After a patch of inclement weather we finally managed to hold our Athletics Carnival on Monday 11th November. The condensed version of our carnival was hectic but fabulous, with all of our students participating and enjoying the range of track and field events on offer. On the Tuesday afternoon the whole school arrived at the oval to watch the very competitive 100m sprints; these were fiercely contested and a wonderful ending to our carnival. The impromptu dance numbers and solo singing items were also a highlight! Many thanks to the HPE team and their many helpers and to our amazing staff for working all day without a break to support our students.
Our Year 10s are at the pointy end of their high school education. They have just completed their grade exams and had their enrolments for Year 11 at either Newstead or Launceston College last week. This is a time of mixed emotions for our school leavers; some nervousness and anxiety around their last weeks at Brooks, as well as excitement for the engaging weeks of activity culminating in their camp, graduation assembly and leavers dinner. It is important during these last weeks to focus on participation, attendance and ending the year on a positive high note.
Our Year 8s have had an excursion to the Mole Creek caves and Alum Cliffs last week. The feedback I have had from staff has been excellent - with our students impressing the tour guides with their respectful listening and good behaviour. Many thanks to Ms Perkins and Year 8 teachers for your organisation.
We also had many participants in the Sushi Challenge last week! Well done to all students involved and thank you to Mrs Marshall for organising this activity for our kids.
We continue to have staff leaving us to begin families of their own! We recently farewelled Mrs Moore, one of our Year 8 teachers. Mrs Moore has been an outstanding teacher in the Year 8 team, team teaching with Mr Murray. Mrs Moore believes in our students and has worked hard every day to help them be their very best self. We will miss her bubbly, positive presence in the middle school. Mrs Moore is being replaced by Ms Maddison McDougall who has just completed her final UTAS placement working in the HPE department with Mr Erwin and Miss Perkins over the last 5 weeks. We welcome her officially to Team Brooks!
Last week we farewelled Miss Willis, our Year 7 AST. Miss Willis has been a key member of our senior staff team for the past 3 years being not just an outstanding classroom teacher but an exemplary leader in our school. Miss Willis goes above and beyond every single day to work with our students, supporting them to be learners and decent young people. We will miss her wit, sense of humour, incredible work ethic and leadership in the MYC. Miss Willis is being replaced by Mr Blundell who will be the Year 7 AST for the last 5 weeks of school and will pick up working with Mr Waller teaching 7A and 7B. Mr Blundell’s Year 8 class will be taught by one of our very experienced relief teachers, Mrs Amanda Williams.
So, we will be welcoming more Brooks Babies before the end of the year!
I am thoroughly enjoying being the Principal at Brooks High School at this very busy and exciting time of year. Please keep a close eye on the school calendar and our facebook page to keep abreast of the many activities and events occurring in coming weeks.
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 - Closure Date now 29th November 2019
All government schools in Tasmania have a School Association. The Association provides parents, staff, students and other members of the community with a way to be involved in issues important to the school. School Associations help schools in a number of ways, such as participating in developing school policy, advising on school management and approving the budget.
When your child starts school, you are automatically a member of the School Association. School Association committees meet at least four times a year and all parents are welcome to attend. Elections are held each year to appoint Association committee members. The committee is responsible for managing the work undertaken by the Association.
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 29th November.
New tastes and skills were on the menu for a talented group of Year 7 and 8 students this week.
The group were shown how to make sushi like a pro; thanks to expert tutoring by Peter Handy, from the Tasmanian Hospitality Association. They discovered tips and different ingredients before making their own masterpieces. Every student produced a sushi roll of high quality.
Peter also praised the group for their enthusiasm and respectful behaviour.
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.