Every child in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 is able to receive a free meal at school as part of a government scheme.
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On joining Swaffield, you will need to register using this form.
If you would have qualified for a free meal anyway, we need to know so that the school does not miss out on valuable additional funding called Pupil Premium.
This extra money allows us to provide additional resources and equipment that will benefit your child, so it is imperative that we have this information.
Download a free school meal application form here.
This Term's Lunch Menu
Download a copy of the Lunch menu here.
All meals are cooked freshly on the premises and a varied and balanced menu runs on a three week cycle.
Parents/children must choose whether they will have a hot meal or bring a packed lunch for each Half Term.
If you wish to change this the school will require a minimum of 2 weeks' notice before the start of the next half-term otherwise we will assume your child's choice remains constant.
How to Pay
From 1st April 2018, the price of a school meal is £2.25 and you must pay for at least one week (5 days) in advance on a Monday (or the first day of the school week).
You may pay in advance for any number of meals and when your child is absent from school or on a school visit/trip your account will not be charged. We will remind you when you are running out of credit and need to pay more. Cheques should be made payable to Swaffield Primary School with your child's name & class on the back. We do not give change when paying in cash but if you require a refund because your child has discontinued taking a hot meal you must request this in writing and a cheque will be issued.
You can also pay by BANK TRANSFER :-
Bank Account Name: Swaffield Primary School
Branch: NATWEST - Wandsworth Branch
Sort Code: 60-22-28
Account Number: 69616884
Reference: Please use SM followed by your child's name (e.g. SMEmma Smith)
Your Child's Choice of Meal
From Nursery to Year 2 parents will need to choose their child's meal for each day - write it, together with their child's name and class on a piece of paper to be handed into the class in the morning.
This is looked after by staff until lunchtime. If you do not make this choice your child will be given the vegetarian choice of the day. Children from Year 3 to Year 6 can choose their meal at the servery.
To ensure that you are getting value for money all children will be encouraged to eat their school meal. They will be required to take at least one portion of vegetables although there is also bread and salad available as an alternative. If you choose to send your child to school with a packed lunch the school staff will assume that you want them to eat what you have provided for them. They will be encouraged to eat it all. If the school staff feel that your child does not have sufficient in their packed lunch OR that they have not eaten very much for lunch a letter will be sent home to inform you.
Please also read our Packed Lunch and Whole School Food Policy which you'll find on our Policies page.
If your child has special dietary requirements, please read the letter to parents below and use the special diets registration form to give details to the school lunch caterers.
Our school has a school milk scheme through CoolMilk.
By registering your child for our school milk scheme they will receive a 189ml (third of a pint) carton of semi-skimmed milk every day.
How Much Does It Cost?
Thanks to government subsidies, school milk is free for all under-fives and is subsided at around £15 a term for children aged five or older.
What Are The Benefits Of School Milk?
School milk provides your child with essential nutrients such as calcium and protein, for strong, healthy teeth and bones.
It is also rehydrating and energy boosting, helping to bridge the long gap between breakfast and lunch so children stay focused.
Find out the top ten reasons to drink school milk at www.coolmilk.com/whyschoolmilk
How To Register Your Child
If your child is under five:
- Go to www.coolmilk.com or pick up a form from school.
- Just register by a Tuesday for your child’s free milk to start the following week.
- Free milk will continue until the Friday before your child’s fifth birthday. You will receive a payment request three weeks before this time- if you wish for your child to continue to receive school milk simply make a payment.
If your child is over five
- Go to www.coolmilk.com or pick up a form from school.
- Pay Cool Milk online, over the phone, at a local PayPoint or by cheque in instalments to suit you. If registering online you can pay straight away, if using a registration form you will need to wait to receive a payment request.
- Just pay by a Tuesday for your child’s milk to start the following week.
Want To Find Out More?
Visit www.coolmilk.com or contact Cool Milk directly on 0844 854 2913.
What goes on in the Playground at Lunchtime?
As part of Swaffield's continuous commitment to improvement, we look at our outdoor spaces, how they are being used, particularly during playtimes and how we can improve the whole experience.
We always include the children and staff in the decision making for any changes and we have support from the governors and the parents.
The play areas are zoned so that a variety of games and activities can be available every day.
We have a dedicated team of staff who are happy to engage with the children as well as looking after their welfare and safety. The range of activities is changed every day and the children get the opportunity to decide what is on offer.
Peer Mediation Scheme
We now have a group of 30 children from Years 5 & 6 who have been trained as Peer Mediators.
The Peer Mediators have been specially trained in conflict resolution and problem-solving techniques so that they can be on hand at lunchtimes to mediate pupil conflicts among children. The Peer Mediation team take it in turns to be on duty and will use their good listening skills, as well as what they’ve learned, to resolve issues and disagreements between other children in Years 2 to 6 inclusive. The team meets every Monday after school.