Year 10 News

Dear Parents and Students,


Neil Verdeyen

Head of Year


Students enjoy learning new construction skills on taster day at Brunel

Students studying Construction have given a hands-on taster day, at Kirklees College’s Brunel Construction Centre a big thumbs up, and some are considering signing up to the college course when they complete their GCSEs.

‘Constructing the Built Environment’ is a new skills-based course offered at Brooksbank for students who see their future working in the UK’s burgeoning construction sector.  The first group of students, who are currently in Year 10, met the twin tasks of plastering and brickwork with excitement and enthusiasm.

The taster day was highly successful day and gave students a real insight into the world of construction and an introduction to the department at Brunel, which is part of Kirklees College.

“It was great to watch students getting to grips with some of the construction skills essential to working in this industry and see them enjoy the process so much,” said Mrs Bassinder, who is also reaching out to parents who work in the industry.

“If you think you can help or assist us in delivering this course in anyway, we’d really love to hear from you.  Your skills and contacts could be hugely beneficial to students who wish to build a future in the construction industry.”

Student, Braiden said, “Making sure my brickwork was accurate and straight was a new kind of challenge and I really enjoyed doing it.  I also got to work through the process of pointing my mortar and this gave it a really professional finish.”

Reading alert … New Year – New DEAR!

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Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) is taking place during period 5 on Friday, 1st February.  This year we have developed the DEAR idea of community reading as follows.

Students in each year group and their class teacher will read the same short story:

Year 7 – Dream Daddy by Brian Martin;

Year 8 – The Watcher Society by Ellen Draper;

Year 9 – The Story of Blue Beard by Brigid McCauley;

Year 10 – Man from the South by Roald Dahl;

Year 11 – The Darkness Out There by Penelope Lively.

Also new for 2019 is the addition of a competition.

Those who have enjoyed reading the story can try one of the following tasks:

  • write a review of the story in under 100 words;
  • produce a biography on one side of A4 after carrying out research on the author;
  • write a short story that follows a similar theme in under 500 words;
  • produce a news report on your interview with one of the characters about their experience.

Competition entries can be posted in the competition box in the LRC by Friday, 8th February.

Prize winners will be announced at the end of half-term.  Good luck, everyone!!


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 all the other girls are older than me.”

Paige plays her beloved sport every day of the week, except Friday.  She is a member of several clubs, including Yorkshire Frogs, Yorkshire Terriers and Leeds Rhinos, where she was spotted for England.  Paige will debut for England at the Under 17 European Championships in March, to be held at the University of Huddersfield.  Best of luck Paige, we’ll be rooting for you!


Charitable gift-giving for Advent

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 Jodie Ornatowski in 10E, George Exley in 7D Liam Fitzpatrick, who helped to deliver them on Thursday, and to everyone who contributed to the initiative.  The boxes will be distributed to those in need this Christmas.

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Holiday dates …..

  • Summer – Opens Tuesday 4th September 2018
  • Autumn Half Term – Closes: Friday 26th October 2018 / Opens: Monday 5th November 2018
  • Christmas – Closes:Friday 21st December 2018 / Opens: Monday 7th January 2019
  • February Half Term – Closes: Thursday 14th February 2019 / Opens: Monday 25th February 2019
  • Easter – Closes: Friday 12th April 2019 / Opens:  Monday 25th April 2019
  • May Day – Closed: Monday 6th May 2019
  • Spring Bank – Closes: Friday 24th May 2019 / Opens: Monday 3rd June 2019
  • Summer – Closes: Thursday 18th July 2019