Street sees double as school year beckons

THE residents of a cul-de-sac in Engadine say locals are afraid to move into their quaint 22-house street in Sydney’s south.
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”They are scared they’ll have twins,” jokes Renae Kidd, the mother of identical eight-year-olds, Zane and Taj.

The street is home to six sets of twins, five of whom are school aged and are returning to school on Wednesday, along with most of the state’s 750,000 public school students.

”Everyone always asks what’s in the water,” said Deb Kimber, who is the mother of seven-year-old girls Diaz and Brinley. ”We make jokes about being close to the reactor.”

Ms Kimber, whose daughters attend Engadine West Public School, said what excited her about the girls going back to school was finding out who their teacher was going to be.

One year she put in a special request because one of her children had a health condition, and there was a particular teacher she knew to be understanding.

And she knows of other parents who have approached the school with concerns.

”I think quite a lot of people write letters,” she said. ”But I think we are pretty lucky at our school.”

For students and parents hoping for their favourite teacher, there is the occasional disappointment.

”There’s always that teacher you really hope that your child gets,” said a spokeswoman for the Federation of Parents and Citizens’ Associations of NSW, Rachael Sowden. ”That’s not to say one teacher is better than another teacher but sometimes a particular type of teacher might work better with a particular type of child.”

If a parent was uncomfortable, she said, it was important they communicated their concerns to the school.

”We say, to both schools and parents, transparency is best.”

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Shanghai Night Net.

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