Big day for Preps

Benalla Ensign - - Front Page - By Monique Freer

Hun­dreds of stu­dents across Be­nalla and district laced up new school shoes and donned their back­packs last week to head back to school for the start of the 2015 year.

Many re­turned to see fa­mil­iar friends and teach­ers, while young Prep stu­dents took their first steps into their new class­rooms.

At St Joseph’s Pri­mary School it was dou­ble the fun, with not one but two sets of twins be­gin­ning school.

Amelia and Wil­liam Keen, 5, and Ruby and An­gus Richard­son, 5, not only started the school to­gether as friends but also as sec­ond cousins.

The grand­par­ents of both sets of twins were twins them­selves.

For mothers Julieann Richard­son and Sally Keen it was a huge day, wav­ing off their chil­dren at the class­room.

‘‘I felt it was all over and done with, it was dou­ble the emo­tion send­ing them off to­gether,’’ Mrs Keen said.

Deputy prin­ci­pal at FCJ Col­lege, Mrs Richard­son took com­fort in know­ing many of the staff and stu­dents at the school.

‘‘I thought I would get emo­tional but the tran­si­tion pro­gram at the end of last year made it eas­ier for the kids, and for us,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s the first one start­ing and the last one start­ing.’’

Ruby said she was ex­cited to start school, with Mrs Rich- ard­son ad­mit­ting that her daugh­ter was do­ing a lit­tle dance about start­ing Prep.

‘‘I liked play­ing out­side, draw­ing, trac­ing, play­ing in­side and paint­ing,’’ Ruby said.

Her brother An­gus was more taken with the out­door ac­tiv­i­ties, en­joy­ing the ‘spi­der­web’ climb­ing frame and fly­ing fox.

Although Amelia and Wil­liam Keen were on the shy side, Amelia said she was happy to go to school and al­ready had many friends from kinder in her class.

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