BIG DAY: Kathleen Collis with daughter Paije at Leeville school.
BIG DAY: Kathleen Collis with daughter Paije at Leeville school. Susanna Freymark

Waving goodbye as kids start school

FOUR-YEAR-OLD Paije Collis is ready for her first day at Leeville Public School.

Her mother Kathleen Collis said Paije was excited but didn't like wearing a uniform.

Paije's older brother Drew Collis is in Year 3 at Leeville and their cousin attends the school as well, so Paije will have some instant friends.

Ms Collis knows the drill of the first day at school.

She is a school teacher at Leeville one day a week and also teaches at Bonalbo Public School.

Leeville Public School has 56 students and while the Collis family lives in Casino, they prefer the small, out-of-town school.

"The children get more attention because of smaller classes," Ms Collis said.

"Small schools help children become stronger leaders."

She had advice for parents waving goodbye on their child's first day of school.

"Don't be afraid to show your tears," she said.

"We're there to look after them."

Motorists should be mindful of slowing down in school zones and watch out for school buses when school returns on January 28 for most schools.

The Express wishes all students returning to school, a great start to the year.



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