Bega Valley Public School welcomed three new Kindergarten classes this week as the 2016 school year burst into action.
“There are many new families moving here from Victoria, Western Australia and Sydney,” principal Carolyn Nugent said on Tuesday.
“We are really pleased to see growth in the school and our P&C are thrilled with the new members.”
The school’s Kindergarten classes have been organised into classes of 18 pupils each, allowing teachers more interaction time with each child.
The new pupils were all smiles on their first day and each was enjoying their new environment in their own way.
“We’re going to do lots of work today,” Jaylah said in anticipation.
The tables were full of pencils as pupils coloured in and got to know one another.
“I made two friends,” Kyan said.
“Drawing and painting are my favourite things,” Cody said.
“I could do it all day and all night.”
Ms Nugent said the school as a whole had 30 new enrollments for the 2016 school year.
There were 26 pupils who started in Tathra Public School’s Kindergarten class this week, down on last year’s big group of 40, but teacher Angela Mundy said the lower numbers were much more normal.
Speaking on Thursday, she said the children were settling in very well and they were excited for their Japanese class that day.
“They are enjoying the change of routine and surprises that big school brings,” Ms Mundy said.
Two of the Kindergarten pupils were Kobe Mundy and Lucy Beard, both the children of teachers at the school.
The five year olds said they enjoyed Kindergarten and had been doing things like playing handball with their buddies or playing cricket.
Both had a few ideas of what they wanted to learn at school.
“I hope I learn to read the books in my class,” Lucy said.
“I want to learn how to do gymnastics, cartwheels and handstands,” Kobe said.