ST LAURENCE O’Toole Primary School in Leongatha was established in 1913 by the Sisters of St Joseph, but how long after that the original school was built is anyone’s guess.

However, for the first time in a long time, the windows in the main school building have been replaced ahead of the start of the school year this week.

The new outlook is most welcome, according to principal Liz O’Loughlin.

The next stage of works, to follow within a couple of years, hopefully, will involve the remodeling of the Grade 5/6 as a more flexible learning space.

This week, the school’s 28 staff welcomed back 178 students including 17 preps, all with a minimum of fuss on Monday.

And Grade 3-6 students were quickly into the swim of things, quite literally with lessons starting immediately at the Splash centre as part of a three-week program.

The school has held off planning their first school mass of the year until COVID-19 guidelines are established.

More back to school news in this week’s Sentinel-Times.