Welcome Back

Welcome back! We trust you all had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday break. A special welcome extends to Toma in RS and Sunny in 2G who will be starting this week at Brookfield. We’d like to wish them and their families a very happy time here.

Events this week… 

Tuesday 17th – 1.45pm Globe Storytelling workshop for Y1 on Henry V

Wednesday 18th – 4E to the CLC

Thursday 19th – Shakespeare Schools Foundation working with the EYFS on A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Friday 20th – 1M to CLC and KS2 Swimming Gala at Swiss Cottage

DATES FOR THIS TERM

Some of the key dates for this term are as follows:

Monday 23rd April – Curriculum letters out

Tuesday 24th April – Spring Concert 10:00am

Thursday 26th April – Shakespeare Workshops for Y1 Parents

Friday 27th April – PTA Table Top Sale

Monday 7th May – Bank Holiday

w/c Monday 14th May – KS2 SAT’s Week

w/c Monday 21st May – KS1 SAT’s Week

Thursday 7th and Friday 8th June – Class Photos

w/c Monday 18th June – Assessment Week

Tuesday 19th June – CSSA Athletics Competition for Y5 and Y6

Tuesday 26th June – KS2 Sports Day

w/c Monday 2nd July – School Council and Rights Ambassadors Elections

Thursday 5th July – KS1 Sports Day

Friday 6th July – Reading Progress Prize Assembly

Saturday 7th July – PTA Summer Fair

Monday 9th July – Children to meet the new teachers

Tuesday 10th July – YR Sports Day

Wednesday 11th July – Y6 Production

Thursday 12th July – Open Afternoon (3:30pm onwards)

Wednesday 25th July – Leavers Assembly and last day of term.

Please note that on the final day of this term, we will be closing at 1.45pm so that staff and governors can celebrate the end of the year together. As is customary, we will be saying goodbye to a few staff as they move on to fresh challenges and will be using this as an opportunity to thank the staff for all their great work this year.

Curriculum news

NURSERY APPLICATIONS

So far we have offered 38 places for next year’s Nursery. Thankfully, there are still one or two places left. If you would like  to apply for a place, the closing date will be next Friday April 27th.

The Nursery offers:

> Creative, child centered and rich provision

> Excellent outdoor area

> Weekly Forest School

> Full time and part time place

> Up to 30 free hours available (subject to eligibility)

Please call 020 7272 9627 or visit the school office for further information. We’d love to hear from you!

RIGHT OF THE MONTH

Article 30 Children have the right to practise their own culture, language and religion – or any you choose.

Lucy Fenwick (Y5) writes:

I think that this right is really important because a child’s language, religion and culture is a big part of who they are. Nobody should feel that they need to change their beliefs just to be the same as anybody else, like their friends or other people they know. Nobody should be afraid to be unique.

If we have an understanding of all the different languages, cultures and religions in our school, local community and world wide, then it will help everyone to get on. I think we should celebrate all our cultural differences and never tease somebody because of what they believe.

Y3 and Y4 Shakespeare Workshops

Congratulation to Shakespeare Schools Foundation and the children and staff from Years 3 and 4 for showcasing some wonderful open workshops on Macbeth. The children demonstrated some great acting skills and an impressive knowledge of and engagement with the text and characters. For those who attended, it was a brilliant opportunity to glimpse what the children have been involved in last half term and to really get under the skin of this dramatic play.

Thank you so much to everybody involved for their excellent input into last half term’s workshops and showcases. For those who weren’t able to make it, a video of one of the showcases has been posted onto the school’s website.

This half term, SSF will be working with our youngest children on A Midsummer Night’s Dream. What a wonderful opportunity for our 3 – 5 year olds to become acquainted with one of Shakespeare’s most magical  plays!

Y1 GLOBE SHAKESPEARE WORKSHOP

We are also delighted to announce that we have managed to secure a free Shakespeare project with The Globe Theatre to continue their Shakespeare focus this year. The children and staff will be working closely with the education department to learn about Henry V in the first half of the Summer term and A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the second half.

As part of the project, there will be an introductory storytelling workshop for the children on Henry V followed by 5 sessions led by one of the Globe’s practitioners. Linked to this, there will also be a workshop for parents/carers which will take place on Thursday April 26th at 9.00am in the lower hall. Do put the date in your diary and come along if you can.

ROCK STEADY CONCERT

Congratulation to Electric Eels, Black Acid, Pinky Pies, Honking Trampolining Cheetahs and Blue Floyd (our rock bands) for performing so enthusiastically at our latest Rock Steady Concert. A special word of thanks extends to Dan the Music Man and to all those family members who turned up for the concert.

WRITING COMPETITION

Gemma writes: Entries for the school writing competition are starting to come in! Well done if you have already enjoyed writing your own original piece and submitted it. If you haven’t yet but would like to take part, there’s still some time. The deadline for all entries is this Friday 20th. Please hand in your entries to your class teacher. The winner from KS1, lower KS2 and upper KS2 will be presented with a prize in the coming few weeks. GOOD LUCK!!

SPORTS NEWS 

There will be no swimming today or next week due to existing block bookings at the swimming pool. Swimming will resume on Monday 30th April.

* The swimming gala is this Friday!

Trials for the Y3 and Y4 football team continue this week during lunch time. The children will be told when it will take place.

There will be no morning clubs this week.

“Life is so ironic, it takes sadness to know what happiness is, noise to appreciate silence and absence to value presence.” wise old Haseeb – h.khan@brookfield.camden.sch.uk

CLUBS NEWS 

DRUMMING – We are holding one last session for the Y3/4 drummers in order to rehearse for the Spring Concert. It’s really important that everyone attends please!

After this week, Drumming Club will be for Y5/Y6s only. We still have 10 places to fill, please contact me if you’d like your child to join.

PARENTS APPEAL – Are you able to commit to one hour a week after school and have the experience necessary to run an after school club with support? We’re looking to expand our extra  – curricular activities and are appealing to our talented parents and the wider school community to get involved. Please get in touch and share your ideas for next year.

Thanks, Sophie – s.silman@brookfield.camden.sch.uk

News from the Office

A SPECIAL REQUEST

Linda and Sue’s parking – can you help?

Many of you will know Linda and Sue. Between them they have served Brookfield for over 55 years and are an invaluable part of our team. As well as being fabulous Learning Support Assistants, they also help manage lunchtimes,the Breakfast Club and the school’s library. Neither of them live in London, and for the past 11 years, they have had access to business parking permits from Camden. Unfortunately, Camden have changed their policy and Linda and Sue are now no longer entitled.

As you may be aware, parking restrictions around the school are between 10am and 12 noon. Do you have a drive / parking area nearby that is not in use during the day/morning that Linda and Sue might be able to use? We would be ever so grateful! Please contact the office if you think you might be able to help.

Spring Term 2017 Attendance 

KS1 RKS – 95.91% RS – 94.33%
1L – 93.93% 1M – 95.17% 2G – 94.95% 2L – 95.18%
Lower KS2 3F – 95.04% 3C – 95.60% 4E – 95.27% 4C – 96.69%
Upper KS2 5O – 93.63% 5L – 95.42% 6K – 92.06% 6B – 95.06%

Lates 

KS1 RKS – 27 RS – 18
1L – 58 1M – 41 2G – 23 2L – 65
Lower KS2 3F – 120 3C – 94 4E – 33 4C – 44
Upper KS2 5O – 25 5L – 72 6K – 87 6B – 87

Congratulations to 4C and RS for the best attendance and punctuality figures for last term! Overall our attendance is 95.75% since the start of the year.

FOREST FAMILY CAMP

Brookfield families are invited to attend a Forest Family Camp at The Quadrangle Trust, in Kent from the 27th to 29th July 2018 .This project is supported by parents in one of our Reception classes.

‘A space for you and your children to feel the grass between your toes, to revitalise, replenish and rediscover your wild side.

Join us for an enriching weekend of nature connection, delicious vegetarian food, wild swimming, storytelling and music, dance, yoga and campfires hosted and curated by The Quadrangle Trust and Way of Nature.’

Please follow this link to find out more: http://thequadrangletrust.com/whats-happening/forest-family-camp-2018/

 

Newsletter – 16th April

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