Events this week…
Monday 15th – Y4 trip to Christian O’Connell book launch at Highgate School and Young Shakespeare performance of a Midsummer Night’s Dream for Years 5 and 6 (am)
Tuesday 16th – Y1 trip to the Museum of Childhood and Damian (dance teacher) working with Years 4 and 6
Wednesday 17th – Nursery Stay and Play session 9.30am – 10.30am, NSPCC Assemblies for Ks1 and KS2, Shakespeare Schools Foundation workshops for Y5 am and The Place Dance workshops for Y5 pm
Friday 19th – Rescheduled Wake n’Shake Session for KS1 8.30am and Y4 PAC Maths 9.00am
Nursery Stay and Play sessions
I am pleased to report that several families attended our ‘Stay and Play’ session last Wednesday. Another session will run this Wednesday and next between 9.30 – 10.30am and prospective children are more than welcome to attend.
The sessions are primarily aimed at children who turn 3 before January 2019. 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.
Many thanks to Laurence Cendrowicz who spent some time in Nursery on Thursday morning taking photos of the children and staff as they engaged in their learning. We will be using his photos to promote the nursery more widely.
More new children to Brookfield
In addition to the new children I welcomed to Brookfield last week, I am also delighted to welcome Emmerson and Max who will be starting in Brookfield Nursery this week. We trust they both have a really happy and positive time here.
Young Shakespeare Company Performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream
This morning, we had a wonderful interactive performance of a Midsummer Night’s Dream in the top hall for years 5 and 6. The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience and will be using the performance to help stimulate their writing for this half term. In addition, Year 5’s Shakespeare project will also focus on the play and they will be showcasing their work to Y5 parents/carers on Thursday February 8th. Do put the date in your diaries!
Following on from last weeks appeal for donations towards this project, we received not one, but two 2 donations towards the Young Shakespeare Performance and will be using this money to cover the cost of the performance as well as ongoing work from Shakespeare School’s Foundation this year. Thank you so much!
Do take a look at our latest additions to the Brookfield Blog – Year 1’s Beegu Blog and Y5’s persuasive letters to Theresa May. The Blogs provide a wonderful opportunity to share and celebrate some of the fantastic work taking place across the school, particularly in writing – one of our key SIP priorities for this year.
Our last OFSTED took place in June 2014 and we are expecting another one any time soon. As part of the OFSTED process, inspectors invite parents to complete an online questionnaire to gather feedback on the school. We would love as many of you as possible to do this and with this in mind have provided a link to ParentView under school information to help facilitate this.
We frequently receive positive feedback from our parents/carers and it would be great to share this with OFSTED as well. Click on the image below to register to participate. Alternatively visit www.parentview.ofsted.gov.uk. Thank you so much!
Phonics training session for parents / carers
Many thanks to the 30 parents/carers who turned out for last week’s training regarding Read Write Inc (our phonics programme) ably supported by Katherine and Laurel. It was great to have your interest and support.
Do let Mel know if you would be interested in volunteering at Brookfield. Letters were sent home last week, if you are able to volunteer, please hand your form back into the school office as soon as possible.
Linking in with the children’s right to be kept safe (article 19), this week the NSPCC ‘Speak out Stay Safe’ programme will be visiting Brookfield and with the help of their friendly mascot Buddy, they will be speaking to the children about how to keep themselves safe from harm. A letter will be going out today, explaining in more detail what will be covered. We are also planning to focus on other aspects of safety in assemblies over the next few weeks including: e-safety, fire safety and road safety.
The boys school football team performed really well; lost 1 and won the other. A great debut for Jake in Y5. The girls team were magnificent – an incredible display of skill and technical ability combined with team work. They were really unlucky not to turn their dominance into any goals. Chin up and play on girls! The final night of league matches is next week Tuesday 23rd Jan.
I was also very proud of the Y5 girls football team who took part in the friendly matches last week. They played 6, won 3, drew 2 and lost 1! Remarkable turn around as a month ago they played 6, losing 4 and drawing 2. Another demonstration of the Brookfield spirit, team work and discipline!
Apologies for cancelling last weeks wake ‘n’ shake session. We have rescheduled for this Friday, see you all in the KS1 playground!
Due to an admin oversight, the swimming gala trials for Y6 will take place next Monday 22nd Jan – apologies for any confusion,
This Wednesday there is a mixed school dodgeball competition for Y5 – those children selected have been given letters.
This half term the unit we’re covering is dance and at the end of term there will be a performance for parents and carers. The dates for these performances are as follows;
1L Tuesday 6th Feb 2pm
1M Thursday 8th Feb 2pm
2L Thursday 8th Feb 9.30am
2G Friday 9th Feb 9.30am
3f Monday 5th Feb 9.30am
3C Wednesday 7th Feb 9.30am
4C Tuesday 6th Feb 9.30am
4E Tuesday 6th Feb 11.30am
Y5 – performing at Camden School Dance Festival
6B Tuesday 6th Feb 2pm
6K Tuesday 6th Feb 3pm
All performances will take place in the top hall except Y1’s which will take place in the lower hall.
Failure is not the oposite of success. It’s part of success – wise old Haseeb. firstname.lastname@example.org
News from the Office
This half terms lunches are £64.80.
NUT FREE POLICY
Please can we remind parents that we are a nut free school. We have had two incidents of nuts in school over the last few weeks. We have several children in school with potentially fatal allergies and therefore it is crucial that nuts are not brought into school.
Reception application deadline
The deadline for reception applications is today! (Monday 15th Jan) If you haven’t done so already, please apply urgently.
New procedure for bringing medicine into school
Please be aware that from now on, for the school to supervise the taking of medication in school, you will need to complete a permission form. The form will need to be completed at the office when the medicine is dropped off. All medicines should be pre-dosed and in a named container.
Reminder of filming this week
Please be aware that there will be filming taking place inside and outside a flat in Stoneleigh Terrace this week for a BBC1 political drama called ‘The Bodyguard’. The school has opened up its playground over the weekend to help facilitate the shoot and we are very grateful to Jodi (one of our parents) for negotiating a significant fee which will go towards supporting the school.
THE AUCTION IS ON THURSDAY 8TH FEBRUARY!
Tickets are available NOW from the office! The auction catalogue is live on the website here. Check the website for more info coming this week.
Please contact Seb or Eiril if you have any last minute gifts/services to offer, and also if you can HELP SELL RAFFLE TICKETS!
Sebastian Gardiner – email@example.com
Eiril Skarbek – firstname.lastname@example.org
AND do tell grandparents etc to bid online!
IN OTHER NEWS
Please come to the next PTA meeting which is OPEN TO ALL and in the Oak Tree café opposite the school on Friday 26th after dropoff. We’ll be discussing other PTA ideas and events including a possible SUPPER CLUB.
Eliane and Lucie, PTA joint chairs