A familiar face makes new Cairns school less daunting
STARTING high school will be a little less daunting for this group of eight St Mary's Catholic College students.
The four sets of twins starting will have a familiar face by their sides when walking through the school gates at Woree tomorrow.
About 175 students will embark on their high school education at the college this year and principal Pat Jones won't be the only one seeing double.
"I don't know how we'll tell them apart," she said.
"We had three sets one year. It's always a good talking point and a challenge for teachers."
Gordonvale's Seamus and Shaun Wyatt were the only twins at their former primary school St Michael's but will now share thelimelight.
"I'm looking forward to everything," Seamus said.
Admitting to being excited but nervous to start Year 8 were fraternal twins Dharma and Kasmira Ducasse, of White Rock. Dharma said she was looking forward to experimenting in science class while her sister will revel in the sport subjects.
"We're excited that we get to try new subjects," said Edmonton twin Chantelle McAlonan.
Mrs Jones said 2013 would be the first year of a new Trade Training Centre at the college which has been under construction for the past five months.
The new centre, which has an industrial shed and commercial kitchen, responds to the growing demand for vocational training.
More than 11,700 students have enrolled at Catholic schools in the region this year, a 2.6 per cent enrolment growth.
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Seeing double: Twins Seamus and Shaun Wyatt, Dharma and Kasmira Ducasse, Chantelle and Brandon McAlonan and Dylan and Jeremy Herwig start at St Mary's College this year. Picture: BRENDAN FRANCIS