Events this week…

Many thanks to all those who made it in today – despite the cold and slushy conditions.

Monday – Choir trip to Holly Lodge

Wednesday – Y6 Christmas experience at Highgate Chapel, children’s Christmas lunch and Christmas jumper day, YR carol songs – 3pm

Thursday – Junior Concert at 10.00am

Friday – Nursery festive songs and class party at 2pm. Break up for the holidays

2018  -2019 dates are yet to be finalised, but will be shared at the start of next term. In the meantime, please take note that the children are likely to be back on Wednesday September 5th 2018 and that any booked summer holidays need to take this into account. Thank you!

Curriculum news

Rohingya Muslims Appeal

Many thanks to all those who took part in last week’s fundraising for The Rohingya Muslims Appeal. Lots of you donated money on the gates and several children also took part in sponsored events. Chaya (Y5) was one of several children who gave up something during the week to help support the Rohingyas. She chose to forego the comfort of her own bed for the bath tub and in the process raised over £200. What an amazing achievement! If you also took part in a sponsored event, I would love to hear from you and share your achievements in the next newsletter. In the meantime, please continue to collect in any oustanding sponsorship money and hand it into the school office so we can work out how much money we have raised althogether.  Any further donations to the appeal can also be dropped off in the school office and added to the total. Thank you so much everybody. The money really will make a difference!

Y1 and Y2 Shakespeare Showcases

Congratulations to Years 1 and 2 for sharing some fabulous renditions of The Tempest to parents / carers last week. The children performed with great confidence and enthusiasm and it was encouraging to see so many parents / carers in attendance.

 

Francesca from the Shakespeare Schools Foundation emailed the Y1 and Y2 staff with the following:

‘Just to say a big congratulations from Kate and myself for everything you’ve achieved this week and over the last half term. You went above and beyond what we expected, extending the sessions brilliantly into the classroom and rehearsing tirelessly for your showcase – plus making beautiful costumes, power points and sound tracks. The joy the children had in telling the story was really telling. They were lovely groups to work with and we really looked forward to our sessions with you every fortnight. I had some lovely conversations with parents after the performances, not least a mum who said her son had been talking about nothing but The Tempest for weeks. This is the height of our ambition – that the children will remember this as a fun and exciting achievement and will feel they can own Shakespeare and his stories.’

I’d also like to take this opportunity to pass on my congratulations too. Kate, Francesca and the Y1 and Y2 teachers have really brought the play to life with great enthusiasm and commitment and this has been a really powerful and memorable introduction to Shakespeare for some of our youngest children. Well done everybody!

A video of the Y2’s Tempest Rap has been uploaded onto the  the web-site under News and Events. Do take a look at it. The rap was written by the children and staff and is really impressive!

Rock Steady Concert

Congratulations to all our budding Rock Stars for some spirited performances last week at this term’s Rock Steady Concert. Dan (The Music Man) drew attention to the fact that all the groups had learned not one, but 2 songs this term, which was an amazing accomplishment. Many thanks to Dan for organising the concert and to all the children’s adoring fans (family and friends) who turned out to support their children.

Also a big congratulations to all those children who performed in last week’s Infant Concert as well. Again it was great to see so many parents/carers in attendance. This week it will be the turn of the Juniors to peform in their concert on Thursday at 10.00am.

Other news 

Next half term’s Auction

We are very excited about next half term’s auction and would urge you to put the date in your diary  – Thursday February 8th (just before half term). More details will follow in the PTA newsletters but if you would like to help or donate items / services, please contact Sebastian or Eiril on sebastian.gardiner@yahoo.co.uk or eiril@articholiday.co.uk. Many thanks!

Y4 Bake Sale

Congratulations to Y4 for helping to raise an impressive £170 at our latest Bake Sale. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Junior choir perform for Holly Lodge 

Today was the annual visit to the Holly Lodge Christmas lunch for older people. The children sung beautifully, ably supported by Julia.

Sports news

CONGRATULATIONS to our ‘mixed’ Y5 football team! They won the mini league and went undefeated drawing only one game! The girls and boys both showed skill, team work and good spirit.

Our Y5 and Y6 football team earned a hard fought draw that still keeps them in the hunt for the league title. Their next match is Tuesday 9th January ’18.

The Y5 boys Sport4All football friendly is this Wednesday at Talacre. I will be sending a reminder letter to those involved.

The girls friendly matches will be in the new year on Wednesday 10th January 2018; a letter will be sent out to the girls involved when we return.

Y4 resume swimming when we return and will have lessons Monday 8th January 2018. For some, the festive time is busy but I would urge you to make some time to take your child swimming so they don’t regress.

The children in our after school running club have been enjoying the runs on the heath regardless of the weather. There is space for those interested and you can get a club form from super Sophie in the office.

The first and final wake ‘n shake for KS2 this year will be Friday 15th December at 8:30am in the junior playground. Attendance is mandatory and we will all be dancing our way in to the start of the day!

“Mirror mirror on the wall, I’ll always get up after I fall. Whether I run, walk or crawl, I’ll set my goals and achieve them all”. wise old Haseeb,

Clubs news

Offer letters for your selected clubs will be out tomorrow. Please return the reply slips along with payment before Thursday 14th December to confirm your space.

Apologies in advance to those who were not offered a space in the after school club they selected. Clubs are (particularly for the infants) very oversubscribed. We have done our best to allocate places fairly, prioritising those who missed out last term.

News from the office

Half term lunches

This half-term’s lunches are £84. Please don’t forget to settle your dinner money and breakfast club bills before we break up.

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.

Mad Science 

The Mad Science camp will be taking place at Brookfield on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd of December, if you’re interested, please call 0203 031 6901 or email madscience.london@gmail.com for more details.

And Finally …….

It just remains for me to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and to thank you for your ongoing support and well wishes this term. A special seasons greetings extends to all our Jewish and Christian families who will be celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas respectively. If you haven’t yet realised, we have managed to organise the Christmas holiday dates so that we have a mega 19 days off – YEAH! Staff are back on Wednesday January 3rd for an inset day and we look forward to seeing all your children on Thursday January 4th for the start of next term.

Make sure you’re following us on Twitter for all the latest school news and updates! @Brookfield_N19 

Thank you Year 4 for a great BAKE SALE

One more Winter Fair thank you is due to Jane Fellner of Loopster for their voucher. Loopster is a site for nearly new children’s clothes. Jane would like to offer a voucher to parents at Brookfield who shop at Loopster to get 15% off – Loopster will give a further 15% of each sale as a donation to the PTA. www.loopster.co.uk

AUCTION

The Brookfield Auction is on February 8th. We’d really appreciate it if you could come forward and offer your valuable time, expertise or services for the school.

We are trying to get the most amazing list of lots together before breaking up for Christmas. So many of you are very talented and have so much to offer, so if you can offer anything then please email us a short description of what you can donate, preferably with a picture/logo to match. Ideas of what to offer are many, the sky is the limit, but here are some:

Dog walking or grooming

Baby sitting

Bake a cake for somebody

Craft sessions for children

Sport, art, drama or music coaching/tutoring

Professional law services or financial advice

Editing/proofreading

Man with van service

Bespoke made items

Kids entertainer or kids party

Much much more!

Please help Brookfield with your talents and kindness. Contact Seb, Eiril or Rebecca on the following emails and use the headline “Auction”:

sebastian.gardiner@yahoo.co.uk

ihaveneverbeentotexas@hotmail.com

eirilvenskar@gmail.com

AND PUT FEBRUARY 8th IN YOUR DIARY – TICKETS ON SALE NEXT TERM!!

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

Newsletter – 11th December