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Sunday 11 December 2016

New friends, new uniforms, new adventures ... all in a first day

BACK-TO-SCHOOL

Carstin McDonald, 4, right, arrives for first day of primary school with his older brother Troy, 6. Gardiner Street Primary School, Belvedere Court
Carstin McDonald, 4, right, arrives for first day of primary school with his older brother Troy, 6. Gardiner Street Primary School, Belvedere Court
Kayleen Sayers, right and Eva Scally, both aged 5, pictured before their first day of school at Holy Family National School, Rathcoole, Dublin
Lauren Courtney (5) and Cian Maguire (4) both from Clondalkin enjoying their first day at School in Gaelscoil Chluain Dolcain, Dublin
Milan Treacy, 4, from Hill Street, arrives for her first day of primary school. Gardiner Street Primary School, Belvedere Court, Dublin
Triplets Noah, Poppy and Arthur, 4, arive for their first day of primary school with parents Sabrina Murphy and Michael Conway, from Hardwicke street. Gardiner Street Primary School, Belvedere Court, Dublin.
Ali McCusker, 5, left, and Liliana Urbas, 5, on their first day of school at Holy Family National School, Rathcoole, Dublin
Olivia Gray, 5, with her teacher Ms Graham on her first day of school at Holy Family National School, Rathcoole, Dublin

The first day at school can be a daunting time, but there were no tears for triplets Noah, Arthur and Poppy, all aged four, at Dublin's Gardiner Street Primary School.

"They were excited but shocked at the same time, they are all separated now which is new to them," their mother Sabrina Murphy said yesterday.

"They usually get on very well. They have a baby sister Heidi (2) who is going to be starting pre-school soon, so I think they were sad to leave her."

In their first packed lunch of many, the trio had bananas, raisins and a sandwich.

They were also very happy with their clothes.

"They loved their uniforms - they're used to wearing their runners so it's a bit of a change to be back in normal shoes again."

The triplets previously attended St Bridget's pre-school.

"It's a bit sad that they have started big school because that's it, they will always be in school and then college.

"I hope that being in school will help them to make the right choices in life."

The triplets already keep themselves busy with plenty of hobbies.

Noah is "cycling mad", Arthur is a big fan of superheroes and Poppy enjoys make-up, singing and dancing.

It was also a milestone for Milan Treacy (4), who was full of calm entering the classroom today.

"I am so proud of her starting school, I couldn't be prouder," her mother Margaret said.

"She's a bit shy but once you get to know her she's a chatterbox."

She loves colouring and is very adventurous.

For her lunch, Milan had a ham and cheese sandwich, a banana, yoghurt and plain biscuits.

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