Brooks offers many exciting examples of activities that sit alongside our academic subject areas. Firstly I would like to congratulate our Chaplain, Kylea Aldred, and her team on another wonderful Mental Health afternoon. It was particularly encouraging to see our students supporting the Year 6 students from our primary schools, as they attended as part of our transition program.
Our senior students are participating in StayChatty forums. These workshops are run by professionals and support students to maintain strong mental health by promoting connection, acceptance, support and a willingness to share stories. Our Year 10 students are participating in the Polish program, which is run by Beacon Foundation. Its aim is to support students as they transition into the world of work, by informing them of skills required in most professions in current times.
We also have a number of teams participating in basketball rosters and a girl’s cricket opportunity being the Blast T20. In the week following the long weekend we have our School Athletic Carnival. I am sure this is going to be a wonderful community event, with lots of fun activities planned by our PE department. Our drama and dance students are working hard and we are looking forward to our 2019 Innovate performance, a highlight on our Brooks calendar.
Academic subjects and extra-curricular activities complement each other and develop a well-rounded, socially skilled, and healthier student. Interestingly students who participate tend to improve their academic results as well. This may be due to improved self-esteem, motivation and organisational skills. Students learn how to work as part of a team, and they develop supportive relationships that give them a sense of belonging adding to their social wellbeing.
I would like to congratulate two of our students, Alex and Remi, who have been recognised among other students from across the North of our state, for outstanding results in the 2019 NAPLAN (National Assessment of Literacy and Numeracy). The boys received their certificates at the recent DoE Student Awards held in Launceson on 23rd October. Well done boys!
All Tasmanian High Schools are required to offer some 11-12 subjects by 2021. With this in mind Brooks is working with our other Launceston High Schools and Colleges to come up with some innovative ways to support our students to remain connected with school until they turn 18, which is to become the legal age students are required to remain at school. I will share more with our community as this becomes clearer in the coming months.
Term 4 is our busiest term and I encourage our community to keep an eye on the calendar and to support our students as the end of our school year quickly approaches.
Join us on Tuesday 29th October at 6:00pm in the Performing Arts Centre for an evening of selfies, likes and retweets in this years ‘Innovate: Communicate’ a reimagining on the popular collaborative show exploring technology and communication in the 21st century. Gold coin donation. Supper provided.
Presented by the senior Production and Drama students.
Hi all, I’m David your new (started last week) Brooks High School Health Nurse. I work as part of the State-wide School Health Nurses team across Tasmanian Government schools. The program aims to support schools to create a physical and social environment that promotes health and wellbeing, and assists to improve health and education outcomes for children and young people in Tasmania. In secondary schools the focus is to promote good health and wellbeing, and to work with students, teachers and the school community on issues that may include body image, physical activity and nutrition, mental health, addictions and risk behaviours, sexual health and relationships, positive parenting for teenagers with babies, and promotion of good health and wellbeing.
I also offer one to one assistance, working with health promotion activities, and being involved with health education when requested. My background in nursing has been quite varied but as well as acute nursing in the LGH, some years in occupational health, I have worked in Youth Health for 18 years, based at The Corner Youth Health centre, more recently known as Headspace. In addition, I have served as a member of the RAANC as a Nursing officer (reservist) for many years. I am currently working in partnership with 4 high schools, and will be at Brooks High every Tuesday and Friday. Students can attend appointments with me at the school. Teachers and support staff can refer students. Students can also self-refer. I’m happy to work with parents where requested, and can be contacted via the school office if you would like to make an appointment. Just as a reminder, first aid needs still go through the school’s usual process as I am not in the school every day.
If you would like more information on School Nurses just click on the hyperlink below.
The Annual General Meeting of the Brooks High School School Association will be held on Tuesday 3rd December at 5:30pm in the Administration Building staff room. We warmly welcome all community members to attend.
School Association Nominations
We are calling for nominations to our School Association. We have vacancies for 2 Parent Representatives.
The attached nomination form needs to be completed and returned to the school office by close of business Friday 15th November.
Have your children grown out of their uniform? To help replenish our stock of spare clothing which we provide for students on wet and cold days, or when they require a change of clothing, the office is accepting donations of second hand uniforms.
Are you a boy above the age of 14 who would love to represent your state in a sport? Been playing netball for years or just wanting to try something new? Well now’s your time to hop on the Titan Train as we aim to make our biggest impact on the National stage to date! Get yourself (and your friends) along to one of our trials and you could be the next big thing in Men’s netball in Tasmania (or the world for that matter). Our trials are open to boys aged 14+ and girls 17+ and any skill level! (age as at 31/12/2020)
How to let us know you’d like to come
1 - You can click on the below link, fill in the details and we’ll see you there.
The Department of State Growth is finalising its review of general access and school bus services across northern Tasmania, with new routes and timetables to take effect from Sunday 19 January 2020.
School communities were consulted in May 2019, which resulted in revisions being made to a number of Metro’s school routes. The new school bus network will take effect from Wednesday 5 February 2020, being the first day of the school year.