Balloons and bubbles mark return to school

Schools across regional NSW share their excitement about returning to face-to-face learning this week as Term 3 comes to a close.

17 September 2021
A young boy holds up a painting of a bird.
Image: Bird's eye view: Tarcutta Public School students couldn't stop smiling as they returned to the classroom.

It was all about smiles and reconnecting when students across the State returned to face to face learning this week as parts of NSW moved out of lockdown.

At many primary schools, balloons decorated the entrance gates while Lavington East Public School staff put on a breakfast and created a party atmosphere with the help of two bubble machines.

One mother at Nyngan Public School shared the excitement of her children’s return to school writing on the school’s FaceBook page that “they were out the door by 7.50am. I had to keep telling them it was too early”.

Her sentiments were shared across numerous schools with parents reporting their children had returned home “with huge smiles on their faces”

Long-empty school playgrounds were a favoured destination as students caught up with friends and classmates and schools held fun events such as crazy hair day to ensure the return to school-based learning had an emphasis on wellbeing.

At James Fallon High School, mask fashion was a topic of conversation among students who were greeted at the school gates with welcome back packs created by staff.

Dorrigo Public School focused on reconnecting with each other on their first days back and taking the classroom outside for some maths while moving, while at Tarcutta Public School students got creative with some astounding artworks.

Woodstock Public School got stuck into learning with infants looking at their writing skills and the older years enjoying STEM lessons.

For many students, returning to school wasn’t just about work in the classroom. In Mathoura Public School, Old Bonalbo Public School, Grafton High School, Glenreagh Public School and Terranora Public School students were thrilled to be back working in their school gardens.

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