Positive Praise Goes Pink!

We do everything possible to praise our students throughout lessons and during the school day at Brakenhale, especially with the great Lockdown lottery (which is still continuing). Now we’ve taken it one step further by having a full week focused on praise.

Week commencing 22nd March, Students are issued with Positive Pink praise slips throughout the week which link to our Character Strengths of Community, Culture and Leadership. They can receive a positive pink slip for any good deed from helping others, to being kind, setting an example or looking after the environment. We are really excited about our positive focused week. Look out for the pink slips arriving at home!

Ms Whitaker, Deputy Headteacher

Digital Detox: Friday 12 February 2021

In support of the Digital Detox Day a variety of engaging and character-building activities will be posted in Year Group Google Classrooms.

They are linked to our Character Education programme, which focuses on specific Character Strengths which aim at developing values and virtues for a holistic educational approach.

Students will have the opportunity to gain 3 House Points towards their Character Badges for each assignment completed.

The main aim of Digital Detox is to look after young people’s mental health and give them a well-deserved break from the screen. We have therefore put together a variety of options so students can choose the assignments they would like to focus on. The expectation is that students’ complete activities across the school day 9am – 3pm.

For those students on-site, a similar and varied programme of activities will be provided across the day, relating to a specific Character Strength whilst supporting them with a screen break and positive wellbeing.

Please find the activities below and attached.

PDF of Activities

Character Strength: Academic                   Virtue: Selfless Discipline

Option Digital Detox Evidence
1 Read a book A couple of lines on what you read
2 Catch up on your outstanding classwork Photo/scan
3 Write about your lockdown experience Picture of your work

Character Strength: Culture                        Virtue: Selfless Respect

Option Digital Detox Evidence
1 Mindful colouring Picture of your work
2 Listen to a podcast A couple of lines on what you heard
3 Write your own song or poem Picture of your work
4 Create your own dance / drama scene Video of your performance or photograph of you creating your work
5 Listen to a whole album (not playlist) that was released the year you were born WITHOUT skipping one song Write a short review on the album and artist

Character Strength: Physical                      Virtue: Selfless Courage

Option Digital Detox Evidence
1 Go for a walk/run Google maps, strava or nike app screen shot
2 Make a healthy snack/lunch Take a photograph
3 Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day Parent to confirm/picture
4 Complete the tea bag trick shots on google classroom Upload your video to google drive and share
5 Complete Fancy Dress PE with Joe on a Friday Photo of you in fancy dress doing PE with Joe Wicks

Character Strength: Leadership                 Virtue: Selfless Integrity

Option Digital Detox Evidence
1 Help a sibling with some homework Parent to confirm/picture
2 Listen to a podcast A couple of lines on what you heard
3 Organise and run a game or activity for family members and siblings so that all are included Picture of game / set up
4 Write a positive message to any staff member Email

Character Strength: Aspiration                  Virtue: Selfless Ambition

Option Digital Detox Evidence
1 Write a short story about your future plans Send in your story
2 Ask someone about their job, how they got into it, what experience or quals are required, or what opportunities has it given them Take some notes/summarise
3 What is your dream job? Research your pathway to get there – what grades at GCSE/A Level will you need, what entry requirements to Uni/apprenticeship will you need? Write out the steps you will need to make the dream a reality? Notes on research and next steps

Character Strength: Community               Virtue: Selfless Commitment

Option Digital Detox Evidence
1 Make Lunch/Dinner for the family Picture
2 Send a card/ note to someone to brighten their day Parent to confirm/picture
3 On your daily walk pick up and throw away any rubbish you see Picture
4 Paint a rock or picture with an inspirational message for someone to find on their walk and brighten their day Picture
5 Draw a picture or write a tribute for Sir Captain Tom – NHS hero – who helped us all and captured the hearts of the nation. Email/picture of work

House Point Totals for 2019/2020

This academic year, under Covid-19 lockdown since March, has been a very difficult one. However, despite being physically removed from our community we were able to keep the House spirit and competition going. You all have been amazing by earning House Points for completing numerous amounts of home learning.
In addition we saw the introduction of the Fun Friday Challenge which massively helped keep us entertained over these few months. A big thank you to the Fun Friday Team for managing the competition. You will be pleased to know that we are planning to incorporate this into our House programme for next year.
We are also very excited to launch a new initiative called Character@Brakenhale which will feed in the House System. More information to follow in September.

Our Heads of Houses have worked incredibly hard to ensure their House is the best and the House System continues to go from strength to strength. Since home learning we have happily issued daily 1000s and 1000s of individual house points across the school for all the departments from:
– Outstanding work and effort in many subjects
– Taking up tutor challenges and daily Tutor reading
– Improved scores in assessments
– Beautiful creative writing and amazing artwork
– Fun Friday challenges
– Delicious looking bakes
– Quizzes, and many various other reasons across the school, so a huge well done to each and everyone of you.

Results for 2019/20
1st: TEMPLE with 67652 house points
2nd: JENNETTS with 63720 house points
3rd: SWINLEY with 61527
4th: FARLEY with 59528

Congratulations to
You have worked hard and are worthy winners!

To all the other Houses, well done for your contributions, no one can take your effort away from you.

House Points by Year Group

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11 Year 12 Year 13 Whole School
Farley 20028 17849 10972 7190 1481 311 243 1454
Jennetts 20312 18463 13192 8973 1118 148 213 1301
Swinley 18076 18588 13556 8132 1218 183 104 1670
Temple 21154 20890 13718 8959 1231 191 157 1352

School Sports Week 2020

Under lockdown everyone became involved at home with our Sports Week – 22nd to 26th June.

There were 5 challenges, one per day, across the week.

Thank you to everyone who took part. We had over 320 entries for the week.

If you haven’t yet check out the Sport Week You Tube Video. Click here to view.

Overall Results

1st : Farley

2nd : Jennetts

3rd : Temple

4th : Swinley

Overall Staff Result

1st : Swinley

2nd : Farley

3rd : Jennetts

4th : Temple


Burpees Mountain Climbers Star Jumps Step Up Tap Up Tennis
Yr. 7 Winner Hannah L Brooke J Scarlett M-A Scarlett M-A Scarlett M-A
Yr. 8 Winner Darren B-C Kaylan G Isabelle B Lily S Callum C
Yr. 9 Winner Jayden C Connor P Ashton M William H-J Jayden C
Yr. 10 Winner Hristina M Hristina M
Yr. 11 Winner Daniel H-A Daniel H-A
Yr. 12 Winner Emily C Emily C Emily C
Yr. 13 Winner Asha M Claudia P Claudia P Claudia P
Staff Winner Mr Potter and Miss Willimott Mrs Masson Ms Carr-Jones Mr Maye Mr Maye 

Farley House Cake Sale 14.11.29

Thank you to everyone who supported the Farley House Cake Sale on Thursday 14th November. We made a whopping £70.58. This is going towards a house flag ready for inter house competitions!
A massive shout out and thanks needs to go to everyone who donated cakes as well as help sell them on the day: Mya, Sonya, Georgia, Kellie, Alice, Izzy and Hristina, together with Ms Marshall and Mrs McCrorie.
Miss Willimott, Head of Farley House

Inter-House Competition October 2019

Inter-House Competitions October 2019 – Autumn Half Term 1

Week commencing 21st October saw the first inter-house competition of the year and what a good start it was. In Year 7 and 8 everyone was participating either playing or helping by umpiring, which is brilliant and what we want to see from the inter-house competitions.

These competitions bring a sense of house spirit and you could see this throughout every year group, as they all wanted their house to do well.

There was some lovely play from both the boys and girls and it highlighted what they had been learning in lessons.

The results:

Year Girls: Winners Boys: Winners
Year 7 Temple Swinley
Year 8 Swinley Farley
Year 9 Swinley Swinley
Year 10 Swinley Swinley


So this half term’s overall winners were: Swinley!

2nd place went to Temple and joint 3rd were Farley and Jennetts.