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.

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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.”

Pic­ture: MATT SUL­LI­VAN

Sis­ters Tianah, 11, Iliganoa, 4, and Tala­sio, 7.

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