Back to School: The Ultimate High School Supply Checklist

Author: Dana McGorlick-Appelman  Date Posted:5 January 2022 

Not sure what supplies to stock up on for back to school? Keep reading to discover a range of essential supplies for High School Students.

  • Pencil Case

We recommend: Micador Clear Multi-Purpose Pouch A4

This Micador Clear Multi-Purpose Pouch is perfect for home or school to keep all your stationery together and easily transportable! The clear design makes it easy to see and locate certain items and includes a removable slip for personal details if your child is using it for school. 

The A4 size is also perfect for keeping notebooks together. 

  • A4 size
  • Ideal carry and storage solution
  • Made from thick, strong, long-lasting reinforced plastic
  • Reinforced zips for secure closure and long life
  • Designed in Australia

  • Glue sticks

We recommend: UHU Glue Stic 21g

The UHU Glue Stick is a fast, strong and easy to use glue stick that dries clear, with a unique screw cap that prevents the glue from drying out. This formula consists of 98% natural ingredients, it is non-toxic and solvent-free.

  • Scissors

We recommend: Craft Tools - Scissors 21cm

  • Sharpener

We recommend: Derwent Manual Twin Hole Sharpener With Reservior


  • Ruler

We recommend: Stainless Steel Metric/Imperial Ruler 30cm

This standard 30cm Stainless Steel Metric/Imperial Ruler is a multipurpose tool ideal for school, work or home. Its solid metal edge helps you to draw straight, definitive lines every time. It is durable and will not break or wear over time even with daily use. It has two units of measurement for precise, exact measuring. Double-sided ruler, Hanging hole for easy storage, Protective pouch included


  • Eraser


  • Pens

We recommend:

Mont Marte Fineliner Marker Pen Set - Graphic Fineliners 7pc

Perfect for writing, presentations, illustration, outlining and lettering, the Mont Marte Graphic Fineliners feature fine, firm nibs for creating crisp, precise lines.

This pack features 7 graphic fineliners in varying sizes with easy-flow, quick-drying, water-based ink that's completely odour free, so won't emit the fumes an alcohol-based marker will making them safe for artists of all ages.

Each fineliner has a soft-grip barrel that's comfortable to hold and allows you to maintain control for precision drawing. Complete with a hard plastic storage case, these fineliners can be easily transported to work, school or the studio and packed away neatly and compactly. 

Pentel Energel Retractable Gel Roller Pen 0.7mm

The Energel Retractable Gel Roller Pen could be considered the Next Generation of gel roller pen.

Featuring super-smooth & quick-drying liquid gel ink, it also has a sleek and stylish barrel with rubber grip for hours of comfortable writing.

Point width measures 0.7mm.

Available in either black, red, orange, pink and violet ink.



  • Graphite Pencils

We recommend: Mont Marte Graphite Pencils in 2B and HB

These great all-rounders pencils feature smooth leads that are easy to sharpen and erase, making them ideal for both drawing and writing.

  • Coloured pencils

We recommend Mont Marte Colour Pencils - Essentials 12pc

Do you want rich and vibrant colour pencils without busting the bank balance? Well, that’s exactly what you get with Mont Marte Essential Colour Pencils, because they are easily affordable, yet still, maintain a very high-quality standard. These pencils are a delight to use; they have rich and velvety textures in a range of brilliant colours that will be perfectly suited for beginners and students.


  • Markers

We recommend: Mont Marte Dual-Tip Alcohol Art Markers

These high-pigmented alcohol-based ink markers are perfect for colour-coded note-taking, drawing and presentations.

Each marker features a dual tip design giving you the flexibility whether you need coverage with a chisel tip or detail with the fine brush end.

  • Compass

We recommend: Staedtler Compass Basic

Precision compass for the first circle-drawing exercises at school. Case with hinged lid containing 1 compass with lead box. Great for school, home or the office

  • Geometry set

We recommend: Faber Castell Stellar Geometry Set

The Faber Castell Stellar 11 Piece Geometry Set is a perfect set of essentials for students studying maths, geometry and art!

This set contains a 180 degree protractor, 45 degree set square, 60 degree set square, compass, dividing compass, eraser, lead refills, pencil, ruler, sharpener and point refills. Keep all items conveniently together in the handy storage tin. 


  • Coloured Fineliners

We recommend: Mont Marte Fineliner Marker Pen Set - Mini 12pc

 With their slim 0.4mm point, these odour-free Mont Marte Mini Fineliners produce crisp, clean lines. The 12 colours in this set are bright, quick flowing and very fast drying, perfect for colour-coded note-taking and presentations. The mini size also makes them great for pencil cases.


We suggest: X-Press It Refillable Display Folio - Black

X-Press It A3 Refillable Display Book is suitable for presentations, photographs, artworks, important documents and more!

  • Contains 20 refillable sleeves with black polypropylene inserts
  • Acid-Free
  • Archival quality polypropylene

  • Highlighters

We recommend: Bruynzeel Highlighter Set 4pc - Pastel

Colourful set of highlighters, ideal for notes and highlighting important information. 

  • Carefully selected colours
  • Reliable Bruynzeel quality
  • Made in Holland
  • Triangular shape for a good grip
  • For thick and thin lines
  • Highlight and underline with 1 marker
  • Water-based pigmented ink

  • Visual Diary

Mont Marte Visual Art Diary Spiral Bound White Paper

This 120 page Visual Diary features 110gsm paper, is spiral bound and is backed by a heavyweight card to provide a sturdy surface. 

Visual Diaries are fantastic for keeping track of creative ideas and are suitable for use with a wide range of dry sketching media. 

Available in a range of sizes including A4, A3 and A5

  • Watercolour disc

We recommend: Mont Marte Paint Set - Watercolour Travel Disc 18pc

This handy little travel set is compact and easy to use. It includes three twist-together layers of long-lasting watercolour discs and a clear plastic lid/palette.


Other essentials:

  • Backpack
  • Drink bottle
  • Lunch box
  • Daily planner
  • Whiteout
  • Notebooks

What is your favourite back to school study essentials? Tell us in the comments below!

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