Community Testimonials

What do our students and staff say about Brookes Westshore?

Laura, Class of 2020

I arrived on Valentine’s Day – and had three snow days in my first week! 

 In China there is pressure and a lot of homework. Here there is much more self-management. This was somewhat natural as this is what I prefer – as we get older there are not going to be teachers there to motivate you. It is good practice for university.  

All the students are nice, and there are a lot of different cultures and languages. My first roommate was warm hearted, but we had different ways of living (different sleeping habits/patterns). I am a quiet person – reading and doing homework. The dorm parents helped solve our differences and helped make it OK.  

Science and math are my favourites – all the teachers are nice. Two teachers stand out: my grade 9 science teacher (Ms. Moroz) – when I was new to the school and was nervous and shy. Ms. Moroz helped me build confidence to talk with my classmates and I learned science from a different perspective. Also, Mr Hernandez in Grade 10 math – his fast speaking voice challenges me to listen carefully and understand the topics he teachers. He makes complicated topics clear and easier to understand. 

I really like the environment – we are close to Mt Washington. I took my first skiing lessons here! I have tried new things here – Spanish and soccer. Although I can’t play well, I really enjoy it. Playing sports with English speakers is a great way to practice and learn English. 

Eva from Hangzhou, China

I really enjoy my English classes – Mr McKnight is an excellent English and ToK teacher. He’s very experienced and has excellence storytelling skills. His unique way of teaching – I have never experienced before. He introduces us to the background (eg Greek Mythology) and then we move on to the text (The Odyssey). I really enjoy his classes, the best English teacher I have ever had. 

I love the organized dorm life – we are not exactly free, but we have a lot of freedom to do what we like. There are scheduled activities, but we make choices for ourselves about what we do. We have so many activities to choose from – they are beginner friendly, and some are very localized (Canadian) – like ice hockey, camping trips, ski trips.

George from Beijing, China

 

The IB programme prepared me a lot for my university life. For example, it taught me the importance of research, the way to present in front of many people, think more deeply about social issues or news and being more active in different communities.

Roy (Ryuta), Tokyo Japan

I attended a big high school in the US and unfortunately, I didn’t get much chance to know many of the students or teachers because of the size of the school. Brookes’ open community accepted me right away and I am so glad that I transferred to Brookes to finish my high school diploma. The IB program was hard, but it did prepare me for all the essays and research assignments that I need to write as part of my Asian Studies program (Australian National University). Also, the IB cohort is everywhere in the world. I’ve bonded over IB with new friends who did the IB program in Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and the UK.

Henry, from South Korea

From Our Faculty

Gary Ward, DP Coordinator

A leader in education, Mr. Gary Ward has over 26 years of experience in teaching and leadership. Originally from Texas, Mr. Ward earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Bachelor of Science in Physics and his Master of Science in Physics from the University of North Texas… read more

Melanie Moroz - MYP Coordinator

I grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba – home to bitterly cold winters and sunny hot summers. Alumni of the University of Manitoba, I obtained my Bachelor of Science and my Bachelor of Education before I started my professional career. I spent my first years working at a small school in a rural community, teaching almost every science and mathematics course!… read more