Coast­ing into school

Central and North Burnett Times - - EDUCATION - Bran­don Livesay bran­don.livesay@cnbtimes.com.au

FU­TURE teach­ers have ex­pe­ri­enced life in our ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties.

Ed­u­ca­tion stu­dents from the Univer­sity of the Sun­shine Coast (USC) spent time in the North Bur­nett this week as part of a pro­gram called Coast to Coun­try Ori­en­ta­tion.

Four­teen univer­sity stu­dents vis­ited St Joseph’s Pri­mary School, Gayn­dah State School, Boynewood State School and Mun­dub­bera State School.

They par­tic­i­pated in learn­ing ac­tiv­i­ties with the pri­mary school stu­dents and Boynewood put on a spe­cial per­for­mance for their guests.

USC pro­fes­sor Dr Anne Drab­ble said the ed­u­ca­tion stu­dents gained valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing their visit.

“The Coast to Coun­try Ori­en­ta­tion is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for ed­u­ca­tion stu­dents from the Coast to visit ru­ral school com­mu­ni­ties,” she said.

“The aim of the Coast to Coun­try ini­tia­tive is to de­mys­tify the out­back.

“It pro­vides stu­dents with first­hand ex­pe­ri­ences of teach­ing and liv­ing in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties to ori­ent them to the wealth of ex­pe­ri­ences that can be had through com­plet­ing their practicums in ru­ral and re­mote com­mu­ni­ties.”

PHOTO: BRAN­DON LIVESAY

COAST TO COUN­TRY: Emily Zam­mit, Ciara Dow­ley, Helen Power, Dr Anne Drab­ble, prin­ci­pal Ken Ni­cholls and Kyle Mulick.

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