THE first day of school at Dromclough National School, Listowel was one of much excitement and very few tears as the Junior Infants happily made their way into Ms O'Connell's class.
It was a beautiful morning in Listowel on Monday last and the majority of the children were more than happy to be starting school, much to the relief of their parents, who were glad to see their children happy on their first day of school. Four-year-old Suin King from Dromerin was delighted to be at school and he was just as excited with his new school bag as he was about his first steps in the world of education. "I am excited to be at school. I got this school bag with Batman, Spiderman and Superman on it for school. I will be learning things but we don't have any playdough yet," he informed The Kerryman.
Eleanor Reidy was at the school with fiveyear-old daughter Mary who was really looking forward to her first day. "I am happy to be at school, I am not nervous. My brother is here too in a different class. I know Thomas over there and we will be learning lots today," said a very confident Mary. Áine Walsh said that the first day can be nerve-wracking for children but she is certain her own daughter Grace, who is aged four, will settle in straight away. "She is a little nervous but her two older sisters, Alice and Catherine, both go to school here so she will have them during lunchtime or if she needs them throughout the day. The first
day is always hard but she will settle in just fine," Áine said.
Four-year-old, Jack Breen was also happy to be at school and was enjoying playing with a jigsaw. "I am very happy that I will be learning. I know some people in the class," he said.
Edward Sullivan from Mountcoal, was with his six-year-old daughter Molly and pleased that she was happy to be starting school. "She is happy out to be starting today she isn't nervous or anything. She knows a good few people here because they all went to preschool together, which is a great help to her. She is playing away at the moment and so far it is all going well for her, which is great," Edward said.
Five-year-old Gearóid O'Sullivan, from Finuge was busy playing and enjoying himself on his first day. "I am playing with these blocks now and it is great fun. I am happy. I don't know what I will be doing but I am all excited."
His friend, four-year-old Davie McCarthy from Lixnaw was too shy to talk to The Kerryman, but his mother Nora O'Sullivan explained that while he was a little nervous about starting school he had the benefit of attending playschool last year. "He is a little bit nervous; he only knows one person in the class. He went to playschool in Listowel so that will stand to him," Nora said.
A good day all round then in Dromclough NS where the atmosphere was one of excitement and anticipation as any tears melted into smiles and the children settled into school life and the wonders it might bring.