Events next week…
Monday 17th – Czech teachers visiting EYFS, Y5 pedestrian training
Tuesday 18th – CSSA Outdoor Athletics at Parliament Hill running track (Y5/6) Y5 pedestrian training
Wednesday 19th – Nursery new parents meeting (Music Room)
Thursday 20th – 9am Lifting Limits workshop for parents in the library,Y4 to Cecil Sharp House to perform with the OAE, Reading Progress Prize winners to to The Owl Book shop
Friday 21st – Story telling workshops (Y1 and Y5) and whole school assembly
Monday 24th June – Class photos
Thursday 27th June – Under 5s stay and play and coffee morning begins in the bottom hall 9-10.30am, International Evening 5-7pm
W/B 8th July – SEND planning meetings, dates and times to follow from Katherine
Thank you to the Y3 PTA for organising and volunteering at the disco last Friday. This event was a huge success which children and parents enjoyed. Congratulations to the team for raising over £2,000 towards the Forest School project. This has been celebrated in our assembly this morning with Y3 children adding leave to our Forest School Fundraising tree.
Following my appointment as headteacher, I have worked with the governors to recruit an excellent deputy head. I am delighted that Stephanie Clarke will be joining us from September from North Haringey Primary School. Stephanie is already an assistant head and has rich teaching experience from a range of schools. She will make a welcome addition to our senior leadership team and I look forward to introducing her to you on the gates during her induction days in the summer term.
We are excited to be partnering with Highgate Newtown Community Centre and launching an under fives stay and play from Thursday 27th June. This will take place each week from 9-10.30am with tea and coffee available. Brookfield parents and carers are welcome to enter through the infant doors and sign in on arrival, other visitors can enter through the office. We hope that this community initiative will be a welcome addition to the existing under fives provision in the area and bring new families into Brookfield. Photos to follow of the wonderful new equipment!
Sadly, there have been two incidents involving Brookfield parents either having their phone snatched or demanded. In light of this I have been in touch with our link police officer, Tracy Sadler, who has sent through the following advice: Preventing Personal Theft. Tracy will be volunteering at the summer fair and is looking forward to getting to know our school community and delivering workshops to classes over the coming year.
Lifting Limits Parent workshop
The workshop, run by Little Box of Books, is designed to help parents and children understand the impact of gender stereotyping in children’s books, teach them how to spot it and introduce them to some brilliant new books that show, through stories, the many ways there are to be a boy. The workshop is aimed at EYFS and year 1 parents and carers and will be held in the library at 9am on Thursday 20th June.
Y2 trip to Kew Gardens
On Thursday Year 2 visited Kew Gardens. It was a very wet day, but that did not stop us having a fantastic time! We got to go on a tree top walk, explore the depths of the jungle, the dry, sandy desert and even go inside a giant beehive. We also enjoyed looking at all the wonderful glass sculptures which are on display. It was a fantastic day where we learnt a lot about different plants from all around the world.
The CSSA Athletics competition is taking place next Tuesday 18th June – please ensure children are wearing suitable footwear (running trainers or sports trainers), Sun cream if the weather is hot please, as well as a cap if possible. If any parents would like to come down to the Heath to support, they are more than welcome to.
Nursery PE: Nursery have had a lot of fun this week in PE as they have been focusing on their gross motor skills, more specifically their co-ordination. They took part in numerous activities which supported this, improving very noticeably as the lesson went on.
Please make sure you’re up to date with clubs fees, for those who didn’t pay the whole term up front, this half term’s fees are now due. Payment can in cash or cheque only. Please hand an envelope into the office. Thanks
The angling taster session for Brookfield families is taking place on Wednesday, We still have a few spaces available for children in Y4-6. 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. Please email Sophie if youwould be interested in attending.
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 term’s lunches are £86.40.
*** DISCO – THANK YOU ***
As mentioned above, the disco was a great success, and raised over £2,000 for our Forest School fund. Thank you to the Year 3 team who organised it so well – you delivered a fantastic party – and to all the people who ran stalls, the bar and BBQ, and for everyone who came and danced and made it such a fun event.
*** SUMMER FAIR ***
We have started preparations for the Summer Fair – here’s what you need to know.
- Theme: this year it’s Brookstock – a theme of love and peace.
- Stalls: we are assigning year groups to stalls – look out for messages from your class reps to see which you have, and how you can help
- Food: this year we won’t be able to use the kitchen for cooking so we are looking to run a kid-friendly vegetarian stall – if any parents / carers have any suggestions please do get in touch. (We will still have the BBQ and possibly the curry stall as usual.)
- Date: it’s still Saturday 13th July.
More to follow soon…
*** ICE CREAM FRIDAY ***
The weather has been pretty awful this week, but the sun is set to return – celebrate with an ice cream in the playground today (Friday).
*** OPEN AFTERNOON – BOOK CORNER ***
We are looking for parents and carers to help with setting up a book corner in the hall for the open afternoon (Thursday 11th July) please let the office or your teacher know. It just involves moving a few books and some soft seating down from classrooms, but we need a few helping hands.
Forest School Fundraising
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 coming up:
- Sponsored forest fun walk on 29th June
If you want to donate directly to the PTA for Forest School please use 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