WINNIPEG – The start of the school year often brings mixed emotions for everyone involved.
There’s sadness that summer is over, but an eagerness to see friends again. There’s excitement to take some classes but anxiety over some other subjects.
No matter how you feel about going back to school, whether you’re a student, a parent or a teacher, the time has come.
“I’m not quite ready yet. I think the worst thing about going to school is waking up at 7,” explains Riley, a grade 10 student at St. James Collegiate. “I get to see my friends again but there’s a couple of hard subjects in you have to just get through. For me, math and english.”
Jared is in grade 3 at River Heights, and he is decidedly more pumped.
“Of course! School is fun, you get to do lots of fun things, learn, read books, go to gym. What I like most about school is the books, I love reading books.”
It’s also an especially exciting time for teachers, who have been planning all summer for this.
“We have a staff meeting this morning, we’re expecting the grade nines this morning to welcome them to the school and make sure they’re settled,” says Jennifer Doyle, a resource teacher at St. James. “I know everyone’s really happy to be back, they’re excited to see their friends, be part of the team.”
Doyle says she is always surrounded by inspiration.
“I’m fortunate that I work in the high school level. I get to see kids come in quite small at the grade nine level and then make that big transition and be a part of that. We have a lot of great teachers who are mentors, they’re coaching in the evening, taking kids to Siloam Mission on the weekend, yoga club, it’s great.”
Stacy Swanson teaches at Miles Mac, and she says a lot has changed since she was a student.
“I think we’re a lot more accommodating. They didn’t really care where you came from, say 30 years ago. I think we do a lot more of that now, it’s a lot of fun.”
When it’s pointed out that Swanson doesn’t look anxious about the school year starting, she doesn’t exactly agree.
“I’ve put on a good front. Don’t let them see you sweat!”