Newsletter 14th October

Key EventsDate
Flu nasal spray immunisationsMonday 17th October
Individual PhotosTuesday 18th October
Poppy West African Drumming SessionWednesday 19th October 2-2.15pm
Dandelion West African Drumming SessionWednesday 19th October 3-3.15pm
Parent workshop – Supporting your child’s MH and wellbeing Part 2Wednesday 19th October 9.15 – 9.45am
Year 2 PAC MathsThursday 20th October
Conker to Secret GardenWednesday 19th October
Meet the Parents*Wednesday 19th October 5.30 – 6.30pm
Acorn to Secret GardenThursday 20th October
Year 5 to Shaolin TempleFriday 21stOctober
Halloween Dress UpFriday 21stOctober
Half TermMonday 24th – Friday 28th October
Year 6 Sayers CroftMonday 31st October – Friday 4th November
Reception balance bike trainingMonday 31st October – Tuesday 1st November
Year 3 PAC MathsThursday 3rd November
Year 1 Omved GardensThursday 3rd November
Ivy to National GalleryWednesday 9th November
Community Breakfast Friday 11th November 8-9.30am
Year 1 PAC MathsTuesday 15th November
Anti-bullying coffee morningThursday17th November
Lantern walk to Hampstead HeathMonday 21th November
Year 3 to Petrie MuseumTuesday 6th December

Laurel’s Update

A quick update on our direct donation campaign for the PTA that we launched last week. I’m delighted to say that 28 families have donated to the PTA with 24 of those setting up regular payments – a fantastic start, and thank you. Our aim is to raise two thirds of the annual PTA income from donations, so we are around 40% of the way to our target. Please do read the letter if you haven’t already, and here is the donation form:

If we manage to get to the target, we can make sure that all Brookfield children get the full range of PTA-funded activities such as forest school, trips, FAB and much more. Even small donations help. Thank you, and do let us know if you have any questions or want to help. One thought – grandparents can donate too.

Please read the PTA updates below to find out about the exciting events coming up: Halloween dress up day on Friday (with collections for the school on the gates) and Fun Run!

If you have any concerns about the rising cost of living, please consider reaching out to at Highgate Newtown Community Partners. They offer individual or group advice and can be contacted on 079 6225 9349.

We have been celebrating Black History Month and welcome parents and carers to come into school to share their histories and heritage. Please read this letter for further information.

Our PE Coach advert is live and we invite parents and carers to share this with their contacts.

Next Wednesday, 18th October 5.30-6.30pm, we are welcoming prospective parents to visit Brookfield and hear from existing children and parents about their experience in an event hosted by ‘Meet the Parents’. We have secured some parents and children for this event and would love more – if you are interested and available, please contact the office.

Information and Events for Parents and Carers

Meet the Parents

We are looking forward to welcoming prospective new parents to Brookfield on Wednesday 19th October at our Meet the Parents event from 5.30 – 6.30pm. It is an opportunity for prospective parents and families to visit the school and ‘meet the parents’ and students who already attend Brookfield. It’s a great way for them to get honest and up to date information about the school, and ask questions to children and parents directly.

We are also looking for some panellists to join us on Wednesday from 5.15pm – 6.30pm latest. If you have children at Brookfield, and would be willing to come and sit on the panel to answer some questions, we would love to hear from you. If you have a child who would also be willing to share their experiences, and answer any questions, then we would also like to hear from you. Please contact Rosie

If you know of any parents with nursery age children, who are thinking about primary school, then please forward the attached leaflet onto them


Last year, Brookfield’s first eco-committee worked hard to improve our school grounds, save energy and encourage the school community to recycle more of their waste. Their hard work was recognised by the Eco-Schools programme and we were awarded a Green Flag! The eco-committee also got to visit the Superbloom at the Tower of London and our Year 6 committee members were even featured on Radio 4. If your child would like to join this year’s eco-committee and help shape Brookfield’s approach to sustainability and climate change, they need to complete the attached application form (also available from their class teacher) and return it to Amy (Dandelion class teacher) by Friday 4th November. The final eco-committee will be made up of two children from each Year 1-6 class and will meet fortnightly within the school day.

Waste on Croftdown/Chester Roads

​Thank you for bringing to our attention the problem of waste, including dog mess, on Croftdown Road and Chester Road. While we understand that this is frustrating, unsightly and unhygienic, we recommend that you contact Camden Council directly, rather than the school. The local councillor for this area is Councillor Camron Aref-Adib and he holds a monthly surgery at Highgate Library.

Child Mental Health Support

If you have some tricky scenarios at home that you would like help navigating, take a look at Parenting Smart, which is a fantastic website full of advice for wellbeing support at home.

Head Lice

We have been informed of a number of cases of Head lice across the school.
Here is a letter which contains more information. Head lice letter

Class news

Y1 Wild Fang

Year 1 had a visit from Wild Fang. Faik showed us some truly beautiful ainmals as usual. The children were gentle and kind and asked some amazing questions. See photo's below

Music News

The Year 5s have made an excellent start on their ukuleles. Here are some backing tracks so it makes it even more fun to practise at home!

Raining Cats and Dogs:

Playing Cat and Mouse:

A reminder that the Year 2s have their West African Drumming Sharing Sessions on Wednesday (19th):

Poppy Class: 2 - 2.15pm

Dandelion Class: 3 - 3.15pm

Lallibella Year 6 Trip

This week both year 6 classes had the pleasure of visiting our local Ethiopian restaurant: Lalibella. This trip was linked to the current class novel 'The Garbage King' which is set in Ethiopia. The class loved trying traditional injera and a variety of other dishes.

Thank you so much to the restaurant for making us feel so welcome and we would highly recommend paying them a visit if you haven't been before:

Attendance and Punctuality

This week our total attendance for children in reception to year 6 was 95.72% which is close to our target of 96%!

Our percentage for children persistently absent from school is still higher than we would like: 15.98%.  This means that this was the amount of children currently under 90%. It is always higher at the beginning of term and we do hope to see this decrease dramatically by Christmas.

If you require any support with improving attendance or punctuality, please see your child's class teacher, phase leader, Faye (attendance lead) or Carole in the office. ​

Below, is the attendance breakdown for classes this week. Well done to Poppy whose attendance is 98.8%!

Updates from the office

Lost Property

With such a high volume of lost property this term we will be put out all lost property next week Wednesday in the Junior playground. Property that is labelled with the child's name is much easier to reunite with it's owner. Items that are not claimed will be given to charity.

Reporting child illnesses

When reporting that your child is sick please be specific e.g vomiting, headache, high temperature etc. It will help us to keep track of any illnesses circulating around the school.

Flu Immunisations

  • ​Please see the attached letter regarding Flu immunisations which take place on Monday 17th October.
  • Within the letter there is an online consent form. Children will only receive the immunisation if you have completed the form.
  • The immunisation is in the form of a nasal spray

Nasal Flu parent letter 2022


As school breaks up next week please log in to SCOpay to clear your account.

PTA News

Bake Sale

Thanks to everyone who came, donated goodies and helped. We raised a fantastic £373.40 !

Christmas Card Project.

Please return your child’s design with completed form to the office by Wednesday 19th October. Online payment is here:

If you are unable to pay online please bring the EXACT amount in an envelope with your child’s Name and Class to the office by Wednesday 19th October. Unfortunately there will be NO CHANGE available from the office.

P.S. If your child has handed the design back to their class teacher please let us know by emailing & we will collect them.

Class Reps

We know you all have busy lives, but it really is important that some of you step up and becomes the class reps for Blossom, Heather, and Ivy Classes. Your classes may miss out on important information or events without someone to help us communicate with them. Please don’t ignore this message! Email us to get started

Fun Run

The Fun Run will be on Sunday 6th November. As we are fundraising for the Forest school the dress-up theme is... nature. Forms and sponsorship letters will be on the website / newsletter next week.

Other Dates

The Winter Fair will be December 3rd, 12-3.

Quiz date to follow shortly - likely to be November 8 (penciled in with school)

From the PTA Team (Sophie, Nicolai & Rob)

Community news

School Street Consultation

​Camden has launched a 3-week consultation regarding the school street on Croftdown Road. After this consultation, a decision will be made as to whether the current school street remains permanent. Please have your say by using the QR code in the flyer below. If you have any specific comments, please contact Lillie directly, who can pass them onto Camden ( The consultation ends on 20th October 2022.
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