Early Morning Club and After-School Care
Breaside recognises and understands the need for out of hours childcare for our parents. We operate a Breakfast Club for parents to drop their children off at school from 7:30 am and an Afterschool Club that operates until 6:00pm. Obviously places are limited, but we are here to help and will do everything in our power to accommodate your children.
There are many other teacher and specialist run clubs for your children to attend at the end of the day too. Please look at individual clubs for further details or contact the School Office for further information – Tel: 020 8460 0916.
Clubs and Activities
We offer a wide range of clubs and activities which complement the school curriculum, which includes Tae Kwon-do, Spanish, Elocution (Speech and Drama), Cross Country, Jewellery Making, Homework Club, Munchkins Sports, First Aid Club, Choir, Cookery Club, CS Coaching, Ballet and many more. Childen across all of our Key Stages are encouraged to participate in all the clubs.
Breaside School offers a holiday club during the Christmas, Easter and Summer holidays, open to all children from the age of 3 upwards. The club is designed to be flexible and is available from 8am until 4pm, for morning or afternoon sessions or for the whole day. This club is open to children from other schools as well as Breaside pupils.
The children are busy with a range of daily craft activities including themed or seasonal cookery and art projects. For the more active children there are plenty of supervised outdoor activities dependent on weather conditions such as sports, kite making and orienteering. During some of the holidays we will also organise trips off site to parks, farms & museums.
We believe that learning does not just take place within the classroom and a variety of trips to places of interest are organised for each year group throughout the year. In Year 5, the pupils are offered the opportunity of taking part in an activities week in Dorset, where they can try a variety of outward-bound activities. The Year 6 trip to France gives our pupils the opportunity to practise their language skill as well as continue their outdoor pursuits.
For details of forthcoming trips and expeditions, have a look at our calendar.
Instrumental and Vocal Tuition at Breaside
Over 140 students receive instrumental or vocal lessons each week at Breaside. We have a large team of experienced specialist music teachers (known as peripatetic teachers).
Lessons are either provided by staff from Bromley Youth Music Trust (known as BYMT) or by self-employed teachers.
What can students learn?
We are currently able to offer individual lessons to pupils who are in Years 1-6 on the following instruments:
Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello, Mini Bass
Woodwind: Flute, Recorder, Clarinet, Jazz Saxophone, Oboe, Mini Bassoon Fife and ‘Nuvo’ or ‘Toot’ versions of these instruments are suitable for younger children
Brass: Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba ‘pBone’ versions of brass instruments are suitable for younger children
Other: Guitar, Ukulele, Drum Kit, Piano and Singing (drum kit not usually available until pupils are in Year 4)
If there is enough demand we may be able to offer tuition on an instrument not listed.
When and where will they have the lessons?
Lessons take place during the school day. Pupils come out of lessons to attend, but the timetable is worked out on a rotation basis so they do not miss the same lesson each week.
How much do lessons cost?
Individual 30 minute lesson £190.00 per term 10 lessons
Individual 20 minute lesson £126.68 per term 10 lessons
Individual 15 minute lesson £95.00 per term 10 lessons
(0nly available for beginner pianists in Years 1-3)
How do I pay?
Once we have received your application/agreement form, we will book the lessons with one of our teachers and you will either receive an email regarding how to pay or the teacher will send you an invoice.
Are there any instrumental/vocal lessons you would particularly recommend?
No. All are as worthwhile as each other – the most important things are that your child attends regularly and practises during the week. Just ten minutes a day can make all the difference to progress!
What do I do about obtaining an instrument?
If you are applying for piano lessons you will need a keyboard/piano at home. If you are applying for drum kit lessons you will need practice pads and sticks and in time, we would recommend you buy a drum kit. If you decide to buy/hire an instrument please seek advice before doing so. We recommend hiring from BYMT or Saunders Music or hiring/buying from Just Flutes (who sell more than just flutes!). Please visit their websites for further information:
Saunders Music http://www.saundersmusic.co.uk/
Just Flutes https://www.justflutes.com
How do I apply for music lessons?
Simply fill in the attached application/agreement form and return it to the school office.
When do lessons start?
The first set of 10 (out of 30) lessons commence in September. It is possible to apply for lessons at any point in the school year, however we often have a waiting list therefore children may have to wait until a slot becomes available.
What happens if we want to stop music lessons?
You need to email/write to Mrs Coop by half term. Lessons can only stop at the end of a set of 10 – not part way through.
Will learning an instrument help my child’s education?
Yes, we believe so. There is an increasing body of evidence to suggest that children learning an instrument not only improve their social and practical skills, but their progress and achievement in other subjects increases, as they develop their listening, comprehension and reading skills.
Mrs S Coop
Head of Music