It’s doctors, police and a budding ninja photographer
A bad case of nerves had some Grade 1 learners experiencing their entry to school as a new day yawning.
It was big dreams in tiny new school shoes as Grade 1s in Plettenberg Bay started their school career on Wednesday.
There was barely a tear to be found among Plettenberg Bay Primary School’s newest members, but the same could not be said about their parents and grandparents, some of whom became a bit emotional as they left their little ones to take on this new journey.
The first hour at school was slightly taxing on a few of the kids, who could not help but sneak a stretch and a yawn in as teachers explained the school’s rules to them.
The tiny learners looked proud in their extra white, slightly oversized shirts, new school shorts and skirts and shiny school shoes. Their ideals also matched their new attire. “I want to learn words, numbers and a whole lot of other things,” Abuse Macala said as she sat down to write her name on her new workbook.
She hopes that Grade 1 would be a stepping stone to becoming a doctor when she grows up.
‘I want to make a lot of money’
Her school desk mate Dylan McCallum said he is very keen on learning about numbers. “I want to be an engineer when I’m done with school. I want to make a lot of money,” was how the little learner motivated his career choice. In the next decade or two South Africa is likely to have a few more doctors and teachers, judging by the Grade 1s’ dreams for the future.
“I would like to be a police. I want to protect people and put baddies in prison,” Gitana Lombard said.
Anjene Oberholzer wants to become a teacher. “I think it is nice to be a teacher,” she said.
There are also a few budding sportsmen and women among them. Erik Goedhals, while he does not really know what he would like to learn in Grade 1, he knows for sure that he wants to be a professional cricket player.
Some little ones had wilder dreams for their futures. Samuel Stander said he wants to be a “ninja photographer” when he is big. “I will go out at night and do stakeouts. I’ll take photos of the bad guys and then take the photos to the police so that they know where they are and can arrest them,” Samuel said.
Fredrich Fourie also has large dreams. He wants to operate big cranes and “pick heavy stuff up”. “With those cranes you can pick anything up, even a roof,” Fredrich said.
One of their teachers Anina Duarte said the little ones adjusted quickly to their new surroundings. “I only had one with a few tears, but these were soon gone,” Duarte said.
The new Grade 1s at Plettenberg Bay Primary Schools seem to be a curious bunch and had many questions for their new teachers.