Gayle Tierney, the Member for Western Victoria, today announced that the Brumby Government would this year again provide every Prep student starting school with a free Welcome to School library bag.
Today, more than 43,500 Prep students around the State will start their education at a Victorian Government school.
Education is the Brumby Government’s number 1 priority and we’re providing resources to make starting school as easy as possible for the 174 preps starting school in the Glenelg Shire area this year and their parents.
Ms Tierney MP said this year’s Welcome to School bag will contain more than ever before.
“Among the items will be a My First Day at School fridge magnet, containing each student’s photograph to provide a lasting memento of one of the most important days in our lives,” Ms Tierney MP said.
The bag will also contain an “Every Child, Every Opportunity” 500 ml water bottle with the Babushka Dolls motif on the side.
To promote healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle, there will be “Go for Your Life” vegetable seed packet stickers plus a Premier’s “Go for Your Life” active challenge pamphlet.
As well as an Auskick pencil, Australia Post is providing Postie Kate postcards.
“The Welcome to School” bag provides parents a Child Safety fridge magnet containing tips for parents in 8 languages plus a Modern Teaching Aid $10 discount voucher.
To encourage reading, also in the bag will be Premier’s Reading Challenge bookmarks and Nigel Gray’s popular And Kangaroo Played His Didgeridoo “read aloud” book.
“We want the Welcome to School bag to make our new students here in the Glenelg Shire, feel welcome because sometimes the first day at school can be a little overwhelming before they settle down into school life and make new friends,” Ms Tierney MP said.
The 174 Prep students in the Glenelg Shire area, will be among the more than 540,000 students across all levels who will return to Victorian government schools this year.
Ms Tierney said this would be another exciting year for education in the State of Victoria with 9 new schools opening their doors in Term One.