WHILE some schools across Cork welcomed dozens of new Junior Infants for the first time this week, smaller schools in rural areas welcomed just handfuls of new students.
One such is Muinefliuch National School, north of Macroom, which opened the doors of its recently refurbished premises for seven new Junior Infants on Monday.
The next day, The Corkman caught up with Junior Infants teacher Ms Lynch and her new charges to get their impression of school so far, and where they think their future lies.
Milo, who wants to be a builder when he grows up, says his favourite part of school is when they go out to play but Suairní is far more cautious after just a day and a half into school life.
"I'm not sure what my favourite bit is yet," she says, furrowing her brow. And as for what she wants to be when she grows up? "Just a normal person," she says.
While all were asked what they like most about school and what they would like to be when they grow up, Angel is the only one to give the same answer to both - revealing that her favourite thing to do in school is to colour Peppa Pig and that she wants to be Peppa Pig when she's older. Her answer sparks debate amongst her classmates.
"You can't do that," Maeve tells her, "How do you turn from a human into Peppa Pig when you grow up?"
"Maybe she could meet a fairy godmother who could change her?" Suairní suggests.
Maeve, in turn, shows big ambition, and explains that she wants to be both a doctor and a race car driver.
Adam and Cian are both adamant that playing outside is the best thing about school and while Adam is initially unsure as to where his future lies, upon hearing that Cian wants to be a garda, he too signs up for a future in the Force.
Sam tells me that not only does he love painting, but that he loves Hallowe'en too. Like Milo, he wants to be a builder. What would he like to build?
"Well, God builds some of the houses, so I'll build the other ones," he explains.