STU­DENT RE­TURN TO SCHOOL

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - — Tobi Lof­tus

NORTH Burnett stu­dents re­turned to school on Mon­day for an­other year of learn­ing, but for a num­ber of the re­gion’s young, it was their first day ever in a class­room.

Mundubbera State School prep stu­dent Matilda Beasley had her first day at school on Jan­uary 23.

“(It was) good,” Matilda said.

“We did writ­ing and let­ters and sci­ence.

“I liked play­ing in the play­ground.”

Matilda said she made lots of new friends and was ex­cited about learn­ing new things.

“I want to learn,” she said.

She said she es­pe­cially wants to learn how to read, write and be a “big per­son”.

Prep teacher Regina Enchel­maier said it was al­ways ex­cit­ing wel­com­ing new stu­dents.

“It’s been a lovely start to the year, they are a very ca­pa­ble bunch and have set­tled very well,” Ms Enchel­maier said.

“We have had no tears this year, that’s our barom­e­ter.

“Ba­si­cally (in the first few weeks) we will look at their ba­sic skills, a lot of so­cial­i­sa­tion, lis­ten­ing, gross mo­tor skills and pick­ing up each in­di­vid­ual child from where they are.

“We look at each child as the in­di­vid­ual and pick up from where they are.”

PHOTO: TOBI LOF­TUS

PROUD PREP­PIES: Odin Bil­itzki, Sione Fiefia, Melody Sandow, Lil­iana Hyde and Matilda Beasley all en­joyed their first day at school.

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