(Australian Associated Press)
Most Australian kids will be trading thongs and swimming costumes for uniforms and black shoes when they head back to class this week.
School’s back for those in NSW, South Australia, the ACT and Northern Territory on Monday.
While term one starts on Monday for Victorians, the first day is student-free day.
Those in Western Australia will be heading back on Wednesday, while Tasmanian kids return on February 8.
Term one in Queensland has already started for the new year.
Meanwhile, the nation’s six-year-olds will likely have to show off their counting skills, name shapes and sound out words under a “light touch” test to check their schooling progress.
Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham has appointed a five-person panel to develop the new assessments for Year 1 students.
The Year 1 tests are likely to be based on assessments used in England that involve children verbally identifying letters and sounds in real and made up words, simple counting, recognising numbers, naming shapes and demonstrating basic measurement knowledge.
BACK TO SCHOOL TERM 1 START DATES:
NSW – Monday, January 30
VICTORIA – Monday, January 30
ACT – Monday, January 30
NORTHERN TERRITORY – Monday, January 30
SOUTH AUSTRALIA – Monday, January 30
WESTERN AUSTRALIA – Wednesday, February 1
TASMANIA – Wednesday, February 8
QUEENSLAND – Monday, January 23