next week: happy holidays – stay safe and have fun

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SCN_.Bank#001_nie summertimeNEXT WEEK:NEXT WEEK: HAPPY HOLIDAYS – Stay safe and have fun
IT’S nearly holiday time: six weeks of fun in the sun with no school. But do you think you’ll be able to get through these summer holidays
without using the “B” word? Of course you can. There are loads of things you can do to be entertained but sometimes you
need inspiration. Jack and Phoebe are here to help with some tips on how to enjoy these summer holidays
THE BUCKET LIST WITH your friends and family, brainstorm a list of activities you could do during the holidays. Write each item on this list on to individual pieces of paper and place them into a bucket. When you need inspiration for an activity choose two or three from the bucket and decide which one to do.

Someone drinking a glass of water A park bench Someone playing with a ball A sunscreen bottle NOTE: Always ask when taking a picture of someone if they are happy to be in the photo.
AN OBSTACLE CREATE an obstacle course in your own backyard using chairs, cardboard boxes or cones. Then run or ride your bike or scooter through it. Use a stopwatch to see who makes it through in the best time.
DARING DICE MAKE two square boxes (check out the NiE webpage on your local paper’s website
for a pattern). These are your dice. On one die write a different activity on each side: for example, do a cartwheel or walk 10 steps backwards. On the other die write mental challenges: list Australia’s capital cities or spell your name backwards. Each person rolls the dice and does the challenges at the same time: for example, walking backwards while spelling your name backwards.
MOVIEMAGIC THIS summer on wet or hot days, a great idea is to go to the cinema. You’ll find a movie guide and session times in your local newspaper. Be sure to check the movie’s rating. The Chronicles of Narnia – The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (PG) Megamind (PG) TRON: Legacy (PG) Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (M) Harry Potter and The Deathly Hollows Part 1 (M) Gulliver’s Travels (to be advised) Little Fockers (TBA) Unstoppable (TBA) Yogi Bear (TBA)
WEATHERWATCH DECEMBER sees the official start of summer and holidays for you. The days will be hot and will likely break the 30-degree mark. The probability of storms, bushfires, heat waves and a cyclone or two increases. Before you plan each day we suggest you find out what the weather will bring. Your local newspaper has a report each day or visit the Bureau of Meteorology website, www.bom.gov.au. The most important thing to remember is that the sun is very intense and spending long periods of time outdoors without protection increases the risk of cancer and premature ageing of the skin. Be sun safe this summer SLIP on sun-protection clothing SLOP on SPF30 broad-spectrum sunscreen at least 20 minutes before heading outdoors and reapply every two hours SLAP on a hat that shades your face, neck and ears SEEK shade SLIDE on sunglasses
Beach safety ONE of the best ways to cool down is to jump in the pool or go to the beach. To stay safe this summer follow these rules. (Lennox Head beach safety guide, www.lennox-head.net) Always swim or surf at a beach patrolled by lifesavers Swim between the red-and-yellow flags. They mark the safest areas to swim Always swim under supervision or with a friend Read and obey the signs If you are unsure of conditions, ask a lifesaver Don’t swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs Conditions change regularly so check before you enter the water If you get into trouble in the water don’t panic. Signal for help, float and wait for assistance Float with a rip current or undertow. Do not swim against it.