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#1 funandlaughter

Posted 26 December 2012 - 10:47 AM

My DD1 will be starting big school in 2013.

I have got uniforms and hat, school and library bag, lunch bag and drink bottle.

Just a few little questions though:

Stick on Name Labels - What site do you recommend to buy them from?

School Shoes - Any particular brands better or worse then others? Do you find it better to buy shoes from  athletes foot etc and they last longer or just get them from target or big w?

Hair Accessories - I would like to get some school hair bands and headbands. Does anyone know where I can buy them online?

And what do you pack in their school bags each day? just lunch bag, hat, drink bottle and spare change of clothes? any other things that I am missing?

#2 CharliMarley

Posted 26 December 2012 - 10:52 AM

Have a look on ebay - they seem to sell everything on that web-site.

#3 Expelliarmus

Posted 26 December 2012 - 10:52 AM

Stuck on You is good for name labels.

Target and Big W school shoes are rubbish I would get good quality ones and unless 'school shoes' are specified and a sports uniform worn, please consider shoes suitable for running and not black lace ups as they are impractical for daily physical sport.

The hair accessories are available in target etc, so you could try there online.

#4 Julie3Girls

Posted 26 December 2012 - 11:15 AM

Labels .. I bought some from identity direct. But with a lot of stuff, I use a black permanent marker. Works better, doesn't peel off, if it washes off I just rewrite it.

School shoes .. some of the "proper school shoes" actually have more flexibility in them these days, and are fine for general PE/running around the playground. I do put them in proper joggers on sport day. I get Lynx brand for my girls, mainly because they went the smallest in size, and my girls started school in size 8 shoes original.gif

Hair accessories - places like Lowes and best and Less have hair bands in the standard school colours (plain black, gold, burgandy, bottle green and navy). I also find these days there are heaps of "mum-type" businesses which sell hair accessoriesand will often do school colours for their local schools. There are several around here - one stocks some of her stuff at the local hairdresser, another actually sells through the school uniform shop.

Stuff in the school bag - lunch box, drink bottle, hat, and spare undies in the front pocket.  I never bothered with a complete change of clothes - accidents were very rare with my girls, and the school keeps a lot of change of clothes.
Oh, and communication book also went in the bag every day.  
But the school will let you know what else needs to come and go from school. Eg, what day the library day is etc.

#5 mumto3princesses

Posted 26 December 2012 - 11:41 AM

I have tried cheaper shoes and we did ok last year but this year they were rubbish. I think if you want to go with the cheaper end of school shoes then I would only look at grobys. I have decided to go back to Clarks now as I found if I get them fitted properly then they usually last all year which is much better than trying to find replacements when they are pretty limited at the shops.

Name labels. I like Identity direct the best but they are more $$. Other than that Bright Star kids are pretty good too. For clothes though I do a sharpie marking pen.

Hair accessories are everywhere. Target, kmart, big w, lowes and even our local chemist and junky type shops sell the local school colours.

A spare hat saves tears just in case a hat gets lost at recess and doesn't get found by lunch time.

#6 FeralBob!

Posted 26 December 2012 - 11:51 AM

Don't get cheap shoes, remember your kids  have growing feet and school shoes should be fitted correctly - your kids will spend a lot of time in them so they really should be comfortable.

Our school likes kids to bring their lunch, drink bottle, jumper and raincoat/poncho with them every day. Most schools will have a change of clothes if needed.

#7 msro82

Posted 26 December 2012 - 11:57 AM

Labels - I like brightstar kids (15% off storewide today)

Shoes - DD is in Prep so first proper year of school. I purchased some clarks the other day from williams. They have quite flexible soles so for basic running around they will be fine. She will wear sneakers on sports day once a week. As someone said to me they spend 4 full days in school shoes, they need to be supportive and comfortable. I also liked the look of the lynx shoes.

I have purchased clip in bows and they do headbands and lots of different things from a online bow business. If you would like the specific name just PM me. I have purchased from them several times and always perfect! Bands I just get at the chemist or big w.

DD takes lunchbox, drink bottle, hat, spray jacket (in case of light rain), spare undies and socks, library bag when required. That's about it I think!

I totally agree have two school hats, nothing worse than trying to find a hat when you are running late! We have always had two and its been great.

#8 mumto3princesses

Posted 26 December 2012 - 12:18 PM

Our school usually has a meet the teacher evening about the 2nd or 3rd week of school where they will go through specific needs for each class. Like which days they have PE and need sports shoes and library etc. Then certain teachers prefer certain types of books or folders etc.

I strongly suggest having a trial run of the school bag with a lunch and ice brick plus drink in it. Something I will never forget when my twins started school a few years back. Second day of school they lined up where they were told to when the bell rang and I put DD#2's bag on her back and she fell backwards against me and DD3 struggled too. I went out and bought them new lighter bags that day. I was later told that yes, there was quite a few little turtles! The little ones fell backwards and were stuck like a turtle laying backwards on its shell.

#9 librablonde

Posted 26 December 2012 - 12:26 PM

Shoes- I bought school shoes for DD and DS in Kinder and Prep from K-Mart. They were utter crap and fell apart about 4 months into the year. I had to buy DD 3 pairs of shoes during her Kinder year!! Both kids kept scuffing the toes off their shoes and creating actual holes. Also, the velcro straps fell apart, a buckle broke off and DS's cheapie school boots wore entirely through the sole. For Grade 1-2 for DD I bought her expensive Roc brand lace up shoes and they've lasted 12 months for each year. No broken velcro or buckles, toes are heavily scuffed but the leather is thick so can be just polished to look reasonable again. I now believe well-made shoes are totally worth the time and money of purchasing them.

#10 Beanbag Warrior

Posted 26 December 2012 - 12:31 PM

Please, if she can't do up shoelaces, buy her velcros or buckles!

Bane of my existence, little kids with undone shoelaces who can't do them up themselves.  And it doesn't matter how many times you double-knot them, kids have an uncanny ability to have them come undone.

Leave your shoelaced shoes for practicing on at home!

#11 Funwith3

Posted 26 December 2012 - 12:33 PM

Something you might like to do - I pack a little pack of wipes in DDs school bag in case she needs it after eating (I cannot stand messy faces) and also a roll on sunscreen. My daughter also gets very dry lips and dry skin on her face so she has her own little pawpaw balm in her bag.

Shoes...I always get the best.

#12 beaglebaby

Posted 26 December 2012 - 12:34 PM

Another vote for Brightstarkids labels, their iron ones last really well.

For shoes I've found some of the "school" sports shoes from places like Betts or even Athletes Foot don't last much longer than Kmart or Target - so I now buy proper sports shoes, usually from Rebel.  Asics and Nike last well (and there are some good sales at this time of year) and even their own brand that come in black or white for school have lasted a couple of terms.

Finding sandals suitable for school however is another issue entirely!

#13 Expelliarmus

Posted 26 December 2012 - 12:37 PM

Even on days they don't have sport, please consider the flexible soled shoes in lieu of traditional styles I see a lot of kids in stiff lace up shoes or flimsy sandals and they are unsafe on the playground and find it difficult to run around the playground at recess and lunch.

Airflex are quite good.

#14 funandlaughter

Posted 26 December 2012 - 12:38 PM

Thankyou so much for your advice ladies.

EB is just so valuable... I was leaning towards buying the cheaper school shoes but will now look into getting a good pair... are clarks from mathers? what are athletes foot shoes like?

oh and no laces for us as yet as she cant tie them

#15 baddmammajamma

Posted 26 December 2012 - 12:38 PM

We are big fans of Clarks shoes (the velcro Mary Jane style). Easy to put on/take off, and not quite as awful looking as the clunky lace up kind.

Another thing you might add to your purchase list is a very distinctive backpack decoration (key chain or little dangling object) that will make it extra easy for your daughter to spot her school bag.

Hope she loves school!

#16 mumto3princesses

Posted 26 December 2012 - 12:48 PM

You can get clarks at quite a few places.

Not sure about Mathers as I haven't gone there since they sold me another brand shoe when DD#1 was in Year 1 too many years ago to think about and they were badly fitted. Cut up her feet pretty badly but when I took her back they refunded and apologised. But that was probably only that store and that sales person not Mathers itself. Just can't go there after that.

I usually go to Shoes and Socks for our shoes but I know you can get them at David Jones and Myer.

#17 Blueblue

Posted 26 December 2012 - 12:55 PM

some advice "skimp on everything else but shoes"

#18 i-candi

Posted 26 December 2012 - 01:00 PM

We always buy Ascent from Athletes Foot. They last and the kids podiatrist said they are a good brand. He did say Roc are a good cheaper alternative but a little heavier.

I had a bad experience with Clarkes falling apart in term one. I even tried the cheapest from Kmart  or target and they lasted a day! Dd is hard on her shoes !

Starting school is fun ! I love uniform shopping. DS is going into second year high school at a different school so get to buy everything all over again ! Yippie not, fun but expensive

Eta got name of shoe wrong

Edited by i-candi, 26 December 2012 - 03:31 PM.


#19 Ritaroo

Posted 26 December 2012 - 01:22 PM

QUOTE (Blueblue @ 26/12/2012, 12:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
some advice "skimp on everything else but shoes"


Have to disagree. Cheap pencils and glue is a waste of time. The pencils just break all the time and the glue doesn't stick. It is a pain when students bring in those things from the cheap shop, I just end up buying some for them.

#20 cinnabubble

Posted 26 December 2012 - 01:34 PM

We got Ecco mary janes for FYOS. They are expensive (like $110) but they lasted her all year. A really worthwhile investment.

#21 mindy05

Posted 26 December 2012 - 01:52 PM

If you buy one pair of school shoes from Myer, I think you can get a second pair at a discount. This means you can get your everyday shoes and a pair of sneakers.

#22 Monket

Posted 26 December 2012 - 02:13 PM

I got DS black Nike runners last year and they are still in perfect condition.  I will probably buy the same for DD, although they aren't particularly girly they will be comfortable.

#23 gizboo

Posted 26 December 2012 - 03:19 PM

We get Ascent school shoes from Athletes Foot, they are great.

I get DD1's school hair accessories from a Facebook store, she does corkers, bows, woven hairbands in any colours. Happy to share details, just PM.

#24 lovedupmumma

Posted 26 December 2012 - 03:27 PM

Go the velcro shoes as others have suggested.

In addition to what you have listed in the schoolbag I'd pack a raincoat.

I wouldn't worry about a whole change of clothes, just a couple of pairs of spare undies.

#25 i-candi

Posted 26 December 2012 - 03:36 PM

Please send at least bottom half of uniform in ie shorts/ skirts. It's amazing how many spare clothes you giveaway, most don't bother returning them!

Our spare uniforms come from the second hand stall, some may not have been washed so be prepared for that if you don't send in spare uniforms. The spare doesn't need to be the proper uniform but can be the generic colours from big W.




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