In recent years the end of summer holidays and reopening of schools has been marked by a vast improvement in the weather. This year was no different. One can only observe that if both continue to be so related it might be a good idea to return to school a few weeks earlier so we can enjoy a decent spell of weather! That suggestion may not be popular or even practical but neither was the recent ‘summer’ we’ve had to endure.
Nevertheless, September is a milestone in our young people’s lives. The first day at ‘big’ school for Junior Infants, which in these times is far less traumatic with the introduction of crèches, playgroups and playschools where children can meet other children and learn the art of survival without parents . . . at least for short intervals of time.
On Monday last it was lovely to see the children make their way to school, in glorious sunshine, some full of excitement and others trepidation, and their experienced teachers, as usual, prepared for every eventuality in their classroom.
It is widely accepted that school days are the most important days of our lives, a place where our character is moulded and developed. In years to come it may be unlikely that all teachers will remember every child that he or she taught, but it is almost certain that every child will remember their teacher and their first day at school.
A beautiful friendship begins that can last a lifetime.