From the Assistant Principal, Student Development

Claire Melloy - Assistant Principal, Student Development

Claire Melloy - Assistant Principal, Student Development

Most of us are ready for the summer holidays.

For some, holidays can be lonely, isolating and, for others, boring. Here are some ideas to keep everyone busy, entertained, occupied and feeling connected and supported over the summer break.

In addition to Radford's excellent Outside School Hours Care holiday program, and the Sports Department's two sports programs, the following activities are just some of what's available in Canberra over the summer break:

1.      School holidays at the Australian Institute of Sport. Teach them coordination, sportsmanship and team work by enrolling them into sport at the Australian Institute of Sport. It hosts children's programs every school break. 2 January – 1 February 2019.  

2.     Deadly 60 Down Under. Animal lovers can meet the man behind the show Steve Backshall as he brings his shows – and his animals – to the Canberra stage. 18 January 2019.  
3.      The 91-Storey Treehouse. Little ones a fan of the hilarious book series? Now they can see it come to life at the Canberra Theatre Centre these school holidays. Be prepared to laugh your lungs out. 1–2 February 2019.
4.      Canberra United vs Brisbane Roar. Take the kids out for a day at the footy to cheer their players on. 27 December 2018. 
5.      Summer At The Mint. There's a whole slew of children's activities going on throughout the school holidays at The Mint. From Christmas origami to making your own treasure chest. 5 to 9-year-olds. 17 December 2018 – 23 January 2019.
6.      Questacon Holiday ProgramsApp Design (and others) 22-24 January 2019
7.      National Museum of Australia  When In Rome Summer School. 711 and 1418 January 2019. 

REACHOUT also offers the following advice:

What to do if you’re bored:
If the summer break seems like it’s going on forever, here are some ways to banish boredom and get the most out of your summer, without forking out heaps of cash:

  • Make something. Bake a cake or create a playlist of your favourite music to share with a friend. Making, building or creating things are great ways to avoid feeling bored and help you feel that you’ve accomplished something.
  • Start that book you’ve been meaning to read all year.
  • Learn something new – like how to tune your bike. (YouTube has tutorials on just about any topic you can think of.) You could even just brush up on your general knowledge with HowStuffWorks.
  • Challenge yourself to a social media-detox, whether it’s for a day, a week or even a month (eeek!). See what life is like only IRL, off the grid.
  • Break out of your everyday bubble. Visit a new beach or café, or invite a friend to spend a day or a weekend exploring a national park you’ve never been to before. Get in the car, go out on foot, pack a lunch, trust your feet and don’t turn back … unless you get lost. Then you should probably turn back.
  • Plan a surprise for someone. It could be a treat, an activity, a concert, or anything else you think they’d enjoy. It’s fun for you and fun for them – everybody wins.

What to read:

Recommending books can be tricky, hopefully you find something in the links below!

goodreads Summer Reading

goodreads Australian Fiction

NY Times Best Sellers

Dymocks Top 101

Children's Book Review

What to do if you need someone to talk to:

Holidays can take students away from friends and their usual school supports. Changes to routine can cause some young people to feel stressed, isolated and alone. Being supportive is especially important when it comes to a time of change in a young person’s routine or life structure.

There are signs that may suggest things are not quite right with your young person and that you might need to talk to someone about what's going on. These include:

  • Not enjoying or not wanting to be involved in things they would normally enjoy
  • Unusual sleeping or eating habits
  • Being easily irritable or angry with friends or family for no reason
  • Being involved in risky behaviour they would normally avoid
  • Feeling tense, restless, stressed or worried
  • Crying for no apparent reason, feeling sad or down for long periods of time
  • Having lots of negative thoughts.

HEADSPACE is a terrific resource and a contact if anyone needs support or someone to talk to over the holidays. 

Kids helpline 1800 55 1800

Wishing you all a peaceful, safe and restful break.

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