Newsletter – 31st January

Events next week –

Monday 3rd February – Junior choir practice at 1.30pm with Sheena from Camden

Tuesday 4th February – 9am Y4 PAC maths in the bottom hall

Wednesday 5th February – 9am tour for prospective parents, FAB project: Junk Orchestra workshop for Y4, Willow to the CLC

Thursday 6th February – 9.30am stay and play in Brookfield Nursery, Brookfield Busy Bee’s under 5’s session (9.15am); The AUCTION (see all details here)

Friday 7th February – 9am headteacher and chair of governors’ coffee morning, FAB project: Junk Orchestra workshop for Y2

School News –

This week we invited Camden Learning to audit the school’s safeguarding and behaviour. The consultants described Brookfield as having a ‘culture where staff can share any concerns in a safe way,’  they also praised the school’s calmness and that children are confident that adults can sort out any problems. They shared a range of helpful recommendations for us to consider and we look forward to making further improvements.

Jo (chair of governors) and Laurel (headteacher) look forward to seeing parents at Friday’s coffee morning where the school’s new vision and values will be shared. Please invite your friends and neighbours to come on a tour of the school on Wednesday morning, or drop into our wonderful nursery on Thursday morning.

We have now spent a week trialling using the infant playground for drop off and collection. Thank you for adjusting to this change to improve safety. We welcome any feedback on your experience. Here are some pictures of year 2’s inspirational trip to see the theatre production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe:

Toys, including playing cards of any kind, should be kept at home and not brought into school. They can create distractions in class and can cause arguments in the playground. Children found with toys or cards will have them confiscated and asked to collect them from the office at the end of the day. Thank you for your support with this.

How to support your child with their reading: Parent and Carer Phonics Workshop

On Tuesday 11th February at 9am in the bottom Hall, Gemma (Literacy Leader) will be offering support and guidance on how best to support your child in their early reading. We warmly encourage all EYFS and KS1 parents to attend.


On Thursday 5th March we will be celebrating World Book Day. We are always keen to invite into school passionate readers/writers as guests speakers to inspire the children. If you know anyone who may be interested in coming in to talk with the children in an assembly, workshop, story-telling session please get in touch!

Many thanks, Gemma (Literacy Leader)

After School Club News –

Booking is now open for next half term. Please note, bookings do not roll over, you must complete an online booking form for Spring Term 2 in order for your child to attend After School Club next half term.

Please make sure you clear any outstanding balances on your child’s account before requesting new bookings.

Office News –

Hector in Fern wanted to share his NSPCC challenge. His aim was to raise money by beating his own hoola hooping record of 5 minutes 18 seconds. He managed to smash this by hoola hooping for 39 minutes and 29 seconds non stop! He raised £90 for NSPCC! Well done Hector!

Thank you to all children and families who have been fundraising for the NSPCC. Please bring any donations to the class collection boxes by Friday 7th February.


The AUCTION – Feb 6th and ONLINE

Let’s cut to the chase, people – COME ON, GET BIDDING! There are some awesome prizes which are online only – you don’t have to have a ticket to take part. Prizes include:

  • Wine tasting, a BBC tour, weekend by the sea
  • Fashion items – boots and earrings
  • Football tickets
  • … and amazing donations by our wonderful teachers– including afternoon tea, a theatre trip, arts and crafts, and the hugely popular HOMEWORK PASSES.

And if you are keen on one of the items being auctioned on the night but can’t make it – USE A PROXY BID. It’s really easy to do. You could still win – there are amazing tickets, holidays and more.

And lastly – you can also enter the Raffle, – you can now even buy raffle tickets online. People have been SO generous. So go on, take advantage (in a nice way). Including vouchers, babysitting, and a Harry Potter tour.

PTA People

Good news – we have two new committee members. Rahma Kingfisher (Y4, R) is going to be Co-Chair with Lulu. Also joining the committee is Genevieve Ogle (Y6, Y1). A big round of applause for both. The committee is back to four people now (Lulu Harrison still as Co-Chair, Rob Minto is Treasurer), so we will be able to keep the wheels turning. Thanks to all the reps, volunteers and helpers who we need as ever.

Talking of which, there’s a Y4 bake and book sale today – it may be over by the time you read this, so hopefully it went really well…

Coffee morning #1

Thanks to everyone who came to the first Friday playground coffee morning – it was a great atmosphere and we will definitely have more croissants next time. Proceeds to the school as you’d expect. Thanks to Kellee and Lulu for running it. The coffee is really good, too. See you next Friday.

Disco – later in the year

Due to time constraints, we’ve had to move the planned February Disco to later in the year. It was a big success last year so we will definitely run it – and the weather will be a bit warmer too.

No to Ocado?

One of our neighbour schools in Islington, Yerbury Primary school, are campaigning to try and stop a planned Ocado delivery centre being built next door. If you’d like to find out more, and support the campaign, all the details are online here. The impact on the area for residents and local businesses will be substantial too, so although this isn’t right on our doorstep, it’s in our local area. There is a petition on

Here is the Islington Gazette on the story.