Back to School 2017

The new school year is approaching fast and the stress to get organised is building. So get into gear with our Back To School 2017 Feature. This feature highlights our local businesses who are more than happy to help get you school ready this year.

Back to School 2017
Back to School 2017
Back to School 2017
Back to School 2017
Back to School 2017
Back to School 2017
Back to School 2017
Back to School 2017
Back to School 2017
Back to School 2017

Back to school in cool comfort and style

It’s almost time for the school adventure to begin for many Narrabri Shire kids and for the learning journey to continue for returning students. Students have a head start when they are well prepared with the right clothes and accessories - all of which are available from well stocked local businesses.

Shoes for sport and study at Sportspower

Brent Longworth from Sportspower fits Luke Longworth, going in to Year 6 this year, and Riley Longworth, starting Year 7.

The top brands in black school shoes suitable for school are on the shelves at Longies Sportspower in Maitland Street.

“Our big range includes the popular Asics, ROC, Diadora, Globe - all the popular quality brands,” said Longies manager Brent Longworth.

“Our size range covers kids size 10 up to adult size 15 which all will be fitted by our team.

“We have backpacks, waterbottles and all the sports shoes as well as the school shoes.”

The shoe range is comprehensive, starting with suitable socks for school, and Longies Sportspower is a one-stop shop for the well-shod student.

New school term, new uniforms from Barrakets

2017 school captain Olivia Bange
models Narrabri High School’s senior boys uniform, left, and Ellie Gett shows
off the junior girls’ outfit.

Barrakets Shop 2 is the home of school uniforms for Narrabri students of all ages.

Parents are flowing into the Maitland Street store to be sure their kids are properly outfitted and ready for the start of term.

“We provide the school uniforms for Narrabri Public School students, Narrabri High School and St Francis Xavier’s,” said Barrakets Shop 2 proprietor Monique Gett.

Students are now buying their summer school outfits but the winter range will be ready when the weather finally turns cool.

Barrakets Shop 2 has the full range from socks to tops, sports and everyday school wear up to the complete school uniforms.



Kumon is the key to mastering mathematics

In NSW, high school maths is the most studied subject other than English, and yet recent reports are showing that Australian students are falling behind in the subject internationally.

Internet polls and online forums show that maths is commonly voted as students’ least favourite subject, so how do we get students to engage with maths?

Local educator Pam Waters said the key to understanding maths lies in the fundamentals.

Ms Waters has operated the Kumon Narrabri Education Centre for 25 years, helping students not only catch up in maths class, but excel.

A shining example is Bronte Ciesiolka, who is just about to start high school and was recently awarded for studying two years ahead of her grade.

Kumon English completer and now
Centre assistant Farha Sadeque, instructor Pam Waters, Bronte Ciesiolka wearing
her Two Years Ahead medal and trainee Centre assistant Trinity Westman.

When Bronte first came to Kumon she was experiencing difficulty keeping up.

Now the advanced maths student is tackling algebraic expressions she won’t see in class for another two years.

“I’ve seen Bronte develop confidence, a can do attitude, and a really sound understanding of the basics of maths,” said Ms Waters.

“She has a thorough understanding of the four operations of fractions, which is a huge help when trying to understand equations.”

Kumon’s programs in English and maths allow students to progress at their own pace, based on their ability rather than their age.

Bronte’s grasp of the basics has already meant that her first two years of high school maths will be mostly revision, and with a two-year head start it’s hard to fall behind.

The best start for your kids

The best start for your kids as they begin their school term includes a healthy smile.

“A good start and ongoing care when needed, with the very latest in dental care technology available from the friendly and professional team at Narrabri Dental Surgery will give your kids the very best start,” reminds the team at Narrabri Dental Surgery


Some of the team at Narrabri Dental
Surgery, from left, dentist Dr Keryl Li, administration assistant Lucinda
Standring, receptionist Amie Kelly and
administration assistant Taylah Alexander.


Choosing the right backpack is important

Choosing an appropriate school bag, having it fitted correctly and wearing it properly is extremely important to ensure healthy development of your child’s spine.

Backpacks should be ideally no heavier than 10 per cent of a student’s weight when packed.

Make sure the backpack is sturdy and appropriately sized - no wider than the student’s chest.

Put comfort and fit at the top of the priority list, rather than good looks

Choose a backpack with broad, padded shoulder straps.

Use both shoulder straps - never sling the pack over one shoulder.

Use waist straps attached - they are there for a good reason.

Don’t wear the backpack any lower than the hollow of the lower back.

Don’t overload the backpack - use school lockers if they are available and plan homework well in advance.

Place all heavy items at the base of the pack, close to the spine, for a better distribution of the weight.

Check in for a checkup before the busy school term starts


Dr Georgia Barden and Dr Alex
Sebastian at Narrabri Dental Care

As the beginning of the school year draws near it is timely for school students to check in for a dental check up before the term gets too busy, suggests Dr Alex Sebastian.

“It is a good time to refresh knowledge about oral hygiene instruction and come in for a check up.”

Dentists Alex Sebastian and Georgia Barden look forward to welcoming young people to Narrabri Dental Care.

“Kids are our specialty,” said Dr Sebastian.



Authentic school gear

Authentic Trademarks in Maitland Street Narrabri is stocked for school students from top to toe - shoes to hats.


Eric Richards with a Custom back pack
ready for school while Thomas Webster sports an Element backpack and Laura
Richards checks out a Billabong model from Authentic Trademarks.

“We have great back to school shoes,” said Authentic Trademarks’ Matt Nott.

“We stock all leather Kustom, Converse and Vans brands in shoes for boys and girls of all ages.

“And we have backpacks, waterbottles, lunchboxes, hats - everything for the well equipped school student to get off to a flying start in 2017.”




Tips for the transition to school parent

Suggestions to ease the transition for new school parents.

Visit the school or classroom before the first day.

Take a trip to the school to see the building and the playground.

Talk to your child about his feelings about school, friends, teachers, and new activities.

Practice how to get ready each morning for the trip to school.


Pretend it’s a school day, and go through the steps of getting up, dressed, fed, and out the door.

Rehearse self-help skills such as dressing, undressing, and hand-washing.

Your child will feel more confident when she’s asked to do these things at school.

Make a portable family album.

You can’t stay with your child all year, but your photos can.

The process of making a photo album together is a comforting project.

Ask your child what kind of snack she wants to bring.

Shop together for the ingredients and engage her in the making and packing of the snack.

Go school shopping for special school outfits or a backpack.

A ‘new-to-you’ item will have meaning when it is designated especially for back to school.