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DD1 7 off to secondary in Sep, school bags

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MegGriffin Fri 03-Jun-11 15:24:19

She is my first to go and I was wondering whether to get a back pack, large handbag or messenger bag. She want's a back pack for comfort but does not want to look 'uncool'. What do your DDs use please?

MegGriffin Fri 03-Jun-11 15:24:54

Title should read year 7!

OddBoots Fri 03-Jun-11 15:28:06

Have a look and see what the children going to that school wear but I would agree with your dd, a backpack is more comfortable (and if worn correctly causes least damage to a growing spine). Around here it is the norm to have any Nike backpack but that may vary from area to area.

LordSucre Fri 03-Jun-11 15:29:25

what about an animal backpack. Trendy and can be in plain black but coloured wording?

Anything Nike round here according to my dc is chav grin

webwiz Fri 03-Jun-11 16:07:05

Mine certainly started with backpacks probably at least up until year 9 when it developed into Jane Norman carrier bags and other nonsensehmm.

MegGriffin Fri 03-Jun-11 16:13:02

Thank you. We have watched them go in and the girls seem to have big handbags although they could be older, it's hard to tell. A few have the pe type bags on their backs so a bit of a variety really. None of them wear coats, despite the weather hmm. Apparently that's because they have no where to put their coats all day. She will have a locker but they are randomly allocated and could be the other side of the school from your form room. So much for me to learn about!

ColonelBrandonsBiggestGroupie Fri 03-Jun-11 16:15:27

Both my dds started Yr 7 with packpacks but I must admit they didn't use them for long. DD2 is now in Yr 9 and it seems that Paperchase messneger bags or old-fashioned Gola/Dunlop etc are the current bags of choice.

ColonelBrandonsBiggestGroupie Fri 03-Jun-11 16:16:18

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titchy Fri 03-Jun-11 16:37:45

Large black handbag here. Paul's boutique wouild be ideal!

inthesticks Fri 03-Jun-11 16:55:43

I have boys but rucksacks seem to be the norm. They last a term if we are lucky.
They need to be very large as they end up carting all their stuff around all day. This includes not only books but PE kit, trainers for PE, and a coat rammed in there if I have "forced" them to wear one because it's snowing.
DS1 takes a packed lunch as well and insists it all must go in the one bag.
Apparently even when there are lockers available they don't want to use them.

stillfeel18inside Fri 03-Jun-11 17:08:50

My Yr7 DS says NO-ONE wears a rucksack they're SO UNCOOL MUM so I've just (eventually, after much nagging) bought him a 2nd school bag - this time a messenger one which he says EVERYONE LITERALLY has. So I'd avoid rucksacks. The girls seem to carry enormous handbags though but others will be wiser as to brands as I only have DSes.

FluffyHamster Fri 03-Jun-11 17:14:54

Suoerdry messenger style bags for boys here
Monsoon bags for girls.

We had this discussion the other day (as DS1 is going to secondary in September). I commented that at the same age I made my own bag by cutting up an old pair of jeans and sewing across the bottom and adding a strap. I even sewed a 'purse' behind the zip fly...

DH disappeared and proudly re-emerged with his old Dunlop bag which he still had in the loft shock.

DS1 gave us both a withering look..... hmm

Greenshadow Fri 03-Jun-11 17:17:11

It's only rucksacks here (but then I only have experience of boys).

Actually, more and more schools seem to be doing away with text books, so there is less to carry now than there used to be.

emilielondon Fri 03-Jun-11 17:19:05

At the school where I work, the children have to have either a completly plain back bag or a specially branded one e.g. the school's own design. Other bags get taken off them. I know most schools aren't this...specific lol but just wanted to warn you that some can be. To be fair, the one your DS will attend doesn't sound that way from your description

Marlinspike Fri 03-Jun-11 17:21:07

For girls oversize handbags are the thing here, with PE kit carried in a carrier bag (pref Jack Wills, failing that Miss Selfridge or Top Shop.)

Oh, and yes, the no coats thing goes on in all seasons, but you have to accessorise the lack of coat with a pair of last year's school shoes that have holes in the bottom and top.

But you must NEVER forget to plaster on the foundation, even though an oldster like myself would KILL for that lovely, dewy, unblemished skin grin

Don't get me started with the micro mini!

inthesticks Fri 03-Jun-11 17:22:50

We are uncool here wink. I hate peer pressure.
I drilled into them at an early age that fashion is for sheep and they should never wear, or more importantly,do , anything just because everyone else does. Fine if they genuinely like something.

MegGriffin Fri 03-Jun-11 19:37:51

Thanks again. DD isn't too worried about what other people think but obv does not want to get picked on for having an untrendy/babyish/uncool bag.
Will look around over the summer hols and find something not too expensive in case she changes her mind later on I think.

IloveJudgeJudy Fri 03-Jun-11 20:30:57

Messenger type bags here for all. DS1 has a Bench one which has been great. DD has a black Nike one (and some big handbags in between) which hasn't been so good, but she's very hard on her bags and DS2 has a flimsy Nike backpack (drawstring bag?). I didn't used to like Nike, but they seem to last very well.

coastgirl Fri 03-Jun-11 20:32:07

Cath Kidston bags are all the rage here!

MmeBlueberry Fri 03-Jun-11 20:52:23

Get a fully supported backpack.

Tangfasticlady Fri 03-Jun-11 20:59:36

My DD and her year seem to like the big bags from primani Primark.

cat64 Fri 03-Jun-11 21:03:37

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AvengingGerbil Fri 03-Jun-11 21:09:09

What is a messenger-style bag, please? Is it a satchel? <hopelessly uncool>

VivaLeBeaver Fri 03-Jun-11 21:15:31

Kind of satchel shape but no flap. Google gola messenger bag.

cat64 Fri 03-Jun-11 21:18:08

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