Newsletter 22nd April

Key Events​Date
Year 5 trip to The British MuseumMonday 25th April
Reception trip to Postal MuseumTuesday 26th April
Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and 2 Phonics and Early Reading workshop for parents and carersWednesday 27th April 9am
May Bank HolidayMonday 2nd May
Head teacher and Chair of Governors’ coffee morningFriday 6th May 9am
Year 6 SATs week9th – 12th May
INSET dayFriday 13th May
Mental health coffee morning19th May 9am
Summer Fair9th July
Brookfield Bank Holiday (in lieu of Queen’s Jubilee)Friday 22nd July

Laurel’s Update

It has been a delight to welcome back children and families for the Summer term where we will be focusing on our value of achievement. The children have settled back in really well and I have enjoyed hearing about their activities over the Easter break. This morning, I enjoyed chatting to parents at our coffee morning with a presentation from Molly who has designed the 10 minutes peace programme. As a group, we took part in the healthy practice of  breathing exercises, simple yoga poses and reflecting on what we are grateful for. Here is a link to Molly’s website for those who were not able to attend.
I then had the pleasure of taking our new Community Governor, Logan Nerio, on a tour of the school. Thanks to Zakaria for coming and sharing his excellent Alice in Wonderland setting description with us.
Community Governor Logan Nerio

PTA News

Welcome back – the PTA have several events coming up this Summer term to tell you about.

Firstly, save the date for BrookFest – this year’s Summer Fair will be on Saturday July 9th, at the usual time of 12-3. We are planning two stages for music & performance, plus a new and improved offering of food, drink and fun activities for all. If you have DJ skills, want to help book some kids and parent bands, or have any other skills to offer, please email brookfieldschoolpta@gmail.com

Please also get in touch if you have other ideas or things you’d like to see at BrookFest.

We are planning a Jubilee-themed bake sale this half term. Also, after the success of the disco, we want to branch out and do one more fundraising event this term that doesn’t have to be a bake sale. If you have an idea to suggest please email the PTA.

Phonics & Early Reading Workshop

Please join us for a phonics and early reading workshop. This is an opportunity to ask questions, find out about our new phonics scheme  and see some of our lovely new reading books.  Come and find out how we are teaching your children to read and what you can do to support them.  

We hope to see you there!


Health Update

Covid-19 Guidance

Please see below the updated Covid guidance for children. Children can go back to school when they feel better or do not have a high temperature.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/coronavirus-in-children/

5 – 11 Vaccinations

Chicken Pox

Having returned from the Easter break, we have been informed that there are cases of chicken pox in Year’s 1 & 2. Here is the letter that has been circulated to parents of children in those year groups:

D&V outbreak

We have been informed of a number of cases of D&V in Year’s 2 & 4.
Here is a letter which contains more information.

Guidance On Primary Children Fasting During Ramadan

We are thinking of all our families observing Ramadan this month.

Fasting is not obligatory for young children until they reach puberty. Prior to this, it is common for parents and carers to encourage half-day and weekend fasts. Some families may be considering children from Years 5 and 6 fasting for longer. It is not advised for children younger than 7 to observe a whole fast and if they are, this should be under parental supervision and outside of school hours. Whilst the decision to fast is an individual family’s decision and schools will want to be respectful of a family’s decision, schools will also be mindful of the impact fasting may have on children’s health and wellbeing and their learning and have a duty to safeguard children whilst in their care.

Headteachers know their families well and will be experienced in supporting them through Ramadan. Where parents wish their primary-aged children to fast, Headteachers will want to talk to parents about reducing the impact of fasting for younger children on their learning and health, particularly as the days get longer, as well as discuss how the school will be supporting the child e.g. taking part in sporting activities, if they feel unwell or cannot concentrate, and supervision for their child when they would normally be having lunch. Parents and carers are mindful of the impact of fasting on young children and schools will want to encourage weekend fasting at home, rather than in school, fasting for half days, or a few days of the month at the start or end of the month.

Schools may want to offer some guidance on ways to avoid dehydration by drinking water and sugar-free drinks and eating nutritious food when breaking the fast.

It is important for schools to know in advance if children are fasting, and particularly what their fasting will involve eg will they abstain from drinking water, in order to safeguard them against health risks and be able to support them.

FAB Parent helper needed for Nursery

As you may know we are working with film for this year’s FAB project! 

The Sparks Media organisation have been in supporting our children from Year 6 to Reception this year, which has been amazing!

​However, we are looking for a parent volunteer with film industry experience to come in and run some filming sessions for our Nursery children after the half term.  If you are interested in volunteering your time for this or would like more details, please contact Emily Beagley (FAB Lead) via email

School places for Ukrainian children

Brookfield are glad to be welcoming children and families from the Ukraine. Advice for Ukrainian families on applying for a school place and accessing childcare in England can be found here: Applying for a school place and accessing childcare

House rental opportunity for Brookfield families

One of our Brookfield families are moving overseas for 2 years in July 2022 and are looking to rent out their 3 bedroom house located on the Salisbury Walk estate N19 (less than 5 mins walk from the school). They wanted to announce the rental to Brookfield families before going to an agent in case there are any families or friends of families wanting to move into the area and closer to the school. If anyone is interested or know anyone that might be interested, email the mum Maya: maya.vaughan@btinternet.com

Positive Futures project

New Employment and Benefits Support:
Parents and carers at Brookfield school can get help from a new project called Positive Futures.  They are offering one to one support :

  • to help people find a job that has better pay and prospects for growth and development, or
  • to check you are claiming all of the benefits you are entitled to, or
  • to help people deal with mounting bills or other debts?

If you are worried about rising household bills or the challenge of finding work that supports you and your family – email justina@hncp.org.uk or text 07962259349 for confidential, supportive one-to-one help. 

Kentish Town City Farm May Day

Please see details below for the May Day celebrations happening at Kentish Town City Farm this year

When: Monday, 2 May 2022, 12:00-4:00 PM

Where:
Kentish Town City Farm
1 Cressfield Close
NW5 4BN

Activities:
Arts and crafts
Animal handling – groom a goat!
Drinks and cake
Live music!
Maypole dancing

The London Group of Plant Heritage

The London Group of Plant Heritage are once again holding their Spring Plant Fair

When: Saturday 7th May 2022 at 9.30am – 1.30pm.

Where: St Michael’s C of E primary school, North Road, Highgate, London N6 4BJ

Entry Fee: £2.50 for adults both cash & card accepted. Free entry for Plant Heritage members; under 18s; disabled & their carer.

Payments can be made with cards and cash.  

All money raised goes to Plant Heritage to support National Plant Collections.

www.plantheritage.org.uk
We look forward to seeing you and don’t forget to bring plenty of carrier bags! 

Commemorating Gallipoli

Art, Music and Stories from the Frontline on Tuesday 26 April at 7.30pm
Tickets: £12
Click link here for further details