Events this week –

Monday 16th September – Y2 curriculum meeting 9-9.30am bottom hall

Tuesday 17th September – Y5 curriculum meeting 9-9.30am bottom hall

Wednesday 18th September – Y3 curriculum meeting 9 – 9.30am bottom hall, 11am prospective parents tour places can be booked on the school website, SEND forum 9.05am and 5pm details below

Thursday 19th September – Brookfield Busy Bee’s Under 5’s drop in session (9-10.30am), Apple Day, e-safety workshops for Y1-6

Friday 20th September – Y4 curriculum meeting 9 – 9.30am bottom hall

Dates this term –

Tuesday 24th September – open afternoon. School closes at 1.45pm for all children so that meetings can take place for Y1-6 parents/carers and teachers between 2-7pm. Early years focus child meetings take place through the year.

Friday 27th September – cross country on Hampstead Heath for selected KS2 children, details below

**DATE CHANGE** Friday 4th October – Y4 PAC maths

** DATE CHANGE** Monday 7th October – Y2 PAC maths

School News

A warm welcome to the new families who have joined Brookfield this term. We were delighted to have the arrival of our first nursery and reception children on Monday and look forward to the remaining children joining over the coming week. We will enjoy getting to your children and you over the coming days and weeks. This half term we are looking to recruit two new parents governors, look out for information in next week’s newsletter and in the meantime consider if this is a role you would be interested in.

Music Clubs Update from Julia

* ​Orchestra starts on Monday 16th September – thank you for all of your emails.

Infant Choir starts on Monday 23rd September – an email will be going out soon so that you can sign your child up. 

* Junior Choir starts on Thursday 26th September – an email will be going out soon so that you can sign your child up. 

SEND Parent/Carer Forums

Following on from our exploratory meeting at the end of last term we agreed that we would like to move ahead with a forum next year for parents and carers of children with SEND. 

We will be holding two meetings in September to share our initial plans for the forum on Wednesday 18th September. The first meeting will be held at 9.05am and a second meeting at 5pm. If you are interested in finding out more, please plan to attend one of the two sessions; we would love to hear your ideas and share initial plans with you.

Attendance

One of our main aims at Brookfield this year is to reduce the number of lates and improve attendance.  Missing school can result in children falling behind academically and can impact children’s friendships with peers.  In addition to this, arriving late can leave children feeling anxious about school and also impacts on their academic progress.

Attendance and punctuality will be highlighted in assembly every week with each class aiming to win the attendance trophy or punctuality teddy bear! Children should aim to be in class by 8.55am.

At Brookfield, we do expect all children to attend school every day. We understand that in the autumn term children can be more prone to colds; however we ask that children wrap up warm each day and only take time off if they are too ill to attend e.g. vomiting. We are also putting a greater emphasis on punctuality this year.  Below are some helpful tips to share with you and your child to help improve attendance and punctuality.

  1. Plan what you need for the day the day before e.g. PE kit, maths equipment.
  2. Pack your bag
  3. Get your clothes out and ready
  4. Put your shoes and book bag ready at the front door before you go to bed.
  5. Set an alarm so you have plenty of time to get ready.
  6. Get a good nights sleep.

If there is any further support you think the school could provide, please talk to Carole in the office or email Faye (Assistant Head) f.winslade@brookfield.camden.sch.uk

Doodle Maths

It is great to see so many of you have been using Doodle Maths over the summer and using it to help improve your maths fluency. If you were selected for a membership last year and have not logged in for a while, please ensure you get back in the habit of using the app over the next few weeks. It is a fantastic, fun way to improve your maths skills. A special mention goes to Hewan (Heather), Heame (Bramble), Flora and Aaron (Willow) and Klea (Oak) who have all worked hard over the summer to gain their stars! If you have forgotten your log-in please get in touch with Lucy (Year 6).  

Apple pressing

On Thursday, Transition Dartmouth Park will be apple pressing with our early years children and taking an assembly for the whole school. If you have access to an apple tree, please bring in donations to the office. There is no need to bring in shop bought apples. Nursery and Reception parents are encouraged to volunteer to support this activity – please speak to your child’s teacher.

Sports News

Netball – Fixtures for the Y6 netball league have had to be rescheduled and will now take place on Tuesday 17th September. Further information will go out on Monday about this. Apologies for the short notice!

Cross country – Time trials for years 5/6 took place today. Years 3/4 will take place on Monday 16th September as team sheets and other details must be sent ASAP. We are hoping to take the children to the Heath to squeeze in some practise before the event which takes place on the Friday 27th September. 

PE kits – Majority of children have brought their PE kits since the start of term which is very nice to see. We are now at 90%. Please can we continue to bring in our PE kits and get this up to 100%. Thank you ever so much 🙂

After School Club News

DT Club – Unfortunately we are unable to run DT club as planned on Wednesdays as the member of staff from Highgate school who ran it last year has left and Highgate have so far been unable to find a replacement. We are ever so sorry for the late notice. Those booked in to take part in DT are welcome to join in with other after school club activities on Wednesdays.

There will be no science club next week (Tuesday) as the teachers from Highgate School are unavailable. Again, children booked in are welcome to join in with the after school club activities in the bottom hall instead. If you’d rather cancel this session, please let the office know so that we are able to reflect this on your Scopay account. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Please speak to the office or email basc@brookfield.camden.sch.uk if you have any questions.

News from the office

This half terms lunches are £79.20.

Please label all clothes, we will make every effort to reunite children with named clothes. Hair should be tied back to prevent the spread of nits and no jewellery other than simple stud earings.

Community Events

Bee Rowlatt (mother of Will, Y5) has written a play being performed in the West End to celebrate human rights pioneer Mary Wollstonecraft. It’s a one-off gala event for a great cause (new human rights education charity) taking place at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue on Monday, 30th September.  For one night only, Anita Rani, Jude Kelly and an all-star cast will bring to life her inspirational story.

Buy your tickets today and you’ll help ensure her lasting legacy!

PTA events

We are finalising the list of events at a meeting next week, so this is your chance to have your voice heard – let us know what you’d like to see the PTA put on. Use the form below, or email us at
BrookfieldSchoolPTA@gmail.com

What PTA events would you like this year?

Currently, we do a summer and winter fair; bake (or other) sales; a barn dance (see below), and a quiz. But we have recently put on a disco, film nights and other things. Let us know what you want the PTA to do.

This term we are DEFINITELY doing the winter fair. However we are also looking at a fairly quick turnaround Barn Dance, possibly in October. This event is usually every 2 years, and is a great time, so get in touch if you want to help.

New reps

As mentioned last week, we have lots of new school reps. If you have volunteered as a class rep but not yet told the PTA chairs (Rob and Lulu) please do – we need to know! Email us on BrookfieldSchoolPTA@gmail.com

We have just sent out a guide for reps (current and new) so if you don’t receive it let us know and we’ll send you a copy.

That’s all for now. You stay classy, Brookfield.
Lulu and Rob

Newsletter – 13th September