Sarah Broughton and her children Ben and Emma were among many who shopped for last-minute school supplies at Officeworks yesterday.
Sarah Broughton and her children Ben and Emma were among many who shopped for last-minute school supplies at Officeworks yesterday. Lauren Reed

Bell tolls for schoolkids

THE holidays are over and it's time school children to hit the books once again.

The new school year starts today and the Broughton family weren't the only ones grabbing some last-minute school supplies from Officeworks yesterday.

"It's just the last-minute things... display folders and dictionaries," Sarah Broughton said.

"Just this... cost me about $200... It can be expensive getting ready."

Ms Broughton, who has three school-aged children, was shopping yesterday with her son Ben, 9, and daughter Emma, 8.

Like most parents, she was carrying her school equipment list.

Some things on the list - like pens, pencils and erasers - never change, however, new items that have been added include earphones for school computers.

Ms Broughton said, in her experience, going back to school on the first day usually ran quite smoothly.

"It's normally pretty easy the first day because they are excited to go back," she said.

"It's keeping them motivated for the days that follow that is tricky."

Ben and Emma resume their studies today at Bucasia State School.

They'll be among about half a million Queensland state school students who will return to school to study under the new national curriculum.

The curriculum is being rolled out to Prep to Year 10 classes in maths, science and English.

It sets out the core knowledge and skills and identifies what young people should learn as they progress through school.

Premier Anna Bligh said it would give Queensland students a greater depth of learning and would also help children that have moved interstate to adjust more quickly.

Queensland takes in more interstate students each year than any other state, Ms Bligh said yesterday.

"This is one of the biggest reforms in education in Australia's history," she said.



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