Excitement, anxiety and regret as pupils head back to school

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 02 September, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 02 September, 2010, 12:00am

School bells across the city broke their two-month silence yesterday as pupils greeted the new term with excitement and regret.

Some were looking forward to meeting their schoolmates and resuming studies while some would have preferred to be at home having fun.

Others, like the students and staff at the Fresh Fish Traders' School in Tai Kok Tsui, were just happy their school - which has fended off threats of closure due to falling roll numbers - was still open.

Many pupils set off early to avoid heavy traffic typical of the first day. But the Transport Department said traffic conditions were mostly smooth.

At St Patrick's Catholic Primary School in Tsz Wan Shan, scores of students arrived more than an hour before school began at 8am.

A Primary Six student said he was so nervous and excited the previous night that he had not slept well.

'While tossing and turning I wondered who my class teacher would be. I also wanted to meet my friends a lot,' he said.

But another said he wished the holidays had not ended.

'Throughout the holiday I was mostly at home having fun. Compared with going to school and reading books, that's a bit better.'

At the Fresh Fish Traders' School about 300 students received new schoolbags and stationery donated by companies and religious groups.

Set up in the 1960s, the school had faced closure after failing to get enough entry-level students but was saved in 2007 when it raised HK$1.8 million to run privately funded Primary One classes.

Alan Cheung Lok-fai, 10 - uniform drenched with sweat after chasing his friends around the playground - said: 'I've been wanting to do this for a while. I'm happy to see my friends.'