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The start of school year can be an exciting and, at times, stressful period for parents - especially the parents of Preps starting school for the first time. Parents can relax in the knowledge that the Victorian Government is committed to building the Education State, and ensuring that all students have the opportunity at a great education (see Quick Links to find out more).

Support from parents and guardians

Support from parents and guardians is also important to ensure the start of primary or secondary school is as smooth as possible. It is important for you as parents or guardians to be a part of your child's education by finding out what they are learning about, reading with them, and engaging with the school community.

There are plenty of helpful tips and guidance to support your child in the lead up to, and following, the first day.

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Starting Kindergarten, Primary or Secondary School​


'First Day of School' Design Competition

Are you creative and love a design challenge?  Do you want your artwork to feature on 60,000 backpacks provided to each prep student that attends a Victorian government school?

We are calling on all 2017 Top Arts and Top Design students and 2016 Premier’s VCE Awards ‘Art & Design’ students  to participate in the ‘First Day at School Design Competition’

The winner will also be rewarded with an Apple iPad with the winning design being featured on the Back to School website.

Entries are required by 9.00am Monday 9 October 2017.

Submit your entry to the design competition

‘First Day of School’ Design Competition Terms and Conditions (docx - 42.54kb)

Design Brief (pdf - 154.4kb)

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