Newsletter 3rd March

Key EventsDates
International Woman’s DayWednesday 8th March
Quiz NightThursday 9th March, 7.30pm
Emotional Based School Avoidance Coffee MorningFriday 10th March, 9-9.30am
Year 4 Hampstead Heath tripTuesday 14th March
Strike Day – school closedWednesday 15th March
Strike Day – school closedThursday 16th March
INSET Day – school closedFriday 17th March
Year 1 PAC MathsTuesday 21st March, 9am
Year 1 Omved Gardens (New date)Thursday 24th March: Daisy 9.30am/Bluebell 1pm
Heather to Camden Learning CentreWednesday 27th March
Year 2 PAC MathsTuesday 28th March, 9am
Year 2 FAB Performance for ParentsWednesday 29th March
Year 3 West African DrummingWednesday 29th March, Heather 2pm/Fern 3pm
Year 1 FAB Performance for ParentsThursday 30th March
Community Volunteering DaySaturday 25th March, 10-1pm
DISCOThursday 30th March
Last Day of TermFriday 31st March
Spring HolidayMonday 3rd – Friday 14th April

Laurel’s Update

Today, children and staff had so much fun celebrating World Book Day! It is always lovely to see the children dressed up as their favourite book character and sharing their enthusiasm for reading. We were really inspired by Patrick Kane who delivered an engaging assembly about his life and new book, Human 2.0. The children asked excellent questions and learned about his bionic arm and prosthetic leg. Please see the pictures below which capture the children’s enthusiasm to shake Patrick’s hand as they left the assembly. We look forward to adding his book to each class book corner on 30th March. Thanks to Dan Carrier for his creative story telling sessions with the children and to Abigail and Lillie for organising today’s activities.

We are excited to welcome Afghan children and families to the Highgate Newtown housing development. Please read this article which details the opportunity led by Georgia Gould and Camden Council: Please let me know if you have any suggestions about how we can support a positive transition for potential new Brookfield families and neighbours. We are proud to be a diverse, inclusive and supportive school, we are all richer for the range of experiences and lives of our children, families and staff.

Thanks to the PTA for our Community Breakfast this morning. Please see the PTA page below to secure your tickets for both the quiz (Thursday 9th March) and disco.

Class news

Call for parent volunteers to support bird box making workshops

Next week we are looking forward to running bird box making workshops with the Year 5 classes. The bird boxes will be installed in our playgrounds to increase biodiversity in the school grounds. The workshops are 11-12.25am on Tuesday 7th of March, and 1.45-3pm on Wednesday 8th March.
The children will be making bird boxes using tools with supervision and instruction from teachers and parents. We have some parent volunteers and are looking for a couple more. If you have some light experience of woodwork using hammers and saws and would like to volunteer to support the workshops please get in touch with Rob our Forest School Gardener at Parent volunteers are asked to arrive 20 minutes before the workshops for a short induction.

Punctuality and Attendance

Well done to the following classes who had the highest attendance and punctuality this week:

KS1: Daisy

KS2: Bramble

Nursery Catkin 85.5%
Rec Acorn 90.7%
Rec Conker 92.6%
1 Bluebell 95.4%
1 Daisy 97.5%
2 Dandelion 93.4%
2 Poppy 92.9%
3 Fern 97.2%
3 Heather 90.7%
4 Bramble 98.4%
4 Ivy 94.8%
5 Ash 89.9%
5 willow 95.3%
6 Elm 91.6%
6 Oak 93.4%

Coffee Morning: Emotional Based School Avoidance

To support our continued efforts to improve attendance and Punctuality at Brookfield, we will be holding a coffee morning around the theme: emotional based school avoidance. This will take place on Friday 10th March 9-9.30am and will be run by our Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead, Lillie.

Emotionally Based School Avoidance (EBSA) is a term used to describe children and young people who experience challenges in attending school due to negative feelings (such as anxiety). EBSA is commonly associated with emotional and physical distress, and a reluctance to attend school, which can lead to reduced attendance and further anxiety regarding school.

We hope the session will be useful in providing support for children and families.

Eco-Committee Posters

If your child has created a poster for the Eco-Committee competition, it must be returned to their class Eco-Committee members by Friday 10th March. The winning poster will get a plant for their classroom.

Digital Portfolios

Thank you for the positive feedback about our new digital portfolios. We understand some parents and carers are having challenges accessing their child's class digital portfolio, hosted on Google Sites. When viewing the digital portfolio, please ensure the following:

  • use the browser 'Google Chrome'
  • log in as your child, through their school account

If you continue to have challenges, please let your child's class teacher know.

PTA News

9th March - 7.30pm onwards

Ready for a fun social night out? We hope you have been getting your teams together, getting excited & been swotting up for the quiz!

Haven’t bought your ticket yet? Get them here!

Tell your team members the table number you have selected & they can buy separately or you can buy as a block.

Can’t manage to put together a table of 8? Please don’t let it put you off. If your team is happy to compete in a smaller group just buy the tickets or you could be matched up on a table with some new friends!

All the info can be found on our quiz page.

Disco Update

The Disco is Thursday 30th March, in the Main Hall/Infant Playground.

Infants (Nursery-Y2): 4.30-6pm Juniors (Y3-6): 6-8pm
(If you have children in both groups, you can attend for both sessions but we ask that you try to keep them separate using the playground).

Tickets are on sale now! Get them here.
The children need to be accompanied/supervised by an adult (no more than 6 per adult) so you will need to purchase both types of tickets together. It will be a great opportunity to socialise with food & drink in the playground while the children party in the hall!

Pupil premium discounted tickets will available - please ask the office for the code.

To make the Disco a fun and successful event for your children we really need your help.

We need volunteers (NO ADULT TICKET REQUIRED) for:

* Helping with set up & clear up.
* Running the food and drink stalls including the Bar, BBQ & Tuck Shop
* Baking for & running the Cake Stall
* Any other stall suggestions such as face painting, other food options

Please contact if you can help.
We will shortly be setting up a google form that you can add your name to.

We will also be collecting the children’s song suggestions soon.

Auction Update

We are looking to hold the Auction in the Summer Term. All the money raised is to go towards creating the amazing Forest Garden Project.

We would love for you to get in touch with any thing or service you could donate to auction off, or if you have any contacts with people or companies that would be willing to donate something.

To give you a few ideas previous auction lots include:

Cookery course ~ Photography session ~ Sports tickets ~ Holiday homes ~ Dog walking ~ Jewellery ~ Website building ~ Home tidying

Again please email us.


We hope you all enjoyed our Community Breakfast today and thank you to everyone who came, helped out and also those who attended the meeting afterwards.

We look forward to hearing from you about these fantastic events and seeing you at the quiz next week!

Information and Events for Parents and Carers

Eco-Committee Posters

If your child has created a poster for the Eco-Committee competition, it must be returned to their class Eco-Committee members by Friday 10th March. The winning poster will get a plant for their classroom.

NE1 School of Dance

Dance school opens on Tuesday 7th March for all ages and all levels. Please see flyer here for more details

Little Amal Spring Gathering

Little Amal is the 12-foot puppet of a 10 year old Syrian refugee child at the heart of The Walk. Over the last year she has become a global symbol of human rights, especially those of refugees.

On Sunday 2 April, from 11am to 7pm, Little Amal will go between JW3, Alexandra and Ainsworth Estate, Somers Town, British Library and Granary Square. Click here for more details

Camden and Islington Parent Support Project

The Social Switch Project is offering free social media awareness-raising training for parents and carers in Camden and Islington, covering issues such as what apps your children are using and why. Starts Thursday 9 March, 6pm to 7.30pm. See flyer for more information

Young runners’ chance to represent Camden at the inter-borough athletics challenge

Young athletes are invited to represent Camden at the Inter-Borough Challenge race on 12 March. It's free to enter and there are races for under 7s, under 11s, under 13s, under 15s and under 17s.

Children and young people from Camden will compete against young athletes from Hackney, Islington, Haringey, Westminster and the City of London at Finsbury Park Athletics Track, London N4 2DE, on Sunday 12 March, from 10am to 1pm.

The best runners from the Challenge will qualify for Camden's team for the London TCS Mini-Marathon taking place on Saturday 22 April, which has categories for under 13s, under 15s and under 17s.

Apply now for your Coronation street party or community event

Community groups are encouraged to submit an application if they wish to host a street party or event for the Coronation.

Please email applications to or call 020 7974 5633 by Sunday 12 March, giving a description of where your event will take place and what it will involve, including whether a road closure is required.

You do not need to pay to host a street party and the Council has waived the fees for road closures. For more information visit our website.

Cost of living crisis

Positive Futures

If you have money worries or are finding it hard to get help please don't struggle alone. Click here for more details

Advice and support booklet

Please find attached general cost of living booklet. It can also be found online with other information here

Healthy Start - Help to buy healthy food

Healthy Start is a national scheme which supports families on low income to buy fruit, vegetables, pulses, milk, and infant formula. See flyer for further details

Cost of living wiki

Please find link to the new cost of living wiki here. It is an easy read version of the booklet.

Lauderdale House

Lauderdale House are pleased to announce that they are teaming up with Camden Council as part of their warm welcome initiative, offering a warm room in the house for two sessions each week from Tuesday 10 January to Tuesday 28 March. There is no need to book in advance, just turn up on the day!

Click here for further details

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