More smiles than tears

Diamond Fields Advertiser - - NEWS - NORMA WILDENBOER STAFF RE­PORTER

IT WAS more smiles than tears for Grade 1 pupils who yes­ter­day started their school­ing ca­reers at pri­mary schools across Kim­ber­ley.

Tra­di­tion­ally a teary af­fair, with pupils and par­ents equally emo­tional while say­ing their good­byes, yes­ter­day was def­i­nitely an ex­cep­tion to the rule, as it was smiles all around at most pri­mary schools, with pupils (and par­ents) putting up a brave front.

Many pupils said that there was no need for tears, as they were more ex­cited than sad about start­ing school. Some par­ents also breathed a sigh of re­lief, and said that they were re­lieved to fi­nally have their chil­dren “out of their hair”.

Pupils at Dia­mantveld Pri­mary, Du Toitspan Pri­mary and Staats Pri­mary schools were seen ea­gerly find­ing seats in their new class­rooms and mak­ing new friends with their fel­low pupils who were now of­fi­cially at­tend­ing “big school”.

Pupils the DFA spoke to said that they were “very happy” to be at school and could not wait to start learn­ing new things.

Teach­ers in­di­cated that while there were “some tears”, the chil­dren quickly cheered up af­ter see­ing their friends. The teach­ers added that chil­dren who at­tended Grade R at the schools where they at­tended Grade 1, were also quicker to set­tle in, as they were sur­rounded by fa­mil­iar faces.

Dur­ing their first lunch break as uni­formed pupils, chil­dren were seen shar­ing lunches from brand new lunch boxes and while some still had a lit­tle trou­ble with new school rules, like “no run­ning al­lowed”, most fol­lowed in­struc­tions from the teach­ers to the tee and promised that they would be well be­haved while in class, work hard and make their par­ents proud.

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