Schools welcome new faces

PRIMARY schools across the district went back this week with many prep students embarking on their first year of schooling.

Principals overall have been happy with student numbers and most schools have implemented transition programs and buddy systems to help their newest members settle in.

Daylesford Primary School principal Peter Burke said the school was happy with its 49 prep students.

“We’ve had a very positive start to the year,” he said.

“We’re just thrilled with the children.”

Trentham Primary School principal Liz Carmody said the school was also set for the new year with 21 preps on the first day, including two sets of twins.

Hepburn Primary School principal Glenda Young said she was also looking forward to a fantastic year with 10 students in prep and 63 students overall. “Our numbers are up and we have a new member of staff on board as well,” she said.

“People are more then welcome to drop in and have a look around.”

An exciting year is ahead for Bullarto Primary with two students starting prep.

The students, twin boys, are settling in well and principal Arthur Lane said he had lots of exciting things in store for them and the rest of the school.

“We’re hoping to begin incubating and raise our own chickens this year,” he said.

“We’ve got goats as well and are looking to get the goats into kid.

“It’s an exciting year for the school.”

Students began school on Thursday.

Most preps will attend shorter days or weeks for the first month of schooling to help maintain a smooth transition.

Kynan and Quinton Cane head off to Clunes Primary School for their first day.

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