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Back to School Checklist

Here are some checklist ideas to get you and your family ready to start the 2019 school year.

PURCHASING AND ORGANISING STATIONERY
Remember less is best. Most stationery will not get used, and in case you do get caught short, you can always pick some more stationery up during the year.
Don’t forget to find a book buddy for high school. Buying second-hand books from an older student each year can save you hundreds of dollars.
Try to avoid plastic pens and aim for aluminium or wooden as reducing plastics is always a great idea.

NAME TAGGING
There are some great labelling options these days. Be sure to label stationery (particularly expensive textbooks), uniform clothing or valuable items that may go missing including hats and school lunch boxes.

SET GOALS
Having a conversation about the year ahead is a great way to prepare your children to go back to school. Use last year’s school reports to talk about areas that can be improved, learning intentions and other ideas your child may have about what they might like to achieve this year. It is a fabulous positive way to kick off the year.

SCHOOL LUNCHBOX AND SNACKS
Focus on getting your school lunch packs eco-friendly. With so many options now available check out metal/aluminium lunch containers and recycled plastic water bottles. Avoid cling wrap and don’t forget to have an ice pack option for summer.
There are hundreds of healthy lunch and snack options (like our snack bar recipe below). Search on Google or Pinterest and focus on recipes that are nutritious and have them feeling satisfied throughout the school day.

SNACK BAR RECIPE
Ingredients|
3/4 cup honey
1/4 cup brown sugar
50g butter
3 cups untoasted rolled oats or muesli
1 cup sultanas
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

Method
Preheat oven to 180 C degrees.
Grease and line the base and long sides of a 19 x 29cm slice pan.
Combine the honey, sugar and butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir for 5 minutes or until butter melts and sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil and cook for 2 minutes or until syrup thickens slightly.
Combine the oats/muesli, sultanas, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and cinnamon in a large bowl.
Pour over the hot mixture and stir to combine.
Spoon into the pan and press gently with the back of a spoon.
Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown and crisp.
Remove from oven and leave to cool completely.
Cut to your preferred size.
Have a great year!

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