Nine bright faces have kicked off their schooling careers in the Kindergarten of Cobargo Public School.
They bring the total number of children at the school to 70, according to school principal Gillian Park who was appointed to her position in Term 2 last year.
In addition to the Kindergarten children, three teachers have started at the school this year. They are Elyce Gresty, Ben Fowler and Sarah Harding.
Mr Fowler is from Nowra originally and has now taken over the Year 5/6 class at Cobargo Public.
“I like the small school feel,” he said.
“I was working casually here last year so I’ve gotten to know the kids.”
Ms Harding has returned to teach Year 3/4, after teaching a class at the school a couple of years ago, saying it was “good to be back”.
Her family has local connections to the area, as her late grandfather Jock Harding was the policeman in Cobargo during the 1960s and her grandmother Marie Harding and their family lived in the police station housing next door to the station.
“I feel a special connection to the Cobargo community, as there are often stories told around the dinner table about my family's time as children growing up in Cobargo,” Ms Harding said.
“There are even some surnames in town that are instantly recognizable because of my family’s connection to the area.”
Ms Park said there were plenty of activities coming up in the school’s calendar this year. As the school is part of the South Coast Learning Community it accesses a range of activities, including music, arts, sports and excursions.
“We’re sticking with a weekly swimming program, we’ve got an AFL gala day coming up and we have a kitchen garden,” Ms Park said.
“We’ve got new staff and we’re building a strong culture with solid academic rigor.”
On February 24, the Cobargo Folk Festival will hold a concert for the school’s children and their parents at the school.
In other news, the newly-elected house captains for 2017 are Keely Grebert and Riley Pauling with vice captains Mason Jee and Quill McKechnie.