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Twenty-eight primary one pupils have started their school careers at schools across Arran.
And all of them are adapting well to their new surroundings and coping admirably with the changes brought about by the Covid pandemic.
The many changes introduced to protect pupils – including no singing and other social restrictions – might be noticed by those returning to school, and last year’s P1s, but for all of the new pupils, they have accepted it gladly in the way that young children do.
Numbers for new P1 admissions might be fewer than previous years – there were 44 last year – but the pattern of uptake remains reasonably consistent, with schools in more populated areas having larger numbers while smaller, more rural schools, have had fewer.
All schools, with the exception of Kilmory Primary, which did not have any new P1s this year, welcomed at least one new P1 pupil with Whiting Bay and Brodick primaries welcoming the most with nine new pupils each.
The Arran Banner visited all seven primary schools on the island, and while not permitted inside the schools, we were able to photograph all of the bright-eyed P1 pupils outside and in accordance with Government guidelines.
Unfortunately last year, owing to restrictions, we were unable to take the customary photographs – enjoyed by parents and the children themselves – so we have also photographed last year’s P1s who have now moved on to P2.
The Arran Banner thanks all of the schools and teachers for their assistance and for making these memorable and customary photographs possible for the children and their families.