The Foundation students at Broadford Primary School gathered together for a group shot on their first day of school.

A NEW journey for the state’s youngest school students began last week as foundation, or prep, students put their school uniforms on and headed into classrooms for the first time.

There were many mixed reports of the children feeling excited, happy, anxious and sad about the early wake up calls to prepare for the school day, but overall, have begun settling into school.

Foundation students across the Mitchell Shire will transition into a five-day school week, with many of the schools opting for the students to initially have Wednesday off as the students settle into their new routines.

Foundation teacher at Wandong Primary School Chloe Cole said new students had embraced their first week of school.

“Last week, Wandong Primary School welcomed their youngest learners into foundation for 2022. The cohort of 82 students were eagerly greeted by their teachers Mrs Cole, Miss Clyde, Miss Green and Miss McCulloch,” she said.

“Students met their senior school buddies who assisted in providing a helping hand when adjusting to school life. New friendships have formed, and the development of independence and resilience is well underway for these foundation students.

“We look forward to the year ahead and celebrating all your achievements in 2022.”

Wandong Primary School assistant principal Mr Warren, Toby, Sienna, Nathan, Stella, Harper, and school principal Mrs Morrow.