A strong sense of community surrounded the gathering of the 60 new Kindergarten students for 2018 at St Joseph’s Primary School, East Maitland on 7 February.

The day began with parents and children posing for photos, and each family came into the classrooms to find their desk, which was already set with a reading book and colouring in sheets. Parents ensured that their excited children were settled before leaving for the day.

Kindergarten parent, Bernadette Enright said, “St Joseph’s is a warm and caring school community. I feel very blessed that all three of my sons are students at the school.”

Over the school break, new play equipment was added to the playground, including a fairy door and mud kitchen, allowing all students this year to have many new possibilities for creative and imaginative play.

Principal Marie Butel-Simoes said, “With newly renovated classrooms and our school embracing early learning in our new play area, we are very excited to welcome the new Kindergarten students and are looking forward to 2018 being a great year for our students and school community”.

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Brooke Robinson

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