St Mary's prep students and teacher Kate Box returned to the classroom this week, much to the excitement of the whole school community.
St Mary's prep students and teacher Kate Box returned to the classroom this week, much to the excitement of the whole school community.

Teachers commended as our schools slowly return to normal

CHARLEVILLE’S youngest students have returned to school with vigour this week, as coronavirus restrictions slowly ease for schools across Queensland.

Prep and Year 1 students were allowed back in the classrooms on Monday, and at St Mary’s primary school, the first day back was filled with excitement – and not just from the kids.

Deputy Principal Kirsty Lines told the Western Times the entire school community was celebrating a gradual return to normalcy.

“We feel very fortunate to have the kids back, and are so happy to have them here, but can’t wait for the rest of our students to return,” she said.

“Thankfully, we have had a smooth transition from online learning back to the classroom this week, and for that we have to thank our parents and the students – they have been fantastic throughout this process, as they adjusted to it and rolled with all of the changes during the start of this term.”

The online learning experience has undoubtedly been a unique one for every family in Queensland, and presented different challenges for all.

But rather than it being a negative experience for her school community, Ms Lines said it offered a little bit of insight into the hard work that every teacher puts in each day.

“The overwhelming consensus from parents has been that they appreciate the importance of our teachers,” she said.

“A lot of people have become more aware of the job they do, and we really appreciate that feedback from our parents and carers.”

Queensland school students in Kindy, Prep and Yeara 1, 11, and year 12 all returned to class on May 11.

For the time being, students in Years 2-10 will continue with the state’s Learning at Home program, unless they are the children of essential workers.

Those remaining students are likely to return to campus on Monday, May 25, provided the rate of coronavirus transmission stays at a low level.

Charleville Western Times

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