New horizons for Sarah Miller at Murringo Public School

Year 5 Murringo student Sarah Miller and her ticket into the virtual classroom. Photo: contributed
Year 5 Murringo student Sarah Miller and her ticket into the virtual classroom. Photo: contributed

Murringo Public School Year 5 student Sarah Miller has started on a new academic journey.

Sarah has been chosen to be one of the talented students joining the Aurora College Virtual Opportunity Class for the rest of 2019 and all of 2020.

Aurora College is a virtual selective school, providing students in rural and remote areas the chance to study specialist subjects using the latest technology.

It chose its first opportunity class in 2017, with schools across rural NSW applying to opt into the pilot.

Sarah will join other gifted students from across the rural and remote parts of our state in an online classroom, using modern technology to bridge the geographic divide for talented primary school students.

She will continue to attend Murringo Public School, but spend part of each day working online with her virtual class on Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering tasks.

Twice a year, students are brought together for a residential camp. This provides a chance to complete the practical work, science experiments and more.

Students also have the chance to join together and experience the host area through excursions, activities and events.

"Sarah will use a headset, webcam, desktop and laptop to access the lessons and is very happy with her new classroom," principal of Murringo Public School Kaelene Neville said.

She will also take part in masterclasses with experts in their field.