Dominic Andersen-Strudwick is hitting the cinemas to catch teen flick The Hunger Games these school holidays.
Dominic Andersen-Strudwick is hitting the cinemas to catch teen flick The Hunger Games these school holidays. Kerri Burns-Taylor

Beating school holiday blues

LONG sleep-ins and lazy days have arrived for students of the Rose City.

Term 1 of the school year officially ended yesterday, with youngsters across the region trading their calculators for the couch.

Scots PGC student Dominic Andersen-Strudwick will be doing what millions of other teens are likely to be doing these holidays.

The Year 9 student is booked in to see the newest teen sensation movie, The Hunger Games.

And he is hoping it will surpass the movie it has been likened to most.

"Everyone has said it's going to be like Twilight but hopefully it won't be as pathetic," Dominic said.

Although most kids can't wait to see the end of the school term, Dominic said he was always keen to see the classroom again.

"I love holidays because you get to sleep in and do things like go to the movies," he said.

"School is better but holidays are always good."

Mum Kate Strudwick said while her son was old enough to do his own thing in the holidays, she had some tips for mums of younger kids.

"You have to remember to feed them - that's the big thing," she said.

Jokes aside, Mrs Strudwick suggests mums and dads get a little bit creative with their holiday activities, to ensure little time for boredom. "Do adventures with the kids," she said.

"We used to live across from an unused quarry and we would go exploring at night, which was great because I was scared of the dark."

Mrs Strudwick said another great boredom buster was the ever-popular picnic adventure.

"School holidays are also a great time to get out and check out the parks and have a picnic," she said.

"It's great because you can spend the day before in the kitchen with the kids making all the goodies and then take them on the picnic with you."

Term 2 of the 2012 school year will start on April 16.


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