Walcha Council runs another successful school holiday program

Children went crazy at the Library Fun Day during the school holidays while learning about the wide range of resources available to them.
Children went crazy at the Library Fun Day during the school holidays while learning about the wide range of resources available to them.

The recent Walcha Council school holiday program was a huge success, according to Madison Garrad, Walcha Council’s Library Services coordinator and youth worker. 

Primary school children aged between 8 and 12 made and raced their own robots during this school holiday workshop.

Primary school children aged between 8 and 12 made and raced their own robots during this school holiday workshop.

“Overall there were 10 activities on offer and more than 50 children took part in these activities,” she said. 

Preschool and kindergarten kids were impressed with Codey the humanoid robot when he answered their questions and told them a story.

Preschool and kindergarten kids were impressed with Codey the humanoid robot when he answered their questions and told them a story.

“The Apsley Falls bush walk and the Walcha Clue Trail had to be cancelled due to very low numbers, however given the array of exciting things happening in town during the second week of holidays this was to be expected.”

The Walcha Clue Trails are now available to borrow from the Tourist Information Centre, Ms Garrad said. 

“So people will have the opportunity to use this exciting resource whenever they want.”

There were plenty of other opportunities for students to get out and about though, including two mountain bike workshop run by Chris and Jack Feltham. 

“A total of 14 kids attended these,” Ms Garrad said.

“We will endeavour to run the Apsley Falls excursion during another set of school holidays. We have some exciting outdoor activities in the pipeline for the summer school holidays.”

Walcha Council also sponsors at least two Walcha Handmade workshops during each school holidays.

“These appear to be one of our most popular activities,” Ms Garrad said. 

Both the photography workshop with Tasha chawner and paper craft workshop with Ces Casey were booked out this time.”

The library was also well used during the school holidays. Two robotics workshops were conducted. A humanoid robot worth $20,000 starred in one attended by the 4-7-year-olds and the workshop for 8-14-year-olds was fully booked.

“The first workshop involved the introduction of the Central Northern Regional Libraries’ robot, Codey,” said Ms Garrad. 

“Codey danced, did tai chi and told stories for the children. They also got to create their own balancing robot. The second workshop involved learning to drive the VEX IQ robots. Then the children got to participate in a VEX Robot ringmaster challenge.”

The Library Fun Day for  students aged 8 to 12 was also fully subscribed.

“This day involved scavenger hunts and ‘Marco Polo’  around the library, the Great Library Race and random bookmarks of kindness,” Ms Garrad said. 

“The aim of this activity was to familiarise children with the books, dvd’s, etc that we hold in the library. We also hoped to show children that libraries are fun places with  countless resources.”

The LEGO workshop produced many creative sculptures of birds, rabbits, windmills, trucks and houses. 

Codey does Tai Chi