Breaking boredom

Learning to make natural lip balm.
Learning to make natural lip balm.

The program was the brainchild of the Shire’s youth co-ordinator Kristee Jolly, who said she wanted to combat the boredom felt by many local children outside of school hours.

Ms Jolly said there had been a series of incidents involving young people around the Shire.

‘I think that a lot of the kids are bored, there’s not much to do,’ she said.

The aim of the program was to engage as many children in the community as possible and Ms Jolly is hopeful it will become a regular feature in all holiday periods.

More than a dozen children aged 10 to 17 attended each of the program’s free sessions, which were held over the two school holiday weeks. They included a Be Beautiful Naturally workshop, teen techs, theatre games, team sports and clay creations.

‘It was also good to develop a relationship with the kids,’ she said.

‘On the first day, some of the kids were very reserved but by the end, you could see they had come out of their shells.’

Toodyay District High School installed closed-circuit TV cameras following a spate of vandalism last year.

The school sustained damage in several incidents, including broken windows and a broken water fountain.

Ms Jolly would like feedback from children who took part in the program and is also encouraging more community groups to become involved.

‘It would be great to get older children involved and more equal numbers of boys to girls next time,’ she said.