March 2 Assembly: With Grit Comes Joy!

Friday, March 03, 2023 - By: Christine L, Mack ‘23

Yesterday’s school assembly, like those past and future, was a vibrant and exciting event that left everyone energized and inspired. As usual, the Assembly was led by the Head of School and featured several guest speakers who shared their stories and insights with the students.

The assembly began with a formal opening from Head Prefect Tommy M, Privett ‘23  acknowledging the traditional territory of the First Nations Peoples and welcoming Brentwood’s Governing Board of Directors to the Killy Theatre. Ms Widenmaier announced “The production crew and performers continue to exceed each year and we cannot wait to present tonight’s showing of Mamma Mia to The Board to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the Killy Theatre.”

Following Tommy’s opening remarks were some awkwardly comical chemistry jokes thrown by our Academic Prefect Avik B, Privett ‘23.

“Why are chemists so smart?”

“Because they have all the solutions!”

Next, Elias F, Privett ‘24 received the Art and Sole/Soul Award from our Arts Prefect Heather L, Mack ‘23 who also recognized Sophie S, Mack ‘24 as Artist of thw Week.

The third and final Assistant Head Prefect, of Athletics, Dylan G, Whittall ‘23 closed out the Prefect remarks with a heartwarming wishing of a happy 50th birthday to his father, Athletic Director Mr. Blake Gage: “Happy 50th Birthday to my dad this coming Sunday. I always look up to you and am so grateful for everything you do for me. I love you so much and would truly be so lost without you!”

Later in the assembly, the Grade 9 winners of the Youth Philanthropy Project (YPI) presented their $5000 cheque to their charity of choice, Cowichan Green Community, a non-profit organization that focuses on providing fresh produce to those who struggle with food insecurity within our community. “I remember doing this project when I was in Grade 9. I felt so fulfilled because this project was the first time I was doing something in the classroom that finally made a noticeable positive impact on the community around me” said Davis P, Whittall ‘23.

The Sarah O, Hope ‘23, Captain of Environmental Advocacy, spoke about the importance of purchasing carbon offsets to address the carbon-intensity of air travel: “I urge you to consider buying carbon offsets with your parents, your friends, and your institutions.”

Mr Brian Carr followed by reminiscing with The Board of Governors on their memories of early Brentwood’s student body construction crews building the chapel in the 1920s - BC (Before Cowie) - as Mr Carr likes to say. He went on to educate how these construction projects helped immerse Brentwood students into their community outside the Brentwood bubble and and how it falls upon us to work hard to uphold the Brentwood standards of Grit and Joy.

This penultimate assembly before Spring Break was capped off by a Showcase video by the robotics team. After the video, they managed to display their robots for their upcoming competition by bombarding Mr Patel during his closing remarks with little yellow frisbees fueled by robotic rage.

Yesterday’s Assembly was another eventful and wonderful celebration of community perseverance and achievement. The guest, staff and student speakers recognizing the accomplishments within our community serve as powerful reminders that with hard work and dedication, success is possible.

There is a little over a week left until Spring Brea. Keep pushing Brentonians - with grit comes joy!

Christine L, Mack ‘23

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