Welcome back 

I trust you all enjoyed a wonderful and relaxing half – term. It’s great to have you all back and we’re really looking forward to some more exciting learning during the course of the next few weeks.

Events this week…

Wednesday – 9.00am Y2 PAC Maths (lower hall) and PTA new parents meeting (music room). PTA AGM at 6.45pm

Thursday –      Shakespeare workshops Y1 and Y2

Friday –           Y5 Bake Sale

 Curriculum news

FAB Shakespeare Project

This half-term, years 1 and 2 will be working with the ‘Shakespeare Schools Foundation’ (SSF) to develop their drama skills and learn about one of Shakespeare’s plays –  The Tempest.

In preparation for this, Hattie Ladbury (parent and professional actor) worked with the children over the course of 2 days just before half-term on some introductory workshops linked to the play. During these workshops, they were able to familiarise themselves with some of the key themes through drama and movement and also to work on their voice projection and intonation.

Today in assembly, Emily Price (Y4 teacher and arts co-ordinator) led a whole school introduction to our FAB Shakespeare Project and involved Hattie in some choral work with the whole school – it was great fun!

Over the course of the next few weeks, years 1 and 2 will participate in several drama workshops with SSF, Gemma and Lucy and these will culminate in some performances on Thursday 7th December. During these performances, the children will share some of their drama exercises and games and also interpretations of the play itself. Please put this date in your diary – it would be lovely to see lots of you there.

We are extremely excited about the project and grateful to Shakespeare Schools Foundation, Hattie Ladbury, Emily and others for helping make this possible and to the PTA for their financial support. Every child will be involved in the project and we hope that the project will instil in our children a greater awareness and appreciation for Shakespeare, the confidence to act and perform in front of others and stronger collaboration skills.

If you would like to get involved in the project in any way, do contact Emily on e.price@brookfield.camden.sch.uk

Open Afternoon Follow up

Thank you to all those parents who have managed to book up appointments to see their child’s class teacher. It still isn’t too late to book an appointment – do please get in touch.

Selling Poppies

During the next 2 weeks, we will be selling poppies at pick up in both playgrounds to support the work of the Royal British Legion. Suggested donation = £1

Governors Drop In

On Wednesday November 15th at 9.00am in the lower hall, governors will be holding their termly drop in for parents/carers. Do come along to share any thoughts and ideas.

Sports news

Tomorrow is the start of the CSSA football league which is held at Talacre. Our Y5 and Y6 team have three fixtures and we finish playing at 5.40pm returning to school by 6.15pm (traffic permitting). Let’s wish them luck in the new campaign as the boys look to mount a serious title challenge and the girls are ready to put up a strong fight in their title defence.

Y4, please can we have a real strong push with swimming! The children have made great progress and the more they swim (out of school) the better they will become.

We are covering football across the school this half term. Please send your child with appropriate foot wear!

All sports clubs start this week. Children will be collected from the playground after school. Please give them healthy snacks!

I’d like to welcome Aaron who is the new Fit for Sport coach, please give him a warm Brookfield welcome. I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Michele for all his hard work and wish him all the best at his new school.

If you wish to know the mind of a person, listen to their words. If you want to know their heart, watch their actions – wise old Haseeb.

Clubs news

Clubs start from today! The deadline for reply slips and payment has now passed. Please contact Sophie with any queries you may have on s.silman@brookfield.camden.sch.uk

News from the office

Medicines

Please can we remind all parents and carers that ALL medications must be left with the office along with a note about dosage. Children must not carry medications in their bags or on their person.

Pick up Arrangements

Starting Tuesday 31st October, parents of children in both reception classes will be encouraged to leave at the end of the day through our Nursery. We are hoping that this will ease congestion outside classrooms and in the tunnel area and make collection times smoother for everyone.

Morning Drop offs

Please can we remind parents that you must not drop your children off on the zigzag road markings outside school as this area must be kept clear at all times. Also, if you are legally parked, please remember to switch off your engines.

Brookfield PTA News

***MEETINGS THIS WEEK***

This Wednesday 1st November, there’ll be a meeting for new parents – whether your child is in nursery, reception, or you’ve joined further up the school. 9.05 in the main hall. We’ll be talking about what the PTA can do for you! And what you can do for the PTA!

ALL are welcome to the PTA AGM this Wednesday 1st November, 6.45 in the main hall. A crèche will be provided. Come and have your say about all things PTA.

BAKE SALE THIS FRIDAY 3rd

Year 5 are hosting this Friday’s bake sale in the junior playground. Brookfield bakers we need you! Please bake or buy cakes, biscuits, savoury snacks, fruit for sale – whatever you fancy. And of course, come along on the day and buy yourself some tasty treats!

CHRISTMAS IS COMING

Don’t forget to bring your children’s Christmas card designs into the school office. If they haven’t done one yet, don’t panic! You have until 9th NOVEMBER. The finished cards will be available to buy online later in November – more details to follow.

***NEW CO-CHAIR AND CLASS REPS***

I’m delighted to welcome Lucie Regent as my PTA co-chair! And gratitude is also due to Rob Minto and Leanne Rivers who will be class reps for RKS, and Ting Wong and Elaine Neocleous who’ll be reps for RS. Props are due.

We still need a rep for nursery… jus sayin.

Eliane and Lucie, PTA joint chairs
brookfieldschoolpta@gmail.com

Newsletter – 30th October