Pupils talk live on air

SHARE

St Mary’s School pupils got their 15 minutes of fame last week when they spoke on Gore radio station Cave FM.

Room Kea pupils were given the chance to interview Cave FM owner Robert “Caveman” McKenzie live on air last Thursday.

Their teacher, Selina Popenhagen, said it was a valuable learning experience for the children.

“It was a great opportunity for them,” Mrs Popenhagen said.

“I thought it was exciting for the children and it helped improve their confidence,” she said.

The class had been focusing on public speaking and how to write and ask good questions, she said.

“They have been doing speeches in class on whatever they like and at the end of the speech the other children have to ask questions.”

The children prepared questions they wanted to ask Mr McKenzie, she said.

“They were able to bring their questions to life.

“They have really improved.”

The experience helped the children see how what they were learning in class applied in the outside world, Mrs Popenhagen said.

“It allows them to be in control of their learning.”

As they were walking back to school a woman stopped them and said she had heard them talking on the radio, Mrs Popenhagen said.