Leadership

Part of our mandate as educators is to offer as many leadership opportunities as possible. Service to others is a powerful learning experience for our students.

Brentwood offers a variety of rewarding leadership roles on a local, national, and international level. The benefits of this involvement are mutual: students assist those in need while gaining knowledge and compassion about the circumstances of others, both outside our school gates and across the globe, reinforcing what we hope will be a lifelong commitment to philanthropy.

Leadership Events

With the support of our faculty, students organize the following leadership groups. Many students participate on a multi-year basis.

Student Executive CouncilStudent Activities CouncilYouth Philanthropy Initiative
Service Peer Assistance Resource CounselingBrentwood Environmental Action Team

Tech Council

OMNI
The annual leadership retreat

The annual leadership retreat for grade 11 students.

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Relay for Life
Run for the Cure in Victoria
A SPARC meeting

Leadership Events

Students helping at a local church

In addition to our leadership groups that meet routinely throughout the year, we also have annual events that provide service opportunities to our students and staff.

Every September, our entire school participates in The Terry Fox Run by running 5.5 km along the Mill Bay shoreline and donating funds to the Terry Fox Foundation. We also participate in other charitable sports events such as The Run for the Cure in support of breast cancer research and treatment.

Spanning the generations, our students volunteer at local elementary schools and residential care homes. In support of the local needy, we regularly donate to the CMS Food Bank and prepare soups for school lunch programs. Every year, students and staff participate in blood drives for the Canadian Red Cross.

On a grander scale, we typically attend We Day in Vancouver to encourage our young people to effect global and local change. We are continually seeking out new opportunities to share our talents and commitment to service with others.

Leadership Events

Students helping at a local church

In addition to our leadership groups that meet routinely throughout the year, we also have annual events that provide service opportunities to our students and staff.

Every September, our entire school participates in The Terry Fox Run by running 5.5 km along the Mill Bay shoreline and donating funds to the Terry Fox Foundation. We also participate in other charitable sports events such as The Run for the Cure in support of breast cancer research and treatment.

Spanning the generations, our students volunteer at local elementary schools and residential care homes. In support of the local needy, we regularly donate to the CMS Food Bank and prepare soups for school lunch programs. Every year, students and staff participate in blood drives for the Canadian Red Cross.

On a grander scale, we typically attend We Day in Vancouver to encourage our young people to effect global and local change. We are continually seeking out new opportunities to share our talents and commitment to service with others.

Student Executive Council

The student executive council

The Student Executive Council (SEC) provides a leadership backbone for the student body and works closely with the faculty and administrative team.

Led by the Head Student, the SEC makes considered decisions and advocates for the welfare of other students.

Meeting once a week, the SEC includes the house captains and also represents major areas of the school. Students interested in joining the SEC apply to the Head of School at the end of the school year.

Student Activities Council

The Student Activities Committee (SAC) is an organization which initiates, plans, organizes, and runs social and fundraising events on and off campus. The student president of the SAC chairs the weekly meetings and assigns leadership positions to the committee’s members to chair the monthly social events such as the Welcome Back Dance, the Hallowe’en Dance, the Staff Children’s Christmas Party, the annual coffee house, Java Hut, the June Beach Party/Dance, and the many special dinners: Mexican, Chinese New Year, Japanese, Indian, and American Thanksgiving. The SAC also raises thousands of dollars each year for worthy causes and charity organizations (such as Save the Children, Mosqoy, and The Colin Glassco Foundation) and organizes necessary disaster relief responses: e.g. Japan, China, and Haiti. Many of the SAC members also participate in international service trips to undeveloped countries such as Peru.

Youth Philanthropy Initiative

The Youth Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) is an organization that engages secondary schools all over the world. This organization's mission is to give back to the community and present students with a real-world advocacy experience.

Groups of high school students choose a local charity which they would like to research and represent. Each student group prepares and performs a presentation to describe the importance of their charity in the hopes of winning a $5,000 donation from the Toskan Casale Foundation for the local charity they represent.

For more information about the Foundation, please see www.toskanfoundation.org.

OMNI

OMNI stands for Open-Minded-Non discriminatory-Individuals. It is a support group on campus for our LGBTQ community. The group meets weekly, as well as have a presence within each of the boarding houses. We also hold school wide and off-campus events. It is very important to note that OMNI is not just for LGBTQ, and that anyone is welcome to come whether you identify or not. We have student led presentations and activities that focus on topics such as: sexuality, LGBTQ, gender roles, race, religion, and any other questions, issues or areas of interests students would like to explore. Any student is able to lead a presentation or activity of their interest and the group is completely non-committal; students can participate as much or as little as they want. 

OMNI is a subgroup of SPARC, as two SPARC reps have leadership roles within the group. You do not have to be affiliated with SPARC to join. Again, this group is open to everyone! Even staff attend!  

Service Peer Assistance Resource Counseling

SPARC students

SPARC serves a diversity of student needs across campus.

In order to join, Grade 11 and 12 students enlist in peer counselling training. Once trained, they go on to various SPARC activities including: community volunteer service; peer to peer education; health and wellness awareness campaigns; fundraising and service for local charities; peer counselling; and OMNI (Open Minded Non-Discriminatory Individuals). 

OMNI is gay-straight alliance group that meets monthly to provide activities/awareness and support for all students. This group is facilitated by a SPARC-trained student and supported by the health and wellness coordinator.

Brentwood Environmental Action Team

The Brentwood Environmental Action Team (BEAT) not only offers leadership and educational opportunities in our community but also takes action to create positive social, ecological, and economic change at our school and in our global and local environments.

The BEAT works in partnership with our facility managers to incorporate sustainable decisions in our community. Engaging and encouraging our community to practice sustainable behavior is of primary importance.

Tech Council

Brentwood's tech students

Every year a minimum of two students from each house join the Tech Council as IT Prefects.

Meeting twice a month, these students work closely with the IT staff to ensure that our systems and networks are serving the academic needs of the school.

Students also research the latest technical innovations and pilot new devices and software prior to school-wide deployment. In the houses, our IT Prefects monitor network use and system status, including wireless connectivity. 

For the senior members of the Tech Council, this group provides an opportunity to demonstrate technical leadership and advocacy within the school and the group itself.

Academic enrichment is provided via off-campus trips, on-campus training, and early access to proposed software and websites.

Most importantly, our IT Prefects further the school's strategic interest in technology, helping to drive our system design and academic curriculum.

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