THE familiar ring of school bells echoed across the Moorak district this week as students returned to school for term two.
After a two-week holiday break, Moorak Primary School principal Peter Mitchinson said students were back in their classroom routine.
Located on the south-western fringe of Mount Gambier, Mr Mitchinson said the school community was a “large family”.
“Because we are close to the city, we have parents choosing to enrol their students in smaller schools,” he said.
“I do not know whether it is because their parents went to small schools, but it is great to see.
“We are looking forward to this term and hope it is as successful as the last.”
Mr Mitchinson said a busy term was planned, keeping staff on their toes.
“We have a pedal prix team competing in Loxton this weekend, Year 6 and 7 students are reminiscing about their combined Canberra camp trip – only arriving home at the end of the holidays – Generations In Jazz students will stay with the school for this weekend’s festival and refurbishment of the school will soon get the go-ahead,” he said.
Teacher Penne Paltridge said students were also involved in Anzac Day services and will develop a remembrance garden at the school entrance.
“Students were involved in three different components on Anzac Day,” she said.
“School captains laid wreaths at the dawn service at the Vansittart War Memorial and at the airmen’s service held at Lake Terrace Cemetery and five of our students sang the national anthem at the street march and mid-morning service.
“We will now be involved each year from now on.”