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BACK TO SCHOOL
BACK TO SCHOOL
THE doors opened this week for
another busy and happy year at San
Remo kinder with 84 preschool chil-
This is the maximum number of
children that can be accommodated,
and includes 44 children in the two
four year old groups and 40 in the two
groups of three year olds.
Numbers are similar to last year
with children coming from as far afield
as Anderson, Kilcunda and Bass.
The four year olds will attend
kinder for the regulatory 15 hours
with three five hour sessions a week,
while the three year olds are looking
forward to their weekly three hour
The only change to last year’s staff-
ing is that of teacher Fiona Smart who
has taken up a position at Newhaven
The four year old groups will be un-
der the familiar faces of kinder teacher
Corinne Oke and assistant Daisy Weir,
and Amy Anderson and assistant Sue
Keogh will take the three year olds.
This kinder year is an important
time for youngsters in acquiring so-
cial and learning skills that will equip
them well for school.
It is seen as a socialisation year with
an emphasis on cooperation, shar-
ing, positive attitudes and behaviour,
but most of all, a year to enjoy and
The all-important preparation for
school is a focus of the four year old
room, with each child taking part in
the Transition Program which oper-
ates over the last half of the year and
includes visits from neighbouring
school children, the sharing of cul-
tural experiences and spending time
at the schools in which they will start
their Prep year.
The spacious playgrounds and va-
riety of resources at the San Remo
kinder are largely due to the ongoing
support and hard work of the parent
A parent working bee in the outdoor
areas ensured all was in readiness for
the start of the year.
The San Remo kinder proudly
claims that it is the only kinder in the
Bass Coast Shire that is run by a vol-
Much of the drive in the past few
years has come from its president
Nikki Staines who has taken on this
position once again.
Although she did not have a child
at kinder last year Nikki will be even
busier this year with her youngest
daughter, Daisy, now one of the kinder
“Our parent committee is very
strong and committed and they do a
lot of work throughout the year. Par-
ents do an amazing job working for
the children and raising funds for
the resources we need,” said Corinne
In particular, they have created a
colourful, exciting and creative play-
ground for their youngsters in the
Their first fundraiser will be a stall
at the Channel Challenge to be held at
San Remo on Saturday, February 20.
The parent committee is active
throughout the year in various capaci-
ties including the formulating of poli-
cies and strategies.
One of the first occasions to be cel-
ebrated this year is the usual Meet and
Greet evening. This is an opportunity
for families to meet each other and
to become familiar with all the things
their children will be experiencing
throughout the year.
As a community facility the kinder
also accommodates the San Remo
Playgroup where young families get
together once a week on a Friday from
9.30am to 11.
Anyone interested in joining this
group is invited to come along and en-
joy the companionship and activities
that this social group offers.
Community kinder at San Remo
Kealey Trewavis and Mackenzie Luz are pictured enjoying their first
day at kinder, with mums Kylie Trewavis and Tracey McIntyre on hand
to settle them into their new environment.
IT WAS full steam ahead for students,
staff and parents when San Remo Prima-
ry School opened its doors for the start
of the 2016 school year last Thursday
Twenty-two new Prep children and
one new teacher were welcomed into the
The coffee van was there to greet par-
ents who caught up over a latte or cap-
puccino whilst the students went to find
their new rooms.
The school has a total enrolment of 127
Numbers in each year level dictate the
structure of composite classes with two
classes of Prep/1, one of Grades 3/4 and
two Grades 5/6 classes in place this year.
This structure has the added advan-
tage of offering small class sizes across all
Extra curriculum activities include a
swimming program which is now under-
way with students travelling to the Wont-
haggi Pool for weekly lessons.
The children at San Remo Primary will
also be able to extend their education in
the cultural and music fields.
San Remo Primary School offers an
exceptional music program led by Mr Ian
Students have the opportunity each
week to play instruments including ma-
rimbas, recorders, drums and keyboards
at weekly music lessons.
There is also a recorder band.
San Remo Primary School will also be
operating the Sporting Schools Program
thanks to the efforts of teachers Virginia
Baxter and Kathy Kallstrom.
Tennis will be promoted as a sport for
all students to try with new racquets pur-
chased through the Sporting Communi-
Students are able to utilise the sport-
ing facilities on offer at the adjacent
San Remo Recreation Centre, allowing
them to play indoor and outdoor sports
throughout the year.
It is also a venue for visiting artists and
A ‘Before and After School’ program
operates each morning and evening at the
school with many activities for students to
enjoy. It is a great service the school pro-
The art work that the students produce
at the Out of School Hours Care Program
(OSHC) is amazing and a highlight of this
program which students love attending.
A major focus of San Remo Primary is
the pastoral care that all staff members
provide for each child.
This year sees the continuation of this
program as part of the Bass Coast and
South Gippsland Shires Resiliency Proj-
The school will be working with families
to support all children to become more
resilient when things don’t go their way.
The support of the parents and wider
community is a vital part of the school
and will be on show at next month’s
Volunteers will man a barbecue and
conduct crayfish raffles throughout the
This event is always an important fund-
raiser for the school.
Plans are afoot for further community
activities including a Twilight Market to be
held for the first time.
Outside of the classroom, the vegetable
garden is being refurbished to enable
students to grow, harvest and eat home
Bunnings Wonthaggi will be coming on
board to help build a fence around this
The scene is certainly set for another
exciting year for the San Remo Primary
Nathan Mitchell and assistant Meisha Milner (at back) welcomed nine new
Preps to San Remo Primary School last Thursday. The youngsters have joined
nine Grade 1s in the classroom and are pictured happily enjoying their morn-
ing fruit break.
Smooth sailing at
San Remo Primary
The appearance of puppet Sam Remo added excitement for 12 new Preps in
Tracey Wilson’s (back left) classroom on their first day of school at San Remo
Primary. They joined six Grade 1 classmates in a composite classroom.
Returning to the classroom last week after taking maternity leave was local
teacher Bethany Williams (Bilson) who is sharing a Grade 3/4 classroom with
John Manning. Bethany is pictured with students (L-R) Tailya, Matilda and
Paul on the first day of school.
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