Events this week….
Monday 15th – African Dance Workshops, 1C to the Owl Bookshop
Tuesday 16th – African Dance Workshops, Y4 to the Museum of London and 5A to the Owl Book Shop
Wednesday 17th – Usifu Jalloh (actor and storyteller) in for workshops with Y3, 4 and 6, Y2 to the London Fire Brigade Museum and Y3 / 4 CSSA Benchball Tournament at Talacre
Friday 19th – RE Day and 5L to the British Library for The Windrush Exhibition
OPEN AFTERNOON FOLLOW UP
Many thanks to all those parents and carers who attended last week’s Open Afternoon. We had an encouraging turn out and it was good to meet up to discuss how your children have settled in. If you weren’t able to attend / book an appointment, please contact your child’s class teacher in order to arrange another time.
BLACK HISTORY WEEK
Louise writes – Black History Month continues with themes, stories and icons being studied and celebrated. This week we have a few exciting events. ‘African Stories’ are a company coming to do a special assembly and dance workshops across the school on Monday and Tuesday. Usifu Jalloh, an inspirational storyteller, will be coming to do an assembly and workshops on Wednesday. Adults and carers are welcome to attend the assembly on Wednesday in the lower hall at 10:30. To top off the week, Year 5 are also going to the Windrush exhibition at the British Library! It’s time to celebrate diversity – not just now but ongoing!
This year across Camden, schools are approaching RE in a new way. Instead of small lessons across the term, each year is given a theme or faith on which to focus for a whole day once a term. In this way, the subject will be given the attention it is due. In year 5 for example we are looking at Buddhism in the Autumn term. We’re going to share stories of our faiths (or non faiths) across the class, learn about Buddhism in general terms and focus on one or two ways in which Buddhism is applied in our society. We’ll also be looking at some classic children’s tales. Encouraging your children to discuss other faiths or beliefs as we go forward will feed into this greatly!
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THANK YOU FROM MARK
Thank you so much to all those parents / carers who have either written or spoken to me over the last few days to pass on their thanks and congratulations – I have felt quite overwhelmed! In addition, there was also an unexpected tribute in the Camden New Journal last week, which drew attention to the stand I took over the government cuts 18 months ago. I was surprised and humbled to read this. The article did report that 16 teachers left Brookfield which I am glad to say did not happen!
Looking ahead to the Spring term, a letter was sent out last Friday from Mike Yule (chair of governors) explaining what is going to be happening next term, with an invitation to meet Laurel (my Deputy Head) and himself on the following dates: 6.30pm on the 1st November in the bottom hall, 9.00am and 2.45pm on the 2nd November in the music room
Do try to come along to one of these sessions if you can. I’m sure you will find them informative and reassuring.
FAREWELL TO KAYLEIGH
This week will be Kayleigh’s last week and we are so grateful for everything she has contributed to Brookfield during her time here. Kayleigh has secured a TA position in another Camden primary school and will be working with Y4 children. We would like to wish her the very best of luck in her new role
Wish our Netball team all the luck as they are participating in the Camden league finals today! This is the first time the school has had the A and B team qualify for this. The children have worked very hard throughout the league matches and we are very proud of this achievement regardless of the outcome.
This Wednesday our 4E Benchball team take part in a ‘mixed school’ tournament at Talacre. Please can permission slips be returned as soon as possible (if not done so already).
Last Wednesday the children from 4L took part in the same event and performed really well. Sadly, I was unable to take a pic at the end as we ran out of time.
We will be selecting the school football team this week and will be prioritising the Y6s as it is their final year. We also have a few more competitions after the holiday for children in upper KS2 to look forward to as well.
I also completed my last event of the year (Tough Mudder 5k) on Friday and now will reflect on what I have achieved, rest and plan for the year ahead.
Have a lovely half term!
Stay commited to your decisions. But stay flexible in your approach – wise old Haseeb firstname.lastname@example.org
NEWS FROM THE OFFICE
This half term’s lunches are £79.20
At the end of each day, we are still finding lots of coats, jumpers and hoodies being left in both playgrounds. They can normally be found on the hooks in the KS2 playground under the murals or on the tables near YR and Y1 collection points. Please would you encourage your children to make sure they are not leaving clothing behind at school and label all bigger items so that they can be returned safely. Many thanks!
If your child is in KS2 and likes to have a morning snack, please can you make sure that you send them in with a piece of fruit or 20p to spend at the fruit tuck shop.
NURSERY and YR APPLICATIONS
During the course of the next few weeks, we are going to be organising several parent tours for 2019 nursery and YR applications. With that in mind, do contact Carole in the office if you would like to attend one.
Deadline for online applications is 31st October.
It just remains for me to wish you all a very happy and relaxing half term. The year has started really well (as born out by feedback on Open Afternoon) and as always, there is much to be encouraged by. Take care. Mark
*** Bake sale this Friday ***
Let’s EAT CAKE!
Our first Bake Sale of the year is this Friday in the Junior playground. Come and buy delicious cakes, savouries, biscuits and treats. Bakers and makers – we need your creations! Please drop off all donations to the office on Friday.
*** Design your own Christmas cards! ***
It may only be October but now’s the time to start thinking about Christmas! We’re running the Brookfield Christmas Card project again this year for kids to design their own cards and help raise money for the school. And it’s really easy to get involved!
We’re working with Art Projects for Schools who scan every design and create professionally printed cards. Perfect to give to family and friends. You can order as many cards as you want online and the school will receive a donation for every pack you buy.
Kids need to create their card design over half term and it must be handed into the office by the end of the day on October 31st.
Look out for more information in book bags this week!
*** Winter Fair ***
On 1st December… If you have an idea for an activity/stall or would like to get involved somehow please write to Leanne, mum of Robin (1L) and Toby (nursery) at email@example.com or catch her in the KS1 playground.
Eliane, Lucie, and Philip, the PTA committee