First day at school an exciting time in kids’ lives

NEW TOWNERS:  Peranbin College’s Violet Town foundation students (back, from left) Logan Horoba and Abbey Frost; (front) Elexia Williams, Yatra Harvey and Kylan Thiel.NEW TOWNERS: Peranbin College’s Violet Town foundation students (back, from left) Logan Horoba and Abbey Frost; (front) Elexia Williams, Yatra Harvey and Kylan Thiel.

IT’S February, and for most kids around the country that means a return to the classroom for 2017.
For the youngest of our schooling community last Monday was their first day, and foundation students and their parents parted ways at the school gates for the first time- with no doubt a few nerves, and perhaps the odd tear, from all involved.
The Shire of Strathbogie contains eight primary schools, and welcomed a total of 117 new preps to their classrooms, as well as many new students and staff members, all of whom were given a warm welcome to a new chapter in life.
This year’s enrolment numbers are up slightly on 2016, with some schools experiencing strong growth.
Avenel Primary stands out amongst the rest, with a total of 35 new preps.
In 2015 the school was considered ‘booming’ with a total of 24 new students.
With 35 in 2017 principal Neil O’Sullivan and staff are sure to have their work cut out for them.
Some 33 new foundation students began their schooling careers at St John’s last week, along with new Principal Paul Maher.

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