See­ing dou­ble and triple

Maroochy Weekly - - NEWS - Phoebe Broad

FAM­I­LIES at Pa­cific Lutheran Col­lege in Meri­dan Plains are def­i­nitely good at mul­ti­pli­ca­tion.

With an en­rol­ment of less than 1000 stu­dents, the col­lege com­mu­nity boasts 31 stu­dents who are ei­ther part of a set of twins or triplets.

Hav­ing twins is a rare event in Aus­tralia, with the odds sit­ting at about one-in-80 preg­nan­cies.

But Pa­cific Lutheran is blessed with 14 sets of twins and one set of triplets, de­fy­ing all odds.

The mother of the Mc­Fad­den triplets at the school, Emma, be­lieves she has IVF treat­ments to thank for her in­stant tribe.

“We had a few failed rounds of IVF and after that, they wanted to try two and that failed and then two be­came three,” she said.

“We don’t think we’re unique. We are just get­ting on with it.”

Her six-year-old triplets Ge­or­gia, Macey and Tara, as well as their other sib­lings Quinn, 8, and Jax, 5, never con­sid­ered their cir­cum­stances ex­tra­or­di­nary.

To them, fam­ily life is just a whole lot of fun.

“We get to play with each other all the time and our birth­days are on the same day, too,” Ge­or­gia said.

One of the school’s sets of twins, Charles and Se­bas­tian Box, 13, seem to agree.

Although they said time alone was good, noth­ing could change the bond they shared.

“Be­cause we are the same age, we have a lot of sim­i­lar in­ter­ests, and do­ing things we both like to­gether is al­ways fun,” Se­bas­tian said.

Charles added: “We do nip­pers, and we both do wa­ter polo with the school, too.”

Pa­cific Lutheran Col­lege staff could be for­given for see­ing dou­ble (or triple) at times with so many mul­ti­ple-birth fam­i­lies – es­pe­cially at last Tues­day’s class-pho­tos shoot.

And it does pose dilemmas as to whether to keep the sib­lings to­gether or sep­a­rate them.

Prin­ci­pal Bron­wyn Dolling said par­ent con­sul­ta­tions were held with fam­i­lies of twins or triplets to de­cide if they should be placed in the same class.

Dr Dolling said this was to en­sure each child de­vel­oped aca­dem­i­cally and so­cially to their full po­ten­tial.

“We fol­low the ad­vice of par­ents and it changes as chil­dren progress through the col­lege,” she said.

“Each fam­ily group­ing is dif­fer­ent.”

Sun­shine Coast Mul­ti­ple Births As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Kelly Ki­lah un­der­stands the world of mul­ti­ple may­hem for par­ents.

“Be­ing a par­ent to a set of mul­ti­ples is a won­der­fully unique ex­pe­ri­ence,” she said.

“How­ever, it can also be in­cred­i­bly chal­leng­ing – pre­dom­i­nantly dur­ing the new­born and pre-school years.

“Lucky for us there is a fan­tas­tic net­work of Mul­ti­ple Births As­so­ci­a­tions through­out Aus­tralia which are a great source of in­for­ma­tion, sup­port and friend­ship.”

PHOTO: WAR­REN LY­NAM

TRIPLE THE FUN: Pa­cific Lutheran Col­lege’s Mc­Fad­den triplets Tara, Ge­or­gia and Macey ready for class.

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