The Wonders of Writing 12

Oct 16, '20

Every year at the end of Grade 11, students are given the opportunity to try out for a class like no other. This course consists of ten strong English students who are passionate about coloured gel pens, dictionaries, Mr Collis’ chickens, and an extra spare. Those who are chosen for the class get to test their abilities as writers by forcing...

The Season of Melhuish

Oct 15, '20

That time of year has arrived, poking its head around the corner once more. The time of colourful foliage gracefully falling. The time of pumpkin spice lattes and cozy, knitted blankets. The time of the year some call “spooky season” and the time of the first Melhuish competition. For those not aware, the Melhuish competitions are comprised of...

Girl in Pieces

Aug 23, '20

Members of Mr Skardal's English 11 class share their adventures in reading fiction. How do you read so much? Sometimes when I'm having a rough day, I'll put aside some time to read and it really calms me down. Especially if I feel stressed about school and everything else, I read. It can be a really good way to escape reality. What's the...

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...

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...

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...

Grade 9 Ballads

Apr 25, '20

As most of us painfully discovered, when online learning started, the Melhuish Contest was cancelled by the Head of English himself, Mr. Collis. Students across the school were devastated by the inconsolable news. Luckily, Mrs. Reynolds' Grade 9 English cohort was enlightened by something she described as a “special surprise.” “Well kids, the...

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