Learning will be magic for pupils

MAGIC ADVICE ... magician Magic Andrew at Hebburn Lakes Primary School during last year's International Magic Festival's school programme with pupil James Matkin.
MAGIC ADVICE ... magician Magic Andrew at Hebburn Lakes Primary School during last year's International Magic Festival's school programme with pupil James Matkin.

School pupils in South Tyneside are being offered a magical way to learn vital life lessons – including stranger danger, road safety and science.

Between Monday, March 9 and Thursday, March 12, schools are being offered the chance to book a visit by a top North-East magician as part of the South Tyneside International Magic Festival.

There are three hour-long shows to choose from, including a general magic performance for all ages, a spellbinding look at various scientific principles for Key Stage 2 and a trick-based exploration of stranger danger and road safety for pupils at Key Stage 1 and below.

Each session is designed to be fun and interactive, with a more serious message conveyed underneath.

Coun Alan Kerr, deputy leader of South Tyneside Council with responsibility for culture and leisure, said: “The schools programme is one of the most popular aspects of the annual South Tyneside International Magic Festival and was booked to capacity in 2014.

“This year we have three unique shows available and will accommodate as many schools as possible throughout the week-long event.”

The South Tyneside International Magic Festival, now in its 12th year, annually attracts professional magicians and magic fans from around the globe.

This year’s event will also include two international gala shows and a Family Magic Extravaganza at the Customs House, South Shields.

Tickets for these events, priced from £7 each, are available now from the Customs House on 454 1234 or www.thecustomshouse.co.uk.

Schools interested in booking a magic show are asked to contact the South Tyneside Council Events Team on 424 7988 or daniel.lee@southtyneside.gov.uk.

For further details on the South Tyneside International Magic Festival, go towww.southtyneside.info/magicfestival

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