The week-long celebrations of national Youth Week kicked off across Warrumbungle shire on Friday, 8 April, with the official opening held at Dunedoo Central School.
This took the form of an intergenerational event, bringing together Seniors Week and Youth Week - which overlapped in 2016.
The National Youth Week Small Grants funding, provided by Warrumbungle Shire Council, encouraged the coordination of intergenerational events.
Successful in their funding submission, Dunedoo Central School and Dunedoo Lions Club were able to provide morning tea and a luncheon for the seniors of Dunedoo, which was served by Dunedoo Central School’s student representative council (SRC) and hospitality students.
Adding a fun flavour to the event, Warrumbungle Shire Council’s youth development officer provided a photo booth for a “Selfie with a Senior”, with the young and young- at-heart all enjoying the activity.
The photo booth also made an appearance at Coonabarabran High School, with students enjoying the opportunity to interact in a fun way with senior members of the community.
Held annually, Youth Week is an opportunity for young people to express their ideas and views, act on issues that affect their lives, and create and enjoy activities and events.
Warrumbungle Shire Council, through its Youth Development Program supported a schedule of fun events, involving local youth in conceiving, planning, promoting and managing these activities.
Throughout the week, activities enjoyed for Youth Week included colour making, a “Bungie Run” challenge, drumming workshop, and “High School Hang Out”.
The week-long program will conclude on a high with a Blue Light Disco and the Coonabarabran Colour Fun Run.
Warrumbungle Shire major, Peter Shinton and Cr Chris Sullivan joined in the fun of the combined Youth and Seniors Week celebrations at Dunedoo Central School last week, enjoying the “Selfie with a Senior” activity with students.