A group of 20 smiling children have started Kindergarten in Tathra Public School this year.
Overall, 217 pupils were in the school. School principal Lisa Freedman said there was a larger cohort last year, but it would often fluctuate.
"This year we had a big Year 6 and a small Kindy, but we've maintained nine classes," she said.
There were plans for improvements to the school grounds.
"The biggest thing we've been trying to do is start to improve our school grounds, because after the fires [in March last year] we lost our shade," Ms Freedman said.
Donations received last year were to be spent on building a sensory garden and play space, with the aim to have the project finished by the end of the year.
The school was also focusing on classroom furniture to make it more future-focused, such as getting whiteboard desks and new furniture for the library.