June 2014

Brookburn’s annual summer fair
A BIG thank you to all our community for supporting our summer fair this year. This year we were extremely proud to be able to officially open the Dolphin Den. The Den is a project that our PTA chairs have worked tirelessly to bring about. Thanks to Firouz and Ali’s consistent promotion via social media, we were fortunate enough to have a great team of volunteers from the community and our own families and staff leading to this wonderful outdoor learning space becoming a regular working environment for our children. This den is in use by all our children on a weekly basis and will continue to be used for the benefit of generations of children to come. My sincerest and heartfelt thanks to all those volunteers who gave up their time and donated funds or resources in order to make this happen. Your work will continue to be appreciated for years to come. Thank you.

In addition to the Den, the PTA with the support of all our parents, carers, children, staff and governors, has also managed to raise the following funds at these events:-

Summer Fair  £2,233.00

Sports Relief  £457.86  – children donated money towards this cause by coming to school in sports gear and taking part in a class sports challenge throughout the day.

Money raised at summer disco £1,008.00

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 and its future maintenance.

The future of the PTA
The PTA is still recruiting for new chairpersons to take over from Firouz and Ali in September 2014. This is the perfect opportunity to be part of a team of 3 or 4 co-chairing, sharing the workload but reaping the benefits of this rewarding role.

Please contact Firouz or Ali if you would like to 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.

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! 

Events this month in school-
We’ve enjoyed a FAB (Fun at Brookburn) week in which parents and carers were invited in to take part and contribute to some fantastic creative learning activities with our children. This year we combined the event with School Grounds Week so that we could benefit from our superb school environment. Among the many activities the children took part in pond dipping, orienteering, mosaic making and felt artworks to name a few. Four classes worked together to produce a wonderful piece of felt art work with sea creatures as a theme. This is a particular favourite of mine because it has two magnificent dolphins within it, showing off our school mascot and my favourite animal. Many thanks to Mrs Rafi and Mrs McKessy for organising this exciting week.

Year 6
Year 6 left for their annual residential visit to Ghyll Head in Windermere this week. We are delighted they’ve had such good weather and look forward to hearing all about their trip.

Last week, our Year 6 children were busy working together on our very first Enterprise Business Project. The children are working in teams of 5 to create and design a ’Boredom Buster’ product and then cost it, carry out market research, present a pitch for their product and bid for financial support to start production. Despite having just completed some gruelling SATs exams, our children rose to the challenge and took part in a very successful ‘Pitch Day’ at Hough End centre last week in which all teams were successful in bidding for various amounts of funding to put their ideas into action. Their final Enterprise Day when these exciting products will be on sale will be Friday 11th July in the afternoon. Watch out for their promotions and marketing over the next few days.

Yr4A have completed some class exchange visits with Chorlton Park’s Year 4 children. Together children from each school were able to show their peers their own school environment and share learning experiences.

New arrivals
Congratulations to Mrs Efstathiou – Ruben, a beautiful baby boy, was born earlier this month making her a glamorous grandma for the third time.

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!

Please remind children that toys such as loops and football cards are not permitted in school as they distract children from learning activities. All children have been informed of this verbally and via a letter. 

Scooter/bicycles
Please remember that any scooters or bicycles on the school premises are left entirely at parents/carers risk.

School Dinners
You may have heard in the media that from September all children in reception, year 1 and year 2 will be entitled to a free school meal, should they want it.

We are keen to support this initiative, however we are also mindful of families’ personal choice. In order to ensure your child has the lunch meal you want them to have, we ask that all parents requiring a free school meal under this initiative please complete the menu choice form you will receive with your child’s school report, and return it into school by Wednesday 9th July.

To clarify – if you pay for your child’s school meal in school, this is now free as long as your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 in September 2014. However we still need to know exactly how many children require a meal so it is vital that you complete the necessary paperwork and return it to the school office. Phil, our school cook, and his team must have this information in advance so that they can order and prepare the correct amount of meals and avoid unnecessary food wastage or children’s disappointment at not getting their meal of choice.

Families that do not return the form will not have a meal provided as we will assume they are choosing to have a packed lunch.

Dates for diary

  • School closes for summer holidays Friday 18th July at 2.00pm
  • Teacher days Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd July.

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

  • Thursday 26th June – Miss Lennon
  • Thursday 3rd July – Yr2A Miss Jopling
  • Wednesday 9th July – Yr1B Miss Bergin
  • Wednesday 9th July 5-6pm – Summer music evening
  • Thursday 17th July 10-11am – Yr6 Leavers’ assembly

 

 

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