Start of the term

I am delighted to report that the children have made a happy and settled start to the new term.

Events this week…

Tuesday January 9th Damian (Dance Teacher) working with Y4 and Y6 in PE lessons

Wednesday January 10th – YR phonics training with coffee afterwards.  Nursery ‘Stay and Play’ Session. Mark leading a YR Parent Tour. Rights Ambassadors meeting.

Friday January 12th – 8.30am – KS1 Wake n’Shake Session. Curriculum letters sent out.

2018  -2019 Term dates

Please take note of the following dates when booking holidays for next year. We haven’t set our final inset day, but will let you know once the date has been set – it’s likely to be on a Friday towards the start of the year.

Autumn 2018
Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 September Inset Days 1 & 2
Wednesday 5 September Children return to school
Mon 22 October – Fri 26 October Half Term
Friday 21 December Term ends
Spring 2019
Monday 7 January Inset Day 3
Tuesday 8 January Children return to school
Monday 18 – Friday 22 February Half Term
Friday 5 April Term ends
Summer 2019
Tuesday 23 April Children return to school
Monday 6 May May Day – bank holiday
Monday 27 May – Friday 31May Half Term
Monday 3 June Inset Day 4
Tuesday 4 June Children return to school
Tuesday 23 July Last day of term
Inset Day 5 – to be confirmed

Curriculum News

Nursery Stay and Play sessions

I am delighted to report that in the last few weeks, we have admitted 3 new children to the nursery. We still have lots of spare places and with this in mind, we will be staging some ‘Stay and Play’ sessions for children to experience. These will be starting this Wednesday between 9.30 – 10.30pm and will also run on the 17th and 24th January.

If you have a child who turns 3 before January 2019 then we would also love you to attend. We are accepting applications for start dates in September 2018 and January 2019. The Nursery offers:

  • Creative, child centered and rich provision
  • ​​Excellent outdoor area
  • Weekly Forest School
  • Full time and part time places
  • Up to 30 free hours available (subject to eligibility)

Please call 020 7272 9627 or visit the school office for further information.

 

 

New Children to Brookfield

We would like to extend a very warm welcome to the following children who have joined Brookfield.

Nursery – Noah and Deacon

5L – Jake

We trust they will all have a very happy and successful time here.

Spring term Curriculum Letters

This term’s curriculum letters will be sent out this Friday. Do take time to read them. They contain lots of useful information and dates.

New Year’s Resolution

On Friday, I retold the story of King Midas and the Golden touch and linked it to our new Year’s Resolution ‘Develop an attitude of gratitude’. As a core value, we are keen to develop children’s sense of appreciation and with this in mind will be supporting a couple of charities this term, as well as encouraging children to find other ways to show their appreciation. Thank you to all those parents / carers who sent in Christmas cards, presents and well wishes in the run up to the end of term. We really appreciate it!

EYFS and KS1 Phonics Information Session for Parents  – 10th January 2018

​This Wednesday 10th January at 9am in the bottom hall, Katherine and Laurel will be hosting a session for parents to learn about Brookfield’s approach to phonics.  If you have a child in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2, please do come along to learn about phonics and how we teach it.  The presentation will be the same as last year, but please do feel free to join us again if you would like some refresher training!  Coffee and tea will be provided after the session.​ Younger siblings are welcome and a play area in the hall will be provided.

If you are unable to attend, a handout and slides will be made available on the school website.

Y3 investigate a classroom ‘break in’!

Today the children in year 3 have had lots of fun investigating a mysterious break-in as part of their literacy lesson. There were lots of strange clues left behind which the children will be writing about in a newspaper report.  Hopefully we will have solved the crime by the end of the week!

Other news

Brookfield Volunteers

This week, Mel will be sending out a letter regarding how you can get involved as a Brookfield volunteer. As you will be aware, the school has had to make significant savings over the last few months to help balance the books and so any extra help would be much appreciated. We look forward to receiving your responses.

Donating to the school

As mentioned in a letter which was sent out in March 2017, we are looking for donations towards various projects. This term we are looking for specific donations towards the following:

Young Shakespeare Company Workshop for years 5 and 6 – £650 and Baby Chicks for Y2 – £650

Whilst we have managed to secure some funding through voluntary contributions at the start of the year, if there is anybody who would like to sponsor these events / activities, we would love to hear from you.

We are extremely grateful to a parent for donating £1000 towards this term’s World Book Day. Many thanks! This will go towards paying for workshops from authors and poets and organising other exciting activities on the day. More details to follow nearer the time.

For further ways to support the school financially, please refer to the school’s web-site under PTA. Many thanks.

Brookfield school Auction – Thursday February 8th

This term’s main fundraising event will be the Brookfield Auction and this will be taking place on Thursday February 8th. Do put the date in your diary. Offers of items and services have already started flooding in. If you would also like to make an offer then contact Seb and Eril. Please see the PTA newsletter below for more                                                information on how you can get involved.

Sports News

This Tuesday 9th Jan the school football team have fixtures at Talacre Sports Centre. Our first match is at 4.40pm and our last match will finish at 5.40pm. We should return to school by 6.15pm.

On Wednesday, our Y5 girls football team have friendlies which are being held at Talacre also. We will be leaving straight after school, matches are set to finish at 5.45pm. We will return to school by 6.15pm, traffic permitting.

Y4 will continue to swim this half term. The swim gala trials for Y6 will be held on Monday 15th Jan. A letter will be given to the children interested. I have dates available if a child is unable to attend the scheduled trial.

Trust the wait. Embrace the uncertainty. Enjoy the beauty of becoming. When nothing is certain, anything is possible – wise old Haseeb. h.khan@brookfield.camden.sch.uk

Clubs

After school clubs restart today! Anyone who is yet to pay and confirm their space, please do so urgently as you risk losing your space. Please contact me if you have any queries. s.silman@brookfield.camden.sch.uk 

News from the Office

This half terms lunches are £64.80.

Notification of Filming

Please be aware that there will be filming taking place inside and outside a flat in Stoneleigh Terrace on Sunday 14th- Wednesday 17th January for a BBC1 political drama called ‘The Bodyguard’. Roads will be affected and parking will be suspended in parking bays in the area. The scenes being filmed will involve actors dressed as armed police and a hero character wearing a bomb vest, so please don’t be alarmed! We have been assured that the filming will be carried out with minimal disturbance and as little disruption as possible.

Suzanne Farrington Dance at Brookfield!

Saturday mornings (term-time) from 13 January 2018 Suzanne (ex-Brookfield TA and P3 playcentre worker) will be running dance classes at Brookfield.

Suzanne has been dancing since the age of 11 and has a BA Honors Degree in Dance and Community Education. She recently underwent training in Broadway Dance Centre in New York and is also a qualified yoga teacher. Join her for Street dance classes where children can express themselves, be creative, make new friends, gain confidence and really be a part of something special.

9.45am – 10.45am – Ages 4-6

10.45am – 11.45am – Ages 7-11

Cost:   Trial class £:12   / Half term (6 weeks): £75  / Full term (12 weeks): £120

Please contact Suzanne on suzannefarringtondance@gmail.com / 07875364782

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

***AUCTION***

The FIRST EVER Brookfield school auction will be held on February 8th.
There will be ENTERTAINMENT, FOOD AND DRINK and of course a vital chance to raise money for the school.
PLEASE LET GRANDPARENTS AND OTHER CLOSE FRIENDS/FAMILY KNOW.
There are three ways you can get involved.

• First by contributing items, services or simply your time to be auctioned
• Second by contacting local businesses – please contact Rebecca Taylor for an up-to-date list: ihaveneverbeentotexas@hotmail.com
• Third by bidding for the items. From January 15th, the school website will have a link to the auction and you can start bidding from that date!
For any other info please email:

Sebastian Gardiner: sebastian.gardiner@yahoo.co.uk

Eiril Skarbek: eirilvenskar@gmail.com

Eliane and Lucie

chairsbrookfieldschoolpta@gmail.com

 

Newsletter – 8th January