Grade 1: When I grow up, I want to be a butterfly

2014-01-15 17:14

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It might only be the first day of her school career, but Lwandle Mdlalose already knows what she wants to be when she grows up.

The five-year-old Grade 1 pupil at Clarence Primary School in Durban wants to be a butterfly when she completes her education.

Lwandle and her brother and classmate Siphosethu Ngiba, also five, were all smiles when their proud-as-punch dad, Vusi Ngiba, arrived this afternoon to pick them up after their first taste of big school.

The siblings and the 36 others in Nomusa Mkhize’s Grade 1 class spent the day learning classroom rules, which was followed by lunch and, of course, a bit of playtime before getting picked up by their parents or school transport.

“It was a hectic day, but things went well. It was great,” said Mkhize, who is in her fifth year of teaching first graders. “Most of the children have been to pre-school or reception class, so it was pretty easy to work with. We only had one child who was tearful and clingy, but she was fine as they day went on.”

Lwandle said her first day was “nice”.

“I wasn’t frightened and I didn’t cry. We worked and we learned and then we went to eat our food. I had a cold drink and a sandwich. It was nice,” she said.

Siphosethu, who wants to be a pop star, said he also enjoyed his first day at school.

“It was very nice. We learned and we played and we had lunch. I made new friends,” he said.

Chuma Mahlangu (5) and her friend, Elihle Ngcobo – who first thought she was four and then remembered she was six – both want to be doctors when they grow up. Both the little girls, who met at the school for the first time this morning, said they were keen to go back tomorrow.

Six-year-old Liso Groom used her mom, Vuyo, who had come to pick her up, as an interpreter to speak to City Press. Liso, who cried when Vuyo dropped her off, said she had “played and done colouring’’ during the day. “Yes, it was nice,” she whispered.

Vuyo said: “She cried a bit when I dropped her off this morning, but when I called she was fine.”

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