Over the past week children walked through the school gates for the first time in both prep and at secondary school in year seven. The Ararat Advertiser's photographer was there to capture all the excitement.
Eamon Nicholson shows Joshua and Caitlin through the corridors at Marian College.
Nathan Baker gives Luca and Kiana their first science lesson at Marian College.
New starter Piper had big sister Indie to show her around at St Mary's Primary School.
New St Mary's principal Tom Hogan made sure prep student Ryan was in the right spot.
Mums Nicole Potter and Charlene Carthew had Bronson and Jacob at St Mary's Primary School with time to spare.
Danielle with her brother David who has his first day at school at St Mary's.
Suzanne Blackie and Kate wait for the bell to ring at St Mary's.
Students line up and make their way to the first class of 2014 at St Mary's.
An exciting first day at school for Charlie at Ararat 800 Primary School.
Big brother Tahkin was on hand to show a cautious Cassie the ropes at Ararat 800.
School life starts for Lily at Ararat 800.
First time through the doors at Ararat 800 for Isabelle.
Toby was ready for school at Ararat 800.
Levi was full of smiles at Ararat 800.
Ethan at his desk ready to start
A big book was Kaitlin's introduction to school life at Ararat North Primary School.
Excited Ararat North students McKenna and Braxley.
Year seven students in the quadrangle at Ararat College.
Noah and Flynn start their secondary schooling.
Ella, Lauren and Amy look ready for their new school at Ararat College.
First introduction to the lockers for Chloe and Declan.
Teacher Michael Spalding explains how to work the locks for the lockers.
No lock problems for Annalise at Ararat College.
Harry Ganley was on hand for some mentoring to Luke and Brayden at Marian College.
Holly with her new timetable at Marian College.
Teacher Tess Tonks ensures Riley and Austin have the right information at Marian College.