Deputy Director-General, Schools, Greg Prior today wished all new and returning students well for a great year of learning in 2014.
"More than 760,000 students will start back at around 2,200 public schools from Wednesday 29 January," Mr Prior said.
"Advice for parents across a range of important back-to-school areas is available on the Department of Education and Communities website," he added.
"Starting school can be daunting for many students, especially those attending primary or high school for the first time. It's good to make use of the many resources available at www.schoolatoz.nsw.edu.au to help with students' and parents' back-to-school needs.
These include videos for students who are starting high school, with helpful tips from teachers on how to make your child's move to high school less daunting," Mr Prior said.
The website also has useful information such as:
- A back-to-school checklist
- Answers to frequently asked questions about sun safety and uniforms
- Homework tips and schedule templates
- Links to the NSW Public Schools website
- Term dates
"There is also a school jargon buster to help you tell the difference between COLA and CAPA or OC and OOSH," Mr Prior said.
"I recommend the website to all parents who have questions but especially if they are anxious about sending their children to school for the first time," he added.
"The holidays are over and it's time to be excited about the prospects of a wonderful new school year," Mr Prior said. Assistance is also available to parents and caregivers via the Back-to-School Hotline (1300 738 338). The hotline will be available between 8:30am and 4:30pm weekdays from Tuesday 28 January until Friday 14 February.
Experienced staff will be answering the phones and for the cost of a local landline call will be providing expert advice on preparing children for school,. (Normal mobile charges apply).
For individual schools' starting dates and times, parents are encouraged to call their local school from 28 January. Most western NSW students start school a week later (from Wednesday 5 February).