Dozens of youngsters in Cobram and surrounding areas started Prep last week.TONI BRIENT February 7, 2014 11:22am
Dozens of youngsters in Cobram and surrounding areas tied their shoelaces and packed their lunchboxes for their first day at school last week.
Twenty-nine Prep students began their school careers at Cobram Primary School on Wednesday, and 53 at St Joseph’s Primary School.
On Thursday, 10 Preps began at Katamatite Primary School, 14 at Strathmerton Primary School and 25 at Barooga Public School.
Three new faces also appeared at Cobram Special School.
The numbers reflect a steady rise in enrolments across the region.
Barooga Public School principal John Francis said his school had grown in recent years.
‘‘A few years ago we had 13 or so,’’ Mr Francis said.
‘‘But the last couple of years we’ve had at least 20.’’
Mr Francis said there was a mixture of existing and new families in the group.
But Katamatite Primary School principal David Jenner aid most of his Preps had family members already at the school.
‘‘Actually the last two years we’ve had 10, which is high for us,’’ Mr Jenner said.
‘‘Eight of them were siblings, I think, and two were new families.’’
Strathmerton Primary School principal Marc Baker said the first day of school went well for his Preps.
‘‘We have a new Prep teacher Glenice Sefton and she’s really happy with them,’’ Mr Baker said.
St Joseph’s Primary School principal Joan Moriarty said her Preps settled in seamdhlessly.
‘‘I’m amazed they haven’t been to school before,’’ Mrs Moriarty said.
She said enrolments were higher than last year, with the school adding an extra Prep class.
Christ the King Anglican College will welcome 30 Preps on their first day Thursday.
Don’t miss your copy of the Courier next week for pictures of Preps from across the region.
Water has been returned to Kinnairds and Black wetlands to help with their revitalisation after bushfire damaged them in February.
More than 2200 people have signed up to show their support for a campaign to have the green route chosen for the new Yarrawonga Mulwala bridge.
Members of Murchison Book Club are hosting a literary lunch with Vivien Achia, author of Marrying Italian — When Love is Not Enough.
Matches were split up over Good Friday and Easter Saturday throughout the region.
Painter Ben Winspear and Scott Wileman will create new works as the public look on during the at Rochester Art Exhibition.
Kyabram Bombers have the chance to beat Rochester under light for the first time this Friday evening.
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Tocumwal's Don Elgin is aiming to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland
Eighty residents at a forum determined the Heathcote Community Plan was on track but need some fine tuning.
Cobram skate park hosts skateboarding and music for youth week.
Senior state minister Adrian Piccoli reaquainted himself with Deniliquin yesterday, leaving Deniliquin Counil hopeful it has an ally in him.
With his blue eyes and snow-coloured coat, Nanneella horse Sinatra has looks worthy of a fairytale.
Fourteen-year-old Benalla girl Jaimee Linke will launch her debut novel next month.
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