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School bells ring for 2016
School bells ring for 2016
THIRTEEN new preps joined the
ranks of Chairo Christian School
students as classes returned to the
Leongatha school on Thursday.
The group, slightly larger than last
year, came in early on Wednesday to pre-
pare for the school year without the rest
of the students.
Acting principal Anthony Collier said
the early start gave students an opportu-
nity to get to know new Prep and Grade 1
teacher Wendy Fourie.
“Mrs Fourie used to be a kindergarten
teacher and she is our newest addition
to the Chairo staff. We also have Elsje
Bracken teaching grades 4 and 5 and Car-
oline Townsend will be teaching French,”
Mr Collier said.
In his first term as acting principal, Mr
Collier said the school hopes to focus on
community service this year.
“We want to get our students out and
into the community and we want them to
think about what roles they can play in
serving the community,” he said.
“We are all about learning and pro-
gressing and this year we will start teach-
ing more agricultural studies. We have
a tank filled with trout and students will
learn how to grow them to be big enough
to eat. It is pretty cool.”
The new students will learn to make
new friends with those up to Year 10 cur-
rently studying at the Leongatha campus.
LEONGATHA Secondary College students
came together for a new year of school last
An enormous group of 114 Year 7 students from
across the region started, while 78 Year 12s focus on the
home stretch of their studies.
The new year will also provide new beginnings to the
college, with the old east wing buildings now completely
demolished and new plans underway to build in the now
“We have a committee of staff members, students
and parents planning the redevelopment of the demoli-
tion site. Our senior locker shed has been built and the
basketball court is almost complete,” principal Wayne
“The new space will include a large undercover area
for students to shelter under during recess and lunch
times, seating gardens and a sports field.”
The Leongatha school is also focused on the develop-
ment of students and teachers this year.
“All staff will be involved in a professional devel-
opment program to improve the teaching and learning
at LSC. We will be working on areas such as providing
feedback for students and understanding the impact of
our teaching,” Mr Chester said.
MARY MacKillop Catholic
Regional College students
came ready to learn as term
one commenced on Friday
Year 7 coordinator Richard Mu-
ranty said the 113 new students had
no trouble settling into their new
classes at the Leongatha campus.
“Most students had transition
days through our orientation last
year and even when they were back
in Grade 5,” Mr Muranty said.
“We are working to build relation-
ships with students before they start
attending school here so the move
to secondary school is as smooth
as possible. Right now they already
know what classes they are in and
have experienced the campus.”
Principal David Leslie said the
new students appear to be wonderful.
“We had a fantastic start to the
year on Friday and everything went
off without a hitch,” he said.
“Our new reception building is
almost complete and the new space
is wonderful and welcoming to all of
our new students.”
The new group started its study
with the rest of the school.
This year Mary MacKillop Cath-
olic Regional College will have 79
Year 12s working hard to achieve
top marks in their exams.
NEW prep students at Leongatha
Primary School settled into their
new classrooms immediately
when they started on Thursday.
Prep coordinator Dot Coglan said the year
level of 92 students had a number of transi-
tion days to help them start school.
“The preps already had three transition
days so their first morning was a breeze,” Ms
“There were no tears and everyone was
Principal Rob Higgins said the relocation
of the administration building was a success.
“Our office is now adjoining the Leon-
gatha Secondary College office,” Mr Higgins
“It brings us back all into one area rather
than us being isolated as we were. While we
are two separate schools, we do want to offer
a smooth journey from Prep to Year 12.
“The students are now interacting more
with secondary school teachers and it should
make the transition more comfortable for our
students going into high school.”
Leongatha Primary School will this year
focus on literacy, in particular reading, with
every individual student encouraged to read
for fun and purpose.
Students across the school will also be
exploring new ways of learning this year
through a new partnership with Adobe.
“Leongatha Primary School is represent-
ing Victoria with the Adobe iEarn program
where students in Grade Six will be collabo-
rating on a water resources project with other
students from across the globe,” Mr Higgins
The project harnesses new technology
for students to communicate and conduct re-
search with schools in Tunisia, USA, Taiwan,
Iran and Uganda. The project will run for the
first two terms and will collaborate into wider
research which will be given to the United
Nations and Foreign Affairs.
“It is an amazing opportunity for our
students to communicate and compare per-
spectives with students overseas. There are
many wonderful projects being done with
Adobe and we look forward to seeing what it
brings,” Mr Higgins said.
Smiles for days: from left, Tayah and Molly got creative during their first day
in Prep at Leongatha Primary School on Thursday.
Leongatha preps fit in
Come together: back, from left, Richard Muranty and college principal David Leslie with new Year 7s,
middle, from right, Hanna Watson, Ethan Lamers, Tom Crocker, Olivia Warren, and front, from left, Lucy
Phipps, Ethan Dixon and Amy Piasente at Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College.
New year starts with ease
Chairo good to go
Preps play: from left, Hannah, Ruben and Joel enjoyed spending lunchtime on
the playground during their first day at Chairo Christian School on Wednesday.
Big year ahead at LSC
Hitting the books: from left, Taylah Clark, Tayla Kidd and Tilly Johnson knuckled down on Thursday as
they started Year 12 at Leongatha Secondary College.
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