It’s been a long time coming, but finally, the new school term is back in session! We’re here to give you the 4-1-1 when it comes to what your kids may need when they return back to school. Whether it’s a smart new uniform, stationery or notebooks to keep organised, St George’s Shopping Centre is here to help you tick off everything on your must-have list!
Need to knock the ‘back to school jitters’ out of your system? Let’s face it, COVID-19 & lockdown has kept us caged in for months and heading towards (almost) complete normality can be a little daunting! But with our tips and tricks, you’ll be prepared and ready to ACE the new term.
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With the last school day back in March for most, it’s probably time for a fresh set of everything – you’ll need new school trousers, pleated kilts and patent school shoes! Wondering where to start? St George’s is home to a bunch of retailers that’ll make picking up the essentials in one easy trip a simple task! We recommend heading to:
CLARKS | RYMANS | SPORTS DIRECT– you’ll find all those school must-haves. Clarks is the perfect pit stop for school shoes and getting your kids’ feet measured if you haven’t in a while! Sports Direct is where you’ll find sporty bits for PE kits, new trainers and school accessories like water bottles, socks and more. At Rymans, you’ll be able to find pens, lunch boxes and tonnes of other fun things your kiddies will show off at school.
TICKED OFF YOUR TO-DO!
And it’s not just the kids getting ready. Returning teachers and parents have also been prepping hard, from school lesson plans to new work wardrobes.
We think teachers should be thinking of tapered trousers and slick shirts to show that ‘they mean business!’ And for all the wonderful parents that’ll be doing the morning rounds and drop-offs, we suggest cosy tracksuits or simple coordinates that you can throw together early in the morning!
Unless you’re heading to work straight after… If so, think skirt & blazer combos, tailored trousers that offer a little stretch for comfort and contemporary shirts that offer an oversized silhouette. (Yes, I know! We’ve made wanting a new wardrobe SO tempting)
This year, St George’s has you covered! You’ll need the usual fab new pencil case, protractors, safety scissors and all-new colouring pencils! We think it’s best for you to pop to: RYMANS| WHSMITH | POUNDLAND and more. They’re all havens in which you’ll find everything for little kids and teens alike. Study guides and stationery kits are plentiful, plus – pens, calculators and academic diaries.
*Oooh, don’t forget those colourful sticky tabs that’ll keep your kids organised. Red for homework to complete and green for homework completed perhaps?
APPRECIATION IS KEY!
Feeling thankful for the school’s staff? Show a little appreciation for those who teach, create new learning programmes and have the patience of absolute saints! If you’d like to give a gift to a headteacher, teaching assistant, cleaner or janitor (whoever it may be) we recommend:
WHSMITH | POUNDLAND: Get creative and pick up arts & crafts from either of these stores! You can create teachers’ (or for the friends you may not have seen in March) welcome back cards, a painting or something to remind them of a memory when you were in their class.
SAVERS – You can get a few home facials for the giftee to enjoy. Everyone needs an evening of personal TLC… So, you could do fruity facemasks or bath bombs for the women and body sprays or self-care treatments for the men! Who wouldn’t want that as a pressie? Pass one over!!
We think that’s more than enough to keep you busy! Whether you’re off to get small feet sized-up, welcome back prezzies for your favourite teachers or finding the perfect cigarette trouser on your return back to work – we wish you luck for the new term!