Pep in their step: Excitement replaces usual jitters on first day back at school

2013-01-17 00:00

THERE was little anxiety, tears or sadness on Grade 1 pupils’ faces as they made their way to school yesterday.

Instead of the usual first day jitters, most children were excited about their first day at school.

A cheerful Anesu Khoza (6), of Berg Street Primary School, couldn’t wait to see her friends.

She stood outside her classroom with her mother, Zanele, while her eyes wandered around the school.

“I am happy to be back. I love school and want to learn and become a doctor one day,” Anesu said.

Khoza said her daughter had been excited since Monday evening and couldn’t wait to wear her uniform.

Anesu gave her mother a kiss on the cheek and a hug as they said goodbye.

Grade 1 teacher Kalay David said children rarely cry any more.

“They don’t get traumatised and parents are not as anxious as they used to be.”

Alwande Ngcobo (6), who started Grade 1 at Ashdown Primary School, said he was happy to be at school, especially because he would see his friends.

Sanele Ndlela (5), also a Berg Street Primary School pupil, said he was “fine”, then whispered “I am happy”.

According to Unisa educational psychologist Dr Ramodungoane Tabane, one of the reasons children no longer cry on their first day at school was that they attended pre-school and therefore avoided “attachment issues”.

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