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My eldest DD will be starting high school next year, need some help with some non-book list shopping items.

- Lunch box? Do high school kids take these?  If so, what type?  I don't remember bringing food, just buying from the tuckshop.

- School bag - it's a state school, so the school bag is only optional, and you can bring your own style of back pack.  I know a while ago the Fjall Raven backpacks were fashionable, is this still the case?

We're going through the school BYOD system, so all sorted for a laptop.  There's a text book hire scheme, and we'll be using this as well.  

She will be catching the bus home, how does your child keep their bus pass safe?  I was thinking maybe a lanyard, or just put it in wallet.

Any thing else you got your starting highschool kid that they liked?

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CrankyM

Lunch: I bought a packIt freezable bag that you can put a variety of containers in. It folds flat to put in the freezer. My boy will take his usual lunch though he is excited to finally have access to a canteen so that will be once a week. I guess lunch wise it depends on the kid. I know highschool kids who take lunch and others who might only take an apple. My kid is fairly specific on what he will eat  

bag: not sure really. We will go a standard hard wearing bag. I never buy brand specific and prefer ones that last  if they are taking a BYOD be aware it needs to fit  probably a separate pocket for a device, even if the device is in a slip/own bag would be better to prevent accidental leakage

buss pass - we don’t have to deal with this so no idea

Other things we are buying is a hat! They don’t “have” to wear a hat or have a set hat but mine will be taking a Broad brimmed hat

The rest is basically the required stuff, aka uniform, stationary etc. 

 

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seayork2002

DS takes a soft small esky bag with snacks and a sandwich size container in it, he used to use a flat freezer brick but says it makes the sandwich go soggy, he still takes a metal drink bottle

His bus pass is in his phone case

We got the school book back and have used about 10% of it

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Bag, DH has laptop backpack but he did not care what one, he just went with what we chose (that boy does not do shopping well, just whines 'just get whatever!')

he has a wallet for snack money

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Tinky Winky Woo

Mine still takes a lunch box and water bottle

Back pack is something the kids need to choose if it's not a compulsory bag.

Hat

Bus pass goes into a card wallet that is literally just a card size wallet that the pass slips into.  Don't even need to remove the card to scan it.

Personal and refillable sanitiser bottle.  Plus sunscreen.

 

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Hon Lady Monteagle

Bag - had to be hard wearing and with a well padded laptop pocket.  No brand considerations here (naive kiddo, doesn't care), just comfy straps and with handy front pockets for wallet & phone ... & face mask...

Lunch - got to a very specific understanding, basically just a sandwich most days

Bus pass - got him a "grown up" wallet for bus pass, money for sports, school sports bus pass

Drink bottle - actually had to get a smaller one, because his bag is so full of stuff (books, PE kit, laptop) that it's already really heavy every day

Face mask!  Cloth, plain colour, in a ziplock bag, for the train.

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hills mum bec

My high school kids have always taken the zip up insulated type lunch boxes to school.  As plain as possible, something like this:

https://www.kmart.com.au/product/black-insulated-cold-box-lunch-bag/2264382

Drink bottle.  Just about every teenager I know uses a Nike drink bottle like this:

https://www.rebelsport.com.au/p/nike-sport-600ml-water-bottle-M529445.html?dwvar_M529445_color=Pink&cgid=REB071601

School bags have always been surf brands.  DS always preferred Billabong.  DD likes Roxy but she currently has a Volcom bag and has lasted a lot longer than her last Roxy bag.  Make sure they are big enough to hold a lap top with a padded case.

My kids catch a dedicated school bus so don't need a bus pass but DD keeps her student ID in her phone case.

Does your school have a strict school shoe policy?  At ours the kids can wear any shoe so long as it is enclosed black leather, does not have to be a school style of shoe.  Most of the kids wear skate type shoes.  DD wears black leather Converse.

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dadwasathome

DS17 has used the same lunchbox and waterbottle throughout high school. We did buy him a school specific backpack, but he reverted to the black Billabong we bought him in yr6 once the high school one wore out.

He's always carried a velcro "surf" style wallet for his bus passes (school and non-school opal) as well his ID. Now bank card too. It's got a key loop, so that's where his house key and sometimes his USB stick has been .

Both boys have preferred having separate school shoes and runners for high school. SOme prac classes require fully enclosed leather, so sports shoes don't cut it.

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solongandthanksfor

My parents gave me something like $100 for me to figure out how best to buy school stuff. Saves them time buying for me and encouraged me to grow up.

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BusbyWilkes

Bag wise I think it depends on the school (but def not the school branded one IME!) My kids are at a govt school that has specialist sport programs, so Nike or Adidas are most popular there. 

No lunch boxes here either. They either take food in Tupperware type containers or sometimes prepackaged snacks/canteen. One now ears a bigger brecky and afternoon tea and generally doesn’t take lunch.

Does your DD have a phone? Ours carry the bus pass in their phone case - apparently it can still scan like this. Saves carrying/looking after another separate thing.

Shoes and socks are also *important* to the teenagers we know.

If your DD is conscious of or worried about what she takes, perhaps do a drive by one afternoon when school finishes to check out the variation of bags/shoes on display! I’m sure some will say that none of that matters, but it does for some kids (and is one thing you can do to make the transition easier for them). 

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jkate_
7 hours ago, hills mum bec said:

 

Drink bottle.  Just about every teenager I know uses a Nike drink bottle like this:

https://www.rebelsport.com.au/p/nike-sport-600ml-water-bottle-M529445.html?dwvar_M529445_color=Pink&cgid=REB071601

 

You're not wrong on that drink bottle!  If it's not the Nike one it's a metal walled one from Kmart etc.

From my observations (I work relief in two high schools) its a 33/33/33 split between sports brands, surf brands and sturdy laptop bags (High Sierra etc).  I'd recommend bags with a few smaller pockets (definitely not the Fjallraven) as it seems that from Year 8 onwards kids refuse to bring pencil cases and just shove a Bic 4 colour pen in their bag (if we're lucky).  With some smaller pockets she can also keep sanitary items, tissues, deodorant etc hidden but accessible if needed.

See if you can get a hand sanitiser on a Caribena clip and refill as needed.  Most kids have these now and lots did even prior to Covid.

Lunch I'd still buy an insulated bag but also get a few smaller containers that they can put cut fruit/crackers etc in.  Lots of kids stop wanting sandwiches and prefer snacky type foods.  

Hold off on buying stuff though until orientation, your DD will get an idea from there as to what she wants.  

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BeAwesome
16 hours ago, BusbyWilkes said:

Bag wise I think it depends on the school (but def not the school branded one IME!) My kids are at a govt school that has specialist sport programs, so Nike or Adidas are most popular there. 

No lunch boxes here either. They either take food in Tupperware type containers or sometimes prepackaged snacks/canteen. One now ears a bigger brecky and afternoon tea and generally doesn’t take lunch.

Does your DD have a phone? Ours carry the bus pass in their phone case - apparently it can still scan like this. Saves carrying/looking after another separate thing.

Shoes and socks are also *important* to the teenagers we know.

If your DD is conscious of or worried about what she takes, perhaps do a drive by one afternoon when school finishes to check out the variation of bags/shoes on display! I’m sure some will say that none of that matters, but it does for some kids (and is one thing you can do to make the transition easier for them). 

DD is very artistic / fashion conscious, so she is one of the kids that it matters to.  She's moving out of a small Catholic school to a  large public school, all her peers are staying in the Catholic system.  She's been in a cohort where she hasn't really fit in, and is desperate to make some like-minded friends.

She has a mobile, I like the idea of putting the bus pass with the phone case.  She's had preferred school shoes for the last couple of years, the chunkiest formal shoes she can get away with, but rolls her eyes at sports branded socks and wants the plain ones.  

Both her and her younger sister have been using those Nike bottles, I might just replace the current one that's looking a bit rough.

She uses a Yumbox right now, she tends to snack on various things rather than have a sandwich, so we'll prob go with the insulated bag option.

 

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kerilyntaryn

Everytime I see this thread pop up,  I think,  please do not put any drinks of any form in with textbooks or library books.  I've seen way too many come back with mould and water damage and funky smells

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seayork2002
6 minutes ago, kerilyntaryn said:

Everytime I see this thread pop up,  I think,  please do not put any drinks of any form in with textbooks or library books.  I've seen way too many come back with mould and water damage and funky smells

Yeah, his bag drives me crazy because of the pockets but it is handy to have a separate bit to put the water bottle

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pinkflamingo

I'll be buying the school bag, seems to be a consensus, however what sold me was that the bag comes with a 10yr warranty on zips and any wear and tear issues, for $75 I thought that was reasonable, compared to buying a new bag each year as I would also go a more hardy bag. This is also a state school, so might be worth checking with the uniform supplier if they offer the same.

Sorry, also, if they don't get the school bag, it has to be a bag of similar colour, so options are limited.

I've worked out we will be forking out nearly $300 for uniforms alone, not including shoes!

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LadyGreyTea

DS is not yet in highschool but still brings a lunchbox, but Im surprised if teenagers these days carry lunch boxes at all, cause when I was in highschool in the early - late 00's, students mostly brought a squashed sandwich straight out of the schoolbag (or got lunch from the canteen), a can of softdrink, and containers were only used for cut up fruit/crackers/cheese.

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nom_de_plume

Lunch box - we used the same ones as primary school https://www.nudefoodmovers.com.au/product/rubbish-free-lunch-box/ 

Drink bottle - also the same as primary school. We use the Nike bottles that you can buy at a heap of places.

Bag - DS is at a public school and we bought the uniform school bag. It's sturdy, endorsed by the Australian Physiotherapy Association and has a padded pocket for their device.

Bus pass - DS keeps his Myki card in his wallet but I think he actually uses the app on his phone. 

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Lees75

My kids have to use the school branded bags, etc.

Drink bottles - either the Nike or Camel ones.

Lunch box - DD13 has just kept using her pink lunch box from primary school - those decor ones with the freezable flat water bottle that sits on the top. I think they are indestructible. My mum still has mine and my brother's from our high school days!  DD16 can't find a lunch box big enough for all the food he takes to school, so he takes a muffin/cupcake/cake container- lol!

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barrington
10 hours ago, LadyGreyTea said:

DS is not yet in highschool but still brings a lunchbox, but Im surprised if teenagers these days carry lunch boxes at all, cause when I was in highschool in the early - late 00's, students mostly brought a squashed sandwich straight out of the schoolbag (or got lunch from the canteen), a can of softdrink, and containers were only used for cut up fruit/crackers/cheese.

DS is in year 10 and still brings a lunchbox to school everyday.  As do all his friends.  The trend seems to be more of a esky type in senior for the boys when I see them walking into the school.  

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~Jolly_F~

My high school kids picked their own lunchboxes and bags.

The lunchboxes are cheap bento style ones. Sistema I think. 

The bags do have laptop compartments but they also have small laptop bags with a strap, as they prefer not to use their backpacks for their laptops and they are allowed to carry laptop bags with them to class! 

They keep their bus passes in their phone cases. 

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dadwasathome
1 hour ago, barrington said:

DS is in year 10 and still brings a lunchbox to school everyday.  As do all his friends.  The trend seems to be more of a esky type in senior for the boys when I see them walking into the school.  

DS17 finishes yr12 this Friday and has used a lunchbox throughout high school. Smash zip up cooler one, with reuseable containers inside.

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seayork2002

I thought DS would go down the lunch order route more but he still takes he sandwich size box in his cooler bag, only in year 7 so may change his mind in more senior years but for me as a teenager the main lunchbox around was a large décor one so I stopped carrying that in high school I don't remember small individual ones as much back on the olden days lol!

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Sentient Puddle

DD used to take that exact same Nike drink bottle until one day it flooded her bag and locker as it was placed in such a way that there was some pressure on the spout and water ended up everywhere!  She now takes an aluminum one with a secure top.   

About half of her year 7 class have the school bag and about half have a surf or Nike type bag.  She wanted the Nike bag and we compromised with an Underarmour bag as it was a padded bag and all the Nike bags werent padded enough and it is "cool" enough for her.  DS is older with a laptop and a dedicated laptop backpack that is very padded.  He loves that laptop like nothing else and even though he is a brand lover he loves his laptop more and wanted the most padded bag we could find to protect it!

They both take the Tupperware larger size sandwich keepers as lunchboxes that we have had for years as it separates the sandwiches from the snacks. 

Getting a lunch order at their school is also fraught as it is a very big school and can sometimes take most of lunchtime to get through the canteen line to get lunch, so they pack a sandwich just in case on those days they take money as well.

 

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