Excitement & nerves on the first day of school

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(Photos: Kelly Roche/QEW South Post)


Tuesday marked a new journey for Yamna Asim — her first day of school in Canada.

“I feel a little nervous but excited at the same time, too,” said Asim, 12, adding the summer was spent “just playing and reading.”

She’s one of 154,000 public school students heading into classrooms Tuesday.

The Grade 7 student at Riverside P.S. in Port Credit was smiling as she walked there with her dad. She said she didn’t know her teacher’s name.

“Today is our 18th day,” in the country, said Asim Amjod. They moved from Pakistan and are adjusting to western life.

Adjustments were also needed over at the Perfect household.

“I’m kind of happy and kind of sad, ’cause I don’t want to go to school but I want to see my friends,” said Grade 4 student Katie Perfect.

She hung out with best friend, Miller, over the summer, and he’s in her class this year.

Brother, Marcus, 7, wasn’t exactly enthused, but their grandma was rejoicing.

“There’s a lot of happy moms today, I tell you,” said Patty Perfect.

Dads, too.

Rene Vonlanthen was escorting daughter Michelle, 7, who wisely chose rainboots.

“She’s very excited. I’m excited to get back to a normal routine,” said Vonlanthen.

Their summer was spent at home, the cottage, and visiting family, stateside. Piling into the car wasn’t necessary Tuesday, since they live close enough to walk.

Vonlanthen said he’s been warning newbies about the corner of Lakeshore Rd. and John St. being “really busy.”

Four police cruisers were spotted near Riverside and Kenollie P.S., with officers watching closely.

“Caution on the roads today as our most valuable resource, our children, make their way to school on the first day,” reads a tweet from Peel cops.

Over at the Catholic board, roughly 82,000 children are heading back.


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