Culture of Community

May 10, '17

From Charity Work Day, to the Brentwood Regatta, our students and staff are awesome! As you may be aware, the school ran Charity Work day, sending 470 students into the local community to raise funds for local, needy charitable organizations. The criteria for those receiving donations follows three simple concepts: 1. The organizations...

The Brentwood Way

May 10, '17

Over the Regatta weekend, we hosted an alumni/parent reception in the lobby of the Bunch Centre. This annual social occasion creates a wonderful space for interaction and frivolity. Over the past two years, we’ve added a tweak that elevates the importance of this event. At 3:30pm on Saturday afternoon we held our 2nd Annual Old Brentonian Awards...

Brentwood English: we fix your colons, and fill your hearts.

May 10, '17

Greetings Torch readers. I was minding my own business in the photocopying room, when Dave McCarthy popped by and breezily asked me to summarize some of the English Department activities from this year. Under normal circumstances, I would have muttered something about a pressing engagement -- an emergency meeting of the Chaucer live chat group,...

Apr 20, '17

The Junior Boys team started their season off with a 3rd place finish in their opening tournament at Lambrick, narrowly losing by one point in the semi-finals to the eventual champion, Claremont. The boys then looked ahead to their next challenge: they travelled to Vancouver seeking success. We thrived in our first two ISA games coming away with...

West Coast Concert Choir Festival

Apr 05, '17

Amongst April showers comes the West Coast Concert Choir Festival, hosted for the first time by Brentwood College. Taking place in the T. Gil Bunch Centre for the Performing Arts April 21st-22nd, this festival marks a first for Brentwood. It is our hope that this will become an annual event as students from near and far visit us for our beautiful...

Breadth and Depth – A School for Everyone

Apr 05, '17

Like a beautiful piece of music, a school year has a tempo and rhythm. Sometimes. Spring Break’s slow and melodic pace provides some respite from the quicker tempo of school in session. During this time of reflection, I pondered the sixty-three days of Term 2. Punctuating through the snow, rain, and cold were the incredible accomplishments of our...

AP Season

Apr 05, '17

With a month to go before Advanced Placement exam season, many teachers are busy completing curriculum and gearing students up for the challenge of AP exams. Whilst many argue, with some validity, that formal examinations are just one way to demonstrate knowledge, the reality is that our students need to be prepared for this kind of testing in the...

Charity Work Day 2017

Apr 05, '17

This past Saturday the Brentwood family mobilized almost 600 people for a day of community service here in the Cowichan Valley. In groups of half a dozen, accompanied by a faculty member, our students dispersed to 70 homes, farms, and yards to assist local residents in spring cleaning, building, gardening, and other assorted tasks. Under almost...

Athletics Review Term Two

Apr 05, '17

While the campus was quiet over Spring Break, many of our student-athletes were extremely busy. The first group that deserves mention is the Senior Boys Basketball team which spent its break winning Brentwood’s first ever AA Provincial Basketball title! The boys went into the tournament as the #1 seed and steamrolled their way to the final where...

"Einstein and Picasso go into a bar….”

Mar 03, '17

This is not the start of a joke but the plot of a funny play, "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" by comic Steve Martin. The fictional meeting takes place in the Paris bar, "Lapin Agile" (translated loosely as the lively rabbit) in the year 1904. The young Einstein and Picasso are not yet famous but the patrons at the bar are...

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