Brooksbank is one of the few schools in Calderdale to have Enrichment on a Wednesday afternoon for Sixth Form students. There are 2 main blocks of 10 weeks each in Year 12 with other events taking place at other times. The activities available vary from year to year but we try to offer as much variety as possible. Popular choices include, photography, music, floristry, Sixth Form ‘Off-Side’ Magazine, cooking on a budget and self-defence. Other opportunities within Enrichment time include:
Many students have developed their self confidence and leadership skills through the Community Sports Leaders Award – a nationally recognised qualification. You may also have the opportunity to develop your leadership skills in other areas within school – advising younger students, supporting lessons, running extra-curricular activities etc.
- Work Experience
Many students use enrichment time to complete work experience for vocational courses where it is required as part of the course and to gain valuable experience to boost their CV’s. It can:
- Aid in the choice of your future career.
- Demonstrate your commitment in a vocational area, to a future educational institution or employer, eg physiotherapy.
- Gain a reference for future use.
- Charity Work
There are always a range of charity events in the Sixth Form ranging from Pink Day to Talent Shows and activity days. Each form is encouraged to organise at least one event for a chosen charity.
- Youth Speaks
Each year we enter several teams into the National public speaking competition Youth Speaks. This has been hugely popular and successful and Sixth Form students from Brooksbank regularly win through to regional stages of the competiton.
- School Trips
There are numerous school trips available ranging from visits to Universities to day trips to Blackpool and longer trips for skiing or other activities. Watch notice boards around school for details of these.
Brightspark is the annual Sixth Form Quiz. It is held in Form Period in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Forms in each year compete against each other and then Year 12 winners take on Year 13 winners. In the final week there is a Brightspark Challenge when the winning team compete against 2 staff teams. Prizes are provided by the Sixth Form Committee and a perpetual trophy is presented. This is always a popular event and those not competing make up the audience. Things can get very tense!
- University Open Days
Students are allowed a maximum of 4 open Day visits during school time. A form must be collected from the Post-16 Office and returned completed after the visit.
- Gold Arts Award
Excellent for your CV and your personal development, of similar standing to the Duke of Edinburgh Gold, you will lead projects, extend your skills in the Arts and undertake a short work experience.