Australian schools are participating in the card exchange
project this year. Each school is linked with seven
other schools in different parts of the world. The
children prepare cards for the celebrations in their
country to send to their partners. The children in
the Christian countries usually prepare Christmas
cards. In Taiwan, they make Chinese New Year cards
and in Russia they explain that many families celebrate
Russian Christmas on January 7 but for others the
New Year is a more important celebration with the
New Year tree and family get-togethers and special
meals. Those who received Diwali cards from their
partners in India were thrilled to learn more about
their special occasion. In the Middle East, the Ramadan,
Eid and Hanukkah are very important times for family
Keith Wrest (Benalla West Primary, Vic) told
his partners about the fun of the Benalla Rose Festival.
The festivities included fireworks, dancing, singing
and a market.
Liz Rout (Thomas Mitchell Primary School, Endeavour
Hills, Vic) reports that 10 teachers from her
school are involved in the project. One of Liz's partners,
Robyn Endress, teaches at Moravian Academy in Bethlehem,
Pennsylvania, which dates from 1742 and was started
by missionaries from what is now known as the Czech
Jeff Hathaway and three other teachers at Bairnsdale
Primary are excited to be working with partners
in Bangaldesh, Taiwan, Slovenia and Belarus. One of
their partners works in USA with six children with
disabilities. He describes the school as a place for
Jane Wenlock's (Kolbe Catholic College, Craigieburn,
Vic) Year 7 students are excited about working
with students in Denmark, Russia and Ukraine while
Cathy Vivian (Bletchey Park PS, WA) is doing the project
with her Grade 3s. Cathy says that her class were
very excited to receive their first cards from Slovenia.
They had to look them up on a map to find out where
Judy Norton's (Mt Tarcoola PS, WA) students
have been comparing events associated with Remembrance
Day on November 11 with students in Canada. They learnt
that in Poland they celebrate their Independence Day
on November 11.
Kim Steendham and her colleagues (St Paul's AGS,
Traralgon, Vic) have enjoyed hearing about the
changing colours of the autumn trees in Germany and
the start of the winter chill in Canada.
Dianna McTavish's (St Brigid's Catholic PS, Healesville,
Vic) partners in the US and Canada are preparing
for Thanksgiving. October 31 was Halloween for US
and Canada but in Slovenia they recognised Reformation
Day. The next day, November 1 was All Saints Day.
Her partner explained that they are busy picking grapes,
harvesting corn and having chestnut picnics.
Holly Campbell (Kurnai College, Churchill, Vic)
has received some beautiful photos of her Russian
partner's students preparing the cards to send.
Andrea Digby and Wendy Steel's students (Wantirna
College, Vic) have been learning about the culture
of Slovenia including Trubar's Day, which dates back
to 1508 and their Easter traditions.
Jeff Curwood (Nambrok PS, Vic) has involved
his whole school (approx. 100 students) in the project.
Their partners are in US, Canada, Taiwan, Belarus
and United Arab Emirates.
Karalyn Jones (Rose Park PS, SA) has just recently
been joined the project and was lucky enough to be
placed in the last group for this year.
The project has been very popular worldwide and offers
great opportunities to share cultural traditions and
to learn about and with partners in many other countries.