Fun. The Circular Head Youth Leaders know what it means to be a teenager living in a rural place.
So, they have been busily preparing a holiday program just for you.
In the winter holidays (July 7 to 18), there will be an opportunity to try new things, take part in old favourites and best of all – share in the fun with other teenagers from Circular Head.
CHYL member Carol Huisman said the program aims to include all youth. “Whether you like sport or crafts or movies,” she said.
A day of inside activities is planned for the first week of holidays, with basketball and squash on offer at the Smithton Sports Centre.
The group stressed it is just about having a go at something you may not have tried before.
Upstairs, a craft stall with loom band, card making and origami will be in full swing – with youth encouraged to bring projects they are working on or start something new.
The day is also a way for the high school aged youth to come together and socialise.
“We’re a friendly bunch,” Carol said of the CHYL group – with members from Smithton High School, Circular Head Christian School, Hellyer College and Marist Regional College.
Younger students are not being left out, with a ‘Crazy Sock Dance’ in week two. The rules are: wear your wackiest socks and let loose on the dance floor.
With some children coming from vacation care program Kites’ ‘Crazy Hair Day’, it is expected to be a colourful affair.
Circular Head Council’s newly appointed youth and community officer Jodie Saville, said the school holiday program is a vital part of her role.
“It’s important to keep them engaged, so they don’t get bored and indulge in risky behaviour.”
She said the council has tried to combat the lack of transport – a common complaint among rural teens – with a free bus trip to the Burnie cinema.
Commuters will only need to pay for their movie ticket and snacks, all at a discounted price.
The youth leaders have thought of everything in their planning, organising the bus for a time when two movies are playing: How to Train Your Dragon II and Transformers.
While the isolation of Circular Head is often a talking point among friends, CHYL member Anna Ling said the group is “really making Smithton a place for youth”.
Carol added the upside to living in a small, rural community is “you’re getting to know people and make friends because of it”.
For more information about the school holiday program contact Jodie Saville on 6452 4800.