A painting of teenage schoolboys fills the screen, and we hear the noises of a muffled voices and movement.
The camera pans down to an adolescent boy in a school cap and jacket.
His mother lovingly adjusts his tie and reminds him to keep his shoulders back.
Yup: it's that time again. The first day of school.
Another older student opens a case and begins to assemble bagpipes while the new boys get their photographs taken.
We see a candle being lit and bagpipes sounding; a ceremony begins. Older students march into a church filled with young students, holding banners with the four pillars of the school: "Tradition," "Discipline," "Honor" and "Excellence."
As the procession ends, the new students hold candles representing the "light of knowledge," and headmaster Nolan takes his place at the altar to welcome the students.
We see, in the crowd, Neil Perry and his father, both looking serious.
Headmaster Nolan is also very serious. Learning is no joking matter at this school.
He emphasizes the four pillars and the excellent reputation of the school, and does his best to intimidate the new students.
He also announces a new teacher of English, Mr. Keating, who stands.
The students and parents murmur and crane their necks to get a look at him.