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Back-to-School Essentials: The Ultimate Checklist of Must-have Items for 2024

The jingle bells have rung and the season of new beginnings is here as we prepare for a new academic year ahead! Smart Scholar is thrilled to kick off the back-to-school season by sharing with you, the ultimate checklist of school essentials to get your children ready for their first term back! Let’s dive into the must-haves for boys and girls as they stride into the promising year of 2024!

School children at school in their school uniform essentials with their friends
School children in their uniform

Essential schoolwear picks:


Smart Scholar has curated a collection of summer school essentials that blend style, comfort and durability, ensuring your scholars step into the new year with confidence. For boys, explore our smart school uniforms, comfortable shoes and practical backpacks. Girls can embrace a mix of quality uniforms, fashionable accessories and backpacks that effortlessly combine elegance with functionality.


Boys Checklist:


·      Shirts

·      Shorts

·      Trousers

·      Ties


Girls Checklist:


·      Shirts

·      Skirts

·      Dresses

·      Tunics

·      Slax

·      Girdles


General Checklist:


·      Shoes

·      Socks

·      Blazers

·      Jerseys

·      School Badges

·      Backpacks

·      Lunch Boxes

·      Water/Juice Bottles

·      Swimwear

·      Physical Education (P.E) Clothes

·      Sportswear

·      Sunscreen

·      Hand Sanitizer

·      Drawstring Bags

·      Lunch Bags

·      Cooler Boxes

Backpack and stationery items
Backpack and stationery items

Essential stationery picks:


Equip your scholars with the tools they need for success. Smart Scholar's features a variety of dazzling school and office stationery, from notebooks and pens to art supplies. Whether it’s the thrill of jotting down the first notes of the year or expressing creativity through art projects, we’ve got it all!


Stationery Checklist:


·      Pens

·      Pencils

·      Sharpener

·      Eraser

·      Ruler

·      Highlighters

·      Colour Pens

·      Glue Stick

·      Scissors

·      Pencil Case

·      2024 Diary

·      Notebooks

·      Exam Pads

·      Calculator

·      Flip Files

·      Math Set

·      Sticky Notes

·      Tissues

·      Custom Labels

·      Books Covers


Give your kids the advantage with our range of learning aids designed to foster academic excellence. Smart Scholar provides the tools to make learning engaging and effective!


Backpack with textbooks and study guides
Backpack with textbooks and study guides

Essential learning aid picks:


·      Dictionary

·      Thesaurus

·      English Handbook and Study Guide

·      Afrikaans Handbook and Study Guide

·      Math Handbook and Study Guide

·      Physics Handbook and Study Guide

·      Atlas Book

·      Whiteboard

·      Educational Charts

·      Textbooks


Three-month lay-bye offering:


Smart Scholar understands the importance of flexibility in your budget. That's why we offer a convenient 3-month lay-bye option. Secure your back-to-school essentials for later in the year or for the next school term without any financial strain. It's a commitment to your child's education made easy!

Smart Scholar loyalty programme
Smart Scholar loyalty programme


Loyalty programme offering:


Earn as you shop with Smart Scholar’s Loyalty Programme – your passport to savings! For every R200 spent in-store, receive a stamp. Collect 9 stamps and on your 10th purchase, enjoy a fantastic 10% discount. It’s our way of saying thank you for choosing Smart Scholar for all your back-to-school needs!


Printing and embroidery services:


Add a personalised touch and stand out with our printing and embroidery services. From custom school logos to individual names, Smart Scholar offers a range of options to add that personal touch to uniforms and accessories. Elevate the back-to-school experience with bespoke items crafted just for you.


Get creative when picking out your bare necessities, go for colours and styles that resonate with your child’s personality to keep the school day positive and fun! At Smart Scholar, we are well equipped with change-room facilities and our well trained and friendly staff are ready to assist you and your child with their school uniform and stationery requirements.

Remember to double-check your official back to school supplies list given by your school whether you’re going to need anything else and make sure to glance at the school rules before you buy anything that your school does not allow or require.

If you have any questions or queries during the school year, please feel free to contact Smart Scholar or checkout our F.A.Q’s section to get some of your questions answered. Follow us on social media and sign up to our newsletter to gain exclusive updates on our sales and year-round news!

We hope that your kids discover their passions during this school year and that it will be filled with many new friends and memories! From the Smart Scholar Team, we wish you a happy new year and a bright school year ahead!


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