Around the world in a school term...

Kelly BellNorth West Telegraph
Year 3 students at St Cecilia's Catholic Primary School are super excited about all the postcards they are receiving as part of their Year 3 Airlines adventures.
Camera IconYear 3 students at St Cecilia's Catholic Primary School are super excited about all the postcards they are receiving as part of their Year 3 Airlines adventures. Credit: North West Telegraph

If you pop into Ms Batchelor’s Year 3 classroom at St Cecilia’s Catholic Primary School at a certain time in the morning each day, you’ll catch 20-odd, super excited students reading postcards from all over the world.

During July, August and September, the Port Hedland Year 3 students are exploring the world with Year Three Airlines, which features its very own logo designed by a student, as part of the Dear Year 3 project.

With the aim of taking students around the world in a term, the project sees people from all across the globe sent postcards to the class.

As students read their postcards they learn about geography and other cultures, while closer to home they learn about the local environment and the home lives of other students through the adventures of Pterry Dactyl.

Pterry, the class’ travelling dinosaur, spends each night at a different student’s house, with their job being to show them the sights at their place and make sure Pterry is safe, well-fed, well-slept and has a wonderful time.

The next day, Pterry’s host student reports to the class on what they have done together.

Classroom teacher and project creator Elise Batchelor said Pterry had started out with a passport and a suitcase and now he had acquired his own bed.

Ms Batchelor began the postcard and airline project with two old colleagues in 2012 during which each of the classes received 130 postcards over a term.

Last Thursday, less than a month into this year’s adventure, the St Cecilia’s Year 3 class cracked 150 postcards, while more and more are pouring in each day – the only continents they hadn’t received one from were Antarctica and South America.

Ms Batchelor said they were pretty sure they had Antarctica covered thanks to a promise from a visiting Australian author.

“Coral Tulloch, who visited the school last week, has spent a lot of time living in and writing about Antarctica so she said she’ll send us an postcard from there,” she said.

“That just leaves South America.”

When theNorth West Telegraph popped by to check out the grand map of postcards on the classroom wall, students were super excited about a postcard from India, and a whole bunch of letters from students in Taiwan and England which scared them because of how neat the handwriting was.

Ms Batchelor said if senders included a return address, the Year 3 class and Pterry would send a postcard in return.

Postcards can be sent to Year 3, St Cecilia’s CPS, P.O. Box 700, Port Hedland, WA, 6721 and the adventures of Pterry can be followed at https://dearyear3.wordpress.com/ .

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