The Day Before
September came round and soon school and university would be starting again for the kids, teens, students and teachers of Honeycomb Valley. As per usual, the day before school would start again, The Beehive opened its doors to the kids and teens who would be starting in primary school or high school after summer. To get acquainted. Of course the parents were invited too.
Ellie and Liam were a bit nervous, but not as much as their mums, probably!
Holly, Kyra, Logan and John Jr. finally got to explore “upstairs” now that they were teenagers. They, and their parents, met with Benjamin, who will be their class mentor for the next two years.
After the new kids and teens had left, it was time for the teachers to get together for a quick “beginning of the year” briefing and of course some catching up.
The first day
The next morning, the first day of the school year was finally there. This wasn’t just exciting for the kids and teens. Maths teacher Pierce also felt just a little bit nervous. He had started teaching at The Beehive in January, but with the new year came new responsibilities and the new beginning is always just a bit nervewracking either way.
He kissed Loretta goodbye and got on his bike to go to school.
Half an hour after Pierce arrived at school, so did the pupils.
From the seniors…
(And is that Finn thinking of Sadie in the background?…)
…to the kids! (And VERY pregnant Annabel who dropped off her youngest daughter for her first day)
At 9.00 everyone was inside and ready to get started!
Liam and Ellie turned 5 over summer and had been looking forward to their first day in Miss Eva‘s class. Riley and Ruth, who are also in their class, were already 6. For them it all wasn’t so new anymore, although they would get a lot of new challenges too this year. Eva gave the kids a few minutes to get used to each other and their environment.
*** Gameplay note: as you might have read in my post on Education, kids of two different ages are in the same class. It’s like this in class I teach in real life as well. It helps me fill my classes. ***
When all the kids had found a seat, Eva started with her “welcome to class” speech. She explained what was going to happen this year and what the rules are.
After a while, attention was clearly dwindling, so Eva put the kids to work. The two youngest ones got a half hour of free play, while Eva gave some maths instructions to Ruth and Riley.
Ellie wanted to know when they were going to play outside…
One floor up, our “new” teens were experiencing their first day too. Their first lesson was Science, taught by Mr. Murray. Here too, there was time for a few minutes of chitchat before getting down to business.
John didn’t waste any time to show his feelings of superiority towards his classmates. When Kyra kindly asked him how his summer had been, he responded rather rudely…
Logan saw it too.
And there was a new girl in class! Her name is Trisha and she moved to Honeycomb Valley with her brother Garett, who’s a photographer. Trisha and Garett will be properly introduced in time. All of her new classmates, with the exception of John, welcomed her warmly.
Then Elliot felt it was time to begin the lesson, so he called everyone to take their seats.
Science is VERY fascinating…
(Although, maybe not for Holly, who somehow managed to stay out of most pictures I took. Maybe she’s camera shy?)
For the students at Honeycomb University, lessons were also starting again. Two weeks after the kids and teens went back, so did they.
***Side note: Harry Newman graduated High School in 02. At that time, the university hadn’t yet been built, so technically, this would have been his first year. However, knowing Harry’s father the mayor, I didn’t think he would approve of his son doing “nothing” for a year. So I decided to pretend Harry had already had a year of university education behind him. Read about my university system in the education post.***
Two new first year students moved into the Student Residence to live there with Harry (second year history), Narai* (second year science) and Lola* (third year linguistics): Mia, who will be studying medicine and Chris*, who will be a music student.
A new university building had been built over the last months and the students all agreed it was a great building, with a quiet library…
…a cafe with good food…
… and a nice terrace.
That night they celebrated the start of the academic year at the local (student)pub, The Bumblebee.
The year was off to a great start!
* Narai, Lola and Chris are all originally created with different names by Alex at ice-creamforbreakfast.tumblr.com