Bittersweet last day for some pupils starting secondary school

Bittersweet last day for some pupils starting secondary school

PETALING JAYA - As students across the nation celebrated the last day of the school year, some felt the day was a bittersweet one.

SK Damansara Utama pupil Shaanat Kumaran said he was sad as he would not be with his friends as he would be starting his secondary education at an international school next year.

"I am excited about studying in a new environment and making new friends, but I'm sad that I won't be able to see my friends as often.

"But we hung out together today, and we promised to stay in touch through WeChat," said the 12-year-old.

The school's head prefect Zarifah Zaifiera Zainal, 12, said she would miss her friends, but would try to spend time with them over the school holidays.

"I will also spend my holidays studying because I need to prepare for interviews with Mara Junior Science Colleges," she added.

Meanwhile, Sarah Leyana Muzaffar said she was very excited about the holidays because she could "do fun things every day".

"My family is also going to take me to Singapore, so I can't wait for that too," said the eight-year-old.

The 2014 school term will start on Jan 2 in all states except Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu, where classes will start a day earlier.

There will be 209 school days, four days more than this year, and students will also get a shorter break with 81 holidays next year compared with 84 this year.

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