Newsletter 5th November

Key Events​Date
Fantastic Arts at Brookfield assemblies introducing out new film projectMonday 8th November
Football Tournament for some Y5 & 6 children Tuesday 9th November
Weekly Tours for prospective parents (please book on the website)   Wednesdays 9.15am
Flu immunisations
Am Reception Forest School at the Secret Garden
Pm Year 3 Forest School at the Secret Garden
Thursday 11th November
9am Oracy workshop for Parents and CarersFriday 12th November
Years 1-5 Assessment week8th – 12th November
Anti-bullying week15th November  
Phonics and early reading workshop for all parentsFriday 19th November
PTA Coffee morning Friday 26th November
SEND Meetings22nd – 26th November

Laurels Update

I hope all our families enjoyed the half term break. It has been a pleasure to welcome the children back.

This week, our year 6 children have been learning outdoors at their residential trip in Sayers’ Croft. They have had a brilliant time and highlights have included archery, axe throwing and a disco. Please see the photos below.

Thank you to Charlotte, Mali’s Mum, who came and shared Diwali celebrations with year 2 classes which you can read about below. I hope our Hindu, Jain and Sikh families enjoyed yesterday’s  festival of lights. We welcome all parents and carers to talk to the children about their faiths, enthusiasms and experiences. This could be in a small group, class or assembly setting. Please email if you are interested.

Over the half term break, we received the brilliant news that Brookfield has been awarded £4000 by Natwest Bank as winners in their Climate Savers competition. Children were challenged to create Top Trump cards showing positive actions they could take to help the planet. Alongside the children’s competition, Amy (Science Lead) submitted an application for money towards an environmentally sustainable project. A huge thanks to the children and Amy for their efforts. We plan to spend this money on re-wilding the Brookfield site and developing a Forest School area in the junior playground.

We look forward to seeing parents, carers and younger siblings at the workshops listed above in the hall.

PE Update

On Tuesday 9th November, the first match of our school football league starts for children in years 5 and 6. Participants will have received a text, which will be followed by a letter that will go out with children today (Friday). The matches will take place at Castlehaven Community Park. Please collect your child from this venue at 5.40pm. You are welcome to come and cheer the team on from outside the playing area in the park. A kit will be provided. Please can you provide shin pads, trainers suitable for an astro turf pitch, a healthy snack and water. If you have any spare shin pads, please send them in.

Sayers Croft

This week, year 6 have been away on their residential trip to Sayers Croft in leafy surrey. The children enjoyed 5 days of exciting outdoor learning: archery, axe throwing, rock climbing and much more! One of the highlights of the week was the disco- DJ’d by our brilliant PE teacher Aaron!

A big thank you to all the staff involved for making this trip possible; the parents and carers for preparing the children so well and the children for being absolute superstars!

We have had such a lovely week here and I know that this is going to be a very special memory for the children in years to come.

Year 2 Diwali Celebration

This week, Dandelion class were lucky enough to have Mali’s mum, Charlotte, come in share all about Diwali with us. She told how Hindus celebrate and even brought in some diva lamps to share with us. We watched fascinating videos of rangoli patterns being created, coloured in our own designs and got to wear bindis.  Thank you Charlotte- we loved having you in our class! 

Supporting your child’s wellbeing: resources for parents

A new suite of resources aimed at parents and carers to help them support their child’s education and wellbeing launched in October. The ‘Place2Be Parenting Smart’ website [] includes information on school transitions, bullying, routines, among other things, and is a good resource for schools and parents. The resources are either short videos or quick reads with practical easy to understand advice for parents.

Jacksons Lane Christmas Day Film

Jacksons Lane are once more starting to plan for their renowned Christmas Day service. 

This year, we are reaching more vulnerable adults than ever, who would otherwise be on their own at Christmas. We are once more running our sit-down lunch in our brand-new building, and continuing our newly designed delivery service from 2020, operating out of one of our studios. 

CHRISTMAS DAY FILM for those that are not aware of what we do!

A day of Christmas festivities from 10am-4pm with transport to and from Jacksons Lane via volunteers – max. capacity of x100. 

A Christmas hamper full of festive home-cooked food, baked goods, gifts, and games – max. capacity of x200. 


  • for the Christmas hampers we need 
    • baked goods
    • crafts
    • games
    • cards
    • Christmas poems
  • for the building we need
    • decorations
    • Christmas artwork


  • in the lead up to the day
    • we need kind donations of £5-£10 gifts dropped off unwrappped to Jacksons Lane, all service users receive a Christmas gift, so we need x300!
  • on the day itself we need 
    • drivers galore to pick-up our sit-down guests and deliver the Christmas hampers

Please get in touch if you think you can support in any way. 

All questions welcome and thank you for your kind support – we need an army of volunteers this year. 

The Playroom, Archway – Spanish and French lessons

Please see the flyer below for information about after school Spanish and French lessons at the Playroom, toy Project:

PTA News

Look out for Winter Fair news coming soon – stay in touch with your Reps. Its the 11th December, so 5 weeks to go…

Pumpkin Competition

Thanks to all the entries for the pumpkin carving. Such creativity (from parents as well as) from your brilliant children.

The winners were judged blind by Laurel, and are:

Nursery and Reception years:

Isabelle, Conker

Years 1-3:

Saron, Dandelion

Years 4-6:

Daniel, Willow

Also special mention for these wonderful pumpkins by Maya (Y6) and Eva (Y4):

Here is a full gallery of the entries: enjoy (click and scroll left/right):