Brooks is a beautiful facility located in Powell River, BC. We are the only high school in our community and serve approximately 850 students in Grades 8 through 12.
It is a very exciting time in the world of education for our students, for our staff and for the wider school community. Our province has been setting up structures and encouraging schools to create a more flexible and dynamic system where students are more engaged in their learning and better prepared for their life's journey. We feel we have truly embraced this at Brooks over the past few years and are eagerly anticipating finding new and innovative ways for our students to explore their interests and passions.
We continue to collectively work hard in ensuring our students have a wide variety of choice in the courses that they can take. For a mid-sized high school we are pleased with the selection available for students. Our standard core academic courses are complimented effectively with a variety of electives including: woodwork, metalwork, culinary arts, textiles, a variety of visual art classes, drama, photography, digital media, video game design, a variety of PE courses, business course options and more. Our Dual Credit programs continue to be a draw for our senior students. Carpentry, automotive, welding, culinary arts, hair dressing, film school, Coast Mountain Academy and the new dual credit academic option are excellent opportunities that our students continue to take advantage of.
This school year will see the continuation of our expanded Online Math/Science and Humanities Centres. These two centres will provide a wider variety of options and choice for more of our students. Online courses will continue to be offered as well as supporting students who are taking advantage of other distance learning opportunities. The centres will also serve as a place where students can go for supervised studies and receive direct guidance from a teacher.
For convenience and efficiency, we plan on making better use of our school website this school year. The website can be found at: www.sd47.bc.ca/school/brooks/ It is currently being worked on and tweaked but it is operational. Newsletters and information will be posted to the school website. We will have a limited number of printed copies of newsletters available at the office. Our school calendar will be kept up to date on the site as well. Please get into the habit of looking at the website for any information you may need. We will also be making use of our Twitter account to get information out to our wider community. For those of you that use Twitter we can be found at: @sd47_brooks
I encourage all of our students to take advantage of the incredible learning opportunities that are available to you at Brooks Secondary. I also encourage parents and guardians to be actively involved in your child's school experiences at Brooks. We believe that one of the most important factors in our students' successes is effective communication between school and home. If you have any suggestions on how we can improve communication, we would love to hear your ideas. If at any point you have questions about any aspect of the school or our programs please do not hesitate to contact the school.
The true strength of our school continues to be the people that occupy it. Our students are incredible. Our staff and our wider community continue to work hard and be creative to find ways to help these capable young people thrive in our rapidly changing world. We are once again looking forward to working with our students, their families and our community as a whole.