MIND YOUR BUSINESS: iPads set to boost students' literacy and numeracy

AS part of its Community Support Grants Program, the Orange Credit Union (OCU) has donated funds to St Mary’s Catholic Primary School to purchase four iPads for students who use English as a second language.

OCU marketing manager Noelle Cornish said the iPads would allow children to improve their numeracy and literacy skills. 

“Through our grants program and this donation we are proud to be able to assist in the acculturation of children in our community” she said.

“Since 2007, we have funded more than 95 different projects in our community. 

“Schools, sporting teams, recreational activities, cultural events and medical services have all been lucky to receive grants during that time.”

St Mary's teacher Gemma Belmonte said children at the school would reap enormous benefits to help boost their literacy and numeracy skills with the iPads in the classroom.

"It also introduces the children to the internet, which many don’t have at home and will help them transition into their high school studies using this technology," she said.

The iPads are also used as a tool to make children aware of the issues surrounding cyber bullying.

Other organisations supported by OCU in this round of funding were: Calare P&C Association, City of Orange Swimming Club, Clergate Public School, Dragons Abreast Pinnacle Paddlers, Orange Anglican Grammar School, Orange City Council, Orange Health Service Blue Ladies and Men and Orange Occasional Care Cottage.

A touch of France

PETER and Lana Mathison will open The French Shoppe Orange on Wednesday, offering a range of unique and affordable goods including French toiletries, cosmetics, gifts, linen, jewellery, umbrellas, and a range of woman’s clothing from France, Italy and Spain.

The Mathisons opened their store The French Shoppe in Leura  three years ago, but have been importing and wholesaling French-made products for  a decade.

Mrs Mathison said the shop proved successful for both the tourist and local markets.

“We had been looking for a new location to open another shop for some time and after lots of research we decided on Orange,” she said.

“We believe Orange is a vibrant, friendly city and a regional hub for other major towns in the area. 

“Our decision to open in Orange was also inspired by a demand by many customers visiting from the central western region.”

Mrs Mathison said she hoped customers would appreciate their attempt to bring “a little piece of France to the people of Orange and outlying areas.”

Rex on a winner

REGIONAL Express (Rex) won four awards at the Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council (TLISC) annual awards ceremony in Melbourne last week. 

Rex was recognised for its innovative approach to workforce development, winning the innovation and excellence in workforce development award (Aviation). 

One of Rex’s cadets Carl Riseley won the 2014 TLISC Trainee of the year award, while Rex picked up two highly commended awards in the chairman’s award category and trainee of the year division.

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