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Caring for baby Charlie

Deniliquin High School Year 11 students are preparing to take care of a computer-operated doll next term.

June 27, 2014 3:10am

D Year 11 students Kyle Geary, Chloe Gray and Sarah Heagney with Year 11 community and family studies teacher Nicole Jenkins.

Deniliquin High School Year 11 students will be given a first-hand insight into the responsibilities of being a parent.

Starting next term, the students will be given a computer-operated doll to care for for three nights as part of their community and family studies class.

They will take care of ‘Charlie’ as they would a real life infant.

Charlie mimics a real baby which cries any time of the day and night and needs constant care and affection.

Community and family studies teacher Nicole Jenkins said it was a fantastic program.

‘‘The high school has been carrying out the program for years,’’ she said.

‘‘We’ve had Charlie for about one-and-a-half years and this is the second time he’s been used in this program.

‘‘Charlie cries at any time just like a new born. He also has to be fed, burped and rocked.’’

Once students have looked after Charlie, Mrs Jenkins said the students’ parents will provide an evaluation.

Mrs Jenkins will also view data stored in Charlie, including whether he was dropped and how quickly students responded to his needs.

Charlie was purchased with thanks to the Deniliquin Lions Club, which donated $2000, and Deniliquin Kiwanis Club ($200).

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