Bond, James Bond

May 29, '17

During the month of May, Grade 10 English students are given the chance to take an elective of their own choice. The choices were Kid Lit, Gender Equality, Horror Stories, and James Bond. As soon as I saw Mr. Collis go up to the podium and announce James Bond as a class, I knew what I would be doing for the remainder of the month. I have been...

A Ghost Walk To Steele-MacInnes Your Nerves

May 17, '17

For a month in third term, the Grade 10s have the opportunity to pick and study a specific literary genre for a month. For about a quarter of us, this meant diving into the realm of all things supernatural, with poltergeists, apparitions and spectres aplenty. In the Ghost Stories genre unit, a highlight was undoubtedly when our class got to take...

Dogwood Scholarships: Opportunities for the Future

May 06, '17

As the deadline for making the big university choice grows closer and closer, Brentwood students set out to showcase their talents and passions and strive for a provincial Dogwood Scholarship. Dogwoods are an award to recognize the dedication of Grade 12s in schools across BC. The Dogwood Scholarships are available to graduates who demonstrate...

Melhuish Grade 12

Mar 27, '17

The following is the winning Grade 12 speech winner in this year’s Melhuish Speaking Contest. So, you’ve just been given an assignment in English class. The paper is slapped down on your desk. Your eyes widen at the words “free verse poem” (shudder). The clutches of anxiety close in on your fragile teenage psyche because of the sheer number of...

Melhuish Grade 11

Mar 25, '17

The following is the winning Grade 11 speech winner in this year’s Melhuish Speaking Contest. Think back to when you were five years old. You probably got away with a lot more than you can today. Your parents probably saw you as the perfect little angel, so it didn’t matter how many times you messed up, or broke a plate or how many times you...

Melhuish Speech 10

Mar 23, '17

The following is the winning Grade 10 speech winner in this year’s Melhuish Speaking Contest. Don't you just hate having free time? Wouldn’t you prefer to be doing homework than, I don't know, anything else? Probably not: it's human nature to put off unwanted tasks till stress kicks you into overdrive and most people feel ashamed about that, that...

Harper Lee & Me

Mar 21, '17

The following is the winning Grade 9 speech in this year’s Melhuish Speaking Contest. Maycomb County, 1930. This southern town, in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, was a boiling pot of white supremacists, the fire fueled by the common distaste for the black population. This bitter taste that had been prevalent continues today, the painful...

Poetry Slam 2017

Feb 11, '17

Not only is the English Department Moodle the place where all the cool kids hang out, but room 301 (The Collisium - professional home of English Department Head, Mr. Paul Collis) is now some pretty decent competition with the turnout we had on February 3rd. With the promise of 12 poetry slammers, free donuts, and coffee, how can you not show up?...

Hamlet in a Hurry

Jan 18, '17

Many of us remember Hamlet as Shakespeare’s longest play, often running more than four hours, but my Literature 12 class was recently able to perform it all in just minutes. On Tuesday Mr. Collis’ English Literature 12 class performed our own five minute version of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The abbreviated version of the great problem play was cast...

A Letter to My Grades

Jan 13, '17

Each term the entire school participates in a creative writing contest, named in honour of long-time Brentwood English teacher, yearbook editor and houseparent, Ms. Beth Meluish. Below is the free verse poem composed by the Grade 11 winner, Anna M, Alex ‘18. A Letter to my Grades Dearest Academic Average, Hello and greetings from the...

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