Newsletter 18th December

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Laurel’s update:

It has been with responsibility and kindness that we have collectively achieved so much this term. Thank you to all the Brookfield community for your support and encouragement. As a school we have continued to grow this term thanks to the dedication and resilience of our brilliant children, staff and families.

It is with pleasure that I share with you pictures of our first Crazy Hair Day! Sincere thanks to the PTA for organising the Santa’s Grotto, sleigh rides and Winter Wanderland – truly memorable and festive experiences!

Brookfield has been relatively lucky to have had so few confirmed cases of Covid-19 and we are sad to be ending the term without our year 6 children whose bubble burst on Wednesday. Our responsibility to each other will extend into the holiday season and I ask you to read this important letter about how to report any confirmed COVID cases to until Christmas Eve.  Please be aware that a positive case within your child’s bubble could lead to them needing to isolate. I sincerely hope that this won’t be the case.

In more positive news, please see the PTA News below – great news on Festive fundraising, and also we are on the look out for new PTA leadership. A special thank you goes to Lulu who has been a fantastic co-chair of the PTA for over two years. I’d like to thank her for her enthusiasm, inclusivity and great creativity.

Over the Christmas break, you may like to check out our school website. Let us know what you think of the new look and improvements!

I wish all our families a healthy and joy filled Christmas and New Year and look forward to welcoming the children back on Tuesday 5th January.

Yours, Laurel

Parent workshops in the Spring term

We are excited to be sharing a comprehensive range of parent workshops for the Spring term. These will take place on Thursdays at 9.30am via Zoom starting with Mel, Assistant Head, presenting our New Brookfield Curriculum which is launching in January. Please tune in to hear about how our new curriculum reflects our community, embraces deeper learning and leads to beautiful outcomes! The Zoom link will be the same each week and will be published in the newsletter for easy reference. We look forward to seeing lots of you there!

  • Thursday 7th January Brookfield’s New Curriculum
  • Thursday 14th January Early Years coffee morning with Laurel, Headteacher
  • Thursday 21st January Positive Behaviour with Stephanie, Deputy Head
  • Thursday 28th January Special Educational Needs and Disabilities with Laura, SENDCo
  • Thursday 11th February Year 1 and 2 coffee morning with Laurel
  • Thursday 25th February Year 3 & 4 coffee morning with Laurel
  • Thursday 4th March Phonics
  • Thursday 11th March Supporting your child at home with reading
  • Thursday 18th March Year 5& 6 coffee morning with Laurel
  • Thursday 25th March Maths with Lucy, Maths lead

Zoom Meeting details
Meeting ID: 718 2430 4068 / Passcode: xxsL5B

From the office

Thank you for the Christmas cards and gifts – they are very much appreciated!

Please try to clear any money owed to the school for dinner money, breakfast or After School Club. Spring bookings for After School Club can be made here and we are only able to accept bookings if there is no money owed to the school.

If your child is not in school please can you email or phone the school and leave a message about their absence.

Winter Mini Reading Challenge

The Winter Mini Challenge is here, and Camden Libraries and The Reading Agency invite all Camden primary school children to take part during the winter holidays. This year The Reading Agency and award winning Knights Of children’s publisher have teamed up to create Everyone Is a Hero, developed by Knights Of Creative Director Marssaie Jordan.

When / how can I join?

The Challenge starts now: visit It runs throughout the winter holidays until 15th January. If you have taken part in this year’s Summer reading Challenge, simply login to your profile and unlock badges and achievements by adding books that you’ve read to your profile on your mission to become a reading hero! Add a book review that your friends and family can see, and take part in activities, games and competitions during the challenge. If you’re new to the reading Challenge , all the instructions are on the website.

What do I need to do to complete the challenge?

We would like all reading heroes to read, rate, and review 3 books to complete the challenge. We also want to invite you to nominate your Reading Heroes on social media. Post a picture, share a story and add the hashtag #WMC2020 and #ReadingHero. This will enter your posts into a prize draw at the end of the competition – and the winning hero will receive the Winter Mini Challenge booklist bundle! Your Reading Hero could be an individual or a group eg: a teacher, a library, a reading group, a friend or a family member.

Use our website to select e-books you can borrow, or visit a Camden library to access the quick choice options (please check the website for current library opening times due to Covid -19 restrictions.) We’ll regularly update the website with booklist recommendations and new stock. Complete the challenge and receive your certificate via the Reading Agency. Everyone is a Hero!

Year 2 beautiful outcomes

Year 2 have written and performed presentations about the African king, Mansa Musa, as part of their deep learning in history this term. We would have loved to invite parents and carers in to see these. Instead, Carla and Olly have filmed the children and uploaded the videos to google classroom so you can see them at home. We hope you enjoy watching these wonderful presentations!

Camden health news and guidelines

All the information from Camden including how and when to get tested is available in these two downloads:

Anyone who needs children’s hospital care over the winter holiday please note, emergency services for children and young people have temporarily closed at University College London Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital. For details of other hospitals and care, please read more here.

Winter Clubs at Brookfield

Highgate Newtown Gymnastics Club are now taking bookings for the Christmas Gym Club, packed with fun activities on the 21st-23rd December 2020, 9am-4pm for ages 4-13, priced at £30 a day. Activities will be taught by British Gymnastics qualified coaches and will include gymnastics, freestyle/parkour, multisport and fitness type challenges with Blaze Pods, arts and crafts, Christmas games and much more!

To secure a space email us:

Fit for Sport are running a Winter Holiday Camp at Brookfield from Monday 21st December – Wednesday 23rd December – more information available here.

Fit For Sport accept Childcare vouchers and support Tax Credits. Please call Fit For Sport on 020 8742 4990 for further information. Take advantage of Fit For Sport’s 10% early bird discount by quoting ‘WINTER10’ when booking. Valid for a limited time only. More information in the document here:

PTA News

A massive thank-you to everyone that helped make last weekend feel so festive. Especially a big thank you to Santa! The time and care you took to make every child feel special was incredible. We would also like to thank our jolly (and very fit) elf Leanne for taking countless children on sleigh rides.

Big thanks to Anna, Tabatha, Victoria, Bee and Justin, Lucy and all your fantastic helpers for keeping us refreshed throughout both nights. And to everyone who decorated your houses, they look amazing.

A special thank you to Harry for not only making such beautiful decorations but also selling and donating the proceeds to the PTA – What a star!

Our Christmas fundraising at such a tricky time has been greatly appreciated and we have managed to raise over £1,500 – but most importantly we have been able to have a little festive fun.


Although we couldn’t arrange the Zoom wreath-making session, the extra sales from Electric Daisy meant the school received £240 – thanks so much.

Message from Lulu:

I have decided to step down as co-chair of the PTA. The role has been fun, busy, exciting, challenging but most of all rewarding in the sense that I’ve been able to help support the school, parents and children and continue the PTA’s strong legacy. It is now my time to pass the baton over to ideally a couple of parents who can bring fresh energy and ideas.

Rahma will be staying on to help with the transition, but will also step down in early 2021. The PTA thrives best when there is a team, so we need two new co-chairs. Please do think about stepping up and supporting the fantastic team that is the PTA. The other committee members Gen and Rob (treasurer) will be staying on.

A personal thank you from me to everyone that has supported me during my time as co-chair. I wish everyone a rested and safe festive break.

See you in 2021!