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Kids page: Zero to school speed ahead

Saturday January 25, 2020 Written by Published in Education
Michelle Atuatika, who is starting year 4 at Papaaroa, shops for her school necessities. 20012303 Michelle Atuatika, who is starting year 4 at Papaaroa, shops for her school necessities. 20012303

Starting from stationery, moving on to uniforms, it’s now all go for the school year. 

 

As the school year starts, so too families are doing their final back to school shopping.

From uniforms to school supplies, such as stationery and school bags, to the toys that kids beg for at the counter, the last minute shopping rush was frantic and stressful for parents.

Some parents had to organise every little thing needed (and hope they hadn’t forgotten anything), approaching it like a tough task that they need to get over and done.

Others saw it as an opportunity to calmly prepare for the year, and to check off every requirement on the list, one thing at a time.

While parents could be spotted fretting and forking out cash, their children had different feelings about going to school. A few were excited and happily picking out their books and bags.

Some moped around and complained about having to go back – saying that the school holidays weren’t long enough.

Either way, this time of year is a reminder that children grow up fast and even if you want them to stay young forever, they won’t; maybe it’s their last year of primary and they are moving up to college.

Maybe it’s their last year of college and they don’t need you to take them shopping anymore.

Or, maybe, you still have eight more years of school shopping to go and wish they would grow up quicker.

-Hereiti File.

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