Braydon is ready for big school
FIVE-year-old Braydon Milgate, of Goonellabah, says he won't shed a single tear when he starts kindergarten this week, but he knows someone in his family who will be crying over this major childhood milestone.
"My mum will cry," young Braydon said.
"The mums always cry because they love us so much."
Braydon's mother, Corinne Milgate, was already shedding a tear yesterday as she prepared to see her boy start school.
"I've got two children and Braydon is the youngest, he's my last baby," Mrs Milgate said.
"It does get easier the second time around; you know they'll be okay but you still feel it.
"He'll be fine, it will probably be me that cries."
With brand-new backpack and "big kid" school uniform all ready, Braydon joins thousands of NSW students who return to school this week, including his big sister, nine-year-old Chloe, who will start back at Year 4 at Wyrallah Road Public today.
Chloe had some sage advice for her little brother: "Don't get into trouble," she said.
"Don't go crazy, you have to listen, no running on the concrete and you have to ask the teacher if you need to go to the toilet."
"I know that already," Braydon retorted.
"I learned the rules at pre-school already."
While Chloe starts back at school today, most kindergarten students will start on Thursday, undergoing a Best Start assessment interview beforehand.
Best Start assesses each child's literacy and numeracy levels and understanding at the start of kindergarten.
However, Braydon already knows what his strengths are.
"I'm good at making things," he said.
"I make cars from boxes and toilet rolls and lids for wheels.
"I don't know who my teacher is yet but I would like a "making" teacher."