Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Long-Distance Learners; Mini School Helps Put Faces to Peers and Teachers

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Long-Distance Learners; Mini School Helps Put Faces to Peers and Teachers

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Byline: Nicole Cridland news@northernstar.com.au

STUDENTS from isolated areas are enjoying seeing their peers and teachers face-to-face at a special Mini School in the Gunundi Anglican Hall in Ballina this week.

The three-day Mini School is part of the North East Pub- lic School of Distance Education program and takes place two to three times a year.

There are about 60 primary-aged students whose families are from isolated areas enrolled in the distance education program across the Northern Rivers.

Distance education teacher and Mini School organiser Judy Fredericks said it provided a break for students from their normal lessons, which were held every day via satellite, and an opportunity for them all to meet face-to-face.

"It's the chance for them to meet the teachers and their peers," Mrs Fredericks said.

"And it's great for us to see them too, as we don't often get the chance."

Fellow teacher and organiser Nicolle Den Elzen said some of the activities that had been organised included academic testing and assessments, revision, arts and crafts and drama. …

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