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Beat the back to school blues

The mid-year holidays have flown by and while parents may be harbouring some secret joy as their kids are taken off their hands, most children need some convincing to approach the new term with eager minds.

Riverside College’s primary school Principal Lynne Arbuckle offers parents some tips to get your kids bright eyed and bushy tailed for the cold and early morning start to the day:

Start a back-to-school tradition: Do something special on the first day of term. Put some time aside to do something other than homework when they get home, go out for an early supper or a movie together – on a school night! The excitement of the ritual is sure to bubble over into the school term.

Leave an encouraging note: A lunchbox or pencil case is the ideal place to leave a special note or picture for your child to find the next day. This method is especially effective for sensitive children who miss the safety of their home environment.

Get them something new for school: This doesn’t have to be an expensive gift – a small novelty can go a long way. It could be a new pen, a fun lunchbox snack or a pretty hair tie. Speaking of hair, a brand new cut or style will have most kids raring to go show off to their classmates!

“At the end of the day, communication should be your number-one motivational tool. Talk to your children about their experiences at school every day and listen to what they say,” says Arbuckle. “If a child is not listened to, their self-esteem will suffer, and all activities will become problematic.”

Lynne Arbuckle has been the principal of Riverside College, based in Cape Town’s Burgundy Estate, since 2013. The pre-primary, primary and secondary schools has a holistic approach to education, with a comprehensive academic, sports and extra mural activity programme. All classes are capped at 24 learners.



Distributed by Be-cause Integrated Communications:

Sarah Waterfield

021 447 1082 / 060 677 6235

On behalf of Riverside College:

Director: Elana Edwards

Primary School Principle: Lynn Arbuckle


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