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Sunday January 5, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Monday January 6, 2014 MYT 10:38:15 AM
by priya kulasagaran, jeannette goon, andrebecca rajaendram
Are we done yet? Year One pupils of SK Bandar Utama Damansara (4) waiting for assembly to be over.
Many Year One pupils began 2014 with a bang when they showed up for their first day of school, accompanied by doting parents and family members.
SILENT sobs, loud yawns and bright eyes dotted the morning assembly of SK Bandar Utama Damansara (4), Petaling Jaya as students began their new school year.
While teachers were busy kickstarting their lessons, anxious parents stood outside the Year One classrooms to make sure their children could settle in without bursting into tears.
Caelyn Wong Ching Yi, one of the 112 Year One pupils enrolled in the school this year, was clearly excited about starting school.
“Caelyn woke up at 5.30am as she was too excited to sleep — and she came to wake me up as well,” said her mother Felicia Fong Yoke Fun.
Another Year One pupil at the school, Sanyia Kaur, however found her enthusiasm waning after a few hours as she kept running to the classroom door to see her mother Renujit Kaur.
Renujit said that although her daughter was initially excited to come to school, she was soon keen to go back home.
While waiting for their children, parents were also seen purchasing exercise books and enquiring about transport options for school.
Meanwhile, several schools in Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur also received a special visit from Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
Making his first stop at SK Putrajaya Presint 14 (1) in Putrajaya in the morning, Muhyiddin, who is also the Education Minister, paid particular attention to pupils at one of the school’s special needs classes.
The school caters to 1,350 pupils, 45 pupils in five special needs classes and also runs a special needs pre-school class.
Muhyiddin later went on a tour to three schools in Kuala Lumpur: SMK St Gabriel, SJK(T) Kampung Pandan and SJK(C) Chong Hwa.
While most students and pupils shyly interacted with Muhyiddin as he chatted with them, one class of Year One pupils at SJK(T) Kampung Pandan were particularly ecstatic when Muhyiddin joined the class for a quick sing-along session.
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