Un­der 8s Day – big out­ing for town’s small­est schoolkids

The Western Star - - Feature - JORJA MCDON­NELL

THE last day of term was made ex­tra spe­cial for stu­dents of Yuleba State School, who got to en­joy an ex­cur­sion to the Roma State Col­lege Un­der 8s Day.

Yuleba has 15 stu­dents from Kindy to Year 6, and most were able to take part in the event, which is a cel­e­bra­tion of the early school years.

“We are lucky be­cause we have a state-de­liv­ered kindy at Yuleba, so we have been able to bring kids from age four all the way up to seven here to­day, and it is just re­ally cool that ev­ery­one can get to­gether and join in,” Yuleba State School teacher and prin­ci­pal Re­becca Boldo­rac said.

“With only 15 chil­dren al­to­gether, putting on some­thing to this scale wouldn’t re­ally be a pos­si­bil­ity, so it is amaz­ing that we get to come along to the big­ger schools.

“It gives the chil­dren an op­por­tu­nity to join in with more kids than they are usu­ally able to, and try all sorts of dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties.”

For Ms Boldo­rac, the in­vi­ta­tion was more than a friendly greet­ing from their neigh­bour­ing state schools.

Hav­ing taken on the job only this year, she is ap­pre­cia­tive of how fel­low teach­ers in the re­gion are will­ing to help out each school, no mat­ter the size.

“I have found this re­gion is re­ally good for small schools, work­ing to­gether, and sup­port­ing each other with ac­tiv­i­ties like this,” she said.

At Roma State Col­lege ju­nior cam­pus, Un­der 8s Day has be­come a tra­di­tion, or­gan­ised this year by another new re­cruit, Ten­nille Rhodes.

Ms Rhodes has a unique role as well­be­ing teacher of the col­lege’s Pos­i­tive Be­hav­iour and Learn­ing pro­gram, and works with stu­dents of every year level.

“This is re­ally a cel­e­bra­tion of the early years, and early child­hood; it is just a fan­tas­tic way to cel­e­brate be­ing young and learn­ing, while the kids are hav­ing lots of fun,” Ms Rhodes said.

“Stud­ies have shown that in the first five years, learn­ing is very cru­cial, and it is a very in­spi­ra­tional time in their lives.”

The first-timer pulled off a bright and bustling day for the school, and says she couldn’t have done it with­out the army of lo­cals be­hind her.

“I’m fairly new to town, this is my first Un­der 8s Day ex­pe­ri­ence, and I am blown away,” Ms Rhodes said.

”I just can­not be­lieve the level of sup­port from the lo­cal busi­nesses and com­mu­nity ser­vices, as well as from our sur­round­ing schools, and how much ef­fort so many staff, par­ents, and com­mu­nity mem­bers have put in.”

Pic­tures: File

COOL SCHOOL: Joel Ntahi­raja, Re­becca Boldo­rac, Lauren Har­land, Chase Gal­la­her, and Hunter Hous­ton of Yuleba State School at Roma State Col­lege.

Fraser Brown and Nixon Swan of Yuleba State School.

Darcy Towns, Jaxx Bent­ley and Finn Bent­ley.

Is­abella Mc­Donell, Ster­ling Mc­Donell, Ri­ley Groves and Kaden Groves ‘ar­rest’ lo­cal po­lice of­fi­cers Adam Thomp­son and Joe McKil­lop.

Koby Gar­ringe.

Ge­or­gia Rollo Gets stuck into some colour­ing in.

Por­tia and Blaise Frost paint mum Jade Mur­ray’s face.

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