HE SHOULD be nervous after all, the start of high school is a big day for anyone.
But Luke Woodward isn't your typical 12-year-old.
More excited than worried, Luke, who suffers from Cerebral Palsy, can't wait to see what year 7 at Wade High School has in store for him.
The likeable young man proudly wearing his new uniform and a confident smile has come a long way since he was a tiny little tyke struggling to survive inside a humidicrib after being born three months premature.
"I really can't wait," Mr Woodward said.
"I've been looking forward to high school. I hope to inspire others while I'm there just to do their best and never give up.
"I'm not nervous. They have promised they will keep all of my classes downstairs so I can get in. I did orientation last year which I enjoyed. I got a taste of what to expect. Some of my friends will be there but I'm also looking forward to meeting new people."
Teachers stepped back into classrooms yesterday, with students making their return from today.
Despite his son's cool head dad Peter admits he is feeling slightly uneasy.
"I am a little bit more anxious than him. I'm not worried about the learning side because he loves that, it's more the safety aspect," Mr Woodward said.
"The school has been really accommodating and put in extra ramps and he will have aides all day to help him, but you still worry a bit."
While his wheelchair means taking the stairs is impossible there aren't too many other obstacles that will stop this high achiever.
He was school captain during his final year at Griffith North Public School and excelled in public speaking, named runner-up for the Riverina finals two years out of four.
"I hope I can continue my public speaking. I've always been a fan of maths and all of the general school work. I love school," he said.
"My aide came and spent the day with me at North last year and got an idea of my routine.
"High school is just the next stage in life."