Graduating from Possums pre-school are (l-r): Jemma McInerney, William Mackie and Emileyne Allen.
Graduating from Possums pre-school are (l-r): Jemma McInerney, William Mackie and Emileyne Allen. THe Northern Star/David Nielsen

Possums' toddlers graduate to big school

THESE days you don't have to wait until university to graduate.

Thirty-five pre-schoolers from Possums Early Education Centre at South Lismore are swapping play clothes for black gowns and mortar boards tonight to mark the end of their pre- school days and the start of their primary school education next year.

The children have been learning songs and dances for the pint-sized graduation ceremony at which they will also receive a graduation certificate.

Last minutes impromptu rehearsals were still going on yesterday when The Northern Star visited.

Julie Oatley, the centre's director, said the preschool graduation marked a very special milestone for the young students.

“The graduation ceremony demonstrates to students just how important the preschool program is to help launch their education. It provides a solid foundation for future education by fostering a positive approach to learning, early literacy and numeracy skills and physical abilities.”

Ms Oatley said the students had also had an enormous amount of fun and developed strong friendships with classmates which would continue as they moved into primary school.

She said the graduation night was also a special time for parents who could share this special time and be treated to a special performance by their children.



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