Stawell's newest pupils have started their schooling journey with 2021 Foundation class members having their first day of school late last week or on Monday.
Some schools in the region had pupils return on Thursday January 28, while most others had their first day on Monday February 1.
Many parents had to make the daunting first drop off, but all the schools were pleased with how the kids settled into the classroom.
Stawell's St Patrick's Catholic Primary School had their Foundations pupils start on Thursday, along with Great Western Primary School.
St Patrick's Catholic Primary School Foundations teacher Lauren Sharp said many of her students were excited to get started.
"The kids were probably more eager and there was a few that were already in their chairs and ready to learn," she said.
"The parents were a bit shocked and there was a few emotional parents but all in all it was very good.
"The best part is when they have their 'wow' moments and get to learn something new and then when they get to use the knowledge they have learnt and they say 'that's so amazing I know how to do this' and they can feel ready for what's coming next.
Ms Sharp started as the St Patrick's Catholic Primary School Foundations teacher in term two last year and is looking forward to schooling returning to normal.
St Patrick's Catholic Primary School principal Chris McAloon joined the school in term four 2020 and said he was also looking forward to settling into his relatively new role.
"It's been a busy morning, so we have our new foundations who have joined us but we also have new students who have joined us at other levels so it was good to have a bit of a welcome back," he said.
"With the easing of restrictions we can have parents back on site now, so it's good to get them back on site and have a meet and greet."
Most other schools around the region had their Foundations pupils start on Monday.
At Stawell Primary School the 2021 Foundations group have been introduced to school with a staggered start.
For the first three days, of their 35 pupils, 18 are at school in the morning, while the other 17 arrive in the afternoon as teachers Treen Slorach and Tayla Green help them adjust to life in the classroom.
Stawell West Primary School also welcomed a new group of Foundations students with around 15 pupils joining interim principal Ja-San Trimble and teacher Lauren Murtagh for their first day of school.
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