2012-2013 has been one of the most successful years in school history. Stellar academic results and impressive university placements, coupled with stunning athletic and artistic performances, have all been celebrated and recognized locally, nationally and internationally. But perhaps most importantly, we have enjoyed a campus community that is the happiest and most tight-knit that I have ever seen during my 20 years of living here.
So how does all of this happen?
A lot of factors contribute to these kinds of successes. Obviously the quality of the programmes and the relationships between our staff and our students are fundamental in making this past year so memorable. As well, the world-class facilities and resources available are unrivaled; these contribute to ‘raising the bar’ in all areas of our community. I truly believe, however, that the essential source of our success is our students. The young people who choose Brentwood are, in a word, special.
Our policy of only accepting students who choose to be here means that no one is ‘sent’ to Brentwood. It is something young people aspire to. There is something palpable in the air at Brentwood; it is inspiring to simply walk around a campus and observe so many positive, engaged and happy kids. Synergy happens as a result of common motivations, intentions and commitments. Our community is amazingly supportive, diverse and caring. As the latest student survey reveals, the sense of ‘family’ is one of the most fundamentally important aspects of the Brentwood experience for them.
The 2013-2014 year promises to be another incredible one. Already over 150 new students are lined up to join our Brentwood Community in September. 76% of our students will be from Canada, but we will also be extremely diverse with students from over 35 countries around the world (next year we will be graced by students from nations as exotic as the Philippines, Mongolia, Russia, Malawi and Pakistan).
As the Director of Admissions, it is my honor and privilege to enroll these amazing students in Brentwood. I know how special this school is because of them.