Newsletter 21st April 2023

Key Events Date
Camden Music Festival at the Royal Albert Hall Monday 24th April
Eid Bring and Share celebration 3.30pmMonday 24th April
Anti Racism Committee meetingWednesday 26th April
Teacher Strike Day – *School Closed*Thursday 27th April
Y1 to Omved Gardens (Daisy AM, Bluebell PM)Friday 28th April
Eco Committee Green Dragons Den TripFriday 28th April
Bank HolidayMonday 1st May
SATS Parent and Carer Q&A sessionWednesday 3rd May 3.45pm
PTA Bake SaleThursday 4th May
Year 3 Fern Class – Camden Learning CentreFriday 5th May
Bank Holiday Monday 8th May
Year 6 SATs Week Tuesday 9th – Friday 12th May
Half TermMonday 29th May – Friday 2nd June
Class picture dayTuesday 6th June
International Evening Thursday 13th July
Summer Fair Saturday 1st July

Laurel’s Update

Welcome to the Summer term! It has been a pleasure to welcome the children back to school and Eid Mubarak to all our Muslim families and staff! 

We look forward to hosting a special Eid celebration after school on Monday in the Junior playground. We will have bring and share food (all nut free donations welcome), music and a voluntary Zakat collection for Human Appeal, a charity which provides vulnerable families with emergency relief in countries such as Yemen, Pakistan and Syria. Zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam and means giving money to charity. 

I hope over the Easter break you had a chance to look at your child’s Digital Portfolio which documents their learning from last term. Your child should know how to log on to the class Google Site (if not, mention to their teacher) and you can discuss their progress. Our value for this term is achievement, please let me know if your child would like to share an achievement outside of school in one of our assemblies or if you have a personal achievement you would be happy to inspire our children with!

The National Education Union (NEU) have declared further strike action, due to take place next Thursday 27th April. I can confirm that the school will be closed to children in Nursery through to Year 5, but that Year 6 will be open as they are preparing for their SATS.

Class news

Forest garden crowdfunder is live!

Thank you to everyone who has donated and shared the forest garden crowdfunding page. We ask that you carry on sharing with friends and family. Perhaps you know a local business that would like to donate, or you have contacts that could

We will continue to keep you informed via our dedicated page on the website, with pictures, updates and information about the progress of the garden

To donate towards the new forest garden area visit

Reuse, recycle and donate

Year 1 are looking for old electrical gadgets that they can take apart and reuse. If you have anything of interest, please contact Jo and Saoirse 

Reception would like junk modelling materials for their projects this term! Please contact Georgina, Kate & Becca

Our lunchtime quiet room would love any old board games (in good condition) that you no longer use. Please drop them into the office

Year 6 SATS Parent and Carer meeting

As you may be aware, Year 6 SATS will be taking place Tuesday 8th May until Friday 12th May. We will be holding a SATS Parent Q and A session on Wednesday 3rd May at 3.45pm in Elm classroom. This will be a chance to learn more about the week including school arrangements, what the SATS are and how to support your child. 

Lunch Hall Top Table

This term, our 'Top Table' focus will be to celebrate this term's value of 'achievement'. A huge congratulations to the following children who were chosen to be at the top table today as a result of their various different achievements this week:

Bluebell - Rita
Daisy - Enda
Poppy - Llama
Dandelion - Ottolie
Heather - Paul
Fern - Mali
Bramble - Nile
Ivy - Wilbur
Ash - Summer
Willow - James
Oak - Rex
Elm - Lyla

Music News

Our much anticipated trip to the Royal Albert Hall for the Camden Schools' Music Festival is on Monday 24th April. Two quick reminders:
Junior Choir - Please remember to wear a red Brookfield PE t-shirt, and bring a packed tea.
Y5 Ukelele players (6 chosen children) - Please remember to wear a red Brookfield PE t-shirt, and to bring your Ukulele and a packed lunch and a packed tea.

Attendance and Punctuality

Welcome back everyone, we hope you had a restful break. Below is a breakdown of class attendance this week. Well done to the following classes who had the highest attendance:

KS1: Dandelion
KS2: Ash

Special mention to Bramble, Ivy and Fern for having the least amount of lates this week

Reminder: Key stage 2 SATS take place on the 9th - 12th May. It is important that children are given the best chance to suceed in these and feel prepared. Please ensure that where possible, your child is in on time every day in the run up to these.

Updates from the Office

ASC Bookings

Thank you to everyone for adapting to our new booking system for After School Club. As the week has progressed, we have been adding FAQs to the Extended day page on our website, along with the guide to booking, and a detailed table of costs and scopay codes.

If you are still having trouble booking, please come into the office where we will be happy to walk you through the process, and answer any questions you have.

We suggest that you check your bookings weekly, perhaps on a Sunday for the week ahead, and make any changes you require.

School Dinners

Quick reminder to please let the office know if your child wishes to switch from school dinners to packed lunches, otherwise your account may still be charged.

PTA News

AUCTION - URGENT call to action!

We really need people to get involved & help out with planning and organising the Auction. All the money raised is critical to creating the amazing Brookfield Forest Garden Project, and it may not be able to go ahead without the funds raised from this event.

We have a few fantastic people who have already stepped forwards to help, so please give them your support & volunteer too.

We need people to help with:

* Asking local businesses for donations

* Asking bigger companies for donations

* An auctioneer/s

* Organising the bids

* Designing a poster and auction brochure

* Providing food

* Serving food

* Providing entertainment

* Running the bar

* Setting up for the event

* Clearing up after the event

We would also love for you to get in touch with any item 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. Please email us:


We still really need a couple of people to take on the PTA co-chair role next year. The current chairs have been here for nearly 2 years, so it is definitely someone else’s turn to bring new ideas and enthusiasm to the role.

If we don’t get any volunteers the PTA will not be able to run, so please consider stepping up or the school will miss out on events such as last term’s disco and a lot of fundraising.

If you want to find out more, please email us at we are very happy to meet and have a chat about what the role entails. Thank you.

Finally thank you to everyone that came to the Brookfield Breakfast & PTA meeting afterwards. We hope you enjoyed it and we really appreciate your support.

Information and Events for Parents and Carers

After School Clubs

We are always looking to improve our provision at lunch times and would like to trial running some parent/carer-led, additional lunch time clubs for the children. We would absolutely love to have a range of different clubs to offer the children, and these could include: yoga, dance, sewing, languages, chess, reading, colouring... although you may have other interests and ideas! 

 If you would be interested in running a club once a week for the duration of this half term, please do get in touch with me so that we can discuss: club focus, age group, number of children and any support or resources you may require. Please complete the following google form:​ 

Thank you in advance! 

Lauren Ditchfield

Camden Clean Air Cycle Ride 2023

This is a friendly, non-competitive cycle ride that leads riders around the iconic parts of the Borough of Camden. They aim to encourage active travelling, and have designed a route that encompasses the cycle lanes around the Borough of Camden to demonstrate how cycling is a lot safer and doable.

To make it more accessible for the wider audience, there will be free tickets for those receiving government benefits to join the ride! How exciting is that?!


  • When: 20th May 2023 from 9:30 (staggered departures from 09:30am up until 11:30am)
  • Where: Start and Finish line will be in Granary Square, King Cross
  • Route: Click here to see the 2023 Route
  • News: Free tickets available for people of Benefits and UC
  • Free Bicycles for children to use on the event (please enquire)

Plant Fair

The  London Group, PLANT HERITAGE will be holding their Highgate Spring Plant Fair on Saturday 29th April from 9.30am - 2.00pm.

Nurseries who have confirmed include: Edulis, Rose Cottage Plants, Dyson Salvias, Rotherview, Culinary Herbs, Daisy Roots, Matthew Spratt  and Joe Sharman at Monksilver nursery

Venue: St Michael’s C of E Primary school, 67 North Road, Highgate London N6 4BJ

Entry remains at £2.50.

Free to Plant Heritage Members, under 18s and disabled and their carers

Cards accepted but please note that a couple of nurseries only accept cash.

Some street parking is available close to the school and surrounding area.

Nearest Tube stations: Highgate and Archway. Buses run up Highgate Hill from Archway.

Details of the plant fair will be on the Events page.

Cost of living crisis

Camden Early Help

Everyone needs a little help sometimes. If you're feeling worried about your child, or you want to make a change in your life, Camden Early Help is here for you, your children and your whole family.

What we offer

  • Free support service for families with children aged 0 to 19 in Camden
  • Practical and emotional support with a range of life issues
  • Working with you and your family to help make changes
  • Helping you and your family to feel connected in your community. ​

Please click here for further information

Cost of living Crisis Fund

If you're struggling to afford essentials such as food, energy bills or housing, you may be eligible for a £500 payment through our Cost of Living Crisis Fund.

How to apply:

There are several ways to apply for support from our Cost of Living Crisis Fund. you can

Please see :​ for further information.