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All smiles for first day

Dozens of youngsters in Cobram and surrounding areas started Prep last week.

TONI BRIENT February 7, 2014 11:22am

Thumbs up: Jaxon Webb, Jayden Edgar and Lucy Wilkins are happy to be at school.

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.

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