Mooroopna parents Lloyd and Kelly O'Brien say they are sad to see their youngest child Lincoln head off to his first day of school today.ALEXANDRA BOLKAS January 29, 2014 4:10am
Father-of-four Lloyd O’Brien remembers his six years at Mooroopna Primary School in the ’80s as a blur of carefree fun.
Today, his youngest son Lincoln, 5, will join 35 other Preps as they unclasp their parents’ hands and take tentative steps towards growing up.
Lincoln comes from a long family line of Mooroopna Primary School alumni.
His mother Kelly and three of his siblings have been students at the school.
‘‘I just remember mucking about with my mates,’’ Mr O’Brien said.
‘‘It was a hell of a lot easier than working.’’
Mrs O’Brien said she would be sad to see her youngest child walk through the school gates.
‘‘I’m sad to see him go; now there are no kids left in the house,’’ Mrs O’Brien said.
She said Lincoln felt mixed emotions.
‘‘He’s a bit scared and a bit excited,’’ she said.
‘‘He’s got a few friends from kinder going to the school so he knows a few people already.’’
Mooroopna Primary School principal Steve Rogers said Preps often felt first-day jitters.
‘‘But the vast majority settle really quickly,’’ Mr Rogers said.
‘‘I can honestly say in my 24 years of teaching I’ve never had a child that didn’t settle.’’
He had one piece of advice to give apprehensive parents.
‘‘I’d say to parents, ‘Relax’,’’ he said.
‘‘If they’re encouraging a positive start to the school year the student will take the cue.’’
This year marks a memorable school year for two other O’Brien children.
Kacy, 17, will start Year 12 at Mooroopna Secondary College, while her brother Lochlan, 12, begins Year 7 at the school.
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