More excitement than tears at historic Cape Town school

2016-01-13 12:48

Cape Town – A buzz of excitement filled the air outside the Tamboerskloof Primary School in Cape Town on Wednesday morning as parents dropped their children off for their first day of primary school.

There was no time for tears as most of the six and seven-year-olds spent their time posing for photos and exploring the playground.

Cars lined the streets around the 107-year-old school. Chattering and shouts of “bye” could be heard in the normally quiet neighbourhood.

Chloe Nikiforos, 6, with a backpack almost as big as her, walked slowly with her mother and sister to the gates. They carried plastic bags filled with paper, toilet paper, and stationery.

Her mother Karen said her third daughter had already tried on her blue and white checked school dress a few times.

“She’s pretty excited. She’s been ready for a few days."

Donning braided hair with two buns, Mimi Malangu bounced on the pavement in anticipation. Her mom Petronella and a younger sister tagged behind.

“I feel very proud and happy and I am so excited,” Mimi told News24. Asked what she thought she was going to do in class, she said maths.

She said she wanted to be a doctor one day “to help people”.

Tahir Adams flashed a cheeky smile as bright as his fresh school shirt. Flanked by his parents, he suddenly went shy when asked how he felt about moving from Grade R to Grade 1.

His mom Quanita chipped in: “Tahir said he is very excited. He said he can’t wait because he loves hard work. Last night he was in bed by 7.30pm because he couldn’t wait to wake up this morning.”

Both she and husband Rushdi had told him there was time for work and play. “He must just do us proud. And he always does.”

Little Tayyiba Holmes battled gusts of wind to get inside the gate before the bell rang at 8am.

Her mother Mujahida Holmes said she had been in Grade R last year. They attended an orientation session to show her where her class was and where she would sit.

“She was looking at her list and ticking off everything of hers that was labelled. You have to, as a parent, make it all exciting so they don’t tear up.”

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