Snail mail has made a resurgence for year 4 pupils at Galston Public School, after their class was matched with pen pals in Ireland.
Teacher Jackie Payne received a Facebook message from a university friend — now a teacher in Ireland — which asked for interested participants.
"I think the kids loved the fact that they had to be patient and wait for the mail to come, and it's not an instant feedback which I think they are so used to now," she said.
"It was nice. It gave them an opportunity to put pen to paper and write a normal letter.
"It also gave the kids the opportunity to be creative."
Though oceans apart, both classes recently studied a unit on Australia.
The Galston pupils included information on Australian flora and fauna in their letters and drew pictures of landmarks such as the Harbour Bridge and Uluru on postcards they made and sent in June.
"We received a letter first," Miss Payne said. "I spoke to the kids about writing letters and asked them to make sure they were answering any questions in the letter. The kids found it really interesting because they found they had things in common."
Lauren Buckle, 9, exchanged letters with a girl whose favourite subject was sport.
"We both didn't like bananas," she said.
Daniel Sharp, 9, and Eloise Barrett, 10, said they preferred letters to email.
"Email is faster, but with letters you can actually draw pictures while on emails you can't really draw them," Daniel said.
"Snail mail is cool," Eloise said.
"I wrote to my friend Tilly who moved to Patonga this year."