These kids thought they had scored a week off school when floodwaters stopped them from attending Hinton Public School.
But their break was short-lived after the NSW Department of Education and Communities decided to bus students from Wallalong to Raymond Terrace Public School yesterday to continue their classroom lessons.
Parent Natasha Burton said the children were disappointed when they heard the news.
“They weren’t too excited at first, but then it became an adventure for them because they got to catch the bus into Raymond Terrace when they would normally only catch it to Hinton,” she said.
“It was a bit daunting for them, but they loved it and can’t wait to go again tomorrow.”
More than 40 students turned up at the school and Hinton teachers who live outside the town were there to meet them.
Mrs Burton’s daughter Maddison, 7, said there was lots of schoolwork on the agenda.
“We had to write a story about the flood and trace around pictures,” she said.
Maddison finished her first day with glowing reviews of the school’s facilities.
“She is excited to go tomorrow, she loves their play equipment,” Mrs Burton said.
Students who live in Hinton were also sent to school with Hinton resident and school teacher Helen Bortfeld conducting the class with the assistance of administration officer Sue Allen and learning support officer Kim Lantry.