The end of this term sees a number of staffing changes. Mrs Coleen Elliot has been successful in winning a senior teacher appointment at Kings Meadows High School for Terms 3 and 4. We congratulate Coleen on this appointment, which is recognition of her work and the work of our PE department and wish her well in this new position.
Sam Gee will commence maternity leave as she waits for the birth of her son. Sam took up her cafe position at the beginning of 2016 and since then she has been a positive role model for students and a highly valued member of the Brooks staff. To Sam, Layla, and her partner Nick; our best wishes on the safe arrival of your baby boy.
We welcome Sandy Jones who will be working with Teresa in the café.
We also welcome back Mrs Carly Padgett and Mrs Ali Johnson. Carly will be leading the Year 9 team. We thank Jason Blundell for all his work in Terms 1 and 2 in leading Year 9. He will be remaining in a senior role at Brooks as well as teaching core lessons in Year 8C and D, alongside Mr Alex Gunn. Ali will be teaching some health and PE lessons and will once more join our senior staff team.
I also thank Mr Sam Baker who has so capably stepped into the Acting Assistant Principal role this term. His calm, can do attitude and the positive relationships he so quickly built with staff, parents and students is testament to his significant leadership capacity. We wish him well in his future career and we hope that our paths will cross again soon. Mrs Louise Rose will return to her role at brooks after her significant adventures on holiday over the last term.
Reports will be mailed home this week. The mid-year report is the main report for the year and it includes an A-E assessment to show the level the student is working at; be it at, above or below the expected achievement level for their grade and subject. Markers that reflect their attitude and work habits in each class will also be included. Students with poor attendance have not been assessed because they have not produced enough work for teachers to make a judgement against the curriculum. A record of attendance will be included with the report. Teachers work hard to ensure that reports are accurate and clearly inform parents and students what the student knows and how they are progressing against the Australian Curriculum.
Finally I would like to congratulate all students who received awards in this week’s assembly. Awards are given to students in recognition of high academic achievement and exemplary attitudes towards their work.
I hope everyone has a restful and safe Winter holiday!
The Child Studies class went on an excursion to the maternity ward at the Launceston General Hospital. They received a tour and lots of information about pregnancy, labour and postnatal care. Here are some things they learnt:
That you can eat the placenta after birth
How the midwives feel the umbilical cord before they cut it to see if it’s still beating
That it’s easier to give birth on your hands and knees than laying down
It’s harder for baby to come out if it’s back to back with mum’s spine
There are needles with water in them to relieve back pain
Morphine injections to relieve labour pains can drug a baby out
That baby needs to be placed ‘feet to foot’ in a cot/bassinet to keep it safe.
We wish to thank the midwives at the Launceston General Hospital for their time and teachings.
Year 8 students have recently begun their journey into the world of Photography.
They have spent two and a half lessons developing their understanding of Photography theory, building their knowledge and practical skills with DSLR cameras in Manual Mode. The students have enjoyed their time outside in the sun, wind, fog and freezing conditions to take a great collection of images before launching in to their assessment task. It’s been wonderful to see the students adapting to their environment, sitting next to bushes, laying on footpaths and crouching next to trees for substantial amounts of time and getting up close and personal to cracks in the pavement to get ‘the shot’.
This class is hard working and enthusiastic and will share more images with you in upcoming newsletters.
A fantastic display of athleticism and teamwork was shown by our Brooks High School Cross Country team last Tuesday at the Inter-high Cross Country Carnival. Our students represented our school impeccably and took on every challenge thrown at them.
Some students produced some amazing results on the day with our best performance coming from Madison S who came 2nd place overall in the Year 8 Girls race. Well done Madi!!
Despite some brilliant individual performances, the HPE staff were most impressed by the team effort shown by all members; by those students who stepped up and filled in in events where students were absent or injured and also those students who fought right to the end of their event despite being up against the odds. It was an absolute pleasure to work with such a motivated and enthusiastic group of students.
Well done Team Brooks we are very proud of your efforts and congratulations on your 5th place in Division 1.
This week’s segment comes from Mr. Stuart Bush-Harris one of our Year 9 Humanities teachers. He is an avid reader and writer and is sharing his reflections on his reading life.
I grew up on the Fighting Fantasy series, which are choose your own adventure-style, role-playing gamebooks. My favourite was Steve Jackson’s Appointment with FEAR.
As a teenager, I loved reading 2000 AD comic books, particularly the ABC Warriors: Khronicles of Khaos. Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights was the most memorable high school novel that I read.
Since I’m an English teacher and write fiction as a hobby, I tend to read strategically. A while back, I read George Orwell’s 1984 and Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 so that I could become immersed in the dystopia unit we were doing in grade 9. Likewise, I’ve been reading a lot of science fiction lately as I hope it will inspire me when I’m working on the sci-fi novel that I’m currently writing. Frank Herbert’s Dune and Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War particularly stood out to me.
My all-time favourite novels, however, are Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, because it delivers a powerful message about prejudice, and JD Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, for its fantastic characterisation.
During term-time, I don’t tend to find the time to read novels, but I try to have a no-TV rule in the evenings during holidays, so I’m planning on reading Game of Thrones next.
As part of Oral Health Week (9th-13th September), all Year 7 students have been invited to take part in a free Fissure Sealant and Fluoride Varnish Program. Thank you to the families who have returned their consent forms. We are still accepting forms at the school office.