Saturday, 15 October 2011

Week 24 progress report - UNIFORMS

This week we have investigated a great new website which we are hoping to pilot for our uniform ordering systems next term. The programme is being used for business and in one established school and we are lucky to have been involved early with the developers to have the system tailored to meet the needs of our school.
Our uniform is in the final design stages, just a few tweaks re the embroidery size and placement and then we will have a size fit range at school for students to try on.
The plan is to have the size fit range at school and the ordering online with internet banking. Once the orders are received at school Nadine will process the order and let you know when the uniform is ready to be picked up. You will appreciate that we do not have space at the temporary offices to store a lot of stock so our suppliers are kindly storing it for us.
The rationale for the uniform was that it be comfortable, robust, provide choice to students and wear well. We asked children and parents what they wanted in a uniform and have been liaising with our supplier for some months to provide a "wardrobe" that children can choose from.
The uniform consists of a choice of:

  • Girls Cargo Skirt (with shorts attached)
  • Girls Bootleg Pants
  • Boys Cargo Shorts
  • Boys Cargo Pants
  • Light Blue T-Shirt
  • Denim Blue T-Shirt
  • Black Polar Fleece
  • Black Bucket Hat
  • PE Shirt 
  • PE Short 

We do not have the final costings as yet as this is dependent to some degree on the embroidery but will have these soon. We have endeavored to keep costs minimal without compromising on quality and the fact that we are selling direct without involving a third party means that the cost to parents is reduced.

Our PE uniform is optional at this stage and we will take "expressions of interest". We anticipate that as the school grows we will ask our children to have a sports uniform but this is not a priority for parents at the moment. We will have a sports uniforms we use for our sports teams at school so there will be no requirement for parents to purchase a sports uniform if your child is in one of our teams.

Nadine (our fabulous school secretary) will be full time next term and the school office will be open at the following times:

Monday/Tuesday    8am to 4pm
Wednesday             10am to 6pm (alternate)
Thursday/Friday      8am to 4pm

This gives parents an opportunity to pop in before or after school or on a Wednesday evening to try on uniforms and organise enrolments.

Our establishment board meetings are on a Wednesday afternoon so the late night dates to pop in for uniforms next term are:

Wednesday 2 November
Wednesday 16 November
Wednesday 30 November
Wednesday 14 December

This will also give children a chance to meet us and have a look at the plans and photos of their new school, ask any questions and let us know what they would like to see at their new school.

In building news this week; the huge ply wall in the hall has been installed and the cobbling of the courtyards is underway:

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