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...


Mar 18, '16

In 2010, catastrophe strikes Haiti. The first major biennial art show in Haiti has been held in the capitol only months before. When the 7.0 earthquake hits, everything is destroyed. The earthquake rips through the country, leaving ruin and sadness in its wake. But, the artists do not quit. They create new art. They incorporate ruin and the...

Great Grade 8 Poets

Mar 18, '16

In the fall of 2015, many of the Grade 8s entered a poetry competition - Creative Communications. They were competing against thousands of students from all over North America. The results are in, and 14 of our Grade 8s were selected as winners of this contest. It is so exciting that these individuals are now published authors. Of particular...

Poetry Workshop is A Slam Dunk

Feb 22, '16

There was an impressive turnout to last Thursday’s poetry slam workshop. Wordsmiths from Grades 11 & 12 flocked to the Collisseum to learn the tricks of the trade from two accomplished slam poets, Jeremy Loveday and Elysia Glover. We were briefed on the history of slam poetry, which they described as “Pouring your heart out, then getting marked...

Meluish Poetry Recitation Contest

Dec 28, '15

This December the English Department hosted the first annual Melhuish Recitation Contest (named after Beth Melhuish, an English Department legend and the inventor of what used to be called The Fabrications contest). Students had to visit the website Poetry in Voice -- --and, by either careful perusal or playing...

Writing 12’s Stratagem

Oct 05, '15

There is a distinct percent of the population that would rather be tortured than go to a movie theatre and watch a play from the 1700s. Thankfully, the Writing 12 class is too punk rock to be in that percentage. This past Thursday, Mr. Collis sprung about 10 of us from prep and took us on an adventure to a different dimension, otherwise known as...

Capturing the Class

May 15, '15

The shiny apple logos of laptops illuminate room 304; busy fingers tap the keyboards. 24 students made the decision to rank Photojournalism 10 as their first choice: that landed them a spot in this class. Since Tuesday April 14, Mr. Ganley’s photojournalism elective has been choosing topics they are interested in and have been preparing them to be...

The Crusading Author: John Wilson

Apr 15, '15

A pleasant treat came Brentwood’s way on April 14th when critically acclaimed local and self-proclaimed “history geek” author, John Wilson, came for a presentation and discussion of his craft. Having written over 40 books, of varied genres, Mr. Wilson’s specialty is historical fiction. The quick-witted, clever man explained his writing...

Welcome To The Slam

Apr 06, '15

In contradiction to the general public’s opinion (including my own before last Tuesday) slam poetry is nothing like the WWE. Spearheaded by Claire A, Allard ’15 and Katlan S, Mackenzie ’16, with the hyped backing from Mr. Collis, Head of English, a group of students headed down to Victoria for a Slam Poetry Workshop. On the short bus ride to...

Writhing in Ecstasy In Writing 12

Mar 13, '15

After nearly two terms of writing blogs, short stories, sestinas, haikus, book reviews, critical essays, and music, the entire class of Writing 12 headed down to Victoria to visit the Regional Assembly of Text. There, each writer would experience what it was like to be a worker of prose back in the cretaceous period when typewriters were still...

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