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Though most of us had to start kindergarten on our own, four sets of twins at St. Patrick’s Mortlake were lucky enough to spend their first day with their best friend.

Melanie Wells and Emma Skapetis, the St Pat’s kindy teachers will no doubt have their hands full educating the four delightful sets of twins.

“An interesting year ahead.” St. Pat’s Principal Mandy Westgate with Charbel and Joseph Chidiac, Max and Oscar Tosolini, Joshua and Oliver Souvannavong, and Antonio and Alexander La Cava. PHOTO: Alphonsus Fok.

The eight little rascals, all of them boys, were full of energy and enthusiasm, posing for photos and becoming instant celebrities at the school.

Their contagious excitement and big smiles (mixed with a good dose of cheekiness) had school principal Mandy Westgate and staff laughing non-stop in a wonderful start to the new school year.

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Charbel and Joseph Chidiac. PHOTO: Alphonsus Fok

“It’s very exciting and great to have them here,” said Mrs Westgate holding in the laughs as the young boys tore through the playground. “We’re going to have an interesting year ahead of us.

“I feel very blessed – we’re all very blessed here, it really is a great place to be. We have great teachers and great kids, we’re a very lucky community.”

Max and Oscar Tosolini. PHOTO: Alphonsus Fok

As they all lined up for the camera, the kindergarten staff made quick work of learning the young boy’s names, with the Chidiac’s, the La Cava’s and the Souvannavong’s all identical twins.

The boys were just a few of the nearly 6000 new kindergarten students starting their school career at one of the 114 Catholic Primary Schools in the Sydney Archdiocese this year.

In her 10th year of teaching, kindy teacher Melanie Wells also completed her first day at St Pat’s.

Joshua and Oliver Souvannavong. PHOTO: Alphonsus Fok

Having worked with Mrs Westgate previously at St Kevin’s Eastwood, Ms Wells was eager for an opportunity to work at St Pat’s where she will be responsible for the La Cava twins, the Chidiac boys and Joshua Souvannavong.

“It’s exciting to be at a new school still in its initial stages,” said Ms Wells. “There’s lots of potential for the school’s identity and culture and I’m excited to be part of it.

Antonio and Alexander La Cava. PHOTO: Alphonsus Fok

“I had heard wonderful things about the parent community and the teachers here. Everyone says it’s a great place to work.”

Asked about how the boys went, Ms Wells said they were “all smiles” at the end of the day.

“They had a great day, and it’s really positive for them to have their brother with them.”

St. Pat’s new celebrities loving their first day of school. PHOTO: Alphonsus Fok
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