Soon the holidays will be just a hazy memory
By SALLY GORDON
AS the summer holidays wind down, teachers from around the region are gearing up for the return of the new school year.
Almost 71,000 North Coast public school students are expected to head back to class as of next Monday.
At the Harwood Island Public School yesterday four teachers gathered in the school's administration building to prepare for next week's student onslaught.
Teaching principal Peggy Eather said three permanent teachers, a part-time librarian, technology and support teacher would welcome 53 pupils back to school.
At the top of Harwood's training day agenda yesterday was the organisation of children into classes, which for small rural schools means composite classes of two grades.
Ms Eather said all teachers would need to familiarise themselves with a raft of resources and procedures.
"We have to establish the class groupings, work out routines, organise rosters and set down dates for the calendar," she said.
"The curriculum stays the same but things change all the time. For example I've got a policy sitting on my desk that arrived the other day for gifted and talented students and the staff have to be walked through that.
"I know Yamba school is doing training on nonviolent confrontations ... training in all areas happens today."
A spokesman from the NSW Department of Education and Training said all students enrolled in government schools would be returning to class before Wednesday. Many schools have implemented a staggered return early in the week to cope with the influx and age of students.
Just under 1300 children from the Clarence-Coffs Harbour region are enrolled in Kindergarten.