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School year starts with sixes and Year 7s


28 January 2019

School year starts with sixes and Year 7s

School year starts with sixes and Year 7s

The McLeod clan are in it for the long haul at Scotch College.

Four generations of the family have attended the Torrens Park school.

And the latest generation’s time there will span a quarter of a century, with twins Elise and Charlotte, 5, starting Reception this week and joining four older siblings – Campbell, 15, Connor, 13, Isabelle, 11, and Tennyson, 8.

Mum Jody Fitzgerald said the twins were “pretty independent and confident”. She wasn’t fussed whether they were in the same class or separated, but the school was happy for them to be together.

“They are excited to go to school and see their friends from kindy. All the children have always been keen to go to school. They all have great friends,” she said.

While Scotch begins its school year on Thursday, 13,500 Receptions in the public system launch their school careers today. They will be among 176,000 students in all year levels at 513 public schools.

Education Minister John Gardner wished all students, staff and families the best for the school year.

“This is an exciting time of year, especially for those families with a child starting school for the first time or transitioning into high school,” Mr Gardner said.

“Our ambition is to provide every child, in every class, in every school and preschool in South Australia with the support they need to best help them fulfil their potential.”

Police will run Operation Return To School, monitoring school zones across the state.

“Children and young people are at risk in road environments around schools because they are smaller and less visible to drivers,” Traffic Support Branch Superintendent Bob Gray said.

“Their behaviour can be less predictable than adults and they may have errors of judgment when dealing with traffic.

“This makes it vital that drivers pay attention around school zones.

“We need everyone to play their part as the youngest members of our community go back to school.

“I would also urge any parent who hasn’t already done so, to talk to their children about road safety.”

Police also urged motorists to look out for schoolchildren around rail level crossings, train stations and bus stops, as well as students cycling near schools.


-- original article by Tim Williams appeared in The Advertiser, Tuesday 29 January 2019. Photo: Dean Martin.


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