Big day for Preps
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.
New to school life:
Fun and games: