Back to school we go
Schoolchildren are waving goodbye to another lot of summer holidays, with many packing up their books and returning to class today.
Eleven-year-old Jason Hargest and 12-year-old Angus Wyatt, both new to Southland Boys' High, were among the pupils being greeted by prefects and teachers at the school gate this morning.
Jason, who was starting into year 7, said he was looking forward to beginning at a new school.
Southland Boys' assistant principal Alan Bailey said there were about 200 new pupils joining the school across all year levels this year, the bulk of them coming into year 7.
Meanwhile, 330 James Hargest College year 9 pupils marched down Layard St from the school's junior campus to the senior campus this morning.
College deputy principal Alan Pannett said the march, called ''the Step up'', had been a tradition since James Hargest High School and Rosedale Intermediate almagated.
It was introduced to mark the transition from one type of education to another within the school, he said.
The pupils were accompanied by two bagpipers, which was a ''reflection of Southland tradition''.
Some pupils at Southland Girls' High and Verdon College also returned to the classroom this morning, and most schools across the region will restart during the next week.
The Southland Times