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Final Projects in Writing 12

May 07, '18

Mr. Collis’ Writing 12 is the worst attended class at Brentwood. It has the lowest enrolment rate. Students never show up to class. They submit their homework a month after it was assigned. But that’s not a problem because it is exactly what Mr Collis asks for. Writing 12 is essentially a correspondence course: Mr. Collis emails his students...

Writing 12 Contest

Apr 19, '18

The first ever Writing 12 Contest was held by Luka W and Mr Collis this month, with Mr Collis’ wife, Ms Handford, in charge of reviewing the submissions and choosing the winners for the two categories: prose and verse. The contest was open to all students, and aspiring writers in Grade 11 who intend on attending Mr Collis’ Writing 12 class next...

Monster Erg 2018

Feb 06, '18

Another rainy day in Mill Bay was turned around to be an exciting and sweat-filled day for 32 rowers who headed down to UVIC for the 33rd annual Monster Erg on Saturday, February 3rd. With strenuous but beneficial warm-ups for the Brentwood team, the mood was set with the coxswain crawl. For the women's category we had one coxswain compete, Emma...

English 12 Provincial Exam

Jan 28, '18

“A good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast will help prepare you for the exam. Stay relaxed!” said Mrs Coy to her nervous Grade 12 students the day before the big exam. Thursday January 25th was just another typical day for many, but for Grade 12 English students all around the province of BC it was a day that helped determine their fate for...

Poetry Project Presentation

Jan 27, '18

One recent rainy Saturday, students gathered in Mr. Collis’ classroom among Pittsburgh Steelers posters and steaming mugs of coffee to hear two spoken word poets from the Victoria Poetry Project. Spoken word poetry is exactly what it sounds like: poetry that resembles everyday speech, though often with more artful description and figurative...

Melhuish Interpretive Reading

Jan 24, '18

The English department’s second term competition this year was the Melhuish Interpretive Reading Contest. Students from grades 9 to 12 were required to select a passage from a work of fiction and, in the finest tradition of reading aloud, entertain their audience with its delivery. Jaylynn B, Allard 19, won in Grade 11 and treated the school to...

Eve

Jan 09, '18

Below is the winner of the Grade 12 dramatic monologue in the Serup poetry competition. eve eve your lips are stained red with shame that crimson liquor which burns in your throat, engulfs your lungs, fills you up like the fruit that you consumed eve the prospect of knowledge made you tick that eternal rhythm in 4/4...

Losing Now

Jan 03, '18

Below is the Grade 10 sonnet winner for the 2017 Serup Poetry Competition. It’s visions few and wonders far between, We see with truth, with passion that will last. An evening dove caught in a pale moonbeam, Not glanced with hazy eyes that soon flit past. Yet rarely noticed is the sacrifice Of fragile patterns trapped in frosty...

The Inevitable Fall

Jan 01, '18

The following is the 2017 Grade 9 winner of the Serup Poetry Competition. A man walked through the citadel, And through the city strode. His staff and robes glistened like hell, To take what he was owed. Guards defended without avail, He didn’t give lament. The demon knew he could prevail, With sword in hand he went. He rushed the...

Successfulness

Dec 30, '17

Pearly, Ivory, Milky, are successful. — but what happens when a brown-skinned woman holds great intelligence, her voice not heard… and if she has a cure for cancer, it will never be cured. how can we carry confidence when our very thoughts are stomped upon, before they leave our minds, before they dance off our tongues, why should...

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