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School holidays are always a very important part of the GBB’s calendar.
Our Vacation Care Program is met with great anticipation from our children who are enthusiastic to learn new skills and try activities they might not otherwise get to try. It also offers a great environment to spend time with many of their closest friends.
The Sydney lockdown restricted holiday activities to our centre. In times like these, we are incredibly thankful for the excellent resources we can offer our children.
In the September Vacation Care, we did many great activities including:
- Terrarium making
- Paint by numbers session
- Highly competitive basement games
- Creating GBB’s very own Spoonville
- Chess tournament
Many of our children have been stuck at home all term, making the chance to enjoy activities at the centre extremely exciting. They played games in the basement in great spirit, especially the floor is lava. After a long time apart, our children enjoyed the chance to run around and play together.
The children also had the opportunity to get creative. Our Family Support Officer, Miss Bec, ran a great paint-by-numbers session. The Brigade even launched its very own Spoonville, a small but tight-knit community of Spoony people (decorated spoons, complete with facial features and strong personalities).
In the Youth Program, our high schoolers competed in a very intense chess tournament. Hardly a word was spoken in the three-hour tournament. Over four rounds, the players showed great concentration before a young teen was crowned the overall winner. It was a great moment for the teen who had also won the gaming competition the day before.
Lockdown restrictions meant that many children had to stay at home for the holidays. We supported them by delivering food staples, dinners and Vacation Care packs. These packs included toys, games and lots of items to get very arty and crafty. This gave them the chance to take part in many of the in-centre activities whilst at home.
It was a fantastic school holiday after a challenging school term. All our children are very excited about the January Vacation Care. We all have our fingers crossed for the chance to go on excursions and visits to the local parks.
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