If you’re a parent, at some point this has probably happened to you: you’ve picked your child up from school, you chortle at their reenactment of a dramatic scene that unfolded in their classroom, you chat, you bond, you package that moment up and store it in the vault of precious memories that you will cherish forever, and then you get home.
And they change.
You watch, almost helplessly, as they go directly to the TV, tablet or video game console – drawn to the screen like moths to a flame – and become zombies until you pry them back to the real world.
You know it’s not the worst thing for a child to engage in but you can’t help but groan internally when you see your child figuratively plugged into a system that will eat up all hours of productivity for the remainder of the day.
What we propose next is not going to replace the screens (at this point even an apocalypse might not be able to do that), but it will keep them engaged, teach them a new skill and they’ll have a stack of fun!
Belconnen Community Service (BCS) is starting an After School Club full of fun classes for children aged 6-12 years. We’ve got art, music, dance classes and even a junior gym!
“The purpose of After School Club is to engage young people in fun skills development activities. Getting kids away from screens and into social, creative, positive and fun-based group activities,” BCS Community Engagement Coordinator Masia Ermacora said.
“BCS is responding to calls from our community for activities focused at school-aged children. BCS is known for its work with people living with a disability, early childhood, seniors and young adults, but this was a gap that we can confidently fill!
“We have the skills, appropriate spaces (including a fully stocked art studio, gym and a theatre) and desire to cater to our whole community!” Masia said.
So what can you expect at our After School Club?
Music and Movement
Music and Movement is a fun and motivating dance program for children. This non-competitive program builds social skills and self-confidence while encouraging learning through a playful and positive approach. Dancing for fun is for everyone!
For kids, exercise means playing and being physically active so let’s have fun and get fit with Junior Gym, a specially tailored gym program for children. Get off the screens and work on core strength, balance and overall fitness instead. This session will be facilitated by a professional gym instructor and is designed to engage children of all fitness levels. (No weight training involved.)
FunART is a creative workshop to inspire children’s imagination and creativity. Develop hands-on creative skills and techniques and, most of all, have fun! This session will be facilitated by a professional art instructor.
Build instruments, create music and explore sound in a friendly environment for children aged 6 to 12 years.
An Application to Enrol form must be completed to register your interest for this program. Call BCS reception on 6264 0200 or Masia on 6264 0263 for more details. Click here to download the enrolment form.
We’re sure your child would love the After School Club – just get them off their screens long enough to catch their attention so you can tell them about it. Good luck!