Events next half term…

Monday 3rd – INSET day

Tuesday 4th – Children return to school, 3M to Pizza Express, Y5/6 Bikeability scheme begins

Thursday 6th – Children’s well being parent workshop (9am and 4pm)

Friday 7th –  9am meeting for Nursery and Reception parents about transition, CSSA Football Tournament at Coram’s Fields (Y5/6), 5-7pm school disco!

Please do look at the school calendar for all events next term and term dates. 

Future dates:

Monday 24th June – Class photos

Thursday 27th June – International Evening 5-7pm

W/B 8th July – SEND planning meetings, dates and times to follow from Katherine

SCHOOL NEWS

Thank you to all the volunteers and families who supported the quiz night yesterday. Rob Minto did a fantastic job hosting and organising the evening and there was a great atmosphere with just the right level of competitiveness! We wish Ellie, year 1 Learning Support Assistant, every success in her return to Australia. She has made a wonderful contribution to Brookfield and she will be greatly missed. I hope all our Brookfield families enjoy the break in preparation for an action packed summer half term ahead.

Parent workshops

Friday 7th June 9am an opportunity for current nursery and reception parents to meet Laurel and Katherine and hear about our plans for supporting your child’s transition to reception and year 1. Tea and coffee will be available and younger siblings welcome.

How to Build Your Child’s Resilience and Give Them Tools to Manage Anxiety

Thursday 6th June – 9-10am – 4-5pm

 In this session we will be thinking about the factors that might lead to anxiety, signs and symptoms, and the impact of anxiety on children’s mental health. In addition, we will explore some strategies to build resilience and help children to cope with day-to-day anxiety, exam stress, and anxiety around transition to secondary school. All parents are invited to attend. We look forward to seeing you there.

3L spent Tuesday afternoon baking soda bread (including a special gluten-free loaf…) as part of their Design Technology unit.

COMPETITION TIME!

You’ve all heard of Frankenstein’s monster. But have you met his grandmother?

Young Poets Network is delighted to team up with writer Bee Rowlatt from the Mary on the Green campaign, to challenge all writers aged 5-25 to find out more about Mary Wollstonecraft and respond to her life and writing through poetry.

Find out more about this exciting poetry challenge at:

bit.ly/marychallenge

Deadine: 16th June

ART COMPETITION 

Brookfield has been invited to take part in the Highgate Festival this year and help The Friends of Waterlow Park to put on an exhibition of children’s art work in Waterlow Park! The theme of the exhibition is ‘Climate Change’, but we have been asked to focus on ‘Clean Oceans’ as our theme!

If you would like to enter, please collect a piece of A3 card from your class teacher and either paint or draw your artistic interpretation of this theme! The piece of A3 paper is for your final design (only one piece per child!), so plan it out first before using it!

The top 20 entries, to be judged by the FAB Ambassadors, will then be exhibited at Waterlow Park from 16th – 23rd June. Hand in your entries to the Office by Wednesday 7th June! Good luck – Emily

SPORTS NEWS 

A massive well done to Louis and Ned in 5L for completing the YMCA North London mile last weekend! It’s great to see pro activeness and smiley faces!

Key dates next half term:

Friday 7th June – Coram’s fields football tournament for Y5/6 school team

Wednesday 3rd July 9am – 12pm – KS2 sports day at the running track on the heath

Friday 5th July – Reception sports day (venue to be confirmed)

Thursday 11th July –  KS1 sports day (On the heath behind the tennis courts)

As the weather (should be) getting warmer PLEASE make sure your child has suitable foot wear for PE and after school sport clubs.

A reminder that only stud earrings are allowed to be worn at school. No other jewelry is permitted to be worn in school (exceptions may be made for religious items but this must be discussed with the school first)

Remember: ​YOU’RE NOT STUCK, you are just committed to certain patterns of behaviour ​because that helped you in the past. Don’t apply an old formula to a new stage of your life; different formula, different results! – wise old Haseeb h.khan@brookfield.camden.sch.uk 

 

CLUBS NEWS 

If you haven’t already, please make sure you have paid the first half terms installment of clubs fees. Thank you.

 

Hampstead and Highgate Angling Society – Fishing tuition

We’ve been offered a free taster session for Brookfield families. We have ten spaces for children in Y4-6. Please email Sophie if you’re interested.

The venue will be the model boating pond in Millfield Lane, N6, on the west side of Hampstead Heath. Time – 4 – 6pm on Wednesday 19th June.

The kit (rods, etc) and bait will be supplied, and a team of coaches (professional as well as experts) will provide tuition in how to catch fish, handle them and carefully return them to the water.

An opportunity to engage with nature, as an alternative to the inundation of digital “entertainment”. Mindfulness is the current buzzword, taking in the calmness of being by the water and the innocent joy of fishing.

Hampstead and Highgate Angling Society is a credited partner of Hampstead Heath and represented in the new Hampstead Heath diary.

NEWS FROM THE OFFICE

This half terms lunches are £55.20.

On Saturday 19thMay, Brookfield hosted the PMSF UK & Ireland Family Day. 300 people attended with 62 families affected by Phelan-McDermid Syndrome from the UK, Ireland, Greece and the US. Phelan-McDermid Syndrome (PMS) is a rare genetic disorder that affects speech and language, cognitive development and mobility. People with PMS will need additional support for their entire lives.

Brookfield staff and many parents from Brookfield welcomed the families and provided great support throughout the day. There were lots of activities including t-shirt painting, football and some creepy reptiles including a large snake and a tortoise that walked all around the junior playground. Dr Katy Phelan and Sue Lomas, both PMSF founders attended from the US and answered many questions about the syndrome and potential medical issues.

One of the best things about the day is meeting other families who know exactly what each are dealing with and share in the challenges of coping with this rare disease. Immediately there is a strong bond, as you understand each other’s lives so well. Sharing the triumphs of our children and understanding the progress they make may look small but for the families involved they are huge. Spending time with people that understand is so important and these friendships give you strength when your family is struggling with managing the condition.

A huge THANK YOU to those involved with the family day, many people and local businesses helped support the day and the families involved benefitted greatly.

JUNIOR ART SCHOOL

Does your child have a passion for art? Do they want to learn artist’s techniques in a range of materials? I have 3 places for classes this summer term for years 3/4 children. Term time Mondays 3.30-6pm, Highgate Cultural Centre, Croftdown Road, £20. Email me on ritusoodart@yahoo.com if interested

I am a painter with over 20 years of art education experience across all ages and completed a Masters at the Slade School of Art.

www.ritu-sood.com

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Events, events, events

Do keep your Forest School Fundraising ideas coming. We are getting closer to our £7,000 target thanks to your efforts.

Thank you so much to all the parents, friends and carers who came to the quiz last night – it was a big success. We haven’t done the final tally yet, but we are confident it raised over £1,000 for the school, so that is wonderful.

And CONGRATULATIONS to the team Brookfield of Dreams, who retained their quiz champions title, and will hold onto the Gnome of Knowledge for another year.

TODAY (May 24th) there is a year 1 Bake Sale – in the infants’ playground. Please bring your wares, and enjoy the sunshine. Ice creams will also be available.

***AFTER HALF TERM***

Tickets are selling fast for the School DISCO, which will be on Friday June 7th. This is part of our Forest School Fundraising project. Available from the office, as per usual. This is the first Friday back after half term, and with the inset day makes just 5 days to get your tickets.

Also – do submit your song requests too. Please don’t all go for Shotgun by George Ezra. That’s on the list.

Here are the details (see flier below as well):

June 7th, 5-7pm ~ tickets £2.50 for kids, £3 for adults (kids must be supervised by an adult)
DJ, food, drinks, games, activities

Forest School Fundraising – more

Why not get a specially commissioned portrait by Sharon White – she has kindly offered to donate 20% of the price of the first 10 portraits to the Forest School Fund – see more details in the flier below.

ALSO:

  • Friday ice creams in the playgrounds
  • The cheese and wine evening on 26th June
  • Sponsored forest fun walk on 29th June

We have lots of other great ideas so do keep in touch.

Do feel free to donate directly via this PayPal link – several parents and carers have done so already, and your donations are hugely appreciated.

Other dates for your diary

  • 27th June – International Evening, 27th June – a great celebration of the school’s diversity
  • 11th July – Reception/nursery bake sale
  • 13th July – Summer fair – more to follow after half term.

Thank you! Rob and Lulu

Newsletter – 24th May