Excited about their first day in kindergarten are twins (from left) Shakiah and Jaminey Weatherall, 5, of Alstonville, who are attending Alstonville Public School; and Tai and Rhys Avery, 5, of Goonellabah, who are attending the Goonellabah Public School.
Excited about their first day in kindergarten are twins (from left) Shakiah and Jaminey Weatherall, 5, of Alstonville, who are attending Alstonville Public School; and Tai and Rhys Avery, 5, of Goonellabah, who are attending the Goonellabah Public School. David Nielsen

Twins double up at kindy

ALSTONVILLE and Goonellabah public school teachers and pupils were seeing double yesterday with the arrival of twins into their respective kindergartens.

For sisters Shakiah and Jaminey Weatherall, their first day in their bright blue chequered school uniforms coincided with their fifth birthday, making their debut into Alstonville Public a very exciting occasion.

“They were both excited,” their aunt, Truleigh Wray, said.

“They had their new uni-forms, their hats and lunchboxes and new shoes and off they went,” she said.

“They didn’t even cry. They just said ‘see you!’”

The identical twins made a new friend during the course of their day and wrote their name on a computer. Now they can’t wait for Monday.

Of course, today will make up for any delay in getting back to school because the pair will head to Seaworld for their birthday celebrations.

Meanwhile, fraternal twin brothers Tai and Rhys Avery added to the general confusion of their first day at Goonellabah Public School by looking more like identical twins rather than a fraternal pair.

“They do look very much alike,” their mother Kylie said.

“Especially when they dress in identical school uniforms.”

The boys are the last of the family siblings to head off to school.

Their sister Athena is in Year 6, Rhiannon is in Year 4 and Tiarn in Year 1.

“The twins are the last of our family to go to school and their big thrill was to catch the school bus, just like their sisters,” Mrs Avery said.

She said with such a big and busy family there were some ‘mad’ times in the morning as everyone prepared for the day, and again in the evening when everyone came home.

“It’s fun,” she said.



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