Events next week –

Monday 16th – Rebecca returns to the Nursery from her maternity leave

Wednesday 18th – Nativity 2pm Y2 parents invited

Thursday 19th – Nursery festive show and party (2.30pm, parents welcome!) 3.30pm end of term

School News

It was such a pleasure to see so many children and families at the winter fair last Saturday. The atmosphere was wonderful and people appreciated the warm welcome, free tea and coffee! Thank to all the volunteers: parents, governors and staff, who made the day run so successfully.

Next week we look forward to the year 2 Christmas nativity. The year 2 children and staff have been working really hard to prepare a glittering presentation of the Christmas story. We invite parents to leave cameras at home and keep mobiles in your bag. We do have children at Brookfield whose parents or carers have very good reason not to want pictures of their child appearing online. I am sure the Brookfield community will be respectful of this request that will apply to all school events moving forward. Photographs will be taken by the school and shared with parents on parent hub for children that we have permission for.

3 Heather – Mock General Election

Last week, Heather class read all major parties’ manifestos before deciding on their own policies and party. Each child then wrote their own manifesto as MB (Member of Brookfield). Yesterday, the children voted and with a clear majority, the Green Party won the General Election, with Wren being appointed Prime Minister. Well done, Wren! It’s been wonderful to see the children get so impassioned and involved in politics and it’s very interesting to see what is important to the children. 

Big Book Boost

The Book People are launching a schools affinity scheme, Big Book Boost, with the aim to donate one million books to schools across the UK by 2022. The scheme will see the specialist book retailer donate £1 for every £10 spent by a customer to a school of their choice, to put towards purchasing it’s own books. Brookfield has now registered for this scheme, more details to follow!

FAB Books:

The wait is over! They are here just in time for the winter holidays! 

We are so sorry for the wait, but the FAB collage books that the children wrote and illustrated through collage workshops, with artist Mark Oliver, in last year’s FAB project, have arrived!

​We really hope you enjoy reading them and sharing them with your friends and family!

Tate Year 3 exhibition:

Last year, both Year 3 classes (3M & 3L) took part in the Tate Year 3 photography project, curated by Steve Mcqueen. Their photograph was taken and is now being exhibited at the Tate Britain until 3rd May 2020 alongside thousands of other schools from across London. 

Megan and Emily (Arts lead) had the luck of visiting the exhibition in a private view and even heard Steve Mcqueen speak about the inspiring project!

We encourage you to also go and visit the exhibition. You can find the 3M &3L’s photographs on wall 4, at eye level!

After School Club – SPRING TERM BOOKINGS OPEN

We are now taking bookings for next term. You can make a booking request by filling in our online booking request form. Alternatively you can request a hard copy from the office. Please remember that you will be unable to make any bookings if there is an outstanding balance on your child’s account.

Please note that the After School Club mobile number is 07951 648 017.

Sports News

Year 5 and 6 football – This past Tuesday, both the boys and girls team had huge success as they both secured 3 wins out 3 games at Talacre, putting themselves in strong positions for when the league returns in the new year. 

More success continued the following day as children from years 5 and 6 went to Talacre to take part in the Sports for All competition, allowing more children to take part in football matches. Children enjoyed the experience as they played against other schools in many matches.

Year 6 Self awareness – This Wednesday saw the last self awareness sessions for the term for Y6 children. To cap off a wonderful unit, children had a mini grading, by breaking a piece of wood in two with a specific strike. All children did this and received a certificate at the end. A massive thanks goes to Gabriel for coming in and teaching such amazing lessons, both physically and mentally.  

Futsal – Year 5 and 6 Futsal units have now come to an end. A massive thanks goes out to Ole Futsal club for coming in and working with such detail and enthusiasm and making a real difference with children.

Office News

This half term’s lunches were £91.20. Please ensure your accounts are up to date.

Tea towels – If you ordered a tea towel but have not yet collected it, please see the office. Thank you. We also have some more Year 6 tea towels coming next week – order here.

PTA NEWS

Firstly, a big thank you to everyone who came to the Winter Fair and made it such a great event. We made over £6,000 – the accounts aren’t finalised yet (any expenses send to the PTA committee), but it’s on course to be a record, we think.

That’s testament to the hard work and brilliant organisation by Leanne Rivers – thank you Leanne. Also, all the people who ran stalls, decorated, made items to sell, made wonderful food – thank you. You know who you are.

The fair isn’t just about the money. We wanted to make it more inclusive for the community, so it was free entry; games were free; and tea and coffee were free. Clearly having free things for kids and adults alike doesn’t have any negative impact on the money raised, so that’s great. Feedback on the free games has been positive.

And importantly, it was environmentally-friendly. In the end, we generated only FOUR black bags for landfill! All your efforts in recycling and composting waste are appreciated. This is a new standard which we should always aim for. Thank you again.

Lastly, here are the organisations that supported the fair – thank you all.

  • Camden Brewery for generously giving all the beer
  • Sweet Pea Jewellery – a very generous necklace
  • Oatly
  • Bread and Bean
  • Tesco
  • Map Gift Shop
  • Pines and Needles
  • Meat butcher
  • The House
  • Royal Mail
  • Gail’s Bakery

Foreign Coins

Don’t forget to drop off any coins from other countries that are knocking about in a drawer at home – there’s a bucket in the office, and we can redeem for cash.

The Winter Market – on Wednesday

Thanks to all the parents and local crafts / business people for the Wednesday Winter Market – next year we will look at doing something a bit more indoors and at a better time of day.

Tea Towels

We are getting a new batch of Year 6 towels delivered next week. Please order here.

Lastly

PTA Committee reorganisation

Due to other commitments, Tammy and Caroline will be stepping down as co-treasurers. Rob, who is currently co-chair, will move to being treasurer (and still do the web stuff). Which means we need a new co-chair to run things alongside Lulu. If you are interested, let us know. We can talk about what’s involved.

Newsletter – 12th December