Port Stephens Kindergarten kids head off to big school

Xander Zoetemeyer - Wirreanda Public School.
Xander Zoetemeyer – Wirreanda Public School.

 

SHINY shoes, fresh uniforms, eager faces and a combination of tears and smiles.

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A familiar site around primary schools from the Bay to Medowie and Tilligerry, and through to Raymond Terrace and into Seaham as hundreds of baby-faced Port Stephens children headed off to ‘big school’, beginning an exciting new chapter in their lives.

Medowie Public School Kindergarten parent Manda Green told News Of The Area, “Our daughter Eleanor has had a great start to kindergarten and we couldn’t be happier.”

“There were no tears from anyone, which was great.”

Irrawang Public School Kindergarten parent Sharon Castles said her son Thomas, “Loved getting up and getting ready for school each day, he’s made a new friend already and is really enjoying it despite a few tears on the first day.”

Jasmin Charles, who sent her son to Bobs Farm Public School last week, told News Of The Area, “It is such a great little school, I can’t even stress how amazing it has been.”

Jewell Drury, long-time St Philips Christian College parent, told News Of The Area, “Destiny loves kindergarten and wears a big smile on her face everyday.”

“She is number eight of my children to attend St Philips and we couldn’t be happier.”

“Destiny is very shy and softly spoken so the small nurturing environment and small classes have really helped with her transition to big school,” she said.

An enjoyable first year at Kinder is so important during these formative years where children develop their love for education.

We thank the educators, parents and caregivers for giving our Port Stephens children the best start to their educational journey, ensuring their experience is an enjoyable one. PHOTO GALLERY: See 63 kinder kids on our website.

 

By Rachael VAUGHAN

 

Medowie/Tilligerry NOTA students

Ella Murphy waving goodbye and heading off to her first day at Medowie Public School. (left) Lucille Collins - Medowie Christian School. (right)
Ella Murphy waving goodbye and heading off to her first day at Medowie Public School. (left)
Lucille Collins – Medowie Christian School. (right)

 

1a2: Latia Harvey - Tanilba Bay Public School, (left) Marli Warner - Wirreanda Public School. (right)
1a2: Latia Harvey – Tanilba Bay Public School, (left)
Marli Warner – Wirreanda Public School. (right)

 

Lola Bailey - Tanilba Bay Public School. (left) Eleanor Green - Medowie Public School. (right)
Lola Bailey – Tanilba Bay Public School. (left)
Eleanor Green – Medowie Public School. (right)

 

Xavier Vaughan - Wirreanda Public School.
Xavier Vaughan – Wirreanda Public School.

 

Olivia Searles - Wirreanda Public School.
Olivia Searles – Wirreanda Public School.

 

Tyler Sibbald - Tanilba Bay Public School. (left) Eric Kamble - Medowie Public School. (right)
Tyler Sibbald – Tanilba Bay Public School. (left)
Eric Kamble – Medowie Public School. (right)

 

Angelina Jedniuk and Cara O’Neill - Medowie Christian School. (left) Levi Conn - Wirreanda Public School. (right)
Angelina Jedniuk and Cara O’Neill – Medowie Christian School. (left)
Levi Conn – Wirreanda Public School. (right)

 

Xavier Vaughan and Louie Bovill - Wirreanda Kindy friends.
Xavier Vaughan and Louie Bovill – Wirreanda Kindy friends.

 

Dominic Meldrum - Medowie Christian School. (left) Ruby Johnstone - Wirreanda Public School. (right)
Dominic Meldrum – Medowie Christian School. (left)
Ruby Johnstone – Wirreanda Public School. (right)

 

Malakai Nelson - Wirreanda Public School. (left) Isaac Cameron - Medowie Public School. (right)
Malakai Nelson – Wirreanda Public School. (left)
Isaac Cameron – Medowie Public School. (right)

 

Braithe and Nash Jenner - Twins starting kindergarten at Medowie Public School. (left) Stacey Genge - Wirreanda Public School. (right)
Braithe and Nash Jenner – Twins starting kindergarten at Medowie Public School. (left)
Stacey Genge – Wirreanda Public School. (right)

 

Beau Wheeler and Jaxon Pickett - Wirreanda Public School.
Beau Wheeler and Jaxon Pickett – Wirreanda Public School.

 

Matilda Goodsir - Medowie Public School. (left) Cara O’Neill - Medowie Christian School. (right)
Matilda Goodsir – Medowie Public School. (left)
Cara O’Neill – Medowie Christian School. (right)

 

Madeleine Bose - Tanilba Bay Public School. (left) Brayden Williams - Tanilba Bay Public School. (right)
Madeleine Bose – Tanilba Bay Public School. (left)
Brayden Williams – Tanilba Bay Public School. (right)

 

Josiah McDonald - Medowie Public School. (left) Braxton Keen - Salt Ash Public School. (right)
Josiah McDonald – Medowie Public School. (left)
Braxton Keen – Salt Ash Public School. (right)

 

Oscar O’Neill - Wirreanda Public School. (left) Skylah Brekelmans - Wirreanda Public School. (right)
Oscar O’Neill – Wirreanda Public School. (left)
Skylah Brekelmans – Wirreanda Public School. (right)

 

Angus Mathieson - Medowie Public School. (left) Brayden, Boston, Emmett and Rhyder - Kindy besties from Tanilba Bay Public School. (right)
Angus Mathieson – Medowie Public School. (left)
Brayden, Boston, Emmett and Rhyder – Kindy besties from Tanilba Bay Public School. (right)

 

Elizabeth Kilday - Wirreanda Public School.
Elizabeth Kilday – Wirreanda Public School.

 

Brody Carben - Medowie Christian School. (left) Mac Mcgrath - Medowie Public School. (right)
Brody Carben – Medowie Christian School. (left)
Mac Mcgrath – Medowie Public School. (right)

 

Jake Pevitt with his Great Grandfather John Pevitt. (left) Olivia Storer - Wirreanda Public School. (right)
Jake Pevitt with his Great Grandfather John Pevitt. (left)
Olivia Storer – Wirreanda Public School. (right)

 

Luke Vuletic - Tanilba Bay. (left) Joshua Russell - Tanilba Bay. (right)
Luke Vuletic – Tanilba Bay. (left)
Joshua Russell – Tanilba Bay. (right)

 

Lola Bailey and Emmett Delphine - Tanilba Bay Public School.
Lola Bailey and Emmett Delphine – Tanilba Bay Public School.

 

Kiarna Rollason - Wirreanda Public School. (left) Jordan Kiem - Medowie Christian School. (right)
Kiarna Rollason – Wirreanda Public School. (left)
Jordan Kiem – Medowie Christian School. (right)

 

Ashley Hitchcock - Medowie Public School. (left) Nardia McCabe with big sister Olivia - Tanilba Bay Public School. (right)
Ashley Hitchcock – Medowie Public School. (left)
Nardia McCabe with big sister Olivia – Tanilba Bay Public School. (right)

 

Lachlan Lyon - Wirreanda Public School. (left) Braxon Thompson - Wirreanda Public School. (right)
Lachlan Lyon – Wirreanda Public School. (left)
Braxon Thompson – Wirreanda Public School. (right)

 

Georgia Clarke - Tanilba Bay Public School.
Georgia Clarke – Tanilba Bay Public School.

 

Flynn Hazell - Tanilba Bay Public School. (left) Flynn Jones - Wirreanda Public School. (right)
Flynn Hazell – Tanilba Bay Public School. (left)
Flynn Jones – Wirreanda Public School. (right)

 

 

Raymond Terrace NOTA students

 

Lachlan Wright - St Brigid’s Primary School. (left) Amleanah Drewett - Grahamstown Public School. (right)
Lachlan Wright – St Brigid’s Primary School. (left)
Amleanah Drewett – Grahamstown Public School. (right)

 

Clarinda Statham - Irrawang Public School. (left) Eamon Brown from Raymond Terrace started Kindy at Maitland Public School where his mum is a teacher. (right)
Clarinda Statham – Irrawang Public School. (left)
Eamon Brown from Raymond Terrace started Kindy at Maitland Public School where his mum is a teacher. (right)

 

Jesse Bose - St.Brigid’s Primary School. (left) Liam Ball - Raymond Terrace Public School. (right)
Jesse Bose – St.Brigid’s Primary School. (left)
Liam Ball – Raymond Terrace Public School. (right)

 

Darcy Aylett - Grahamstown Public School. (left) Levi Munro - Grahamstown Public School. (right)
Darcy Aylett – Grahamstown Public School. (left)
Levi Munro – Grahamstown Public School. (right)

 

Kobi Lamey - Raymond Terrace Public School.
Kobi Lamey – Raymond Terrace Public School.

 

Jorja Single, Caitlyn Hitchcock, Levi Munro - Grahamstown Primary School.
Jorja Single, Caitlyn Hitchcock, Levi Munro – Grahamstown Primary School.

 

 

Bay NOTA students:

 

Charlie Bond - Tomaree Public School. (left) Ava, all ready for kindy at St Philips. (right)
Charlie Bond – Tomaree Public School. (left)
Ava, all ready for kindy at St Philips. (right)

 

Destiny Burgmann - Demech all smiles for her first day of Kindy at St Philips Port Stephens. (left) Emily Watson - Tomaree Public School. (right)
Destiny Burgmann – Demech all smiles for her first day of Kindy at St Philips Port Stephens. (left)
Emily Watson – Tomaree Public School. (right)

 

Jules Charles - Bobs Farm Public School
Jules Charles – Bobs Farm Public School

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