Post­cards in­spire a love for world-learn­ing

North West Telegraph - - Front Page - Tay­lar Amonini

Stu­dents at St Ce­cilia’s Catholic Pri­mary School have re­ceived more than 350 post­cards from across the globe in a unique take on the Aus­tralian cur­ricu­lum.

Elise Batch­e­lor’s Year 6 stu­dents have been run­ning an in­ter­na­tional post­card project, where they have cre­ated a web­site and vir­tual air­line, Six Star Skies, re­quest­ing peo­ple from across the globe to send them post­cards.

Stu­dent Jamie Payne said as each new post­card ar­rived, the class vir­tu­ally trav­elled to each con­ti­nent and learnt about each coun­try there.

“Some­times peo­ple will write their re­turn ad­dress and we will write back to them,” she said.

“Our goal has been to get a post­card from ev­ery con­ti­nent and we even got one from Antarc­tica.”

High­lights for the stu­dents have in­cluded a Vogue model and in­ter­na­tional ac­tress Bella Heath­cote, a plum­ber in Antarc­tica and a kinder­garten class from Hol­land.

At the start of term the class ran a pho­tog­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tion and the win­ning im­ages fea­ture on the cus­tom-made post­cards used for replies. Ms Batch­e­lor said she had been run­ning the project for the past six years in dif­fer­ent classes.

“Stu­dents sud­denly be­come ex­cited about a world they had no idea about,” she said.

“They can’t wait to get the mail, they’re ex­cited to re­ply and it gen­er­ates a real in­ter­est as they write about these coun­tries in their pass­ports and just own it.”

The project has seen stu­dents learn ge­og­ra­phy, his­tory, English, maths and art.

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