It is a new year for the pupils, parents and teachers that make up the Bermagui Public School’s community.
A bunch of new faces have also recently started their years of learning at the school. Fourteen children have joined the Kindergarten class, taught by Jordan Garkut, and on Friday they took a break from a singing class in the morning to have their photo taken.
The class of 14 includes Braeden Washbrook, Lara Cathor, Kendra Morris, Kami Nguyen, Catherine Ou, Rihanna Barker, Vivienne Willson, Chloe Lewis, Silver Farnham, Harry Beuzeville, Billy Hemsted, Amelia Manning and Kaely-Rose McCrea.
School principal Leah Martin said there were 181 children in the whole school.
“It’s the highest enrollment we’ve had in quite a few years,” she said.
The Kindergarten children were not the only fresh faces at the school, as a new teacher has also been welcomed this year.
Henry George taught at a Narooma school for the last few years, but started at Bermagui Public to teach Year 5-6 for a “bit of a change”.
“It’s a very welcoming school, the parents and staff have been very welcoming,” he said.
Ms Martin said there have been a few other changes at the school this year.
She said there is a new literacy program in Kindergarten to Year 2 called L3, which the teachers were about to start training for.
Years 1 to 6 are all in stages this year, which means the syllabus has been arranged for two year groups. So, for example, there are two Year 1 and 2 classes.
The school’s pupils will be doing a picture book project with the Montreal Goldfields. The children will come up with their own ideas around the story of the goldfields.
Also, the school’s pupils have already contributed to the life of the town with the Yuin Cultural Heritage Trail.
The school’s Aboriginal education officer gave lessons on symbolism, then the pupils created artworks that were used on the trail’s signs that have been installed in and around Bermagui. The trail will be officially opened in the next few weeks.