Newsletter – 5th July

Events next week…

Monday 8th – Children visit new classrooms

Tuesday 9th – 5A to the Royal Courts of Justice & new reception parents meetings (6-7pm)

Wednesday 10th – Nurseries visiting for lunch

Thursday 11th – KS1 Sports Day (9.30-11am on the heath behind the tennis courts), Open Afternoon (school finishes at 1.45pm, no clubs or playcentre) giant book corner in the hall and EYFS bake sale

Friday 12th – Climate awareness day, nursery having lunch in the hall, pm 3L picnic

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

School News

Further to information I shared with the 1C and 3L parents earlier in the week, it is with huge sadness that I let you know that Ting, Mum of Shenna and Sophia, has died. She was at home with her children, husband and parents who have so appreciated the kindness shown to them by the Brookfield community over the past weeks. I have every confidence this will continue.​

Ting made a huge contribution to Brookfield as an active member of the PTA, teaching Mandarin lessons for classes and delivering an annual Chinese New Year assembly for the whole school.

I am sorry to be the bearer of sad news, and appreciate an occurrence like this impacts the whole school community. I am so grateful for the thriving partnership we have with parents and trust that we, together, will be able to guide and support the children.

The year 1 and 3 parents have set up a Just Giving page if you would like to make a donation to the family.

Y2 trip to Broadstairs

Yesterday, Year 2 had a truly fantastic time visiting Broadstairs beach. With such beautiful weather, the children were able to paddle in the sea, build sandcastles and bury themselves in sand. We found some interesting creatures, including several crabs and something which resembled a baby shark! After having a jam packed day playing in the sand, we ended our day with a well deserved Mr Whippy ice cream. A day to remember! 

Lifting Limits parents and carers survey:

As you may be aware, Brookfield has been working with Lifting Limits this year as part of a pilot scheme to promote gender equality. We are asking parents and carers to complete a survey to find out how you feel the pilot has gone. This should take around 5 minutes.

Parents and carer counselling service

This is a free counselling service available to parents and carers who have a child in a Camden school. 

The service provides twelve sessions of 1-1 counselling, which take place weekly in school hours during term time. Counselling sessions last fifty minutes. What’s said in sessions is confidential unless a child or another person is at risk of harm. Counselling sessions provide an opportunity for parents to talk about problems, decisions, worries or changes in any area of their life. Problems do not have to be related to parenting. Parents and carers who have used the service say that counselling has helped them untangle their thoughts and feelings, draw on their strengths and develop new perspectives. They have felt more able to cope and face the future as a result. Find out more.​

Sports News

Sports Day: KS2 and Reception sports days have now both taken place. Both events went really well with children, parents and teachers all taking part in a range of activities, almost disregarding the competitive side and embracing the fun of it, which was the main goal.


 A massive thank you to all parents who turned up to support the children and an even bigger thank you to those who took part in the day!

KS1 will have their sports day on Thursday 11th July from 9.30-11am on the Heath, behind the tennis courts. Please ensure your children wear their house colours, comfortable clothing and suitable footwear!

Inclusive award: Throughout the school year Brookfield have taken part in a number of competitions including, football, netball, basketball and athletics (to name a few!) This year, Camden have recognised the opportunities that Brookfield have given their children, and out of forty schools in the borough, Brookfield have been awarded with the ‘Most Inclusive school’ award! We will be inviting some of the children who have contributed to this win to accompany myself or Aaron to an award ceremony which is to be held after school on 16th July at Talacre. A letter will go out to those children next week.

Clubs News  

Please make sure you’re up to date with clubs fees. Payment can be made in cash or cheque only. Please hand an envelope into the office. Thanks

Wednesday will be the very last day of clubs this year! Clubs are cancelled on Thursday for Open Afternoon & clubs aren’t on next week due to staff well being week.

Angling Session

After a very successful taster session last week, the Hampstead and Highgate Angling society have been back in touch to offer us another session! The venue will be the model boating pond in Millfield Lane, N6, on the west side of Hampstead Heath from 3.45pm on Tuesday 9th July. Please email Sophie if you and your child would like to attend.

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. As we approach the end of the term, please make sure all of your accounts are up to date.


BOOKS AND TOYS: we are keen for any donations of books and toys for the summer fair. Please don’t bring broken or damaged items (it creates too much extra work) – but anything in good condition is gratefully received. This year, please bring your donations to the Reception classrooms (just near the bottom hall), rather than the office.

Also, we NEED raffle prizes. Please bring to the office ASAP.

The countdown begins – we are 8 days away.

  • Theme: this year it’s Brookstock – a theme of love and peace.
  • Stalls: we please help your class Reps to see which stall you have, and how you can help
  • Raffle prizes: email the PTA with any donations / suggestions please.
  • Books and toys: please donate (see above)
  • Date: it’s Saturday 13th July, 12-3.


Thank you so much to all who took part in the Sponsored Walk last week – we raised over £600 for the Brookfield Forest School fund, and there is more to come – final total will be higher for sure.


Y6 parents alert: letters have gone out with details about the year 6 disco and yearbook. Just to summarise / clarify:

The disco is on Friday 19th July in the Highgate Civic Centre – just next to school. There will be food provided, and tickets are £3 per child. It is free for anyone eligible for pupil premium.

The Yearbook is a great memento of each child’s time at Brookfield, so we will make sure every child gets a copy, regardless. However, as there are printing costs, we ask for a voluntary £5 donation if possible (you can of course donate a little extra if you like.)


Hot damn. Get in the summer mood with with an ice cream in the playground today (Friday).


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.