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Ready for school

Wednesday, 17th January, 2018

Amelia Mahoney (8) beginning year 3 at Burke Ward this year, doing her back to school shopping at Spicer’s Office Choice.PICTURE: Emily Ferguson Amelia Mahoney (8) beginning year 3 at Burke Ward this year, doing her back to school shopping at Spicer’s Office Choice.PICTURE: Emily Ferguson

By Emily Ferguson

With the commencement of the 2018 school year fast approaching, it is important that both students and their parents are informed and prepared to begin the new year of education.

Within the Western Division of NSW the first term starts for staff with a School Development Day on February 5, and the students start the following day, February 6.

It is advised that parents check with their children’s school if they are unsure of what day they return, as start dates for local schools may vary depending on the year level the student is entering.

Willyama High School students of years 7, 10, 11 and 12 start on Tuesday, February 6, with years 8 and 9 starting the day after, Wednesday, February 7.

Broken Hill High school students years 7, 11 and 12 begin on Tuesday, February 6 and years 8, 9 and 10 are set to return on Wednesday, February 7. 

For parents and more often than not the students themselves, the most difficult part of the school year can be getting started.

Whether it be kindergarten, the first year of high school or anywhere above and in between, students should feel well supported for a positive start to the school year, in order for them to feel ready to undertake this new level of their education.

Students who have a positive start to school, are more likely to engage and experience ongoing academic and social success.

The NSW Department of Education encourages communication between students and parents. 

Although the school year is yet to begin, students are likely to be anticipating the end of term one to be back on holidays. The term one, autumn two-week school holiday break begins on Monday, April 16.

More information including a full-year calendar, transitioning and many other areas that parents may have questions about can be found at education.nsw.gov.au.

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