SEEING DOUBLE: Dalby State School welcomed twins Evelyn and Shayla Robb (back), Ryley and Annabelle Chard and Ruby and Mac Alcom to prep on Wednesday.
SEEING DOUBLE: Dalby State School welcomed twins Evelyn and Shayla Robb (back), Ryley and Annabelle Chard and Ruby and Mac Alcom to prep on Wednesday. Jessica Bahr

Three times two adds up to special day

SCHOOL is officially in session, and Dalby State School had a particularly exciting day with their Prep cohort including three sets of twins.

The three sets of fraternal twins include Ruby and Mac Alcorn, Ryley and Annabelle Chard, and Evelyn and Shayla Robb.

The Chard twins will be in Prep T while both the Alcorn and Robb twins will be in Prep W.

For their first year of school, twins at DSS are generally put in the same class and then either separated or kept together depending on their parents' own preferences.

At just four years old, the twins were all enthusiastic for their first day at "big school", with reading and writing classes eagerly anticipated.

"I'm excited to learn to write my name and to draw pictures," Ruby said.

"We're going to make a picture for mum when she picks us up."

The Chard twins were particularly pleased with their new school backpacks.

"I've got a Darth Vader bag. We got to pick them out ourselves," Ryley said.

While the school often has one or two sets of twins, having three sets in one cohort is well above average.

According to the Australian Twin Registry, about one in 30 births in Australia is twins, with two-thirds being fraternal.

The sets of twins were among 89 students enrolled in prep at DSS on the first day of school.

Prep teacher Robyn Troe said the school year was off to a good start.

"They've all been really good - so far it's been a lot of learning routines and seeing where everything is," she said.

"There have been very few tears; it's all very new so it can be a bit daunting for some.

"We do a Lift Off program in term four (last year) and a transition day where they see the school, so a lot of them have been to those."

The first day of school involved preps making an Hello book, drawing pictures and learning words to read together as a class.

The new students were also taken on a tour of the school grounds including the library and met their music and PE teachers.

Throughout the first few weeks the students will learn to adjust to their new routine with craft, painting and curriculum activities including science and numbers.

"The preps have all been very good," Ms Troe said.

"They're all excited and ready to read and do their activities."

As school resumes, drivers in school zones have been reminded to obey speed limits and expect the unexpected as many children have limited road-safety awareness.

Term one began on January 27 and will end on March 24.


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