Parents, kids share Summerfest

OUTDOORS FUN: Summerfest was well under way yesterday at West Tamworth Public. From left, friends Rachel Dean, 13, Christina Karnaghan, 14, Liam Woods, 12, and Isaac Learson, 11, were having a ball. Photo: Gareth Gardner 301214GGA14THERE was as much interesting activity in the parents’ cafe as there was in the groups of children whirling around outside during Summerfestyesterday .

The annual, week-long healthy activities and craft sessions, run by Trinity Church Tamworth, allows parents to mingle and discuss topics while knowing their children are safely being shepherded by young volunteers in healthy pursuits.

As a light breeze blew through the undercover outdoor cafe, Trinity Church pastor Ross Fotheringham led a philosophical discussion with Carinya Christian School PE teacher Josh Davis about how best to raise boys.

Describing himself as the “support person” for the boys at his school,Mr Davis, while modestly describing himselfas more of a listener than a counsellor, spoke of how he tried to instil proper values into his charges.

He told the packed gathering of about 40 people that it was important for boys to particularly embrace three things – respect for people, looking after women and being a strong leader or role model for others.

“Boys struggle with the same stuff they’ve always struggled with – being selfish, always thinking of themselves,” Mr Davis said.

“It takes time with boys – time to develop that, to make them realise that they’re not the centre of the world.”

But, he said, particular issues in modern life such as the breakdown of the family unit – which had a “massive impact on boys” – and also not technology, per se, but how it could be used in a “bad” way made it difficult for young boys growing up.

Meanwhile, the children were kept busy building cardboard rockets and singing songs and having a ball.

Bill Finlayson, a member of the Presbyterian Reform Church at Sutherland, Sydney, told The Leader that Summerfest was an excellent idea.

“Every community should have something like this – it draws people together, it gives them

a Christian perspective on life and it’s not just forthe children, it’s for the parents as well,” he said.

The holiday program for children and teenagers (up to Year 10) at West Tamworth Public School, is a morning event held daily all this week up to and including Friday.

Activities are held between 9am and 11.30am every morning.

The free cafe provides coffee and cake – and a creche is available for children of adults who attend the cafe aged under four .

Trinity Church Tamworth pastor Warwick Lyne said you don’t need to book for the 13th Summerfest – just turn up and register.

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