MORE than 450,000 primary and secondary students have packed their schoolbags and headed back to the classroom for the start of the 2017 school year.
Isla and Arlo, both 4 years old and in pre-primary, were just two of the new students who were attending school for the first time.
The two Darlington residents said it was a good first day because they could see their friends and play with them.
Isla said her friend Abby lived next door so she had not missed her over the summer holidays because they always spoke through a gap in the fence.
Arlo said he was the middle child of three boys and school was pretty good.
When Arlo grows up he said he wants to a famous singer.
His musical hero is Ryan Adams and his favourite song is the Taylor Swift cover of Bad Blood by Adams.
“That is a great song,” he said.
Isla said she was keen to be a rocket scientist when she left school.
“I would like to design a space rocket and also fly it into the universe but it will have bedrooms in it so Mum and Dad can come too.
“I would like to be a space ship driver but I’ll have a kitchen in there as well,” she said.
Arlo said the only problem was that space suits were very expensive and they would have to buy some before they flew into space.
But all agreed if they bought the special space suit material and made them at home on a sewing machine it could save a lot of money.
So the two new pre-primary school students ran off to play with their friends and teachers Kellie Sorenson and Dallas Kiefer said all the students in the pre-primary class had enjoyed a very special first day at school.