Holiday program a chance to explore
PANNING for gold is just one of the fun adventures in a new school holiday program that kicked off for the first time in Beechworth this week.
Local man Marty Young, a management committee member, father and a driving force behind the Montessori school holiday program, said the two weeks of funfilled activities were mainly geared for primary school aged children.
“The program is to help out families with children from schools around Beechworth and the region,” he said.
Failing to find programs for his two young sons during the school holidays, Mr Young said he wanted to organise outdoor activities where children could immerse themselves in nature.
The school community teamed up and created fun activities from a magic show to nature walks and science workshops.
Part of the action on Monday of this week included a walk that explored the Yeddonba Aboriginal Cultural Site in the Chiltern-Mount Pilot National Park where children learned about cultural heritage of the area’s indigenous people along with the park’s fauna and flora.
Hunting insects and studying them under the microscope, building fort structures, and a nature walk gathering leaves, nuts, stones and twigs for nature art were among activities on the agenda too.
Mr Young said he enjoyed watching the children enjoy themselves and felt rewarded with the effort placed in the program.
He said the daily activities started at 10am and ran for about two hours.
For more information about next week’s program go to www.beechworthmontessori.vic.edu.au/school-holiday-program.
OUTDOOR LEARNING: Children Beechworth and surrounds had fun on a bush walk to the Yeddonba Aboriginal Cultural Site in the Chiltern-Mount Pilot National Park on Monday.