We have a Breakfast Club which opens at 8.10 a.m. All children from Year 1 upwards can attend. The cost is £1.30 or 70p for those on free school meals. The children get a substantial breakfast – cereal, a cooked meal, toast, fruit juice and tea or hot chocolate.

Unless they come to Breakfast Club children should not arrive on the school premises before 8.30 a.m. as there is no-one on supervision duty until this time. In the morning parents of Nursery, Reception and Year 1 children are expected to stay in the playground with their children until 8.50 a.m. when the teachers take them into class. Children in all other year groups wait independently in the playground and are supervised by staff.

Session Times

School starts at 8:50am
School finishes at 3:15pm

Playtimes
KS1: 10:05 – 10:20am
2:00 – 2:15pm
KS2: 10:25 – 10:40am

Lunchtime
Reception & Year 5 & 6: 11:45 to 12:45pm
Year 1 & 2: 12:00 to 1:00pm
Year 3 & 4: 12:15 to 1:15pm

At the end of the day, junior children are taken to their designated area in the playground by their teacher where they are handed over to parents. Infant and nursery children are collected from their classroom.

Children who are transported to school by the Borough transport will be met off the bus by a special needs assistant.

Lunchtime

The school lunch break is an important part of the day. The children are brought in to eat at staggered intervals and are supervised by mealtime supervisors and teaching assistants. We work with the children to ensure that lunchtime play is a positive experience developing physical and social skills. There are different areas designated for various play activities and we encourage the children to play creatively and cooperatively. We expect high standards of behaviour.

We are fortunate to have excellent school meals planned in accordance with the nutritional standards for school meals. They are cooked on the premises. There is a wide variety of foods offered, and choices each day will include a vegetarian option and halal food. There is always a salad bar, fresh fruit and bread. We need to know if children are not allowed to eat certain foods for religious reasons or due to allergies. Click here to see the school menu.

Money for school dinners is payable on Mondays in advance. It helps us greatly if the correct money is sent in an envelope with the child’s name and class and the amount enclosed.

Many children are entitled to free school lunches. Confidential application forms are available from the school office. No distinction at all is made in school between those children paying and those children have free school meals. Click here to view the Confidential Application Form for Free School Meals.

Some children may prefer to bring a packed lunch to school. It is most important that all children have a nutritious lunch to keep up their energy level throughout the school day. We ask parents to please observe the following:

  • Pack the lunch in a plastic or metal container clearly marked with the child’s name and class.
  • Sweets are not allowed.
  • Drinks should be in a carton or plastic bottle – no cans, glass bottles or fizzy drinks are allowed.

Please note that nuts or nut products are not allowed in school as we have several children and staff who have severe nut allergies.

Dinner arrangements can only be changed at the beginning of the term or half term. Please give notice in writing to the school office.

Assemblies

Our daily assemblies are an important part of the life of our school community. We value the opportunity to come together to share, reflect and celebrate our experiences. We are mindful that Colindale is a multi faith school and plan the content of our assemblies carefully to meet the legal requirements and reflect the multi faith society that we live in. Parents are invited to Class and Year Group Assemblies, which are an opportunity to share and celebrate the diversity of our community, and while parents have the right to withdraw children from assemblies we are pleased that this does not happen and that assemblies are well attended by all our parents