Schools are set for 2017

Schools are set for 2017 FUN: Naracoorte Primary School receptions Kadence Watson and Sam Watters enjoy the playground equipment.
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NEW: Naracoorte Primary School receptions Archer Woosnam and Annie Rasheed enjoying their new surroundings.

BUDDIES: Evie Sneath and Harvey Burzacott.

Naracoorte Primary School: New principal David Adams (left) with new staff Will Sandford, Kath Mott, Daniel Hallett, Daniel Wallis and Adam Stokes.

FRIENDS: Naracoorte South Primary School receptions Emma Kay (left), McKinley Brighton and Sinead Legoe play on their recces break.

SMILES: Naracoorte South Primary School receptions Eliza Crossling, Sam Vickery, Linken Pohlner and Fiann Kenny on the playground.

Naracoorte South Primary School: Trudy Holland (left) and Jess Jones.

Naracoorte South Primary School: Amanda Thompson.

FRESH: Sunrise receptions Piper Southern (back left), Angus Farley, Olive Marshall, Qinxuan Li (front left), William Teate and Portia Lowe.

HAPPY: Receptions BL – Hudson Oster, Poppy McLachlan, Charlize Cashine, Mahli Donaldson, FL – Meg Speed , Mia Slotegraaf and Ben Durik.

Naracoorte Sunrise Christian School: Catie Kennedy (left), Natalie Filsell and Margret Dow. Absent: David Jones.

Padthaway Primary School: Libby Thornton (left) and principal Olivia English.

Lucindale Area School: Jason Backler and Tahnee Manuel.

Naracoorte High School: Chelsea Dahlenburg.

Naracoorte High School: Irene Willcocks.

Naracoorte High school: Sarah Kershaw.

TweetFacebookNaracoorte High SchoolNaracoorte High School has 421 confirmed student enrolments for this year.

Eighty-four of those children will join the school for the first time, with the majority being Year 8 students.

The high school will welcome new teachers Sarah Kershaw and new graduate Irene Willcocks from Adelaide.

Sarah will teach English for all grades with Irene teaching science and physics for Year 11 and 12.

Chelsea Dahlenburg will return to the school after spending twoyears at Lucindale.

She will teach in theagriculture and horticulture and the physical education (PE) areas.

Last year, the school said farewell to previous science and physicsteacher Lara Parkinson who has moved to Brisbane.

Significantly, the school also said goodbye at the end of last year to long-time chaplain Trev Barnett, who has retired.

Deputy principal Jim McConnellis set for a long absence with his annual leave taking effect after week two of the opening term.

This year, Naracoorte High School will be able to use a new lift which will enable people with disabilities access to the upper levels.

In March, the schoolwill also begin its Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) project which will aim to be completed by November.

STEM is a $2.5m federal government initiative to allow schools to upgrade resources to provide students withtheability to access 21stcentury learning.

The school also had architectural drawings designed for a new front gate entrance after the previous structure was demolished last year.

Naracoorte Primary SchoolNaracoorte Primary School is set for a busy 2017 with 462 enrolments for the year.

Of that total, 57 Receptions will start their first school year with 12 other joining across all year levels.

Five new teachers will join the staff this year.David Adams from Adelaide will come out of retirement to lead the school as the new principal.

Daniel Wallis andDaniel Hallett will both teach Year 5, with MrWallis coming from Mount Barker and colleague MrHallett making the short journey from the local high school.

The school also said goodbye toMarie Riddle in mid-2016 after she served as the school’s principal for 15 years. She has retired to Goolwa with husband Mike, also a former long-time teacher.

Adam Stokes has moved from Queensland to teach the Year 6 students.

Will Sandford and Kath Mott have also secured teaching roles at the school.

Cherylie McConnell and Janet Duncan will both callit quits after many years at the primary school.

Ange Donnelly is on maternity leave for 2017.

Ceri Edwards, Tahnee Manuel, Jacquilyn Bradley, Fiona McInnes and Laura Staude will also be leaving the school after reaching the end of their contracts.

The school is looking forward to implementing its STEM project this year.

Naracoorte South Primary SchoolNaracoorte South Primary School will maintain the same level of 210 enrolments for this school year.

A healthy number of about 28 new Reception students will bolster the total number.

Recent graduate and local Jess Jones will teach ICT along with a Year 2/3 class.

Another former local Trudy Holland returns to Naracoorte to teach Year 4/5 after spendingthe last few yearsteaching at Oakbank Area School.

Amanda Thompson makes a return to theschool to teach junior primary science.

Kath Mott, Bernadette Blance Palmer and Lisa Rye all parted ways with the primary school in 2016.

Naracoorte South Primary School hasalready started construction ofan outdoor classroom with fire pit which is expected to be completed by the end of the first term.

Over the break, several classrooms were painted throughoutwith new carpets added to some rooms and other classroomsreceiving new furniture.

The schoollooks forward to extending its “Walker Learning” approach to junior primary teaching this year, as well as using a more inquiry based approach in the senior primary yearsto complement the STEM focus.

Naracoorte Sunrise Christian SchoolNaracoorte Sunrise Christian School is excited to begin the school year with 152 enrolments confirmed.

There will be 21 new Receptions joining the campus with one other Year 5 student also starting.

The addition of new teachers will allow for future growth in the school.

Natalie Filsell from Adelaide will teach a the Year4/5 class.Catie Kennedy is the non contact teacher.

Margaret Dow is the school’s new educational support officer and David Jones will do grounds/general maintenance work in 2017.

The school will have four straight grades which are Reception, Year 1, 2 and 3.

Lucindale Area SchoolLucindale Area School started 2017 this week with a total of 175 enrolments.

Staff are looking forward to the new school year having welcomed new staff Tahnee Manuel,Jason Backler,Rangi Millerand Chantelle Bloomfield.

Tahnee will teach the Year 6/7 and lead the choir.

Jason joins the schoolfrom Strathalbyn and will be an Agriculture, HASS andPLP teacher.

Rangi Miller will be taking on the role of PSWthis year.

The school has also bought a 33-seater bus.

The boarding house has had new paint work, new curtains and blinds installed and upgraded furniture in the student rooms. The schoolhasalso installed NBN for fast internet access.

Padthaway Primary SchoolPadthaway Primary School will have a total of 63 students with seven in the preschool this year. Four new students will join the the campus in the preschool, Year 2, 3 and 5.

Olivia English has been appointed as the new school principal following the retirement ofHarry Long in May last year.

Libby Thornton will be the newpreschool teacher and will be joined byAshlea Owen who is returning from maternity leave.

After eight years,Michelle Lampard has left her teaching positionat the school.Cara Maney also moved on after a year.

in 2017, the school will begin developing the preschool and is set to builda new indoor/outdoor play space dedicated to early years learning.

An upgrade of the playground area will also get underway after necessary funds were raised from thecommunity and fundraising committee.

Frances Primary SchoolFrances Primary School is predicting to have between 30-40 students for the 2017 school year.

Three new Reception students will join the campus.

Skylea McLean will return to the school to teach the senior class after teaching in Queensland for the past three years.

Teachers and students will enjoy using the the new electronic whiteboards that were installed over the break.

State-wideMore than 13,000 children started their first year of school this week.

In total, an estimated 170,000 students are attending 513 public schools including 13,500 children starting Reception, 11,000 starting high school and 11,500 beginning Year 12.

Education and Child Development Minister Susan Close said: “We welcome and wish good luck to all our 170,000 students in what we hope will be an exciting and rewarding year, especially those who are going to school for the first time and those embarking on the final stage of their school journey.

“A new school year provides a great opportunity for students to create or renew friendships and explore areas of interest as they study and prepare for their futures. We also wish our hard-working and highly skilled workforce of dedicated teachers, leaders and support staff a highly successful 2017.”

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