Camperdown Chronicle
School’s welcome 75 new recruits

CAMPERDOWN, Derrinallum and Lismore schools have welcomed 75 new Prep students to class for the 2020 year.

St Patrick’s Primary School saw 39 new students walk through their gates for the year, who will be under the guidance of teachers Michael Saunders, Pru Darcy, Alison Kenna and Sharna Anderson.

Principal Michael McKenzie said transition programs between kinder and school last year, meant most students settled in well.

“There were very few tears, although the enormity of the day did overwhelm a couple of the youngsters,” he said.

“It was really good to see the excitement in the students for their first day of school and of the parents, and even grandparents who came along.

“We even had grandparents who had travelled down from Kilmore so they wouldn’t miss their grandchild’s first day of school.”

Camperdown College welcomed 27 new Preps in two separate classes headed by Kathryn Edwards and Polly Smith.

“Some of the students were feeling a little nervous about embarking on this new adventure, but they were excited all the same to get started on their learning journey,” Ms Edwards said.

“The day was filled with many firsts, including using their brand new pencils, crayons and textas to colour in their First Day of School badge.”

“The students also met their Year 6 buddies for lunch and were introduced to the junior campus during the school assembly.

Lismore Primary School welcomed five new Preps to the school.

The students were all smiles on day one eager to explore their new classroom and spend some time getting to know their classmates and teacher Mrs Narelle Evans,” Principal Jessica Kattwinkel said.

“The transition from kindergarten to school was smooth, with the foundation students having spent many hours at Lismore Primary School prior to starting this year.”

Derrinallum P-12 College welcomed four new students to the school.

Principal Caitlyn Fitzgerald said the youngsters had “loads of personality and spunk” and would be taught by Liz Harrison.

“They have started very well and are loving school,” she said.

“All four have settled in, made new friends and are getting to know the ropes quickly.”