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Buzzing With Activities

The Council's Lifelong Learning branch has provided a wide range of summer activities across South Tyneside for children and young people aged 5 - 18 years.

Many new courses and activities included open access games and sport using school playing fields, summer universities in schools for drama, dance, music and sport, outdoor education courses in sailing and canoeing at the water activities centre, indoor and outdoor rock climbing, mountain biking, abseiling and orienteering at local Community Centres and local outdoor environments.

The Libraries Service provided reading schemes in local community centres, as well as community centre play-schemes and summer coaching courses and play days.

For the first time South Tyneside offered a programme of summer universities aimed at young people aged 11 to 18 years. Teachers and youth workers worked together to offer new and imaginative learning opportunities that encourage young people to develop new and existing skills in subjects not always offered during school time.

Drama and dance workshops at St Wilfrid's RC Comprehensive dealt with issues around bullying and the transition period from primary to senior school.

All secondary age young people were invited to learn to play the guitar, drums or sing in a rock band at St Joseph's RC Comprehensive in Hebburn with their rock school sessions.

Classical music tuition was provided at Springfield and Brinkburn. A swing band school and electronic keyboards school - music through ICT, were on offer at Whitburn School and Mortimer Comprehensive

Brinkburn and Boldon Comprehensives ran summer sports schools offering coaching in a variety of sports such as basketball, tennis, hockey, soft ball and volleyball.

Outdoor education instructors provided a wide range of activities for young people who may have never experienced such activities to more advanced courses for experienced young people who wish to develop higher skills.

The Thurston Outdoor Education Centre in Cumbria played host to four residential summer schools. Opportunities were offered to schools, community centres and youth organizations who organised small groups of between 7 and 20 young people, with adult supervisors or youth workers, to take part in activities organised by the qualified staff at the centre.

Councillor Ron Reynolds, Lead Member for Lifelong Learning, said: "There has been an amazing range of activities on offer to the Borough's children and young people throughout the summer holiday period. The Council has worked collaboratively across the Lifelong Learning and Leisure Department to offer a successful and comprehensive package of activities."

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