History lesson on the first day at school

Rosemary Holden clutches a rose for her teacher as she and the rest of her classmates wait in line for their first day at Flora Stevenson Primary in 1970
Rosemary Holden clutches a rose for her teacher as she and the rest of her classmates wait in line for their first day at Flora Stevenson Primary in 1970
0
Have your say

Who knows exactly what these girls were thinking as they waited patiently in line, their shoes shined to perfection, hair neatly combed and blazers fluff-free.

Likely thoughts of curiosity, some perhaps of excitement, and undoubtedly a good deal of anxiety as their parents waved them off on their first day at school.

The first day of the August 1968 term at Sighthill Primary

The first day of the August 1968 term at Sighthill Primary

In our picture from August 1970, youngsters at Flora Stevenson Primary got their turn to make their mark on the school world, queueing patiently in the playground ahead of their first lesson of the day.

The scene will have been repeated across the Capital this week as fresh-faced children took up places in primaries across the city – a moment captured on camera for proud relatives to relive for years to come.

Many were probably fighting back a teary eye as they bid a fond farewell to their children, hoping they enjoyed their first day at school. Such may have indeed been the case for the mum in August 1964, waving her young son off at the entrance to Parson’s Green Primary.

Some parents undoubtedly concern themselves that their children will be spending the day without them and whether they will easily make friends. No such worries would have been the case for the family of triplets Lorna, Lee-Anne and Lindsey Elvin, who would have kept each other company on their first day at Brunstane Primary in 1986.

Five-year-olds meet their teacher at Preston Street Primary in 1966

Five-year-olds meet their teacher at Preston Street Primary in 1966

A young boy waves goodbye to his mum on the steps of Parson's Green Primary in 1964

A young boy waves goodbye to his mum on the steps of Parson's Green Primary in 1964

Triplets Lorna, Lee-anne and Lindsey Elving prepare for their first day at Brunstane Primary in 1986

Triplets Lorna, Lee-anne and Lindsey Elving prepare for their first day at Brunstane Primary in 1986