FINAL YEAR: Clegg triplets (top) Matthew, Riley and Tayla ready for High School. The trio are in for a massive year and beyond.
FINAL YEAR: Clegg triplets (top) Matthew, Riley and Tayla ready for High School. The trio are in for a massive year and beyond. Warren Lynam

2017 a triple treat for Coast triplets

LIFE in the Clegg household is about to change forever.

Since 1999 life has been done in threes thanks to the arrival of triplets Matt, Tayla and Riley.

From kindergarten graduations, first days of Prep to sports days and school camps, it's all been done at the same time.

But as they begin their first day of Year 12 this year, the next 12 months will become a year of 'lasts'.

The last school camp together kicks off this week, while the last graduation ceremony - which happens to land on their birthday - will be a bittersweet night for mum Christine who unlike most parents will be able to wave goodbye to school lunches and pick-ups in one go.

"They're looking forward to the end of Year 12," Christine said.

 

TAKE TWO, OR THREE: Matt, Tayla and Riley Clegg are now 12 and will attend Nambour Christian College on Monday. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily.
TAKE TWO, OR THREE: Matt, Tayla and Riley Clegg are now 12 and will attend Nambour Christian College on Monday. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily. John McCutcheon

The three Nambour Christian College students, aged 17, who Christine says get along but have their moments like any siblings, are all looking at very different futures when they graduate at the end of the year.

Matt's looking for part-time work at the moment, taking woodwork and industrial technology classes and is open to working in a trade or something in multimedia or business.

Riley is doing a school-based traineeship at Novotel Twin Waters Resort as a chef and will continue his hospitality studies and training once he graduates.

 

24/01/05     139734The Clegg triplets (top) Matthew, Riley and Tayla ready for Prep School which begins today (25/01/05) Photo Warren Lynam
24/01/05 139734The Clegg triplets (top) Matthew, Riley and Tayla ready for Prep School which begins today (25/01/05) Photo Warren Lynam Warren Lynam

Christine said Riley already had mates lining up to move in with him next year, excited at the prospect of living with a young culinary master to take care of cooking for the house.

Tayla wants to head to university but is looking to take a year or two off first to work, save some money and enjoy some time outside of school.

She's interest in the arts and science but isn't entirely sure what course she'll do.

Christine can recall the first six months after her three kids were born, remembering the help she got in juggling her three babies and working out how to get through each day.

"It's been hard but it's been nice," she said.

"It is (going to be bittersweet seeing them all finish school)."

For now her and husband Paul are playing the role of co-driver, with the race on to see which of the three kids will be the first to record their 100 hours of driver training needed to secure their P-plates.

Once that challenge is finished the next will be working out how to fit the their cars at home, with parking soon to be at a premium in the Clegg household.

It'll be another three birthday cakes on the table this November too, with Christine pleased the cherished family tradition lasted.

While other families may struggle to imagine the logistics of sharing each milestone thrice, Christine says it's just their way of life.

"It is in a way because we don't know anything else," she said.

She said her kids shared some similar friends, but noted they were their own people and personalities at school.

The only question left is whether they'll hit Schoolies.


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