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Look out big school, here come a dozen Hunter twins


The Hunter is set to break another record next month when a dozen sets of twins go racing through various school gates in our region for the first time. 

Eight of the 12 sets of twins starting at Hunter primary schools in 2023. Photo: Rebecca Riddle

Hamilton, Rutherford, Tighes Hill, Floraville and New Lambton Heights will be among the eight primary schools, stretching from Lake Macquarie to Maitland, to welcome a set of twins into their kindergarten classrooms and playgrounds in a fortnight. 

Biddabah, Corpus Christi, and Wirreanda will have a set each, too. 

Owen and Alex Boyes (5). Photo: Rebecca Riddle

It’s a number Newcastle Multiple Birth Club president Sarah Mason says is worth celebrating. 

“There are 12 sets of twins starting Kindy in our area this year. That’s an unusually large number,” she said.  

“In 2021 I think there was just the two, so that shows you how unique this group are.

“It’s pretty remarkable. 

“And, four sets in this group have been going to the same preschool for the past year, too – all on a Friday.” 

Jack, Rachael and Hugo Leonard. Photo: Rebecca Riddle

For the busy five-year-olds starting at a new school is all about fussing over your buddy, working your way around your new school bag and remembering your teacher’s name. 

For the parents, starting school just happens to be an experience shared by both children – on the same day. 

“I remember six weeks after I had the twins I thought If I could just get them to school..” says Hamilton mum Rachael Leonard. 

“And, now we’re here, it’s just the start of the next set of challenges I guess.” 

Liam and Emily Heffernan. Photo: Rebecca Riddle

It’s a sentiment no doubt shared by most of her fellow Multiple Birth Club members. 

They’ve been meeting every Monday since they formed a mother’s group five years ago. 

Sadbh and Orlagh. Photo: Rebecca Riddle

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