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Year 3A student Riley Palmer gives grandparents Graham and Beryl Briggs a few pointers about computers at Coolum Primary School's Education Week activities. Photo: Mike Garry/scw782a
Year 3A student Riley Palmer gives grandparents Graham and Beryl Briggs a few pointers about computers at Coolum Primary School's Education Week activities. Photo: Mike Garry/scw782a

Coolum Primary School celebrated Education Week this week by inviting grandparents and older members of the community to learn about PowerPoint presentations.

Year 3A/T teacher Gayle Torrens said students had been working with the PowerPoint program for their mammal projects and were really keen to show off their skills.

“Around Mothers’ Day, we started discussing the importance of mothers and grandmothers and I realised that in our very mobile society, many children don’t have an opportunity to really get to know much about their grandparents’ lives,” Ms Torrens said.

“So we decided that we should help our grandparents and other community members make a PowerPoint presentation of their lives for their children and grandchildren to enjoy.”

Guest pupil and former Coolum Primary School teacher, Gloria Johnson said the students were so knowledgeable and explained each step so carefully and clearly.

“I really enjoyed the experience and I’m very keen to come back and finish off my biography so that I can send it down to my two granddaughters,” she said.

Principal Pat Cavanagh said Education Week provided schools with a valuable opportunity to showcase their state-of-the-art facilities and their curriculum initiatives but “even more importantly” it enabled the school to share with the wider community, the “fabulous skills of our students and the dedication of our teachers and aides”.

“Children learn best when they teach others, so even though our guest students learnt a lot today, the ‘student teachers’ will have gained a far greater insight into the skills they have been developing,” he said.


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