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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...

Continuous Improvement

Mar 03, '17

Over the last 18 months, we have been on a  journey of self-assessment and discovery. As a member of the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS), Brentwood is part of a 96 school family that reaches from coast to coast. Every seven years, schools take part in an accreditation process that focuses on school improvement across twelve...

Charity Work Day 2017

Mar 03, '17

On Saturday, April 1st, Brentwood will roll up our sleeves, put our work clothes on, and head into our local community serve our neighbours and to raise funds for local organizations which depend on the generosity of others to help those in need. Charity Work Day embraces the belief that it is better to give than to receive. Research tell us that...

Brentwood Athletics Review – February 2017

Mar 03, '17

Basketball and hockey are the main competitive sports that run through our busy second term and all of these teams have enjoyed successful seasons. Our hockey team has just finished hosting the 18th Annual Ross Cup Tournament, one of the top high-school hockey tournaments in BC. Our senior team was primed and played some excellent hockey putting...

The New & Improved Grade 8 Classroom

Mar 03, '17

As Grade 8s, we spend a great deal of time in our homeroom classroom, so as a class, we decided it was time for a contemporary upgrade for our furniture. Before winter break, we had a class vote on which tables, chairs and couches to add to our room. Coming back to school in January, we were surprised to see freshly painted walls that livened up...

90 Minute Classes? How Will I Survive?

Feb 10, '17

As we returned from Winter Break, the students, teachers and staff took on the challenge of trying out a different timetable for five weeks. We have just reached the end of the trial period and it’s a good time to show how teachers and students are experiencing one 90 minute class a week for each course they take in the academic morning. Teachers...

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