Wednesday 23 October 2019

Advice for the new kids: Senior infants explain school

Patricia Murphy

"You can’t be too crazy and doing a lot of funny things. Just the kids love it, but not the teacher or mams and dads."

This is the advice offered to the Junior Infants of St Peter’s National School in Phibsborough by the older, wiser Senior Infant students who have had a year to get to grips with classroom.

The Senior Infants, who returned to school last Wednesday, had a lot of advice to offer the newbies when it came to making friends, which is the most important element of a happy school life.

"School’s a good place to make friends," said five-year-old Marco.

"Whenever your friends fall pick them up."

"If you’re bold you go to the office. I’ve been there once. I’ve been good ever since," he said.

"Listening" and keeping on top of your homework are key, especially if you’re ambitious like the children in St Peter’s who aspire to be doctors, architects, pilots and even famous singers.

However, many of the students agreed that being a teacher is one tough job.

Senior Infant student Zach said: "Yes it’s very hard to be a teacher because you have teach a lot of children. You have to look after 21 children at the same time. I don’t think I want to be a teacher though, I want to be a doctor."

The students have spent much of their first few days focusing on "colouring inside the lines" but the real fun begins this evening when they are given their first homework assignment of the school year.

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