World­wide ap­proach

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WHAT started as a small art project at Beck­en­ham Pri­mary School has be­come a global sen­sa­tion af­ter a teacher turned to the in­ter­net for help.

WHEN Kate Driscoll told her art stu­dents about their new project, she did not imag­ine it would be an in­ter­na­tional suc­cess story.

Mrs Driscoll set her Beck­en­ham Pri­mary School stu­dents the task of de­sign­ing four trad­ing cards, one each rep­re­sent­ing West Aus­tralian flora, fauna and lo­ca­tion and an Aus­tralian cus­tom.

The idea was to send the trad­ing cards overseas and ex­change them with schools in other coun­tries.

The project soon got big­ger than any­one ex­pected.

Mrs Driscoll said she had schools in coun­tries as farflung as Slove­nia, Romania, Por­tu­gal and Wales want­ing to be in­volved.

“It was just an idea I put on my Face­book page and it just blew up,” Mrs Driscoll said.

“I had heaps of peo­ple in­ter­ested so I then had to nar­row it down; I chose 28 peo­ple, lots of them from the US, so I whit­tled that down and got the other ones from places like Swe­den and Pak­istan.”

Trad­ing cards have been ex­changed with schools in 18 coun­tries around the world and Mrs Driscoll ad­mit­ted her Art Teacher Life Face­book page, which has more than 400,000 likes, helped play a part in the project’s reach.

She had help from Ap­ple­cross Se­nior High School art teacher Fleur De Campi to send 40 cards to each coun­try and meet the grow­ing de­mand.

“I didn’t have enough chil­dren to pro­duce enough cards, so when Fleur con­tacted me that was fan­tas­tic, be­cause then her kids pro­duced enough cards to send off,” Mrs Driscoll said.

She said it was great to see her stu­dents so en­gaged in their art­work and pas­sion­ate to learn about dif­fer­ent cul­tures.

“It just branched them off into get­ting in­ter­ested in things that are hap­pen­ing in other coun­tries,” she said.

“A par­tic­u­lar thing I got out of it was our Filipino kids be­ing able to point to things (from cards sent from Philip­pines) and giv­ing them the voice to share their cul­ture with our kids.”

Picture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d471636

Ericka Gat­dula, art teacher Kate Driscoll, Tameisha Mor­rell and Ti­nara Gal­henage with some trad­ing cards.

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