Early Years

Supplement to the Bairnsdale Advertiser, Lakes Post and Snowy River Mail, week commencing Wednesday, November 4, 2021 “A little bit worried” is how Ruby Reilly, describes her feelings at starting as a prep at big school. Ruby, who will turn five in February, will start orientation this week at Bairnsdale Primary School 754, a big step in her short life. Brother Roczen, 3, will continue on at kinder in Bairnsdale. In these ever changing times, both kids have already experienced home schooling, aided superbly by their mother Lauren, while their dad, Col, worked in Longford, and their teachers at Westdale Kindergarten. Fortunately for the Reillys, remote learning didn’t have a huge effect on their lives out on their Bengworden farm. “To be honest I love having my kids at home,” Lauren said. “But the first lockdown week this year burnt me. Our oven broke and the weather was terrible. “But we have lots to do here on the farm. “For some people with toddlers and primary school kids it’s been a nightmare. “I’m glad I wasn’t in that situation.” Lauren said the kids’ kinder teachers did a really good job of supporting parents by creating weekly learning packs. “They were full of activities and resources,” she said. “There was craft in there for Father’s Day. “I was very appreciative. “The teachers gave me new ideas and were really helpful. “We stayed in touch and sent in photos.” Lauren said Ruby is actually quite looking forward to going shopping for her new uniform for school. Stepping up to school Second Edition 2021 Roczen and Ruby Reilly playing happily on the farm at Bengworden.