SOTE pupil (front) Eve Tunbridge is looking for another female playmate to even the odds in the Year 3 classroom with (middle, from left) Brendan Yates, Thomas Aspinall, Brock Yarrow, (back) Riley James, Cameron Watt and Clancy Sweedman.
SOTE pupil (front) Eve Tunbridge is looking for another female playmate to even the odds in the Year 3 classroom with (middle, from left) Brendan Yates, Thomas Aspinall, Brock Yarrow, (back) Riley James, Cameron Watt and Clancy Sweedman.

One Eve to six Adams

WHEN jostling for the dress-up box, not one will prise the fairy wings from pupil Eve Tunbridge’s fingers as the boys in her class shy away from the female-orientated make-believe.

The School of Total Education (SOTE) Year 3 class is comprised of seven students: Just Eve and six young lads, but one classmate has given serious consideration to switching to the fairer gender.

“I wouldn’t mind being a girl,” Brock Yarrow mused.

When questioned about the reasoning for his bold gesture the young man of seven simply said: “So Eve doesn’t feel alone.”

Eve’s plight for a new female friend began at the start of the school year when she realised there was something which separated her from the male cohort.

“I don’t have anyone to play dolls with,” she said. “But Brock and Tommy (Thomas Aspinall) play with me.

“Tommy even dressed up in a tutu for me.”

SOTE principal Richard Waters said the school prided itself on diminutive and intimate class sizes but the Year 3 group was the school’s smallest.

“The majority of the classes have a good (female to male) balance but there must have been something in the water that year,” Mr Waters said.

“At about this age boys and girls tend to diverge and peruse separate interests before coming back together again a few years later.”

Mr Waters said he was aware of Eve’s wish for a hair-braiding friend but only fully understood her plight when she penned a letter which tugged at the heart.

“She has been at the school since Year 1 and we’ve all sat together and had a chat with her family,” he said.

“This is the plight of a little girl looking for a classmate.”

Although Eve’s predicament might be on a micro-scale as women on the Southern Downs complain about the lack of men in the district.

“She definitely is spoilt for choice,” Mr Waters laughed.



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