Saying goodbye is not easy at the school gate
EMOTIONS were running high at schools across the Far North yesterday, but tears and excitement weren't entirely reserved to Prep students.
The first day of school struck a chord with some parents who were overwhelmed by their child walking through the school gates yesterday.
Mother-of-three Kim Pearce sent her first-born Bailey to Trinity Beach State School in her crisp new uniform and a bag brimming with new books.
"She was really, really excited and I was happy for her but I (was) a bit nervous during the day thinking about her," the Kewarra Beach mum said.
"I went into the classrooms and sat down with her and they started their first activity. I left while she was happy and entertained."
Ms Pearce said some parents found it harder than others with some not wanting to leave.
Edge Hill State School principal Paul Campbell said new parents were treated to a morning tea while Prep pupils began their journey of learning.
"I'm sure there were a couple of teary eyes but they were great," Mr Campbell said.
"We had a welcome morning tea for new parents and shared some stories about how their children got ready for school.
"One got ready in their school uniform (early) and went back to sleep."
Among the 1060 students going back into Edge Hill classrooms today, 153 of those were Prep students.
"For students, they take it in their stride," Mr Campbell said.
"The Preps were getting their classroom routines organised, finding out where they put their bag, where they eat lunch and where the toilets are."
About 45,700 students will attend the region's state and Catholic schools this year
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Letting go: Alyssa White, 5, says goodbye to mum Sedel Creamer. Picture: MARC MCCORMACK