It’s that time of year again … Back to school! As we wind down from holidays and get ready to start the new school year, there’s usually a mix of excitement and nerves for both parents and kids. We’ve got some tips and ideas to help make getting ready for back to school a little easier.

1. School Bag Checklist

We all know the basic items that need to make their way into the kids school bags every morning, but after being a bit out of routine these items can be easily forgotten by the kids. To make sure the kids don’t forget create a checklist that they can check every day. Naturally the list will vary between primary and high school students but here’s a few examples of  what might be on the list:

  • Lunch box
  • Drink bottle
  • Reader pouch
  • Library books (and the day they need to be taken to school)
  • Pencil case
  • Books
  • Digital device
  • Sports uniform (and the day it needs to be taken to school)
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat

If you need some new school supplies  pop by Thrift Park Sub News or Woolworths to pick up the last-minute essentials.

2. Lunch box ideas

If your child gets bored with their lunch quickly or is up for trying something new, then you’ll enjoy these lunchbox ideas from Woolworths.

Our top picks out of the Woolworths lunch box ideas are:

  • Nachos Lunch Box
  • Easy Mango Straps
  • Chicken Nugget Wraps

If you’ve got a child who is a bit of a fussy eater, then you might find this list of recipes from Taste quite helpful.

3. Get hair and shoes sorted

While the kids are still on holidays, it’s a great time to pop by Smart Cuts and Color for a fresh new hair cut before starting the new school year  And if last year’s school shoes still fit you can find new laces and polish at S.O.S. Shoe Repairs.

4. Back To School Organisation Tips

  • Before or in the first few weeks of school  don’t forget to pop all the important school dates and events in your diary, family calendar. It sounds simple, but we’ve all forgotten that curriculum day or fundraising day!
  • Make sure everyone in the house knows the new school routine, especially if there are new activities after school too.
  • Making lunches and and packing school bags  in the evening, and laying out uniforms so they’re ready to go, will make the next morning run a lot smoother.
  • If you’re looking for more ways to get organised for back to school, check out this list from Kidspot.


We hope this has given you some ideas for getting  organised for the new school year. To keep up to date with our latest news, giveaways and more, follow us on Facebook.