Saturday 21 April 2018

Watch: The first day at school for these junior infants in Dublin... and it's perfect

From making friends to 'boyfriends' showing up - here's how the kids and their parents reacted

An array of emotions on display at Shellybanks Educate Together School in Dublin
An array of emotions on display at Shellybanks Educate Together School in Dublin

Amy Molloy and Donal Corkery

THERE was an array of emotions on display at Shellybanks Educate Together School in Dublin today as many parents dropped their budding students off for the first time.

Most of the junior infants couldn't contain their excitement, while others refused to let their parents out of sight.

The atmosphere at the Ballsbridge-based school was a welcoming one as teachers quickly worked to help the students settle in.

Parents were buzzing with pride as their little ones marked a major milestone in their lives.

One proud dad told how his daughter Penny Lynch (5) was up at the crack of dawn this morning.

"She was awake bright and early and said 'dad, the sky is blue, can I go to school now,'" he laughed

An array of emotions on display at Shellybanks Educate Together School in Dublin
An array of emotions on display at Shellybanks Educate Together School in Dublin

Beth Keating (5) was remaining firmly on the fence about her level of excitement.

"I'm feeling medium," she said.

"I’m shy...but I saw one girl and she looked very nice."

Maya Morrissey is a child prodigy in waiting. Her parents Laura Fano and Conor Morrissey told how she's fluent in both Italian and English and has an interest in maths - all by the age of 4.

"You’re asking her father...so obviously I'm going to say she’s amazing."

One student was a bit apprehensive about all his new classmates, saying he'll be friends with "some" of them, but maybe not all.

Judging by the positive attitude of the teachers and the friendly vibes on display, it looks like everyone will be the best of friends by the end of the week.

Principal Johanne O'Sullivan said over 50 students started school today, but pointed out a small number of spaces are still available.

Parents can contact Ms O'Sullivan at info@shellybanksetns.ie.

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