A big smile for the new school year


A big smile_story imageThe first day of the new school year can be daunting for any child. For a graduate teacher the experience can be just as challenging.

Place both teacher and pupil in a new school and the energy and excitement is palpable. So it was for teacher Chrissy Edwards and grade one student Alana at St Francis of Assisi School in Tarneit.

Alana is one of almost 200 students enrolled at St Francis of Assisi in 2012, which principal Jan Keogh says is a tremendous result for a new Catholic school. “It is wonderful for the school community to have so many students on the first day and for Catholic education in the area,” Ms Keogh says.

“Everyone is new, the teachers and students, which has created a wonderful atmosphere. Many people have put in a lot of hard work to have the school ready for the first day.”

St Francis of Assisi is one of two new Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne in 2012. The second school is St Joseph’s Flexible Learning Centre (FLC) in North Melbourne. To be run by Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA), the Youth + centre will cater for students from Year 7 to 10.

About 198,000 students headed back to Catholic schools in Victoria for the start of the 2012 school year.

Image: Alana and teacher Chrissy Edwards.