Events this week…

Tuesday – Rights Ambassadors to a Sustainable Transport Workshop.

Brookfield school council reps out on Camden school council training

Thursday – Y5 to The Place and Y1 and Y2 Shakespeare workshops.

Friday – Y1 PAC Maths, Y4 trip to the Science Museum and Nursery Lantern Festival on the heath 3:30-5pm.

 ***We’re still in need of a parent volunteer to accompany School Council to and from the Training Development Centre by Mornington Crescent (bus journeys only) tomorrow. They will be leaving school by 9:30am and will need accompanying back to school at approximately 1pm. Please contact Laura if you can help l.smale@brookfield.camden.sch.uk ***

Curriculum news

Shadowgraphy Presentation to EYFS 

Laurel writes: Last Wednesday, I had the pleasure of attending the light and shadow show for the EYFS by Drew Colby and it was brilliant! The children were in awe, engaged and excited by the visions on the screen.​ When I popped into Nursery afterwards, the children were huddled around a box trying to recreate the shadows with torches.

Here are some quotes from the nursery children:

It was good. It was funny. I liked the crocodile bit and him ran away when he sees it. (Alyssah)

I liked the show when he was blowing the whistle. (Gracie)

I liked all of the puppets. His head looked like a turtle shell. (Connie)

He did two heads. One was his head and one was a little one. (Amira)

 Alien spaceship crashes into the Reception playground!

This week we had a surprise visit from an alien spaceship which crashed into the YR outdoor area. The children were excited and curious by the crash landing and were keen to talk about their experience and write letters to the alien.

Shakespeare Schools Foundation Workshops for Y1 and Y2

The Shakespeare workshops are in full swing and year 1 and 2 children have been having a great time learning about The Tempest with Gemma, Lucy, Francesca and Kate (pictured in the photos). Last week the children learnt about the characters in more depth and recreated the storm using body percussion. Next week we are delighted to have Adam (Anna and Ezra’s dad) in to talk about the play in more depth during Friday’s assembly.

Changes to dates for KS1 FAB Shakespeare Performance 

Please be aware that the date for these performances have now changed. The Y2 performance will take place on Thursday 7th December at 2:30pm and the Y1 performance will be on Friday 8th December at 2:30pm. Please can we ask parents to arrive for 2:20pm so that the performances can start promptly. Thank you!

Year 1 PAC Maths

This Friday at 9.00am,  Katherine and Year 1 teachers will be holding their PAC maths workshop in the lower hall.  Y1 parents / carers are very welcome to come along and join in with some fun mathematical games with their children.

Other news 

This week Camden headteachers sent a joint letter to Philip Hammond and Justine Greening outlining their concerns around government funding for schools. A copy of the letter has been emailed out to all Brookfield parents / carers.

Congratulations to Jaleel!
This weekend, Jaleel (5L) attended the Young Musician Award celebration as part of the ‘New Sounds’ project. Jaleel was very fortunate to have the opportunity to work creatively alongside a brilliant young composer and members of the Halle orchestra on a contemporary piece. He played his cello for part of the day and also got to play on a giant xylophone too, as well as being the first person to play djembe (a rope-tuned skin-covered drum played with bare hands). Jaleel received two awards, one for exceptional strings player and one for showing the most innovation in his music making! An amazing achievement. He was also able to meet Jess Gillam (runner up to the Young Musician of the Year) who spoke passionately about the fun and hard work involved in being a top musician. Well done Jaleel!

Sports news

KS2 trials for the swimming gala will commence after the Christmas break. If your child is interested in competing, speak to me/email me for more info.

Those of you brave enough to run in the morning before school; please bring spare socks and change of bottoms as a precaution.

You either get bitter or you get better. It’s that simple. You either take what has been dealt to you and allow it to make you a better person, or you allow it to tear you down. The choice does not belong to fate, it belongs to you – wise old Haseeb

h.khan@brookfield.camden.sch.uk 

Wake n’ Shake Sessions

During the remaining part of the year, Haseeb and Aaron (our Fit for Sport Instructors) will be leading monthly Wake n Shake Sessions in both playgrounds on a Friday morning from 8.30am. This will be a fantastic opportunity to round the week off on a healthy and community orientated note. The first session will take place (weather permitting) next Friday December 1st in the KS1 playground.

News from the office

This half-term’s lunches are £84.

School Places 

We currently have places in Nursery, Reception, Y3, Y4 and Y5. If you have family or friends who may be interested, please ask them to call 020 7272 9627, visit the school office or website.

Lateness 

We cannot emphasize enough the importance of getting your child to school on time. Whilst the vast majority of families manage this very well, we have recorded 205 lates over the last three weeks which is completely unacceptable – see breakdown below.

Y6 – 21 Y3 – 67 YR – 8
Y5 – 23 Y2 – 18 N – 5
Y4 – 30 Y1 – 33

We want to ensure that we are in the best possible position to help and support our families and as such, you will now be asked to provide more information as to why your child is late. School gates open at 8:45am (KS1 playground) and 8:50am (KS2 playground) and children can enter the building from 8.50am. Children are expected to be up in class by  8.55am with registers closed at 9.00am. We will be monitoring the situation closely over the coming weeks and families who currently struggle with their punctuality will receive follow up letters this week.

Please note: regardless of whether the gates are still open, if your child is not in class by 9.00am, they are late and will be recorded as such.

Parent Governor Elections

We will be holding an election to appoint a parent governor to take up their post in January 2018.

Any parent may nominate themselves or another parent, with their permission. In line with good practice, the governing body regularly audits the skills it requires to be as effective as possible. We would particularly welcome nominations from parents who have experience of working in education, and experience in reviewing primary school data.

Full details will be emailed to you later today. A Governor Information Pack is available from the office – please email Cee on c.rowlands@brookfield.camden.sch.uk if you wish to receive a copy.

If you wish to stand, please send in a signed short supporting statement (100-250 words) and a photograph by FRIDAY 1 DECEMBER 2017.

 

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***The Brookfield Winter Fair***

SATURDAY 2nd DECEMBER 12pm-3pm

Join the Infant and Junior Choirs and perform on the stage at the Winter Fair!

Please contact lucyread@icloud.com to sign-up.

The Y4 Farmer’s Market needs your jam jars or contributions of home made pickles/preserves – or any home-made gifts and goods would be most welcome!

The Year 3 craft stall needs your BUTTONS! Please leave all donations in the office.

***ORDER YOUR CHRISTMAS CARDS THIS WEEK***

Thank you to so many families for taking part in the Brookfield Christmas Card fundraising project. Today you will get your child’s card design back and you can now order the cards designed by your children.

Visit www.apfsorders.co.uk to place your order. You will need to use the unique order code and your child’s surname – which you’ll find on the label on the back of their card design.

The deadline for all orders is Sunday 26th November.

***What’s happening this week!***

Send your children to school in their favourite costumes/fancy dress on Friday 24 November!! THE CATCH? BRING IN A TOMBOLA PRIZE.

Mark has kindly agreed to let children wear fancy dress on the 24th as long as they/you bring in something for the Tombola stand at the Brookfield Winter Fair. We’re running two Tombolas – one for children and one for adults. Your donated prizes should be new or as good as: bottles of wine, spirits, bubble bath, perfume, lotions, plants, photo frames, chocolates, anything that would be nice to win! And for children: new toys, games, books, lego, sweets, Christmas chocolate packs, jigsaws, anything a child would like to win! Please hand your Tombola gift to Carol in the office on Friday 24th. Thank you!

On Friday 24th after school, the following will be on offer in the playgrounds:

Raffle tickets!! Get your raffle tickets early! £1 a strip.

Gingerbread for the gingerbread competition! £2

***Xmas drinks!***

Please join us at 8pm on Thursday 7th December at the Star. All welcome!

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

Newsletter – 20th November