Starting school or returning after the summer break can be a daunting and emotionally charged time for parents and students alike.  There’s the great unknown, new surroundings and change of routine to adjust to, not to mention the endless preparation involved to make sure they’re ready to go on their first day!
This year our family had a school returner (year 1), a new beginner (prep) and a first timer (kindergarten) leave the nest. Between the three boys, our ‘to-do list’ in the final few weeks of January was quite extensive. Uniform fittings, classroom materials, stationery, lunchboxes, backpacks, levy’s, labeling… get the gist! 

My first stop was Officeworks, our preferred one-stop-shop for Back to School. 

Why do I shop at Officeworks? Apart from their great selection and competitive prices, what impresses me most about Officeworks is their sense of social responsibility and commitment to community projects. Did you know that Officeworks conducts a Back to School Appeal every year to collect valuable funds for disadvantaged kids through The Smith Family?

They are also the exclusive stockest of Yoobi – a new school supply brand with a concise - that for every item sold will donate an item to school packs for children in need.  So by shopping at Officeworks I know my dollar is going that little bit further to not only help my own kids reach their full potential but also help those in need. 

I took my 6, 5 and (regretfully) 3 year old with me so that they could assist in the selection of products and build excitement about the year of schooling ahead. Each armed with their booklist and Class Resource list, we made our way through the aisles of pencil case essentials, exercise books, filing products, data storage, furniture and lunch boxes. The kids got a real buzz and sense of ownership out of selecting their individual items in-store. However for time poor parents, Officeworks also offers a free School List Service, where parents can drop off their child’s school book list to their local Officeworks or online and a team member packs it and notifies you when ready to pick up. It’s also reassuring to know that Officeworks offer a Parents Price Promise until February 5 – which means if you find an identical stocked item on a quoted school list at a lower price, they will beat it by 20%!

Once home, the boys literally couldn’t wait to test out their new materials.
Key items in our shopping bag include:

·      Pencils: Milan Fibrebox Colour Pencils 24 Pack $16.98

·      Scissors: Marbig Comfort Grip Scissors $0.88

·      Glue stick: Bostik Blu Stik 21g $2.48

·      Pencil case: Powell Pencil Case Numb Skulls $5.00

·      Notebook: Keep Calm and Study Hard 64p Exercise Book $1.25

·    Scrapbook: Studymate Mega Monster Premium Scrapbook $0.68

·      Highlighter: Colourhide Highlighters 4 Pack $5.49

·      Lead Pencils: Staedtler Tradition Graphite Pencil HB $0.52

·    Sharpener: Studymate Metal Wedge Sharpener Double Hole $0.99


They insisted on doing some “work” straight away to test out their products, so I let them run with their imagination and create whatever they wished.
It was very refreshing to see them so keen to sit down and get busy. Having three young active sons, craft sessions at our place don’t usually last too long (if in fact even get off the ground!) as they’d rather be active outdoors. It just goes to show, with the right materials, any mind can be engaged and inspired to ‘Let Their Amazing Out.’ Which brings me to the Officeworks ‘Growing Minds’ free smartphone app, a series of fun cognitive learning games kids can play in those final few days of school holidays to get their minds ticking before heading back to the books! It proved to be a big hit with my boys.

So if still in need of last minute resources, I strongly recommend a stop over at Officeworks, with 157 stores nationally and extended trading hours, you’re bound to find what you need in record time.
Happy Shopping!
C x

LifestyleCarla RodanComment