More than 110 children in the region started school for the first time last week.By Bob Nicol
It was a big week for local youngsters last week with more than 110 children starting school for the first time in the region, and there were plenty of tears — mainly from parents.
Tatura Primary School welcomed 39 preps, Sacred Heart 28, Dhurringile four, Harston five, Toolamba 18, Murchison 14 and Merrigum six.
Principals the Guardian spoke to said it was an exciting time and they, along with teachers, were looking forward to the year ahead.
Dhurringile principal Jenny Bannister said she would be joined this year by experienced teacher Jenny Naughton and business manager Joyce Caiafa.
‘‘We have 17 students this year and are excited to welcome twins Tayla and Ellie Merriman as two of the four new Preps,’’ she said.
Most schools resumed classes for the higher grades on Wednesday, with the Preps facing their first class on Thursday.
Victorian Principals Association president Gabrielle Leigh said this year promised change, challenges and increased autonomy as schools implemented the ‘Towards Victoria as a Learning Community’ vision.
She said as the year progressed, the Victorian Government, in particular the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, would finalise the details in key changes in the compact and governance structures.
Victorian Education Minister Martin Dixon said the first day at school was an exciting time, even though parents and Preps felt nervous.
‘‘Heading to school for the first time is a wonderful milestone in a child’s young life, and one that parents and students will remember forever,’’ Mr Dixon said.
He said about 2500 new graduate teachers would take up posts in Victorian public schools for the start of this school year, while 880
Meanwhile, the RACV, local police and school communities are reminding motorists to exercise care near schools.RACV public policy acting general manager Dave Jones said primary-school-aged children, in particular Prep students starting school, were vulnerable in traffic. ‘‘Drivers should look out for and comply with parking restrictions that apply on school days, especially those near flagged children’s crossings,’’ he said.
‘‘Motorists should slow down and be alert around pedestrian crossings and car parking areas, where small children can be hidden from a driver’s vision.
‘‘Motorists also need to remember that school speed zones are back in force, with reduced speed limits outside most schools during the morning arrival and afternoon departure times.’’
The cause of a house fire at a vacant Shepparton house yesterday morning is under investigation.
After a tennis career spanning 62 years, of which the last 35 years have been as a coach, Yarrawonga's Jon Coleman is set to retire at the end of 2013.
The recent Kyabram Master Pairs, played over six days with crack sides from near and far, attracted some talented bowlers eager to win the prestige event.
A small kitchen fire in Campaspe Community Children’s Centre caused the centre to be briefly evacuated this afternoon.
More residents coming forward to make official complaints is behind a rise in assaults in the Campaspe region, according to police.
Kyabram Lawn Tennis Club’s annual junior singles tournament again attracted good numbers from across the district.
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Reigning Murray Valley Cricket Association premier Strathmerton was far too good for Finley on Saturday, registering a 115-run victory.
Tooborac Fire Brigade visited Tooborac Primary School last Tuesday to help the school complete its bushfire emergency management plan.
Christmas is a time of giving and UnitingCare Cobram has joined forces with Target to ensure no stocking is left empty this festive season.
The official launch of the Murray Valley Industry Park facility today will see the announcement of the Deni Innovation Expo 2014 date.
SPC Ardmona, is sending eight containers loaded with $250,000 of fruit and vegetables to cyclone ravaged Philippines.
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