Brookside P-9 College Newsletter

07 June 2019
Issue Five
Principal News
School Council President News
Prep-2 Sector
Year 3-6 Sector
Year 7-9 Sector
Visual Arts
Digital Learning
Futures Program
HoL Programs
Administration News
Health Centre
  Student Wellbeing 
AfterSchool Clubs & ExtraCurricula Activities
Brookside P-9 College
(03) 7379 1555
Federation Way
Caroline Springs, Victoria, 3023

Principal News

Principal News


Dear Parent/Carer


At the start of this year we launched our new Brookside College Statement of Values and Philosophy.


Brookside College is committed to providing a safe, supportive and inclusive environment for all students, staff and members of our community. Our College recognises the importance of the partnership between our College and parents and carers to support student learning, engagement and wellbeing. We share a commitment to, and a responsibility for, creating an inclusive and safe College environment for our students.

The programs and teaching at Brookside College support and promote the principles and practice of Australian democracy, including a commitment to:

  • elected government
  • the rule of law
  • equal rights for all before the law
  • freedom of religion
  • freedom of speech and association
  • the values of openness and tolerance.

Everyday we celebrate and embed our Statement of Values and Philosophy in our College community, by;

  • explicitly teach our values through the curriculum
  • using our values to inform all our dialogue with students, staff, parents and the broader community
  • displaying posters and banners that promote your values in our College
  • celebrating our values in our College newsletter
  • providing awards and recognition for students who actively demonstrate the values
  • discussing our values with students in the classroom, meetings and assemblies.


As part of this work we empower students and parents to become equal partners in our journey.


Last week we held Parent Forums for Prep and English as an Additional Language (EAL) families. The Forums were an opportunity for parents to share their experience of having a child at Brookside College. From our discussions we have two immediate actions;



1. Prep parents asked if there could be a regular opportunity for teachers, students and parents to share learning. As a result we are holding an ‘Open Classroom’ after the end of term assembly on Monday 24th June from 2.15 – 3.15pm. Regular Friday ‘Open Classroom’s will start in Term 3 for the Preps and if this is a success we will expand across the College


2. Our EAL parents suggested we translate key College information into multiple languages and this is now taking place.


We have also being more work this year to empower student voice.  The principal Class now meet with our student leaders every two weeks to share ideas and drive school improvement. Our work at the moment is focussed on developing a series of new College wide classroom expectations that cover;


  • our values,
  • our relationships with each other
  • the use of the classroom spaces, and
  • teaching and learning,


These new expectations will apply to both staff and students and will be our shared commitment to continued high standards at Brookside College.



Simon Sherlock - Principal

School Council President News

SCP News

Dear Brookside Community


Winter is no longer coming! 



At May’s School Council meeting, we were pleased to be able to approve a multitude of activities for students across the College. Stay tuned for further information later in the year on the following
- Grade 3 camp (Nov 6-8)
- Grade 5 camp (Jul 24-26)
- Year 7 camp (May 22-24)
- Year 9 camp (Aug 14-16)
- Year 9 Outdoor Ed Surfing trip (June 6)
- Year 9 Outdoor Ed Rock climbing trip (June 27)
- Fathers Day Stall (Aug 28)


We finalised our Standing Orders, which included establishing the subcommittees required to assist in decision making for the council.


Playgrounds were discussed and this item has been referred to the Buildings and Grounds subcommittee to further investigate options. 


As many parents will be aware, there have been changes to the parking in Stephenson Crescent. These changes have been made by Melton Council to increase safety for students. Please respect the No Standing zones, they are there to improve drivers ability to see children on the pedestrian crossings.

Please also refrain from parking in the bus zones near the tennis club. Excursions and camps have kicked off in Term 2 and there will regularly be buses returning to College at the end of the school day. Again, these bus zones are there for the safety of our children.


Please don't hesitate to approach any School Council Members with your questions, we are your representatives and all care about the children's experience at the school.


Kind regards

Rachel Morgan

Brookside College School Council President

Prep-2 Sector

Year 1 News


This term in Reading we are learning about summarising. Summarising is to identify main ideas when reading and rephrasing it in your own words. The students have been exploring this through various fiction books.

In Writing we are working on Procedural writing. Procedural text tells us how to do something step by step.

In Maths we are working on addition and subtraction through worded problems.

As part of play-based learning the Year 1 students have been learning about recycling and the importance of it in the present day. The students have had a great time making paper at school.


Year 1 Team

Year 2 News


In Maths, the year 2 students have been practising skip counting; including skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s, forwards and backwards. 

Students have used hundreds charts and counters to help them keep count. Placing the counters on the charts has given the students a strategy to visualise and predict the counting patterns.


Year 2 Team

Year 3-6 Sector

Year 5 News


The Grade Five’s have been busy exploring functional texts and how they vary in purpose. They have been practising their letter writing skills and this week they will be looking at ICT use and how they can use technology to write functional texts such as text messages and emails.


School values


There has been a strong emphasis on ‘Gratitude’ within the grade 5 cohort this term. Combining with our PBL topic, Immigration in Australia, the students have been discussing how grateful they are to be apart of this country. Every morning we say an acknowledgement to country to honour and show our gratitude to the aboriginal community.    


Here are some important messages the students have about gratitude:


‘The year 5’s are grateful to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land, the Aboriginals. We are grateful to have such great teachers at the school who have been with us for our whole learning experience. We are also grateful to have amazing families who are always supporting us throughout our lifetime. We are also proud to be one big community at Brookside College.       


Alexis and Mia, 5D



The students have been working exceptionally hard this term researching Immigration in Australian. The students have explored the differences between migration, refugees and asylum seekers. They have enjoyed learning about Aboriginal history and discovering the varying reasons people decided to come to Australia. They will be using Minecraft to present their knowledge on Immigration in Australia. 



Please ensure your children are completing their reading and Mathletics homework each week.


As we are moving into winter, please send your kids rugged up to school with the appropriate uniform. For any clothing outside of the uniform policy, please ensure you send a note to their homeroom teacher.


Year 5 Team

Year 7-9 Sector

Year 7 News

Year 7 Camp 2019

What a great experience! On the 22nd – 24th of May, students went to Lake Dewar for camp. Students engaged in a range of fun activities, aiming to build relationships, resilience and overall to have fun!

“We had an absolute blast! There were many outdoor, adventure activities such as geocaching, mountain biking, push biking, canoeing, dual flying fox and survivor challenge. My highlight was definitely geocaching and eating marshmallows by the campfire. We also got to know our teachers on a different level and hang out with friends.”

Jazmine T, 7B

“Camp was much fun but very cold! The food was delicious!”

Damon, 7A


“The flying fox was awesome, I hung upside down! The gorge walk was also really fun but very challenging.”

Charlotte, 7A

"At Year 7 Camp we went on the flying fox. Ms Casha and Jayne went on it too. We went mountain biking and kick biking which were my favourite."

Kiara, 7D

This term we have gone on 2 excursions, 1 to CS square for our Health PBL to gather information about drugs in our community so we implement change. We’ve also gone to Lake Caroline where we collected water samples for our Science experiment.

At the moment we are studying the film Whale Rider in English which is actually a really good film, it explores themes such as culture, family and gender. In math we’ve been learning about measurement and probability. Teachers have been really supportive with our classwork and ILTs.

We have a few clubs on at the moment, there’s Gaming Club, K-Pop Club, Study Club, French Club, Art Club and Writer’s Club. This term Year 7s are pretty excited about Interschool Sport and the House Dodgeball competition.

Lucas  7B


Dodge Ball Competition


On the 4th of June, the Year 7s participated in their first cohort competition. A great way to stay out of the cold and have fun!


Congratulations to the following students on receiving the Resilience award for Term 2:

Sophie 7A

Rorey 7B

Lachlan  7C

Rhianna  7D

Sajid  7E


A special mention to Jazmine T and Lucas M (7B) for presenting at the 7-9 Year Level Assembly.



Year 7 Team

Year 9 News

National Reconciliation Week Mural


In Term 1 our Year 9's investigated indigenous history since colonisation. They learnt about the Stolen Generation, Black War, massacres and degradation of Indigenous culture.

In groups, students had to think of a way we could reconcile with indigenous peoples after these injustices. One group decided they wanted to show that Brookside is a place that welcomes Indigenous Australians and recognises the ongoing suffering caused by actions in the past.


Together they designed a mural, right down to writing a list of paints to order, materials to get, measurements and location of where they wanted to put it. We applied for a $500 grant for National Reconciliation Week which we won. We then contacted several Indigenous artists and finally got in contact with Fiona Clarke.

This last Wednesday the four students spent the day painting their mural in our front office foyer with Fiona Clarke and their art teacher, Mr Fenech. Fiona’s personal work is across the painting. We also invited the Indigenous students at our school to place their handprints on the mural.


The mural will stay in the front office for many years after our four Year 9's leave Brookside but its message will remain important. This mural has been created to show Brookside’s commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

Next time you are at school, come by the front office foyer and have a look at what we created!


Well done to Fatemeh A, Loma F, Saad R, and Elyse P on their commitment to the project.

 “Reconciliation - we walk together”


Miss Spain

Secondary Humanities Leader



Chookside News


Pretzel has gotten over her broody phase and is now back to her normal self, socialising with the other girls and coming out to say hi to the students whenever food is on offer. They are continuing to lay eggs for our muffin cooking sessions in weeks 9-10.


Garden News


The recent rain is fantastic for our silverbeet, snow peas, broccoli and cauliflower. Herbs is also in abundant, these have been providing us with lots of inspiration for our autumn recipes. We are so proud to announce the harvest of our very first kent pumpkin. The students have been busy learning about garden tools, how to identify them and their safe use to achieve their Garden Tool Licence.


Kitchen News


With pumpkin being in season, students made pumpkin, tomato and herbs, and a risotto of the imagination using all the good things we harvested form the garden. These were a hit because they were warm and hearty and flavoursome on cold days. See below for recipes. Students also reflected on knife skills and safety learnt throughout the semester in order to achieve their Knife Licence.



Happy growing, harvesting, preparing and sharing!



Students Reflection

In SAKG this term we have made many yummy nutritious meals. Some of the dishes were risotto, pesto pasta and a big variety of salads. Our supervisors Ms. Crossman, Rose and Kathy have done a fantastic job at helping us cook delicious meals. We have learnt the rules of knife safety, how to dice and use big knives.

Jenny 4A


We have been doing different garden task rotations in SAKG. When we see some plants we want to eat, we harvest or dig them out. If we see worms in the garden, we leave them there. Ms Crossman tells us they help improve the soil, which helps the plants to grow. When we dig, we sometimes remove the big plants that have finished growing to make room for the smaller plants to grow bigger. Watering is an important job because without water, the plants will die. We also feed the chickens our leftovers from the cooking sessions so we do not waste food.

Daria 4C

Volunteers Needed!



Due to the timetable changes, we have lost some valuable volunteers. If you would like to help with either cooking or gardening sessions, please get in touch with Ms. Crossman or your child’s classroom teacher.



Visual Arts

Visual Arts News

Why kids should learnt art



Problem Solving Skills


“Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he’ll eat for a lifetime.”


When learning anything, many of us might think it is best we give kids the exact material and tell them exactly what to do. While this might work for subjects such as math or science, it does not for art. Present kids with many form of materials and leave it open ended – let them decide what they want to do and how they want to manipulate the materials to achieve their goal or the image they have in their beautiful minds. Not only will this improve their problem solving skills as they figure how to create something they want to, it also engages in a way no other subjects in school will. Most importantly, it also develops their confidence and also the ability to stand by their own creation. By learning art, we are giving kids the tools they will so sorely need.



Coming up with and Telling Stories

A picture speaks a thousand words. This is especially true for kids who are much more visual than most adults. With art, they create something, a concept, a story that they want to tell and show the world. As kids, they might find it hard to express themselves in ways that adults can understand and this can be frustrating. With art, it can be a medium that transcends language – a medium that they will find solace and comfort in being able to share their own story.



 Trust their own abilities

Everyone has different abilities and everyone is different. Art allows kids to dabble and find out what they are really good at – are they skilled at colours? Maybe they have an eye for proportion? Kids take interest in things that they are good at and fortunately with art, you can improve if you practice. If they find a medium that they enjoy and practice it, they’ll improve. Sometimes it is important to know that just because they are not good at something means they can’t do something (at least in art), it is just that they have not found the approach that works best for them yet. Finding and trying again and again and finally getting something done right, will develop a trust in their own abilities and help them cope with many challenges in their future.



 Fine and gross motor skills 

We can’t all expect kids to be able to run before they walk or even crawl, can we? Art is akin to a process or a tool that helps kids use their limbs and also their brain at a very young age. The initial scribbles on the paper or abstract sculptures that make no sense might mean nothing. However, with the right tool, which is this case is art, those meaningless scribbles will turn into bold strokes and a story will eventually form on the papers. The fine motor and gross skills learned in art will give your kids a kick start and also prepare their brain for further learning in the future!



 Wellbeing of kids

As parents, we desire nothing more than for our children to grow up healthily and happily. Art has been used widely by many therapists to help their patients cope their trauma and keep their emotions in check. As kids grow up, there are bound to be obstacles and challenges. Art is therapeutic and can be used as a vehicle for emotion. It can also be seen as a relaxing and calming activity for your kid to partake while they work through their emotions and issues.

This list is exhaustible and there are actually so many more advantages for kids to learn art from a young age. This is what we strongly believe here at Visual Arts Centre and we, just like you, want the best for kids!



Cheers and take care

Cynthia Jose



Spots available for Term 3!

If you'd like to learn Guitar, Keyboard, SAP (singing and performance) or Drums for Term 3 please fill out the Soundgarage enrolment form and return it to the front office by Tuesday 25th June 2019



Any further questions or queries please feel free to contact Maddie Owen at [email protected] or 0401 844 522

Digital Learning

Digital Learning at Brookside

Digital Learning at Brookside College involves equipping students with the skills to be lifelong digital citizens. This means that students will use technology in a safe and responsible manner and learn essential skills such as collaboration, communication and creativity. In order to allow students to reach their fullest potential in Digital Learning, the College will be utilising EduPass and Microsoft365 as a tool for education.


The Online Safety, Start the Chat campaign is about helping everyone in a child’s life to have a conversation about online safety and is endorsed by the eSafety Commissioner. The eSafety Commissioner is responsible for promoting online safety for all Australians.


The youngest generation of children are the first to grow up in a fully connected digital world – for them, the online world is now just as much a part of their lives as the offline world.


Good Habits Start Young:

Parents and carers play an important role in helping children to develop digital intelligence — the social, emotional and practical skills needed to successfully navigate the digital world.


Even for preschool children, it is never too early to instil good habits, and as your child gets older it is useful to keep reminding them of these basic digital intelligence principles: respect, empathy, critical thinking, responsible behaviour and resilience. These are also principles you can emphasise with your child when things go wrong.


Digital Learning Team

Futures Program

Futures News


First of all, congratulations to our Futures Awards winners for our second rotation which were presented at our Sector assembly last week!


Careers Award – Ben W and Isaac G

Create Award – Tyler T and Elyse P

City Experience Award – Josh B

MAT Program – Lotu T

Morals & Ethics – Steph H

Healthy Lifestyles – Dante L

Relationships – Matt R


On Wednesday May 22 our Year 9s participated in their second Seminar Day for the year. We left school early and travelled to Southbank in the city to participate in a day about harnessing our future and making the most of opportunities.


We watched the documentary Generation Inspired by the Ambisie Organisation. The documentary includes many different entrepreneurs telling inspiring stories about how they never gave up on their dreams and passions despite hardships.

We also heard from some guest speakers about how they achieved their dreams.


It is safe to say our Year 9's are feeling ready to go and motivated for the futures that lay ahead of them after their time here at Brookside!

Our 3rd rotation for Futures continues every Wednesday until 17 July (Week 1 next Term.) Every Wednesday the Year 9 classes will be completing the following units:


9A – Create and Brookside Service

9B – Careers and Create

9C – City Experience

9D – MAT Program and Morals & Ethics

9E – Healthy Lifestyles and Relationships


Our next Seminar Day will be held on Wednesday 24 July right here at school with some exciting activities happening…stay tuned!




Lisa Spain

HoL Programs

HoL Trade News


HoL Juniors

HOL Junior students are currently doing their chopping boards for their projects, they have been sanding the boards for most of the term. Most are ready for oiling and final polishing. Our students have been oriented on the coming garden and how they will be contributing to the project.

Right now, the next big project will be a huge mosaic couch as a permanent garden furniture starting in a few weeks. In addition, Junior HOL students will put up a small vegie patch to mark their involvement in the HOL Garden project.  Here are some photos of the chopping boards made by our Junior HOL students.






HoL Seniors

The Hol Senior Students have been busy Building up a storm in the last couple of weeks with our new HOL Veggie patch and the team has been amazed at the level of commitment and hard work from the trade students to it get done and build it right.



We started off with a small patch of land and a vision of what could be a great way to supply some fresh fruit & veg to our HOL programs around the school and an opportunity teach our senior student some awesome gardening skills.



We currently have completed 2 timber raised beds with third going in shorty.



HOL  Trade Team.

Administration News

Office Hours

8:15am - 4:00pm

(Closed during school holidays)


Telephone: 7379 1555


Email: [email protected]

Camps and excursions  

We are continually trying to improve the way we organise and communicate events to the Brookside community.


Part of this process is to ensure that Parents/Carers are given sufficient time to provide payment and consent for upcoming excursions and incursions.


The safety of our students is paramount and having these processes in place helps ensure that we have all of our bases covered when students leave the College under our care.


Updating contact details

Have you or your family circumstances changed? Mobile phone and email addresses can be updated on Compass. For all other changes, please notify the General Office either in person or via email at


[email protected]

Community Partnerships



Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge 2019


Dear Parents and Guardians,


Welcome to the 2019 Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge.


Since it began in 2005, the Challenge has inspired more than 2.8 million young Victorians to read more than 48 million books.


Now in its 15th year, the Challenge is a cornerstone in our efforts to get more Victorian kids reading and learning the skills that’ll set them up for life.


Whether it's travelling to the edge of the universe, or exploring treasures in your own backyard, I know you’ve got some exciting adventures ahead.


In the near future your child will come home with their own login and password. Students are encouraged to read and record how many and the title of the books that they have read.


 If your child is from Prep to Year 2, they must try to read 30 books to complete the challenge (20 or more of these books need to be on the challenge list).


If your child is from Year 3 to 9, they are required to read 15 books, 10 of those being from the challenge list). Homeroom teachers and English teachers will be verifying that your child has read these books. Older students can add their own books onto the system.


Attached is a PowerPoint to assist you with adding your books.


If you have any questions or queries, please speak to your homeroom teacher, English teacher or direct to Monika Hackworthy ( House 2, Room 25)


Good Luck and enjoy reading

School Canteen


Please find attached the new updated Canteen price list.



Farmers Market



Stevenson House News



Changes to School Pick-up/Drop off points


Please be aware of the new changes around the school regarding parking and pick-up/drop off.


Attached is a flyer showing where the changes have been made and what the new signs mean.



Melton City Council News


For more information, please do not hesitate to contact me on 9747 5423.


Kind Regards,


Stephanie Serret




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Term Dates 2019


January 29 2019 - April 5 2019


April 23 2019 - June 28 2019


July 15 2019 - September 20 2019


October 7 2019 - December 20 2019

Health Centre

Are your emergency contact details up to date?


Dear Parents/Guardians,


I would like to thank all the parents who have sent actions plans and Individual management plans back to school. The health centre continues to update and work on Individual management plans for students who require assistance with any health issue. If your child receives an individual management plan can you please read and return to school at your earliest convenience. If your child has a healthcare need and has not received an individual management plan please do not hesitate to contact the Health centre.


Occasionally, students require medication while they are at school.  In order to administer medication to students a Medication Authority form needs to be completed with a parent’s signature.  These orders expire after 1 year.  Medications are to be provided to the school in original packaging with pharmacy labels intact.  Tablet sleeves need to have the full name of the medication and expiry date intact.  Please note, Antibiotics prescribed to be taken three times a day are to be taken at home not in the Health Centre.  Three times a day medication can be taken before school, after school and before bed – with or without food.  Taking medication at home avoids missed doses as they are not forgotten and left at school overnight.



It is vital that the College has up to date contact details for both yourself and listed emergency contacts in case of an emergency or other health issue that the College feels should be communicated to you.  Updates to your child's record can easily be done by emailing the college at [email protected] or by completing the attached form and handing it into the General Office.


Health Centre Team

Fact Sheets


Student Wellbeing 

Student Wellbeing News



Feeling safe and supported is the right of everyone in the school community. Brookside student wellbeing HUB helps to create healthy learning communities by promote student wellbeing and the development of respectful relationships and meeting the needs of all our students. The HUB is underpinned by catering to diversity which highlights the importance of educators, parents and students working together.



The HUB provides the tools and knowledge that will enable all members of the Brookside school community to promote our school values:

  • promote the social and emotional development and wellbeing of students
  • nurture student responsibility and resilience
  • build a positive school culture by respecting individual rights
  • foster respectful relationships
  • respond to key contemporary issues and topics that impact on student wellbeing






Together we can make a difference, starting now!

Brookside Wellbeing Team

Four Great Tips for Parenting Boys



The website below has the rest of the tips but there will be more in the next newsletter and some girl-specific tips as well.

The website below has the rest of the tips but there will be more in

the next newsletter and some girl-specific tips as well.

The website below has the rest of the tips but there will be more in the next newsletter and some girl-specific tips as well.



Talk to boys wile they are doing

One way to get boys talking is to get them moving. Go for a walk together, wash the dishes together or do some other job and you will find their tongues loosen up. The pressure to speak is removed by activity. More than this, males are activity-based. Just as activity and play is the language of fatherhood, activity is the mode to get many boys to open up and talk.


Ask “what?” not “why?”

If a boy misbehaves, don’t ask him “why?” He usually won’t be able to tell you. Instead, get him to revisit the moment of poor behaviour and get some window into his thinking or motivation at the time. “What were you thinking about when you did…?” “What was going on to make you want to do that?” “What will you do differently next time?” These type of questions help ensure that boys learn from their experiences so they behave differently the next time they are in a similar situation.


Join the dots

Boys, more than girls, are likely to learn many of their lessons from experience rather than being told. However, some boys can’t see the woods from the trees. One boy I know couldn’t see how his fast mouth (he was quick with a one-liner) was putting him offside with his teachers. It was obvious to everyone but the boy in question. He needed an adult to draw a line between his behaviour (smart mouth) and its outcome (teachers feeling disrespected). Be very calm and rational rather judgemental so your son takes your message on board.


Create a space for processing

A bad day at school may be followed by an angry outburst on arrival home, particularly if he is asked that time-honoured question: “How was your day?”

“&^$%%%!!” may well be the response as he slams his bedroom door behind him. He has just entered his ‘cave’ where he will take his time to settle his thoughts and generally go within to draw on his internal resources. Resist the temptation to knock on his door and lovingly say, “Darling, is everything alright? Would you like to talk about it?” You are only inviting some more rejection. The best solution is to wait until he comes out of his cave before you talk. Generally, he will come out when he is ready and has made some sense of what has happened to him. This is the time to talk.

Tips and Strategies for Parenting Girls Part 1

Taken from:


From biological differences, such as brain development and hormones, to societal differences such as gender stereotypes and expectations, raising girls presents different challenges, and equally as many different rewards. Parents who do best raising girls respond to the specific needs of their gender, rather than use a one size fits all approach.


1. Develop positive self-talk

Our girls can be experts at talking themselves down. It takes practice to change the patterns of negative self-talk. Mothers, in particular, need to be aware of their self-talk when your daughters are around. Teach her about the language of affirmation and be kind to yourself when your daughters are around.


2. Teach them to think beyond themselves

Some of the most confident girls and young women we know at Parenting Ideas are those who invest time in others, whether that be volunteering, raising funds for those in need, or helping siblings when they need a hand. Not only do girls take more learning risks when they assist others, they develop a range of high-level traits such as tolerance, patience and acceptance. Encouraging them to think well beyond themselves and their own circle of friends is important when parenting girls.


3. Foster journaling

Journaling is a great way for a girl to express their thoughts and feelings in a safe way, helping her navigate the changing landscape of her life. Some girls journal on social media, but lack of privacy of the digital world leaves many girls exposed.


4. Encourage girls to use I-statements

Girls can struggle to stand up for themselves, particularly girls who are brought up to be ‘good girls.’ Learning to use I-statements empowers girls to take responsibility for communicating how they feel. I-statements are strong statements which help your daughter express her feelings appropriately.


The script for I-statements is:

“When you… (went to the movies with those girls) I feel/felt …(angry) because… (I was left out of the group) . I would like…(you to let me know next time, rather than keep it a secret).


A great online pamphlet about parenting girls:


More tips in the next newsletter!

By Josie Mitchell, Secondary School Nurse



Attendance Office

Attendance Office Hours


Direct line: 7379 1556

Did you know that absences can be entered directly into Compass by Parents/Carers? This is our preferred method of communication, however Parents/Carers can also call our direct line to discuss attendance issues or report a student absence (preferably before 8.50am).


Students arriving LATE or DEPARTING early MUST report to the Attendance Office.



AfterSchool Clubs & ExtraCurricula Activities

Study Club

Dear Parents/Guardians,


We are excited to announce that Study Club has returned for 2019! Study Club is an excellent opportunity for your child to complete homework, collaborate with peers and receive support or clarification for any aspect of homework in which he/she may be having difficulty.


Study Club runs every Wednesday afternoon from 3:15pm–4pm downstairs in the Northern Building and will provide students with an opportunity to complete class work and/or assessments with the support of their teachers. This program has been designed to help students create good study habits within a positive and supportive learning environment.


We strongly encourage your child to utilise Study Club to help them reach their full potential. If you are interested in allowing your child to attend Study Club please provide consent via Compass for the year.


Please note, students will need to have term consent to attend any Study Club sessions throughout the year, however, it is not compulsory that they attend all sessions.


We are looking forward to having your child participate in Study Club in 2019!

After School Voluntary Year 5&6 Fitness Program


This is a free voluntary after-school program,  students will participate in different fitness activities each week that will be run by a qualified staff member. The class will run every Tuesday at 3-15-4.30 pm through out 2019 unless otherwise which will be communicated to parents and staff via compass. 


Students are welcome to get changed in the gym change rooms between 3.15-3.30 pm


Please note there is only a limited amount of spaces available. We expect students to be at every session. If  more than 2 sessions are missed then the space will be given to the next student on the waiting list.

The Monster Dance and Drama Program



Brookside P-9 College Newsletter
Upgrade Western Highway.pdf
English Class 2019 (002).pdf
Brookside Brochure.pdf
Embrace Flyer.pdf
Cooking Flyer.pdf
Flyer Crafternoon Tuesday.pdf
Girls Night Out Flyer.pdf
Job HQ Flyer.pdf
Tags Out flyer.pdf
Young Minds Matter in-school session 1pm-3.30pm_9 May 2019_A3Posterf.pdf
20190204Arnolds Creek FlyerPlaygroupforDads.pdf
TH Drop In Flyer.pdf
Viral Illnesses.pdf
Anaphylaxis-nursing journal.pdf
Compass Guide for Parents and Families.pdf
Extended Absence (greater than 10 days) 13.03.19.pdf
The importance of attendance.pdf
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