There was a bundle of nerves, tears and excitement as kindergarten kids took their first steps through the school gates for day one of ‘‘big school’’.
While most public school beginners began yesterday, other schools got a headstart last week.
Holy Family Primary School at Emerton welcomed its newest arrivals on Friday.
After waving goodbye to their parents, the 49 pupils attended their first school assembly before settling into their classrooms for a morning of reading, craft, story-time and play.
‘‘They were very happy to be reading on their first day,’’ principal Sister Brenda Kennedy said.
‘‘There were a few tears but some had older siblings at school to help them settle in. Some of the parents were crying.’’
The school was operating as normal soon after an electrical fire gutted a building in October, including two classrooms.
Two classes will be based in two temporary demountables until their new classrooms are finished later this year.
‘‘We haven’t started rebuilding yet but the plans are almost ready for tender,’’ Sister Kennedy said.
’’Construction should start around Easter and completed by term 4 this year.’’