Bring on the break
HUNDREDS of students celebrated their freedom from homework and whiteboards for six weeks when the school bell rang for the final time for 2011 yesterday.
At Norville State School, Shanay Kane, 12, was looking forward to a family trip to Miara.
"We go there every Easter and Christmas - its lots of fun," she said.
Classmate Stella Hutchins, 12, was looking forward to simpler pleasures.
"Sleeping in - I like it because you can just lay there and relax," she said.
For those not heading away somewhere, there is still plenty to do.
Bundaberg Regional Library has a variety of things to keep students busy with hundreds of books to read, computer games and board games.
Youth and communities librarian Sue Gammon said they had recently bought several new games for the Wii.
"We have mostly G, but a couple of PG games," she said.
Ms Gammon said the library had plenty of games for children of all ages.
For youngsters looking to get away from the computer, the library also stocks board games.
"We've got the traditional games such as Monopoly and Scrabble and popular, modern games such as Glee," she said.
Children with a creative side will be able to let it all out with 3D paper craft workshops, Drawing Life for Kids on Tour and a beading workshop at the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery (BRAG).
BRAG marketing manager Chloe Camilleri said the workshops were an inexpensive way for youngsters to get creative.
"Our most expensive workshop is just $8 and children will be able to take all of their creations home with them."
There will also be plenty of protection on beaches, with lifesavers and lifeguards on patrol seven days a week.
Surf Life Saving Queensland regional manager Craig Holden said patrols would run from 8am to 6pm on weekends and public holidays.
Weekdays, patrols would run from 9am to 5pm, with possible extensions during busier periods.
"We will also be doing a jetski patrol in the Bargara area from 6am to the start of regular patrols," he said.