Grade 1 pupils at Plumstead Preparatory School had big smiles on their faces as they marched into "big school" on Wednesday morning. The school welcomed roughly 100 first graders.With their bags packed and shoes polished, the pupils were eager to get started and some had their sights set on their long-term goals, telling News24 what they aspired to be.While Estee Lof said she wanted to be a teacher "because they let children do work and other fun stuff", Alex Oliver from Standfontein had a unique response."When I grow up, I want to be a grown up," he said with a serious face. Pupils sat at their recently varnished desks as the teacher started with her first lesson.And their excited parents couldn't tear themselves away. They stayed behind for a few moments to get a glimpse of their children before rushing off to work.Amy Cavernelius, a Strandfontein parent, said she couldn't believe how fast her daughter had grown up. She said she hoped her daughter would do well."I just want her to focus and listen to the teacher and I am sure she will do well," Carvernelius said.Principal Anneen Abels was relieved after the first day ran smoothly. "I have an amazing team that closed any gaps. We prepared with meetings and briefings about the first day, but I can say that today we were effective and well prepared," Abels added.