Five year old Arlow Chapman of Wollongbar is excited to be starting school today.
Five year old Arlow Chapman of Wollongbar is excited to be starting school today. Cathy Adams

Arlow has his bag packed and ready to go

ARLOW Chapman is just one of hundreds of children starting school for the first time this year.

The five-year-old from Wollongbar said he was very excited to be starting school at Wollongbar Public School on Monday, and was looking forward to reading books.

Don't miss the chance to see some of those smiling faces in our My First Year liftout in The Northern Star on March 21.