Jess Bowen waves goodbye to her son Tyson Hall and his friend Zac Cuthburt.
Jess Bowen waves goodbye to her son Tyson Hall and his friend Zac Cuthburt. The Coffs Coast Advocate

First day blues hit the hip pocket

IT will be a teary affair when Jessica Bowen waves goodbye to her son, Tyson Hall today as he enters the world of 'big school'.

Tyson will be one of hundreds of five-year-olds across the Coffs Coast who will be making their debut at primary school today, much to the excitement - and anxiety - of their parents.

“I'm really excited for him, and he gets more and more excited the more we talk about it,” Jessica said.

And Tyson is lucky enough to have his big cousin Zac - who heads into Year 1 this year - to accompany him.

“Me and Tys will be able to play with our Tech Decks (mini skateboard),” Zac said.

Something that isn't so exciting, however, is the cost associated with sending your child to school in 2009.

According to calculations by The Australian Scholarships Group, a public pre-school child will cost parents $2779 to educate this year, a primary student $5536 and a secondary student $5938.

And that's without mentioning the fact that the NSW Government has cut the $50 back to school allowance, and introduced a cost for the School Student Transport Scheme.

Jessica said she's been lucky enough to have family and friends hand down most of Tyson's school clothes this year, which has been a huge help.

“I've been really lucky, Tyson has a heap of hand-me-downs, and Nanny bought him a school bag, so it really hasn't cost me that much,” she said.

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