The over-sized back packs, the frilly socks, everything a little too big because youll need room to grow into it.
Today hundreds of kindy kids around the Nambucca Valley turned up for their first day of primary school. Do you remember your first day of big school?
I dont really Ill be honest, but I have it on pretty good authority I wasnt very willing to let go of my mum.
But it couldnt have been so bad because one of my earliest memories was looking forward to reading my home reader over and over as we walked the long dirt road from the family farm to the bus stop each school morning. Not the most exciting memory, but at least I showed promise for multi-tasking in those early days.
Other memories that come to mind were becoming very good at lining up and clapping your hands in anticipation of an instruction; the bizarrely-unique yet comforting smell of a squashed Vegemite sandwich, that managed to stink out the whole school bag even from within a lunchbox; and then there was that time when the teacher would always get me and another girl mixed up (we had the same bobbed hair cut which was literally the only similarity). I feel like this doppelganger confusion went on for a good while, I have scattered memories of getting my work book at different times and not recognising the hand writing I guess it took me and this other little girl a while to catch on to the fact that wed been working out of each other books. Oh the memories its all a bit of blur nowadays though.
Never the less, the first day of school is a big deal and one of the biggest milestone moments for a little person starting their journey into the wider world.
So how did it go for you and your child? Was it harder for you or them? Feel free to share your childs or even your own first day photos and stories with the Guardian News.
Send us your ‘first day of school’ photos
Using the form below, upload your favourite first day photo with a caption explaining in a few sentences what the photo is all about, including: Name, age, school and when the photo was taken.
The photo can be a flash back to your own first day or if you had a little one start school today, we love to hear how it went.
Or maybe youve got a child going into high school and want to share a photo from their first day? Well leave it to you want you want to share. Look forward to seeing your photos.
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