Hervey Bay’s Sam Challies, 4, hangs up his bag ready for his first day in Prep at Star of the Sea school.
Hervey Bay’s Sam Challies, 4, hangs up his bag ready for his first day in Prep at Star of the Sea school. Karleila Thomsen

Sam can't wait to start school

SAM CHALLIES can’t wait for his first homework assignment.

Making his school debut at Hervey Bay’s Star of the Sea, the four-year-old can barely contain his excitement.

On the other hand, his mum Lisa Challies is trying to conceal the fact she’s absolutely heartbroken.

Waving goodbye to her youngest child from the school gate, she now wonders how she will spend her days.

“He’s my baby,” Ms Challies said.

“I’m not coping very well. He can’t wait but I’m dreading it.

“I won’t know what to do with myself.”

Sam will join his older brother Josh, 9, and sister Maddy, 6, at the Torquay school.

He spent two hours in the classroom yesterday with mum in tow, but today he goes for a full day on his own.

It’s the “big league”, as his mother puts it, and he can’t wait to be part of it.

“He’s been counting down.

“He comes into the bedroom and he says ‘Two more sleeps Mum!’

“He can’t wait for homework and his older brother says ‘No, you don’t want that.’

“It’s really funny because Josh doesn’t want to go back to school and Sam can’t wait.”

Ms Challies will join a number of other parents today for some much-needed moral support over a cup of coffee.

“We’ll be counting down the hours, the minutes and seconds until they come home again,” she laughed.



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