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Posted 15 December 2010 - 03:06 PM
Well not long till all the new school starters begin a new adventure am sure over the next 6 weeks there will be much hustle bustle getting organized so a good time to start a new thread.
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 07:15 PM
Well I guess I'll go first then? Hehehehe!
My DD1 (Jade) starts big school on February 7th! She is going to our local public school, and is RATHER excited!!
She just finished a year of pre-school there ( but only 2.5 hours a day)...
Now I want the school holidays to go quickly, and for her to start
Posted 24 December 2010 - 06:27 PM
I'll join in!
DD only finished up at CC (pre-school program) yesterday, and I'm also hanging for school holidays to be over!
Ava starts 'big school' on Tues, Feb 1, for 3 half days while they finalise the (3) classes, then her first full day is the Friday.
A is also VERY excited!! I'm just a tiny bit nervous... lol
We've decided to go with the local Catholic College, school uniforms/bags/sports shoes have all been bought. Just waiting for the Jan sales to buy some school shoes, and we are set!!
Just 38 more sleeps!!
Hope everyone has a lovely Christmas!
Posted 24 December 2010 - 07:39 PM
Edited by tash343, 17 December 2011 - 05:27 PM.
Posted 28 December 2010 - 10:39 AM
DD is starting her first day on the first Wednesday in February. I think she is so ready and looking forward to it but I am a bit nervous I must say. I am sure she will be fine but I worry about getting all the tools/unidforms right for each day aargh!
I have the uniform all together except the shoes. I will probably get those early-mid Jan so she can wear them around the house and break them in but am concerned she will grow out of them too quickly then. When is everyone else getting shoes organised? I also need to go through the list of specific pencils etc and do a shop with her closer to the start date.
Posted 28 December 2010 - 11:46 AM
My DD is starting her first day on Thursday 27 January. The Thurs & Fri she only goes for 3 hours (9am-12pm), and then starts full day (8.15am-2.35pm) on the following Monday.
DD (and her brothers who are going into Year 1) are all attending our local Catholic School. We are heading there late next week when the office staff get back from holidays to get the uniforms sorted and pay fees. I also need to grab the book/stationery list so we can go shopping!
Lu-bell - I have been checking out Lasoo and am going to take the kids to Mathers/Williams when they have their Fusion School Shoes Sale. I remember last year I got the boys Clarks shoes - one for full price and the second pair 50% off. Since i need to buy each child a pair of school shoes, plus sport shoes I will be happy to save $$:)
We are going to get their school bags / lunch bags / drink bottles etc closer to the start of school when they have the "back to school" sales.
Posted 29 December 2010 - 09:01 AM
I will join in too! My DD starts prep here in QLD on Monday 24th January. Whilst she is excited about her new venture, she is also very nervous - A big change for them. She has been in kindy/childcare but has to change that for ASC too - so all a new and different world for her. We have uniforms, bag, lunch box etc so need to get started on book list and then some shoes and we are all set to go! Not too much longer, can't believe how quickly it is approaching.
Posted 29 December 2010 - 09:13 AM
Shoes, we ended up picking up yesterday.
Bit earlier than planned but Myer had a sale on Gro-Shu (made by Clarks, full leather upper & lining in a velcro MaryJane style for $52.) We were going to buy Ascents from Athletes foot for double that price, but also worried about her growing out of them too fast. (DD will be 5 in March 2011' and already a sz1 ) so figure at that price we could buy another pair mid year if need be. Will check a week or so before school starts on fit, but they look pretty right with lots of room, and there is a removable multi fit sole.
Will be keeping an eye out during the Jan sales though, to scope out when the best time to buy shoes for the next school year when we'll have two in school! Scary exciting times ahead!
Posted 29 December 2010 - 09:19 AM
Add me here - My Tyler starts in 2011. He completed a year of preschool attached to the school ( 9 - 2:30) and is now more then ready.
Was in Best and less yesterday and thought id have a look at the shorts but they dont have the ones i like best and actually there was only one choice and not in a tiny lil waist size!!!!!!
So mums of Boys - if not B&L where to get itty bitty grey shorts?? Ill be checking Big w later on in the holidays.
Posted 29 December 2010 - 09:20 AM
Another mother joining in!
My daughter (pictured below) will be starting on February 1st at a local private school. When she was diagnosed 2+ years ago, one of our main goals was to prepare her well for the big transition to mainstream school. We are so proud that she is almost there!
She spent several weeks at the end of this year doing a one day/week overlap with the prep/kindergarten class and really loved it! She also did an entire year of a weekly school readiness program. Special needs or not, she is uber-prepared.
She is going to be initially anchored in the prep/kindergarten class but will do some subject matter acceleration from the get-go in a few core subjects. She is particularly excited about the chance to learn French.
I think I am going to be a blubbering mess on the first day of school.
Posted 29 December 2010 - 06:33 PM
baddmammajamma - I was a blubbering mess this year when the boys started school, and next year when DD starts I will be even worse I think because she is my baby!
strawberryfire - My boys got size 4 shorts from their school last year - so your school might have them? IF you need smaller check EBAY. I was looking on there, and it is amazing how many plain school shorts/skorts are on there.
Posted 29 December 2010 - 07:53 PM
eekk thanks for reminding me about the skorts. We bought ours at the school with the uniforms but for my little miss the size 4 (and smallest they go) are WAY too big so I need to do some adjusting! Best get my butt into gear.
looked at shoes today but decision not made yet - will keep on searching - plan on buying in next few weeks!
Posted 30 December 2010 - 07:35 AM
I can't believe how close it is and the closer it is the more teary I get. Shes just to little to be starting school. We have everything except shoes, we have to have velcro leather upper sneaker type shoes. My mum has offered to buy them and I have seen a pair of New Balance ones in Athletes Foot which look good so we will go look at them in the next couple of weeks. My DS is also starting two days in daycare so I can pick up some work so that has also made me a bit teary, I don't have babies anymore
Posted 30 December 2010 - 10:55 PM
Thanks for the hints — I had forgotten ebay. The school does not have them that small, sadly.
Ive been bugging dh about how he had to put in for the first off as soon as he got back to work. ANd he replied that he didn't think it was that important since he did the p/s there this year.
Excuse me I dont bloomin think so!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Needless to say he is now going to get the first off as soon as his work opens back.
How could you want to miss the sweet lil guy all done up with his nearly too big for him school bag on his back, and his shinny shoes and nicely done hair?
Far to cute to miss and now im getting emotional.
Posted 01 January 2011 - 04:41 AM
My DS#2 starts this year too. He's been ready for nearly 12 months now so was not impressed to find out he has to wait til Feb 7th to start. Especially since his big brother gets to go from the 31st Jan. To make matters worse, his first day he doesn't start til 10am! That'll be fun as DS#1 starts at 8.50 so I'll be back and forth all morning.
He has a best start assessment on Wed 2nd. I'll need to speak to the teacher about the literacy component before she starts as he's a self taught reader and already reading chapter books. He was identified at the kinderstart sessions as being one who'll be requiring enrichment sessions for reading rather than just standard like the rest of kinder (apparently there were a few who were all put into the one class to make this easier). I want to make sure they remember that. I certainly don't want him getting lax, rather continuing to be challenged. Otherwise, when he gets to a stage where the work gets more challenging, he won't know what to do.
We don't have to get pencils or books at all. We just pay a fee to the school and they buy the lot up til year 2. Makes life lots easier for me. My first lot of books to buy will be next year for DS#1 when I'm having to get 3 prepped for school. That wasn't such good planning on my part.
He has his uniform all sorted. Just needs to get a bag, lunch box and shoes. Oh, and some socks too as I buy a pack of 5 specifically for school and keep them seperately, with his uniform stuff. Easier to keep track of that way and there can be no complaints about not being able to find any.
His last day of 'pre-school' (at a LDC centre) was on Wednesday. He was disappointed when I told him to put his bag and shoes away as normal. He knows he's getting new ones for school and, at the end of last year when DS#1 finished school, DS#1 was told to put his in the bin. He's very hard on his things though and they were lucky to see the year out. DS#2's are still very much in good condition and can be used for something else. At the very least they can be gifted to vinnies or something.
Strawberryfire - thanks for the reminder. Must get DH to tell his boss he won't be in on DS#2's first day. He went in late for DS#1's first day but he started at 9 so didn't take up so much of the day. Be buggered if he's not going to be there for the others too!!
Edited by cheekymonkey, 01 January 2011 - 04:46 AM.
Posted 01 January 2011 - 01:13 PM
My babies start on Feb 2. Erin is excited but Aimee goes between excitment and tears at not going to preschool anymore. They have their Best Start assesmnet on Jan 31. We have found out they have a few friends in the same class
All I have to get is shoes for the 4 of them, just waiting on Payless to do "buy 1 get 2nd pair half price"
Mini vent - I am so sick of people saying " I bet your counting down the days till they are all at school" NO!!! I'm not. I have friends who are but they have their 1st going. I know I'm going to miss having young ones in the house.
Posted 01 January 2011 - 02:47 PM
Well here we are finally 2011 with my youngest starting school. I'm so excited for him but it's sad as well ending the preschool years.
DS should have no problems with starting school. One of his preschool teachers joked that he'd been ready for the past 4 years. My only worries are how he will cope if the class gets in trouble (tears are the current reaction) and how he'll deal with frustration.
Don't expect too much from Best Start testing. It may be more comprehensive than 2 years ago when DD did it. It is a prescribed test that I suspect gives the govt a baseline to calculate value added data for NAPLAN in yr 3. So like NAPLAN it's fairly limited and quite basic. The teachers will do their own testing to work out where your child is at.
Cheekymonkey DD was the same with reading. Unfortunately the first few years of school aren't great for challenging them further in reading and comprehension. It's all so focused on levels so if a child is well past those levels it's quite difficult. Luckily it's easier to extend in maths and writing. DD is really lucky to be in yr 2 next year in a 2/3/4/5 enrichment class so we're really hoping she gets a chance to work with kids at her level. It' really excellent they are putting advanced readers together but they can still be very different. DD worked with two boys last yr, one testing at about 2 years above grade level, the other 3 yrs above. There was little common ground between the two boys let alone with DD who was at a higher level again.
Anyway back to DS who is actually my FYOSer we are all ready just need to shop for shoes, socks, lunchbox and bag. Love this part of January.
Posted 01 January 2011 - 07:34 PM
Mummalovin - I hear you! My DD is my baby and while I am excited for her to be going to school (as she can't wait), i am quite sad! It's the end of having my babies at home with me, and I will be working full time - so definitely a big change for us!
Tomorrow we are going to Target to look at the school skorts/shorts (as the kids only have to wear plain black on their bottom half), shoes and the socks. I have been hanging out for the Williams / Mathers Fusion sale as we got hte boys the Lynx joggers last year which they wore every day and they lasted really well. Just not sure which way to go as this year we need school shoes and joggers for each - and it adds up so quickly!! I am going to the school next week sometime to pay the first terms fees, and to pick up their school tops (as they are purple with a black collar and emblem), hats which also have an emblem, and a few school dresses for DD. We are fortunate we are up in Darwin so we don't need a winter uniform!! Since DH and I will both be working full time I am getting them 5 lots of uniforms each, so I only have to wash on Friday afternoons! I thought this would be the best, since they will wear them all year they should last quite well. I hate having to wash through the week!
We also need to go and get lunchboxes and bags. The kids have fridges in their rooms thank goodness, so I am just going to get the big lunch bags and use my tupperware containers to separate fruit break (which is generally a fruit salad), with their lunch, and recess. We have a ton of drink bottles which look brand new, so just need to go through them and work out if we need a few more. We have to send two bottles of water to school with the kids due to the heat, so i can see their bags being full just of food and drink!
Posted 01 January 2011 - 11:37 PM
Ok feeling rather organised - book list is 90% completed and books are all covered and labelled. Drink bottle, lunch box, school bag, uniforms and now shoes all complete. Yay. DD is getting excited. She keeps wearing her shoes around house - not a bad thing atleast she will get used to them and has been helping me cover all her books. So now just a few more things to get off that list and adjust the skorts and we are good to go.
Now just need to settle my own nerves about her starting school and we'll be all good! Cannot believe my baby girl starts school THIS month!!!!!
Posted 01 January 2011 - 11:42 PM
I am overwhelmed by the number of items we have had to buy for my daughter's school uniform. Being American, this is all new to me -- but even my Aussie husband doesn't remember his school uniforms being so "complex." Lots of pieces! Rach, I am openly jealous that your daughter won't need a winter uniform!
Does anyone else wish that they owned stock in Clark shoes? Damn, that company must make a killing at the start of the school year!
Cheekymonkey, we spent some time with our daughter's new school this past spring so that we could get some of the acceleration issues sorted beforehand. Still, it will be interesting to see how things actually play out.
Best wishes to all as we enter countdown mode!!
Posted 02 January 2011 - 09:07 AM
My DS2 starts prep on Jan 24th, his older brother started prep last year (2010) so I know what I am in for but due to the fact he won't be 5 when he starts (5 in March) and his brother was 5.5 when he started and also DS2 is smaller than DS1 and is my baby
A friend told me last year how her husband kept making big jokes about how silly mummy would probably cry on the first day of school as her baby was growing up and she was so proud and we adopted this approach and it worked a treat, DS1 thought it was hilarious and every day they would have a little joke about whis mummy would have a cry. DS1 was totally fine and expected me to cry on the first day, I held it together until I left the classroom. It didn't help when my girlfriend walked in sobbing !!
We are all pretty sorted....just need shoes.
Posted 03 January 2011 - 09:16 AM
Another one starting Kindy this year. First day is the 3rd or 4th of Feb (am on holidays and apparently the letter is at home).. Best Start assessment on the 1st.
I am in the middle of researching stickers/labels/etc at the moment. THere are so many and I don't know which ones to get. I got some for her for day care 3 years ago, but I was not overly impressed as they kept coming off.. so I need to find different ones.
We have the uniforms all organised (Well, almost!). I need to get her some black tracksuit pants - was hoping to get them second hand, but haven't got them yet, so might just have to get some plain tracksuit pants to do for sport. She's got sneakers all sorted - but now we have to find some shoes. I want to get her some velcro mary-janes, so will keep an eye out for when Rivers do their sale as they are fantastic shoes.
I am going to also be one of those blubbering messes when it comes time for her to go to class... Cried in each of the parent orientation meetings so far!
Posted 03 January 2011 - 12:28 PM
Hi everyone DD starts kindergarten on 1st February.
We only need to buy a lunchbox and drinkbottle and iron on labels and stickers.
I have 5 sets of summer uniform, 2 hats, shoes a jumper and 3 pairs of pants so I need to buy some more jumpers and pants but she has enough to start school and i will only have to wash once a week.
We picked up our phonics pack at our orientation, I do need to get her to use little letters rather then capitals but she is more then ready.
Posted 03 January 2011 - 09:11 PM
We went shopping today. Bags, lunch boxes, drink bottle and socks bought.
Now I just have to make podiatrist appointments for both my eldest DSs before we can buy shoes. I've noticed recently DS#1 has quite pronated ankles and I want to see what needs to be done to fix that. Figure I may as well get DS#2 checked while we're at it so we don't end up 2 years down the track and having to fix problems, rather than being able to prevent them. If either of them need orthotics which will require shoes that fit them, or even a specific type of shoe with certain inners, I'd like to know before buying the wrong ones.
adnama - DS#2 writes in capitals as well. I don't know why he started as he didn't previously.
Posted 03 January 2011 - 09:24 PM
My beautiful big boys are starting school this year as well.
I am so jealous of all your starting dates though: ours isn't until the 7th Feb!!!! The rest of the schools go back on the 4th but the Preps are using that for testing. They then only go for afternoons the first week as they are testing in the mornings and full days start on the 14th. It still feels so long away and they are driving me slightly nutty as Kinder finished 3 weeks ago.
I went and spent a fortune at the uniform shop for their top half. I just bought some basic Target shorts for the bottom half and actually got some great ones from Pumpkin Patch of all places. I need to look into some new sneakers for them. Otherwise I think it is just lunch boxes as we will be using the same bag that they had for Kinder.
Thanks for the reminder on labels though, really must get onto that!
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