Grades 6-10

Middle Years Programme (MYP)

It has always been my philosophy that anyone can learn if they are given the time and space to explore and make meaning from their exploration. I am thrilled to be working in a program that promotes the students as learners and advocates for their needs and interests as they apply to how they learn instead of what they learn. By teaching skills first and content second, we are encouraging young minds to be inquiring and investigative individuals, regardless of the subject.

I love to see students gaining confidence not only to ask the big questions, but also plan the steps needed to effectively and accurately answer them. The MYP is a great platform for nurturing the development of our future global leaders.  

– Melanie Moroz, MYP Coordinator

Fully authorized across the Middle Years Programme, Brookes Westshore provides an academic framework that encourages students to embrace and understand the connections between the subject being learned and real-world applications, helping students become reflective critical thinkers.

The MYP has been designed as a coherent and comprehensive curriculum framework that provides academic challenge and develops the life skills of students from the ages of 11 to 16. These years are a critical period in the development of young people. Success in school is closely related to personal, social and emotional well-being. At a time when students are establishing their identity and building their self-esteem, the MYP can motivate students and help them to achieve success in school and in life beyond the classroom. The Program allows students to build on their personal strengths and to embrace challenges in subjects in which they might not excel. The MYP offers students opportunities to develop their potential, to explore their own learning preferences, to take appropriate risks, and to reflect on, and develop, a strong sense of personal identity. (IBO)

 

Composing an Original Song

Designing an Ecological Home

Organizing a Soccer Tournament

The aims of the MYP projects are to encourage and enable students to:

  • Participate in a sustained, self-directed inquiry within a global context
  • Generate creative new insights and develop deeper understandings through in-depth investigation
  • Demonstrate the skills, attitudes and knowledge required to complete a project over an extended period of time
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of situations
  • Demonstrate responsible action through, or as a result of, learning
  • Appreciate the process of learning and take pride in their accomplishments.

Students will write a reflection at the end of each activity and will complete a rubric, together with their mentor, measuring the quality of the activity completed. Each academic year culminates in a Service & Action exhibition where students will share their achievements with the wider Brookes community.

Service Projects

Santa’s Anonymous Toy Drive

Every year we collect almost donations for the CFAX Santa’s Anonymous Toy Drive.  Students, teachers and staff generously give new toys, books, clothing and other gifts for families in the community who might otherwise receive nothing for Christmas.  Competition for house points may motivate many to contribute, but we would like to think that the spirit of the holiday season is the biggest reason for the success of the drive!

Out of the Rain ASA

This year we partnered with Beacon Community Services to support the Out of the Rain Youth Shelter program that provides a warm place and a hot meal to homeless youth in our community.  From October to March, our students planned, shopped for and prepared two hot meals a month for as many as 30 youth.  They fundraised to purchase groceries, and staff and our local families also helped by supporting the fundraising efforts and donating money.  Students said that they felt good about being able to provide comforting and nutritious food to young adults who had no safe home to go to.  This is a partnership that we hope will continue for a long time to come!

Jeskin Aerie Seniors Home

In 2020 the school paid tribute to many of the elders in our community by spending time at the Jeskin Aerie Seniors Home in Colwood.  At Christmas, several MYP and DP students gave a concert at the home.  Later in the year the grade 9s visited the residents several times, playing games and learning about what life was like when they were growing up.  Afterwards, they scrapbooked pages and showcased the stories of their new friends in a gallery at the school.  We are sure that the students and the seniors have made some special memories of their time together.