History will be created at Shellharbour Anglican College on Monday when Kayden Ryan-Morris starts kindergarten.
Kayden will be the first child of a former student to attend the college, which was only established in 2004.
Kayden's mother Melissa Ryan-Morris attended Shellharbour Anglican College until 2010 and has chosen to send her son to the same school in recognition of the support she received from teachers and the opportunities the college provided her.
“I would describe Shellharbour Anglican College as a caring and positive school,” Mrs Ryan-Morris said.
“The teachers always made time for me and were happy to give me extra help and support if I ever needed it.
“There are lots of fun opportunities like the House Music Festival and there is no pressure to compete at sports carnivals but everyone is encouraging if you have a go. Although I don't go to church personally I think the Christian values that the school teaches are a good foundation for life.”
She said Kayden was excited to be starting big school.
“He has a friend from preschool who will also be in his year plus we just received an email confirming Kayden's kindergarten teacher for the year and he is so happy. He really liked Mrs Rose at the orientation day,” Mrs Ryan-Morris said.
Kayden is one of 41 students who will be starting kindergarten at Shellharbour Anglican College on Monday.
The college is a prep and kindergarten to year 12 co-educational independent school.
Meantime, about four million children and teenagers across Australia will start or go back to school this week.
But The Smith Family said unfortunately disadvantaged Australian families are struggling to meet the costs of their children’s education, with school expenses for one child at primary school costing parents upwards of $2000.
The children’s education charity has launched its Back to School Sponsorship Appeal and is asking people to consider sponsoring an Australian child to help with the cost of school essentials and access to out-of-school learning and mentoring programs.
Visit thesmithfamily.com.au to help or for more information.