|Key Stage 2 Sports day (Years 3-6)||Tuesday 4th July |
Year 6: 9.15 – 10am
Year 5: 10 – 10.45am
Year 4: 10.45 – 11.30am
Year 3: 11.30 – 12.15pm
|Teacher Strikes – whole School Closed||Wednesday 5th July|
|Open Afternoon||Thursday 6th July 3.30 – 5pm|
|Junior Choir Camden Cluster Music Festival||Thursday 6th July 1 – 4pm|
|Y5 Ukulele Sharing Session||Thursday 6th July 11.30am|
|Year 3 Heather Trip to Lido||Thursday 6th July|
|Teacher Strikes – Nursery – Year 5 school closed||Friday 7th July|
|KS1 Sports Day||Tuesday 11th July |
Year 1 9.30 – 10.15am
Year 2 10.30 – 11.15am
|Year 4 trip to Coram Fields||Tuesday 11th July|
|Year 1 trip to Kenwood House||Tuesday 11th July|
|Reception Sports Day (Junior Playground)||Wednesday 12th July Conker 9.15am, Acorn 10.15am|
|Year 4 Ivy Trip to Lido||Wednesday 12th July|
|Year 6 Show (Channing School)||Wednesday 12th July 6pm|
|Catkin Class Sports Day||Thursday 13th July 9.15 – 10am|
|International Evening||Thursday 13th July 5pm|
|Year 6 Oak Class Lido Trip||Monday 17th July|
|Year 6 Elm Lido Trip||Tuesday 18th July|
|Year 4 Bramble Lido Trip||Wednesday 19th July|
|End of Term||Friday 21st July 1-1.15pm|
It is a wonderful time at school as we mark the end of this academic year and prepare for the next. Traditions are important as we work towards a ‘good ending’ and this includes our annual Summer Fair. Thanks in advance to all the families who have organised this event and will be volunteering on the day. I hope to see lots of you tomorrow 12-3pm!
Last week, I shared with you the destination of the classes for September so that we can start the transition process. This includes an Open Afternoon on Thursday 6th July 3.30-5pm. This will be an opportunity for you to visit your child’s current class, talk to their teacher and collect their report for this year. You can then visit their new classroom and meet their new teacher. It can be helpful and reassuring to focus on the things that will stay the same as the children will naturally be thinking about the changes and differences.
Please note the school will be closed to all children next Wednesday, and all children except Year 6 on Friday, as a result of the national strikes. Please take the time to review the dates above and make a note of those that involve your children and you.
We are still keen to hear from more families who can help us make International Evening a success at 5pm on 13th July. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to contribute a dish, music or other performance. We have spoken to the children today about International Evening, and we hope you can join us in our evening of celebration.
Summer Fair - tomorrow! (Saturday 1st July)
Infant Choir - Please meet Julia in the Bottom Hall at 12.45am. We will be performing at 1pm. Afterwards, you can pick your child up from the Bottom Hall.
Junior Choir - Please meet Julia in the Bottom Hall at 1.15pm. We will be performing at 1.30pm. Afterwards, you cna pick your child up from the Bottom Hall.
Year 5 Ukulele Sharing Session
On Thursday 6th July, at 11.30am, the Year 5s will be sharing some of the songs they have learnt this year. Please come and watch - it will be in the top hall.
Junior Choir Cluster Festival
We will be going to sing at Kentish Town School on Thursday 6th July. Please email Julia if you are able to help out on the trip: email@example.com
Your child has been sent home with their class picture cards this week, which have a QR code on them to access the portal where you can view and purchase prints. The deadline for free delivery is Monday 3rd July (you can purchase after this date, but will be subject to postage and packagaing).
If you qualify for pupil premium, you will receive 1 free class photo. You don't need to order these - Carole will hand them out once they arrive.
After School Club
Have you checked your After School Club bookings are all up to date? Remember it is a 30 day rolling booking system, so you can always book 30 days ahead.
Bookings are made via your scopay account
More information about After School Club can be found here
Do you have a driveway that you don't use during the morning? Or do you know someone that does? Two staff members are looking for new parking spaces for the September term. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to help. Thank you
If you are having a sort out of clothes, we would appreciate any donations of the following items:
- Trousers, joggers and leggings from ages 5 - 12 years
- t-shirts and jumpers from ages 5-12 years
If your child has had a change of clothes, we would really appreciate if you are able to wash and return them to us (not underwear) so that they can be used again.
SUMMER FAIR - Saturday 1st July 12-3pm
We hope you are all getting excited about the Brookfield Summer Fair tomorrow. It will be a great community event with music, food & fun!
A reminder of the stalls your year groups will be in charge of:
N/R Kids Books & Toys / Dan’s Grown Up Books
Yr1 - Stage / Tea & Cake
Yr2 - BBQ / Raffle
Yr3 - Arts & Crafts / Ice cream
Yr4 - Games / Pimms
Yr5 - Bar / Tombola
Yr6 - Pea Fair / Photobooth / Pots & Jewellery Stall
Please do get in touch with your reps to volunteer for your stalls and to help set up and clear up. We can’t make this fantastic event happen without your help! We will be setting up from 10am on Saturday.
We would also like the Fair to be as eco friendly as possible, so please bring your own cups and bowls if possible and don’t forget to make good use of our Recycling Zone. Every little thing you do will reduce our environmental impact. Please Help Brookfield Save the Planet!
SUMMER FAIR STAGE
We have an amazing line up of performers on our Stage in the Infant Playground. We can’t wait to see them all.
Here’s the running order:
|12.30||Ferieda & Betsy||3||Singing|
|12.40||Elissa & Elisa||6||Singing/keyboards|
|12.45||Evie & Jana||6||Magic|
|12.55||Anna, Buna, Wren||6||Comedy|
|1.20||Finn & Rex||6||Rap|
|1.25||Finn, Rex, Buna, Joni||6||Dance/Song|
|1.55||George & Betty||6/7||Band|
|2.00||Lainey & Laurie||3||Dance|
|2.15||Alyssah, Cleo, Kaylie, Violeta, Julien?||4||Dance|
|2.20||Tanya & Year 6||6||West African Drumming|
|2.50||Arthur, Rowan, Louis, Bo, Mae, Irv||6||Band|
|2.55||Ethan, Hector, Daniel, Denzel, Arthur||6||Band - R. O. O.|
Please can you make sure your child comes to the Reception tunnel (behind & to the right of the stage) 10 minutes before their time slot. If they have a backing track, please bring it on a mobile phone for Tanya to plug in & play.
(If they have a lot of equipment, they can go through the lower hall doors & around the back)
Bands, if you want to do a sound check, Tanya will be setting up from 11am.
As with all live performances, timings, order or performers may change due to unforeseen circumstances, we will try to keep you informed asap via your Class Reps, or on a board next to the stage.
Thank you, we are looking forward to seeing you all!
All toys, books, party bag items, raffle, tombola prizes, cakes & bakes can be brought along to set up from 10am an Saturday or brought directly to the stall at the fair.
CAKES & BAKES
Please consider if you can bake something for the Tea & Cake stall. Sweet or savoury all bakes are gratefully received (Except for NUTS, we are a nut free school, so please avoid!)
RAFFLE & TOMBOLA PRIZES - SHOUT OUT!
Do you have anything to donate big or small?
We are looking for raffle and tombola prizes for the Summer Fair, so anything you can give will be gratefully received!
TOYS & BOOKS DONATIONS
Now is the perfect time to have a rummage for any unwanted or outgrown books & toys (please no baby stuff).
We are also always looking for ways to make the fair more eco-friendly, so we are asking if anyone has any preloved party bag type items that could be donated as prizes for the Pea Fair.
ONLINE AUCTION LAST FEW ITEMS STILL AVAILABLE!
Still looking for more auction fun? There are a few fantastic items left to buy online here:
There are some amazing wine tasting tickets and places in the generously teacher donated football skills party for KS1. Please don’t disappoint our fantastic Brookfield teachers! These items are all going for a great fixed price, so grab yourselves a bargain.
PTA - Help Still Needed for Next Year
Thank you to the amazing people who have offered to take on some of next year’s events so far.
We are still looking for more PTA volunteers
This could be for something as small as running a costume swap, to being in charge of a fair or even taking on the role as co-chair.
If you want to find out more, please email us a email@example.com we are very happy to meet and have a chat.
Even though you have helped us raise a fantastic amount so we can begin work on the Forest Garden, any extra money could add even more amazing things to enrich your children’s learning experiences. So don’t forget we also have the crowdfunding campaign!
Thank you to everyone who has donated and shared the forest garden crowdfunding page so far. 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 too.
To donate directly towards the new forest garden area visit: https://gofund.me/fcc81626
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
Forest School Commercial Fundraising
Thank you for all your fundraising efforts for the Brookfield Forest School Garden so far - it has been such a team effort and we've exceeded what we initially thought would be possible. We are now busy approaching corporate sponsors, and asking for you - our Brookfield community to help us once again. Please share the poster below with your workplace, and/ or any businesses that you think may be interested in helping us to achieve our beautiful forest school garden.
Camden Music Lessons
We want to let you know about how we can help people pay for music lessons in school. It might not apply to you, but you might know someone else who we could help.
Families who qualify for Free School Meals can have a half-price music lesson – we just run a quick check with our benefits department.
For next year, we can also offer half-price lessons to families who get Housing Benefit, or Council Tax Support – for these you might have to send us some proof of your benefit.
From September 2023, a term of ten 20-minute instrumental lessons would cost £59.64 for these families.
Everyone can arrange to pay in instalments to make it easier to manage those bills – just contact us to talk about what will be manageable.
People can apply for lessons here https://www.camden.gov.uk/instrument-and-voice-lessons-in-schools .
Tolmer's Square Festival
With a thrilling lineup of clowning with Julia Masli, dramatic fire performance with Dave Williams, playful theatre with Emergency Chorus and their collective of Town Cryers, mind-blowing bubble art from Maxwell the Bubbleologist, beautiful Cantonese children's theatre with Little Bean, and impressive beatboxing with our host Conrad and the hip-hop theatre collective Beats and Elements, there's something for everyone.
The audience will even have the opportunity to give-it-a-go. Ever wanted to try your hand at beatboxing? Or clowning? Now is your chance! There will also be free food and drink, giant games, music, face painting, and more.
We are inviting the audience to take a snap of their favourite moment at the festival and tag us on Instagram @camdenpeoplestheatre with the hashtags #CommunityAtCPT and #TolmersSquareFestival. Two lucky winners will be shared on our profile and will each receive four free tickets each to their choice of Camden People's Theatre shows in our Autumn 2023 season! We can't wait to see your pictures.
This event will be BSL interpreted, and there will be wheelchair access; for more accessibility information (or if you have any other questions!), please email Bex Gordon, the Community Engagement Manager, on firstname.lastname@example.org.
More info on Camden People's Theatre's website here: https://cptheatre.co.uk/Community_Callouts/Tolmers-Square-FREE-Arts-Festival-2023
Camden Mental Health workshop
Camden's Mental Health Support Team (MHST) are excited to be offering a 2-part, face-to-face workshop for parents and carers of primary age children (4-11 years) on:
Monday 10th July 12:15 to 14:15 at the Tavistock Centre
Monday 17th July 12:15 to 14:15 at the Tavistock Centre
The workshop will explore Emotion Coaching, a parenting approach that supports identifying and validating emotions, while also setting boundaries and limits around behaviour.
How will Emotion Coaching help you and your child?
- To better understand and validate your child’s emotions
- To respond more helpfully during moments of heightened emotion
- To implement appropriate boundary setting
- To reduce behaviours that you find challenging
- To further improve the parent/child relationship
- To learn from other parents and carers
This is an interactive workshop, which will involve sharing research, learning about Emotion Coaching and practising strategies. We often find that group workshops are a great space to learn from each other so there will be lots of opportunities to talk about ideas and to think through any challenges that might be around.
Please use the QR code below to sign up; this workshop is in two parts so you will need to be able to attend on both dates.
Mental Health Support
If you're feeling down, anxious or worries, help is available:
- Speak to your GP about how you are feeling
- Refer yourself to iCope. this is a free NHS service in Camden and Islington giving confidential support and therapies. iCope also offers intercultural therapy in different languages
- Read more about mental health services in Camden
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.
If you owe money and you’re struggling to pay your bills:
- get in touch with an organisation like Debtline for free and confidential advice
- speak to the organisation you owe money to – for Council Tax arrears, call 020 7974 6414
- ask your energy supplier for temporary credit if you cannot top-up a pre-payment meter
- use Citizens Advice's budgeting tool to set out your income and expenditure
- do not ignore letters or bills about money you owe. Contact a local organisation in the Camden Advice Network or call a national advice organisation such as StepChange
Energy suppliers might be able to let you pay in smaller amounts or take a break from payments. You might also be able to apply for a grant to pay off energy debts.
If you need to take out a loan, do not approach a loan shark or take out a payday loan. Consider credit unions or other ethical loan providers. Find out more at credit-union.coop, call 020 7561 1786 or email email@example.com.
If you owe a loan shark money, or if you’re being threatened, get confidential help from Stop Loan Sharks.
If you don’t know where to turn, call us on 020 7974 4444 (option 9) or contact Citizens Advice Camden.
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
- call Citizens Advice Camden on 0808 278 7835
- if you're a council tenant, you can also speak to your neighbourhood housing officer
- if you're a private renter, you can also email us COLprivaterenter@camden.gov.uk or contact Camden Federation of Private Tenants on 020 7383 0151
- Contact one of the organisations in Camden Advice Network
Please see : https://www.camden.gov.uk/financial-support-for-residents1 for further information.
We hope you are looking forward to the summer fair! Inspired by the brilliant work done around recycling by the children's eco committee, the Climate Action Group has put in measures to make the fair as sustainable as possible. There will be recycling and food waste bins provided in both playgrounds, as well as normal rubbish bins, so please try to dispose of the waste accordingly.
You will find the recycling zone between the bar and the BBQ - hard to miss! There will be signs and volunteers to help guide you.
Do you have more ideas of how we can make the future fairs kinder to the planet and even more fun for us all? Why not join the Climate Action Group and share your knowledge. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you heard about the amazing work done by Growing Green, a local grassroots organisation taking action to rewind schools and increase biodiversity! They will be supporting Brookfield's Forest Garden efforts and are worth a follow on social media. You can read more here www.growinggreen.org.uk
Plastic Free July
Next month sees the beginning of Plastic Free July - an annual month-long event that encourages people to choose to refuse single-use plastic products and packaging. To mark this very important initiative, we'll be offering you ideas to help you reduce plastic waste every day. So far, the movement has inspired 100+ million participants in 190 countries.
Sometimes the hardest part is to get going. In our experience, the bathroom is one of the easiest places to start, so why not try replacing your shower gel with a bar of soap! Local shops, such as Earth in Kentish Town have a great selection, and you can also get them from chemists and supermarkets! Or if you want to be more ambitious and have small children, have you thought about using cloth nappies? It's not as complicated as it sounds and you can get a voucher from Real Nappies for London, in collaboration with Camden council, to buy your first nappies!