Artistic talent and sport skills at Devizes Camp Xtra
12:00pm Sunday 25th August 2013 in Latest News
Youngsters showed off their creative talent and sporting skills during Camp Xtra, a summer holiday activity camp at Devizes School.
Twenty activities were run during the week-long course for eight to 15-year-olds.
More than 200 youngsters attended, a slight increase on last year, and quite a few were returnees.
New activities this year – animation, extreme golf, combined racket sports and kayaking – were all popular, as were cookery, mod roc (creative art), fashion and design, health and beauty, football and weird science, which involved innovative ways to get pupils to think about the subject.
Louise Clune, Camp Xtra co-ordinator, said: “There were some really talented scientists on the weird science course. I was amazed at how interested they were and how much they knew. A science activity was suggested by last year’s attendees so it is great that it has proved to be really popular.
“In animation they were creating their own set design, writing their own script and filming their own animation movies and screened it to parents on the final day.
“The cookery course is always full up. The pupils have really enjoyed the activities they have done. We have kept our prices the same for the last three years, we are trying to think about affordability for families.”
On Friday, Olympic swimmer Grant Turner visited and talked to the youngsters about what they had been doing. Mr Turner made his visit in his role as an ambassador for Devizes charity Bag4Sport.
Miss Clune said: “It’s nice for the pupils to speak to an Olympian. Since the London Olympics there is a keenness among pupils to try new sports, including fencing and kayaking.”
A number of older Devizes School pupils worked as volunteers alongside coaches and Miss Clune thanked everyone involved plus local businesses that provided sponsorship.
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