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AFTER SCHOOL CLUB

From 6 June 2017 Southill Lower School will be trialling an After School Club from 3.30pm - 5.30pm Monday to Friday.   

Places must be pre-booked .  Please see the document below for full details and a booking form.

BREAKFAST CLUB

From January 2017 Breakfast Club at Southill Lower School will run from 7.50am - 8.50am.  Please visit the Early Birds Breakfast Club tab for full details.

Communication with Parents

 

From Monday 3 April 2017 Southill Lower School will be moving their email and text communication with parents to a provider called ParentMail.  Please find below a letter sent home to parents on Thursday 29 March how the changes will take place and how to register with ParentMail.

 

If you have any problems or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the school office.

Sending Out Leaflets

From time to time, we are asked by outside agencies to distribute leaflets advertising events and activities that might be of interest to our families. While the school is willing to pass on the information to parents, we would like to make it clear that we have not vetted the information or the agencies involved and therefore we would recommend that all information is checked and validated by parents.

Free School Meals

Are you entitled to Free School Meals?  If you receive benefits your child could be tucking into a free tasty meal everyday.  Research shows a school dinner can help concentration levels and also provide a healthy, nutritious and tasty meal.

 

Around 3643 pupils in Central Bedfordshire currently get free school meals (figures supplied by Central Bedfordshire Council in June 2012).  Central Bedfordshire Council think there are lots more who could qualify for free school meals and they would like to help those families to apply for them.

 

To find out more you can contact the school office or phone the council on: 0300 300 8306 or click on the below.

School Meals

These are the menus for the Summer Term 2017. Week commencing 17 April 2017 uses Menu One; the menus then rotate on a weekly basis until the end of each term. The menus do not currently show a vegetarian option but this can be arranged by contacting the school office. The cost of a school meal for pupils in years 3 & 4 is currently £2.10 per day or £10.50 per week: The cost of school meals for the first half of the summer term will be £26.70 (27 days at £2.10). All meals must be paid for in advance please. Pupils in year R, 1 & 2 are entitled to free school meals which are paid for by the government. Payment in cash or by cheque; cheques should be made payable to Southill Lower School with your child's name written on the back. If your child is in year R, 1 or 2 please send in the school lunch slip every Monday. Due to school meals being cooked off school premises, Southill Lower School can not guarantee that each day's menu will be.

School Uniform

 

BRIGADE 2017 SUMMER ORDERING DEADLINES 

 

The last order date for uniform to be delivered to school before the end of term is 

Friday 30 June 2017.

If you miss the above deadline please don't panic, orders can now be delivered to you during the Summer Holidays.  

This year parents/carers can still place an order up to Monday 7 August 2017 and the option of home delivery can be selected.  P&P is Free on orders over £50.00 and just £3.95 under £50.00.  

 

All main school children are expected to wear full uniform as described in the school prospectus.  4 year old pupils attending our nursery provision are not required to wear school uniform until they move into Reception class.


Brigade currently supplies our official school uniform, royal sweatshirt or cardigan with the school logo; our suppliers also offer a range of optional items which we feel parents may find useful and convenient to purchase online.  These include a PE kit, a navy PE sweatshirt, reversible coat and an all-weather suit for children in Martins class only.   To order, please use the link below to visit Brigade's website.  First time users of the site will need to register first.

 

  • Under the New Customer section type Southill and click submit.
  • The next screen should show (Direct to School) Southill Lower School - Biggleswade, click continue.
  • You will then be asked to input your name, address, child's year group, telephone number and email address.  Click submit.
  • A passcode will be emailed to you.  Once you receive your passcode return to the original starter screen and under returning customers enter your email address and passcode.
  • Please read the next screen and then follow the instructions.  On the next screen you will have the option of opening an online ordering help screen and viewing the items available to purchase.

 

Samples of the royal embroidered sweatshirts and cardigans will be held in school should you wish to view them and try them for size before placing your order.

 

Orders are processed twice monthly on the 15th and 30th of the month and delivered into school free of charge 14 days after.  Please remember to submit the school address only in the delivery fields and include your child's name into special instructions.

 

All orders are individually packaged with your child's name printed on the front of the package.  Any returns are to be made direct to Brigade, return instructions will be included in your order.  You will be notified when your order has arrived in school and this will be sent home with your child unless you inform us otherwise.

 

The rest of the school uniform (white shirts and blouses, skirts, trousers, shoes, trainers, etc) will still need to be purchased from suppliers such as Tesco, Asda, and Marks & Spencer (to name a few).  A book bag, paid for by the Friends of Southill Lower School, will be given to your child when they start at Southill Lower School.  These can also be purchased from the school office should you ever need to replace your child's bag.

 

If you have any questions about ordering uniform, please contact the school office on 01462 813312 or email southill@cbc.beds.sch.uk.

Music Lessons

 

Is your child interested in playing a musical instrument?

 

At Southill Lower School we currently offer children from Years 1 - 4 the opportunity to take piano lessons or learn to play a string instrument.  Outside agencies come in to school on a weekly basis to teach those pupils who are interested.  There is a charge incurred.

 

If your child is interested please contact the school office for more details.

 

 

Procedure for School Closure due to Snow

In the event of severe weather conditions when it is decided not to open school , we will notify you by text message on your mobile phone. We will also place a notice on the school’s website and we usually notify the local radio stations, BBC Three Counties and Heart FM, as well as Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC), so that you can check the CBC website for information using their ‘State of Schools’ (SOS) system.

 

Parents can sign up for email alerts from the Schools Opening Status (SOS) system about the status of the school during bad weather conditions (i.e. open or closed).  The SOS system also shows the status of the school transport routes, if the buses will be running or not on a particular route.  It also has the ability to provide highways reports on the state of the roads.  All these will be updated live on the website and email alerts will be sent to notify everyone who has registered.  To sign up for this service, parents should visit the website below and register.  The use of the SOS system will be in addition to the measures mentioned earlier.

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