Small school makes big racket

It’s one of the smallest schools in the Tamworth district but being back in the classroom at Bendemeer is like one big, happy family.

The public school north of Tamworth expects to have 22 students by the time its new kindy class kids walk into the playground on Monday.

But according to principal Rebecca Hancock, the numbers could swell. They started last year with 21 students and finished with 24.

But as far as Ms Hancock knows, there are just two new kindies to enrol on Monday in a school that is made up of 17 families.

“It’s a fantastic school; just so good. We don’t have a bus so parents drop off and pick up the kids so we get to talk to them all the time,” Ms Hancock said.

She’s one of two teachers there – and takes the kinder to Year 2 kids in one classroom while Jess Drayton has the remainder.

The two teachers start their second stint together this year and, apart from the two new little recruits, the other kids have all been there before so the school drill  and expectations are well known.

“It makes the start of the year so much easier,” she said. 

“The kids get straight into it and there’s no time spent educating or training them into the school routine.” 

The regional school population is expected to be about 23,000 with 2000 kindergarten kids beginning between now and next Monday.

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