There was nervous excitement, with only a few tears, as children began their very first day of Kindergarten at St Francis Xavier’s Primary School, Belmont.

The Kindergarten students were welcomed to their new school by being introduced to their Year 6 buddies who were very excited to meet them.  

While new classmates were getting to know each other, their parents gathered together for a shared lunch where they had the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other.

"It is almost as much a joy to welcome the new Kinders as it is to watch how they grow and develop in the years ahead," says Principal, Louise Outram.

"The community at SFX makes the start of school a very secure experience for new students as everyone goes out of their way to make all feel welcome – but the most significant effort always comes from the other students as, regardless of what grade they are in, they all step up and look out for the “little ones.

"No one walks past a lone Kinder child without asking if they are alright, seeing if any help is needed – even the seniors include the Kinders in their own morning games ensuring that that final separation from Mum or Dad in the morning is hassle free.

"Kindergarten is full of play and learning, mastering new things, meeting and making new friends – it is the first significant break from the family and therefore the onus is on the school to ensure that each and every child has the best start possible."   

We wish all new students a great year ahead!

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Brooke Robinson

Brooke is Content Officer for the Communications Team in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle