SINGAPORE - Smiles, hugs and kisses were the order of the day.
And unless you noticed that the parents waiting at the front gate lingered a little longer than usual as they watched their child enter and disappear into the school, you wouldn't have known that it was the first day of the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE).
In short, it was like a regular school day outside Nanyang Primary School on Thursday. Well, regular at least from the "outside".
"My daughter is a self-motivated child who puts a lot of pressure on herself. I don't want to add more pressure on her than she already has," said one father.
The 43-year-old, who declined to be named as he is a teacher himself, explained that his daughter was too nervous to study the night before.
He said: "My wife and I told her to read something light instead, but she was still very anxious."
He was not the only parent who took a more relaxed approach.
Another father said he just made sure his child "didn't break down", while a mother said she did not prepare her child at all for the exams as "she is too young" for stress.
Mr Shawn Tan, 40, a general manager, said that his child has been preparing for the past six months with revision exercises, so he did not want to add to the strain.