Whole new look to go with books

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SCENE OUT - Shane Ni­chols

EMILY Mur­phy (5) of Cooya can’t wait for school to start.

Emily’s been count­ing down the sleeps un­til Port Dou­glas State School kicks off 2017 on Jan­uary 23.

She was in kindy at the school last year and is revved up about be­com­ing a prep­pie.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing all my old friends again,” she said. “And I can make new prep­pie friends too.”

Learning to read and write this year is also on Emily’s list of ex­pected mile­stones.

And fi­nally she will be join­ing her brother Wil­low (7) who is en­ter­ing year 3 at Port Dou­glas State School.

She’s al­ready decked out in her uni­form, which no­tably this year fea­tures a new dress for the girls.

“We got it yes­ter­day and Emily wore it all day,” said mum Kim.

It’s been years since a dress op­tion was avail­able for the girls. Un­til now the girls wore the polo shirt and sko­rts.

A par­ent of a child in kindy ap­proached the P&C com­mit­tee at the end of last year ask­ing if it was pos­si­ble for a dress to be an op­tion this year.

She thought her daugh­ter would be more com­fort­able in a dress.

The P&C sur­veyed par­ents over the de­sign and now has a new dress in stock from a sup­plier in Cairns.

“We think the dress is go­ing to be pop­u­lar with the year ones and twos es­pe­cially,” said P&C pres­i­dent Jan­ice Ruf­fles, “but we stock the dress all the way up to size 14.

“And stu­dents still have the op­tion of stay­ing with the old uni­form if they want to.”

Pic­ture: SHANE NI­CHOLS

Wil­low and Emily Mur­phy are ready for the new year at Port Dou­glas State School

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