Class spans the ages

STUDENTS at the tiny Lake Charm Primary School have settled in for another school year. 

Lake Charm Primary School students and their principal.

Lake Charm Primary School students and their principal.

The school's eight students range across year levels, starting from Grade 2 and going through to Grade 6.

Asked how it works having such a variety of ages together, principal Jeffrey Millard responded enthusiastically.

"They love it. It works really well."

He explained that the students are divided into two groups for three days per week, one for those in Grades 2 and 3 and one for the rest.

But for the other two days all students form one group. 

"They work really well together. The older ones nurture the younger ones and they really bring them along academically," Mr Millard said.

Indonesian language is taught in the school and the principal plans to run Indonesian cultural days during the year.

These days will incorporate traditional Gamelan music and dance, with students performing in Indonesian costumes.

This year marks 140 years of school education at Lake Charm, although there are no plans in place to celebrate the milestone.

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