New be­gin­nings

The Compass - - OPINION -

With the on­set comes to a close.

And what a sum­mer it was for the prov­ince of New­found­land and Labrador. But like all good things, it must come to an end. And with the end, there are new be­gin­nings, as Wed­nes­day marks the be­gin­ning of a new school year. That means a pro­jected 40,765 students from kinder­garten to Grade 12 in the Eastern School Dis­trict will be pass­ing through the front doors of schools all over the re­gion. Also, some 3,100 teach­ers and ad­min­is­tra­tors will be back to work.

As it is with ev­ery school year, a sense of fear and ex­cite­ment will per­me­ate the halls. It’s the ex­cite­ment of a new grade, a new teacher and the pos­si­bil­ity of new friend­ships, but at the same time, the fear of the un­known.

What’s the teacher like? Who is go­ing to be in my class? What are the other kids go­ing to be like? How hard is the math go­ing to be in Grade 5?

All of these are ques­tions sure to evoke a cer­tain amount of fear and which will be whis­pered around wa­ter foun­tains and lock­ers dur­ing the first few weeks of the new school year.

But, it’s not just students who ex­pe­ri­ence fear when the cal­en­dar rolls around to Septem­ber, it’s par­ents, too.

How is my son/daugh­ter go­ing to do this year? Will they be happy in their new grade? Are they go­ing to get along with new class­mates?

For the first-time school par­ent, there are ques­tions such as, how will he/she do with­out me? Can I han­dle be­ing apart from them? Will they en­joy learn­ing? How will they pick up read­ing and writ­ing?

That’s a lot of ques­tions, and the key to an­swer­ing all of them is ex­plo­ration.

For students, it’s get­ting out into the class­room or the hall­way, ex­plor­ing and dis­cov­er­ing what this new world has to of­fer.

Sure, ev­ery year brings the same ques­tions and ev­ery year ends with students laugh­ing and won­der­ing why there was fear to be­gin with.

How was it con­quered? Through ex­plo­ration and the dis­cov­ery of new things.

For the par­ents of first-time students, the an­swers can only be found through wait­ing and watch­ing.

Take joy in see­ing your child blos­som and grow through the first year of school, as they ven­ture out and dis­cover a new world.


Septem­ber, an­other sum­mer

Ni­cholas Mercer is a re­porter with The Com­pass

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