TWINNING: Beau and Noah with mum Jenny Thornton, and the Maquire girls Olive and Edi with their mum Nell Hetherington.
TWINNING: Beau and Noah with mum Jenny Thornton, and the Maquire girls Olive and Edi with their mum Nell Hetherington. Contributed

Half the students in this prep class are twins

IT IS an exciting year in the Prep classroom at The School of Total Education.

Starting the year with eight students, half the class is made up of twins.

Set one, the Thornton brothers Beau and Noah, has grown up with the school being a big part of their lives as their three older brothers Seth, Joseph and William attend the school.

Their eldest brother Christopher graduated from the school some years ago.

Set two, Maquire girls Edi and Olive, is also familiar and comfortable with the school's environment.

Their older brother Will, who is in Grade 4 this year, joined the school in Prep.

Edi and Olive's mother Nell Hetherington also attended the school.

The children have been coming to the school for some years with their older siblings and have been keen to start themselves.

"That is one of the lovely things about the school," prep teacher aid Sharman Parsons said.

"It is such a peaceful, fun environment that the little brothers and sisters pick up on it and are very keen to join."

New prep teacher Renee Locke said it was great to have two sets of twins in the Prep class this year.

"This special occurrence will be wonderful for all of our children and provide a good learning experience for them and us," she said.

"I have always enjoyed teaching twins in the past, and in 2014 I will have 50% of my class being a twin.

"I am very much looking forward to the year ahead."

Throughout the school's 34-year history, there have been triplets attend the school.

Also, Sebastian and Andre Johnson are twins who are in Year 8.

Along with the excitement of two sets of twins beginning Prep, there is also excitement with twins Lane and Ty Blunsdon starting Year 7.

The School of Total Education principal Shane Power has an instant rapport with these students, being a twin himself.

He is looking forward to being part of these children's school journey along with every other child in the school.


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