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Seeing double: Four sets of twins in kindy class

SEEING DOUBLE: There are four sets of twins starting kindergarten at St Joseph’s Primary School, Alstonville, including Cooper and Riley Braz, Madeleine and Reuben Donnelly, Flyn and Lachlan Smith and Eden and Oliver Kelly.
SEEING DOUBLE: There are four sets of twins starting kindergarten at St Joseph’s Primary School, Alstonville, including Cooper and Riley Braz, Madeleine and Reuben Donnelly, Flyn and Lachlan Smith and Eden and Oliver Kelly. Marc Stapelberg

PARENTS weren't the only ones seeing double as 41 kindergarten students entered the gates of St Joseph's Primary School at Alstonville for their first day in the classroom.

Making it that extra bit special, there were four sets of twins in the crowd yesterday.

Principal Therese Seymour said it was a fairly unusual occurrence.

"I've never seen eight twins in my 30 years of teaching," she said. "On top of that one of their teachers is a twin."

And if you weren't seeing double by now, then things get even stranger: One set of the twins has older siblings who are also twins.

Expectations about the first day were varied, with Lachlan Smith excited "just to sit in class" and Reuben Donnelly "excited about the books in the library".

While the water dragon on the steps received plenty of attention from the new students, the first day of kindy involved a library period and music.

Ms Seymour said teachers adored the arrival of the new kindy students because they brought a "welcome and unexpected humour to the day".

"The funniest thing is when they get words confused," she said.

"They call our maintenance man Mr Water Drop."

This year's kindy kids will trial the open classroom format where all 41 students learn together.

 

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