Newsletter 18th November

Key EventsDates
Blossom and Catkin Lantern Walk to Hampstead HeathMonday 21st November 3.30pm
Year 3 Heath Hands workshopTuesday 22nd November
Ten Minutes Peace Parent workshop, bottom hallFriday 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 hallWednesday 30th November, 9-9.30am
INSET day- school closedFriday 2nd December
Winter FairSaturday 3rd December 12-3pm
Year 3 trip to Petrie MuseumTuesday 6th December
Infants Carol concert at St Mary Brookfield ChurchThursday 8th December 10am
Juniors Carol concert at St Mary Brookfield ChurchThursday 8th December 2.15pm
Brookfield Fun Run*Sunday 11th December 9.45am
West Africa Drumming Session Ash/Willow ClassWednesday 14th December 2pm/3pm
School Christmas DinnerWednesday 14th December
Reception Festive Songs Performance*Wednesday 14th December
Nursery Festive Songs Performance*Friday 16th December
School closes, end of Autumn termFriday 16th December

Laurel’s Update

On Thursday 8th December, you are warmly invited to Brookfield’s first Carol Concerts at St Mary Brookfield, Dartmouth Park. Carols are ‘songs of joy’ and I hope you will join us for music and readings on the theme of ‘light’. Children in years 1 and 2 will be performing at 10am, years 3, 4, 5 and 6 at 2.15pm. Each child can have two grown ups in the audience and please let the office know if you would like to apply for any extra standing places. We hope that this will be a seasonal community event that will become a new Brookfield tradition!

Talking of traditions – thank you to the PTA for planning this year’s Winter Fair. Please read the PTA post below and I look forward to seeing you all on Saturday 3rd December 12-3pm.

Today, I’ve had the pleasure of spending time at Lauderdale House where children in years 2, 3 and 5 shared their amazing art work as part of Kids in Museums Takeover Day ​ The children ‘took over’ everything from social media to being art curators and talked about their exhibitions with the many visitors. The children shared their hard work with the community and found out from experts about working in an arts and heritage organisation. 

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.”

Thanks to Liv, Education and Outreach Officer​ and all the staff at Lauderdale House for making this such an inspiring experience for the children.

We also have a wonderful donation of a Christmas Tree from Pines and Needles – and Brookfield families can get 10% off their tree this year with a code. See the PTA section below for details.

Class news

Requesting absence in term time

Thank you for supporting your child's attendance and punctuality at school. This week's attendance figure is 95.43% - we are so close to our target of 96%! We know what a difference strong attendance makes to the children's well-being and progress. We are working closely with Camden to support families with good attendance and hope it is helpful to be transparent with the following:

Taking leave in term time will affect your child’s schooling as much as any other absence and the expectation is that parents to help us by not taking children away in school time. There is no entitlement in law for any leave of absence from school in term time.

Remember that any monetary savings you may make by taking your child out in school time are offset by the cost to your child’s education. All applications for a leave of absence must be made in advance to Laurel and will only be considered if there are exceptional circumstances.

If parents make any travel bookings before asking for permission, leave will not be granted. A form can be collected from Carole in the office. In deciding, the school will consider the circumstances of each application individually, including any previous pattern of leave in term time. Laurel will make the final decision as to the authorisation of any leave.

Music News

We are hoping to start Brass Instrumental Lessons at Brookfield next term. The children can choose from trumpet, trombone, French horn or tenor horn and the lessons are suitable for Years 3- 6.  If there are enough children interested, then the lessons can go ahead. There is a 50% discount available to those eligible for financial support. Please click here to see the flyer for more information. Click on this link for details of cost and to sign up: and click on, 'Music Lessons in School'. ​

The Junior and the Infant Choirs will be performing at the Winter Fair on Saturday 3rd December. Exact timings to be confirmed, but please put it in the diary!

Year 2 London Zoo

​Year 2 had a fantastic time at London Zoo, seeing all the different animals and learning about all the habitats that fulfill their needs.

PTA News

Fun Run Date

Get your running shoes back on! We have a new date for the Fun Run - Sunday 11th December

Please come along to the Heath to register at 9.45am, event starts at 10am. Please gather your team members, get dressed up (nature inspired and could be festive) and enjoy a run or walk around the Heath. Please do encourage your children to get sponsored for the event, and donate online here.

Thanks so much for your participation.

Winter Fair - Saturday 3rd December - 12-3pm

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, though. We can't do nuts.)

Raffle & Tombola Appeal

We hope to get some really great prizes this year. Please get in touch at 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 Wednesday 23rd November at 6.30pm in the Dartmouth Arms on York Rise.

Xmas cards

We hope you are happy with your children’s beautiful Christmas card design. They are currently being given out by the school. If you haven’t received your items back yet they may still be in the process of being handed out & please check if you have paid for them. It’s not too late - pay for your Xmas cards online here. Any problems please email and let us know.

Brookfield Christmas Tree

Brookfield has kindly been donated a Christmas tree by Pines and Needles and they would love to offer parents a discount on Christmas trees in their pop-up stores! Our local pop-up store is located in

Upper Holloway at 738 Holloway Rd, London N19 3JF
Tel: 02033849420
It will be opening on the 22nd of November.


Keep an eye out on Pines and Needles social channels @pinesandneedles for fun activities at our local stores.

Please visit for more details and other locations as they are all around London!

Class reps

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

From the PTA Team (Sophie, Nicolai & Rob/Graeme)

Information and Events for Parents and Carers

Mental Health Support Team (MHST) Webinar Series for Parents/Carers of Primary School aged Children

The MHST are pleased to offer parents/carers a series of workshops to support their children’s well-being. The webinars started 29.09.22 however, there are 4 remaining sessions this term and if you have missed any, most of the topics are repeated again next term.

Webinars that are for both Parents/Carers of Primary and Secondary aged children and young people

·       All about sleep

·       Therapeutic conversations with your child and young person

·       Screen Time

·       Parent Self Care

·       Sibling rivalry

Webinars for Parents/Carers of Primary aged children

·       Parent-child interactions

·       Managing routines

·       Supporting Childhood worries

 Each workshop will last up to 60 minutes and have an optional follow-up of 30 minutes for parents/carers to ask questions or discuss the topic further.

Parents and carers can opt in for all topics, or whichever most appeals to them.  Parents and carers can register for any of the above webinars through Eventbrite for free at:

Or please scan the QR code using your mobile phone’s camera:

Webinar topic Intended Parent Audience Date Time
Supporting childhood worries Primary &


Thursday 24th November 12pm – 13.00

Q and A: 13.00-13.30

Parent Self Care Primary & Secondary Wednesday 11th January 2023 12.00-13.00

Q and A: 13.00 to 13.30

Parent-child interactions Primary &


Wednesday 18th January 2023 12pm – 13.00

Q and A: 13.00 to 13.30

Sibling Rivalry Primary Wednesday 25th January 2023 12pm – 13.00

Q and A: 13.00 to 13.30

Sleep Primary &


Friday 3rd February 12pm – 13.00

Q and A: 13.00 to 13.30

Screen-time Primary &


 Friday 10th February 12pm – 13.00

Q and A: 13.00 to 13.30

Having therapeutic conversations with your child Primary &


Friday 3rd March 12pm – 13.00

Q and A: 13.00-13.30

Supporting childhood worries Primary &


Friday 10th March 12pm – 13.00

Q and A: 13.00-13.30

Actors wanted for nativity play

West End Theatre Director Fiona Laird and Assistant Director Rae Wivell are looking for a cast to perform this year's NATIVITY PLAY at St Anne’s Church, Highgate West Hill, London N6.
Casting meetings will take place in late November and rehearsals will take place in December.
The single  performance of the play will be at 4pm on Christmas Eve (Saturday 24th December) at St Anne’s.
A wide variety of parts is available - from the Angel Gabriel, Mary and Joseph, to the Shepherds and Angels. While speaking parts are limited, and will be assigned via auditions, there will be as many non-speaking parts as people that would like to play them. The Directors are also looking for singers to form a Choir for the play.
If your child is interested in taking part in any way, please email the Production Team at
Cost of living support

Good Work

On Friday 9th of December, Camden Council’s Good Work Camden service will be running a parent workshop offering employment support.  We’re aware that many people take a career break to bring up young children, and sometimes it can be challenging to re-enter the workplace.

Camden Council offers a range of free services to support people back to work, including jobs and apprenticeships ring-fenced specifically for Camden residents, both in the Council itself and with Camden-based employers. Many employers also offer flexible working options that suit those with childcare commitments.

Please click here to see flyer and we hope to see you at the workshop

Updates from the office


If you haven't already, please click here to give permission for your child to attend trips this year and click here to make a contribution.

After school club

Reminder if you book your child into after school club and your child does not attend and you do not not cancel 24 hours in advance, you will still be charged.

Reporting absence

Reminder, if your child is ill or unable to attend for any reason you must inform the school either by phone on the absence line or email

Christmas Dinner

Thanks to a kind and generous donation, we are able to offer any child who would like a Christmas dinner at no cost.

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