During our opening staff meeting, we discussed our focus on connection. Brentwood is more than a school. It is a place of deep and meaningful connection. Our focus, then, is to be more deliberate in this task.
Over the past few weeks, I have hosted each Grade 12 group by house to share a meal and conversation. Our commitment to continuous improvement starts with student feedback and these intimate house groups provide a safe and direct opportunity for senior students to engage with their Head. What I learned is that “connection” is engrained in our culture. The Grad Class of 2016 reminded me that “connection” is everywhere and all the time. Our students are remarkable people who cherish our school culture and take great pride in passing it on, in De Manu In Manum style, to the new students.
In a recent Vancouver Foundation report, loneliness was one of the greatest concerns of those living in this metropolitan region. Despite millions of people living “cheek by jowl”, people felt disconnected and, worst yet, isolated.
In an increasingly lonely world where social media “likes” can define our popularity, Brentwood, I hope, is an oasis of connection…of relationships…of support.