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