Brook Hill begins 21st year of classes with a big blast celebration

The Brook Hill School welcomed students back to campus for the first day of school Wednesday, Aug. 16 with a chapel service address by Headmaster Rod Fletcher and celebratory blast from three cannons by the Brook Hill Cannon Guard.
The Brook Hill School welcomed students back to campus for the first day of school Wednesday, Aug. 16 with a chapel service address by Headmaster Rod Fletcher and celebratory blast from three cannons by the Brook Hill Cannon Guard.
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The campuses of The Brook Hill School were filled with students once again last week, as the school began classes for the 2017-2018 school year on Wednesday, Aug. 16.

According to Headmaster Rod Fletcher, in his address to students during the Brook Hill Middle School and Brook Hill Upper School’s first chapel meeting of the year Wednesday, the school and its teachers and staff members have worked hard in preparation to welcoming back Brook Hill’s 660 students this school year, including 130 new students to the campuses.

“We’re all excited to be here,” said Fletcher, in his address. “We’ve been working really hard getting everything together, enrolling new students, hiring new teachers, and really just tweaking things that needed to be tweaked and setting this year into motion.”

Fletcher told students they were attending Brook Hill at a special time in the school’s history, as Brook Hill officially began its 21st year of existence with the start of the school year.

“We’re launching into the next decade,” said Fletcher, in his address. “We’re entering year 21 of The Brook Hill School. Our reputation is growing, our achievements are strengthening, and we’re still a school that focuses on education, potential, and Christ-like character.”

The opportunity to be a part of and serve as Headmaster at Brook Hill is a privilege, according to Fletcher.

“It’s truly a privilege for me to be a part of The Brook Hill School, and I hope you guys feel the same way,” said Fletcher. “All of the accomplishments, state championships, and Fine Arts events and all of these different things, it’s a privilege to be there. I hope it’s not an arrogant pride, but instead a thankful pride and realizing that [Brook Hill] is something special… You’re part of a tradition now at Brook Hill, whether you’ve been here since Kindergarten or this is your first year, that is much bigger than yourself.”

Fletcher told students that the start of a new school year was an opportunity to decide early on what their year will look like.

“This is day one of 175 days of school,” said Fletcher. “We have 175 days ahead of us; this is your new year. You should be asking yourselves, particularly you seniors: ‘What do I want this year to look like at the end of it?’ I hope for myself, personally, for my kids and my wife, for this school, for everyone that this is the best year yet.”

During his address, Fletcher gave students and faculty members assembled a total of five tips to make the year successful, touching on topics of not missing the events of “don’t miss it,” “don’t waste it,” “don’t regret it,” “don’t fake it,” and “don’t forget it.”

After the chapel event, Brook Hill Middle and Upper School students gathered outside to start the year with a bang, as the Brook Hill Cannon Guard fired three of the school’s cannons in celebration of the new school year.

The Brook Hill School is an independent, Christian day and boarding school for students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade in Bullard. The school began in 1997 with 31 students, while the Brook Hill boarding school began in 2003.

Today, the school exists on 280 acres with over 660 students from East Texas, as well as over 20 countries from around the world represented among its student population.

For more information about The Brook Hill School, visit www.brookhill.org.

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