Friends Mike Crowther, Harry Crowther, Alex Henricksen, Jack Jones and Charlie Parker have fun at WIRAC during their holidays. Photo Emma Channon
Friends Mike Crowther, Harry Crowther, Alex Henricksen, Jack Jones and Charlie Parker have fun at WIRAC during their holidays. Photo Emma Channon

Holiday program keeps kids amused

CONQUERING a rock wall and a giant inflatable obstacle course one day; a swim followed by a zumba class the next.

Whatever the activity, all children participating in the holiday program at WIRAC have been enjoying their time off from school – and far too busy to think about being bored.

One of the holiday program participants, Gabrielle Thornton, said she enjoyed the activities planned for the group each day.

“I’m definitely having lots of fun,” she said.

“We were able to do rock climbing (yesterday) and we go for a swim every day. Sometimes we play a bit of basketball and watch a range of movies.”

The most recent film choice was Mega Mind, which nine-year-old Gabrielle said was a hit with all viewers.

Yesterday’s rock-climbing activity was also a popular activity.

“It was lots of fun – it was pretty high when I went up, but it wasn’t too scary,” she said.

“We had ropes and everything so we couldn’t fall down.”

This wasn’t the first holiday program for Gabrielle, and she said she would “definitely” recommend it to her other friends.

During the winter holidays and with uninviting weather coaxing people indoors, you’d be forgiven to expect the number of youth incidents to spike.

But with one more week to go until school resumes, Warwick Police Acting Officer in Charge Des Canning said Warwick school students have been keeping busy and out of trouble.

“We’ve had no reported incidents involving school kids,” he said.

The same view was held by Rose City Shoppingworld manager Jason Gard, who said there had not been any incidents involving holidaying students.

“We normally get a few more kids hanging about over the school holidays but we get groups all the time,” he said.

“I can’t say I’ve noticed anything different this time. There’s no incident that comes to mind; but the people who do cause any problems will cause problems whenever it suits them, not just over the holidays.”



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