27 March 2014
About 40 students from Cherbourg State School will visit the University of the Sunshine Coast and Mooloolaba Beach tomorrow (Friday 28 March) as part of a digital literacy and cultural project that also involves USC’s Education students.
USC Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Dr Anne Drabble said a similar visit by the Cherbourg school students last August had proved popular and useful in extending the children’s cultural literacy.
The Cherbourg students will enjoy cultural and athletics activities at USC’s Sippy Downs campus from 9.30am to noon, followed by a visit to Mooloolaba for a beach experience including swimming, fish and chips and ice-cream.
Dr Drabble said the campus visit would help build higher education aspirations among the Cherbourg children.
She said many of them had never been to the Sunshine Coast and the experience would boost this semester’s ongoing literacy work at the school by USC Education students training to become teachers.
“The school has asked us to develop literacy activities to address the needs identified in students’ reading tests,” she said.
“Meanwhile, our Education students are learning how to use their USC course work in a real context to advance their skills in teaching Aboriginal children.”
The Sunshine Coast visit will be funded by the Commonwealth Government’s Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program.
— Julie Schomberg