“FIVE of the best,” is how Maiden Gully Primary School principal Craig Arrowsmith describes the Coghill clan – five siblings who are this year, for one year only, all at the same school.
There’s Xavier in grade six, Lachlan in four and Austin in three, while twins Blair and Imogen joined their brothers this year in prep.
For mum Lauren, who had the twins not long after Xavier started school, it’s great to have them all under the one education roof.
“All of the teachers have been waiting for the twins to arrive – they all know them,” she said.
“The twins were born and raised at the school.”
Being organised is the family’s secret to getting the troops in by the bell, with Lauren describing how there’s a production line of seven lunch boxes on the bench each night – five for the kids, as well as her own and husband James.
“Everyone pitches in and helps,” she said.
“There’s also a village of other parents at the school who help one another out.”
To Lauren, the kids get on as much as any siblings do.
“They love each other, and they all lookout for each other.”
For leader of the pack Xavier, he said he was pretty happy to have his whole tribe now in the school-yard alongside him – but couldn’t help but notice something every time he walked around the corner.
“They’re everywhere,” he said.