Newsletter – 9th July

Events this week….

Monday 9th  – Children meeting their new class teachers and reports out

Tuesday 10th – YR Sports Day

Wednesday 11th – Y6 Production (postponed until next Monday) England v Croatia Screening (doors open at 6:30pm)

Thursday 12th –  Nursery and Reception Bake Sale and Open Afternoon (3:30pm)

Friday 13th – 1L to Hampstead Heath (Plant workshop) Y6 BMX workshop and assembly



This year’s jungle themed Summer Fair proved to be a sizzler with temperatures soaring to over 32 degrees. The afternoon was once again a wonderful community event and a fabulous advert for the school. Many thanks to all those who came and a special thank you extends to Eliane, Lucy, Philip, Derek, Oliver, Tom, Tabitha, Ali, Julia, Emma Jane, Tanya, the choirs, dancers, drummers and performers. Also a big thank you to all the parents/carers who worked so hard during the the day to make it such a vibrant and joyous occasion!


It was brilliant to have over 150 people in the lower hall on Saturday afternoon to watch England beat Sweden 2 – 0. There was a terrific atmosphere and it was wonderful experiencing a confident and stress free England win – a rare thing!  Football’s coming home?   ……..Now there’s a thought!

We will be screening the England v Croatia game in the bottom hall on Wednesday evening. Doors will open at 6:30pm. Refreshments will be on sale. Come along and help us cheer England on!


Congratulation to all our Y4 pupils for performing so well at our Wider Opportunities concert last Thursday. The children played and sang with confidence and style. Many thanks to Julia, Steve and Alex who have taught the children so well this year. In addition to Y4 performing, some Y5 children from ‘Further Opportunities’ also performed brilliantly on the guitar and clarinets. If you are a Y4 parent and would like your child to engage in ‘Further Opportunities’ next year, then please see Julia asap.


Congratulations to the following children for winning this year’s Reading Progress Prizes:

Boris (RS) Habiba (RKS) Frank (1M) Hewan (1L) Stephen (2G) Vlera (2L) Freya (3C) Lia (3F) Mustafa (4E) Mysha (4C) Milo (5O) Annissa (5L) Mya (6K) and Hani (6B)

All the children received a book donated by Highgate Library and attended a strawberry tea afterwards with parents/carers and special guests. Many thanks to Katie (Y6 teacher and literacy leader)  for setting this all up, Danny Schienmann for wowing us with his story telling skills and to the reading volunteers and Friends of Highgate Library for all their ongoing support.

Linked to the above, this summer, the Summer Reading Challenge has a Beano theme (1ooth anniversary) and in addition to there being goodies to collect etc, we will be awarding a £5 book voucher to every child who manages to complete it. Many thanks to one of our families for sponsoring this. For more details, do enquire at Highgate and Newtown Library (Tuesdays – Thursdays).


Congratulations to the following children who have been elected as School Council reps for next year;

5L: Saffi and Deniz 50: Thomas and Samira 4C: Kitty and Joe 4E: Cora and Charly 3C: Clara and Keir 3F: Amelie and Omar 2G: Eben and Charlotte 2L: Taqi and Eva 1L: Buna and George 1M: Rex and Mae RS: Nell and Tristan RKS: Tamara and Alex.


This Tuesday, we will be welcoming Mary (from the CLC) to talk to KS2 children about playing age appropriate games on their computers. Worryingly, more and more children are being exposed to games which are not age appropriate and this is something which as a school we are concerned about and want to discourage. A letter will be going home tomorrow to KS2 children about this issue.


1M have been inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream. They have redesigned their book corner into a magical forest – FABULOUS!

STARS Bronze accreditation

Following a year of travel based activities across the school, Brookfield has been awarded Bronze accreditation by Transport for London’s STARS scheme. STARS aims to inspire young Londoners to travel to school sustainably, actively, responsibly and safely by championing walking, scooting and cycling. The scheme supports pupils’ well being, helps to reduce congestion at the school gates and improve road safety and air quality. As part of the school’s work towards Bronze accreditation, the Rights Ambassadors took on the dual role of Junior Travel Ambassadors and have been instrumental in helping the school to achieve this award through championing events like the Anti-idling Action and Walk to School Week. Well done!


As part of Katherine’s work with NASEN (the National Association of Special Educational Needs) she attended a launch in Birmingham on Friday. Here is the press release on the event:

SEND specialists across England have been tasked with creating a network of 10,000 schools over the next two years to spread best practice for pupils with special educational needs.

Nadhim Zahawi, the children’s minister, met with newly-appointed regional SEND leaders this week to talk about setting up training hubs across the country.

It is hoped that more than 7,000 schools will join the network by March next year, rising to 10,000 by March 2020, Zahawi told specialists at the National Association of Special Educational Needs annual conference this morning. They’re taking best practice, and we are going together to scale it up across England

The leaders will bring schools together in regional “hubs” to share knowledge and resources about supporting pupils with SEND. The leaders will also make sure specialist provision is “embedded” within any school improvement plans.

“They’re not trying to re-invent the wheel. They’re taking best practice, and we are going together to scale it up across England,” Zahawi said.

The regional leaders initiative is part of the government’s new “SEND school workforce programme”, which will focus on building a “community of practice” across the country. It will be delivered by the Whole School SEND consortium and led by Nasen over the next two years.

Researchers at University College London will also be working with the government to look at current SEND training and continuing professional development.

“It is important for us to be able to identify any gaps in the available CPD to enable us to target the resources to those areas, and ensure all practitioners can access the CPD they need to progress.”

The national award for special educational needs co-ordination (SENCo), which is held by teachers in schools with particular expertise and responsibility for pupils with SEND, is also under review.

The government wishes to “ensure the qualification provides the right training”, said Zahawi, who also pledged to address the “drift” of special educational needs pupils away from mainstream schools into special schools.


Somehow each year sports day is enjoyed more and more with this year being no different! The KS1 event was awesome! The children did their best, staff and parents also enjoyed the event too. Sadly for me, this is the first year I have gone 2 nil down with parents winning both events! Congratulations to them, work to be done from our side in anticipation of next year’s event.

Those that attended the fair on Saturday and took part in my ‘mini’ obstacle course had a great time and I enjoyed being there just as much! Winners will be announced during the week! I want to take this opportunity to thank parents and the PTA for always supporting and helping me over the years, it’s really appreciated!

For those watching the World Cup, this is the business end of the competition! 2 more wins for either of the last four countries crowns them WORLD CHAMPIONS! Who do you want to win? It’s coming home, it’s coming home, it’s coming, football’s coming home!!! 🙂 For those not interested in football; I have also been enjoying the tennis and the F1 🙂

Don’t always focus on chasing success… learn from failing, embrace it and try again. Don’t just stand there, keep moving! – wise old Haseeb 


We’re hoping to start a Lego club next term and are appealing for donations! Please bring any unwanted Lego bricks or sets into the office to add to our collection! Thank you!



Elizabeth Dormandy has decided to step down from her role as chair of governors. We are delighted that she is going to be staying on as a governor and want to express our sincere thanks for all the hard work and support she put in over the last 2 years. We are pleased that Mike Yule has stepped up for the time being as chair of governors. A new substantive chair of governors will be voted in, in due course.

CLASS PHOTOS  – For those that have ordered class photos, prints are being ordered this week so they will be with us soon! If you missed out, you can still purchase a digital copy. Email me, to request a form

Reception parents – the slides from the transition meeting have now been saved on the school website under Curriculum and Learning/Reception. Please speak to Laurel or Katherine if you have any questions about your child’s transition from Reception to Year 1.