Brentwood College School
|Brentwood College School|
De Manu in Manum
From Hand To Hand
|2735 Mount Baker Road
Mill Bay, British Columbia, V0R 2P1
|School type||Private Day and Boarding|
|Head of School||Bud Patel|
|Enrollment||350 boarders and 80 local day students|
|Area||47 acres (190,000 m2)|
|Colour(s)||Red and Black
|Last updated: 2009|
Brentwood College School is a co-educational boarding school that focuses on preparing students for the challenges of post-secondary education. This school is located on Vancouver Island in Mill Bay, British Columbia, Canada.
Brentwood was first founded in 1923. The original location was in Brentwood Bay near Saanich on Vancouver Island, from where its name was derived. The original school was destroyed by a fire in 1947, leaving only the chapel intact. The current school is located westward directly across the bay from the original site, in Mill Bay. The new version of the school opened in September 1961. In 1972, Brentwood College became the first all-boys boarding school in Canada to gradually integrate girls, starting with 20 grade 12 students, becoming officially co-ed for the fall session.
This oceanfront school has tennis courts, rugby fields, eight student residences, two academic buildings, a rowing boat house, laundry facilities, a cafeteria, a sportsplex, and a health center.
In 1995, the T. Gill Bunch Centre was built. This 20,000-square-foot (1,900 m2) performing arts centre houses a theatre in addition to acting, dance, and singing facilities. This building uses a geothermal loop for heating and cooling as part of the school's commitment to sustainable energy. A new dining hall and student services centre was completed in February, 2010. This new facility has been designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards. Practices have also been taught to the students in order to assist the faculty in consuming less water and electricity.
Brentwood offers university preparatory education from grade 9 to 12. Brentwood has been ranked consistently as one of the top academic high schools in British Columbia. Students participate in Brentwood's tri-partite programme (academics, arts, and sports). All graduates attend post-secondary education (78% to their first choice of university). The most popular countries for post-secondary education are Canada, Scotland, England, and the United States. 2009 graduates received offers from over 100 universities, including Oxford University, Duke University, Brown University, Colgate University, Queen's University, University of Victoria, University of British Columbia, and University of St Andrews.
Advanced Placement Courses
- Cross Country Running
- Field Hockey (girls only)
- Ice hockey
- Outdoor Pursuits (Kayaking, Canoeing, Hiking, Biking, Rock climbing, Survival skills
- Learn to Swim & Lifesaving
- Volleyball (girls only)
- Weight training
- Acting and Musical theatre
- Art Foundation, Drawing, and Painting
- Audio engineering
- Concert Choir
- Creative Science
- Dance (Ballet, Tap dance, Jazz dance, Hip hop dance)
- Debating and Public speaking
- Digital art
- Digital and Traditional Photography
- Computer-aided Drafting and Design
- Environmental art
- Jazz Band Ensemble and Jazz Combo
- Pops orchestra
- Portfolio Program
- Private tuition: Piano, Voice, Music theory, Guitar, Harp, Percussion, Woodwinds, Brass, Strings
- Rock Band
- Theatre Production
- Video journalism and Video production
Extracurricular activities, clubs and organizations
- Chess Club
- Community Service
- Debate Club
- Foreign Language Clubs
- Model United Nations
- Science Club
- Stock Market Analysis
- Student Activities Council (SAC)
- Student Executive Council (SEC)
- Student Peer Assistance Resource Counselors (SPARC)
- Brentwood Environmental Action Team (BEAT)
- Yearbook Publishing
Currently, the school offers bursaries, financial aid, and The Governor's Entrance Scholarship to eligible Canadian students. Approximately 20% of students receive some type of financial assistance.
- 2009 Rowing Boys Overall Points National Champions
- 2009 Rowing Junior Boys National Champions (4 Gold)
- 2009 Provincial Champions, Girls' Rugby
- 2009, 2008 Provincial Champions, Boys’ Rugby
- 2008 Canadian Junior Boys & Junior Girls National High School Champions, Rowing
- 2007 Provincial, ISA & Vancouver Island Champions, Girls’ Volleyball
- 2007 Finalist, Henley Royal Regatta, England, Rowing
- 2007 Rowing Senior Men National Champions (8 and 4)
- 2007 Rugby Provincial Finalists, Boys’ Rugby
- 2006, 2003, 2002, 2000 Canadian Men’s National High School Champions, Rowing
- 2006 Provincial, Vancouver Island and ISA Champions, Girls’ Volleyball
- 2006 Vancouver Island Champions, Boys’ Soccer
- 2006 ISA Champions, Junior Boys’ Soccer
- 2005 ISA and Vancouver Island Champions, Girls’ Field Hockey
- 2005 Canadian Junior Boys’ National High School Champions, Rowing
- 2005 Cowichan Valley High School Champions, Ice Hockey
- 2005 Bronze Mid Island Championships, Junior Boys’ Basketball
- 2005 Mid Island Champions, Junior Girls’ Basketball
- 2005 Provincial bronze medallists, Boys’ Rugby
- 2005, 2004 Provincial Girls’ Rugby Champions (Tier 2)
- 2004, 2001, 2000 Provincial Tennis Champions
- 2003 Canadian Women’s National High School Lightweight Champions, Rowing
- 2003 Canadian Champions - Overall points - Girls - Rowing
- 2001, 2000 Canadian National High School Champions, Rowing
Brentwood College has been continuing to gain a sound reputation in the rowing world. Brentwood College graduates include 2008 Beijing Olympic medalists Scott Frandsen (Class of 1998), Dave Calder (Class of 1996) in the Men's Heavyweight 2- event, and Malcolm Howard (Class of 2001) in the Men's Heavyweight 8+ event.
Brentwood has hosted its own regatta annually since the early 1970s, inviting high schools and junior clubs across Canada and the United States to participate in a 1,500 metre sprint. The regatta is held every year in April for three days. The Brentwood regatta is a large high school rowing regatta, attracting over 1,500 athletes and coaches in 2009.
- Lieutenant Commander John H Stubbs (1930) – WWII commander of HMCS Athabaskan
- Hon. Alastair Gillespie, P.C. O.C. (1941) – senior member of Pierre Trudeau's cabinet
- Colonel Philip (Pip) D P Holmes (1941) – RAF Bomber Command, WWII
- Dr. Wade Davis (1971) – ethnobotanist, author and activist
The following Olympic athletes attended Brentwood College.
|Name||Graduation Year||Sport||Competition Years|
|Bruce Ford||left in 1970||Rowing||1980–1988|
|Connor Grimes||2001||Field Hockey||2002-ongoing|
- Gold: Blair Horn, Darren Barber, Malcolm Howard.
- Silver: Tom Herschmiller, Scott Frandsen, Dave Calder.
- Bronze: Ned Pratt, Bruce Ford.
- CAIS - Canadian Accredited Independent Schools
- FISA - Federation of Independent School Associations
- NAIS - National Association of Independent Schools
- SSATB - Secondary School Admission Test Board
- TABS - The Association of Boarding Schools
- WBSA - Western Boarding Schools Association
- About Brentwood College School - Private Canadian Boarding at brentwood.bc.ca
- Students of Brentwood College School - Canadian Boarding School at brentwood.bc.ca
- Thomson, Ashley and Sylvie Lafortune. Handbook of Canadian Boarding Schools. Toronto: Dundurn Press, 1999.
- Prowse, Nicholas R.B. Kindled from the Ashes: A Short History of Brentwood College. Victoria: Brentwood, 2002.
- BC Hydro - Brentwood College School, PowerSmart Success Stories
- GeoExchange BC Case Study: Ocean Heats & Cools Brentwood College School Theatre
- Brentwood College rowing coaches receive awards for 25+ years
- Brentwood College School Hosts Boys and Girls Rowing Regattas