Newsletter 12th March

Laurel’s update

It has been wonderful to have nearly all our Brookfield children back at school this week. The classrooms have been buzzing with collaborative, innovative Science Week activities and this morning we had our first virtual, whole school assembly to celebrate. A big thank you to Carla, Science Lead, for inspiring our staff to plan and teach such exciting science activities for our children.

Yesterday, Louise (English and Oracy Lead) led a workshop for parents and carers about reading. At school, we are spending time with each child to see how they are progressing with their reading and providing support. As we return to term time routines, please aim to spend time each day reading to your child, listening to your child read or talking about books. Reading is an important part of vocabulary development and can also provide our children with valuable time with an adult.

Red Nose Day 2021

Friday 19th March is Red Nose Day! Children are invited to wear something red and make a donation to buckets on the gates or on Comic There will a special, virtual, whole school assembly where children will be telling their favourite jokes!

Spring Parent and Carer Workshops

On Thursday 18th March at 11am, parents and carers of children in years 5 and 6 are invited to join Laurel for a virtual coffee morning. The Zoom link is the same each week. Please see the programme below for the menu of workshops for this term. We look forward to seeing lots of you there!

• Thursday 18th March Years 5 & 6 virtual coffee

• Thursday 25th March Maths with Lucy, Maths lead

Zoom meeting ID: 718 2430 4068

Password: xxsL5B

As we plan workshops for parents for the summer term, please let us know what you would find most helpful by sending an email to

Drop offs and collection

Thank you to parents and carers for supporting the school’s efforts to make drop off and collection times safe. It is really helpful when parents line up near the wall, using the white line guides, so other pedestrians can walk on the pavements. A reminder for children to be accompanied by one parent only, wearing a mask unless exempt and maintaining social distance from other people.

World Book Day

You can still see the wonderful costumes, creative book covers and fantastic videos from World Book Day – thanks again to all who took part and organised such a fun event (especially Louise).

Local support

Camden Covid update

If you are unsure of the latest restrictions, or need other advice, see the latest Covid news from Camden council:

Parent and Carer Counselling Service

Parents and carers of children in Camden maintained schools and children’s centres can access free counselling sessions which are currently provided on the telephone or online. Please see this leaflet for more information and details about how parents can self-refer.

PTA News

We hope this finds you all well and are back in the swing of school. We would just like to send out a reminder that we still need one or (ideally) two new people to step up to run the PTA. It is a great way to support the school, and we are in need of some new energy and creative ideas to engage with the Brookfield community in these still slightly odd times. Please do consider this and do email us for more details if you need.
– Lulu and Rahma (co-chairs).

The FAB Committee needs you!

The FAB Committee are in need of some new members to join the team! 

If you are interested in Arts education and want to get more involved in Brookfield’s development in this area, the FAB Committee would love your help.

In the committee you will help to make decisions about FAB projects, research and recommend potential FAB artist-in residence and advocate for FAB! 

Please contact Emily (Art Lead – if you are interested in becoming a member asap. The next FAB Committee meeting will be held this side of the Spring holidays (date tbc). 

From the archives

These fantastic copies of the Brookfield Bugle from the early 1980s were recently discovered in Highgate Library – we’ve scanned them so you can take a look. There are some brilliant insights into school life then, from children’s names and favourite things, columns by Hunter Davies, the fundraising by the PTA to buy the school a photocopier, and congratulations on the editions from both the Queen and (prime minister at the time) Margaret Thatcher!