MONDAY marked the start of, or return to, school for kids across Helensburgh and Lomond and a proud day for parents - none more so than those of Sienna and Jayden McIlree.

Mum Catherine described the beginning of the new term as a “big milestone” for her “wee stars”, both of whom have cerebral palsy and were born prematurely.

The twins, who will turn five next week, joined up with their classmates in P1 at St Joseph’s Primary, and they couldn’t wait to get under way.

“They were very excited,” Catherine told the Advertiser.

“They went to nursery at St Joseph’s, so they know a lot of the staff.

“It was an emotional day with everything they’ve been through. It was good to see they’ve come this far after having a hard two years.

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“They were in hospital for 12 weeks after they were born, as they were born at only 28 weeks.

“It’s been quite a journey. From where they’ve come to where they are now it’s amazing. They are wee stars.”

The family live in Luss, with older brother Aaron moving up to P7 at the village primary this week.

Despite being unable to join their sibling at the same school, mum Catherine and dad Stuart are confident Jayden and Sienna will be expertly looked after at St Joseph’s.

Catherine said: “I feel more settled knowing that they’ve been to the school before and know everyone.

“The school and the staff have been amazing, they have great support systems in place and great facilities, so that they don’t feel excluded from any activities.”

Helensburgh Advertiser: Primary 1 twins Olivia and Emilia Connor started at Kilcreggan on MondayPrimary 1 twins Olivia and Emilia Connor started at Kilcreggan on Monday

And the Helensburgh pair were not the only set of twins starting school in the area this week - as Kilcreggan Primary welcomed Olivia and Emilia Connor, inset.

The girls' mum said: “They were so excited, but anxious, too.

“They walked right in though, brave team they are, and I know they’ll have a fab day.

“I, on the other hand, could barely see through tears.”

For more of your pictures from the first day of the new term, see next week's Advertiser - out on Thursday.