Campus Culture

Our school culture is based on the fundamental concept of our students choosing to attend Brentwood. This philosophy of choice creates a warm, friendly, and passionate community of enthusiastic learners and leaders who create the Brentwood Family: students, staff, parents, and alumni.

We also believe in the importance of fun and laughter on our campus! An effective education should be exhilarating, motivating, stimulating, and enjoyable. At Brentwood we work hard while celebrating our opportunities and accomplishments. Off-campus, students have the opportunity to enjoy the quaint and convenient shopping facilities and local eateries of Uptown, as we refer to Mill Bay.

Boarding Life InitiativeBoarding Activities

Boarding in Brentwood has given me the opportunity to live and experience a whole new culture while being given the freedom to share and retain my own culture. Together we form something so extraordinary that is unlike any other school in the world. Coming to Brentwood is something I know I will cherish for the rest of my life. - Garey G '15

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4 boarding students at regatta
Boarding students
Several teams involved in the eco challenge
A dance hosted in the student centre
Zip line fun with two grade 10 students
Two friends at the eco challenge
A faculty member with students

Boarding Life Initiative

At Brentwood, boarding students are assigned to a residential house and live with at least one roommate. Students are supported by their houseparents who provide mentoring, guidance, and supervision as part of our vibrant and holistic Boarding Life Initiative. This initiative also includes birthday celebrations, house events, outings, and activities. In addition, Grade 12 students work closely with houseparents to ensure that the younger students are included in house life. These initiatives help students learn to live in a community where mutual respect, cooperation, and hundreds of shoes piled up at the front door are key elements of their daily lives.

Boarding Activities

Imagine yourself dressed in athletic gear, covered in paint, and screaming passionately at the top of your lungs. This is how we start every school year with the first of many inter-house activities: Fun and Games Night. Throughout the year students represent their houses in school-wide events, earning points and bragging rights. This friendly competition creates a lively campus environment and strengthens the student’s lifelong loyalty to their house.

Many of our campus events are organized by our student-led groups which host dances, BBQs, open houses, and off-campus excursions. We also offer multi-day trips such as skiing and snowboarding at Mt. Washington and the BC interior; sports tours to Europe, USA and Australia; theatre tours to New York or London; and musical tours to various locations.

Skiing & Snowboarding

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Fiona Dalrymple

Here on the west coast of British Columbia, winter is synonymous with sports such as skiing and snowboarding. Brentwood is able to provide students with many opportunities to take full advantage of our province’s world renowned winter sport destinations. From weekly excursions up to Mt. Washington Alpine Resort, to our full-school ski day and mid-term trip to Silver Star Mountain Resort for International Students there are many chances for students to experience the joys of winter in BC.

Skiing at Mount Washington

The following provides an overview of all school organized ski and snowboarding trips offered during the winter season:

Sunday Ski Trips

  • Mt. Washington Alpine Resort
  • These trips occur most Sundays during the ski season (usually eight trips during the second term).
  • They include a full day on the mountain with the option of downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing or tubing.
  • Lessons and equipment rentals are available.

 School Ski Day

  • Mt. Washington Alpine Resort
  • This event occurs on a Wednesday in late January or early February and the full school community is invited to attend a day on the mountain. This trip is optional, however most students choose to participate.

International Students February mid-term ski trip

  • Silver Star Ski Resort
  • Many international students who are unable to travel home during the February mid-term break sign up for this ski trip.
  • This trip is to the pristine Interior of BC to experience one of the province’s best ski resorts.
  • This includes 5+ full days of skiing and or snowboarding.
  • There is also the opportunity for ice skating, tubing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and evening activities such as sleigh rides, talent shows, movies and fireworks.
  • Lessons and equipment rentals are available.
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