James Garner, 11, started year 7 at Gladstone State High while little sister Tecoda Meares, 4, had her first day of prep at Clinton State School.
James Garner, 11, started year 7 at Gladstone State High while little sister Tecoda Meares, 4, had her first day of prep at Clinton State School. Paul Braven

Excitement and nervousness on first day at school

TEARY mothers and fathers watched as their little ones left the nest on Tuesday, kick-starting their schooling life.

Hundreds of four- and five-year-olds around Gladstone put on their large backpack and oversized hats, ready to tackle Prep.

Tuesday also saw the first batch of Year 7 students begin high school.

It was a big day for mum Louise Flack who sent Tecoda, 4, to Prep at Clinton State School and James Garner 11, to Year 7 at Gladstone State High.

"James was a bit nervous but Tecoda wanted to go. Her little sister will be lost without her," she said.

Katina Buchanan, 5, couldn't wait to meet new friends at Gladstone Central State School in Prep C.

"I am very excited because I love school," she said.

"I will do what the teacher tells me to do."

Mum Natasha Roberts said her daughter had been counting down the sleeps. But she wasn't so excited.

"I just want to take her home now," she said.

Tracey McLeod took four-and-a half-year-old twins Grace and Ethan Haack to their first day of Prep at Kin Kora Primary School.

"I cried but there was not a tear in sight for them," she said.

Ms McLeod said she was sad to see her 'babies' leave.

"They are growing up so fast," she said.



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