Pune: After around a two-month long vacation, most schools in the city were once again full of students, parents and teachers as they reopened for the academic year 2017-18 on Thursday.
While the primary schools were full of nervous children and anxious parents, the high schools saw groups of friends reuniting after the long summer break. While some of the schools are going to be open just for a couple of hours, some have already started their full-time schedule from day 1.
Parents shift their schedules
Most parents made it a point to drop and pick up their children. Renu Atole, a working mother from Pimple Gurav, who had come to drop her child at Dr Kalmadi Shamarao High School in Aundh, said, “I am on leave for last two days as I had to prepare for my daughter’s school and also wanted to drop her to school on day 1.”
Asha Shinde, whose son is in Class 4 at NCL school, Pashan, said that she was as happy as her son, now that school has started. “School has started for parents as well. My son is delighted to meet his friends. He made me pack tiffin for his friend as well,” she said.
Special day 1 activities for kids
Meanwhile, at Modern School in Shivajinagar, a special programme was held to welcome all the Class 1 students and introduce them to the rest of the school. “The kids were supposed to wear their PT dress today. But they are so excited, some wore the regular uniform, while others were just wearing colourful clothes. It is the first day so it’s fun to see all these kids,” said Santosh Kalamkar, a parent from Baner.
New year, new challenges
Srujana Deshmukh and Shreya Diwane, both in Class 8 at St Joseph’s High School, Pashan, are glad to be back to school. “This year, they have included a new social service subject for us, which seems interesting. We are going to have visits to orphanages and sponsor daily use items such as soaps. We also have a Bal Mela this year, where we will perform dances and organise games for under-privileged children”, said Srujana.
Teachers and staffers rejoice
Teachers and support staff were equally excited for the new batch to start. For Christopher D’Cruz, who runs a canteen at Loyola High School at Pashan, it was the first day of school too.