The 2024 school year kicks off this week, with schools across the Lower South West saying they are excited to be welcoming students back. The summer holiday period has come to an end and classes across Western Australia are now back in session. East Manjimup Primary School principal Michael Smith said the school was ready to enjoy a big year. “We have a great school community and I’m looking forward to seeing some new kids,” he said. “The school’s achieving some good things. I’m very much looking forward to it.” Manjimup’s Catholic school Kearnan College is celebrating its centenary this year, with principal Ben Priest saying the summer had been spent doing “a lot of upgrades”. “The most exciting one is our new early childhood building, which has now got its frame up and is ready for brickwork. That should be completed by the middle of the year, which is terrific,” he said. “We’ve upgraded the grounds, all the lawn areas, plenty of planting and plenty of new flowers, a lot of painting of walkways.” Term 1 in WA schools runs from Wednesday through until Thursday March 28, the day before the Easter long weekend.