By Tricia Mifsud

PYALONG Primary School students were given the chance to broadcast live on OKR 98.3 FM, Mitchell Community Radio as part of a radio incursion on Wednesday.

Station committee member Mark Perrott coordinated the incursion, setting up the broadcasting equipment at the school and hosting students, in grades five and six, in groups of three on air.

Mr Perrott spoke to the children about their family and pets, remote learning,  their interests at school and also played a secret sound game where students had to guess what various sounds were.

The incursion was a part of the school’s arts program that allows students to participate in a range of creative subjects including art, media, dance and drama.

Grade five and six teacher Michelle Taylor said the incursion was a wonderful opportunity for the students to continue their learning in both the arts and inquiry studies with hands-on learning.

“We haven’t been able to do much with COVID-19, so it was great that the radio opportunity came up to give the kids something to look forward to,” she said.

“It provided a great opportunity for students to explore the subjects they complete, and to put into practice what they learn in the classroom.”

As part of the arts and inquiry studies, students are also researching a product of their choice, and determining ways on how to sell it, means of advertising and target audiences for the product.

The incursion was made possible with a grant from the Victorian Department of Education and Training, which provided grants of up to $1000 to contribute to the cost of hosting a Children’s Week activity, which celebrated this year’s theme that children have the right to choose their own friends and safely connect with others.