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Big day looms for the little ones

Tuesday, 5th February, 2013

Five-year-old Demi Chrisakis is looking forward to starting school. Five-year-old Demi Chrisakis is looking forward to starting school.

By Emily Roberts

School goes back tomorrow for most students but next week there will be many nervous parents saying goodbye to their children on their first day of school proper.

Karen Chrisakis has three daughters and her youngest, Demi, will start kindergarten at Morgan Street Public School, although she still has to wait until next Monday.

"She's very excited. Demi has got little friends from preschool that are going to Morgan Street," Mrs Chrisakis said.

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Walk safely to school

Friday, 18th May, 2012

FORGET THE CAR: Navaeh Bates (3) with her grandmother Theresa Bottrell and Lenai King (2) with her mother Rochelle Bottrell walking to the Happy Day Preschool. FORGET THE CAR: Navaeh Bates (3) with her grandmother Theresa Bottrell and Lenai King (2) with her mother Rochelle Bottrell walking to the Happy Day Preschool.

Today’s the day for the kids to take their parents by the hand and walk them to school.

“National Walk Safely to School Day” for primary school children has become a very popular event on school calendar.

The idea behind it is to promote regular walking, cut dependency of the car and teach road-crossing skills.

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School reforms ‘to happen’

Thursday, 17th May, 2012

Drastic reforms to NSW schools are going to happen whether teachers like it or not, according to local MP John Williams. 

The Member for Murray-Darling met with around 50 teachers yesterday to discuss uncertainties over the proposed ‘Local Schools, Local Decisions’ policy.

Local teachers expressed fears over the security of the incentive transfer system- which attracts a large number of staff to Far West NSW, alongside other benefits such as rent subsidies. 

The reforms would also give greater responsibility to principals to dictate where funds went, as well as the power to make permanent positions temporary.

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Teachers to strike

Wednesday, 16th May, 2012

Schools will be disrupted on Friday morning when teachers hold a two-hour stop work meeting to protest against a State Government overhaul of the education system.

The NSW Teachers Federation has been in dispute with the Government since last year over its ‘Local Schools, Local Decisions’ reforms, which would give principals the power to hire and fire.

Last week the Federation declared it would take industrial action if Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli, could not alleviate fears over job security, incentive transfers, class sizes and salaries.

The Federation yesterday decided to hold meetings across the State at 9am on Friday when they will discuss further action.

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Kindy, here I come

Thursday, 9th February, 2012

FIRST DAY: Sophie Greville (5) arrives at Burke Ward for her first day of school. FIRST DAY: Sophie Greville (5) arrives at Burke Ward for her first day of school.

By Emily Roberts

There were some tears, a few unsettled tummies but most of the children starting their first day of school yesterday were very happy to be there.

Among the first-timers was Sophie Greville who is attending Burke Ward Primary School. She is in class KB with 20 other students and another kindy class of 21 called KJ.

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