Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Countdown to School Is on; Families Preparing for New School Year

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Countdown to School Is on; Families Preparing for New School Year

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Byline: Vanessa Marsh

KIDS + back to school = mayhem ... and you can multiply that answer by the number of children you have.

Thousands of parents are entering that dreaded time of year again when the most important thing in their little learners' lives is what type of pens are in style.

Mother-of-four Leah Robinson said the start of the school term was a big deal for her kids, aged 16, 14, six and four.

C[pounds sterling]All the kids love shopping for their booklists,C[yen] Mrs Robinson said.

She said with books, bags, shoes, uniforms and stationery to purchase, she could expect to spend $200 to $300 on each child.

C[pounds sterling]Primary school is a bit cheaper, but it gets quite expensive with some class fees for some of the high school subjects,C[yen] she said.

The busy mother said most of the back-to-school shopping in her household was usually done as soon as the booklists came out.

But after a holiday away this year, last-minute shopping is on the cards. …

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