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
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.
Character Strength: Academic Virtue: Selfless Discipline
|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
|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
|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
|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|
Character Strength: Aspiration Virtue: Selfless Ambition
|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
|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|
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
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|
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.
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|
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 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.
|Year||Girls: Winners||Boys: Winners|
So this half term’s overall winners were: Swinley!
2nd place went to Temple and joint 3rd were Farley and Jennetts.