High spirits on pupils' first day back
It was a cold and frosty first day back to school for students on Monday but that did not dampen spirits for the 192 pupils at Timaru South School.
Room six pupils were happy and excited to be back in their seats after a two-week break.
From trips to Christchurch, swimming at the CBay aquatic centre and arts and crafts at home, room six pupils managed a range of activities on their break but were most excited about catching up with their friends and refreshing and building on what they had learnt last term.
Riley Procter, 8, said he was looking forward to learning more maths this term.
"When we do math we learn more because some are easy, some are hard but I can get used to the hard ones."
Zayden Brundell, 9 said he was looking forward to learning "hard math" equations this term.
He said the three, four, seven and nine times tables "are hard but I can still learn them".
Another pupil, Marissa Spivey, 9, said she was excited to write more make believe stories.
"I like writing about unicorns, princesses and dogs, basically everything ... but my spelling isn't always correct "
Room 6 teacher Lisa Wynen said there were a few things on the term two calendar the kids were looking forward to, including having the Life Education Trust at the school for this first week.
"Harold [the Giraffe] is the best thing to have for the first week."
School principal Mike Hogan said the kids were happy to be back at school on Monday.
"Most students are pleased to be back and to catch up with their friends, and are keen to get back into it."