Back to school - Have you got everything?


Jan 23, 2019

Switching back into school (and work) mode after the summer holiday break may seem a little daunting, but there are some simple steps you can take to help make the transition easier.

Here are just a few handy tips before school goes back in session:

#1. Supplies

Has the mere thought of heading back to school got your head in a spin? Don’t worry, there are plenty of shopping options if you need to get any last-minute supplies. From storage-giant IKEA to Officeworks, and extensive range of specialty stores at Westfield North Lakes, you’re sure to find everything you need.

Check your school’s Facebook page or website for uniform shop trading hours, as these are also generally back up and running in the New Year.

#2. Labels

You’ve bought the fancy new lunchbox and drink bottle, so the last thing you want is for them to end up a casualty of the dreaded Lost Property Box (let’s not even mention that elusive school jumper that you’re still waiting to turn up from last winter).

There are many simple and effective ways to label your children’s school supplies that won’t hurt the hip pocket.

  • Laundry marker – They’re cheap, easy to find at your local supermarket, and won’t run or come off easily in the wash
  • Iron-on/sew-on labels – These can be customised and purchased online, and are great for uniforms
  • Plastic/vinyl stick-on labels – Available in a range of fun designs and sizes, these fit everything from books and water bottles, to trickier items like shoes and pencils.

#3. Plan ahead

It may seem like the obvious, but packing the night before can be a real life-saver come ‘jump in the car we’ve got to go!’ time.

Some items (such as cold lunches) may have to wait until the morning, but things like uniforms, library bags and sports gear can be set aside in advance. Make this a part of your daily routine, and get the kids to help!

Perhaps even stick a note on the fridge as a reminder for certain extracurricular days i.e. swimming lessons, sports days, library visit, so you’ll never be caught out.

#4. Creating a study space

When developing good homework habits, it’s important to have a dedicated ‘study space’. We’re not talking about an expensive office set-up – it could be as simple as a clear spot on the kitchen bench, away from the distraction of the television or other devices.

Television and movies might have been a sanity-saver for some parents over the holidays (thank you Netflix for bringing back Harry Potter!), but now that homework is on the agenda, it may be beneficial to set aside some study time. Or perhaps, even just a moment to ask ‘How was your day?’.

#5. Walk, ride, drive

Whether your children walk, ride, take the bus, or a car to school, it’s important to plan ahead for the new school year.

Make sure your children are familiar with the drop-off and pick-up areas (these may be different if they have changed year level or school). Also, be aware of school zones and the reduced speed limits before and after school hours – not just at your school, but those in the neighbourhood.

Find out more

Want more information about study options in the North Lakes area? Check out the study page for everything from libraries and tutoring through to preschool and tertiary education options.