The first day of the new school year is such a mixed experience for parents everywhere. Some of us are marking the bittersweet milestone when one of our favourite little people makes the transition to primary school. Others are waving off secondary school students for the first time or farewelling youngsters as they move into kindergarten.
Whether you’re rejoicing or commiserating the return of the school year, Central Geelong is a one stop shop for all your back to school essentials from stationery to apparel, footwear, lunchboxes, drink bottles, backpacks, accessories and more. Take the stress out of picking up those last-minute items and collect all your back to school needs in one place!
Uniforms & School Shoes
Established in 1985, Beleza School Uniforms in Ryrie Street is an Australian owned business providing both primary and secondary school uniforms for many students across Geelong. Simply supply Beleza with the name of your school and your contact information and they will provide you with your requested price list. Easy Peasy! Visit www.beleza.com.au/ for more information.
The Secondhand School Shop in Star Street, specialises in the consignment sale of pre-loved secondary school items including textbooks, calculators, uniforms and shoes. This excellent service enables you to help other families while helping yourself, recycle unwanted school products and ensure outdated school items are distributed overseas for use by other communities. More information about this great service can be found at www.secondhandschoolsupplies.com.au/
Bellarine Uniforms in Moorabool Street is a school uniform specialist who provides high quality school uniform products for numerous schools around Geelong and generic items such as plain shirts, school pants, summer and winter dresses plus socks, tights and accessories. Bellarine Uniforms will measure and fit your child to ensure they walk away set and comfortable for the year ahead. www.noone.com.au/
PWS in Malop Street also supplies excellent quality school wear needs from polo shirts, jumpers, jackets, rain coats and more and also offers a uniform fitting appointment service to help you avoid queues and be in and out with your uniform items in no time! Visit them online to book your appointment at www.psw.com.au/
The Athletes Foot, Faulls Shoes, Footlocker, Betts, Myer Geelong and Rebel Sport are all located in Central Geelong to measure and fit your child for their next pair of T-bars, traditional lace ups, sneakers, sport shoes and more. To check opening times and locations visit the Central Geelong business directory at www.centralgeelong.com.au/find/
Mister Minit in Westfield Geelong supplies a variety of products to help you maintain your child’s school shoes including shoe laces, polish, nugget, insoles and brushes. Their leather stretching spray is an essential in your home to soften even the most stubborn of new leather school shoes!
Also in Westfield, Shoe Express can squeeze some extra life back into school shoes that require minor repairs. For opening hours visit them at www.westfield.com.au/geelong
Books & Stationery
Located in Malop Street, stationery superstore Officeworks provides off-street parking for its customers right next door. Browse their huge range of back to school supplies in-store or visit their website www.officeworks.com.au/ and utilise their back to school templates and checklists and potentially save an average of 20% on your school list prices. If you’re pushed for time, their Geelong store offers both click and collect and a ‘Store to Door’ delivery service.
Whether it’s for study or play, tweens and secondary school students will love Typo in Market Square’s range of tech accessories including laptop and device cases and carry bags, chargers, earbuds, speakers and more. Meeting both style and practicality, Typo’s range is also reasonably priced. www.cottonon.com/AU/
Big W in Westfield Geelong is so confident in their back to school prices, they will price match their competitors if you find a lower price elsewhere! Supplying kids stationery, tech and generic uniform items, Big W can help you tick off your back to school list with ease.
Backpacks, Lunchboxes & Drink Bottles
Pick up a funky insulated lunch bag and matching drink bottle from Chef’s Essentials in Ryrie Street. Choose from a variety of patterns to brighten up your little ones school bag. While you are there, why not grab a pack of resuable snack and sandwich bags to reduce on waste. Visit them in-store on online www.chefsessentials.com.au/
Smiggle in Westfield Geelong are the ultimate creators in fun, with a cool, colourful and playful range of backpacks, lunch boxes and drink bottles designed to stand the test of school yard time! Choose from holographic effects, fun badges and reversible sequins, sports and video game themes and more! Not only are their backpacks cool and vibrant, they’re also functional featuring padded and adjustable shoulder straps, drink bottle holders and laptop compartments. Smiggle also offers a super cute pre-schooler range – the perfect size for little ones to handle. Check out their options at www.smiggle.com.au/
Matchbox, also in Westfield Geelong, stocks a big selection of drink bottles and insulated water bottles including the Frank Green’s limited-edition range. Complete with flip up straw lids, a drinking spout, carry strap and not to mention fun and funky designs, your child will feel hydrated all day long and you’ll be doing your bit for the environment. www.matchbox.com.au/
Head into the school year feeling on top of all your family’s school and extracurricular commitments with a weekly, monthly or yearly family planner from Kaisercraft in Market Square. Their range of unique, stylish and fun planners are designed for ultimate family organisation and will help you feel under control all year round. View the range online at www.kaisercraft.com.au/
Best and Less in Market Square is great for not only generic uniform items, underwear, hair accessories and socks, it’s also excellent for swimwear, netball skirts, leotards and more. Their range features dozens of ‘2 for $10 items’ and their click and collect service can have you picking up your items in under 24 hours from your order time. www.bestandless.com.au/
If you child is gearing up for dance classes in the year ahead, Geelong Dance and Fairywear Supplies in Little Malop Street can get you set up with everything you’ll need for the dance studio including leotards, head wear, dance bags, tutu’s, ballet shoes, tights and more. www.geelongdancesupplies.com.au/
And finally, for those little ones who feel the back to school jitters, fidget items can be helpful to calm their nerves. Our Satellite Hearts in James Street stocks a range of stretchy and squishy putty and calming crystals to soothe and keep restless hands busy. www.oursatellitehearts.com.au/
So put your last-minute list together and head into Central Geelong for your back to school essentials!
Please remember to follow the government guidelines relating to physical distancing, hygiene and gathering restrictions when visiting Central Geelong.