Kyle Sculley gets ready to head off to high school
STARTING high school is a milestone in any kid's life, but for Kyle Sculley the moment promises to be particularly special.
Kyle, 13, from Banora Point, was born with cerebral palsy, but that doesn't slow him down.
A well-mannered and boisterous young fella, he is looking forward to moving from St James Primary in Banora to its neighbouring high school St Joseph's College on January 29.
Kyle has already endeared himself to many and will enter St Joseph's in the same year as his mates Joshua Reeves and Ryan Archer, so he is not too worried.
"It's going to be awesome," Kyle exclaimed.
Kyle's mother Karen Sculley couldn't agree more.
"He's had such a great time at primary school and now he's ready and raring for high school," she said.
"We even go and practise with his wheelchair around the grounds while all the kids aren't there.
"He's literally teeming with excitement and I'm excited to see him grow a little more independent."
Ms Sculley said St Joseph's have six teacher's aides and are "going to meet and go beyond Kyle's needs", but this year will be the first in which Kyle has not had a personal aide.
Still, Ms Sculley isn't stressed, confident her son will rise to the challenge.
"He's starting to do more and more for himself and I think he will do fine and gain more independence after the first few weeks."
"It's a big step and I really couldn't be more proud of Kyle."
It's a bit early for Kyle to look towards future studies just yet, but the keen professional wrestling fan does have one goal in mind.
"I want to go to Wrestlemania and I want to see Hulk Hogan," he said excitedly, grinning from ear to ear.
Family and friends are confident Kyle will make it happen.
As Kyle is unable to write, special equipment needs to be purchased to further his studies.
Call Ms Sculley on 0416 017 593 if you would like to help.