A huge congratulations to our Production and Catering students and to Mrs Georgie Todman and Mrs Carol Marshall on the Innovate performance and supper held last Tuesday evening. I was so impressed by the students thinking that went into creating the drama and dance pieces. The theme centred on the use of technology and social media and students showed both insight and humour around their impact. As I write this I look forward to the Year 7/8 drama performances this afternoon.
Every four years schools are required to undertake an external review process. The purpose is to support school leaders to reflect upon their schools’ progress against a National School Improvement Tool by providing feedback around school improvement. Ultimately it is to improve educational outcomes for students. Brooks went through this process in August. This process involves principals from other schools interviewing teachers, some parents and students, visiting classrooms and making observations of our school, including exploring our plans and data. I have recently received our final report.
There were many affirmations around the good work we do at our place. This included the improvement in student learning in literacy, improvements in attendance and retention (students who start and continue through Year 11) and the high satisfaction ratings of staff, students and community members. Many of our practices were highlighted as examples of exemplary practice including our collaborative culture, curriculum delivery and the positive and caring relationships within the school community. Another acknowledged highlight was the range of extracurricular activities and subject choices we have here at Brooks with 75% of students and most parents interviewed naming extra- curricular activities as a strength of the school.
We had three recommendations. The first two were around ensuring we are consistent across all grades with our practice. The third was around exploring opportunities to engage more with parents and carers in our learning programs. If you have any ideas of ways we can do this more effectively please let me know. At Brooks we recognise that when schools have strong working relationships with their community students flourish.
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.
On Tuesday 29th October the 9-10 Production students presented ‘Innovate-Communicate’. An exploration of communication and technology in the 21st Century.
Over the past few months, the senior Production students explored many themes and ideas relating to communication. We put together a showcase of dance, drama and parody. They explored challenges with cyberbullying, catfishing, trolling, rumour spreading and Internet and device addiction. Students performed to their peers during the day and an evening performance for our families with an excellent supper provided by the 9-10 Hospitality students with the support of Mrs Marshall and Mrs Riddle. I was particularly impressed at the growth and courage shown by our outstanding young people during the rehearsal and performance process – they showed exceptional resilience and teamwork and we saw students across both year levels bonding together and growing in confidence.
Thanks goes to Meg, Shakaya, Zeke, Shanelle and Mrs Aldred for assisting backstage, and a huge congratulations to our 2019 performers. I am overwhelmingly proud of your achievements.
On Wednesday 30th October all Year 9 and 10 students had the opportunity to view a dance performance presented by Tasdance called TROLLS. The title refers to trolling which often occurs on the Internet and this production was chosen as it related to many of the themes of ‘Innovate – Communicate’ 2019.
TROLLS was a dance in education project that aimed to give school students awareness and skills in relation to cyber bullying. Statistics tell us one in four Australian children aged eight to fifteen will experience cyberbullying, we felt this was a relevant opportunity to explore this issue in a creative format. Tasdance had developed a high impact dance theatre work where our students had the chance to interact and even get up onstage to examine the consequences of our actions online.
This week a collaborative effort by the Year 7 and 8 Dance and Drama students culminated in the BREATHE 2019 Junior Showcase. Almost every item in the showcase was student created and directed. Students in Year 7 were particularly challenged with only five lessons to develop their items. The items were inspired by the idea of breathing and how that plays out in different areas of life, different seasons and challenges.
A special thank you to Meg (Year 7) and Ezekiel (Year 9) for their help in the tech department and backstage management.
In Child Studies, we had guest speakers come in to speak to us about pregnancy, labour and motherhood. We thank Miss Ponting and Leo, Mrs Frerk and Isla and Mrs Holt and Grace for coming in (and for the cuddles!). Your babies are gorgeous!
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
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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.