Black History Month
This October we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Black History Month in the UK. It is a fantastic celebration of black history and culture. We have so many inspiring people of African and African Caribbean people here in London making our city a richer and more vibrant place. At Brookfield we are in the process of re-writing our curriculum with black history very much in mind year round. This month however also gives us the opportunity to celebrate the huge contribution black people have made and continue to make!
In her virtual assembly today, Mel talks about the focus this year on black storytellers in London. She discusses her love of Malorie Blackman and shares an interview with her where she reflects on her resilience and motivations for writing.
At Brookfield we are looking to fill our book corners with more books containing black characters and stories. We are setting you a challenge to recommend books like this you know. Please write them down and tell your teacher, Mel or Louise.
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Mental health support
We are excited to announce that Open-Minded, the school’s mental health support team, are offering a series of webinars for parents and carers to support children’s wellbeing. Please sign up directly through the Eventbrite link (detailed in the information below). For any queries, please contact Lillie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEND Planning Meetings with Laura (SENDCo)
I am really looking forward to holding SEND planning meetings next week to discuss how the start of the year has gone and how we can put in the correct support for our children at school. I have emailed out the time and dates when these phone call meetings will be taking place, please let me know if you have not received an email and are expecting one.
Due to the Year 5 closure, I will be holding these meetings during the week beginning 12th October. I will email parents soon with times and dates. If your child is not on the SEND register and you would like to talk to me please feel free to contact me at email@example.com or by phoning the school office (020 7272 9627).
Laura Smale, SENDCo
Year 6 Woodwork
This week, year 6 have been able to begin their woodwork sessions with our brilliant woodwork teachers: Ricky and Jess. The children are designing and building their own motorized windmills- complete with an ‘on off switch’ which will enable the children to apply their knowledge of electrical circuits. We can’t wait to see the finished pieces!
Forest School Day
Following the success of the Earth Day 2020 video, we would like to create a special video in celebration of Forest School Day – Friday 9th October. This special day is a time to connect, share and celebrate all things Forest School! We would like to reach out to the children and ask, “What is your favourite experience about Forest School?” this can be a memory from a Forest School session at school or from a family day out in the woods exploring nature. If you would like your child to be featured in this video could you please send a short clip, (no more than 30 seconds long) a picture or written piece of work by your child to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Tuesday 6th October. The video will be shared with classes in virtual assemblies and in next week’s newsletter.
If you would like to find out more information regarding Forest School Day please visit http://www.forestschoolday.org
Access to A&E services for under 18s – temporary closure at Royal Free and UCLH
The attached poster provides:
- information about the temporary closure of A&E services at Royal Free and UCLH
- a list of alternative hospitals where A&E services are running for children (under18s)
Support your school with a mask
You need a mask that’s a bit more interesting than those light blue medical things. You also want to show your support for Brookfield. If only there was some way…
Well now there is! You can buy an “I love Brookfield” mask – a bargain at £5. We have sold out of our initial order and are getting more soon.
BUY YOUR MASK HERE (and we’ll deliver to you). (Also – we should all be wearing them at the school gates. )
Food Bank collections
Every Thursday we will be collecting food tins, pasta, other non-perishable items for the Food Bank that was set up as a response to Covid, to help isolating families and those with food worries. Bring your tins.
Pumpkins – Buy, Carve, Win
The PTA will be selling pumpkins for Hallowe’en from Wednesday 21st Oct. Get your pumpkin from school, and enter our photo competition. Carve your pumpkin, take a photo and send it to the PTA email. The best entries will be on the school website, Instagram account and we’ll try to drum up a prize for the winner.
We will be running three Zoom quizzes for kids in November. We are going to do it in three groups – KS1 (reception to y2); Years 3&4; and Years 5&6. (Obviously with siblings etc this is not formal, just an idea of where we are pitching it.).
Our plan is to do it on the afternoons of 12th and 13th November. Stay tuned for more details. No prizes, just a bit of fun and hopefully no tears, unlike in the adult quiz.
Raise money while shopping online
Did you know you can raise money for Brookfield while shopping online? It costs nothing. All you need to do is add the easyFundraising plug in on your browser and it automatically does the rest.
Find out how to do it here. Sainsbury’s, Amazon, eBay, John Lewis – you can raise money any time you make a purchase.
If we all did it, we could massively change the PTA’s fundraising. So far we have 127 people signed up (4 new in the past week – thank you to those four), so if we could get to 200 that would be fantastic.