TODAY was a day of firsts for hundreds of north coast children stepping into new school grounds in Alkimos and Two Rocks.
Atlantis Beach Baptist College principal Gary Harris launched the term by setting off a rocket as almost 50 students and their parents and teachers watched.
Mr Harris said it was the first private college in the Two Rocks and Yanchep area, with students from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 9 coming from parts of the Shire of Gingin as well.
Alkimos Beach Primary School opened with about 250 students, including seven-year-old quadruplets Drikus, Fourie, Jan and Lienka Smal.
Lienka said she was happy about starting school close to home.
“You get to learn and play – I like learning about numbers,” the Year 2 student said.
One of her brothers Drikus added that he liked writing and maths.
Daisy-June Taylor, of Alkimos, turned four and started Kindergarten on February 1.
“She is excited because she is going to make lots of friends on her birthday,” her mother Sophie said.
Eglinton boy Reef Robinson (3) and Alkimos girl Kyra-Jade Fisher (4) were also joining Kindergarten, while Charnley sisters Kyra (9) and Isla (6) were nervous but excited to start Years 4 and 1.
Also in Alkimos, Northshore Christian Grammar School’s eight staff members welcomed the first cohort of students.