Emotional children say goodbye to school days

TINA LAW
Last updated 05:00 19/12/2012
Thorrington pupil Rosetta Brown
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CHANGE AHEAD: Thorrington School pupil Rosetta Brown needs a hug on the last day of the school term yesterday.

Thorrington pupils
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SAD GOODBYE: Thorrington School pupil Amy Phillips, 11, hugs a friend during the last day of school.
Thorrington pupils
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SAD GOODBYE: Thorrington School pupil Emma Hartshaw gets a hug from Kate Lamont.

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There were lots of tears and hugs at Thorrington School as senior pupils said goodbye to their school and long-time classmates.

This week marks the end of the school year and the start of a two-month holiday for thousands of primary school pupils throughout Christchurch and New Zealand.

Secondary school pupils finished last week.

Many of Thorrington School's year 6 pupils were upset at the prospect of leaving the school they have attended for the past six years to head to intermediate school next year.

"All the teachers are nice," a teary Amy Phillips, 11, said.

She was upset at leaving her friends because most of them would be going to Christchurch South Intermediate School next year while she attended Villa Maria College.

Her mum, Kathy Phillips, said it was a sad day for her daughter.

Anita Butler was comforting son Sam, 7, who was upset that he did not get a chance to say goodbye to a year 6 friend.

Parents will be starting to contemplate how they are going to keep their children occupied during the long summer break.

Cynthia Charron, mother of three children under 6, said she would be doing lots of arts and crafts with her children.

Marina Chester would be taking her three children to the Santa search at the Botanic Gardens and was thinking about enrolling them in swimming lessons.

"I mostly look forward to it [the holidays] at this point," she said. "The dread sets in later."

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