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Photos: Enthusiasm 'through the roof' on first day of school in Burnaby

Taylor Park Elementary School principal Hal Wall's favourite part of the first day back to school is the return of the kids ready to learn, make friends and tell everyone about their new bike.

“There is a level of enthusiasm on the first day that is just through the roof.”

That’s what one Burnaby elementary school principal had to say on the first full day of classes at local schools Wednesday.

The Burnaby school district’s 41 elementary and eight secondary schools welcomed students back for another year.

The NOW was at Taylor Park Elementary in the Edmonds neighbourhood Wednesday morning to capture some back-to-school moments.

For principal Hal Wall, the return of the students is the best part of the first day.

“I have so many students that are grinning ear to ear and talking about, oh, I’m going to join volleyball; I have a new bike; I’m so excited to see my new friends,” he told the NOW. “They’re excited to see their old friends, to meet new friends, to learn new things, to stretch themselves.”

The district expected to welcome about 25,687 regular kindergarten-to-Grade 12 students and 825 international students this year, according to enrolment estimates included in a preliminary budget presentation in April.

That number will be updated toward the end of October, once school officials determine how many kids actually showed up at local schools this month, according to the school district.

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