TEARS were mixed with excitement as kindergarten students across the region - at Jindabyne, Adaminaby, Berridale and Dalgety - began their first day at school.
While most of the four and five-year-olds were thrilled to start their school journey, some parents were overcome with tears at the prospect of leaving their child for the first time in their short life.
There were 69 kinders at Jindabyne Central School and parents received words of comfort from JCS relieving principal Debbie-Lee Hughes.
She told them it was a milestone in their child's life as their youngsters took their first steps towards independence and interacted in new experiences.
"The greatest gift you can give your child at this time is love, support and understanding," Ms Hughes said.
The JCS primary school leadership team of Rhiannon Warner, Josie Baff, Nick McLennan and Aiden Gibbs welcomed kindergarten parents at a "Tea and Tissues" morning tea and assured them the whole school community would embrace the newest members of JCS.
Mum Rebecca Zigic confessed she had mixed emotions as her five-year-old daughter Zara struggled to contain her excitement about starting school.
Mrs Zigic said while it was wonderful to see Zara's joy at starting school she was sure she would miss her little girl.
"I'm very excited for her," Mrs Zigic said.
"I just can't believe I have a school child."