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Summer Activities and Clubs
Summer Reading Challenge
The Summer Reading Challenge, which is all about enjoying reading throughout the summer holidays, is now live! It runs until Saturday 10th September.
Aimed at primary aged children, but with children of all ages encouraged to take part, over 700,000 children participate across the UK each year, developing reading skills, reading for pleasure, and visiting libraries.
This year, Swindon Libraries is running the Challenge slightly differently. Families can visit any of Swindon's 13 libraries to register for the Summer Reading Challenge – and sign up for free library membership if they have not already.
Library staff will give children a free Summer Reading Challenge pack which includes a pull out folder, three sets of stickers, a bookmark, a fortune teller game, the Steve Antony Art Competition and an information leaflet (copy also attached).
The Challenge is for children to achieve six reads. A read can include many different things, such as books, audiobooks, eMagazines, eComics and much more! The Summer Reading Challenge is all about reading for pleasure and we would really like children to pick reads that they really enjoy!
Once a read has been completed, children should complete the section of the pull out folder with the title of their reads and a star rating for each. Once the folder has been filled out with all six reads, children need to visit any of our libraries to show their completed folder to a member of staff. They will then receive a fantastic certificate and medal for completing the Challenge!
To complement the challenge, Swindon Libraries is running a week of free, drop in activities linked to the ‘Gadgeteers’ theme of the Summer Reading Challenge.
A video has been created which explains how children can join the library, register for the Challenge and take part – all for free. Attached is a newsletter summarising the Challenge information. And all of the information, including about the free activities week, and our Young Adult Summer Bingo Challenge for children aged 12+, is also on Swindon Libraries’ Summer Reading Challenge webpage.
To further encourage children to take part and complete all six reads, Swindon Libraries is running a competition with the prize of a behind the scenes tour of Central Library for the winner plus five guests and parents. All children need to do is guess how many books will be read across all of Swindon’s 13 Libraries for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. Children can collect an entry form from any of Swindon’s libraries.
To support children with SEND to engage with the Summer Reading Challenge, particularly those with more profound learning and physical needs, Swindon Stories, in collaboration with Swindon SEND Families Voice, has created an activities sheet (attached) to support children with SEND to engage with the Summer Reading Challenge. There will also be a SEND-specific Summer Reading Challenge activity session, with the date and library location TBC. The session will be promoted through the local offer, social media, the library newsletter and Swindon SEND Families Voice.
Running separately but complementary to the Summer Reading Challenge is StoryTrails, anCentral Library and the Town Centre. Libraries will be running free community workshops in the run up to the event. Follow libraries on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to find out more. Or sign up to the free library newsletter.
Please see the link below which promotes our Early Years Summer Play and Story Festival on 16th August at Coate Water Country Park. This event will be promoting the Early Years Chat, Play and Read messages and the NSPCC Look, Say, Sing, Play campaign both of which will have giveaways available for families to take home and enjoy in the home environment. This is open to all families to come along to a free event and enjoy lots of activities, entertainment, giveaways and more !
Saturday 30th July
Out of the Blue Free Puppet Show Performance
Out of the Deep Blue is a mid-scale outdoor performance featuring a 13-foot Sea Giant Puppet and a contemporary dancer, inspired by the themes of the climate emergency and the biodiversity crisis.
This spectacle is designed specifically for family and festival audiences and tells the magical story of Eko, a sea giant who rises from the deep ocean and encounters, on the shore, a little girl called Violet.
The show is presented in 2 parts: a 25-minute promenade of the giant puppet interacting with its environment and the audience and a 25-minute dance theatre duet as a static performance.
The choreography is a larger-than-life ‘pas de deux’ using dance theatre and movement as storytelling tools and is set to a mesmerising musical soundscape.
‘Out of the Deep Blue’ exists as a two-part performance; one 20-minute long promenade of the giant puppet interacting with its environment and the audience and one 25-minute dance theatre duet located at a set performance space.
The performances are 30th July, starting at 1130, 1400, 1600 leaving theatre square (outside the wyvern on the top bit). The huge puppet will then walk through town to wharf green and perform there.
Revolution Performing Arts
The sessions are free for people that eligible for HAF funding via the Evoucher's system. If they are not eligible, they can still attend at the cost of £20 per session and £3 per meal. We also accept childcare vouchers. Children do not have to attend the schools we are running the sessions at to attend to the workshops.
Our workshops are nurturing , empowering and great for building confidence. They are also great for siblings. We are Ofsted registered and all our leaders running the sessions are DBS checked, insured and paediatric trained. Book now before places are gone!
Parents/carers can enrol via our website www.revolutionpa.co.uk or by clicking this link: Fun Workshop Enrolment 2022 | Revolution Performing Arts (revolutionpa.co.uk)
Just an add on to all this, we now accept funding for Ukraine families to attend our Summer HAF Workshops. If you know of any Ukraine families with children ages 4-16 years that are struggling this summer, then please tell them to contact us via our email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Holiday Fun at Swindon’s STEAM Museum
- Children can visit STEAM for just £1 this summer!
Up to four children (aged 3 – 15 years) can visit STEAM for £1 each between 22 July and 4 September 2022 when accompanied by a full-paying adult.
Tickets must be booked online in advance. To claim the discount, simply select the required number of adult and child tickets and enter discount code K4Q22 at checkout
Offer not valid in conjunction with any other offer or promotion, including the purchase of family tickets.
- Wednesday 3rd and 10th August: Families can learn about Morse code, semaphore signals and the art of deciphering secret messages with our ‘Signals and Ciphers’ workshops!*
- Thursday 17th and 24th August: Budding Civil Engineers and Designers will have the opportunity to build and test creative bridge designs using Polydron construction materials.*
- Saturday 23rd July, 6th August, 20th August and 3rd September: Meet the Railway Workers! Climb aboard iconic GWR locomotives and enjoy a guided tour of STEAM.
*Activities cost £3.50 per person, in addition to STEAM admission.
Book online: www.steam-museum.org.uk/event/summer-holiday-fun/
Young Photographer of the Year
The Rotary Young Photographer Competition is being held again in the 2022-23 school year, throughout the UK. The title for the new competition is
‘The Beauty of Architecture’.
We received some excellent entries for the 2021-22 competition, and we hope even more students will take part in the 2022-23 Competition.
More detailed documentation will be sent in September, when it becomes available.
In the meantime students who intend to take part, can use the summer holidays to begin taking photographs, in readiness for their entries in the autumn.
Inspired by summer days on the farm and getting dirt in all the right places, a band of circus performers trade in their ruffles and sequins for wellies and pitchforks. Where these two worlds merge, The Farmyard Circus begins. Using heart warming songs, wheelbarrow acrobatics, and a bucket load of stunts, they tell stories of working hard but playing harder.
Sign up for tickets at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/farmyard-circus-tickets-384461192777
An update from Wiltshire Treehouse,
Wiltshire Treehouse remains open & accepting referrals during the summer break. Parents and carers can self-refer using the form on our website, where they can also find out more about the services we offer.
Could you help us? As a charity it is becoming increasingly hard to fundraise, and so we ask for your help, have some fun and join our fundraising campaigns:
A Week to Remember
We will be holding our first Wiltshire Treehouse ‘A Week to Remember’ event from Monday 19th to Sunday 25th September to raise funds to help us continue our much-needed work. We are asking individuals or teams of any age to fundraise or undertake sponsorship challenges during the week, ended with a celebratory event for all involved on the Sunday. We will also have awards for the most unique idea, amount raised etc. Please see www.wiltshiretreehouse.org.uk/wk2r for further information and to sign up. It would also be a great help if you could display or share the attached poster to help raise awareness.
Could you have a non-uniform day for a donation? Hold a coffee/Tea morning? Or why not try an enterprise project for your class? However, you can fundraise, every penny will go back to support bereaved children & young people living within Swindon & Wiltshire.
Summer Matchbox Challenge
Need an end of term activity? Why not start our matchbox challenge with your class? Just print out the template, make the match box and spend some time filling it to get them started – Just remember to send the poster home, so that they can continue over the summer if they wish.
This is free to enter (however there is the option to be sponsored if you would like to raise some funds for the charity) and there will be prizes for most items and uniqueness. Proof of completion needs to be emailed to us by Friday 26th August. For further information, to register and download your printable matchbox please see http://www.wiltshiretreehouse.org.uk/fundraising/matchbox-challenge.
What can we do for you? Training
We still have availability for the below. Further information and how to register can be viewed on our website:
Supporting Children Bereaved by Suicide half day training workshop (to be held online via Microsoft Teams)
Date: Thursday 6th October 2022
Time: 10am - 12noon
Cost: £35 per person
1 day First Line Bereavement Support Training Workshops
Date: Tuesday 6th December 2022
Time: 10am – 3pm
Cost: £98 per person
We wish you all a fun and restful summer break. Please don’t hesitate to contact us on the details below if you need our help in anyway.
The Wiltshire Treehouse Team
Did you know... You can now support Wiltshire Treehouse by purchasing tickets with the Swindon Community Lottery. 50p of every ticket we sell will come straight to us! Likewise, you could win up to £25,000 too! https://www.swindonlottery.co.uk/support/wiltshire-treehouse
For information on how we use and store your data please visit: http://www.wiltshiretreehouse.org.uk/our-policies/privacy-notice/privacy-notice.aspx
Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service
Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service want your child to have a fun and safe summer. Please take a moment to discuss with your child how they can help keep themselves and others safe, especially as they become older and more independent and may be spending time outside with friends rather than family. You can find helpful information on our website.
Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service wish everyone a fun, happy and safe summer.
Water Safety Awareness
With the longer days and hopefully warmer weather we will all be spending more time outside. In the two counties covered by Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service we are lucky to have many beautiful areas of water including the sea, rivers, lakes and canals.
The most important water safety advice you can help teach your child for water safety is FLOAT to live. Talk to your child and explain if they ever fall into water, or struggle when swimming they need to think “FLOAT.” Lie on their back, put their legs and arms out like a star and look up to the sky. Why not check your child knows how to do this by practicing on dry land or next time you are swimming in a pool with them?
For more information, including two stories to watch read by Zoe Wanamaker CBE and Olympic Swimmer Sharron Davies MBE and activities to keep your child entertained during the holidays please visit Dorset & Wiltshire Fire Service | Be Water Aware (dwfire.org.uk) there is also the chance to enter our prize draw to win a VIP trip to a DWFRS fire station!
Please click on the links below for further details.
Swindon Parenting Hub
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