Flora and Guelor Mulimbi dropped off their daughter Eliah (4) as she started kindergarten at the new school, which five of her cousins study at as well.
“They are so excited,” Mrs Mulimbi said.
“I’m happy – my first one is starting kindy.”
Leanne Ngoy joined them, dropping off her daughters Gracia (7) and Leanne (5), who started in years 3 and 1, along with Austin Ngoy (10) in Year 6, Jennifer Kilanga (9) in Year 5 and Moctar Ali (5) in Year 1.
The older children were previously at East Butler Primary School and John Butler Primary College, but their Alkimos families welcomed having them all at the same school.
“It’s good – makes drop-off and pick-up easy,” Mrs Ngoy said.
Foundation principal Andy Gorton said the school opened with 220 students enrolled – although that number was growing daily – and 30 teaching and support staff.
Mr Gorton said there had been lots of anticipation and excitement in the lead up, and staff had spent the summer doing the “behind the scenes” preparation, including setting up computers and library books.
Education Minister Peter Collier will visit the school tomorrow for an official opening.