JOHOR BARU: Marissa Mahathir could not stop smiling from ear to ear when she step foot into her new school here.
The seven-year-old said she was excited to start a new chapter in her life at Sultan Ibrahim Girl’s School (SIGS), one of the most prestigious schools in the state.
She added that the first thing she wanted to do was to make new friends at the new environment.
“The day that I have been waiting for have finally arrived as I met new friends plus my teacher is the nicest person besides my parents.
“I woke up all by myself as I do not want to miss my first day of school,” she said when met at SIGS Jan 11.
Another Year 1 pupil Adreana Keisya Mohamad Norzaidi, also seven, said her mother packed for her fried rice and she wants to share it with her friends during recess.
“I was a bit nervous but the teachers made me feel like home and comfortable with my new surroundings,” she said adding that her dream was to become a doctor in the future.
Executive officer Wan Atiqah Wan Abu Bakar, 35, said she was proud of her eldest daughter Aina Batrisyia Mohd Shah was quite eager to start school.
“My daughter woke up my husband and I at around 5.30am and she was all giggling when wearing her new school uniform.
“Even when there was a traffic congestion heading into the school, she still keep on smiling and asking if we have arrived at her school,” she said.
Meanwhile Johor Education, Information Entrepreneurial Development and Co-operative Committee chairman Md Jais Sarday said there were a total of 56,390 Year 1 pupils for this year in Johor.
He added that about 36,578 pupils have enrolled at Sekolah Kebangsaan while 17,701 at Chinese schools and 2,111 at Tamil schools.
“Despite the school term changed from Jan 4 to Jan 11 due to the floods, it does not hinder the spirit of the children to learn.
“I welcome the students and the teachers to the new term and hopefully this year will bring more success for the schools and state,” he said.