After-school and vacation care settles into new digs

Are we art now? Enjoying the art at the Tweed Art Gallery. Photo supplied.

Mullumbimby after-school care (ASC) and vacation program are celebrating moving into a lovely, dedicated ASC space at Mullumbimby Primary School and have averted closure, which was looming late last year.

‘It is a lovely, fresh and clean room with elevated views so that you almost feel like you are in the trees,’ said program co-ordinator Jamie Wilson.

The new room means that students accessing ASC and holiday programs can enjoy the opportunity to relax in a space that is cool in summer and warm in winter – a big difference from the previous space.

‘We are currently looking to increase our numbers for both ASC and the holiday program and have been developing a great program for the kids,’ continued Jamie.

Last year, they had the BANG performing arts weekly program that the ‘kids absolutely loved,’ and this year they will be looking at the possibility of dance, performing arts and a kids’ comedy workshops.

‘We also have Bundjalung women come into the holiday program to do the basket weaving two to three times a year.’

Busses from surrounding schools

Children from all the surrounding schools are welcome to take part in the program, and buses that run from most schools can drop children at the after-school program.

‘The kids are like one big happy family and they have access to all the school grounds and we have some fun sports programs as well.’

Currently the program can take both immunised and non-immunised children.

The program has a year to build up the numbers of children using the program to ensure that the service can continue to operate out of Mullumbimby.

‘We are really open to feedback and program ideas from both parents and kids,’ said Jamie.

If you are interested in accessing the program or just finding out more give Jamie a call on 0437 860 614.

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