Memorable scenes as schools open

2012-01-18 11:29

The first term of 2012 started with memorable scenes at schools in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria as institutions welcomed the Grade 1 pupils.

Cold weather and early morning showers did little to dampen the excitement and expectations of parents who accompanied their children to school.

“For my son it’s going to be a very long walk to emancipation, which has just begun with these first steps we have taken to school today,” said a proud Joyce Ramushi as she led her smiling son Koketso into a classroom.

Other parents at Zakhele Primary School used their cellphones to capture their children’s first day at school.

“Look how beautiful my baby looks on this photo. I will never lose this photo. Oh, God bless her,” shouted one parent after taking a photo of her daughter.

Across the township at Motheo Primary School, education had “hit the ground running”, said principal Joyce Nkomo.

As she conducted routine checks on classrooms, she sang and danced with the Grade 1 pupils.

“You can also join in, feel at home,” she said.

“These pupils will settle in very well. I’ve no doubt. They will do well in learning. Exceptionally well. That’s my wish.”

She said not many pupils had cried for their parents, because children enjoyed making new friends.

At the privately-owned Lompec Primary School, registration was still going on, even though its doors opened on January 10.

“We are still welcoming new pupils every day since we opened. Day by day they are coming to become part of our wonderful family,” said principal Ellen Mbuisa.

Grade 1 pupil Nomhle Mahlangu said she liked her teacher most, and the new games they played.

“My teacher is Miss [Caroline] Chikangu. She teaches us games,” she said with a giggle.

Another pupil Tshepofatso Leope reluctantly kissed her father goodbye, as the bell rang for assembly.

It was not only the schools which had their hands full on opening day but taxis too.

“Christmas is back, my brother, and you can see it. We bring these kids to schools. After 1pm we’re taking them home,” said a driver identified only as Thatho as he loudly revved his Volkswagen Citi Golf – the most common taxi in Mamelodi.

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