Farewell, For Now, From the Academic Prefect

Thursday, July 09, 2020 -

The following address was delivered at the School's final assembly of the 2019-2020 academic year in early June, 2020.

I would like to say, being that this is my last assembly with you guys, how grateful we are for all of the effort our staff and administration puts in to make this our school. For so many, education has fallen by the wayside amid a public health crisis, political turmoil, and high emotions for everyone. With everything that is going on right now, it seems that anything I could say here and now would be trivial.

I think we have all found perspective on the gravity of issues within our own backyards, but I think at the same time, it is important to appreciate the good in the communities we do have, whether online or otherwise. I have been so touched to see how we, as a community, have become stronger. Rather than feeling cheated, I feel honoured to have been a part of this academic experience in this role because it has opened my eyes to the resilience, and more importantly, the commitment of our Brentwood staff and students alike.

We miss each other, we are shouldering the weight of a world in need of change, we crave the everyday banter that makes things like class so engaging, and yet instead of giving up, we have fought for that which we hold so dear and come to recognize how much we appreciate it in its absence.

I am so proud of our Brentwood community in both phases of this year, from standing on stage and shaking your hands as you accomplish all the amazing academic achievements you have worked so hard for, to now, where I sit in my bedroom as my teachers spend hours upon hours to bring us normalcy. I will miss this, I think more than I even realize, and I am so grateful to have been your Academic Prefect, so thank you Brentwood.

Amelia Hadfield, Assistant Head Prefect, Academics, Allard ‘20




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