WITH the end of Term 3 today and the school holidays about to begin, it was with great joy that Ranfurly Primary School welcomed it’s Prep to Grade 2 students back to class last Friday morning.

When the kids arrived at the gate, they were greeted with a welcome back banner and balloons which had been placed there by the school’s teaching staff who were also on hand to give the students a warm welcome.

Shae-leigh and Cleo Taylor were delighted to be back at schools with their friends.

The girl’s mother, Lyana Taylor who had taken them at school said it was lovely to see them back in the classroom with their teachers and friends.

“It’s a relief to be able to have them return to the classroom,” she said.

“The home schooling has been pretty good. I do work a couple of a days a week and on those days they have been with their nan and pop, so it hasn’t been too bad.

“We all hope that it will stay open − it’s been a difficult year − and the kids love to be with their friends.”

Ranfurly principal, Dennis Mitchell said being back at school for so many of their children had been just what they needed.

“Coming through our gates with big smiles, families dropping off with the same smiles and teachers getting back to what they do best. Friday was a great day!” he said.

“I think we need to remember that our children socialise, connect and bond at school and the old age saying ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ has been missing from their lives.

“Much has been reported about the anxiety and stress being at home places on families and children, whilst this is accurate I can assure you from our perspective, the joy and enthusiasm of the beautiful little faces coming back last week was brilliant.

“This will be even greater next term once the remainder of our school children can return.”

ABOVE: Sisters Shae-leigh, left, and Cleo Taylor were delighted to be back at school.