Hol­i­day fun guided by lo­cal fam­i­lies

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Chil­dren at­tend­ing the In­tereach Out Of School Hours (OOSH) sum­mer pro­gram saw in the New Year with some spe­cial ac­tiv­i­ties last week.

On Tues­day stu­dents were en­cour­aged to make their own party hats for a cel­e­bra­tion at the In­tereach Fam­ily Cen­tre in Trick­ett St, De­niliquin.

The crafty fun is just one of a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties of­fered to chil­dren us­ing the ser­vice these sum­mer hol­i­days.

In­tereach’s OOSH pro­gram man­ager Cath McLean said the pro­gram, which of­fered struc­tured fun each week day un­til Fe­bru­ary 1, has been de­vel­oped to re­flect the de­sired ex­pe­ri­ences and pref­er­ences of lo­cal fam­i­lies.

‘‘The chil­dren and fam­i­lies par­tic­i­pate in dis­cus­sions and sur­veys which helps us iden­tify what they want to do,’’ Mrs McLean said.

‘‘We do this while still pro­vid­ing that plat­form to learn, play and de­velop so­cial skills in a safe space.’’

The pro­gram started on De­cem­ber 25 and re­turned last week after a break over the Christ­mas and New Year pe­riod.

Other ac­tiv­i­ties en­joyed by par­tic­i­pants so far have in­cluded danc­ing lessons, an ex­cur­sion to the De­niliquin Swim Cen­tre and Christ­mas cook­ing.

Among the ac­tiv­i­ties yet to be en­joyed are movie days, both at the cen­tre and at the Para­mount Cin­ema in Echuca, wa­ter play, Ital­ian and Mex­i­can cook­ing and var­i­ous sci­ence-based ac­tiv­i­ties.

There are still spa­ces left for fam­i­lies who wish to en­rol their chil­dren, aged five to 12, for the hol­i­day pro­gram. Email [email protected]­tereach.com.au, or call 5890 5260 or 0428 554 478.

Mak­ing New Year cel­e­bra­tion hats last week were (from left) Izzy Foun­tain, Piper Hansen and Evie Mace.

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