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MAPS in hand, students from Holy Family Catholic school at Skennars Head were yesterday getting a hands-on lesson on their local community.

The Year 3-4 students were taking part in the third annual orienteering excursion around Ballina's CBD which was part of a unit on Co-operating with Community.

The kids, in groups of six with parent helpers, tracked their way around town, visiting Ballina Shire Council, the Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum, St Francis Xavier's Catholic Church, Paradise FM, the Ballina RSL Sub-Branch Museum, the Advocate and local businesses.

They had a task to do at each place they visited.

Besides writing down the answer to set questions, they also had a budget of $20 to spend on specific items.

LEARNING ABOUT THE COMMUNITY: Advocate receptionist Lyn Rabe with Holy Family students (from left) Barley Sullivan, Will Chapelle, Cheyenne Acret, Brodie Viel, Kamisha Faulkner and Arwen Casey on an orienteering day in Ballina on June 3.
LEARNING ABOUT THE COMMUNITY: Advocate receptionist Lyn Rabe with Holy Family students (from left) Barley Sullivan, Will Chapelle, Cheyenne Acret, Brodie Viel, Kamisha Faulkner and Arwen Casey on an orienteering day in Ballina on June 3. Graham Broadhead

They had to buy a flower at a florist shop to lay at the Ballina cenotaph, but something that represents Ballina and buy hot chips for lunch.

The parent helpers weren't forgotten as the kids had to buy them a cup of coffee.

And one of the tasks was a bit old-school in today's techno age - they had to make a phone call from a phone booth and record a secret message in their study books.

Teachers Joe Keane and Adam Sullivan were behind the excursion which aimed to get the kids to visit places they hadn't been to before.

They thanked the local businesses and organisations which agreed to host the 20 groups of children.

And, by all reports, everyone enjoyed the final activity.


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