September 4, 2018 9:31 pm

Students at St. Patrick Catholic School in Harrowsmith happy to be back

First day of school at St. Patrick Catholic School in Harrowsmith

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Tuesday was the day to dust off the lunch boxes and don some new clothes. It was back-to-school for thousands of students in the region.

St. Patrick Catholic School in Harrowsmith was no exception. Grade 6 student Ciara Pavao doesn’t mind saying goodbye to summer vacation and returning to the books. In fact, she says she loves this time of year and her school.

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“It’s just that there’s no bullying, and it’s all good. And you make friends really easily. You just say ‘Hi,’ and then boom, you’re friends.”

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There are nearly 250 students from kindergarten to Grade 8 at St. Patrick School. And according to longtime teacher Debby Gill, Day 1 of school is a very important one.

“It’s a reunion, it’s coming back , but not just a one-day reunion, a 10-month reunion where we are all working together.”

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It too early for any exact numbers, but Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board officials say enrollment is holding steady at around 11,000 students.

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