This school year Olivia is starting year 8. So far, the back to school shopping has been relatively simple and not half as manic or expensive as it was last year. Year 7 is a whole new ball compared to primary with having to buy proper school branded uniform not to mention the stationery and bags etc needed too. It’s safe to say we were organised and ready to go with every shiny and new.
This year, however, we are focusing on other items that slipped past our planning and prep. Because a secondary school isn’t all about the uniform, there is so much more going on there than primary school! So I thought I would make a list of all the things we need going into year 8 (uniform excluded).
It’s all about the bag. Olivia is in an all-girls school so the bag has to be just right. It appears there is some sort of hierarchy to the bag and the older you get, the bag changes style from a backpack to an oversized shopper handbag. Olivia is currently eyeing my oversized shopper bag up as a potential candidate for when she decides the time is right to make the change. She is starting the year with a trusty backpack.
I know, I know, everyone starts school with stationery. But let me tell you, you don’t need it all in year 7. Or at least Olivia didn’t! This year she will be needing more maths equipment, including the scientific calculator and related accessories. This Maped Helix Oxford Metallics Maths Set is absolutely perfect and totally matches her stationery colour theme for this year!
Olivia had all the pens last year. All the fancy ones which she lent out to her new friends never to be seen again. So we have bulk bought black pens to go alongside her new rose gold set from Next. Last year was all about the fun cute styles, this year she has gone for a more grown-up style. What a difference a year makes! But, be prepared, no matter how many pens you buy there will never be any and they will always be asking for more! She will also be adding a fountain pen to her collection too this year.
Now, this was absolutely something I was not prepared for. Despite having a niece already in the school, I was woefully underprepared for the amount of Tupperware needed to keep all the different ingredients and finished meals in. Spearmark has sent us these handy no leaks Locksy Ultra Clip boxes to tackle the issue of cookery at school. They also sent us an insulated mini backpack to keep the food in when she takes it to school thus replacing our usual canvas bags which inevitably got ruined when something leaked/Tupperware opened in the bag.
Yes, we did have drinks bottles. No, they didn’t all do the job. Unlike primary school, school bags and everything in them, get lugged from one classroom to the next and so on. This meant a lot of drinks bottles didn’t stand up to the no leaks claims and were either too big, too bulky or the wrong shape for the pocket in the backpack. This year Olivia will be trying out this Cool Gear Infusion bottle from Spearmark with the chilled insert to keep the water cold longer. This is perfect for Olivia who prefers colder water and will often freeze the bottle (possibly contributing to the leak situation) so it stays colder for longer.
OMG! We go through so many bobbles. One day they are holding her hair up, the next day poof! They have mysteriously vanished. If I was in anyway an organised mum, I would have a remedy for this situation but I don’t. So this year we are buying in bulk and keeping them in the car. As I drive Olivia and her cousin to school and like me, they are both definitely not morning people, so we keep a brush in the car for them to do their hairs on the way. This is where we will keep said bobble stash for those mornings when the bobbles have vanished into thin air!
Especially for the PE Kit. I can’t tell you how many times we lost the deodorant and they (and their friends) will definitely appreciate it after PE. I recommend having spares all over the house too so you know you have some should they decide to join the bobbles in the place that no one can find.
Do you have any tips for preparing for secondary school? What did you end up buying that you didn’t think you would need?
*This post contains pr samples*