Big smiles for our Un­der-8s Day

Whit­sun­day schools get a day of fun

Whitsunday Times - - KIDS’ ZONE -

SCHOOLS and kids around the re­gion cel­e­brated Un­der-Eights Week last week.

Both Can­non­vale State School and Whit­sun­day Chris­tian Col­lege held a day of activities on Fri­day to get kids learn­ing through play.

An­gela Hef­fer­nan, mas­ter teacher at Can­non­vale State School, said the school had com­mu­nity groups as well as 400 stu­dents from Prep to Grade Two par­tic­i­pat­ing in a va­ri­ety of activities to cel­e­brate.

“We have face paint­ing, fruit loop thread­ing, bis­cuit mak­ing, pi­rate scav­enger hunt, bub­bles, play dough and lots of fun stuff. We have com­mu­nity den­tal, Whit­sun­day Fam­ily Day­care and we did have the lo­cal fire bri­gade and our lo­cal adopt-a-cop. The kids re­ally en­joyed meet­ing them,” she said.

“It’s been an ex­treme suc­cess. Every­one seems to be en­joy­ing them­selves. It’s a great op­por­tu­nity for the com­mu­nity to come to­gether and have a good time.

“It’s great for them to get out and just play. At Can­non­vale, we’re very sup­port­ive of play-based (learn­ing) and the im­por­tance of chil­dren learn­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion and ed­u­ca­tional skills through play. It’s a great way for them to get out and so­cialise with each other and bring fam­i­lies to­gether.”

Whit­sun­day Chris­tian Col­lege foun­da­tion phase co­or­di­na­tor El­marie van der Westhuizen said it was al­ways a day of fun and activities.

Their activities in­cluded a jumping cas­tle, ob­sta­cle course, play­dough and chalk draw­ing, Abo­rig­i­nal dot paint­ings, masks, a mock camp and sto­ry­time.

“It’s been run­ning for years and ev­ery year we cel­e­brate it, and this year it was about learn­ing through play,” she said.

“We have a sausage siz­zle and in the af­ter­noon we got to­gether and watched a movie. It was lovely weather, and a great way to cel­e­brate.”

This year’s theme was cel­e­brat­ing play from Coun­try to Coast.

Alan­nah Jack­snon (back) with Hunter Play­ford, Kayne Bird, Nash Bur­rows, Ol­lie James and Zachary Trefz at WCC’s Un­der-8s Day. Amelia Pound and Hud­son John­son loved their face paint de­sign from Un­der-8s Day at Can­non­vale on Fri­day.


FUN IN THE SUN: Me­gan Farrell and Lucy Bal­four get­ting arty with play dough at Can­non­vale State School's Un­der-8s Day last Fri­day.

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