After more than three months of learning from home, students across New South Wales returned to school today.

There was excitement on the faces of students, teachers and parents as Kindergarten, Year  1 and Year 12 walked through their school gates.

The staged return will see the remaining grades return from next Monday and bring some normality back to their lives after the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

One of those greeting his students at the front gate was Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School principal, Bendan O’Connor.

“We felt really excited for this morning, it’s been a long time but the sun is shining and we can’t wait to welcome our students back to school today,” Mr O’Connor said.

Mr O’Connor said that health and safety measures have been taken to ensure the best possible return for students.

“We’ve put a lot of things in place – health and safety are first and foremost.

“The the general excitement of having all the children back that will be the most important part of the day,” said Mr O’Connor.

Year 1 student at Good Shepherd, Charlize, couldn’t wait to be back at school and away from home learning.

“I’d rather be at school and out in the sun with my friends than at home,” Charlize said.

Her peer, Allegra, was also happy to be back on the school grounds and in the classroom.

“I missed my teachers because they are very fun and nice,” said Allegra.

Sydney Catholic Schools welcomes back all of our students and wishes them the best of luck in the final term of the year.