Berrigan Public School has not only welcomed its new Kindergarten students, but also a new teacher in 2018.
Tanya Saraikin moved with her husband and three daughters from Melbourne to Tocumwal to be closer to her parents. She will be teaching Year 3/4 at Berrigan Public.
Mrs Saraikin previously taught at Dandenong North Primary School.
Despite only teaching at Berrigan Public School for just over two weeks, she’s already noticed the difference between country and city schooling.
‘‘I’ve fit in really well and the kids (at Berrigan) have been great,’’ she said.
‘‘I was teaching a class of about 28 children (at Dandenong North), and some of them came from refugee backgrounds.
‘‘I loved teaching at Dandenong, and because of their backgrounds those students really appreciated going to school every day.
‘‘Dandenong had over 100 staff members and most of the time it was difficult just to keep up with who everybody was.
‘‘It’s certainly different to a country classroom.’’
During her time at Dandenong North, Mrs Saraikin said she gained plenty of leadership experience that she would like to bring to Berrigan.
She’s hoping Berrigan Public School staff will join her on a visit to Dandenong North Primary School in the future to gain an understanding of the difference between city and rural education.
Mrs Saraikin said she is loving her lifestyle change and has already settled into rural life.
‘‘It’s lovely up here and a completely different lifestyle.
‘‘I was sick of the traffic, so that’s one of the best things about moving here.
‘‘The travel between Tocumwal and Berrigan is only 30 minutes and in Melbourne I could be stuck for 45 minutes only going a few kilometres.
‘‘My husband and I are also planning on playing football and netball with Tocumwal,’’ Mrs Saraikin said.