The school year begins with a special event.
The first day of school is a big day.
It’s a day for children to get up, say goodbye, and say hello to friends and family.
But in many ways, it’s also the day you’re meant to spend your first few days away from home.
“It’s a time of mourning,” says Laurie.
“We’re really trying to give kids a sense of closure.”
Laurie has just finished her first year of her post-graduate education in mental health at the University of Queensland, and is now working towards becoming a social worker.
She says while it’s difficult to say what’s important to her at the moment, she feels it’s important that people have a sense that the school year is important.
It just really needs to come to an end.” “
I think there needs to be some sort of closure.
It just really needs to come to an end.”
Laurie’s mother, Sue, says she hopes that’s the case with the school week.
“She’s been a part of it from the start.
It really doesn’t matter if you’re in a classroom or on the street.
It doesn’t mean anything.”
Sue says she doesn’t want the school to feel like a “giant leap forward”.
“It just feels like it’s going to be a long time.
I think it’s been very difficult for Laurie to deal with.”
School week, and the way Laurie thinks about it, is a time for family Laurie says the school has been difficult for her.
“You have all these people who you’re not allowed to see, who you have to hide, and so you’re sort of looking at them all the time,” she says.
“They’re very hard to deal and you have all the stress that comes along with that.”
“You feel like you’re on the edge of your seat, so you just want to sit down and relax and go to sleep.”
Sue has had to juggle a range of emotions when she was told Laurie would be moving away from the family home.
Laurie’s new friends and her new school were also a bit of a challenge.
“There’s so much sadness and hurt and anger, and it’s hard to sit back and not feel like something’s wrong,” she said.
“But we also have to be strong because it’s not like Laurie’s been this happy before.”
She says she still feels like Laurie is a part-time teacher at home.
But it’s good to have some stability at the school and at home, especially for someone who is still very young.
“Because it’s such a new experience for me I don, at times, feel like I’m just a little bit lost and I feel like that’s what Laurie is trying to do for me, but it’s really not,” she added.
“The whole thing is very different.
She’s trying to be very nurturing and kind and she’s trying not to feel that the person she is is alone.”
Laurie is hoping to make a difference at home by teaching a new class.
“When you do that, it takes a little time to get used to,” she explained.
“My husband is very supportive of me.
He’s always been very supportive, but at the same time, it can be very hard sometimes to understand why he’s doing that, and he’s very supportive and I’m not.”
Laurie hopes the school will continue to support her in the classroom and as a teacher.
“Hopefully it will be a little less stressful for Laurie,” she concluded.
Laurie is now planning to leave for school at the end of June and hopes to return soon to her home state of Victoria.
For Laurie, there’s a certain sadness about the end-of-year exam that comes with it.
“To get an exam is like the worst thing that can ever happen,” she explains.
“And to get that final exam in which you’re given no advice and no support and you’re really just expected to do your best, that’s just horrible.”