Good­bye to ‘ba­bies’

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Bye Dad:

DOZENS of mums and dads from the Dou­glas re­gion waved good­bye to their “ba­bies” as they started pri­mary school for the first time on Mon­day.

While most of the four and five-year-old Prep stu­dents were ex­cited to start their first day of school, many par­ents had to put on a brave face un­til send­ing them off be­fore shed­ding a quiet tear.

The Mathews fam­ily has re­lo­cated to Port Dou­glas from Can­berra and Kira, 10, Jet, nine, and four-year-old Rory were happy to start their first day at Port Dou­glas State School.

Year 5 stu­dent Kira is very ex­cited and ner­vous about start­ing a new school and mak­ing new friends but ad­mit­ted to hav­ing “a few but­ter­flies”, while Jet also had a few nerves.

Rory said he was “good” and very happy to be mak­ing new friends.

Par­ents Graeme and Jenny Brown walked four-year-old Sum­mer to her first day of school with three-year-old Chasey and were sad to see her off.

“I’m not as ex­cited as she is,” Jenny said.

“That’s the bell ring­ing, we’re late - this is a sign of the next 12 years.”

Photo by ANGELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

Ryan Mathews and Evie with Kira, Jet and Rory

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