Local stars get tearful as they send their little ones off to school today

By Kirstin Buick
13 January 2016

Even SA's famous faces shed a tear or two (or sighed in relief) when they packed off their poppets to school today.

Graeme Smith and Morgan Deane's daughter Cadence was already elbow-deep in poster paint on her very first day of school. "Definitely had a lump in my throat," the former cricket captain wrote about sending his little "trooper" off.

1st day at new school , definitely had a lump in my throat.... #bug #suchatrooper

A photo posted by Graeme smith (@graemesmith49) on

Idols star Lloyd Cele was super proud to be sending his son Levi off to Grade 1. The doting dad gushed about how his boy had already made it on to the swimming team. Good job, Levi!

FIRST DAY #Grade1 #backtoschool #Levi #celefamily #prouddad #myboy #back2school #proudmoment #education A photo posted by Lloyd Cele (@lloydcele) on

Joost van der Westhuizen and Amor Vittone's kids Jordan and Kylie were excited to be back, the singer posted on Facebook. Jordan is heading into grade 5 and Kylie into grade 4.

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Loyiso Bala's little fashionista Kenzie was over the moon to be starting pre-school. "Fist day at pre-school was long over due according to @kenziebala," her mom Jennifer Bala wrote. "She has been asking me for nearly 6 months now!"

Lee-Ann Liebenberg and Nicky van der Walt's eldest daughter Gia was all smiles in her brand new uniform on her first day of grade 0. Her model mom also got misty-eyed when she waved Gia off.
Grade 0 ... My baby princess is growing up A photo posted by Nicky Van Der Walt (@nickyvanderwalt) on

LeeAnne Dlamini's cutie Zani looked adorable on her first day of big school -- grade 1! The muso's daughter was rocking her bottle green blazer and school hat.

And so it begins.... HELLO GRADE 1!!!!! #ZaniLee #MyBigGirl #HowCuteAreTheseHats #FashionistasInTraining A photo posted by LeAnne Dlamini (@iamleannemusic) on
Some schools opened their doors yesterday too -- like King Edward VII School in Johannesburg, where Carol Tshabalala's son Joel is now a boarder.
Joel has checked into the school house!!! He's officially a KES boarder #RedArmy #WeMadeIt A photo posted by Carol Tshabalala (@simplycarol8) on

Khuli Chana and Asanda Maku's daughter Nia was ready to go with her adorable Frozen wheelie bag. "My little girl's first day of school already?" dad wrote on Instagram in disbelief.

My little girl's first day of school already? A photo posted by Khuli Chana (@khulichana01) on

Singer Kelly Khumalo and the late soccer star Senzo Meyiwa's daughter Tingo was all smiles on her first day of crèche -- until the time came to say goodbye to mom!

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