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Game on for students this summer

Game on for students this summer It’s game on for local students in the upcoming school holidays, if they take part in the City of Canterbury Bankstown’s Summer Reading Club. No  

It’s game on for local students in the upcoming school holidays, if they take part in the City of Canterbury Bankstown’s Summer Reading Club.

The theme for this year’s 10-week program, which kicked off at Council’s nine library and knowledge centres earlier month, is Game On. It will include activities, writing, drawing and guessing challenges, as well as prizes to be won.

Children of all ages can get involved, with the Club broken into three groups:

  • Read to Me! Designed for parents to share stories with children aged 0-4 years;
  • Primary, for students aged 5-11 years; and
  • Youth, for students aged 12-18 years.

Bankstown resident, Zeinab Khattab, whose five-year-old daughter, Aisha, and two-year-old son, Deen, are taking part, said her children really enjoyed keeping track of their reading last year.

"Reading usually dwindles off during the summer holidays, so the Summer Reading Club is the perfect motivator for the kids – and for me," she said.

"For every five books read, the kids get stickers, pencils and other trinkets to keep them going. With the help of my husband and I, Aisha conquered 35 books while Deen tackled another 25."

Mrs Khattab said she was looking forward to this year’s presentation evenings, which will be held at both Campsie and Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centres in February.

"All the kids receive a certificate that says how many books they’ve read for the year. The night is great fun," Mrs Khattab said.

"It’s the way these programs make the kids feel that keeps us coming back. I’ve been bringing Aisha to Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre since she was six-months-old."

Mayor Khal Asfour said the Summer Reading Club was just one of many options for students to take part in these summer school holidays.

"We always look to offer a fun-filled school holiday program children can enjoy with their friends and family," Mayor Asfour said.

"Our nine library and knowledge centres, Bankstown Arts Centre and Belmore Youth Resource Centre have a jam-packed summer school holiday schedule."

Some of the school holiday activities include:

  • Guitar lessons (11-15 years) at Bankstown Arts Centre, every Tuesday from 6-7pm;
  • Bubble Show (5-12 years) at Earlwood Library and Knowledge Centre on Tuesday 9 January at 10.30am;
  • Pottery and sculpture classes (6-10 years) at Bankstown Arts Centre, every Wednesday from 4-5.30pm;
  • Word puzzle games (5-12 years) at Riverwood Library and Knowledge Centre on Tuesday 12 January at 11am;
  • Hide and seek drop-in challenge (12-18 years) at the Belmore Youth Resource Centre on Tuesday 16 January from noon-4pm;
  • Excursion to Wet n Wild (12-18 years) with the Belmore Youth Resource Centre on Friday 19 January from 10am-4pm; and
  • The Magical Parks app, where children can explore a fantasy world in Bankstown City Gardens and Gough Whitlam Park using their smart device, available at www.geoar.tech

To register for the Summer Reading Club, go to cb.city/summerreadingclub or to find out what else is on near you, go to cb.city/schoolholidays 


 13/12/2017 12:05 PM