'My daddy put gel in my hair because I’m starting school' - Trepidation and tears for first day of big school
There was trepidation and tears across the country today - and that was just the parents.
As the first day of school for thousands of little students beckoned, those in the Kilcolgan Educate Together in Galway were leaving all the blubbing to their parents.
As more than 25 students took their seats for the first time they were delighted to meet other little boys and girls with similar names. Tilli, Lily and Millie all became acquainted as did two Finlays.
Principal Anna Eagleton said the new students were taking the day in their stride. Also joining the school for the first time were about 15 students entering different classrooms.
“We have new arrivals for every year so this is a big day for all of them. They are all very excited and in good form and there were no tears apart from the parents. They all meet up for a coffee after and a little cry,” she said.
For the little students the first day at ‘big school’ was an adventure.
Gabriel Kelly from Oranmore woke his mother Eilis at 6am.
“He was jumping on the bed delighted to be going to big school. He didn’t even want breakfast,” she said.
Junior Infants student Louie Keyworth was very proud of his new grown up look.
“My daddy put gel in my hair because I’m starting school,” he said.
But for the parents the first goodbye was more than a little emotional.
“I am so sad, it’s my first little boy and the Irish mammy kicked in,” said Eilis.