Excitement for Livingstone Primary School's newbies

2016-01-13 11:00
Paula MacDonald, 36, helping her son Joseph, 6, settle in at Livingstone Primary School in Morningside, Durban. (Amanda Khoza, News24)

Paula MacDonald, 36, helping her son Joseph, 6, settle in at Livingstone Primary School in Morningside, Durban. (Amanda Khoza, News24)

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Durban – There were no tears at Livingstone Primary School in Morningside, Durban, as Grade 1s made their way to their classrooms hand in hand with their parents on Wednesday morning.

Excited parents were unpacking their children’s stationery and getting their little ones settled in at the short-term remedial school.

Paula MacDonald, 36, sat on a small chair reserved for her son, Joseph, 6, while she unpacked his stationery.

"I am very excited for him, it is going to be a great year for him," said the Cowies Hill mother.

Joseph is her first child to attend Grade 1.

"He didn’t sleep. He woke up very early because he was so excited," she said.

Musa Vilakazi, 45, and his wife Nozipho, 39, from Umlazi, were helping their daughter Simthandile, 6.

Their youngest daughter sat quietly on the floor playing with a puzzle as her parents prepared her stationery.

"We are looking forward to the challenges of 2016," said Musa.

Shaun Havemann, 37, from Bellair, was writing his son Bruce's name on every item they had purchased for his new school year. It is his second year at the school.

"It is a really great school. He had an early night because he wanted to be early for his first day at school."

Bruce, 6, said he was looking forward to making new friends the most.

School principal Charleen Butt said Durban was lucky to have a remedial school with specialised teachers.

"We have specialised teachers, speech therapist, audiologists, and occupational therapists who assist our kids. The kids that come to our school are referred from their previous schools and we work with them and then send them back into the mainstream schooling system."

Musa Vilakazi, 45, and his wife Nozipho, 39, and their excited daughter Simthandile, 6. The couple from Umlazi said they wee looking forward to a good year. (Amanda Khoza, News24)

Shaun Havemann, 37, and his son, Bruce, 7. The father from Bellair said Bruce woke up early in the morning to get to school early. (Amanda Khoza, News24)

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