Shepparton News

Excitement as schools reopen

- By Max Stainkamph

Across Shepparton, after nearly a month of home schooling, some students have headed back to school.

Year 12 students returned to the classroom, many of them sitting exams and SACs, but for the youngest school children in Shepparton — Prep to Year 2 — there was nothing but excitement from the moment they were dropped off.

Kialla West Primary School principal Wes Teague said there was ‘‘excitement and relief’’ from parents, teachers and students with the return of some students to the classroom.

‘‘They haven’t seen their friends in so long . . . they all came back really well, I’m sure there would have been butterf lies,’’ he said.

Kate McKenzie, Penny Gilbert, Willa Trickey and Charlie Desimone were just four of the students at Kialla West yesterday and were all smiles when asked if they were happy to be back at school.

They — along with the rest of their classmates — were still dressed in what they might have been wearing over the past month, rocking the pyjamas on their first day back.

‘‘We were going to have a pyjama day online today so when the plans changed we just had a pyjama day at school for the Prep to Year 2 students, the rest are wearing pyjamas at home,’’ Mr Teague said.

‘‘We’re still holding out hope things will change and we’re assuming we’ll get back to normal — or back to COVIDnorma­l — hopefully by the start of next term.’’

 ??  ?? Back on the playground: Penny Gilbert, Kate McKenzie (on the monkey bars), Willa Trickey and Charlie Desimone were some of the lucky students back at school yesterday.
Back on the playground: Penny Gilbert, Kate McKenzie (on the monkey bars), Willa Trickey and Charlie Desimone were some of the lucky students back at school yesterday.

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