Jumping into the 2021 school year

EXCITED FOR A NORMAL YEAR... Fingers crossed, at least. Bonnie Dalziel (left) with her cousins Zara and Kade having fun these school holidays. Photo: Struan Jones

AFTER a disrupted 2020, school students across the region are preparing for a January 28 return to the classroom.

For most kids, school is much more than just learning. It’s socialisation, friends, play, and structure. The summer holidays have been great, and well deserved, but there is also a keenness among students to get back to normality.

Kade Dalziel, 7, will start Grade 2 when Grahamvale Primary School goes back in a fortnight. He said he enjoyed home schooling for periods last year with mum, Stacey, but he was excited about being back in a school environment.

“I’m looking forward to going back to school, because school is always fun! I like the holidays all the time, but I have to learn to get smarter!” he said.

Sister Zara, 5, will start Prep this year. She said she wasn’t nervous about the big move. She’d done an orientation day and said was excited to learn how to read.

Kade and Zara’s cousin, Bonnie, 6, who attends Tatura’s Sacred Heart School, said the best thing about a return to school was seeing her friends again.

“I’m really looking forward to it. I have a best friend and she plays with me at play time,” she said.
She’ll be moving from Prep to Grade 1 this year. Was it going to be different?

“Yes. It will be harder,” she said.