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TRANSITIONS FROM ELEMENTARY
SCHOOL TO BROOKS SECONDARY
Brooks Secondary School
5400 Marine Avenue
Powell River, BC V8A 2L6
PH: 604.483.3171
FX: 604.483.3127
www.sd47.bc.ca/school/brooks
WELCOME
TO BROOKS SECONDARY
Introduction
• The transition from elementary school to secondary
school is an exciting time for students and their
parents/guardians.
• There is a lot to look forward to:
▫ a new school
▫ new friends
▫ new opportunities
• It’s also normal to be a nervous about the switch to a
secondary school.
• Many students say they are excited AND anxious about
entering secondary school.
• There are many people/resources at Brooks to help
students and parents/guardians each step of the way.
About Brooks Secondary School
• Brooks Secondary School is a school of
approximately 800 students (Grade 8-12)with a
teaching staff of approximately 60 teachers.
• It is a vibrant, diverse learning community
which supports and encourages excellence in all
aspects of school life.
How is High School Different?
• the school is bigger
• more than one teacher
during the day (4 classes a
day)
• different timetable
• move to different classrooms
and areas of the school over
the course of the day
• classes are longer—lasting
approximately 80 minutes
per block...teachers use
multiple teaching strategies
during this time
• homework and workload
expectations may increase
from elementary school
• more courses to choose from
and more opportunities to
tailor school program to
individual interests and goals
• more extracurricular
activities
• more independence and
responsibility
• different activities and events
(social events, games,
dances, etc.)
...to name a few
Curriculum
• Grade 8 students are expected to take a wide
range of academic and elective courses.
• All Grade 8 students take the following courses:
□English 8
□ Social Studies 8
□ Math 8
□ Science 8
□ PE 8
□ Health and Careers 8
□ Language 8 (French 8 or Klah ah men 8)
• Students also have the opportunity to participate
in Band 8 if they wish.
Other electives
• Students will also try several courses in the fine
arts/ applied skills area.
• All students will rotate through a series of the
same electives that may include
▫ art, drama, environmental education, computers,
foods, metalwork, robotics, textiles, and
woodwork.
Sample Timetable
Day 1
Day 2
8:5810:18
A
English 8
8:589:58
C
10:2511:45
B
PE 8
9:5810:38
FLEX
LUNCH
10:4511:45
D
45 min.
12:301:49
C
1:563:15
D
Science 8
45 min.
HCE 08 & minielectives
Socials 8
HCE 08 & minielectives
LUNCH
12:301:49
B
French 8
1:563:15
A
Math 8
Extra Curricular Activities
• Joining an extracurricular club,
team or group is a great way to have
fun, meet new people, and gain and
improve skills.
• sports teams
▫ badminton, basketball, curling,
golf, gymnastics, swimming,
soccer, track & field, volleyball, etc.
• groups and clubs
• Students have the opportunity to
choose from a wide range of
extracurricular activities, meeting a
variety of student interests.
• Extracurricular groups meet at
various times in the day (before
school, at lunch, after school)
▫ book club, Compassion Project,
Interact, mountain biking, music,
robotics, student council, Students
for Environmental Action,
yearbook, and yoga, etc.
• Information about extracurricular
activities can be found in the school
agenda and through the school
announcements throughout the
year.
Where Do I Keep My Things?
• All students will be assigned a locker for their
own use.
• Students must bring their own locks.
• Keep your combination a secret and your
valuables at home.
Cell Phones
• Cell phones are permitted at school; however,
they are not to be used during instructional time.
• Please do not call or text your son/daughter
during instructional time...this can be disruptive
to students and teachers.
• Inappropriate cell phone use may result in the
cell phone being taken away by teachers and
administrators.
First Day of School
• On the first day of school Grade 8 students will
go to the gym for introductions.
• Students will then move to an assigned
homeroom where they will be given their
timetables, locker number, and textbooks.
• Students will participate in a number of
welcoming/transition activities.
• a BBQ for all of our Grade 8 students is
provided.
• Dismissal is 1:00 pm.
Know Your Resources
• There are many people, services and resources
available at Brooks to help make the secondary
school experience a positive and successful one for
all of our students.
• There are teachers, administrators, librarians,
coaches, school counsellors, secretaries, and tutors,
to name a few, all here to help students have the best
secondary school experience possible.
• If you have a question, concern, or problem, talk to
the appropriate person. If you’re unsure of who to
talk to, contact a school counsellor. He/she will help
connect you with the right people, information, and
resources.
School Counsellors
• Mr. Marciniak
▫ alpha counsellor for students with the last names A – L
▫ [email protected]
• Mrs. Burt
▫ alpha counsellor for students with the last names M- Z
▫ [email protected]
• Mr. Brach
▫ school counsellor for International Students, Safe Schools
Coordinator, First Nations Leadership Coordinator
▫ [email protected]
• Mr. Palm
▫ career coordinator
▫ [email protected]
Tips for Parents
• Talk to your child before Grade 8
starts about the differences between
elementary and secondary school
and what to expect.
• Attend orientation activities with
your child. Our OPEN HOUSE takes
place on Wednesday, June 19th (@
6:00 pm). Students and
parents/guardians will learn more
about the Grade 8 program and tour
the school.
• Volunteer, join the PAC, meet
teachers, attend school conferences
or events and read school
newsletters.
• Keep up to date about school
activities and opportunities. Our
website is updated regularly for
students and parents/guardians.
www.sd47.bc.ca/school/brooks
• Encourage your child to be involved
in school activities. There are many
activities during lunch and before/
after school (extra-curricular).
• Encourage the use of agendas for
homework and check them regularly
for assignments, projects and tests.
• Set a regular time and place for
homework to be done. Give and
reinforce clear expectations.
• Encourage and model time
management strategies. Help your
child balance school work with their
outside activities and interests.
• Work together with the school. If
you have a question or concern
about a class, make a phone call or
send an email to the teacher. For
other concerns, contact your child’s
school counsellor or administrator.
Keeping in Touch
Counsellors
Mr. Marciniak (A – L)
Mrs. Burt (M-Z)
Mr. Brach (International Students)
Teachers
-teachers can be reached by phone or
email
-phone the main office (604) 483.3171
and the office staff will notify the
teacher with who you wish to consult
-email addresses are listed in the
agenda
Administration
Principal: Ms. Rothwell
Vice Principal: Mr. Perrault
Vice Principal: Ms. Behan
Class Progress
Interims
Report Cards
Parent/Student/Teacher
Conferences
Informal/Formal Meetings
Newsletters
Website
www.sd47.bc.ca/school/brooks
OPEN HOUSE
• Wednesday, June 19th @ Brooks Secondary School
from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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Information
Meet the administrators and school counsellors.
Meet the Grade 8 team
Tour

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