Brookfield High School (Ottawa)
|Brookfield High School|
May We Move Forward Together
|824 Brookfield Road
Ottawa, Ontario, K1V 6J3, Canada
|School board||Ottawa Carleton District School Board|
|Area trustee||Shirley Seward|
|Vice principal||K. McNamara, A. Corrigan|
|Colours||Blue and Red|
The school usually has about a thousand students each year. Like most of the Ottawa schools, it is composite and semestered. It specializes in a French immersion program, and is one of the few schools in Ottawa to offer instruction in Arabic. It also offers English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and German and Spanish as third languages. Brookfield is known for their athletics. They are usually strong in men's Soccer, Hockey, and wrestling, also women's Rugby.
The Music program of Brookfield High School has various groups such as: Junior/Senior Concert Band, Junior/Senior Jazz Band, the World Voices Choir, the new Percussion Ensemble,and a new Guitar class. The program recently got the prestigious MusiCounts Grant of $10,000 to upgrade their musical instruments. Brookfield High School is the only school in Ottawa to get this grant.
The program has created outstanding music and has achieved honourable accomplishments by working hard at rehearsals either early morning at 7:30 a.m. or after school until 4:45 p.m. and even beyond the instruction of Greg Prest. With this, the Senior Concert Band has achieved a Gold status at Regional Music Fest for three years in a row, with a Silver status at Nationals. The Junior Concert Band achieved silver status twice and gold moist status once at Regional Music Fest. In the 2011 music festival, the senior band achieved gold once again. In 2012 the Senior Band received gold at the Kiwanis Music Festival and Silver at Nationals.
The Senior Jazz Band achieved Silver status twice and a Gold status once at Regional Music Fest, with a Gold standing at National Music Fest. The Percussion Ensemble, newly formed in 2008-09, achieved a Silver status at Regional Music Fest.
The World Voices Choir is a well known choir around the Ottawa region. Their goal is to send a message to people through the language of music about the struggles for the need of freedom across the world and to spread awareness. They have performed at many prestigious venues such as the Senate of Canada, CBC radio/news, CTV news, National Library and Archives, RCMP Sunset Ceremonies, Stephen Lewis Foundation meeting, to name a few. They participated in the Gulu walk, performed at the peace hall, have created partnership with Harmonia Choir of Ottawa, and have performed at many fund raising events. Recently, they have connected with KIVA, a non- profit organization promoting micro financing for entrepreneurs in developing countries. They have released two of their own CDs: Ubuntu and We Have A Dream. These CD's convey the message that the students are trying to spread to our community not only locally but also nationally and internationally.
The Senior Soccer Team
In the 2010-2011 season they won the tier 2 division championships, so they decided to enter the tier 1 division. In 2011-2012 season they won the tier 1 division championships and later won their 3rd championships in 2012-2013.
The Brookfield School Council is an active forum in which the school administration and representatives of parents of the students participate on a voluntary basis to collaboratively work towards enhancement of the learning experiences and social life of the school community. The current Co-chairs of the council are Dr. Prakash Naidu and Mark Phillips. The immediate past Chair and current community representative is Dave Hogberg.
The Brookfield School Council has been successful in receiving the Public Reach Out Grant sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Ontario for "Networking with Parents through Highlight of Pathway to Higher Education and Global Outlook" for the year 2008-09. The Education Seminar event being organised under this grant, titled “Pathways to Higher Education: From High School to College and University” involves the general public including all the current and future parents of the Ottawa-Carleton district school board and High commissioners and diplomatic staff of countries whose students have largely come to the high schools in Canada in recent years. Subsequently, the event information will be made available on internet for the benefit of the broader community of current and future parents. The Ontario Public School System as a stepping stone to higher education opportunities in North America, global outlook and multi-cultural social environment will be packaged and presented. The outcome of the seminar will be increased and proactive interest and involvement of parents of students in their school’s potential as a pathway for higher education. In addition to invigoration of the School Councils, the image of the publicly funded education system in the city, in Ontario and even beyond will not be enhanced.
- Jon Dore (Comedian - Actor)
- Scott Gordon, (CFL player)
- Kristina Groves (Canadian Olympic and world speedskater)
- John Kricfalusi (Animator, The Ren and Stimpy Show)
- Mike MacDonald (Comedian)
- Marc Methot, (NHL hockey player for the Ottawa Senators)
- Angus Mortimer, (Olympic Canadian Speek Kayaker 2008 Beijing Olympics)
- Seyi Smith, (Sprinter on the Canadian 4x100m team at the 2012 London Olympics)
- Randall Dark, Director, Producer, and HDTV pioneer. 
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