St John's Prep students Dimity Cross and Eddie Stivano are all smiles on their first day of school.
St John's Prep students Dimity Cross and Eddie Stivano are all smiles on their first day of school. Alexia Austin

Boost in numbers heading back to school

THE holidays are officially over, with Roma students big and small donning their uniforms and backpacks for their first day back at school.

St John's Catholic School principal Donaugh Shirley said the start of the 2018 school year had been promising, with an increase in enrolments on last year.

"Last year our enrolments were sitting at the 700 mark, and this year we are up at 740 and that will continue to grow during the year,” she said.

"The next challenge for us is of course to build again, particularly the secondary side of the school, as we will need more classrooms to fit the children in as we continue to expand in 2019.”

Ms Shirley said the teachers and students had returned from the break refreshed and rearing to go.

"There is a positive feeling amongst the staff, we have some exceptional teachers who have been here for a while and some fantastic newcomers - everyone seems happy to be here,” she said.

"This year feels different for me, as last year was my first year at St John's. I feel a little more familiar now, and the beginning of this year has brought with it the use of the seven newly refurbished classrooms, a whole new play area and we are halfway through the construction of our new kindy, which is due to be finished in March.

"We will be focusing on the teaching and learning of all of our students and teachers.

"Our belief is that, whether students or teachers, we are continually learning.”

Executive principal of Roma State College Anthony Green reported a similar increase.

"Our numbers are very strong across the board this year, we are even looking to create another class based on our enrolments and we still have students we are yet to process,” Mr Green said.

"We have great kids and teachers starting this year, we've recruited well so we are positive.”

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