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Back to School Guide Sydney - After-School Activities & Essentials

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Your guide to getting back to school in 2020.

School’s back for 2020! That means the big kids are starting a brand new year, and the little kids get mum or dad all to themselves once again! But back to school doesn’t mean the end of fun - there’s always plenty happening in Sydney.

After School Activities

From sports to music and tutoring, there are absolutely LOADS of activities going on around Sydney after school has finished for the day. We're working on a few resources to help point parents in the right direction, but in the meantime we want to highlight a few which have stood out to us.

Soccajoeys - Kids Soccer Classes

If your soccer-loving kiddo (2.5 years - 12 years), Soccajoeys might be right up their alley.

It starts with their ‘Minis’ program which teaches the basics of football to 2.5 to 3-year-olds in a non-competitive, indoor environment designed to move your child from parent-supported participation to independent play.

The 9-11 year old 'Premier' program has been created to support and nurture your child during this time by providing active learning experiences that are hands on, challenging and engaging.

Classes are conveniently available in over 60 locations around Sydney, so you’ll be sure to find one near you – just check the website for class times and prices at Soccajoeys.

Image: Soccajoeys website

Acting and Communication Academy Sydney

If you have a budding actor or actress in your family (ages 4 - 18 years), The Acting and Communication Academy is a great option to impart lifelong skills through speech and drama, public speaking and effective communication classes.

Creative play is at the centre of all their classes, providing fun and engaging opportunities for children to build confidence, communication skills and expand their imagination.

Classes are held in Burwood, Strathfield and Pymble. Find our more by visiting the Acting and Communication Academy website.

Image: Acting and Communication Academy website

Pip and Pop Playgroup - Caringbah South

At Pip and Pop Playgroup, a family run playgroup that focuses on learning through play, you can guarantee the kids won’t stop playing from start to finish!

Pip and Pop Playgroup is designed for children aged 0-5 years and their parents. They start back on Thursday, 6th February between 9am and 12pm, and there is something for every child. Bring your babies, toddlers and preschoolers along for a full morning of fun.

WHERE: Port Hacking Community Centre
, 188 Gannons Road, 
Caringbah South
WHEN: Thursdays from 6th February from 9am-12pm
AGES: 0-5 years
COST: $39.95 per month. Cancel at any time!
Click here to find out more.

Image: Pip and Pop Playgroup website

Cluey Learning - Personalised Tutoring Programs

In Australia, we’re lucky to have a quality school system, but additional tutoring can make all the difference if you have child who needs help or wishes to excel.

Cluey Learning is designed to adapt to where your child is at with their studies, it’s a complete learning program designed by Australia educators that builds up childrens skills and knowledge, step-by-step.

Find out more by visiting the Cluey Learning website.

Image: Cluey Learning website

Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu offers the highest level of Martial Arts training in their Bondi Junction studio in the Eastern Suburbs, for preschoolers and children from 3 years through to adults.

No experience is neccessary to start on a Fundamental Program. When you join the Gracie Barra school you will experience their professional, clean, and safe environment along with dedicated, experienced teachers. Little Ninja Birthday Parties also available! Click here for more info.

For bookings and more information, please visit their website, email info@gbbondi.com.au or call 0499 078 616.

Image: Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Back To School Essentials

Officeworks School List Service

Need back to school supplies in a hurry and don’t want to fight the crowds? Simply upload your school list to the Officeworks website, select your preferred store and pick up date and let them do all the handwork for you! They will pack it all up and let you know when it’s ready.

Even better - if you find a lower price on an identical item that is in stock on any official school list, they will beat the price by 20%!

WHERE: Locations throughout Australia

Image: Officeworks website


Your local Kmart, Big W and Target typically stock a large range of appropriately-sized backpacks for schoolkids, including licensed character backpacks.
Smiggle has a HUGE range of backpacks, including bags for kindy and prep-aged children.
Why not take a look around the DFO? Stores include Bags To Go, City Beach, Cotton On Kids, Kim Kidd, the AFL Store and Rip Curl. You can read about taking the kids to the DFO here!

Name Labels

Dinkleboo: Offer name labels, iron-on labels, backpacks, water bottles, pencil cases, books, gifts and so much more.
Blue: Offer name labels, iron-on labels, lunchboxes, Bento-style lunchboxes, backpacks, water bottles and so much more. Look out for frequent specials from Hippo Blue, which they often advertise through Facebook.
Stuck On You: Offer name labels, iron-on labels, lunchboxes, Bento-style lunchboxes, backpacks, water bottles and so much more.
Tinyme: Offer name labels, iron-on labels, backpacks, lunchbags, bag tags, water bottles, pencil cases, books, gifts and so much more.
Woolworths: purchase any 3 participating products in a single transaction, enter your valid receipt or online order code, design your personalised labels and have them mailed them to you.

Image: Tiny Me website

Lunchboxes and lunchbags

Smiggle has a massive range of lunchboxes, bags, waterbottles and more.
Stuck On You: Offer personalised Bento-style boxes in various shapes and sizes, cooler bags and accessories.
Kmart, Big W, Coles and Woolworths also stock a large range of lunchboxes, bags, water bottles and accessories.

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