Ready for the first day at school today are Ella, Julia, Shania and Alex Perry with Duchess the dog.
Ready for the first day at school today are Ella, Julia, Shania and Alex Perry with Duchess the dog. ALLAN REINIKKA AR

Perry kids are eager for school

IT’S going to be a busy morning for the Perry family.

For the first time, all four of Monique’s children will be off to school at Rockhampton’s Heights College today for the start of the school year.

They join a record number of Central Queensland students attending an independent school this year.

Four-year-old Alex is beginning pre-prep, five-year-old Shania is beginning prep, six-year-old Ella starts Grade One and eight-year-old Julia will begin Grade Four.

While grocery shopping for school lunches, Monique said the morning would be stressful, but she was looking forward to having some downtime after she drops her kids off.

“It will be a bit different without them, that’s for sure, but the time goes very quickly between 9am and 3pm I have found,” she said.

Monique said Ella can’t wait to start “proper school” and had been looking forward to it since she turned three.

Alex will attend pre-prep from Monday to Wednesday and thinks he is going to “big school” like his sisters.

“They are all very excited,” Monique said.

Independent Schools Queensland anticipate more than 109,000 students will enrol in Queensland’s 188 independent schools this year as parents continue to demonstrate confidence in the independent education sector.

Monique said she chose Heights College because the school supported the family’s morals and values.



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