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Prepare for ‘big school’ with picnic

CHILDREN who are off to ‘big school’ next year, their parents and carers are invited to find out more about making the transition to primary school smoother, at a picnic to be held at Wollongong’s MacCabe Park on Sunday 4 November.

The picnic, organised by Wollongong City Council and Big Fat Smile, will help parents plan for a successful beginning to primary school while celebrating a significant moment in the life of children and families.

Representatives from local schools, early childhood and child-related organisations will be on hand to answer questions and provide information to parents and school starters on their services.

During the picnic, the Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery will provide a warm welcome.

“This picnic day is an important part of range of initiatives that have been developed in past years through the Wollongong Transition to School Network and funded by Families NSW, to assist the pre-schooler move into primary school.

“The first days of school present a momentous occasion for children which can prove emotionally and mentally trying but which also can be very rewarding and memorable, setting up a successful experience for their continuing education,” Cr Bradbery said.

Each child attending who is starting school next year will receive a free gift and there’ll be fun activities to take part in, as well as a sausage sizzle and drinks. For more information you can contact Council’s Customer Service on (02) 4227 7111 or visit Council’s website.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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