Bega Kindergarten off to smooth start

MORE than 50 Kindergarten pupils enjoyed their first day at Bega Valley Public School on Monday.

Pupils were given an insight into school life with tasks including reading and drawing.

The group of 58 Kindies has been split into three classes - KM taught by Kathy MacFetters, KN taught by Gretchen Magee) and K/1 taught by Anne Franks.

While it was their first official day, the pupils had experienced time in the classroom before.

Assistant principal Gina Barnes said the Kindies had taken part in the Smooth Smart program in late 2013.

Ms Barnes said the program saw pupils spend one day at school per week, across a 10-week period.

“It was very successful,” she said.

“The last session was an orientation where they all went together and the parents could ask the principal any questions.”

Ms Barnes said the Kindies were now prepared for school, adding that “they’re so cute”.

“They are all very keen to start – they’re excited.”

Ms Barnes said the new pupils would have to respect the school’s four values – respect, responsibility, cooperation and friendship.

“The school’s programs are based on that,” she said.

KM pupils Bronte Smith, Laura Slater and Hayden Jackson said they were all excited to start school.

Bronte, Laura and Hayden said the most enjoyable aspects yesterday were “making friends, playing outside and drawing”.

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