2200 fill primary school yards

Plenty of preps add to school numbers
Tayla Otin wasn’t daunted by starting prep at Springhurst PS. PHOTOS: Luke Plummer

ENROLMENTS in Rural City of Wangaratta district primary schools topped 2200 yesterday as students started the new school year.

Almost 14 per cent are children in preparatory classes – those stepping across the threshold of “big school” for the first time.

The biggest enrolment has been at Wangaratta’s St Bernard’s Primary School with 457 students, about the same number that the school educated last year.

The smallest is at Whorouly Primary with 26 students, including four prep school starters.

Wangaratta Appin Park school principal Wendy Larkin said that her school had welcomed 25 “gorgeous kids” into prep yesterday morning.

The rural city’s Cathedral College has recorded a strong response, with principal Adrian Farrer saying that the college had drawn new students from 14 other primary schools across the district this year.

Wangaratta Primary School’s new principal, Steve Murphy, said that 37 prep students had attended his school yesterday and, as a result, it had two prep classes.

Springhurst students Caitlin Fountain and Douglas George know what to do when it heats up.

Tayla Otin wasn’t daunted by starting prep at Springhurst PS. PHOTOS: Luke Plummer

Tara Johnson was just as excited about daughter Skye Forge starting school.

Madi Drage says bye to her mum Leah Forster before starting prep.

Marley Miller’s Dad Darren bid farewell to his son.

Grade one Holly Sinclair giving her nan Maureen Sinclair a big hug.

Jaymie Law at her first day of prep at Yarrunga Primary School with mum Dayna.

Jorja Van Bree at Our Lady’s Primary School.

Preps Shanae Fox and Chloe Wake get to know each other.

Danny Weston enjoys his first day of prep.

New Our Lady’s Primary School prep Eliza Garraffo learns some craft.

Keira and Mitchell

New prep Mitchell O’Sullivan at St Bernard’s PS with sister Keira and mum Kelly Allan.

Maya Membrey with mum, Belinda Membrey.

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