Wimmera students have a taste of the new school year

WIMMERA children are looking to the new year as kindergartens, primary and secondary schools throughout the region host transition days.

Most students will visit their new schools on Tuesday.

Ss Michael and John’s Primary School pupil well-being leader Louise Chesterfield said she expected about 40 new preps at the Horsham school’s orientation day on Tuesday.

“It will be their last visit. They have already had three visits before this,” she said.

They will be welcomed by their buddies, next year’s grade six students.

Meanwhile, pupils in other year levels will have a taste of their classes for next year.

Mrs Chesterfield said prep enrolments had been stable.

“We had 42 preps this year, which was pretty well the same as last year.”

More than 110 new year seven students will have orientation at Horsham College.

Middle years assistant principal Carlos Lopez said the students would meet the teachers they were going to work with in the new year.

“We have also had three workshops with parents and students about how iPads work,” he said.

He said the technology would play an important role in the students’ education next year.

Rupanyup children received a head start on transition day.

Rupanyup Primary School principal Gavin Young said eight of next year’s nine prep pupils sampled school on Wednesday.

“Most of them had siblings already at the school,” he said.

More than 40 students have enrolled at the school for 2014.

“The year after that will increase again,” Mr Young said.

Numbers will also be up at Rupanyup Kindergarten.

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