I warmly welcome all our families to Term 3, and I hope that students are refreshed and ready for a busy and exciting term. I especially welcome all our new students and their families to our community.
I welcome back Alison Johnson to our team. Alison left Brooks in the middle of last year to go on maternity leave and she has been acting as an Assistant Principal at Exeter Primary. I also welcome back Carly Padgett. Carly was last with us in 2016 before she moved into a position as a Professional Learning Leader in My Education. More recently she has been on maternity leave after the birth of her son. Carly is leading Year 9 and Ali will be an Acting Assistant Principal for the rest of this term.
We have many exciting experiences planned for this term including excursions, red nose day, footy colours day and winter sports finals.
We are having a school review in week 5. During the review visiting principals will be looking at our data and school plans, having conversations with staff, students and parents, and visiting classrooms to gather information about our school. From this information they will write a report that will share some affirmations and positive comments about our school direction and they will also make some suggestions and recommendations of ways that we might improve our teaching and learning programs. I look forward to sharing the report with our community later this term.
During this term we will also be conducting our school surveys which will provide us with data we will use to inform our school focus and programs. The computer will randomly select a percentage of parents and I would like to encourage parents who have been selected to complete the survey. Staff and students will also complete surveys. This year the student survey has a focus on wellbeing. These are some of the ways that we seek feedback on the work that we are doing so that we can work to provide the best learning experiences for our students.
I have been asked to undertake a Principal leadership position for six weeks of this term, by the Education Department. This role requires me to support principals in other schools with their school improvement agendas. I will be away from August the 12th until the 20th of September, when I will resume my position as Principal of Brooks. I leave the school in capable hands: Mrs Louise Rose will be Acting Principal, Mrs Alison Johnson will be Acting Assistant Principal and Mrs Cilla Keenan will remain in her current position as Acting Assistant Principal.
Year 8 have been working on patterns in algebra this term. Mrs Moore’s group spent a lesson with these patterns and made predictions about what would come next. They also needed to tell the group why they made the predictions they did. Then they had the opportunity to create their own patterns to test their peers.
Working hard in these photos are Molly, Bailey and Jye.
On Friday 26th July, Poasi with sticks in hand, Rosella with her amazing vocal cords, and Liam with their guitar and bass axes strode in to TAFE studios to record their first track as the band Rinzler. Their original recording is called ‘Fallin’ and it can be about both falling still, as in still falling for a particular person, or falling still, as if you were being dropped but unable to move. The song was recorded on Friday and entered in to JJJ Unearthed High School Competition on Monday!
We hope you enjoy it – have a listen here or follow the links on the schools Facebook page:
It’s all systems go in the Digital Design Studio this term! We’ve had an intake of new students ready for the second half of the year.
The Year 9-10 students have completed their intro project to Photoshop, looking at creating abstract fibres using photographic images and some basic filter tools and techniques. A great start to the term, with students developing confidence and familiarity with a program some have not used before or for a long time. Next they are heading back in time with some text and movie poster work inspired by the fabulous decade that was the 80’s and then delving into some independently planned pieces.
This week’s segment comes from Anna Turner who has been at Brooks High School since 2002 working as a teacher's assistant. She has worked from Year 7 through to 10 and now works with 8A\B in the Middle Years Campus.
Q1. Were you a reader when you were in high school? To be honest, I wasn’t a reader in high school. I was more into sports and music than reading. I was also part of a singing group then (and still am, just not the same group).
Q2. What is the earliest book you remember reading? A Fortunate Life by Albert Facey. It was an autobiography that hooked me into reading. I was about 27 when I read that and have been reading ever since. Of course I read my children bedtime stories, but that wasn’t really for myself.
Q3. Do you have an autobiography you’ve enjoyed? Because of my interest in music and sport, three autobiographies I really enjoyed are Open by Andre Agassi, Daytona Demon by Suzi Quarto and Rod the Autobiography by Rod Stewart.
Q4. How did your love of reading start? Well it was because I’m interested in other people’s lives and am inspired by their stories. Especially when they come from a life of adversity to success.
Q5. What’s the best part about being a TA? The best part is I’m able to give of who I am. I’m happy with the positive responses I get back from students and teachers.
Q6. What book cover or title has recently caught your attention? None. I don’t judge a book by its cover. You look at a book like ‘Bad Ground’ about the Beaconsfield Mine disaster and in my opinion it has an unappealing cover, but it’s a brilliant book.
Okay, now my personal favourite part, tell us: 3 books you loved - Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf - Desert Flower by Waris Dirie - The Time of My Life by Patrick Swayze and Lisa Niemi
1 book you didn’t - I can’t remember the title but it was by Jodi Picoult
What you’re reading currently - The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks
The students in Child Studies at Brooks High School are passionate about raising awareness about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Red Nose is a great foundation that hopes to reduce the statistics of infant death, ensures free support is available to those impacted by the death of a child and educates every parent and carer in Australia on safe sleeping for babies. We want to raise money for them and are participating in Red Nose Day 2019. Students will be able to wear red for a gold coin donation on Friday 9th August, 2019. We are also selling merchandise from our Administration building. Please support this worthy cause.
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 until Wednesday 21st August, 2019.
Below is the link of a short video that was shown to our year 7 students outlining this free program.