Swakop Grade 1s welcomed with sugar cones

SWEET WELCOME … Grade 1s at Private School Swakopmund were yesterday welcomed with colourful sugar cones.

Private School Swakopmund (PSS) yesterday kicked off the academic year for Grade 1 pupils with the German tradition of ‘Zuckertüte’ (sugar cones).

This involves giving children starting school a cone-shaped paper or carboard container filled with toys, stationery, and sweets.

The tradition is popular among both German and English-stream pupils at the school.

The school welcomed 36 Grade 1 pupils this year, school director Hein Daiber says.

Adrian van Rhyn, one of the pupils, was more excited about opening his sugar cone than the 12 years of school ahead of him.

The Zuckertüte tradition, which started in 1810, is followed by mostly German schools in Namibia.

“The Zuckertüte tradition is a fun way to celebrate the start of a new school year and helps to ease the anxiety of children starting school for the first time.

“It is a great way to welcome new pupils and make them feel special on their first day of school,” Daiber says.

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