Newsletter 6th January

Key EventsDates
Year 6 at Imperial War MuseumMonday 9th January
Child Development Coffee MorningTuesday 10th January, 9am
Ivy at London MithraeumThursday 12th January
Attendance Coffee MorningFriday 13th January, 9am
Good Work Camden Employment Support SessionThursday 19th January 9 – 9.45am
Bramble at London Mithraeum/AmphitheatreThursday 19th January
Year 2 Hampstead Heath*Thursday 19th January
Year 1 Omved GardensThursday 26th January
Open AfternoonThursday 26th January
Year 4 FAB Performance for parentsWednesday 8th February
Year 3 FAB Performance for parentsThursday 9th February
Dress to Express DayFriday 10th February
Last day of half termFriday 10th February
Half termMonday 13th – Friday 17th February
School beginsMonday 20th February
Year 4 to Camden Learning CentreFriday 24th February
Community Volunteering Day*Saturday 25th March, 10-1pm
* New entry

Laurel’s Update

It has been a delight to welcome children to the Spring term and New Year. I hope you and your families were able to enjoy the festive break. Next week there are two coffee mornings with a child well-being (Tuesday) and attendance focus (Friday) – please see more information below and put these dates in your diary if you are able to attend.

We are excited to announce that we have 2 new parent governor vacancies coming up this term. If you are interested in becoming a parent governor, or would like to know more about what is involved, please get in touch with our Chair of Governors, Jo Cooke, who will be happy to discuss it with you.

Lastly, please see the PTA section below for details of events for this term, as well as a plea for new leadership. Sophie and Nicolai are looking to step down this year, and volunteers are needed! Please have a think – it’s a crucial and rewarding role to lead the PTA, and the committee are available for a (non-binding) chat if you want to find out more.

Class news

Podcasting in Year 4

We are so grateful to Kate Taylor, Max & Luther's Mum, for her expertise, patience and wonderful creativity to help Year 4 produce their very own podcast! We combined Computing, Literacy and Geography to create this wonderful and memorable piece of work, all about the impact of climate change on Antarctica! It includes a  very special interview with conservationist and fellow podcaster, Rutendo Shackleton. Happy Listening!

Year 4 Podcast

Attendance and Punctuality

Do you have questions about attendance and punctuality at Brookfield? Would you like to find out more about attendance support at Brookfield? If so, please come to out attendance coffee morning on Friday 13th January 9-9.30am in the bottom hall where we will be holding a Q and A about attendance and also sharing key information: why attendance is important, government updates, how we monitor attendance and the support we provide.

This week our attendance was 93.65%. Our target is 96%.

Well done to Ash class who had 100% attendance!

Nursery Catkin 89.5%
Rec Acorn 94.1%
Rec Conker 94.2%
1 Bluebell 92.3%
1 Daisy 95.8%
2 Dandelion 95.7%
2 Poppy 92.5%
3 Fern 96%
3 Heather 82.6%
4 Bramble 96.3%
4 Ivy 93.9%
5 Ash 100%
5 willow 92.9%
6 Elm 95.1%
6 Oak 97.2%
PTA News

Happy New Year from the PTA Team!

We hope you all had a great time at the Winter Fair, we just want to thank everyone again for coming and helping out, we couldn’t have done it without you! We raised well over £4,000 so it also will help fund lots of great activities for Brookfield.

We have some more great events coming up soon. The long awaited pub quiz, bake sales, the auction & more. We will let you know dates as soon as we can.

Raffle leftovers

There are still some fantastic prizes to be claimed from the Winter Fair Raffle. Please bring your winning ticket or photo of it to the office to collect your prize.

The prizes will be reserved for collection until Friday 20th January, if they have not been claimed by then they will be put into the auction or next raffle.

Here’s the remaining prize list:

64 Green - Vinyl Collection from EMI
125 Green - Cocktail Experience for 2 at Lounge Bohemia (£78)
175 Green - Meat Cookbook
222 Green - 4 x Ten Minutes Peace Sessions
316 Green - £100 Voucher for Moon
404 Green - Map Gift Shop Goody Bag
430 Green - Queen in 3D
439 Green - Sylvanian Grocery Market
47 Orange - Electric Daisy Flower Farm Goody Bag
75 Orange - Bottle of Fizz
111 Orange - Voucher for treatment - Backs & Beyond

Message from the PTA Co-Chairs:

Both Sophie & Nicolai will have been PTA co-chairs for 2 years at the end end of this school year and so will both be stepping down from the role. It has been a fantastic and rewarding experience. We have both loved helping the school and children during this time.

The PTA is a team effort and we are looking for two new co-chairs to take over to continue the PTA’s mission of supporting and enriching your children’s education.

Please do consider coming forward to take over the roles, it is a great experience and essential for helping fund and run all the fun extra activities and events at the school.

Now is a good time to think about getting involved as we can pass on all our knowledge and help with the transition. Don’t worry we will still stay involved with the PTA and be around for any help or advice. Email us at if you are interested or speak to us in the playground for more info.

Thank you
Sophie & Nicolai

Information and Events for Parents and Carers

Parent Governor Elections

We are excited to announce that we have 2 new parent governor vacancies coming up this term. If you are interested in becoming a parent governor, or would like to know more about what is involved, please get in touch with our Chair of Governors, Jo Cooke, who will be happy to discuss it with you.

Child Development Coffee Morning

On Tuesday, 10th January, Camden will be delivering a coffee morning about child development and mental health. We are fortunate that Camden have put together a comprehensive catalogue of children's mental health workshops, which are informative, engaging and topical. We hope to see you there (Bottom Hall, 9am).

Community Day

Community day will be on Saturday 25th March.  The school will be open between 10am and 1pm for volunteers to drop in at any time and help with a range of tasks including: planting, varnishing play equipment, painting book cases, rebuilding picnic benches and more! Derek (Site Service Officer), Rob (Forest School Gardener) and I look forward to working with you and providing refreshments with the support of the PTA.

Highgate Newtown Community Partners

HNCP have a wide range of programme's running this month and throughout the year. Please click on the links below to see what they have to offer.

Cost of living crisis

Free School Meals

Children in reception, year 1 and year 2

All children in reception, year 1 and year 2 can get free school meals.

You must apply so that the school receives extra funding.

If your child attends a nursery attached to a Camden primary school or a Camden run children’s centre then you should also apply for free school meals

Children in year 3 and above

If your child is in year 3 or above, you or your child must receive one of the following to apply for free school meals:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Universal Credit – your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including benefits)
  • Child Tax Credit with a taxable income of no more than £16,190 and not in receipt of Working Tax Credit
  • the Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
  • support from the National Asylum Support Service (NASS)

If you receive Working Tax Credit you will not be entitled to free school meals unless you have:

  • stopped work in the last 4 weeks; or
  • reduced your hours to less than 16 hours in the last 4 weeks

Applications must be made in the name of the person who is receiving the benefit.

You only need to apply once. Any child eligible for free school meals from 1 April 2018 will keep their free school meals eligibility until 31 March 2023, even if your circumstances change.

Apply for free school meals

If your child attends a Camden school, you must apply to us, even if Camden is not your local authority.

Apply for free school meals

If you do not want to apply online, please download a free school meals application form. You must print this out and post it to us at the address given on the form.

If you’re eligible, we will let your child’s school know within 10 working days of receiving your application. We will also contact you to confirm your entitlement.

Updates from the office

Reception Admissions

If you have a child born between 1st September 2018 to 31st August 2019, if you haven't already applied for your child's reception please do so, the deadline for applications is: January 15th 2023

Admissions -

Trip Permission

Please could you fill out the trip permission for as soon as possible to avoid your child missing out on trips.

Packed Lunch or School Dinner Changes

Just a reminder that if your child is changing from school dinners to packed lunches or visa versa please email the school beforehand.