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Schoolchildren enjoy start to new academic year

Students nationwide, particularly those at primary and secondary level, on Friday enjoyed the first school day of the new academic year after their three-month break.

Children were very happy to return to school and meet up with both old and new classmates and teachers.

They enjoyed catching up with each other and talking about their holidays, exam results from the previous year, and plans for the upcoming year.

Students watch a performance on the opening day at Vientiane Secondary School. --Photos Visith

As they did last year, all schools held an annual official opening ceremony on September 1, marked with various activities in which the children enjoyed taking part. Most classes were expecting to resume full operation yesterday.

On this auspicious occasion, all levels of educational institutions held official opening ceremonies with many schools summarising their academic successes as well as targets for the new academic year.

Many schools introduced outstanding students and teachers and handed out rewards along with congratulations and merit certificates.

Ahead of the opening ceremonies, all institutions prepared for a few weeks to ensure everything was in place to allow students to register.

Of course, parents played their part too by buying new uniforms and educational materials such as bags, books, pens, pencils and other items, and taking their children to register at school.

Throughout the academic year, primary and secondary school classes are held every morning from 8am to 11:30am and in the afternoon from 1pm to 4pm.

The academic year runs for nine months, from September 1 to the end of May or sometimes a bit longer.

A Year 2 student at Vientiane Secondary School, Mr Ek-ou-done Luangphaxay, said at the opening ceremony on Friday he was very glad and excited to go back to school because he had missed it over the summer break.

“I am happy to return to school because I missed my classmates, friends, and teachers. I am excited about the start of the new school year because I will meet both old and new friends. I'm enjoying taking part in the activities here today,” he said.

“Of course, I am very proud that I passed my exams last year and can now study at a higher level. This year I will be in Year 2 of lower secondary school and I'm very much looking forward to the first day of classes.”

“My results last school year were quite good but I will try my best to study harder and do better. If possible, I will study at a training centre to get better results and raise my standards. I will also focus more on the subjects I'm not so good at.”

A Year 6 upper secondary student at Phiavat Secondary School, Ms Khammy Sisavath, said she was very pleased to go back to school and meet her teachers, friends and classmates as well as renew her studies.

“Like other students, I am so happy to start school again. In previous years I was an outstanding student in my class. Of course, this year I will try my best to keep my outstanding title or even do better than before.”

“I would like to advise all students to pay close attention to their studies in all subjects. There is nothing too difficult because we have good teachers and classmates and we should help each other to study and do our homework together.”

“Everyone can share their knowledge and lessons and help each other. We should ask our teachers if we don't understand something.”

“We like each other, our school, our classes and our teachers. We should also respect our teachers and follow their instructions as well as strictly respect and follow the school regulations, and be united about staying away from unsettling events and social problems.”

“In our free time, we should study at home and help our parents with the housework. Doing this means we are good children to our parents, good students of the school, and good citizens of the nation.”

By Visith Teppalath
(Latest Update September 5 , 2017 )

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