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Just as an army marches on its stomach, students also need first class, nutritious food to help them achieve their best at school.  At Brooksbank we place great importance in providing high quality food for our learners, and we are pleased to report that we have retained our five-star status from the Food Hygiene Rating…

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Grease is the word and Brooksbank’s latest whole-school production had plenty of groove and feeling.  A sizeable band of musicians, and a fine cast of actors cheerfully dug out their sneakers, biker jackets and bobby socks to present this classic 50s boy meets girl show.  Grease had been heavily requested by students and it’s obvious…

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This week, students from Year 8 celebrated National Science Week by visiting Chester Zoo.  The whole year group travelled on two consecutive days for an educational visit designed to support key stage 3 learning and witness Science activities ‘in the field’. Students were equipped with a discovery trail booklet containing lots of questions about animal…

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Students at Brooksbank have taken part in the national finals of the UK Space Design Competition (UKSDC).  Twelve students headed to London, for the weekend, and took part in the two-day competition at Imperial College. Students were asked to design a space settlement to house thousands of people, orbiting beyond the Moon in the year…

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On Friday, 9th March, we were delighted to welcome Holly Lynch to Brooksbank.  An audience of one hundred girls from across the school gathered to meet the MP as part of our International Women’s Day celebrations.  Mrs Lynch was introduced by Mrs Rawson, leader of our Feminist Society and organiser of our IWD celebrations. Taking…

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Forty-eight students from Years 10 and 11 enjoyed a fabulous trip to the United States of America, during February half term on the school’s biennial ski trip.    This year, the group headed to the state of Vermont on the East coast, flying to Boston from London’s Heathrow, before transferring to the impressive Killington Ski…

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Congratulations to Luke!  Luke Whitehouse has competed in the Men’s and Women’s Artistic English Gymnastic Championships at Redbridge Sports and Leisure Centre, Ilford. Competing in the Under 16 category, Luke won Silver on the High Bar, missing Gold by just 0.1 point.  He was 4th on the Parallel Bars and 5th on Rings.  Unfortunately, Luke had…

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Well done to Brooksbank’s Year 7 Rugby Squad for reaching the Final of the Yorkshire Cup.  The boys beat Honley High School 26-4 in the Semis.  They will now face Ryburn Valley High in the Yorkshire Cup Final at Featherstone Rovers.  “This is an amazing achievement by the students who been undefeated all season!” said…

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Students have been given an amazing opportunity to work with Opera North, the innovative internationally renowned opera company, based in Leeds. We are extremely excited about a new working partnership – thanks to a special award from Music for Youth – which promises to be a fantastic opportunity to get to grips with this distinctive…

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Each month our Mathematics Department celebrate the work of a notable Mathematician.  February’s stellar Mathematician is Ada Lovelace. Ada was born in 1815 into an aristocratic family.  She had an exceptional mind and a profound understanding of Mathematics put her years ahead of her time.  Lovelace began collaborating with Charles Babbage, who is regarded as…

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Congratulations to Brooksbank’s Year 7 Girls’ Football Team on winning the Calderdale Indoor Football competition! The team will now represent Calderdale in the West Yorkshire Final at the end of January.  The winners of this will represent West Yorkshire at the North of England competition in February! “The girls have been fantastic!” said an elated…

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GCSE Prizegiving took place on Thursday, 11th January.  The evening began with drinks and canapés in the foyer before guests took their seats. The Main Hall provided a familiar setting for the ceremony, which was hosted by our Headteacher, Mr Kevin McCallion.  We were pleased to see a large number of last year’s Year 11…

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Twenty-six students from Year 9 have enjoyed a two-day residential visit to Selwyn College, University of Cambridge this week. A full programme included lectures, workshops, and leisure activities.  “The purpose of this exciting visit was to enable this group of hardworking and talented students the chance to sample university life at one of the world’s…

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Musicians and performers have taken part in an extensive Christmas programme of performances throughout December. Friday, 8th December saw students brave icy temperatures in West Vale to gather at the Christmas tree.  Here they led the community with music and Christmas Carols. Saturday, 9th December saw members of our Wind Band join with our friends…

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At Brooksbank we are always looking for ways to deepen our already extensive provision.  The Science Department runs four different clubs for students to join and enjoy. At Environment Club this term, activities include looking after our collection of animals including guinea pigs, rabbits, chickens, fish and snails – yes – we have a snail…

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Brooksbank student Thomas Green became a “tabloid star” when he decided to throw a ‘leg leaving party’ earlier this year.  Thomas hit the headlines because of the bravery he showed in preparing to say goodbye to his left leg.  The procedure was to have taken place in July, but was delayed until December.  We are…

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We are delighted to be fielding a team for the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Top of the Bench competition.  Students will take part in the competition on Tuesday, 5th December at the university’s Bronte Lecture Theatre.  The winners of this regional heat will progress to the National Final, to be held the University of Loughborough….

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Just imagine – leaving the 21st Century behind to travel back in time to the Late Cretaceous Period – a mere 67 million years ago!  When Science Club decided to reward its members with a trip to Dinosaurs in the Wild, no-one knew quite what to expect.  “All I can say is WOW!” said Harrison Weldrick,…

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It was an amazing night for Team Brooksbank on Friday, 17th November when a team of twenty students (thirteen girls and seven boys) represented Brooksbank in the annual Calderdale Schools’ Swimming Championships at the Halifax Pool.  Outstanding performances and fantastic team spirit saw Brooksbank achieve its greatest-ever medal haul in the history of the event….

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It’s been a fantastic term for fund-raising to support our favourite charities.  Charity events at Brooksbank are always enjoyable affairs and we would like to thank parents and students for all their generous support. We were highly delighted to raise £1,478.23 on our charity non-uniform day for BBC Children In Need.  The event took place…

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