NEW faces lined the gates at schools throughout the region yesterday as the bell rang to welcome classes back for 2015.
With Prep students hanging their backpacks on hooks for the first time, and Year 7 students attending high school, excitement was in the air, with possibly a few tears from both students and their parents.
Emerald Christian College's Year 7 student Ileini Fakaosilea said the transition was aided with preparation last year, but the nerves were still there yesterday as they entered new parts of the school, with a fresh group of teachers and classes on the books.
"The work is already different and we're not used to a lot of different teachers," Ileini said.
"We have grown up with one teacher and now we have new ones for each subject."
Ileini said the Year 7 students were stepping up into high school by doing manual arts, abseiling, home economics and science classes.
"It's different being in the science labs. It's nice to be in a new area."
Peer Katie Dein echoed her sentiments.
"It's different being in other parts of the school. It really is like our first day at school again," she said.
And the Prep students shared the first-day jitters, with one class full of 22 students at the college.
Principal Graeme Johnston said there were plenty of smiling faces in Prep.
"We've had more than 50 new kids this year at school," Mr Johnston said.
"I'm very pleased about that - we had a new kid start today."
Mr Johnston said the students were straight into the books, with Acer testing this week to determine their levels of numeracy, literacy and reasoning, as well as some activities to familiarise themselves with the school.
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