Grandma Andrea Storey sees off her fourth grandchild, Kendall Duke, as she starts school on her first day.
Grandma Andrea Storey sees off her fourth grandchild, Kendall Duke, as she starts school on her first day.

School starts around state

THERE were no tears, just big smiles on the faces of the little ones starting their first day of school at Gympie South yesterday.

While mums and dads put on brave faces, their children were eager to leave them behind to begin their journey into school life.

Kendall Duke, 5, is Andrea Storey's fourth grandchild to start school and she has seen every one of them off on their first day

"And it never gets any less exciting," she said.

By the looks on every one of these tiny faces, the early-childhood teaching philosophy of learning through play eases the transition between home and school.

With so much to see and do, parents were unanimous in their confidence that there would be no tears when they said their goodbyes.

"Maybe when the novelty wears off and reality sets in things will get a bit emotional," one said.

The new school year began yesterday for all state schools with one of the most significant changes to Education Queensland.

The implementation of the Australian curriculum in English, mathematics and science for prep to Year 10 students will create a consistency across the country for the very first time.

Also this year, teachers and students will be better supported with more computers and better technology than ever before.

All state school students in Years 9 to 12 started the year with access to a computer, following the rollout of 110,000 new computers through the National Secondary School Computer Fund.

More than 2000 graduate teachers are expected to be employed in permanent and temporary positions throughout the year to match the increasing number of schools and students.

And 300 new teachers and teacher aides will add to the 42,000 educators already employed in the 1200-plus state schools across Queensland.

And it never gets any less exciting

Gympie Times


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