Dear Brookside Community,
Firstly I would like to say thank you to our whole community for your support over the past couple of weeks - thank you to the staff who have worked tirelessly to maintain a calm and effective learning environment for all students during this time of upheaval; thank you to the students for their amazing positive attitudes and for caring for each other; thank you to the parents and guardians who have shown understanding and patience while we navigate through these difficult times.
As advised by the Premier of Victoria, the holiday break this term will begin on Tuesday 24th March for all students. At this stage we are still intending to return to school on the 15th of April, unless advised otherwise by the Department of Education.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy and safe break. I will continue to provide all available updates to our community during the school break, and will endeavour to keep you informed about our plans moving forward.
2020 School Council Results
All positoins on the Brookside College School Council have now been filled. I would like to congratulate and welcome all new parents and staff to our council, as well as welcome all returning members:
- Rachel Morgan (President)
- Melanie Kelty (Vice President)
- Muhammad Kamran (Treasurer)
- Peter Auld
- Carly Marriner
- Lucia Storrar
- Manika Sirohi
- Christian Anderson
- Harpreet Singh
- Aneta Kimoska
- Violeta Dellidis (Principal)
- Renee De Bono
- Karen Jackson
- Monika Hackworthy
- Crystal Ambelas
- Kaelan Marriner
- Jayden D’Souza
Thank you to all parents and guardians who voted in the 2020 Brookside College School Council election.
Hands On Learning
The Hands on Learning Cafe has gotten off to a roaring start in 2020, with approximately 18 students participating in the program weekly. Throughout the course of the first term our students have been immersed in a range of experiences, each designed to equip them with new skills and understandings, or provide them with the opportunity to make new friends.
I have no doubt that one of their favourite parts would have been having the chance to harvest fresh produce from the veggie garden to utilise in the kitchen, alongside our talented Artisan teachers Sonia and Sarah.
In addition to the HoL café, in 2020 we also have our well established junior and senior trade programs and our new addition; Brookside Landscaping. Rob and Roel lead both of these areas flawlessly, with invaluable volunteers Hector and Bob at their sides.
Landscape, Trade and Café interact in a productive, fluid and complimentary way. The relationship between the three programs are evidenced by examples such as the garden beds - the initial build of the garden beds undertaken by the Trade crew, prepared and planted by the Landscape crew, providing the Café crew the opportunity to harvest the vegetables for cooking.
We cannot wait to see where the remainder of the year will take us in these programs when we return!
The Principal Class Team