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