Tuning in for first day
Thursday, 5th February, 2015
By Erica Visser
For days three-year-old Ivy Anderson has awoken at dawn to ask her mother “Is school on today?”
Yesterday Britt Anderson could finally give an affirmative reply, as she helped the preschooler and big sister Lilli (6) get ready for school.
And they didn’t have to go far to get there - the girls have their own classroom at their Cynbric Vale station home where they complete work through School of the Air with their governess.
“Ivy’s been so excited from the day the governess arrived. The teachers send out her work and their governess sorts out what’s done each day,” said Mrs Anderson.
“We’ve put their school uniforms on today because it’s their first day; they generally wear them if we’re going into town or if there’s going to be someone important on the (video) lesson.”
School of the Air Principal Scott Sanford said yesterday there was a jump in enrolments this year.
“We’re going through a nice little growth spurt this year,” he said.
“Starting today we’ve got 96 kindergarten to year six students. Twenty of those are in kindergarten, so that’s exciting for those little kids.
“We have an opportunity for families to come together and meet in the first week of March where we have a supervisor’s conference and activities including music workshops.”