Three lots of school uniforms have been bought and three lots of school bags will be packed when triplets Bethany, Nathaniel and Isaac Lewis start high school this week.
The students will go to Dubbo Christian School, where they completed their primary education.
All three are looking forward to different things about Year 7.
For Isaac, it’s exciting not to have to run around the paddock every Friday morning.
Nathaniel said he was excited about maths and science, while for Bethany, she was looking forward to “everything and anything”.
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Mother Leeana said multiple births ran in her family with both an aunty and her grandmother having twins. However, Ms Lewis said triplets were “a bonus”.
Most of the students going into Year 7 with the Lewis siblings are the same as the 26 in the primary school class.
For those in the high school who were wondering about the triplets, Bethany had already cleared up the confusion. Isaac said Bethany had told everyone at orientation about her brothers.
While she liked knowing her brothers would be at school with her, Bethany said the worst part was when she was in the middle of answering a question in class and one of the boys would answer over the top of her.
The triplets are all quick to say they don’t finish off each others sentences, but Ms Lewis said it did happen occasionally.
Bethany, Issac and Lewis were born at 29 weeks at the Royal North Shore Hospital. They weighed 1.5 kilograms each. It was six weeks before they were able to go home.
As they grew, Ms Lewis said most people didn’t realise her three children were triplets, with a lot commenting on her having had her kids ‘close together’.
In Australia, the odds of naturally conceiving triplets are about one in 9000.
While the Lewis triplets are the triplets at their school, they have met others in the same situation.
Ms Lewis said when the children were babies they lived across the road from a family with triplets. They also have regular meetups with members of a multiple birth Facebook group who have had higher order multiples (more than two babies at a time).
The triplets will start Year 7 on Thursday.