Yesterday would have been a great day for the beach, not that thousands of young Marlborough pupils cared.
They were just as excited about being back at school for their first day of the new year.
Riverlands School principal Dave Parsons said his pupils were pleased to be back at school catching up with friends.
They finished the day with a full school assembly and he had a sea of tired young faces looking back at him, Mr Parsons said.
"I emphasised that the best thing they could do was to get back into a routine of going to bed earlier again."
Riverlands mum Wendy Barnard was pleased that her son had a good first day at school.
"It is his first day at a New Zealand school since our move from South Africa, so there was nervousness and excitement all at the same time, but he was made to feel very welcome and looks forward to his second day," she said.
Redwoodtown School principal Gary Hildyard was just as pleased with the first day and said it went smoothly.
"It was great to see so many parents at school this morning showing their support.
"All the smiling faces excited for the year ahead is always a special moment.
"They have started the transition from holidays to school days," he said.
Renwick School principal Simon Heath said he was happy to see all the students back safely after the holidays and ready for school. "They all seem so happy to be back with their friends," Mr Heath said. "We have 41 new student so far this year - 21 of them new 5-year-old enrolments.
"They all seem to have had a great day and are settling in well," he said.
- The Marlborough Express