully
● Work with the bully and victims carers/ support workers to develop a plan to change behaviour and check in with progress
● Insist on return of ‘borrowed’ items
● Support the victim/ bully to access counselling
Policy and Procedures
- Ask participants to change name to their own (not parents) so they can be vetted in the waiting room. Change name function can be turned on or off.
- Enable waiting rooms. This means you can vet participants and not allow uninvited guests, particularly if it is a public invite.
- Turn off recording for participants.
- Turn off private chat between participants if young or vulnerable participants.
- Screen sharing. Turn off for other participants so they can’t share inappropriate content.
- Warn that chat will be auto saved. Avoids inappropriate language being used.
- Ask permission before recording or screen shotting. Have a back up plan for taking notes if a participant refuses recording (one refusal means all recording ceases)
- Be aware with host screen sharing that if you share a home screen no personal data is visible.
- Sharing YouTube videos. When they end it can auto share the next video, which may be inappropriate.
- Tell in advance, unruly members they will go back in the waiting room or be cut completely if they should transgress defined rules.
- Know where the buttons are. Know where the button is to remove someone, if uninvited guests gatecrash. Or shut down the meeting immediately.
- Advise participants
a. devices should be charged up and connected before the session.
b. Change name to the one they used to register for the meeting so they can be vetted in the waiting room.
c. Re. Background visual content or offered content: “We won’t show you anything you won’t like so please try not to show us”
d. Check lighting is adequate.
e. Ensure students are dressed appropriately and are not in pyjamas.
- Know where the mute and mute all buttons are to eliminate Background noise ie. washing up, children in the background etc.
- If someone appears on the screen inappropriately dressed, know where the remove button is.
- If someone leaves without giving a reason, check in with them.
CircusMASH takes the utmost precautions to keep zoom a safe place for you and your youth, CircusMASH staff are trained to deliver zoom sessions safely but we ask you to follow our protocol.
Please do not share the link with anyone who has not been invited by us, and we ask you to respect everyone’s privacy by not screenshotting or recording any content. We will ask permission before we do, and only if everyone has agreed to media consent.
Check your backgrounds for things you wouldn’t like us to see, and forewarn family members who might come onto the screen. Parents of younger children, you may want to be in the background when we zoom.
Make sure that your device is charged up and connected to the internet, and that you log on 5 minutes before the session starts in case of technical diculties. If you have background noise, we will politely mute you to avoid disrupting the speaker.
If inappropriate behaviour or language is used, verbally, in the chat, or on names, a warning will be given or you will be put back in the waiting room or removed and parents will be informed. If by any chance your child has been upset by content in the zoom, please don’t hesitate to inform us. Private chat will be turned off to stop any inappropriate private messages. If a child leaves the zoom abruptly or without reason, we will contact the parent to check that they are ok.
When we start, you will arrive in a waiting room, please have a recognisable name so we know who to let in.
We (CircusMASH and all those who represent CircusMASH) undertake to not record this meeting without the consent of all parties, any recording will be only used for training and marketing purposes and any subject data will be held and dealt with according to our Privacy Statement and Privacy Policies. If recording either by audio or video of a zoom meeting is to be done, it will be announced prior to the start of recording and consent will again be requested at the time from the participants. If just one participant withholds consent, recording will not take place.
The record function that enables other participants to record the meeting will be turned off so any data retained is only held by CircusMASH. CircusMASH invites participants to online meetings and events to further the operation of CircusMASH only and therefore we strongly discourage other participants from making recordings which could be used inappropriately. Please be aware that we cannot prevent participants screen recording by using other methods, and we thus urge everyone to be mindful of the content that they deliver to the meeting, either verbally or through the audio/video and chat functions.
Should it come to our attention that any participants of an CircusMASH online meeting or event has misused CircusMASH data, including unauthorised recordings, this would be viewed as gross misconduct and will be dealt with accordingly. This could include being barred from similar events.