Children’s Activity Week 2013

MusicA Musical Theme

This was my first Children's Activity Week, and at the start of the week I was wondering what I had signed up to! More than 50 children from the local area had signed up to do a whole host of activities – clay and junk modelling, singing, art, cooking, aerobics and parachute games to mention a few. As if that weren't enough, we had visits from circus skills teacher Geoff with his stilts, unicycles and spinning plates, musician Nick Crump, who taught us to make swanee whistles, and storyteller Lizzie, who shared some native American stories and helped us make gourds and rain sticks. On Thursday we had Grafted Outdoor Play from Bath, who brought down some giant inflatables, including an assault course, water tag and table football!

Our theme for the week was "music", and over the week we learnt the song 'This little light of mine', which we performed at the end to all the parents – right before we had a BBQ and got to eat the food we'd made during the week! We also made a music themed art piece, which is on display in St Leonard's Church at Semley. The week was staffed by an army of parents and volunteers, led by the Children's Activity Week committee and held across Semley School, church and village hall.

For those who volunteered, it was obvious that the children were having a great time – the laughter and the excitement were loud and clear! Some of the children who attended were kind enough to let us know that they had a great time – one girl said it was 'awesome', others said that they'd learnt a lot and that, even though they didn't know anyone at the start of the week, everyone had been friendly and they'd felt very welcome.

Thanks to the organising committee, the faithful parents and volunteers and the very well-behaved children for such a great week!

Hannah James