SISTERLY LOVE: Mia Sproule, 8, will help her five-year-old sister Ella on her first day of school.
SISTERLY LOVE: Mia Sproule, 8, will help her five-year-old sister Ella on her first day of school. Marc Stapelberg

Pack the lunchboxes, the kids are back to school this week

WITH only a day before school goes back, some parents will be celebrating, others will be racing around, and some will be overwhelmed with emotion as they prepare their child for their first day.

Candice Sproule will be taking her youngest child, five-year-old Ella, to Wollongbar Public School for the first time when kindergarten starts in early February.

“I’m nervous ... I think when I drop her off on her first day I’ll be the one crying, not her,” she said.

“She’s very excited to start though, which does make it a lot easier.

“She keeps saying how excited she is to catch the bus, make friends and play in the playground. She’s not worried.”

Mrs Sproule said it was easier knowing her oldest daughter, Mia, 8, will be looking out for Ella at school and on the bus.

Mia said she was keen to head back to school to see her friends and “get some homework”.

Ella said she was looking forward to “reading, writing, dancing and singing” at school.

Educational psychologist Jocelyn Brewer offered parents a few tips to make that first day back to school a breeze.

She said it was important to “encourage your child to talk about school, what they are looking forward to and to voice any concerns”.

“Be prepared: Take the stress out of looking for uniforms, bags and equipment by making sure everything is ready the night before,” she said.

“Involve your child in the activity of getting prepared so they can learn the importance of routine and responsibility and help share the load.

“Starting off with calm will help soothe back to school jitters and set the mood for the day ahead.”



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