|Odd sock day launching Anti-bullying Week||Monday 14th November|
|Nursery Focus Group (please see information tab below to volunteer)||Monday 14th November 2.30 – 3.30pm|
|Year 1 PAC Maths, bottom hall||Tuesday 15th November 9am|
|Year 2 trip to London Zoo||Wednesday 16th November|
|Behaviour nti-bullying coffee morning, bottom hall||Thursday 17th November, 9am|
|Ash Class outing ‘Together with Music’||Thursday 17th November, pm|
|Years 3 and 5 to Lauderdale House||Friday 18th November 9.15-11.45am|
|Year 2 to Lauderdale House||Friday 18th November 12.40-3pm|
|Blossom and Catkin Lantern Walk to Hampstead Heath||Monday 21st November 3.30pm|
|Year 3 Heath Hands workshop||Tuesday 22nd November|
|Ten Minutes Peace Parent workshop, bottom hall||Friday 25th November 9-9.30am|
|Brookfield achievements and priorities with Laurel (Headteacher) and Jo (Chair of Governors)||Tuesday 29th November 9am and 6.30pm|
|Year 6 Hegarty Maths parent workshop with Lucy, bottom hall||Wednesday 30th November, 9-9.30am|
|INSET day- school closed||Friday 2nd December|
|Winter Fair||Saturday 3rd December 12-3pm|
|Year 3 trip to Petrie Museum||Tuesday 6th December|
|Carol concerts for years 1-6 at St Mary Brookfield Church||Thursday 8th December|
|West Africa Drumming Session Ash/Willow Class||Wednesday 14th December 2pm/3pm|
|School Christmas Dinner||Wednesday 14th December|
|Reception Festive Songs Performance*||Wednesday 14th December|
|Nursery Festive Songs Performance*||Friday 16th December|
|School closes, end of Autumn term||Friday 16th December|
Update from Laurel
It was disappointing that the rain on Sunday led to the postponement of the Brookfield Fun Run on Sunday. Thanks to Genevieve for organising and the 17 teams who had signed up to take part. We are waiting to hear back from the Heath with a new date and will share this with you soon!
We were able to enjoy our second Community Breakfast this morning and thanks to all the parents and carers who took part and were able to stay and start to arrange our Winter Fair (Saturday 3rd December 12-3pm). Please see the PTA News section below and start filling your jam jars!
We started the week with an assembly from Camden Clean Air who spoke to the children about air pollution and what we can do to improve air quality. Valeria and Moira were impressed by how many children already walk or bike to school and commented: “The children were very well-behaved and engaged and it was a pleasure to do the assembly. They came up with many valid points!” Today, Agata led a Remembrance Day assembly and the children respectfully observed a two-minute silence.
Next week, Odd Socks Day will kick start our anti bullying week. On Monday, we are asking the children to come to school wearing odd socks. It not only celebrates the freedom to wear what we want, it also makes a statement about embracing differences and puts to good use all those odds socks the washing machine ate! Please take some time with your child to look at the letter we sent through and attend the Behaviour and anti-bullying coffee morning on Thursday at 9am, if you can.
We look forward to children in years 2, 3 and 5 sharing their amazing art work as part of Kids in Museums Takeover Day. The children will be ‘taking over’ everything from social media to being art curators. Katherine Ives, Director at Lauderdale House said “From designing a Tudor Feast and a new Lauderdale crest, to a crazy plant inspired by our former resident James Yates, the students have breathed new life into Lauderdale House’s 500-year history.”
Please see this article from the Ham and High about the event and we hope lots of parents and carers will be able to attend: Ham and High
Nursery Focus Group
Next week we are holding a small focus group of around 6 parents of nursery age children who would be willing to share their views with us on what is important to you when choosing a primary school.
We will be holding the focus group on Monday 14th November from 2.30 - 3.30pm. If you are able to attend, please get in touch with Rosie email@example.com
Special Education Needs Parent Group
We are very excited to be setting up a supportive, knowledge sharing group for parents of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in Brookfield. This will be an opportunity for parents to get together and discuss support for children, share experiences or simply have someone to talk to. This can also be a way to feedback to Laura on how to improve SEND support at Brookfield and also provide an opportunity for you to ask her to liaise with external agencies for specific training.
Emma, our SEND governor, has set up a whatsapp group for anyone interested in joining this community.
Please click on the link below or use the QR code to join the group.
Mental Health Support
If you are concerned about your child's mental health and want some practical tips on how to support your child, please find some handy information here: https://thismayhelp.me/. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the final Camden coffee morning for this term on Wednesday, 16th November at 9am, about promoting positive body image.
If your child has access to a phone, please do read this handy guide attached about how to best safeguard your child when using apps such as WhatsApp.
Zones of regulations workshop
Thanks to all those who attended the parent workshop on Zones of regulation. Please see the following handout for the slides used and more information.
Warm welcome spaces in Camden
To help everyone stay warm this winter, ‘warm welcome’ spaces are available in Camden’s libraries, council buildings and voluntary and community sector organisations across the borough.
Struggling with the cost of living?
Camden have a wide range of support click here to find out more.
Parent and Carer Counselling Service
This is a free service for parents and carers who have a child on roll at a Camden maintained school or children’s centre. Find out more here
There will be West African Drumming Sharing Sessions for Year 5 on Wednesday 14th December at the following times:
Ash Class - 2pm
Willow Class - 3pm
In Year 4, we are composing pieces to describe the different parts of a river. Some children have planned to bring in an instrument from home. If so, your child will need to bring their instrument in on Tuesday (15th November).
Ivy trip to National Gallery
Ivy had a wonderful trip to the National Gallery on Wednesday, where we explored the paintings of Turner and went on a seascape hunt. We enjoyed learning about how light and dark are used in paintings to create emotion and atmosphere. See photos below
Anti-Bullying Week Odd Socks Day
Odd Socks Day will kick start our anti bullying week, On Monday 14th November we are asking the children to come to school wearing odd socks. It not only celebrates the freedom to wear what we want, it also makes a statement about embracing differences and puts good use of all those odds socks the washing machine ate.
Shadow Puppet Show
Catkin were entertained with a Shadow Puppet Show this week, they were amazed by the animal puppets made by hands.
Christmas dinner will be on Wednesday 14th December. If your child usually has packed lunch and you would like them to have Christmas dinner please let the office know by Thursday 17th November.
If your child is in Nursery, Year 3-6 Christmas dinner will cost £2.40.
If your child is in Reception Y1 and Y2 the Christmas dinner will be free.
If your child already has a school dinner you don't have to do anything. We understand that this is way in advanced but Caterlink need to purchase their orders to accommodate.
Winter Fair - Saturday 3rd December - 12-3pm
It was great to see so many of you at the Winter Fair planning meeting, thank you all for coming. There were some fantastic ideas and discussions on how we can make it a fun, exciting and inclusive event.
Brookfield Christmas Tree
We would love to get a beautiful Xmas Tree to be put in the main hall for the whole school to enjoy. We are looking for anyone who might have a contact for a tree, or any company would be willing to donate one. Thank you.
Winter Fair Jam Jar Appeal
There will be a new stall this fair that fits with the environmental ethos of the school.
We are asking all the Brookfield families if they are able to save an empty jam jar & fill it with something to sell at the fair. It can be anything such as small toys, craft stuff, different food, even... jam. Use your imagination! (Not nuts, tho. We can't do nuts.)
Raffle & Tombola Appeal
We hope to get some really great prizes this year. Please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have anything you would like to donate for either the raffle or tombola. Thank you.
Winter Fair Stalls
Here is a list of the classes that are responsible for which stalls. Please contact your reps for how you can help out.
Nursery/Reception Toys and books, Xmas Jumper Swap/Fancy Dress
Y1 Arts and crafts, Jewellery
Y2 Tombola, Tea and International Bakes & Cakes, Gifts & Cards for Ukrainian Children
Y3 Raffle, Winter games, Hot Chocolate
Y4 Jam Jar Stall, Bar & Mulled Wine
Y5 BBQ, Mac & Cheese
Y6 The Stage, Grotto, Xmas Tuck Shop
We will hold another planning meeting on Thursday 17th, in the evening - venue TBC.
It's not too late to pay for your Xmas cards online here. Any problems please let us know.
Thank you to everyone that has stepped forward as a class rep, we really do appreciate you all volunteering.
It would be great to get one more rep for Blossom - the 2 year old nursery Class - so you can be included in more school events. Email us to get started email@example.com
Sadly the Fun Run last Sunday had to be postponed due to the weather, but we are working on finding another date for it. We will keep you posted.
Thank you to everyone that came to the Brookfield Community Breakfast. We hope you enjoyed it and had fun socialising with fellow Brookfield families and the PTA.
Quiz date tbc - it looks like we may have to schedule this for Spring term.
From the PTA Team (Sophie, Nicolai & Rob/Graeme)