Tia Bryce settles into her classroom as mum Loretta gives her a kiss.
Tia Bryce settles into her classroom as mum Loretta gives her a kiss.

No fear here as Tia takes on Prep

DRESSED in an oversized hand-me-down school shirt, size four skirt that kept falling down and black leather shoes, my youngest child Tia was as keen as mustard to get to her first day of school yesterday.

Along with hundreds of other parents across the Fraser Coast I arrived at school with my four-year-old in tow, bag packed and ready for Prep.

I certainly didn’t expect the tears that some children sprung on their parents amid the chaos of the first day of school – and luckily I didn’t get them.

As soon as Tia arrived at her Maryborough school she found a friend and the two little girls got down to the serious business of comparing their shiny new school shoes.

In the week before school started Tia was bouncing off the walls with excitement, knowing she had graduated from kindy and was now a Preppie.

In her mind school was all about fun: painting, playing and making new friends.

She had even got her first proper high-bounce handball for Christmas and had spent hours practising with her big brother so she could join in the game with the bigger kids.

I’m not sure if they will let her but she has high hopes.

On Tuesday night Tia announced – “I’m so ready for school. I’m a big kid now.”

I don’t know about big but she was definitely ready.

She even announced she would “blow Mrs T. away – out of the classroom,” with her fabulous reading skills.

She is pretty good.

So get ready to be blown away, teachers.

Cyclone Tia, and about a thousand other little cyclones, have arrived in the Fraser Coast’s classrooms.



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