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Pri­mary school start­ing dates. Jan­uary 28 Te Kura Kau­papa Maori O Te Hiringa Jan­uary 29 Man­gakino Area School Fe­bru­ary 3 Bishop Ed­ward Gaines Catholic School Cargill Open Plan School Ku­ranui Pri­mary School Strath­more Pri­mary School St Mary’s Catholic School

Emily Cas­sels is count­ing down the days be­fore her first day of school. The cheeky lit­tle blonde will brighten up her class­room at St Mary’s Catholic School in Pu­taruru come Fe­bru­ary 3 when the doors of­fi­cially open.

She is one of hun­dreds of new en­trants who will put on their crisp uni­forms for the first time this year.

Her mother Shona Cas­sels said it will be a huge change.

‘‘It’s quite an ad­just­ment be­com­ing a school fam­ily and the on­go­ing-ness of it is a huge change.’’

To help with the tran­si­tion the ex­cited 5-year-old has turned to her ‘‘ fairy door’’ for help and ad­vice.

Emily’s aunty built her the tiny door so she could com­mu­ni­cate with fairies.

Mrs Cas­sels said it has worked won­ders.

‘‘The fairies leave notes and gifts of en­cour­age­ment and Emily does the same for the fairies. It’s an amaz­ing thing – per­fect for lit­tle girls.’’

She said she was just like the other mums who would strug­gle to peel their hands off their chil­dren when the time came to say good­bye.

‘‘We are go­ing to miss her like crazy as we have re­ally en­joyed hav­ing her at home.’’

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