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|16/04/2019||Posted by admin under 南京夜网||
All smiles: Twins Toby and Ashton Fraser arrive for their first day of kindergarten.LUNCH boxes and school bags are not the only things that are full at this time of the year. It seems schools across the Hastings have recorded bumper kindergarten intakes.
Hastings Public School principal Grant Heaton has been at the helm for 13 years and says the numbers in 2015 are the highest he has seen during his stint at the school.
“We’ve got our biggest kindergarten intake since I have been here,” he said.
“We are looking at just over 100 kindergarten students. We have grown from 24 to 26 classes this year and expect we will have around 660 kids.”
Mr Heaton puts the growth down to a generation change with a lot of new families relocating to the area.
“Many people have come into the area, plus we have the baby bonus coming into play,” he said.
“We would also like to think that people are very satisfied with the work we do here at Hastings.”
Across town and St Peters Primary also added a class in 2015.
Principal Tony Watts said numbers were fairly solid and they found moderate growth this year.
“We will add an extra class each year until we hit about 600 students,” he said.
“This year was Year Threes turn, so we now have three classes in kindergarten, years one, two and three and two classes in grades four, five and six.”
Proud as punch: Danika Murray starts kindergarten with parents Greg and Amanda paying a visit to the classroom.
Heading south-west and the small rural school of Comboyne Public also reported an increase.
Relieving principal Richard Thomas said the school took an enrolment of 33 students in 2015, which is up five from last year.
“People have been moving to the area so I think that is the main reason for the increase,” he said.
“A lot of families with kids are looking at alternate options for nice communities to come and move to and that’s what we have had, people from interstate moving to Comobyne to become apart of the rural community.”
Closer to home, Wauchope Public School has added an extra kindergarten class to accommodate extra students.
“We are going to have five kindergarten classes where as last year we had four,” principal Cameron Osborne said.
“In saying that, we noticed a big increase during the year when we went up two classes in 2014 mid-terms.
“We will have around 685 children and we’re very pleased with that number.
“I think that we have an excellent reputation here at Wauchope Public and we will continue to grow over the next few years.”
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