Brentwood is a progressive, co-ed boarding school for Grades 9 to 12 located on a spectacular oceanfront campus on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. Brentwood provides a modern, West Coast learning experience for global minded students who embrace our values of grit and joy. Student choice is a unique part of our culture and a deciding factor in who attends the School. This creates a supportive community of students from over 30 countries who gain the independence and skills to succeed in the post-secondary world.
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Brentwood was the first all-boys' boarding school in Canada to begin admitting girls, something that remains emblematic of the school's forward-looking approach. In the 1990s, it became one of the first schools in the country to make a substantial commitment to sustainable energy, building a performing arts centre that includes a geothermal loop for heating and cooling. The new dining hall and service centre, completed in 2010, continues that commitment, also providing an example to the student population. Arts and athletics are emphasized—the school is distinguished by a rowing program that has produced a long list of olympians—though academics remain the central focus of the Brentwood program. The ideal student is one with sights firmly set on university and is inclined to leadership roles in student life and beyond.
Bud Patel, Head of School
A warm welcome from our spectacular ocean front campus on Vancouver Island, BC. Our unique Tripartite programme and timetable allows for an engaging combination of academic rigour, artistic opportunity, athletic challenge, and independent learning that can only be provided at Brentwood. Here, every student is supported by an exceptional faculty and staff to find their passion in a nurturing boarding environment.
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What Brentwood College School says: To create ideal learning conditions, we provide students with the required technology, small class sizes, and low student-teacher ratios. When it is advantageous, we also group students by ability. Our academic curriculum drives our prep school mandate and also meets the prescribed BC (British Columbia) provincial learning outcomes.
Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.
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What Brentwood College School says: Mathematical literacy is a primary goal of the school curriculum. Competence in mathematics underpins the successful study of many academic disciplines at Brentwood. Becoming numerate involves developing the ability to explore, conjecture, reason logically, and use a variety of mathematical methods to solve problems. It also involves the development of self-confidence and the ability to use quantitative and spatial information in problem solving and decision making.
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Expository science is the more traditional method of teaching science: students learn scientific facts, theories, and the relationships between them through direct instruction by the teacher. These programs still incorporate hands-on experimentation and “live science”; however, relative to inquiry-based programs, expository science tilts towards content mastery and knowledge acquisition. Direct instruction ensures this acquisition process is efficient. Textbooks are emphasized (starting in earlier grades than inquiry-based programs), as are knowledge tests: students are asked to demonstrate they have thoroughly learned the content of the course, and can apply that knowledge to novel and challenging problems or questions.
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Teaching approach: The study of science is an integral part of the curriculum, with all students taking foundation courses in Science 9 and 10, a Science and Technology 9 elective, and at least one Science 11 elective. Many students gain Grade 11 credits in all three major sciences – physics, chemistry and biology – with a significant number studying two Science 12 courses.
Topics covered in curriculum:
Treatment of evolution:
|Evolution as consensus theory|
|Evolution as one of many equally viable theories|
|Evolution is not taught|
In traditional literature programs students focus on decoding the mechanics of texts: plot, characterization, and themes. These texts tend to include a balance of contemporary and “classic” literature. When studying a past work, students investigate its historical context -- but only insofar as this adds understanding to the work itself. Past works are therefore studied “on their own terms”, and not merely as historical artifacts to be deconstructed: traditional literature programs are firmly rooted in the humanities, and carry the belief that great literature can reveal fundamental and universal truths about the human condition. These programs emphasize class discussions and critical essay writing, and aim to develop in students critical thinking, communication skills, and a cultivated taste and ethos.
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What Brentwood College School says: Brentwood students in any grade will study a variety of texts in various rhetorical modes, will write both critical and creative prose in multiple styles, and will learn how to communicate.
Perennialism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes the idea of education being a kind of “conversation” between generations, and so frequently turns to “Great Works” and “Big Ideas” for teaching-content. Perennialist programs approach past works on their own terms; as if they might actually help students understand “today” better. Past works are not viewed as mere historical artifacts, but as gateways to a deeper understanding of the human condition. History (and, by extension, the humanities in general) therefore plays a large role in perennialist curriculums, though social sciences like economics, psychology, and sociology can still be taught. There is a strong Liberal Arts bent to perennialist programs. The key goals are to develop critical thinking, a strong foundation of core knowledge (or “cultural literacy”), and persuasion skills through informed debate and extensive practice in essay writing.
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What Brentwood College School says: The Social Studies Department includes the major disciplines of history and geography and covers government and leadership, global studies, and law. Through the humanities curriculum, each student develops thinking, writing, speaking, listening, and reading skills, and learns how to articulate, modify, and defend a position by learning and analyzing a defined body of content. Additionally, the student learns about the physical world in a geographical context.
The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.
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What Brentwood College School says: With students from over 30 countries on campus, we understand the importance of language proficiency. Our modern language department has a philosophy based on the communicative-experiential approach. The focus of instruction is the purposeful use of the language; in other words, teaching students to get things done, perform real-life tasks, share ideas, and acquire information. While grammar instruction will always have a place, its role is a supportive one to provide useful strategies to facilitate communication and comprehension. Language-learning strategies are important components of the program and are an essential part of our students’ success. Some strategies we use include: recognizing cognates; relying on visual clues; recognizing and adapting language patterns; brainstorming, sharing, revising, editing, and publishing; and using context to support and extend learning.
Languages Offered: • Chinese-Mandarin • French • Spanish • ESL
Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.
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Visual studio philosophy:
What Brentwood College School says: At Brentwood, we believe the Arts promote creativity, self-expression, and teamwork. The arts help students visualize an idea and see a complex process through to reality. They teach patience, humility, and confidence. They enrich the imagination and challenge the mind. They provide balance and perspective. The arts create culture and civilize us.
A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.
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What Brentwood College School says: We have found that when students apply a range of specific strategies to learning languages, they can process information, negotiate meaning, and communicate more effectively. As with most programs, Brentwood integrates technology into the curriculum. We use a web-based program that enables students to develop their listening and speaking skills. We also encourage the marriage of real world technology skills and language through a variety of activities such as the creation of video and webpages in a second language.
What Brentwood College School says: Since 1923, Brentwood has developed a remarkable athletic history that includes championship banners at the regional, provincial and national level and 24 alumni who have gone on to be Olympians. While the end results have been impressive, it is the journey that students remember and cherish the most. Today, we continue to develop student athletes with the goal of supporting the school’s vision, mission, and values.
Approach to teaching religious and secular curricula
|Completely segregated |
We completely segregate or separate secular and religious curricula. We don't teach them together or combine them in any ways.
|Mostly segregated |
We mostly segregate or separate secular and religious curricula. We teach very few, if any, secular and religious subjects together, and we don't combine them in any significant ways.
|Completely integrated |
We completely integrate the secular and religious curricula. We combine the teaching of religious and secular subjects for the entire, or almost the entire, day. Almost all of our units integrate secular and religious instruction.
|Mostly integrated |
We have a highly integrated curriculum. We integrate most of our religious and secular subjects. We teach a few secular and religious subjects on their own, though.
|Not applicable |
This doesn't apply to us because we don't have a religious curriculum.
Approach to teaching religion
|Scripture as literal |
Our religious scripture is a factual text that is literally the word of God. Our task is to understand it and clarify its meaning.
|Scripture as interpretive |
Our religious scripture, while the word of God, is open to interpretation and discussion.
What Brentwood College School says: This information is not currently available.
|Topics||We begin covering this topic at:||Begins in British Columbia|
|Body parts||Gr. 9||K|
|Human development||Gr. 9||K|
|Puberty||Gr. 9||Gr. 4|
|Sexual health and hygiene||Gr. 9|
|Sexually transmitted infections||Gr. 9||Gr. 6|
|Sex and decision-making||Gr. 9||Gr. 8|
|Contraception||Gr. 9||Gr. 6|
|Consent||Gr. 9||Gr. 8|
|Sexual orientation||Gr. 9||Gr. 6|
|Gender identity||Gr. 9||Gr. 6|
|Misconceptions relating to sexuality||Gr. 9||Gr. 8|
|Relationships and intimacy||Gr. 9||Gr. 5|
|Bias and stereotyping about sex||Gr. 9|
|Sexual harassment||Gr. 9||K|
|Body image issues||Gr. 9||Gr. 4|
|Mental illness||Gr. 9||Gr. 7|
|Social justice and diversity||Gr. 9|
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Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.
|Flexible pacing style||= offered|
|Multi-age classrooms as standard|
|Ability-grouping (in-class) as common|
|Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)|
|Regular guided independent study opportunities|
What Brentwood College School says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.
A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.
What Brentwood College School says: As a university preparatory school, the pursuit of academic excellence is one of our school’s fundamental aims. We strive to help students reach levels of achievement that truly reflect their ability, attitude, and effort.
What Brentwood College School says: Brentwood has a long tradition of seeking new and innovative ways to enhance learning for each individual student. An inimitable physical location, our tripartite program, and culture of inclusion and support create a singular place of learning. The underlying foundation of our school can be found in our Boarding Life Initiative which draws all members of this community together. Our students have found that the Brentwood formula results in unparalleled opportunities for educational discipline and experimentation.
Brentwood College School offers limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.
|Support Type||= offered|
|Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation|
|Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties|
Brentwood College School does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.
In grade 12, Brentwood College School students perform an average of 2 hours of homework per night.Nightly Homework
|Brentwood College School||120 mins||120 mins||120 mins||120 mins|
|Site Average||71 mins||82 mins||97 mins||110 mins|
How assessments are delivered across the grades:
|Lettered or numbered grades||9 to 12|
|Parent-teacher meetings||9 to 12|
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|Track & Field|
|Foreign Language Club|
|Boarding (Domestic: in province)||$47,800|
|Boarding (Domestic: out of province)||$48,800|
|Discount Type||Enrollment Type||Amount|
|Full payment||all students||$1,000|
|Grade range that need-based aid is offered:||9 to 12|
|Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid||27%|
|Average aid package size||$19,417|
|Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid||27%|
|Total aid available||$10,000,000|
This school works with Apple Financial Inc. for processing financial applications
Our Admissions department has a rolling admissions policy and accepts applications throughout the year until the school is fully enrolled.
|Brentwood College School|
|Eligibility Details: Students grade 9 to 10—The Governors' Entrance Scholarships recognize and reward academic excellence, responsible citizenship and leadership potential. Awards range from $1000 to $10000 and are designed for talented young Canadians entering Grade 9 or 10 as borders in the following September. Must currently be enrolled in a Canadian school and demonstrate high academic ability.|
|Application Details: Governors' Entrance Scholarship test written in April 9, 2011.|
|For more details, visit: www.brentwood.bc.ca/admissions/financial-information/financial-aid-and-scholarships.html|
|Average enrollment per grade||129|
|Gender (grades)||9 to 12 (Coed)|
|Boarding offered||Gr. 9 - 12|
|% in boarding (total enrollment)||79%|
|% in boarding (grade-eligible)||79%|
|Interview||9 - 12|
|SSAT (out of province)|
|Entrance Exam(s)||9 - 12|
Our Admissions department has a rolling admissions policy and accepts applications throughout the year until the school is fully enrolled.
Type of student Brentwood College School is looking for: At Brentwood we seek the right fit for both the student and our school. We only accept students who choose to be here; no one is sent to our school. We seek students who value opportunity, embrace challenge, and are prepared to enrich our vibrant, friendly boarding school community. We find the students best suited to Brentwood's course of studies are those capable of succeeding in a tripartite university-preparatory programme. This means that admission is not solely based on an applicant's academic potential, but also on character and eagerness to participate actively in our arts and athletic programmes. We care about what students accomplish in and out of the classroom. Application to Brentwood is always competitive and we encourage families to start the application process as early as possible.
Student Entry Points
|Average graduating class size||150|
|*Canadian "Big 6" placements||N/A|
*Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University, University of Alberta, or Dalhousie University.
**Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)
|Alastair Gillespie||1940||Federal MP with cabinet positions in: Industry, Trade and Commerce; Energy, Mines and Resources; State for Science and Technology. Officer of the Order of Canada. Rhodes Scholar.|
|Wade Davis||1971||Award-winning anthropologist and ethnobotanist, particularly famous for his best-selling book, "The Serpent and the Rainbow." Named to list of "Explorers of the Millennium" by the National Geographic Society.|
|Eva Shockey||2006||First woman in 30 years to make the front cover of Field & Stream magazine and co-host for her father Jim Shockey's television shows on Outdoor Channel.|
|Clifton Murray||1998||The Tenors are a vocal quartet perform operatic pop music that is a mixture of classical and pop.|
With one of the biggest moments in the history of the sport coming up later this year, the Canadian women’s rugby sevens team spent a day on the field at Brentwood College School late last month.
Canada will be one of 12 teams in the field as rugby sevens makes its Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro in August. The team is also making its way through the 2015/16 World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series, with a stop in Atlanta coming up this weekend. The session at Brentwood was a combined conditioning day for the Canadian players and a chance for the coaches to get a last look before setting the roster for Atlanta.
“All in all it was pretty good,” Canadian coach John Tait said. “We train on turf most of the time, so it was good to get out on the grass.”
Grass is “more forgiving,” Tait said, while turf is better for building up speed. Both the Atlanta Sevens and the Olympic tournament will be played on grass.
Although she won’t be playing for the team in Atlanta or Rio this year, Brentwood Grade 11 student Denise Roy was out there training alongside the current players, with an eye toward the future.
“Denise is someone we identified a couple of years ago,” Tait said. “She’s not a very big girl, but she’s very fast; she meets a lot of our speed criteria. She’s someone we’re kind of targeting for Tokyo [in 2020].
“She had a chance to work with some of the older girls who play her position on the team right now. And we worked on some fundamentals so she can work on them with her own team.”
Roy played with the Maple Leafs, a development team for the national sevens program, in Hong Kong last summer, and wasn’t out of place.
“She did OK, for someone who was only 15, playing against women,” Tait said.
Shawnigan Lake School graduate Hannah Darling, meanwhile has become a fixture with the national sevens team.
Similar to Roy, Darling was identified by the national program a couple of years ago, and relocated to Shawnigan for her last year of high school so she could be in the national program on a part-time basis.
That set her up for this year, and she has become one of the young players on the squad who have received extra playing time because of injuries to others.
Darling was on the team for the second stop of the series, in Sao Paulo, Brazil and has been named to the Atlanta Sevens squad. According to Tait, it wouldn’t be a stretch for Darling to play in the Olympics as well.
“She’s in a strong position to contend for selection for the team for Rio,” the coach said.
Atlanta marks halfway mark through the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series. Going in, Canada is tied with New Zealand for second in the overall standings. Last year, the Canadians wanted to improve on their third-place finish from 2014, which they did by finishing second. The goals this year are a little different.
“This year is more about trying different combinations and different strategies against opponents, tuning little things up, and improving the tools in our toolbox as we go to Rio,” Tait said.
After the Atlanta Sevens, the next tournament in the series will be the Canadian Sevens in Langford on April 16 and 17.
Boys’ basketball at Brentwood College School looks to have a bright future, at least for the next few years.
An impressive group of Brentwood College junior players capped off a near-perfect season on Tuesday by winning the provincial championship. Backed by tournament MVP Brendan Sullivan, Brentwood defeated Langley’s Walnut Grove 51-43 in the gold-medal game to claim the B.C. junior title. Casper Poelen was named the player of the game for the final, while teammate Bruno Chan was named the tournament’s most outstanding defensive player. Carihi’s squad won the most sportsmanlike team award.
South beats North in female hockey
It was a South sweep over the North last weekend in the battle for the bantam and midget female A Island hockey titles.
In bantam action, the South Island Royals stormed back in the third period to defeat the North Island Impact 3-2 in Game 3 of their best-of-three Island final. The Royals, who play out of Juan de Fuca, trailed the Impact, who are based out of Oceanside Minor Hockey, 2-0 going into the final period but got goals from Yannick Truter, Anika Block and Abby Jackson to come away with the win and earn a trip to the provincial championship tournament.
In the midget final, the Royals A team needed double overtime to edge the Impact 2-1 in Game 2 and sweep their series. Brooklyn Paisley opened the scoring for South Island, but the North equalized midway through the third with a goal from Kyra Blyt. But Haylie Choo played hero for the Royals, notching the winner in the second OT period.
The two Royals squads now gear up for their respective B.C. championships, which will be played March 27-30 in Kamloops in conjunction with the 2016 Women’s World Hockey Championship.
UVic golfers headed to worlds
The CIS announced its team for the upcoming FISU World University Golf Championships in France and there’s some Victoria flavour to it.
On the three-player Canadian women’s squad is Abbotsford product and University of Victoria Vikes golf team member Michaela Abey. She is teamed with Kristen Lee of the University of Alberta and Alexandra Pelletier from Laval University.
On the men’s side, Andrew Funk from the UVic Vikes was named to the team, along with University of Waterloo teammates Gajan Sivabalasingham and Dylan Cave.
And making the trip as head women’s coach is Justin Clews from UVic.
The tournament takes place June 23-26 at Planchetorte Golf Club in Brive-la-Gaillarde, France.
Canucks alumni at The Q Centre
There will be a Tiger on the loose at The Q Centre on Sunday.
Dave (Tiger) Williams leads the Vancouver Canucks Alumni Team into Colwood to face the Heroes Hockey Challenge Warriors. The game is an annual fundraiser that raises money for recovering and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, veterans and their families.
The Canucks Alumni squad will also feature Dave Babych, Kyle Wellwood and special guests Ty Gretzky, Gary Unger and Aaron Pritchett. The Warriors team is made up of Canadian Forces players captained by Rear-Admiral Gilles Couturier.
There will also be a 50/50 and Heroes Hockey Challenge merchandise for sale. Game time is 5:30 p.m. and tickets are $10 and available online at selectyourtickets.com or at the door.
Lace up for the Bazan Bay 5K
The Frontrunners Island Race Series moves to Sidney this weekend as the Synergy Health Management Ltd. Bazan Bay 5K goes Sunday at 11 a.m. at Tulista Park on the Lockside Trail.
Runners can register online (vira.bc.ca/series) until 6 p.m. today or on Saturday at Frontrunners at 1200 Vancouver St., from noon until 3 p.m. There will also be race-day registration on Sunday at Winspear Hall before 10:30 a.m.
The Bazan Bay 5K is the fifth stop in the Island Race Series. It will be followed by the Comox Valley RV Half Marathon on March 20, and the Sooke River 10K on April 3.
The Senior Boys basketball team spent part of their Christmas vacation training together on the beaches of Waikiki. The boys were able to participate in an excellent tune-up tournament and faced some terrific competition against teams from all over the United States. Between games, practices and conditioning sessions, the boys also found time to visit the Polynesian Cultural Center, snorkel with some turtles at Hanauma Bay, do some high speed sailing on a catamaran, take a tour of historic Pearl Harbor and catch a couple of highly entertaining University of Hawaii basketball games. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many and should serve the team well as they gear up for the bulk of their competitive season. The boys play next at the Victoria Police Tournament on January 12 where they will open against Prince Rupert Secondary. Mr. Blake Gage, Coach ...
This morning at 11:05, the Killy Theatre in Brentwoodâs Bunch Centre for the Performing Arts was as full as itâs ever been as 440 students and almost 200 faculty and staff took their seats for a surprise announcement, the type of historic announcement that has occurred only twice in our 50 year history in Mill Bay. Mrs. Andrea Pennells, who has served our school for 30 years, the last dozen as Head of School, and Mr. Bruce Carlson, Class of 1964, past parent and Chair of the Board of Governors, had a secret that they were bursting to share. And share they did. Drum roll pleaseâ¦ Mr. Bud Patel, currently Deputy Headmaster and Principal of the Senior School at St. George's in Vancouver, BC, formerly a teacher, coach and houseparent at Shawnigan Lake School, will be Brentwoodâs new Head of School beginning July 15, 2012. We look forward to warmly welcoming Bud, his wife Wendy, and their two daughters when they arrive this summer. Until then, Mrs. Pennells reminds us that sheâs still the boss! ...
Brentwood's rowing alumni continue to shine in top level competition. Scott Frandsen, Class of 1998, and David Calder, Class of 1996, Silver medalists at Beijing in the pair, recently won the same event at the National Rowing Championships in Welland, Ontario. Fellow Brentwood grad Spencer Crowley, Class of 2007, placed fifth in the pair after winning two Silvers at the Pan Am Games last month. Malcolm Howard, Class of 2001, Gold medalist at Beijing in the eight, was slated to compete in the championships, but he had to miss the event due to an injury. All four of these athletes are now heading back to Victoria to compete for seats for the upcoming 2012 London Olympic Games. The Canadian team will be named in early spring. Jordan Wille, Class of 2010, placed 7th in the men's lightweight single event while Lauren Wilkinson, daughter of Brentwood alumni David Wilkinson, placed 2nd in the women's pair. Please see our website to learn more: http://www.brentwood.bc.ca/ ...
Learning at Brentwood is not limited to the classroom. Students from our advanced Mandarin class participated in the Walk of the Nation annual event and the Cowichan Intercultural Society's thirtieth birthday celebration in Duncan this past week. At this local community multi-cultural celebration, they shared Chinese songs and wisdom and experienced the traditions of other cultures. Mrs. Fang Sun ...
In its 50 / 75 anniversary year, Brentwood College School has much to celebrate, and Head of School, Andrea Pennells, announced today an historic academic hat trick. Three Brentwood master teachers have just been named as recipients of Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence in 2011. The Government of Canada chose October 5, World Teachers Day, to celebrate outstanding educators who are igniting the curiosity of their students and making Canada a better place, one child at a time." Head of Brentwood's Mathematics Department, Harold Wardrop (pictured here with Prime Minister, Stephen Harper), received one of the 26 National Awards. Head of Business and Entrepreneurship, Michael Flynn, and Head of Science, Bruce Tate, garnered two of the 58 Regional Awards. All three Brentwood teachers were recognized as exceptionally innovative leaders who help students excel. Follow the links on the Prime Minister's Awards website to learn more. Here's a preview: "Sherlock Holmes meets Indiana Jones when Harold Wardrop delivers his math class. Equipped with a unique ability to turn an abstract formula into a fun experience they'll talk about at recess, Wardrop tackles math through ice hockey, forensics, wakeboarding and the Vancouver Sky Train. Whether it's a game of Jeopardy or the experience of buying a dream car and living with a roommate, Mr. Wardrop students learn math, real life lessons and have fun doing it." "Skate to where the puck will be reads a plaque on Michael Flynn's office wallÂ¦ and so equipped with hockey metaphors, he teaches his students to adapt in a fast-moving world. In Mr. Flynn's classes, students learn to continue the pass, demonstrate teamwork and eventually score the point. A believer that students learn more by doing than just by listening, Mr. Flynn's classes can even resemble an episode of The Apprentice as students work, implement and at times even capitalize on real business ventures." "Spaghetti bridges, egg catapults, hovercrafts and candle-powered hot air balloonsÂ¦ it's like being taught physics by Einstein himself. But it's not all just fun and games in Bruce Tate's classroom. Confronted with questions like "What if..?" and "Why is that?", students in Mr. Tate's Science program emerge curious, wanting to know more about the universe and why things happen." The Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence program is ..Canada's way of recognizing our best teachers, promote what they have achieved and share their innovative and successful teaching practices." Congratulations to Harold Wardrop, Michael Flynn and Bruce Tate who join biology teacher, Gerry Pennells, as Brentwood faculty on the Prime Minister's Honour Roll! Happy birthday, Brentwood! ...
Famous Canadian comedian Rick Mercer and his crew will be spending the day with us on campus this coming Monday, March 7th. Mr. Mercer will be featuring our storied rowing programme and is sure to produce some laughs for our staff and students. For those of you familiar with the host of the CBC's "ÂÂThe Rick Mercer Report" (http://www.rickmercer.com/), he will be sure to try to get completely involved in all aspects of our rowing programme. Brentwood has produced 21 Olympian rowers and three of them, Scott Frandsen ('ÂÂ98), David Calder ('96) and Harold Backer ('80) will also be involved in the filming. Stay tuned on our website for more details as they emerge. Any questions about Mr. Mercer's visit, please contact the Karen Fisher at [email protected] ...
This past weekend, for the sixth consecutive year, the Senior AA Girls Volleyball team won the North Island Championship. They played three matches, beating Kwalikum, Ladysmith, and Woodlands to take the title. Alia V served well and Madlen A was very strong at the net. Next up for the girls is the Island Championships at SMUS this coming weekend. To get the latest scores and updates in Volleyball, follow us on Twitter: twitter.com ...
Beginning in 2004, Brentwood accepted an offer from Mr. Colin Glassco and Mr. Richard Osler to help build a school, teacherâs residence, and three wells in the Gwembe Valley of Zambia. Five years later, after equipping the school with solar panels, we have reached our goal. This has provided the Student Activities Council with new and exciting opportunities to reach out to those less fortunate. At Brentwood, students understand the importance of education in breaking the cycle of poverty. The charity that we have chosen to support this year is called Grassroot Soccer. Its goal is to educate children in Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and many other African countries about HIV/AIDs through soccer programs. HIV/AIDS is an exponentially growing disease that affects every nation on the planet, but it is most prevalent and destructive in central and southern Africa. Through Grassroot Soccer, we hope to positively affect the lives of many threatened by this pandemic. On Friday, November 5th, Brentwood held its first fundraising event for Grassroot Soccer with a âJersey Dayâ. For two dollars, students were allowed to wear their favorite jersey, from the Vancouver Canucks to Manchester United. Brentwood has already raised nearly $ 1,500 for Grassroot Soccer and we would like to continue to fundraise through admissions to dances and other dress up days. In the future, the SAC would also like to support a village in Peru and help send its youth to university. For more information on this cause and how to donate please visit their website at: http://www.grassrootsoccer.org To learn more about Brentwood's Leadership and Service initiatives please visit our website: http://www.brentwood.bc.ca/the-brentwood-experience/leadership.html ...
In August, 2010, Martin Barakso and Ruben Steinhardt met for the first time at the World Junior Rowing Championships. Ruben was rowing in two seat of the German quad and Martin, stroke seat in the Canadian crew. Martinâs Canadian crew had some last minute illness and were unable to row on the final day, while Rubenâs German quad raced from the front and won the gold medal; they were crowned World Champions. This past weekend, these two young men, one from Nanaimo, the other from Hamburg, teamed up in an international effort to win one of the world`s most prestigious regattas. These two Grade 11 students made a commitment in September to try and win the Youth 2x. Preparing for this event included long rows, weight training, and competitive sessions with the University of Victoria varsity men and the Canadian senior national team. Travelling to Boston with Brentwood coach and alumnus, Harold Backer, the boys had an opportunity to row out of the Harvard boathouse for a day, Northeastern University for a day, as well as tour the Harvard campus. On Sunday morning, with each crew starting at 15 second intervals, Ruben and Martin started 40th of 41. They would have to row in the wake of, and pass, several crews to reach their goal. At the first timed interval, the Brentwood double was 2nd by one second. At the second marker, six seconds in front. At the third marker, eleven seconds in the lead. In the last 800 meters, the Brentwood boys hit some congestion from slower crews in front of them, but they were able to move around these boats and cross the line in 16:58. They waited anxiously as the final crews crossed the line. When the official results came up, Ruben and Martin were champions, beating the silver medalists by four seconds. What is also incredible is that they beat the previous course record by 48 seconds. The Head of the Charles Regatta has been run for 45 years; this record will be very tough to break. This is the third time Brentwood has sent a crew to the Head of the Charles, and the first victory for the school. There were a number of Brentwood alumni racing at the Charles as well. Eric Jackson (2010) was in seven seat for Northeastern University and Spencer Crowley (2007) was rowing for Cal Berkeley in six seat, both in the Championship 8+ event. Cal finished third behind UW and Harvard. Harold Backer (1980) and Greg Hughes (1992) also raced for the Princeton University alumni crew known as the Fat Cat Rowing Club. Greg is also the Head Rowing Coach at Princeton University. ...
Ruben S. recently returned from a trip home to Germany where he received an award as the Top Junior Male Athlete of the year for his hometown, Hamburg. This past summer, Ruben sat in 2 seat of the German quad which won Gold at the Junior World Rowing Championships in Racice, the Czech Republic. Ruben and his Brentwood doubles partner, Martin B, are currently preparing to race at the prestigious Head of the Charles in Boston, Oct. 24-25. Ruben S. ist kÃ¼rzlich aus seiner Heimat Stadt, Hamburg zurÃ¼ck gekehrt wo er die Ehrung zum besten Junior Sportler des Jahres der Stadt erhielt. Im letzten Sommer saÃ Ruben im Deutschen doppel Vierer welcher bei den Junior Welt Meisterschaften in Racice, Czechische Republik, Gold errang. Ruben und sein zweier Partner Martin B bereiten sich zurzeit auf das berÃ¼hmte "Head of the Charles Race" in Boston vor, welches vom am 24.10. 2010 statt findet ...
Every year the College Board recognizes excellence in Advanced Placement exams by awarding various levels of scholarship, the highest category being that of National Scholar. This requires a minimum of five AP courses earning a 4 or 5 grade. Brentwood had a record six Canadian National Scholars recognized this year. Our congratulations go to members of the class to 2010 who earned this prestigious recognition: Alexander Carr (Engineering, Queens), Adryon Kozel (Classics, St. Andrews), Desmond Kong (Medicine, Leicester), Zoe Lye (Liberal Arts, Oberlin), Evan Marback (Medicine, Dundee) and Aron Zharadka (Computer Science, UBC). Dave McCarthy ...
This past week our Brentwood community was thrilled to welcome 150 new students to our campus. Our student body comes from 32 different countries and 6 continents. This is an exciting time of year where new friends meet, and old ones return to reconnect at their "home away from home" . One of our current parents, Adrienne Duffy, along with current student Clara, recently shared their experience in the Globe and Mail: http://www.globecampus.ca/in-the-news/globecampusreport/away-by-choice/ Once again, welcome! We look forward to sharing the 2010-2011 school year with you. Photo: John Ulan/Epic Photography for The Globe and Mail ...
An impressive group of Brentwood College junior players capped off a near-perfect season on Tuesday by winning the provincial championship. ...
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