Lazy days of summer holidays at an end
Southland schoolchildren swapped swimsuits and jandals for school uniforms yesterday as classes resumed for 2013.
To welcome in the new school year, 330 James Hargest College year 9 pupils marched down Layard St from the school's junior campus to the senior campus yesterday morning.
Deputy principal Alan Pannett said the march, called "the step up", had been a tradition since James Hargest High School and Rosedale Intermediate amalgamated, introduced to mark the transition from one level of education to another within the school.
The pupils were accompanied by two bagpipers, which was a "reflection of Southland tradition".
Among the throng were pupils hailing from places as diverse as Argentina, Hong Kong and Japan, Mr Pannett said.
Meanwhile, police were on hand to assist new pupils across the Herbert St pedestrian crossing at Southland Boys' High School yesterday morning.
Southland Boys' High assistant principal Alan Bailey said there were about 200 new pupils joining the school this year, with most of them coming into year 7.
Jason Hargest, 11, and Angus Wyatt, 12, both new to Southland Boys' High, were among the pupils being greeted by prefects and teachers at the school gate.
Jason, who was starting year 7, said he was looking forward to beginning at a new school.
Some pupils at Southland Girls' High and Verdon College also returned to the classroom yesterday, with most schools across the region restarting in the next week.
The Southland Times