News and Dates
Diversity Day – 26th October 2019
Phoenix Community Housing are hosting their annual diversity event as part of Black History Month on 26th October 2019. Please see flyer attached for more information.
It’s a free event and everyone is welcome.
Occupational Therapy Summer Sessions
Occupational Therapy (OT)
The Occupational Therapists, Kerry Brown and Katie Kelly, will be in school during the school holidays on Thursday 8th August 2019 from 9am to 12pm.
They will be able to answer any OT related questions or offer advice about OT strategies over the summer holidays for your child.
To book an appointment please email LH.ChildrensOT@nhs.net for the attention of Kerry if your child is in secondary or Katie if your child is in primary.
Makaton Choir Performance
The Makaton Choir performed at Watergate School in June. The performance was, as always, extremely well received and a fantastic time was had by all.
FREE Family Fitness Programme
Please find linked below a free family fitness programme we are running at The Bridge Leisure Centre this summer.
This programme is open to all families with disabled children. The aim of the project is to get families exercising and having fun together as whole family. Please see the attached poster for more details.
FREE Summer disability athletics
We are delighted to announce that Lewisham Disability Inclusive Athletics Camp will once again be offering a FREE summer of athletics in partnership with S-Factor Academy. The sessions are inclusive and are open to all disabled children in the borough.
Sessions will run twice a week throughout the school summer holidays so whether you can make just the one session or all ten everyone is welcome.
Lewisham Parent and Carer’s Forum Mini Newsletter
Please find linked below the Lewisham Parent and Carer’s Forum mini newsletter.
Activities for Children and Young People
Please find linked below flyers prepared by Lewisham Parent and Carer’s Forum detailing activities for children and young people with learning difficulties and disabilities.
London Youth Games
Huge congratulations to all our LYG swimmers which saw Lewisham finish 5th in the Boys & 7th in the Girls.
Individual results saw Sophia & James win Gold and Dolly a Bronze, fantastic achievement as they were competiting against students up to Year 13!
Lewisham Parent and Carer’s Forum
The Lewisham Parent and Crers’ Forum are holding a Forum Meeting next Thursday 16th May from 10am to 12pm at the Leemore Centre. Please see linked flyer.
We have SENDIASS coming to talk about SEN Support, EHCP assessments and appeals. This will be an informal meeting where you can gain information to help you with the process. If possible, please let me know if you interested in attending. We have also attached, for your information, a support group drop in rota which is held at Kaleidoscope.
Lewisham Special Educational Needs Strategy
It’s Everybody’s Business To Be Inclusive
Have Your Say On
Lewisham’s New Partnership
Special Educational Needs and Disability Strategy
The current Lewisham Partnership Special Educational Needs and Disability Strategy 2016 -2019, which is available on Lewisham’s local offer website is now coming to an end. Throughout the 3 years of our current strategy there have been a number of achievements but there is recognition that continuous improvement is still required from services within the Local Authority, education settings and health services to improve outcomes for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and that of their families.
To support the establishment of the new Partnership Special Educational Needs and Disability Strategy 2020-2023, there will be a parent/ carer and young person event for anyone interested in having a say on Lewisham’s Partnership plans over the next three years.
Date: Monday 10th June 2019,
Time: 6.30pm – 8pm,
Address: Civic Suite, Lewisham Town Hall, Catford, London, SE6 4RU
If you are a parent/ carer of a child or young person with or without special educational needs or disabilities and are interested in attending this event to have your say please email Victoria Lucking at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone on 0203 049 2009.
If you have any specific requirements that we need to consider to enable you to participate in this event, please let us know so that we can make arrangements. If English is not your first language and your need this translated please let us know.
Phoenix Community Housing Grant
Good News ! The Brent Knoll and Watergate Co-operative Trust is lucky enough to be one of the organisations short-listed by Phoenix Community Housing for a possible grant from their Community Chest this summer. This would enable us to run the two week holiday programme at both Brent Knoll and Watergate schools during the summer holidays. Having the financial resources to provide holiday activities for our children and young people would be fantastic, but we are not there yet.
We need your help ! As part of this process there is a festival – please see details below.
It is a fun day and free for all to attend. At the end of the day the winners of the money will be announced. WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!! The award of the grant is decided on the basis of voting by Phoenix Housing residents- and this is where we need your help to muster support! If you are living in Phoenix housing please do vote for our holiday project – and please encourage all of your friends and neighbours to do the same. You can vote on the day at the festival ; by tenants’ voting forms sent out directly by Phoenix or online at
The online voting is already open. Please do give the Trust your support and spread the word as widely as you can- our children deserve this chance to enjoy two weeks of holiday fun.
Brent Knoll and Watergate Trust
Jack Petchey Award Ceremony
On the 14th March 2019 representing Brent Knoll School were three of our brilliant pupils who were invited to attend the Jack Petchey Award Ceremony which was held at the Lewisham Broadway Theatre.
Each pupil received an award for their contribution to the school. Congratulations to, Aaron, Brandon & Anģe. Also congratulations to Reece & Denis who unfortunately could not make it on the night.
Well done everyone.
WE Day 2019
On 6 March 2019 a group of Brent Knoll students attended the WE Day Concert at the SSE Wembley Arena.
We Day is a celebration of the WE Movement and inspires young leaders to change the world. It was also a celebration of International Women’s day! We were honoured by celebrities performing or giving speeches, such as Liam Payne and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Well done to our Year 9 students who along with students from Greenvale and Conisborough College won the South London Panathlon Plate competition on 12 March. Next stop the All-London Finals at the Copper Box. A big thank you to Daniela, Cheryl, George & Mr Waring for helping the day go so well.
Well done to our Primary and Secondary Boccia Teams who took part in the London Youth Games. The Primary team got through to the knock out round and unfortunately lost that match. The secondary team were pipped by a team that they had beaten by a one shot difference into third in their round robin. All pupils were well behaved and a credit to the school. Big thank you to Tracy & Humera who helped the day go so well!
Live Music Now
On Tuesday 12 March we welcomed singer/songwriter Zoe Wren to Brent Knoll to give a concert to primary and secondary students in the music room.
This was organised by Live Music Now, a company that send in professional musicians to schools etc. They regularly give us free concerts! Other musicians they have sent include a xylophone player, an early music duo, a beatboxer and singer and a samba group.
Mousetrap Theatre Project/Matilda
Year 9 pupils have been studying musical theatre and we invited drama company Mousetrap into school to run a workshop on the musical Matilda. Following the workshop we went to the theatre to see the show. A wonderful time was enjoyed by all!
Brent Knoll Bagel Bar
Brent Knoll School has joined the government’s National School Breakfast Programme (NSBP), which is being delivered by the charities Family Action and Magic Breakfast.
As a NSBP School we are pleased to offer a healthy school breakfast, available to all, and enjoy the benefits that brings, with children settled and ready to learn at the start of the school day. Brent Knoll School has joined the government’s National School Breakfast Programme (NSBP), which is being delivered by the charities Family Action and Magic Breakfast.
The new Brent Knoll Bagel Bar will be run by year 11 students on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8.30am in the Secondary Food Tech room. They will deliver bagels to classes at 8.45am in time for registration!
The students have decided to try the new breakfast club bagel bar until half term. They will collect feedback from children and staff and then after half term they will discuss and solve any problems.
Year 8 visit the world of work
Earlier in the month, the year 8 students were lucky enough to visit the very popular Kidzania in West London as part of their PSHE lessons. Kidzania is an indoor city set up just for children and young people, giving them a taste of adult life and the world of work. Students had the opportunity to learn about taking on responsibility, choosing a job and earning ‘kidzos’ – the Kidzania currency. A big part of their experience was working with others and developing social skills as well as having fun and learning about the different careers that they could consider when they become adults.
A very special goodbye
We are very sad to be saying goodbye to our Premises Manager Eamonn Williams.
Eamonn has retired from his role at the school and will be missed greatly. He worked at Brent Knoll for 8 years and in that time has served the school with great professionalism as well as being a friendly face. Eamonn was highly regarded by the staff students, parents, Governors and various other stakeholders that he had dealings with. In addition to successfully helping us move from our old premises in Mayow Road, Eamonn always had the best interests of our pupils at heart and would always go the extra mile to support them. He was good humoured around the school and would have a laugh and a joke with all the staff and pupils, always contributing to a happy atmosphere. He would regularly be driving pupils to off site activities, which he often did in his own time, and will be fondly remembered by all. We wish Eamonn and his family all the very best in retirement in the new home that he has moved to in order to be closer to his children and soon to be grandchild.
We thank Eamonn for all that he has done to help all at the school to ‘Be the best that we can be’.