April 2014

Brook Den is now up and running!
Climbing trees, chasing along paths, building dens, going up and over hills, through willow tunnels and enjoying the willow weave designs are just a few of the activities all Brookburn children have taken part in this week, as they explore BrookDen for the first time! Thank you to the PTA for making this fantastic project come alive!

What the children think of the Den:-
Evie Yr3a ‘It was really good’

Albie Yr3a ‘It’s exhausting, I’ve made a den!’

Lula Yr3a It’s really creative what they’ve done with that area’

Thank you very much for all donations and thank you to all our volunteers.  Please go to www.charitychoice.co.uk/brookburnpta if you would like to make a donation for BrookDen.

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

The future of the PTA
The PTA is still recruiting for new chairpersons 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 680875 or Ali on 07918 086877.

NEXT PTA event-

Summer disco on Thursday May 8th -EYFS & KS1 4.30-5.40   KS2 5.50-7pm – all proceeds to BrookDen.

Summer Fair on Saturday 7th June11.30 – 2.00

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!

Rocket cars
Year 6 have been firing rocket cars across the playground this week! This STEM inspired project, based on the Bloodhound, a rocket car hoping to reach a land speed of 1000 mph, has involved the children in designing and now racing their own cars. The next step is to do the maths and see which car was the fastest and then scale it up to see how it compares to the Bloodhound itself!

To find out more and follow our progress 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.

Science into Schools textile collection
Thank you for your support with this. We gathered several bags of unwanted clothing for the collection on Friday 25th April. This raises money for science equipment in school.

Global awareness
Oxfam campaign Message in a Book – (related to World Book Day but we did this over a fortnight). The school collected books to donate to the Chorlton Oxfam shop and the children learnt about poverty as a global issue. Y4 and Upper key stage 2 took part by writing letters/messages highlighting this global issue and the need for people to help. These messages were sent off with the books and put inside a book each time one was bought.

Send ALL my friends to school campaign – this campaign has been running for many years now. It has helped to make much progress in getting children into school and giving them an education. This year, the campaign focused on disabled children being included in this plight. All year groups are taking part. Cut out figures of children will be decorated with a message written onto it about the importance of education for all. Miss Taylor’s class sent a message out on twitter letting people know about the campaign and were delighted to get a reply from Ade Adepiton, broadcaster, Para Olympian and disability awareness campaigner. He was very impressed with the children’s work on the ‘Send ALL my friends to school’ campaign.

Watch this space – we may be asking MP John Leech to come to school to be presented with this chain of figures so he can pass on our message to the government!

Eco work
We now recycle tin, glass and plastic alongside paper and cardboard. We also have a team of Eco buddies in school who support our Eco work and monitor resource wastage- they even remind us to switch off lights and computers!

Brookburn Musicians Excel
Massive congratulations to James Young, Beatrice Derrick and Lois Dobson for achieving Grade 2 clarinet with merit and distinctions respectively. These results are very impressive and reflect the hard work and practice they have all put in. Well done!

New arrivals
Congratulations to Mrs. Kinch on the birth of her baby boy. William Kinch was born on 16th April weighing 9lb 6oz. Both Mum and baby are doing well and we wish Mrs. Kinch and her new family all the best at this special time.  Congratulations to Mr. Alderdice – Jacob Alderdice was born on 27th April – weighing 8lb 14oz, Mum and baby doing well. Best wishes to all the family.

REMINDERS

Punctuality – Sadly, we are getting increasing numbers of children arriving late for school on a regular basis.
Lateness can impact very negatively on your child’s education:
They can miss important learning
Late arrivals disrupt other children’s learning
Arriving after everyone else is embarrassing for children
It can lead to a poor start to their day
If it keeps happening, it becomes a bad habit for life.
It could lead to your child not wanting to come to school at all.
Please support us with your child’s learning by ensuring they get to school on time, thank you. 

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 current half term is £57.50, payable at the school collection box or via Parentpay.  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 Hughes 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.

Music Fees
Music tuition fees for the Summer Term are now due and letters have been sent out.  The amount for Strings is £45.00 and all other instruments (woodwind, guitar & steel pans) £54.00.  These fees can be paid via Parentpay or by cheque in the school payment collection box outside the school office. 

Dates for diary.

  • Bank Holiday – Monday 5th May
  • School closes for the Half-Term holidays Friday 23rd May
  • Teacher day Monday 2nd June
  • School reopens Tuesday 3rd June
  • School closes for Summer holidays Friday 18th July at 2pm
  • Teacher days Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd July. 

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

  • Thursday 1st May – Nursery Mrs Conlon/Miss Roylance
  • Thursday 15th May – Yr3B Miss West
  • Thursday 22nd May – Rec2 Miss Hindson/MrsKind
  • Thursday 5th June – Yr4B Miss Hulse/Mrs Williams
  • 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
  • Thursday 17th July – Y6 Leavers Assembly N.B. 10.00-11.00

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