Dear parents, carers, staff, governors and friends,

This week at Brindishe Manor

It has been lovely to welcome our new Nursery children to their introductory ‘stay and play’ sessions this week. All new families are invited to our school’s Welcome Evening on 17 October. Invitations will be sent out shortly.

Year 3 visited Greenwich Park on Wednesday for a ’Mission Invertebrates’ workshop. It was a really successful day with much learning about pollinators to share back at school.

Trainee teachers and newly qualified teachers from across Lewisham came to look round Brindishe Manor on Tuesday to see how we organise our learning environments. One described the visit as ‘inspirational’! Thank you to all the staff for their very hard work preparing such stimulating learning spaces across the school.

Meet the teacher meetings Ys 1 - 6

Parents and carers of children in Ys 1 – 6 are invited to make a short appointment to meet their child’s new teacher and to share important information about their child. We encourage everyone to do this unless you already know the class teacher from previously and there are no particular updates to share.

You should use your Arbor username and password to logon to Parent Portal and book your meeting time. The booking window is open now.

If you are new to the school or have lost your username and password details, please ask at the school office or email us on

Clubs and Music tuition

We have a few places left in brass, flute, recorder and clarinet lessons for children in Y3 to Y6.

We also currently have some spaces in Cheerleading on Fridays for Y1-3. Please let the school office know if your child is interested.

Secondary Transfer

Y6 parents and carers are reminded that the deadline for secondary school applications is 31 October. You should apply online at via the ‘School Admissions’ page.

Please also come along to our Year 6 - 7 transition evening on Thursday 5 October at Brindishe Green School from 5:30pm.

Special occasion treats

Some parents and carers ask to give out treats to children in their child’s class on a special occasion. Please note that school staff will not be able to distribute these on your behalf.

If you want to do this you need to be responsible for distributing the treats and for checking with each parent or carer first before offering to their child.

Contact details

We need to be able to get in touch with you quickly.  If your child is unwell, or in the event of an emergency, we will need to talk to you or someone you have nominated straight away.

We ask parents and carers to provide us with at least 3 emergency contacts.

You can add these to your child’s profile on Arbor, via Parent Portal. Just log in with your username and password and make any changes or additions.

Safeguarding in school: Allergies

We have a number of children in school with severe allergies to nuts and sesame, including airborne allergies. Please can you avoid packing any foods containing nuts or sesame in your child’s packed lunch.

EYFS and KS1 children are offered a daily mid-morning fruit/vegetable snack in school as part of a government sponsored scheme.

Children in Ys 3-6 can bring their own mid-morning snack for playtime which should be only a piece of fruit or raw vegetables (eg carrot batons).

As a school we cannot guarantee to be ’nut free’ but, with your support, we can do our best to keep all our children as safe as possible.

Site Security

Safeguarding children and staff during the school day is our priority.

Once the school gates have closed for the day, all visitors need to come in via the school office. Visitors need to sign in using our electronic sign-in system and wear an identification badge.

Parents and carers collecting and dropping off Nursery children at 11.30am and 12.45pm should go straight to and from their child’s classroom.

In order to keep the site secure, please do not hold the school gate open for someone coming behind you, or ’tailgate’ someone entering in front of you. Every visitor needs to press the buzzer to let the office know who they are and the reason for their visit.

If a parent/carer arrives at any other time to collect their child they will need to come straight to the school office and not to their child’s classroom. Their child will be brought to them.

Thank you for your support with this.

Dates for your diary

26 Sep Open Day for prospective applicants’ parents and carers:
9.15 – 10.30 and 5 – 6.15pm. Please tell interested friends and neighbours
Fortnight from 2 October ‘Meet the teacher meetings Y1 – 6
5 Oct  5.30pm Secondary School meeting for Y6 parents and carers to be held at Brindishe Green
17 October 5.45 – 6.45pm ‘Welcome Evening’ for all families new to Brindishe Manor
23 – 27 Nov  Half term
30 Oct – 1 Nov Y5 School Journey
31 October Deadline for secondary school applications

I hope you all have a restful weekend.

Best wishes,

Gerlinde Achenbach,