Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Students Make Step Up

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Students Make Step Up

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Leah Kidd

REPORTER

AS LIAM Kerslake waits with Peter Vowles among the sea of empty seats for his induction into Year 7 at Kepnock State High School, a wave of nerves washed over him.

He only just finished Year 6 last year and Kepnock is much larger than Woongarra State School primary was, there are lots of new people to meet and he worries that subjects may be difficult for him to learn.

But as Liam stretched out an arm and grabbed on to the shoulder of his Woongarra primary school mate who joins him at Kepnock, he said it was friends who would make the journey easier.

Although Liam joked that for his mum, his early transition into the tie and formal uniform of school was a step too far forward.

"She's over-reacting," he laughed. "She thinks I look like I'm going for a job application."

Kepnock State High School principal Jenny Maier said the school did not quite anticipate how small many of the new students would be.

"We ran out of the tiny uniforms," she said. …

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