The Midterm Deluge

Wednesday, November 24, 2021 - By: Jensa NG, Mack ‘23

Across Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, Metro Vancouver, and the Interior, British Columbians were walloped with intense weather that has yet to completely settle. Many parts of the province were saturated with 160-180 millimeters of rain in one single day.

Flooding, mudslides, and waterfalls caused many roads on the Island to either shut down completely or move to single-way traffic for kilometers. This meant it was time for Mr Sullivan - Deputy Head Of School - to spring into action. Emails were sent - lots and lots of emails - plans were changed, and all-nighters were pulled to ensure that every Brentwood student returned in one piece.

Not that anyone was counting, but seven emails - yes seven - were sent over the course of two days to Brentwood students, staff, and parents regarding travel plans. In his first email, Mr Sullivan stated “We are monitoring this weather situation and will update our families with information and any changes to our current plan.” This went out at 8 pm Monday night, 24 hours before students were expected to arrive back on campus. Emails, messages, and SOS calls continued to flow in until late Wednesday night as the last bus of stragglers made the now 3-hour trek over the Malahat, home to their humble abode.

Sophie H was among the group of 20 or so who were venturing home on Wednesday. When she and the other stragglers arrived at the Victoria airport they were met by a Brentwood bus, which took them to the Mill Bay - Brentwood Bay ferry where they walked on as foot passengers and traveled across the Saanich Inlet, for a 25-minute sailing. When they reached the other side (Mill Bay) they waited “for a Brentwood bus to pick us up” (Sophie H, Mack ‘23) and sweep them off their fatigued feet all the way (5k) back to Brentwood.

Times like these are a wonderful demonstration of what Brentwood really is. Hundreds of people, all coming together for one cause: joy. The grit shown by our parents, the Brentwood travel planners, our bus drivers and BFAs, as well as the students, reflects our motto brilliantly.

And today, nearly a week after our stragglers returned, at 4:03 pm, as the sun begins to set over the dramatic ocean, there is nowhere students would rather be. School, sweet school.

Jensa NG, Mack ‘23

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