‘Big school’ great fun

PICTURED ABOVE: Eltham Public School kindergarten enjoying the start to school. From left are, Riley Cooper, 5, Jade McCarthy-Bache, 5, Will Davies, 5, Marcus Cooke, 4, Wiley Mitchelson-Strong, 5, Laura Masman, 5, Hannah Johnstone, 5, and Carrie Smith, 5.
PICTURED ABOVE: Eltham Public School kindergarten enjoying the start to school. From left are, Riley Cooper, 5, Jade McCarthy-Bache, 5, Will Davies, 5, Marcus Cooke, 4, Wiley Mitchelson-Strong, 5, Laura Masman, 5, Hannah Johnstone, 5, and Carrie Smith, 5. Cathy Adams

STARTING school can be a bit tough, but the eight young kindergarten students at Eltham Public School are having the time of their lives.

Debora Reynolds, teacher of the composite Kindergarten/Year 1 class, said the children had been settling in well and enjoying their days since they began kindy on January 31.

"They're really good. It really makes a difference having a settled Year 1 who know all the rules of the classroom," Mrs Reynolds said.

She said it also helped having an orientation program last year, where the children spent time each week getting used to big-school life.

Now, Mrs Reynolds said, most of them confidently jump on the bus to school with their older siblings and peers and have big smiles on their faces when they reach the school gates.

She said they're enjoying the entire goings on of "big school": the school itself, their class time, making new friends, and of course, their playtime.

Kindy kid Laura Masman, 5, said she was a bit scared about coming to big school, but had found it was not something to be afraid of.

It helps that she has a big brother in her classroom in Year 1 and a sister also at the school in Year 3, she said.

Vivacious and wide-eyed Riley Cooper, 5, said he wasn't frightened at all to come to school, because he knew just how fun and cool it was going to be.

He wasn't let down, he said.

In fact, he's looking forward to all of his primary school years, high school years and beyond.

Riley said when he grows up he'd like to become a policeman, because "it's fun and they have guns".

In the classroom, Mrs Reynolds said the children were a joy to watch as they became more confident and progressed into learning and development.

"It's really exciting, it's probably the most exciting and rewarding thing to be a K/1 teacher."

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