SEOUL, March 2 (Korea Bizwire) – Even though the first day of school is already special and exciting, the number of schools offering unique ceremonies is increasing, making the day even more meaningful for new students.
A school on Jeju Island, famous for its horses, had a special entrance ceremony for the eight children who entered elementary school today.
The eight new students at Siheung Elementary school in Seogwipo entered school riding horses. The children took a tour of their school on horseback.
Some were scared to ride a horse for the first time in their lives, but once they mounted, happy smiles filled their faces.
The horses were guided by elder students from the school’s equestrian club.
Parents were very pleased, as their children had the opportunity to experience something very special.
Other schools celebrated the occasion by reading books.
More than 50 junior-high and high schools in Gangwon Province held ‘book reading’ entrance ceremonies.
Principals at the participating schools read books to the new students, and students, parents and teachers all made a promise to read more books.
The new students were presented with notebooks to track their reading progress, and guidelines on book clubs.
Among the 279 schools in the province, 18 percent had ‘book reading’ entrance ceremonies. The events were first started in 2013 by the education office of Gangwon Province.
Officials commented that the event was meaningful as it offered a chance for students to read more. They added that the ceremonies have helped to create and spread a ‘book reading culture’ among students, parents and teachers.
By M.H.Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org)