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October 31, 2018

Wednesday 31st October 2018

That means a heartfelt goodbye from all staff here at Warwick to all the families who made it a success, including the children, most of whom turned up in Halloween costumes this morning.

The perfectly bright autumnal day was the backdrop for our outdoor games, while inside we had a row of pumpkins lined up and a couple of surprises up our sleeves. There was costume design, glitter tattoo, and last, but most definitely not least, a professional magic show. You wouldn’t guess what the magician pulled out of his hat (hint: it wasn’t a rabbit and didn’t have ears at all)!

Whilst it is sad to say goodbye to you all, we know that February half-term is not too far off and we look forward to welcoming you back before too long.

With very best wishes,

The Holiday Scheme Team

Tuesday 30th October!!

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October 30, 2018

Tuesday 30th October 2018

Hello and welcome back to Week Two of the Half-term.

There is a distinct chill in the air and a definite build-up for something exciting.

We have been busy packing Harvest hampers for Age UK, and the goodwill was sweet to witness. The children had brought jars an tins of food from home - thank you, parents, for sending the goodies - and tried very hard to wrap the hampers filed to the brim and tie pretty ribbons arpund. The final results were excellent - messages to the elderly strangers and treats to make their day.

We had a First Aid course with St. John’s ambulance too, delivered appropriately to our varied age groups, including bandaging practice.

Towards the end of the afternoon, the younger group painted rocks and the older one went on an orienteering walk and a quiz activity. Some were using a compass for the first time and loved it too.

Have a great evening!

With best wishes,

The Holiday Scheme Team

October 29, 2018

Monday 29th October 2018

It’s getting spookier by the day here, and we haven’t a clue as to why!

Only joking, we’re counting days to our Halloween culmination this Wednesday.

In the meantime, though, we have our hands full with autumnal arts and crafts.

Today we had a long session of puppet-making with the mist incredible materials, such as jiffy bags - who’d have thought?! Jim the workshop facilitator managed to craftily squeeze some sign language in as well, so we had lots of little fingers drawing shapes in the air to show initials and signal completion or call for help. And those agile fingers created some not-so-fragile puppets in pretty oranges, ruby reds and yummy yellows.

The day, of course, was punctuated by outdoor play and meals, as well as sufficient free play for the children to chat and get acquainted - it’s school holidays after all.

Back for some more crazy cool stuff tomorrow.

With best wishes,

The Holiday Scheme Team

Wednesday 25th October 2018

No Windy Wednesday nor Wellie Wednesday - it was sunny and dryagain, and we couldn’t be happier!

We started the day with some stretches and twists: ‘supple joints make sharper minds’, said no one in particular but it seemed the right thing to do.

The morning was made more fun outdoors, where the ball games and hide-and-seek were not the only games in town.

Back in the room, the children decorated their biscuits with spidery-themed designs, which were more sweet than scary in the end. And to continue with the theme, they made Halloween costumes on their own and in groups.

The afternoon’s highlight was Steve the Entertainer with his Magic Show and Glitter Tattoos. Wait till you see the wierd and wonderful tattoos on the wrists of your kids tonight!

Did we mention the pumpkin painting? No? Well, you get the idea.

With all good wishes,

The Holiday Scheme Team

October 23, 2018

Tuesday 24th October 2018

Day two of the first week of this autumn half-term and it’s still warm and sunny.

This morining was full on with hamper decorating: filled with food, they were a lovely reminder of human kindness and charity. The children also made gratitude and memory jars, including one that, rather suspiciously, had a hedgehog’s appearance.

We had a treasure hunt around Westwood Campus, or we did Geocoaching - look it up! - with a compas and field trip instructions. Happy to report that all the treats were found, untouched, under a bench in the wood. During this activity, metres and metres were walked, which brought us closer to the daily recommended 10,000 steps!

In the afternoon, the children were shown a video where a grandad choked on some food and his granddaughter applied First Aid.

Children practiced on their soft toys. Carol discussed what numbers should be called in case of emergency (999 & 112). The children were asked if they knew their addresses - again, just in case. They were extremely attentive and very engaged.

And the staff? Well, we enjoyed it all and will be here again tomorrow!

With best wishes,

The Holiday Scheme Team

Monday 22nd October 2018

Hello and welcome to this Autumn half-term Holiday Scheme.


>> The weather was glorious and the Indian summer we appear to be enjoying was the perfect backdrop to the autumn-themed activities for the bouncy bunch of children this Monday.


>> We kicked off with a lantern-making workshop delivered by the lovely Creative Station Coventry. Our lanterns may have had a LED glow inside but all around they were covered with all natural decorations - leaves and leaves from the parkland ground.


>> We went on with the plan, filling the day with den building, indoor games, apple bobbing and yet more - but different - lantern-making.


>> All in all, a nice day enhanced with super activities and enriched by a cool crowd.

>> Back for some more fun tomorrow.


>> With all good wishes,


>> The Holiday Scheme Team

August 31, 2018

Friday 31st August 2018

Last day of the Scheme and the last day of the summer, with both sadness and excitement. The Holiday Scheme was one large party headquarters today, as the groups separated and started preparations for the afternoon’s fun.

That is not to say that there was no fun in the morning; far from it. Part of the morning was taken up by a Ukelele workshop delivered by Matthew. We learnt that the ukelele comes from the Hawaii, and in the native language it means ‘a little bird’. And it is little, which makes it easyto handle. Before practicing, we did some rythm and movement exercises, created our own beats and sang an African tune.

The big show, that is our Party, came on after reflections on the summer. The stars of the older-aged group took care of the music, the invitations and the decorations, pulling resources and giving it their all.

We were touched by the kindness of the children’s cards thanking the team here for the fond memories and fun friends. It goes without saying that we will miss the amazing children and will be counting weeks till the next school holidays. So watch this space!

With best wishes,

The Holiday Scheme Team

August 30, 2018

Thursday 30th August 2018

It was all about performance today, and performance was us today.

We shared our magic tricks and learnt new ones - with elastic bands, pencils, paper and cards. No fools in the house and plenty of tricksters.

We also organised a talent show for all, and in their age groups, the children chose and practiced both solo acts and team numbers. What takent should would it be without “Mamma Mia” or “The Greatest Showman”, gymnastics and dance?!

The Moving Image workshop was excellent fun too, with its tricks of the trade, green screen secret and special effects.

Last but not least, the Pop Dance session was a hoot, with rocky tunes and warmup, stretch, new moves and great grooves.

Can we bear to say goodbye tomorrow? Can we make it the most magnificent end to the summer holiday this Friday? You will have to come and see.

With best wishes,

The Holiday Scheme Team

Wednesday 29th August 2018

Today’s theme was History and you know what, we did plenty of it.

First up was Henry VIII who appeared in person, full-height and full-on, with his larger-than-life personality and nothing-in-impossible attitude. Joking aside, the actor-impersonator truly brought history to life, telling the story of Tudors, their continental relations and all that has impacted Britain to this day. It got scary at times, with graphic descriptions of executions, but the session ended with music played on medieval instruments, including that very familiar tune called Greensleeves.

The groups also played games, made a Three-in-a-Row board and drew impressive, elaborate portraits of that most controversial Tudor, Henry.

We are back for adventure and learning tomorrow, hoping the weather will hold for us.

With best wishes,

The Holiday Scheme Team

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