Jigsaws, play dough, toys, stories and songs - all part of first day at Clonmel schools

Sian Moloughney

Sian Moloughney

The start of September brings with it the first day of school, and the start of a new chapter in the lives of many little boys and girls.

At the Presentation Primary School in Clonmel, Chulainn O’Flynn told The Nationalist he liked playing with the toys in the classroom and his favourite was the dinosaur. He was playing on his first morning in school and said it was good, so far and he was going to go back the next day.

Sitting next to him Andrew Culligan said he didn’t like it when someone else ran off with his jigsaw pieces. “It’s not very nice. They have to learn to share.”

Joel Orias said he liked colouring and was carefully folding up the colouring he had done to bring it home. Sean O’Mahoney said he enjoyed playing with his friends in school and he knew them before they started in the school. He said there was nothing he didn’t like about the school.

Leah O’Brien was in the school before, she said, with her mam and dad and they looked at all the classrooms and the back garden. What Zuzanna Poniedzialek likes best about school is her teacher and she likes having a lot of friends to play with.

Across the corridor Emma Carey was proudly showing off her kitten pencils that her granny bought for her. Adam Johnson said he had been playing tag outside and in the classroom he was colouring in dinosaurs, his favourite.

“Our school is very, very, very nice, and we have a nice teacher because she is very nice to us,” was the decision of Grainne Maher in Mrs Canty’s class.

Beside her Jack Prendergast said his favourite thing to do in school is tricks with toys. “I don’t like colouring or painting because it’s too hard,” he said. Jack said he wasn’t looking forward to doing homework, but Grainne said she was “confident of my homework. My mum and dad are going to help me.”

Sarah Fitzgerald was delighted with the toys in her classroom, especially the tea set she used to have a picnic. Cara Patterson said her favourite toy was play dough and she had made a butterfly.

At Ss Peter and Pauls play dough was another firm favourite with the boys. Dylan Corcoran said he “made a lion robot, the bad one!”

Adam O’Gorman O’Brien was being creative with his play dough and made a skate board ramp before starting to make a skate board.

Jamie O’Keeffe was delighted to say: “I got sweets when I came in!” He said he wasn’t surprised because it was their first day.

Taylor Clarke said “I think teacher is nice,” because of the sweets and telling them stories. Jamie said his favourite story was the Gingerbread Man.

In the classroom next door there was a slightly different view of teacher: “She’s bossy, but she’s nice,” Paul Maher said. Sitting next to him was Owen Quigley who said his favourite part of school was running races in the yard, because he had won them all.

Some boys were making ‘snacks’ with their play dough. Ross Harte was showing off his pink pancakes, and Conor Makim was offering ‘free hot dogs’ to everyone, while observing: “Nice pancakes, Ross.”

Dale O’Regan said he liked playing with cars while Joey Brown said he liked it when they were all marching like soldiers to music. “I’m making a cheese roll with my play dough,” Cian LeBlanc announced.

At St Oliver’s Callum O’Sullivan said he likes big school “because I’m bigger and I can climb big walls,” and because teacher gave lovely treats like sweets.

Sophie Mullins Hennessy said her mam dropped her to school and then she started playing with play dough. “I made dolls,” she said.

“The best thing today was the story teacher told us,” Chloe O’Donnell said.

Preston Vickers said he was enjoying playing with his friends and was happy to see them in his class.

Eve O’Dwyer was the last of nine children in her family to start school when she arrived at St Oliver’s . She was delighted with lots of new friends and making flowers with play dough.

Jody Smith said he liked playing in the yard with his friend Callum. Sitting next to him, Kelly Fitzgibbon said she really liked singing songs about clapping hands.

Allana Pyne was proud of the friendly snake she had been drawing. “I like my teacher, she’s nice,” she added.

Alex Slattery said he enjoyed going outside to play racing games. “I won all of them,” he grinned.

“When I go home I will change my clothes and then I will go out,” Abbey Hewitt had her day planned out. Her friend Chloe Hickey was enjoying singing about two little dickie birds. “Teacher is nice, she does nice things,” Chloe said.

In the Sisters of Charity Ava Ryan and Aoibhe Condon were settling in. “I was colouring a house, then I made a jigsaw,” Ava said. Aoibhe said “I painted a big house with a lot of colours, like my house but more colourey.”

Aoife Bond had fun playing dress up as a witch and cast a spell for sweets.

Ayse Mumen was playing in the kitchen with her friend and they were pretending to cook. Maedbh Cantwell said “teacher is brilliant because she teaches us lots of stuff. Everything here is really good.” Her friend Aoife O’Gorman said her favourite part of her first day at school was cutting out stars so they could hang them up for when they sing ‘twinkle twinkle little star.’

Luke Slattery said he liked the farm set in the classroom while Robert Dillon liked the Power Ranger Motorbike. Brendan Mulhall was looking forward to Friday, because it would be treat day!

Sarah Kiely was celebrating her birthday as she started school. She said he had fun playing in the classroom kitchen pretending to make breakfast of sausages, some eggs and hamburgers! “The best thing will be when I go home and tell my mammy all about school,” she said.