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'Big school' jitters

Deniliquin and Mathoura students return to school starting from tomorrow.

CASS SAVELLIS February 5, 2013 4:21am

Taitym Savellis has promised to look after her little sister Jayahna who starts school on Friday.


Local children may have a case of the ‘first day jitters’ as most Deniliquin students head back to the classroom tomorrow.

But five year-old Jayahna Savellis will have to wait, with new kindergarten students not required at school until Friday.

Luckily for Jayahna, she will have her big sister Taitym — as well as the teachers and her assigned Year 6 buddy — to look out for her.

Taitym, 8, is in Year 3 this year.

‘‘I’ll look after my sister and make sure she’s having fun at school,’’ Taitym said.

The siblings are the second generation of Savellis’ to attend Deniliquin South School.

Their dad George was a student there, as were his brother Stan and sister Cass.

About 95 young students also make the life-changing transition to Deniliquin High School starting tomorrow.

Year 7 students Isabella Gow and Adrian Laverty are particularly looking forward to the move, after graduating from Mayrung Public School.

Class sizes will be one of the biggest changes for Isabella and Adrian, who were part of a group of only seven Year 6 students at the small school last year.

The entire school only had about 30 students, which is just a little larger than a single class size at Deniliquin High School.

While seemingly daunting for the pre-teens, the size of the student body is what 12 year-old Isabella is most looking forward to.

‘‘I’m excited to go to a bigger school,’’ she said.

‘‘And it will also be good to have more subjects to choose from.’’

For Adrian, 11, a bigger year level means more opportunities — socially and educationally.

‘‘I’m looking forward to making more friends and getting to try different subjects.’’

Deniliquin High School teacher Marita Leetham is the Year 7 advisor this year.

Local teachers start their school year from today, which is a staff development day.

Schools in the eastern district of the Riverina, which includes small schools in the Conargo Shire, opened last week.

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