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The Southern Cross : February 2012
February 2012 Page 19 www.thesoutherncross.org.au In the past week, about 50,000 students poured into 103 South Australian Catholic schools for the beginning of the school year. Catholic Education South Australia (CESA) expects 2012 enrolments to be up by about 500 students -- or one per cent, based on projected statistics. Paul Sharkey, director of CESA, said there were many reasons why families were choosing Catholic schools. He said the Catholic faith and pastoral care were priorities for many parents, as were Catholic Education's good reputation, quality staff and educational programs, an inclusive community and academic success. Family friends Zac Cappello and Aida Pedisic are enrolled in Reception at St Thomas School in Goodwood in terms one and three respectively. Aida, who turns five-years-old in May, is keen to join her older sister Katia at St Thomas. Their mother, Sandra Stangherlin, says Aida is ready and raring to be a part of the action and appears relaxed about the big day. "Her preparation has been seeing her sister go to Reception and coming in to the classroom when we help with reading and other school activities," said Ms Stangherlin. Zac's mother Penny Michael says she is the one feeling nervous over sending her first- born to school. Zac turns five years old this month and his mother is certain that if pre- school is anything to go by, then Zac will love school. Both children attended St Thomas Pre-school, which Principal Liz Thomas says can be an advantage during transition to Reception. "I think having the pre-school on our site is great for transition because the children not only know the staff and the school grounds but they also know the students," she said. St Thomas organises buddy classes in the lead up to transition, where older students team up with younger students, giving them a familiar face in the playground. "There seems to be few tears from our pre-schoolers (on the first day)," says Ms Thomas. FOOD & HOSPITALITY AUTOMOTIVE HAIR & BEAUTY METALS & ENGINEERING BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION Your trade career starts here ... St Patrick's Technical College combines a unique trade focused SACE with award winning trade and apprenticeship training for Year 11 & 12 students. Come and see why three out of every four students leaves St Patrick's in an apprenticeship. ̈ OPEN DAY Sun 25 March ̈ SKILLEX 11-12 May ̈ NATIONAL TRADIES EXPO 18-20 May ̈ TRADE & APPRENTICESHIP EXPO Sun 26 August ENROL TODAY TO START YOUR TRADE CAREER IN 2013. Visit www.stpatstech.sa.edu.au or phone 1300 765 384 for details. ELECTROTECHNOLOGY No first- day jitters here By Rebecca DiGirolamo CAN'T WAIT: Aida and Zac with their mums Sandra Stangherlin and Penny Michael. Photo: Nat Rogers Back to school feature