The Sweaty Bunch

Aug 05, '20

“194 optional essays. 65 challengers. 25 kids in the club. 1 tired teacher” observed Mr Collis. These were the sums of this year’s iteration of Mr Collis’ “Wall of Sweat” challenge, a tradition familiar to many veterans of AP English 11, and now, the current footsoldiers as well. The details of this sweaty quest are these: students...

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Jun 12, '20

How do you read so many books? I stay up late and then I deal with sleep deprivation. I mean, I use my free time, but a lot of the time it's because I'm staying up late. Just before bed and then the book gets interesting. What is the best book you've read this year? Kim Stanley Robinson's The Years of Rice and Salt. Just because it was...

Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Jun 10, '20

Walking. I have been known to walk for hours. Sometimes with purpose but always with passion; observing, soul-searching and recharging. No different was the afternoon of April 14th, although the activities that occurred on the beach in the estuary were both magical and sombre, forever changing the lives of three Brentwood teachers. When the...

AP Exams During COVID-19

Jun 08, '20

As the Covid-19 situation has continued to develop, areas of academics, arts and athletics have had to make creative and sometimes difficult adjustments. One aspect of many students’ academic learning that has made a drastic change was Advanced Placement (AP) exams, which were moved online and altered to fit the situation. The Advanced...

The Colour Purple

Jun 06, '20

How do you read so many books? It's always been ingrained in me to read books because my mom's a big reader and her mom's a big reader. When I was younger, I didn't appreciate reading. I always saw it as a task and I wasn't very good at it. I think that's why I saw it as a task. As I got older, as I read, I couldn't put down the books and I'd...

Hallie Talks Books

May 23, '20

English teacher Ryan Skardal is well known for his voluminous reading. He shares this passion with his students. Below is the first in a series of interviews with Skardal’s Scholars about their recent reading. How do you read so much? My sister read books and I'd just take her books and read them all. I also really liked to make lists. Books...

Ensemble à Distance

May 14, '20

“Chers juges, chers parents, chers professeurs et chers amis…” This is a dreaded line for any French Immersion student. If you have never taken French Immersion, or Core French for that matter, it is most likely you have no idea what this means. Every year around the end of March, French Immersion students all around Canada participate in a...

The Smiths

May 10, '20

One of the families living on the Brentwood campus are the Smiths. Mr Phil Smith is the Allard Assistant Houseparent, as well as one of our fantastic maths teachers. With him is his wife, Dr Maraina Smith who is a family physician, and their three children, Phoebe, Seb, and Ngapera . They plan on growing to a family of seven very soon, as Dr Smith...

Biomedical 10 Experiments with Public Service Announcements

May 05, '20

Throughout the Biomed Science 10 course, students have learnt the importance of raising awareness for combating global health issues. Before the outbreak of the coronavirus, the class got into groups and chose a health issue in Belize to raise awareness on, and we brought the campaigns to Belize in February. When COVID-19 became a relevant...

Zoom Poetry Was A Slam

Apr 27, '20

With the new protocols surrounding COVID-19, Brentwood’s tight-knit community has been forced to disperse around the world. Every student and teacher is now adjusting frantically to Zoom rooms instead of classrooms and accepting the fact that there is a lot right now that is out of our control. We no longer have the opportunity to wake up every...

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