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A Life in Whittall

Aug 03, '20

The following was delivered at the Lifers’ Dinner in late May, 2020. When we left school in March, we were all under the impression that we would be back in just three short weeks. But, as the pandemic developed, a return to school became less and less feasible until it was inevitably called off. Like most of you, when I read that email, I was...

Five Years in Mack!

Aug 01, '20

The following was delivered at the Lifers’ Dinner in late May, 2020. Brentwood really is a unique school. I didn’t know that boarding schools still existed until my cousin came here. I have been here for five years but for me, my time at Brentwood really started in grade 9 and that’s thanks to Mack House. The campus here is beautiful, but as we...

A Life Aboard HMCS Rogers

Jul 29, '20

The following was delivered at the Lifers’ Dinner in late May, 2020. Brentwood has changed all of us. It certainly has changed me and taught me things that will stick with me for the rest of my life. I never really imagined quite how I would feel or what I would say when my five years at Brentwood were coming to a close, as they are now, but I...

A Lifetime of Hope

Jul 27, '20

The following was delivered at the Lifers’ Dinner in late May, 2020. When I came to Hope House in Grade 9, the only person I knew was Janey, and we traded in our little cubbies in the Grade 8 classroom for an actual day student room which we rarely left. The first day of Orientation was insane. I was assigned to Desola and Piper’s room,...

An Ellis House Lifer

Jul 25, '20

The following was delivered at the Lifers’ Dinner in late May, 2020. If there is one thing I hate in this world, it is public speaking. But when Mr Wismer asked me to do the Ellis Lifers’ speech, I accepted it with no doubt because I want all of you to know how important you are to me. If you know me, you probably know I don’t talk much nor do...

Allard House Lifer's Address

Jul 23, '20

The following was delivered at the Lifers’ Dinner in late May, 2020. I remember when I first came to Brentwood, I stepped into Allard and immediately knew the theme was mermaids. This was exciting because mermaids are my favourite mythical creature and I love the sea. When the prefects were explaining what life would be like here, a new girl...

Alex House Lifer

Jul 21, '20

The following was delivered at the Lifers’ Dinner in late May, 2020. Hello parents, teachers, houseparents and fellow lifers, For four years I have watched as select Grade 12s march off to this mysterious event called a Lifers’ Dinner. I didn’t know what exactly happened but I knew that it involved sparkling apple juice, theatre dress and...

Lifers's Dinner MC - Mr Steve Cowie

Jul 19, '20

The following was delivered at the Lifers’ Dinner in late May, 2020. Everyone: Please have a beverage with you for toasts during the celebration. Good evening and welcome students, staff and special guests (Marius and Andrea Felix) to the 28th Annual Lifer’s Celebration. It is an honour to serve as your MC tonight. I would like to begin by...

A Lifers' Toast To the Staff

Jul 17, '20

The following was delivered at the Lifers’ Dinner in late May, 2020. I will be talking about three things today. Our transition into online learning, the friendships that have been formed, and the hard work our teachers have done for us. First, let me start off my thanks by pointing out the incredible job our teachers have done for us in the...

Farewell from Wendy Haslam

Jul 05, '20

The following address was delivered at the School's final assembly in early June, 2020. All you students, not me, are the center of attention when you come into the laundry, so bear with me. Wow where has the time gone? During my 31 years at Brentwood I have worked under three Heads of School. Mr Bill Ross - love that man - brought honor...

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