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Parents News 14/12/2015

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Wednesday 16th December 2015:        Presentation Evening 18.45 in Main Hall
Friday 18th December 2015:                School Closes at 12.05 Last Day of Term

Christmas Holiday Monday 21st December – Friday 1st January

Monday 4th January 2015: Back to school

For full lists of dates please see the calendar page

Readathon logo
One of the reasons kids don’t read is lack of motivation. One of the things that motivates kids is helping other kids.
Readathon’s simple (but brilliant) idea is to link those two thoughts.

And it works…
◾Around 3,000 schools are involved every year
◾Encouraging around 750,000 pupils to love reading
◾30 major hospitals across the UK have books from Readathon reaching 100,000 hospitalised children each year
◾Thousands of seriously ill children have benefited through our partner charities



Poet John Hegley was in The Brakenhale School to deliver an assembly to all of Year 8.  He then took a 90 minute workshop with 25 Year 8 students.   The poet was very complimentary of students’ behaviour and participation, and also commented that the poetry produced in the workshop was some of the best he had seen from school visits.

Poet John Hegley with Year 8 students




Curriculum – Subject Guide


We have put together this subject guide to help you to understand the learning journey your child is on at The Brakenhale School. By clicking on each department you will be able to see what topics and assessments each year group faces term by term.

We will be updating you on other curriculum matters in due course but we hope that you will find this useful.

Please find a term by term, year by year breakdown of topics and assessments for the current academic year here.

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Drug Detection Dogs


On Thursday 10th December we were visited by the drug detection dog. The dog performed a thorough sweep of the school site, including a walk around the perimeter and an inspection of bins and hedgerows surrounding the school. The students were incredibly positive towards the dog and were keen to make its acquaintance! We are pleased to report that nothing was found by the dog.
As we have communicated previously this initiative is part of our robust zero tolerance policy of no drugs on the school site. It is pleasing to see that our student community is responding so supportively to our stance on this issue.

Thank you for your continued support with this matter.


Find your Voice


Children and young people from across Bracknell Forest stood together to stamp out bullying in the borough during Anti-Bullying week (16th – 20th November).

Year 7 Bridge Group entry entitled “Find your Voice ” from Brakenhale School Received the winning price for multi-media.  ‘Find Your Voice’ By the Bridge was written & performed by:

Georgia Eskdale, Oliver Marsland, Jack Manwaring, Ben Gregory, Brandon Powell, Ricky Osei

Back up vocals:
Caragh MacDonald-Gunner (year 10) & Chiara Di Cosola (year 10)

Production by Ruari Hignall, Tamsin Butcher & Paula Palmer

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Parents’ Drop in Session


There is a Drop-In session in the LRC for all parents every Thursday between 4.00pm and 5.00pm. During this session staff are available to answer questions regarding ShowMyHomework, Insight, ParentPay, as well as the biometric identification system. Parents are able to log on to the computers in the LRC to access their ShowMyHomework, Insight and ParentPay accounts. If you would like to pop by to see us please come in to school via the Coningsby gate and walk across the courtyard to the LRC.