Giving Roo a proper send-off are (back) Dillon Pinder, Year 4, Amber Foster, Year 5 and (front) Xen Caraway, Year 4, Lacey Saunders, Year 5, and Teaghan Perry, Year 5.
Giving Roo a proper send-off are (back) Dillon Pinder, Year 4, Amber Foster, Year 5 and (front) Xen Caraway, Year 4, Lacey Saunders, Year 5, and Teaghan Perry, Year 5. Crystal Spencer

School Roo bound for Games snow

A TWEED Heads kangaroo will soon hop its way to Canada and possibly even the Winter Olympics.

Tweed Heads Public School will this week send “Roo”, a small soft toy, to a primary school in Vancouver as part of the Travel Buddy Program.

“Roo will become a member of their class and keep a journal of his adventures,” assistant principal and class teacher Belinda Mirana said.

“On the weekends he will go home with a different student.

“We’re hoping he will go to the Winter Olympics and maybe even meet an Olympian.”

Mrs Mirana said Roo would arrive at Vancouver’s Salmon Creek Elementary school with a box of Aussie goodies, including an Australia flag, toy koalas and a boomerang.

“Hopefully they’ll send something back for our class to host,” she said.

“Our kids will also email each other and ask questions.”

“Does your toilet water freeze?” and “What sorts of lollies do you eat?” are some of the questions the combined year four and five class want to ask as part of the culture study.

Mrs Mirana said the program should run for at least a couple of terms.

“It depends on how well it goes,” she said.

“I’d like to do it over the entire year.”

Mrs Mirana has facilitated the Travel Buddy project at other Australian schools with classes in England, America and India.

“The program is part of their HSIE (human society and its environment) studies, where students look at other countries and cultures.

“This term we’re looking at Canada and the Winter Olympics.”

After much debate and several suggestions, including Sir Bounce-a-lot, Mrs Mirana said the class decided on Roo as an appropriate name.

“The students are very excited about the program,” she said.

“It’ll all hit home when they start seeing Roo over there.”



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