This competition is now closed — watch this space to find out who the lucky winners are!

We know the first day of ‘big school’ is a big deal – and we want you to share the moment with us!

Snap a photo of your Grade 1 learner all ready to head off to big school, upload them to firstgrader.you.co.za and you could win one of the the awesome prizes below.

The best part? The winner will be chosen by our readers  – so get sharing on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to get your friends and family to vote!


From 11 to 31 January 2017, you can enter pics of your Grade 1’s big day and collect votes by sharing your entry on social media.

Voting closes at midnight on 31 January, so be sure to get your photos up early so you give your friends and family plenty of time to vote!

The winners will be announced on 1 February on you.co.za.


Photograph your Grade 1 child in their school uniform on their first school day. Remember, your child must have their first school day in January 2017.

Click on “Enter” above or click here to upload photos of your child and fill in their details.

Share your entry on Facebook or Twitter and ask your friends and family to vote, using the special hashtag #firstgrader and tag @YOUMagazine.


The photos must be in portrait style.

Your individual photos may not be more than 4 MB.

Your First Grader must be as clearly visible as possible in the photo.

Make sure you have the copyright on the pictures you enter.

If you have trouble entering send an email to web@you.co.za. We will do our best to solve the problem but unfortunately we can’t upload photos for you.

Only entries through this website are allowed.

Click here for the full list of rules.


First prize: valued at R9 550

• Full set of Smart-kids Grade 1 Books (including Gr 1-3 Skills Books and Readers), Dictionary and a Practice Test Book
• Grade 1 Maths Workbook for winner’s Grade 1 class (maximum of 33 per class).
• A Via Afrika Tabtor Maths subscription for one year

Second prize: valued at R6 370

• Smart-Kids Grade 1 Workbooks, 5 Skills Books, Practice Test Book and a Dictionary
• Smart-Kids Skills Book for winner’s Grade 1 class (maximum of 33 per class)
• A Via Afrika Tabtor Maths subscription for one year

Third prize: valued at R5 870

• Smart-Kids Grade 1 Workbooks, 2 Skills Books, Dictionary and a Practice Test Book
• Set of Smart-Kids Reading books Level 1-3 (set of 16) for the Grade 1 Classroom
• A Via Afrika Tabtor Maths subscription for one year