Bumper student numbers flock back to class for 2009

AN estimated 68,500 students will return to the North Coast's 281 public schools today, according to the Department of Education and Training's North Coast regional director, Peter Haigh.

Mr Haigh said all indications were that this was going to be another positive year of learning and achievement in North Coast public schools.

“Schools will be starting the year with optimism and enthusiasm,” he said.

“Every school will be aiming to focus on the individual learning needs of students and help them achieve real growth through out the year.”

Mr Haigh said about 4800 Kindergarten students would have their first school learning experiences, while about 5200 would start studies in Year 7.

About 3400 Year 12 students will continue their Higher School Certificate preparation.

“North Coast public schools have every reason to be proud of their Higher School Certificate results,” Mr Haigh said.

“Last year's graduates maintained the strong tradition of achievement and I have been delighted by the very pleasing reports of students attaining their goals for further study at university and TAFE or to pursue careers.

“Our schools' strong focus on individual students' learning and goals, the diverse curriculum which is delivered by highly qualified teachers and the benefit of strong educational partnerships bring real benefits to all students.”

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