There were mostly smiles from Grade R and Grade 1 pupils attending orientation programmes at various schools in Mitchell’s Plain yesterday, Tuesday January 16.
Grade R teacher Gail Hendricks, at Highlands Primary School, told the parents not to be nervous as she opened the school gates 30 minutes before 9am when the one-hour meet-and-greet session was due to start.
“Don’t be nervous, your big babies will be fine,” she said.
Her colleague Amanda Martins, calming a crying pupil, said: “We just want to say hi so they are ready to start tomorrow with the learners”.
Grade 8 pupils Mustapha Sattar and his cousin Aleyah Rhoda while en route to orientation at Princeton Secondary School, in Woodlands, wished all pupils good luck for the new academic year.