All parents have the best intentions when raising their children, and all parents want the best for their child. As parents our job is to grow independent, responsible young adults. “Insight” is a leading parent educator magazine, which shares some important information around the dangers and problems that can come from fighting your child’s battles for them and how this has a negative impact on your child’s growth and happiness.
Increasingly students appear to be ringing home when they encounter a problem at school. Encouraging students to talk to teachers should they encounter any problems at school helps build students strategies and increase your child’s independence and resilience. Resilience is the ability to solve their own problems and ‘bounce back’ after a problem. It is hard to watch your child struggle with a problem and we want to protect them from these struggles, however when parents make their child’s problem their problem or fight their battles for them it takes away an important learning opportunity for their child. It also takes away an opportunity for our young people to start taking responsibility for their own behaviour and stop playing the blame game. When this happens our young people do not have the opportunity to experience the success and self confidence that comes from working through a problem themselves, such as a falling out with friends. While it is helpful for parents to contact schools and alert us to concerns and we strongly encourage a two way communication between home and school as this is the best way to support our students; research shows clearly that students who learn how to solve their own problems will grow into happier and more confident young people.
Well done to all those students who participated in our school cross country. Students participated with a great attitude and this combined with beautiful weather, mud, and great organisation made it a memorable event. I also congratulate all those students who have been selected in our school team for the NHSSA Cross Country next week and I wish them well.
Our school was fortunate enough to have Rachel Williams from Nightly News 7 Tasmania come and visit. Rachel spoke with our school Student Leaders from Years 8, 9 and 10 about her own experiences at school, her career journey, public speaking, leadership and advice for using social media. Students also asked Rachel many questions about her career adventures. We would also like to thank the catering team for their efforts providing morning tea.
Great weather and perfect running conditions made for a fantastic day last Thursday for the annual Brooks High School Cross Country Carnival. Run over blocks 3 and 4, students made their way around the challenging course which included grass, pot holes, blackberries, rocks and the now famous “Heartbreak Hill” and mud pile. Some cracking times were set over the course and all who participated had lots of fun. Below is the list of students who did exceptionally well becoming individual champions and runner up for their age divisions.
Year 7 Girls
Year 7 Boys
Year 8 Girls
Year 8 Boys
Year 9 Girls
Year 9 Boys
Year 10 Girls
Year 10 Boys
These students along with others who placed in the top 6 in their Year group will now represent the school at the Inter-High Cross Country Carnival next Tuesday at Kings Meadows High School. We wish them well on the day and know they will represent our school impeccably.
Congratulations to everyone who participated on the day, thank you to all staff who helped make the event run smoothly and apologies to parents and family members who had to wash the muddy clothing that was brought home.
The kitchen was buzzing with creativity as Year 8 students took up the challenge of decorating some cupcakes that they had cooked. As the photos show, they produced some fantastic creations - almost too good to eat!
7A recently completed their Digital Art component of the Year 7 options rotation. They spent 5 weeks familiarising themselves with Photoshop, creating a portfolio of work to display all the new skills they developed. The students worked diligently to explore unfamiliar tools and techniques to make stickers, creatures and more. 7A finished their 5 weeks by participating in a short photoshoot which required them to think quickly regarding model, posing and lighting to create a successful portrait, and WOW did they ever! An excellent lesson where students all worked together to assist, support and encourage each other to complete their images.
On Tuesday 28th May and Wednesday 29th May, Year 8 students visited the Gorge in Launceston to take part in an Aboriginal culture and history experience. They participated in a number of different activities which included traditional string making, making paint from ochre, a cultural walk where students were able to try some native “bush tucker” and a chance to throw a traditional spear. We thank our Aboriginal Educational Officer, Melissa West who facilitated the day and for imparting her knowledge and sharing her experiences with us.
Last week, the Student Leaders held a fundraiser called Cupcakes for Life! The cupcakes were made and decorated by the Student Leaders, with 4 designs to choose from. They were extremely popular and very tasty! All proceeds from this fundraiser will be donated to TEAR Australia, a foundation which supports communities in developing countries. Thank you to everyone who bought a cupcake or two!
Joining us this week is office extraordinaire Mrs Ryan. She has been in the office as a School Administration Clerk at Brooks High School since 2015 and has been an avid reader for even longer. Enjoy reading more from her.
Q1. Were you a reader when you were in high school? I certainly was. Instead of being outside in the great outdoors I could be found with my nose buried in a book. My love of reading has not diminished, and I generally read a book a week. I was always a diehard of the physical paper page turning book, but I must confess I am now subscribed to Kindle unlimited….and loving it!
Q2. What is the earliest book you remember reading? I hate to admit it, but I can’t remember that far back, however, I do remember Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five books, a series of children’s adventure novels written by English author Enid Blyton.
Q3. Do you have a book that changed your life? …mmm that’s a hard question. I believe every book I read leaves some lasting impression on me but I guess if I had to choose one it would be “Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas”, a 2001 novel by James Patterson which contained the following quote, "Imagine life is a game in which you are juggling five balls. The balls are called work, family, health, friends and integrity. And you're keeping all of them in the air. But one day you finally come to understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls...are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered.” …. you will need to read the book to find the context of the quote!
Q4. How did your love of reading start? I can’t remember that either….am I getting old here? I just know I have always had a love of reading. Reading can be rewarding in so many ways, whether it be to learn how to do or make something or just for pleasure where you can lose yourself in another world and escape from your everyday life for a while.
Q5. What’s the best part about being a school administration clerk? Interacting with the students and staff of Brooks High School. We have a very supportive school environment here at Brooks and it is always nice to chat with the students and staff about what they are doing each day. A highlight for me is seeing the many talents that shine from our students. It is a privilege to watch them develop into confident young adults.
Q6. What book cover or title has recently caught your attention? Whilst not a new book, recently I was sorting through my book collection at home and came across this book, A Friend Like Henry. I have read it before but am going to re-read it as I found it very interesting, I also can never resist the face of a dog. I often read books more than once and am reluctant to part with them even after I have finished reading them.
Okay, now my personal favourite part, tell us: 3 books you loved
We are excited to be taking part in the 2019 Woolworths Earn and Learn program. Through this program, with your help, we will be able to purchase some great new educational resources for our school - and all we need you to do is shop for your groceries at Woolworths.
From now until Tuesday, 25 June 2019 you can collect stickers at Woolworths that go towards Earn & Learn points. For every $10 you spend at Woolworths (excluding the purchase of tobacco, liquor and gift cards) you will receive a sticker. Place the Woolworths Earn and Learn Sticker onto a Woolworths Earn and Learn Sticker Sheet and when it's complete, the Sticker Sheet can be dropped into the Collection Box here at the school or at our local Woolworths. Mowbray Market Place Woolworths have a drop off box for our school at the front of their store.
At the end of the promotion, we'll be able to get some great new quipment. The range is extensive and offers lots of items ideal for our students - including resources for Maths, English, Science and some fantastic fun supplies for Arts & Craft, Sport and for our library. We are grateful for your support and look forward to a successful program. If you would like to know more visit the link below or ask at our school office.
As part of Oral Health Week (9th-13th September), all Year 7 students will be invited to take part in a free Fissure Sealant and Fluoride Varnish Program. More information will be sent home with students soon.
The Department of State Growth has incorporated the recommendations and feedback from Metro Tasmania’s extensive Launceston urban network review and consultation process in 2016 to propose a new urban network of services which includes:
Easy to understand, more direct routes, using roads which are safe and suitable for accessible vehicles
More consistent departure times to reduce checking a timetable
A new high frequency cross-city route linking the university with Kings Meadows shops via Mowbray shops, Invermay, Inveresk, City, Hospital and Six Ways
Rescheduled timetables to better reflect current traffic conditions, improve reliability, and minimise transfer times
The Department of State Growth is now inviting feedback and comments on the proposed changes. Feedback will be received up to Friday 14 June 2019.