KOTA KINABALU: It’s the first day of school for many states, and for parents and children, it is always the busiest and a somewhat emotional day, especially for children who are not used to being away from home.
A brief survey conducted at kindergartens and primary schools around Kota Kinabalu found a mix of two emotions amongst school-goers – excitement and fear.
In Yue Min kindergarten at Penampang, not far from here, six-year-old Sarah Jane Roger, who has been going for pre-school the past two years, found her new school fun.
She was seen smiling from ear to ear when her mother dropped her off, and immediately tried making friends.
“I want to go to school, want to see kawan (friend),” she said when asked why she was so happy.
Not far from her, a little girl could be seen wailing and refusing to let her mother go.
The mother could be heard trying to coax her daughter – while shedding tears herself.
Another excited boy was Daylven Jacob Julius Sidin, who said he had been waiting since the night before to go to kindergarten.
“I woke up very early for school just now,” he said.
In Shan Tao kindergarten in the city, four-year-old Nathaniel Cade Nolan too could be heard repeatedly asking his mother to bring him home.
“I want to go home,” he said between tears.
His mother, Cherylene Mojinun, 32, who was also emotional, said she has to leave him at the kindergarten even though he was crying and begging to go home, because he has to learn.
“He is growing up fast, and we have to make him get used to going to school,” she said.
For Year One student Nathaniel Lee in Ranau district, some 110km from here, the first day of school was fun as he “can meet many friends” and play.
Little did he know that primary school is no longer like kindergarten, where they spend most of their time learning and playing.
“I hope he will still feel this way when he finds out that primary school is more about studying from books and less about games in classrooms,” said his father Jeremy, 27.