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.
The sky is the limit for Wanganui Year 12 VCAL student Leigh Polan, 18, who decided to create two posters examining birdlife around the school.
The under 16 Pigeons kick started the YFNC's finals campaign with a resounding victory over the Paul Spargo led Scots College in the Grand Final of the AWJFL Elwyn Langford Shield at the Albury Sports Ground on Sunday.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
An ad for the Healthy Ageing Project will be filmed in Echuca, Rushworth and Rochester today.
More than $15,000 was raised at a family day on Sunday. The event was to raise money for the families of Barry Purtell and Dave Lobb.
Book Week gets colourful turnout.
Deaprtment of Environment and Primary Industries unhappy about Mt Disappointment vandals.
Jerilderie Shire deputy mayor Ruth McRae handed the key over for the new Rural Fire Service station last Friday.
Farmers have a new weapon in the fight against mice.
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
Murray Irrigation to search for new boss after Anthony Couroupis finishes with the company.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
The Benalla Indian Myna Action Group will pay a $1 per bird bounty on live birds delivered to CAL farm. National Party MP Bill Sykes donated $100 to fund the bounty.
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