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Craigdarroch Castle

Jan 03, '17

On November 15, 2016, the students of Grade 9 English had the opportunity to visit a historical mansion, the Craigdarroch Castle. The Victorian mansion was built on a hill that overlooked the city of Victoria by the wealthiest and most important man in western Canada, Robert Dunsmuir. This trip was a great experience that was organized by Ms....

Passengers

Dec 24, '16

Each term our students participate in a creative writing contest, named in honour of long-time Brentwood English teacher, yearbook editor and houseparent, Ms. Beth Meluish. Below is the dramatic monologue composed by the Grade 12 winner, Aidan H, Ellis ‘17. Passengers cue 4:38 of Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, Op. 11 ...

Dear Mary

Dec 22, '16

Each term our students 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 sonnet composed by the Grade 10 winner, Jemma O, Mackenzie ‘19. Dear Mary, I write to thee with love and prayers of hope; Wishing I stood with you, your hand...

The Lone Island

Dec 20, '16

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 ballad composed by the Grade 9 winner, Jessica W, Allard ‘20. The Lone Island Long times ago when winds blew strong When sailors sailed the seas...

Writing for Rights

Dec 11, '16

In Mr. Collis’ Lit 12 class, we all stopped and together gazed across the beautiful view of Mill Bay and Mount Baker and were told to think about what we have. Looking out over the stunning water, there were some unpleasant things that we could think about happening in our daily lives, but nothing compared to what is happening across the world...

Brendan McLeod: Slam Poet

Nov 20, '16

Last Saturday, Grade 10 students in E block skipped their regular English class and went to a slam poetry session with Brendan McLeod in the lecture theatre. Brendan opened up his performance with a hilarious political poem, talking about how his mum “forced him to write” and a short background on what he does and his passion for poetry. Mr....

WhatItTakes

Oct 11, '16

In early September, Mr, Ganley’s English 12 students enjoyed reflecting on the Rio Olympics and the power of the WhatItTakes ads by Sport Chex https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUI1FtxeldU (39 seconds in you can see Olympic Bronze medallist and Brentwood RFA Ms. Kelly Russell scoring a try in Women’s 7s action). Below are the works of two young...

A Jane Austen Tea Party

Jun 16, '16

Last Wednesday, after trying on countless dresses and bonnets, squeezing in last-minute dance practice, and getting into the 19th century mindset, the Literature 12 classes who had recently read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice left the school to set off on a tea party adventure at the Wilson’s waterfront home on Whiskey Point. On the bus,...

Poetry In Voice

Mar 18, '16

Poetry memorization is a bit of a lost art. In an age when every line of any verse is mere keyboard strokes away, memorization is not as commonplace as it once was. Since the 1950s, poem memorization has slowly faded from schools and classrooms. In recent years, however, some have pushed for poetry’s return, and are once again advocating the value...

Melhuish Speech Contest - Grade 11 Winner

Mar 18, '16

Over Midterm Break I had the opportunity to visit my old school and meet with a few former teachers. After about a minute of reminiscing, the first question I was asked by my former English teacher was: "So what's your passion? What do you want to do after you graduate?" After explaining to her that I don't really have a "passion" since all of my...

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