Big school for little Iliganoa
The new school year brings plenty of new beginnings. While four-year-old Iliganoa Rasmussen starts at Oxley Park Public School, big sister Tianah is off to high school.
THE Rasmussen sisters of Oxley Park will join almost 800,000 children from across the state tomorrow for the first day of the 2016 school year.
Four-year-old Iliganoa is starting kindergarten at Oxley Park Public School, but won’t have her older sister Tianah to hold her hand as she begins high school in St Clair.
Mother Kelly Jager said Oxley Park was an easy choice for Iliganoa.
“Her sisters went to Oxley Park and have never had any problems, the teachers there has been great,” Mrs Jager said.
“She can’t wait to go to school, she tries on her uniform and says ‘Mum can I go to school today?’.”
Illiganoa will join her older sister Talasio, who begins Year 2.
Seven-year-old Talasio said she couldn't wait for her little sister to join her.
“I can’t wait for her to be at school with me, I am going to look after her and play with her at lunchtime as well,” Talasio said.
Oxley Park Public School has 70 kindy children who will be spread among three classes.
A school spokesman said the kindergarten children would be eased into school life.
“Our teachers spend the first three days getting to know the kids, often they are shy and need a bit of help getting out of their shell,” he said.
“To start off with there is a lot of getting used to school and showing them where everything is the playground, the bathroom – there are usually a lot of toilet breaks in that first week.”
Mrs Jager said she sent older sister Tianah to St Clair High to be closer to her family.
“A few of her friends from primary school are going to St Clair, her brothers and sisters and cousins went there,” Mrs Jager said.
“She is also very into her sports and we heard St Clair is great for that reason.”
Sisters Tianah, 11, Iliganoa, 4, and Talasio, 7.