It is that time of year again when youngsters head off on a new adventure and parents shed a tear at the front gates of the school grounds.
Schools across Armidale have been enjoying strong enrolment this year and kindergarten classes are full.
Bright-eyed kindergartners with new uniforms and oversized backpacks are now well into their first term of school.
All of them are enjoying being in the playground with friends, learning their abc's and getting creative with paint, glue and crayons.
And while this generation is totally tech savvy, it is comforting to note that the future careers they aspire to are still fairly standard - although we did come across a few surprises in our interviews.
In part 1 of our Armidale kindergarten students of 2021 mega gallery feature we meet the delightful children from Drummond Memorial Public School, Newling Public School and Armidale Presbyterian Ladies College.
Next in part 2 we will meet the children from New England Girls School, St Mary's Primary School and The Armidale School.
From balloon sellers to builders - the future is all theirs.
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