Double the fun as twins head to big school

More than 4,000 sets of twins nationally start school each year. We meet some of the new starters. Luke Horton and Linda Doherty report.

Image: First day at Caringbah Public School for twins, from left, Jacinta and Gemma; Harry and Amelia; and Ronnie and Sailor.

Amelia Lehn was excited this morning to start Kindergarten, while her twin Harry was nervous, but both were keen to “make new friends” at Caringbah Public School.

The Lehn children are among three sets of twins in the Kindergarten class of 2023 and all have siblings at the school to ease their transition.

Ronnie and Sailor Logue have brother Taj in Year 5, Gemma and Jacinta have sister Annaliese in Year 3, and Harry and Amelia have big brothers Josh in Year 3 and Lucas in Year 6.

Lucas Lehn will be a buddy to a new Kindergarten student.

“I will get to look after him, sit with him at lunch and just help out,” Lucas said.

The most exciting aspect of school for Sailor Logue was “getting to do homework”.

Principal Susan Oliveri made up parent packs with a chocolate and some tissues as the mums, dads and grandparents of the 53 Kindergarten students mingled in the quadrangle.

Each set of Kindy twins at Caringbah Public School will be kept together in one of the three Kindergarten classes.

As the school year starts today, NSW public schools will welcome 64,782 new Kindergarten students, while 53,987 Year 7 students will make the transition to high school.

The Australian Multiple Birth Association estimates that every year around 9,000 twins and triplets – and occasionally quads – start school. The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ latest figures for multiple births records 4,185 sets of twins and 63 sets of triplets born in 2021.

Image: Ready for adventure: 10 sets of twins from Newcastle Multiple Birth Club will start Kindergarten this week in the Hunter and Newcastle area.

Newcastle Multiple Birth Club has 10 sets of twins starting at public schools in the Newcastle and Hunter region this week.

Identical twin sisters Avery and Vera Thompson are heading to Floraville Public School in Lake Macquarie and mum Jess said they could not wait to start.

“They had six school visits as part of their orientation and they’ve each got a buddy,” Ms Thompson said.

The Thompson twins will remain in the same class for Kindergarten, but that will not be the case for the O’Connor twins, Orlagh and Sadbh.

Mum Rosslyn said her two girls were looking forward to their first day at Hamilton South Public School.

“The school will have two Kindergarten classes this year and we’ve asked to separate them,” Ms Thompson said.

“The girls are identical, so it will be fairer to the teachers, but we also want them to have their own experiences.”

Janet Kilazoglou’s twins Elias and Audrey will start their schooling journey at New Lambton Heights Infants School, which caters for students from Kindergarten to Year 2.

“We liked the fact that it was an infants’ school and that they’d get exposed to leadership experiences in Year 2,” Ms Kilazoglou said.

“The idea of that smaller school environment was also really appealing.”

For Rachael Leonard, who has twin boys Jack and Hugo starting at Hamilton Public School, environment was also a factor in her decision.

“The school has a nature play set-up and the boys got to experience that as part of the transition process,” she said.

“They did a lot of outdoor activities, and both of them loved it.”

Ms Leonard said the twins would lean on each other once school started.

“They’re very excited and, as a pair, really confident,” she said.

“They’re also really close, so we’ll be leaving them in the same class to start off with.”

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