Charles Whitlock, Sean Beak, Teagan Thomsen and Madison Lauga practise their drawing skills on the first day of Year 1 at Rockhampton’s The Hall State School.
Charles Whitlock, Sean Beak, Teagan Thomsen and Madison Lauga practise their drawing skills on the first day of Year 1 at Rockhampton’s The Hall State School. Allan Reinikka

School's in for 700,000

IT WAS an exciting day for six-year-old Sean Beak yesterday, as he headed to school for his first day of grade one.

The Rockhampton Hall State School student said that after feeding his horse in the morning, he couldn't wait to get to school.

"I like colouring in, drawing, playing, everything about school," he said yesterday, as he worked on a picture of a "wonky donkey".

"He has one eye, three legs and he's really happy," he said.

Sean, who went to prep at the Hall State School last year, said his class had practised writing for their first day back.

He was just one of more than 700,000 children to head to school yesterday across Queensland.

The Hall State School had 359 students from prep to Year 7 return for the start of year.

A Year 1 teacher said a parent had told her that her daughter had been so excited for the first day of school, she didn't get to sleep until 2am.

"Today's different to the end of the year - everyone is so excited," she said.

Acting principal for the school, Lindy-Lou Brown, said, despite the rain, the first day back had gone really well.

"It was a really great, positive start to the year with good, strong enrolments," she said.

"Everyone's getting back to routine."



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