The first day of school for preppie Jorja Phillips was filled with new friends, including ‘Snappy’ the puppet.
The first day of school for preppie Jorja Phillips was filled with new friends, including ‘Snappy’ the puppet. Rob Barich

Prep students embark on first day

THERE were no tears for Jorja Phillips when she attended her first day of prep at Bundaberg North State School yesterday, despite a few of her classmates succumbing.

Jorja, 4, was just one of hundreds of Bundaberg’s new students embarking on their first day of school.

At Bundaberg Central State School, prep student Kai Nolan could not contain his excitement.

“He started wearing his uniform around the house during the holidays,” Kai’s mum, Tammy Richardt, said.

Ms Richardt said Kai could not wait to get to school yesterday.

“He said, ‘I’ll be a big boy, Mum. I’ll be at school now’,” she said.

Kai’s new classmate, Isaac Gill, had also been looking forward to the experience.

“He’s like a little sponge. He wants to learn everything,” Isaac’s mum, Simone Degan, said.

Despite her initial fears, there were no worries when Ms Degan left Isaac at the gate.

“There were no tears. He just said, ‘Bye Mum, I’ll see you this afternoon’,” she said.

While Isaac was happy to finally be entering school, Ms Degan had taken it a little harder.

“I was a little bit anxious,” she said.

About 40,000 students enrolled in prep at state schools across Queensland this year.



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