Twin­san­ity

Some­thing’s in the water at Mt Mar­row

QT Magazine - - WELCOME - BY DAR­REN HALLESY

THERE can’t be too many teach­ers who can say that 40% of their class­room con­sists of twins. For Mt. Mar­row State School teacher Sue Wil­liams, when it rains it pours, with two sets of twins in her Prep class for 2017. Maybe there’s some­thing in the water out at Mt. Mar­row, just a few min­utes West of Wal­loon. The small school has proven a draw­card for many fam­i­lies in the area who en­joy the lux­ury of smaller classes and lots of fresh air. So­phie and Ayla Cum­mins are twin sis­ters, while Oliver and Lacey Miller are eas­ier to tell apart for ob­vi­ous rea­sons. to Mt deal Mar­rowwith hav­ing State two School sets Pre­pof twins teacherin her Sue class­room,Wil­liams is and learn­ing un­der­stand­ably of­ten gets the girls mixed up. “Their mum is very good, as she dresses Ayla in pur­ple of­ten, while So­phie wears lots of pink” Sue said. “They have their own seat in class, but I’m find­ing I’m get­ting to know them by their sep­a­rate per­son­al­i­ties. “I have been known to mix them up from time to time, but I’m get­ting bet­ter.” Mount Mar­row State School has 70 stu­dents, and is one of the old­est schools in the re­gion. It opened on Novem­ber 4, 1909. Ac­cord­ing to the ex­perts some of the fac­tors that in­crease the changes of hav­ing twins in­clude the mother’s age, how many preg­nan­cies the mother has had pre­vi­ously, and of course, your genes. If you have a his­tory of twins in your fam­ily, it in­creases the pos­si­bil­ity of more. “The other stu­dents can tell them apart eas­ily,” Sue said. “I’ve been teach­ing for 34 years and it’s the first time I’ve ever had twins in my class, so it was a bit of a shock to get two in one year. “I love the small school en­vi­ron­ment at Mt. Mar­row, it’s beau­ti­ful, and there’s a great com­mu­nity out here. “I’ve found that with the twins one is bet­ter than the other at some­thing in the class­room. For ex­am­ple one is bet­ter at lan­guage, the other is more of a thinker, or maths, or colour­ing…I think it has lots do with who they are. I’m find­ing they re­ally do have dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties.” It turns out twins don’t agree on ev­ery­thing, es­pe­cially asked who is the older of the two. “I’m older” So­phie said. “No, I’m older!” ar­gued her twin sis­ter Ayla putting her hand up. “What­ever” So­phie said, as she went back to her sand­wich. Sis­ters huh?

PHOTO: DAR­REN HALLESY

Teacher Sue Wil­liams with 40% of her class

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