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Published 13 August 2019

Twenty-five matching pairs of shoes will be walking through the gates of schools across West Dunbartonshire on Monday when 25 sets of twins start school

24 of the twins will be joining P1 and the other 13 sets are starting S1, and are among 2033 going to primary or secondary school for the first time on August 19.

The siblings from Alexandria, Dumbarton, and Clydebank took the opportunity this week to try out their new uniforms and meet new classmates when they gathered for a photo at Bellsmyre Campus.

Jayden and Joshua Fitzpatrick, Boclair Academy and Clydebank High, Jasmine and Tamzin Harrison and Euan and Beth Maclean,  Clydebank High, Emma and William Totten, Dumbarton Academy, Daniel and Denis Carr, Our Lady and St Patrick’s High School, Lori-Ann and Paige Robertson and Holly and Katie Steel, St Peter the Apostle.

Ben and Emma Fitzpatrick, Bronwyn and Catherine Thomas, Aitkenbar Primary, Hannah and Lewis Mcphail, Bonhill Primary, Grace and James Macphie, Gavinburn Primary, Joshua and Ryan Ruddy, Our Lady of Loretto, Emily and Ruby Boyle, St Joseph’s Primary (Clydebank), Aaron and Kian Hughes, St Kessog’s, Chloe and Hollie Szraga, St Peter’s Primary, Freya and Daniel MacEachan, St Ronan's

Sisters Jasmine and Tamzin Harrison (12) will be starting at Clydebank High are looking forward to starting, Jasmin said “We’re nervous but excited for starting, I’m really looking forward to Home Economics, and my dad’s a chef so I enjoy cooking.”

Hannah and Lewis (5) are starting P1 in Bonhill Primary and both are set to follow dad’s footsteps with a career in IT, Lewis said “I want to play with computers when I grow up because I love Minecraft.”

Karen Conaghan, the Council’s Convener of Education, said: “The start of the school year is always a special day for pupils and parents and it can be both exciting and nerve wracking.  To start with a brother or sister is even more memorable. Every child starting school in West Dunbartonshire will get the best start to their education and the Council is committed in providing everything they need for a lifetime of learning. I want to wish every child the best of luck Monday and all the very best for the future.”

Councillor Ian Dickson, Vice Convener of Education, added “Starting school after the summer holidays is a big transition for pupils.  This is a big step particularly for P1 and S1 classes but all of our pupils will have the support of hardworking teaching staff to make the adjustment easy. Primary and High school should be some of the best years of our lives and I’m sure every pupil including these twins will have a fantastic time.”