Buliyan State School’s (back) Dani Pemen, 12, Asiah Mooney, 11, teaching principal Will Ashburn, Jesse Coogan, 11, Coby Hudson, 9, (front) Chloe Keitley, 8, and Emma-Jean Manley, 6, with one of the iPads the school won in The Observer’s iPads for Schools competition.
Buliyan State School’s (back) Dani Pemen, 12, Asiah Mooney, 11, teaching principal Will Ashburn, Jesse Coogan, 11, Coby Hudson, 9, (front) Chloe Keitley, 8, and Emma-Jean Manley, 6, with one of the iPads the school won in The Observer’s iPads for Schools competition. Rebekah Smith

Small school wins big thanks to community support

CHEERS of excitement could be heard from outside the Builyan State School classroom on Tuesday as the 10 iPads the school won as part of The Observer's iPads for Schools competition arrived by special delivery.

The school of less than 20 students won by collecting 6000 tokens.

Teaching principal Will Ashburn said the school had been inundated with tokens, and credited the students for writing a letter to the editor that generated community support.

"The mail comes three days a week out here and most morning teas we were counting hundreds each day," he said.

"We would like to say a massive thank you to everybody that sent in tokens and to the people who drove all the way out to Builyan just to hand out tokens to us."

Mr Ashburn said counting the tokens became a part of students' maths lesson - a sign of the educational activities that were to come with the new technology.



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