2019 Prep bags are ready to go

Prep bags celebrate the first step of your child's school journey.  Government school children will receive a library bag of goodies in the first week of Term 1.


The bags include free books, flyers, fridge magnets, booklets and activity sheets.​

Your child will receive four terrific books:

  • 'My Two Blankets' by Irena Kobald
  • 'Where is Galah?' by Sally Morgan
  • 'The Second Sky' by Patrick Guest
  • 'Frog on a log in a bog' by Andy Griffiths

They come courtesy of the Department of Education and Training (DET), the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Optometry Victoria, Ardoch, Little Athletics Association of Victoria, Australian Football League, National Gallery of Victoria, Cancer Council, VicRoads, and Zoos Victoria.

See Tips for starting primary and secondary school for more resources and advice.

The winning design

Emma Panozzo's design
Emmo Panozzo's award winning design

Top Designs student Emma Panozzo won the 2019 Prep bag design competition. The theme of this year's competition was 'Read and Grow' to mark the first time that free books will be included in the bags.  

Emma's design will be featured on 57,100 Prep bags distributed across Victoria in 2019. Emma is currently studying communications design at RMIT University.

Emma says, 'As Preps enter school and get a taste of independence, reading is a skill that plays a big part in the way they grow to understand the world.'

'In my design, I wanted to show the wonder and opportunity of reading: it's a way in which you can learn about the world and also unlock your imagination and creativity.'

Childhood inspiration​

Top Arts and Top Designs students, and the 2018 Premier's VCE Awards 'Art and Design' students were invited to enter the prep bag design competition.

There were nine finalists (including the winner):

Anna Ngo
Anna Ngo
  • Annie Ngo
  • Charlie Robert
  • Esther Liu
  • Jamie Tung
  • Kristie Anderson
  • Leyton Abduli
  • Magenta Blair
  • Sabine Schiavone
Charlie Robert
Charlie Robert

The artists used their own childhood memories as inspiration for their design.

Annie Ngo says she tried to capture 'the childlike wonder and curiosity I experienced as a kid when I read fairytales and other books.'

Jamie Tung
Jamie Tung

'For me, prep was a year of fascination, learning and imagination, so I tried to incorporate those themes,' says Charlie Robert.

'My illustration displays how books affected my childhood,' says Jamie Tung.

'It shows how reading can unlock unlimited possibilities and teach you anything you wish to learn.'

The judging panel was made up of representatives from the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA), the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), the Australia Centre for Moving Image (ACMI), and Heide Museum of Modern Art.

See all the finalists

Full size designs and rationales are available to download: Prep Bags Designs (docx - 1.24mb)