Parents turn ‘cry babies’ on first day of school

2014-01-16 00:00

“THERE were more tears from parents than children,” said Laddsworth headmaster Gavin Lambooy about the Grade One batch as they joined the school’s new intake of children yesterday.

He said while most children seemed fine at being left at school, some parents experienced separation anxiety. “Some dads were affected as well, funnily enough,” he said. “But it was brilliant and everyone is happily occupied.

“We filled our intake and only two children didn’t arrive as expected.”

There were no tears for the 104 new Grade One pupils at Scottville Primary either, because they had all come from the school’s pre-primary section.

Headmaster Bobby Nefdt said the morning had gone “exceptionally smoothly” and the new primary school in Hayfields had taken a lot of pressure off his school. “Things seem to be getting smoother every year as parents get more familiar with the process of applying.”

He said children are generally more confident about starting school than they used to be.

“However, we do battle with a lack of support from some parents in helping with homework, etcetera. Parental involvement plays a huge role in a child’s development. There are some parents who think it’s okay to drop off their child in Grade R and fetch them at the end of Grade Seven.”

The Grade One teachers of Allandale Primary were also impressed by how well their new charges adapted to being in the classroom.

Teacher Anitha Rajcoomar said the first day is always a novelty and very exciting for the pupils.

“Today was a lovely day. The pupils met all their teachers, and we had a welcome field trip around the school. We had no cry babies this year,” said Rajcoomar.

Anele Lombo (6) cried when his mum dropped him off at W.A. Lewitt Primary School, but had a smile on his face when he came out.

His friend Owami Mthiyane (6) was so excited to go to school, he woke up at 3 am.

“School was nice. I made lots of friends and I like to colour,” said Owami.

Bilal Mahomed (5), who started at Allandale Primary, also enjoyed colouring.

The first day of school was more emotional for his mother, Nadia.

“He was a little nervous, but more excited. He couldn’t sleep last night, but when he got here he was fine. I was the one who was emotional,” she said.

Haajirah Jooma and Sabihah Ebrahim, both six, were excited to wear their new W.A. Lewitt Primary School uniforms.

Haajirah’s mother Fatima said, “She was so excited to be at school, she left my hand and ran to the classroom.”

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