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New kinder welcomes youngsters

Australian Christian College Hume's kinder is up and running at Benalla.

MONIQUE FREER February 8, 2013 4:57am

4-year-old kinder students at Australian Christian College Hume enjoy their new kinder facilities.

Australian Christian College Hume has new kids on the block, and it’s not just the new Preps.

The Benalla college has opened its doors to three and four-year-olds with its new kindergarten facilities.

Principal Norm Fitzgerald said everybody had been supportive of the addition to the school.

‘‘It’s going to make the school a lot more vibrant,’’ Mr Fitzgerald said.

‘‘It will have a bit more of a full feel.’’

With two dedicated kindergarten teachers, Jess Waite and Wendy Smith, the facilities boast a bright, refurbished indoor room stocked with new equipment, and an outside area with new fencing, new turf, a sandpit, shade sail and concrete surface for riding bikes.

The school caters for kinder to Year 6, but Mr Fitzgerald said the school’s long-term goal was to offer an education to students from kinder through to Year12.

‘‘Our long-term vision is to have a vibrant, full campus that prepares students for life from a Christian world view,’’ he said.

‘‘We see (the kindergarten) as a way of feeding in to the school program.’’

The new kindergarten has 15 students enrolled in its four-year-old class, and five in the three-year-old class.

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