March 2014

What have your children been up to?

As we approach the Easter holidays many classes across the school have been visiting St Clement’s church to explore the Easter Experience.

Mrs Rafi hosted her own mini cookery demonstration for KS1 and Reception children when she made pancakes and tossed them, live, in the hall to celebrate and explain Shrove Tuesday.

In KS2 children took part in the Global ‘Hour of Code’ by trying out various computer coding activities on line. Next year computer coding will become a statutory part of the new computing curriculum.

Year 5 children have had some expert bread making classes, courtesy of Robertson’s Bakers.

Year 3 children set fire to their model Viking ship to experience a realistic Viking funeral pyre.

Our annual Book Fair, held during Book Week earlier this month, raised £1,100 which will contribute towards enriching our library non fiction books, which are currently out of date and very sparse.

Class assemblies have also started this term and I have shared in parents’ delight when watching these and finding out just how much learning has been going on in the various year groups.

This is just a small snap-shot of the many varied learning activities your children have been involved in. To find out more you can follow us on twitter –BrookburnP on Twitter.com or access our class blogs via the website-www.brookburn.com – the class blogs are listed on the right hand side.

Parent Questionnaires

Thank you for taking part in our recent Parent/Carer survey. 130 questionnaires were completed and collated to reveal that over 95% parents agree or strongly agree that their child or children are happy and safe in school, enjoy their learning, are taught well and make good progress.

Over 95% of parents who responded also agree or strongly agree that the school is well led and managed, offers good pastoral care and deals quickly and effectively with bullying and responds quickly to enquiries. 100% of parents would recommend Brookburn School to other parents.

The areas we are now looking to develop are: – ensuring parents are aware of their child’s targets for learning and trying to meet the increasing demand for extra time clubs. These areas came out as only 86% and 63% agree or strongly agree, respectively.

To view the survey results in full, please refer to our website http://www.brookburn.com

PTA – Friends of Brookburn – URGENT PLEA for Brook Den Support

It has been an amazing journey at BrookDen since starting and we are now near the end with only 4 more volunteer days left.  We have cleared the area, prepared 3 climbing trees and installed log edging around them, laid paths, put down woodchips (donated by Southern Cemetery), planted edible hedging, built steps on the hill, installed bird boxes and bird table.  Training was also provided this week for 18 teachers, TAs, Lunchtime organisers and BOSH personnel. Pictures can be found on the PTA Facebook page.

We have also had some great donations: Aakib & Lillie Haq have contributed £950 for tools and fencing material.  The Singing Club donated £200 and a further £175 has been donated on our giving page.  Thank you very much for all donations and thank you to all our volunteers.  Please go to www.charitychoice.co.uk/brookburnpta to make a donation for BrookDen.

We urgently need more volunteers for this Fri 21, Sat 22, Fri 28 March and Fri 4 April for both sessions 9-12 and 12.30-3.30pm.  We are pleased to announce that we will have a Willow Weaver lead on site this Fri 21 and Sat 22 March and we will be building teepees and tunnels with our volunteers on site!

Please get in touch with the PTA – 07974 680875 / friendsofbrookburn@gmail.com and help with this fantastic project so that our children will start to use BrookDen this summer term. 

Recent fund raising –Robbie Tribute Night

We are pleased to announce that the PTA raised £1,237.66 profit, many thanks to Matt Byrne – A Taste of Robbie. In addition to this Halifax Bank kindly match-funded part of this – £500, many thanks to Michelle Hewitt for arranging this.  Thank you to all the parents who attended. All proceeds will go to BrookDen.

The future of the PTA

The PTA has been recruiting for a new chair to take over from Firouz and Ali in September 2014.  We are pleased to say we have had interest from two people who would like to co-chair the role, but they are looking for a third person to co-chair with. This is the perfect opportunity to be part of a team of 3 co-chairing, sharing the work load but reaping the benefits of this rewarding role.

Please contact Firouz or Ali if you would like out find out more about what’s involved in this exciting and rewarding role. They can be contacted via email: friendsofbrookburn@gmail.com or telephone: Firouz on 07974 680875or Ali on 07918 086877.

This year Firouz and Ali have done a magnificent job, co chairing the PTA. Thanks to their co-ordination and team leadership we have seen some very successful fund raising events and the transformation of the neglected woodland at the rear of the school into an exciting Forest School learning environment for every single child at Brookburn to benefit from.

NEXT PTA event-

Summer disco on Thursday May 8th -EYFS & KS1 4.30-5.40   KS2 5.50-7pm 

STAFF CHANGES

We would like to say a fond farewell to Mrs. Utting who has taken on a teaching peripatetic post to support deaf children in Trafford schools. Mrs. Utting has worked here for five years where she has led on the Modern Foreign Language curriculum. Thanks to her we have some great links with French schools and have enjoyed some very successful International days. On behalf of the Brookburn staff, parents, governors and children, I would like to wish her every success in her new appointment and thank her for all her contributions to Brookburn School.

Mrs. Kinch has begun her maternity leave and we wish her well and look forward to meeting the new addition to the Kinch household. Mrs Norman will be returning from maternity leave to take over Mrs. Kinch’s class. She has already been into school to meet with the class and work closely with Mrs. Kinch on a smooth transition.

REMINDERS

School Uniform
Please ensure your child’s belongings are all clearly labelled with their full name so that lost property can be quickly and easily reunited and save you having to buy more!

Dinner money
Dinner money for the next half term £57.50, payable at the school office.

We are aware that the current economic climate could be making things very difficult, financially, for some families. Please do pop into the office, where you may speak in confidence to Miss Holness or Mrs Temple-Heald if you feel you may need to arrange a different payment plan in order to cover the cost of school dinners. We are always keen to support families in meeting the costs of dinners rather than allow bills to increase to an unmanageable cost or for school to be forced to seek legal help to recover costs.

Dates for diary.

School closed due to NUT Strike action – Wednesday 26th March
School closes for the Easter holidays Friday 4th April~
School reopens Tuesday 22nd April

Class assemblies

All class assemblies begin at 9.10am and last approximately 20mins

  • Thursday 27th March – Yr2 Miss Brownhill
  • Thursday 1st May – Nursery
  • Thursday 8th May – Yr4B Miss Hulse/Mrs Williams
  • Thursday 15th May – Yr3B Miss West
  • Thursday 22nd May – Rec2 Miss Hindson/MrsKind
  • Thursday 12th June – Yr1A Miss Ali
  • Thursday 19th June – Yr3A Mrs Norman
  • Thursday 26th June – Miss Lennon
  • Thursday 3rd July –Yr2A Miss Jopling
  • Thursday 10th July Yr1B Miss Bergin

PLEASE NOTE– This newsletter is also available on our website under the ‘Parents’ tab and then the ‘Letters’ and ‘Latest news’ section.

www.easyfundraising.co.uk- Remember you can also raise money for school by shopping via this website. This internet shopping charity gives you access to hundreds of well known retailers, to do your shopping on line whilst raising money for school AT NO COST TO YOU!

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