Craig Corpe and his daughter Frances, 4, are ready for the first day at school as Frances embarks on her journey as a student at St Luke’s Anglican College.
Craig Corpe and his daughter Frances, 4, are ready for the first day at school as Frances embarks on her journey as a student at St Luke’s Anglican College. Max Fleet

Keen kids excited to start school

PLENTY of Bundaberg kids will be putting on their bag, tying up their shoelaces and kissing their parents goodbye for their first day of school this week.

Proud father Craig Corpe said his four-year-old daughter Frances was “as keen as mustard” to start her education at St Luke’s Anglican School.

“She is very excited to go to school,” Mr Corpe said.

“Every time we put her books back in the bag, she pulls them back out for another look.”

Frances enjoyed some pre-prep activities last year, which has fuelled her love for learning.

“She is so keen to learn,” Mr Corpe said. “You don’t want to hamper that sort of eagerness.”

Mr Corpe said his little girl already had a good friend at school – her brother Hamish.

“They are just the best mates,” he said.

“Hamish is looking forward to having his little sister at school. They are both keen little learners.”

Mr Corpe said while he would not be too distraught, his wife was planning to avoid the prep classroom goodbye.

“My wife is very sad to see her baby off to school,” he said.

“This is the first part of growing up.”

The Queensland Teacher’s Union has several tips for parents sending their kids to school for the first time.

Talk to your children about what they hope for the new year, and what might be making them anxious.

Ensure important details are updated with schools, particularly if family circumstances have changed.

For safety and confidence, make sure students who travel by public transport have the right tickets in advance, and are familiar with routes and timetables.

All schools have policies on the use of electronic equipment such as mobile phones and iPods on school grounds.

If you need to contact your child during school hours, go via the school’s administration.

All schools also have strict guidelines on expected behaviour. Talk through with your children the behaviour that will be expected of them at school, and how they can expect to be treated by others. Make sure they know to speak up if they feel threatened.



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