Holiday programmes still popular
Christchurch school holiday programmes have been kept busy as parents head back to work.
Caroline Fletcher from the St Margaret’s College school holiday programme said numbers vary from day to day, but they have been consistently busy.
She said the key to keeping the children happy is making the programmes fun, entertaining and interesting. If the children are not having fun they will not want to spend their holiday’s there.
‘‘We have some children who have been right through with us, starting at five, and are now 13 and still enjoying it.’’
The St Margaret’s group go off site to one activity each day, involving anything from a day at the beach to sailing, movies, mountain biking and a play day at Chipmunks.
Julie Reynolds from Sport Canterbury’s active kids holiday programmes said their programmes, which have four different locations this week, are attracting large numbers of children early in 2013.
The programmes are designed to promote fun, participation and sporting experiences and provide children with opportunities to try a wide range of different sports and games.
Youthtown’s Christchurch branch manager Amanda Murray said their breakaway programme was in high demand this year.
The youthtown programme has taken children on a range of fun activities, including the Adrenalin Forest, kayaking, surfing, indoor games at Howzat and skateboarding.
The Youthtown programmes are aimed at having fun but also increasing self confidence, self esteem, communication skills and learning the importance of being physically active