Here at Brighouse, we believe that true education happens both in and out of the classroom. The most powerful learning experiences often take form in something unexpected, such as knitting a blanket for someone in need or learning to sing in harmony to honour a special event at an assembly. Teachers, staff, and parents are dedicated to the many clubs and activities offered here at Brighouse. Friends are made, lessons are learned, and our weeks are enriched by the many ways we spend time together during lunch hours and after school. It is not just the teachers who care and take time to plan these events, but also parents, grandparents, administrative assistants, and others in the community.
We would like to thank the many people who work to make our school so much more than just a school. Feeling artsy? Join the knitting club, choir, art truck, dance and drama program for all students, catch a fine arts performance in the gym, or make a craft in friendship club. Need to reflect and have some quiet time? Please take a walk through our story garden and feel at one with nature as you gaze at our flowers, berries, and vegetables. Feeling sporty? Join our basketball team, volleyball team, hockey and dodgeball intramurals, or grab a ball from our community play box outside.
Community is of utmost importance here at Brighouse. To connect our learners with each other and other families at the school, come by on Friday mornings to enjoy a healthy and delicious breakfast together before school or stretch your mind and make new friends by joining games club, math club, or tech club. We have open gym for students on Saturday mornings and movie afternoons put on by the PAC every few months. In the past other special events included magic shows for the school and community potlucks where families and students shared special stories. Stories are also shared by our group of reporters in grade 6 and 7. Parents meet each Friday morning to connect with one another and discuss many issues.
Our educational team is so committed to enhancing the needs of our students at every opportunity. Brighouse boasts 10 ELL/Resource teachers, 14 educational assistants, counselling speech and language teachers, 2 music teachers, a full-time librarian, and 23 enrolling teachers. We are a big school with a community focus, come and check us out!
On Thursday, April 25, 2019, Brighouse students and staff cordially invited our community of families to our school for an evening celebration of our learning and our educational successes. Classes worked hard during April highlighting some of their brightest projects, best ideas, and most amazing learning that had taken place. Each class linked their learning with curricular and core competencies that were emphasised through the process and highlighted on posters or write ups next to their projects. The emphasis was on inquiry based learning and there were a variety of displays such as paintings, loose parts stations, clay models of showing growth mindset ideas, and garage band music that students had created themselves. We had all the displays in our hallways and families were invited on a gallery walk led by the students. This was to ensure that families did not just visit their own child's classroom but were able to look at and celebrate all of the learning that is happening at Brighouse.
Continuing our theme of our Brighouse school story being celebrated through art and stories, the gallery walk was a huge success! Teachers, administration, and students all collaborated together on this project and sharing with the broader community helped to promote the engagement portion of our inquiry questions. This focus and celebration evening helped us to further explore our inquiry questions:
- How can we enrich student learning by helping students foster a growth mindset?
- How can we help students be able to articulate their learning through story and art?
- How does who we are as a community impact student learning?
- How can we better use the language of the core competencies in our planning?
Our Vision Statement
Brighouse is a cooperative community that provides opportunities for individual growth, enabling all to realize their potential. We create a positive learning environment through honest communication, sharing, respect and pride.
It is our goal to bring life to this vision through on-going discussion with parents, teachers, students and other community members, professional development for teachers and our daily interactions with one another.
“Where Everyone Counts"