It was the first day of school today. Kids across the region reunited with their friends, and met their new teachers.

École Ste-Marguerite Bourgeoys student Maddyn Hughes started grade 5 today.

"I'm excited, and nervous because there are a lot of new kids in our school. I'm also excited to see all my friends," she said.

Fellow grade 5 student Addison Spak is looking forward to the new year.

"I'm looking forward to learning different stuff and to try new opportunities," she said.

Over at St Thomas Aquinas High School, Dominique Novelli was happy to be starting his first day of grade 12.

"I'm looking forward to some sports and seeing all my friends, and getting ready for university," he said.

He offered some advice to kids going into grade 7.

"Get involved as much as you can. High school just flies by, especially grades 9 to 12. It just goes by so fast. It's important to just make as many memories as you can, spend some time with your friends, and get involved," he said

All the KCDSB elementary schools welcomed back students with a Chalk on the Block event, and at St Thomas Aquinas staff held Pep on the Step to start off the new school year on the right foot.

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