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Yorkshire Cup Brooksbank’s Year 11 Yorkshire Cup Semi Final takes place on Thursday 28th February at Garforth Academy.  Kick off: 3.00 pm. Champion Schools National Title Year 11 Team play Hinchley Wood, Surrey on Thursday 7th February in the National Cup Quarter Final.  The squad are set to depart Brooksbank at 7.30 am for a…

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Set aside Europe and think Europa!  This was the video task set for students who were asked to plan the establishment of a first-phase research facility on Jupiter’s ice-crusted moon. We are delighted to report that Brooksbank’s plan for habitation on the starry satellite has put the school in the finals of the UK Space…

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While most of us were engaged in nailing our Christmas gift list, students in Year 8 were feverishly typing their Aim High essays to meet the December 17th deadline. As we all know, there are no short-cuts to fifteen-hundred word essays and there’s no way you can pull them out of a Christmas cracker.  However,…

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The hills are alive …

In just one month’s time, forty-six students from Year 8 and 9 will be breezing down the ski slopes of Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria.  The #SkiAustria2019 party departs Friday, 15th February by coach and arrives in the Glemm Valley at around 4.00pm on the following day.  Top on the itinerary is skiing! … and lots of it! …

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England calling for Paige We would like to congratulate Paige Ackroyd in 10T on being selected for the England Under 17 Netball squad.  Netball crazy Paige, has been playing netball for seven years, and is thrilled to be selected to play for her country.  She says, “I’m also a little surprised at being picked, because…

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Hockey News

It was fantastic to see secondary schools from across Calderdale join us at Brooksbank for an indoor hockey tournament.  The event, for Under 13s took place on Tuesday, 8th January.  “There was a really nice atmosphere and some fantastic play from all teams,” said Ms Nutter, Head of PE. Congratulations to Crossley Heath School, who…

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Rugby Yorkshire Cup Semi Finals announced Dreams and drama will unfold as four rugby teams stake their claim on two crucial competitions titles: the Yorkshire Cup and the Champion Schools national competition.  Fixtures are as follows. Yorkshire Cup Semi Final Brooksbank’s Year 7 side will meet St John Fisher in Dewsbury on Monday, 14th January. …

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  Over the last month, our Focus Centre has been centre of operations for the Reverse Advent gift box initiative. “Instead of taking something out, we are putting something in,” said organiser, Charlene Watson. “This year we were able to deliver eight boxes packed with goodies to the Salvation Army in Brighouse. Thank you to…

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Business Studies students created a Christmas Fair to remember on Thursday, 30th November.  The heart-warming fair brought together students, staff and members of the community together and blazed a festive trail throughout our Main Hall and arthaus.  For visitors, it was a fun-filled, shopping experience and a chance for our youngest visitors to meet Santa…

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Tennis ace, Phoebe Suthers is incredibly excited about receiving an invitation to attend the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2018. Phoebe, a Year 11 student at Brooksbank, is passionate about tennis and won her first senior international title in May at the Slovenia Deaf Open Championships.  Phoebe also smashed the Doubles Final on the…

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As Remembrance Day 2018 approaches, students have been turning their attentions to the centenary of the end of the First World War. The cross-curricular project, organised by Brooksbank’s History Department, acknowledges the important milestone with a week of learning opportunities, culminating on Friday, 9th November with street party lunch in the History Department for sixty…

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It was scarcely dark when Year 7 students turned up in their blood-curdling best!   What a scare fest of hairy monsters, banshee brides, evil schoolgirls and scary skeletons! A massive thank you to Sixth Form Business Studies students for putting together a brilliant mix of music, games and refreshments. It’s hard to believe that these…

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There was elation for Team Calderdale at being crowned Champions of the North for the third year in a row!  The Panathlon Divisional Multisport Final took place in York on Thursday 18th October.  Our Panathlon stars took on rivals from York and Teesside, who had also battled through regional qualifying competitions to be there. Team…

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  Brooksbank hosted a No Worries Health Training Day recently for around 40 learning support staff.  The training coincided with Mental Health Awareness Day and covered many issues that beset young people today. The training, organised by Sarah Rawson Head of PSHCE, brought together attendees from across Calderdale to take part in several workshops on…

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  Brooksbank has received national recognition for its outstanding success in the field of rugby.  We are thrilled to have been awarded ‘School of the Year’ by the Rugby Football League’s National Governing Body. The Rugby Football League’s Community Awards ceremony took place at Old Trafford on Saturday, 13th October and star coach, Mr Damian…

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We have a very exciting project underway here at Brooksbank … one which will have a huge impact on students at the school and the wider community of Elland. We are proposing to build a 3G sports pitch on the playing field to the rear of school. Surfaced with artificial grass, the facility will significantly…

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Brooksbank’s Head Girl, Evie Sutcliffe has been writing about her recent visit to Auschwitz, for the next edition of our school magazine. Evie applied make the journey organised by HET (Holocaust Educational Trust), an organisation which aims to spread awareness about the Nazi Holocaust and demonstrate its contemporary relevance to modern society today. “Following an…

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There was a fantastic atmosphere at this year’s Open Evening which seemed busier than ever, despite torrential rain. On arrival, visitors were greeted by our cheery ambassadors from Year 9 who guided guests around the school expertly, answering questions along the way. Many chose to listen to presentations in the main hall by our Headteacher,…

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It was an evening of sparkle and shine when around 400 guests joined The Brooksbank School Sports College PE Department at The Venue, Barkisland on Tuesday 17th July to acknowledge another amazing year of sporting excellence. The Sports Awards Evening is an annual event that celebrates the dedication and commitment shown by so many of…

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Hafzah Tariq is described by those who know her best as “hugely competitive,” “a real fighter” and a “superstar”.  These qualities have won Hafzah Panathlon’s West Yorkshire Outstanding Achiever Award for 2017/18. Hafzah was born with a rare neuro-muscular disorder called nemaline myopathy.  Doctors warned her parents she would never be able to sit up…

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