LaDDs holds campout for fathers and children at Currambine school

The LaDDS campout at Currambine Primary School. Pictures supplied
The LaDDS campout at Currambine Primary School. Pictures supplied

FATHERS and children enjoyed a night under the stars at a fathering group’s inaugural campout at Currambine Primary School.

LaDDs (Loving and Devoted Dads) organised the November campout, with 53 fathers and 85 children spending the night in tents and swags at the schools.

Chairman Rob Williams said the event was a success, with those attending enjoying a barbecue dinner followed by marshmallow toasting around a fire pit and movies on an outdoor screen under the stars.

“Volunteers from Bickley Observatory were on hand with their telescopes pointed skywards and had a steady stream of dads and children looking at Venus, Mercury, Saturn and various constellations in the night sky,” he said.

“It was a fantastic evening enjoyed by all and its success means the LaDDs will consider repeating the campout in 2020.”

The campout included stargazing through telescopes.

The group, set up in 2015, was one of many established by The Fathering Project in WA since Bruce Robinson started the initiative in 2013 to inspire and equip fathers and father-figures to positively engage with the children in their lives.

Currambine principal Geoff Smith said LaDDs was an “energetic group of dads who plan events throughout the year for themselves and their children”.

“The recent camp out at school was one such event which was very well supported by our school community,” he said.

“The evening include opportunities for playing games, toasting marshmallows and star gazing.

“The group under the leadership of parent Rob Wilson have actively prompted the importance of fathering in young people’s lives and are a very valued part of our school community.”

State funds school upgrades

Premier Mark McGowan and Burns Beach MLA Mark Folkard recently visited the school, which is set to get more than $1.5 million over two years to upgrade facilities and maintenance priorities.

The funds, announced in September, will go towards replacing seven 50-year-old demountable classrooms with transportable classrooms as well as upgrades to classrooms and toilet facilities.

Burns Beach MLA Mark Folkard and Premier Mark McGowan with Currambine Primary School principal Geoff Smith and students Cade Leeming, Krysta Markastamos, Tiana Wilson and Hunter Bewick.