Nbisiing Exchange 2017

Apr 08, '17

At 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 8th a bus left Brentwood carrying 11 students and two chaperones. We were headed to the airport. On this trip there were three Brentwood students and eight others from the Cowichan Valley. Along with our two chaperones, Ms. Beausoleil and Darla Smith, we were all very excited to begin our journey to North Bay,...

A Random Act of Kindness

Apr 02, '17

The following is a letter from a local elementary school teacher to Ms Wendy Patel, Brentwood Grade 8 teacher. Hello Wendy,My name is Sarah and I am a Grade 1/2 teacher at a local elementary school in Duncan. As you are already aware, a Brentwood student named Olin D approached me in February with the idea of doing a "random act of kindness" for...

Nicaragua 2017

Mar 31, '17

During Spring Break last year, two other Brentwood students and I were given the opportunity of a lifetime: a trip to Nicaragua to help strengthen and build a small fishing village that each year goes through many hardships. By the end of those 10 days, my life was forever changed by the people in the community as I saw with my own eyes the...

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...

Careers Day 2017 – Looking to the Future

Mar 18, '17

As well as being both informative and diverse, the Careers Day presentations were also very interesting. There was a wide range of speakers in areas such as medicine, engineering, finance, law, physiotherapy, music and many more. Presenting at the event were 29 speakers representing 22 industries. The day started with a keynote address by Mr....

A Warm Visit about the Cold War

Mar 17, '17

In February, Sonia Furstenau from the Green Party of BC visited Brentwood for an afternoon to speak to Mr. Cowie’s Socials 10 class. She came to talk about her opinions on Canadian politics, her role in the Green Party, and shared some personal stories about her family in WWII and the Cold War. As the CVRD Area Director of the Cowichan Valley...

Grade 8 Leadership

Mar 15, '17

On January 20th, the Grade 8 class went down to Victoria to attend a leadership conference called “Accepting to Connecting” at SMUS. One of the first things we did was listen to a speaker who taught us about female and male stereotypes and how they can affect youth. After this, everyone at the event was separated into groups, one which was our...

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