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15 January 2020
By LOTTE REITER
It is that time of the year again when many young children, and perhaps some parents too, are eagerly waiting for the ring of the year’s first school bell.
In addition to students keen to get back into the swing of school, catch up with friends and explore new topics, there is also a group who will be starting their school-based education entirely.
Imogen Gerdtz, a four-year-old preparing to start foundation at Horsham’s Holy Trinity Lutheran College this year, is one such student.
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And along with finally being able to join the leagues as ‘one of the big kids’, Imogen’s first year at school will also see her join her three older sisters – Sophia, grade two, Trinity, grade four, and Chontelle, grade five – at the college.
Parents Cassie and Paul Gerdtz said the idea had Imogen counting down the days.
“She can’t wait to be able to get on the school bus and just be one of the big kids,” Mrs Gerdtz said.
“She has probably been looking forward to school for the past six months.
“She knew that after Christmas she would get to go to school, and now she wants to know when she is getting her new school shoes.
“She’s also been carrying around her new library bag, that her nan made her, for the last week.
“She’s pretty excited.”
Mr Gerdtz said the family was also thrilled to see Imogen start school, although he admitted that time seemed to have disappeared between sending off his first daughter Chontelle and preparing to now send his youngest.
“It seems like it has gone way too quick,” he said.
“Just a couple days after Christmas Imogen asked, ‘when am I going to school?’”
Mrs Gerdtz said it was nice to know that the four sisters would be able to look out for each other, especially with Chontelle and Trinity, and Sophia and Imogen sharing play areas.
“They can be the best of friends and they cannot. But they are mostly the best of friends,” she said. “We’re very excited and it’s a great school.
“It’s also great that the Lutheran offers all the way up to year 12 as well now, so the girls can just stay at the one school the whole journey.”
Holy Trinity Lutheran College junior school students start term one on January 29.
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