Driving on with Ban Boredom campaign

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There were no bored youngsters when a campaign drive visited a Whitley Bay school this week.

Earlier this year, North Tyneside Council launched the Ban Boredom initiative to highlight the various activities and events taking place in the borough over the summer holidays and beyond.

And on Tuesday, the Ban Boredom bus stopped off at Valley Gardens Middle School, in Whitley Bay, where youngsters were excused lessons for an hour to see what was on offer.

Activities on the day included a body painting artist, giant Jenga, Connect Four, dodgeball, sports, art projects, giant parachute games and more, while girl band Neon Jungle played in the school hall. Freebies were also handed out to the children.

Headteacher Michael Homer said: “Valley Gardens was delighted to welcome both the Ban Boredom bus and Neon Jungle.

“There was a real sense of excitement and a buzz around the school – the pupils were really looking forward to it.

“Our students work extremely hard, which is reflected in our results, and have definitely earned this privilege.”

Coun Ian Grayson, cabinet member for children, young people and learning, said: “We are working extremely hard to promote what’s on offer for young people.

“I am delighted the bus is visiting schools – it is a fun, creative and very targeted way to ensure the students know about the activities that are available to them and where to find the information.”

For more information on Ban Boredom visit www.northtyneside.gov.uk/banboredom




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