School’s in for summer a success

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
Sue Dennis coordinated the summer school between 2015 and 2018 and said it continues to grow each year.
Camera IconSue Dennis coordinated the summer school between 2015 and 2018 and said it continues to grow each year. Credit: Callum Hunter

Bunbury Summer School has entered its final week for the 2018-2019 summer holidays, with Sunday hosting the last day of classes.

It was estimated more than 600 people attended the more than 90 classes run since the school’s launch in mid-October, a number organisers said had grown substantially.

“It’s really grown a lot over the last few years,” former school coordinator Sue Dennis said.

“People wait for it now, particularly for the catalogues to come out and the launch.”

The school recently received funding from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, which was used in the implementation of a multicultural immersion, including an indigenous artist in residence, paper cutting, sign language and Chinese culture workshops.

“We’ve been able to get more people down from Perth with this funding and it has enabled us to subsidise some of the classes,” Ms Dennis said.

The summer school was established in 2014 in response to calls for there to be more things to do during the summer holidays for both children and adults.

Ms Dennis also said “heaps” of organising, logistical planning and hard work went into the preparation of launching the school each year.

The next summer school will launch sometime in October, with planning already well under way according to organisers.

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