Hol­i­day pro­gram a chance to ex­plore

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - By CORAL COOK­SLEY

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.

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