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SPEECH DAY 1971 This year Speech Day was a very special occasion - we celebrated our tenth anniversary. In the circumstances it was deemed appropriate to keep the occasion purely domestic and no guest speaker was invited. Instead the Head- master ' s report was delivered by t/he Assistant Headmaster, while the Headmaster himself took the place usually allocated to the guest speaker and reminisced about the last ten years. The day ' s activities started at 12:15 p.m. with a highly successful concert performance by the Band and Choir. The auditorium was filled to overflowing with parents and friends who gave both groups a very enthusiastic ovation. There followed a break for lunch and at 2:30 p.m. the presentation of awards ceremony be- gan. The Headmaster ' s report is given below but no amount of cajoling will persuade Mr. Mac- kenzie to allow his comments to be commit- ted to print. He claims that they might con- tain evidence which may be later used against him and, if his hilarious accounts of the activ- ities of former Brentwood boys is close to be- ing accurate, then indeed he may have a point. One can certainly see that he would not wish the imagination, initiative and daring of former students to give ideas to those who are yet to come. This year, there- fore, he pleads to be excused from being quoted and suggests that, if anything is to be reported, perhaps it should be the core of his final message to the boys in which he said that the school had achieved a most enviable repu- tation which should be guarded closely and nurtured carefully by them and future genera- tions of Brentwood boys. Once again he remind- ed them that the Brentwood way was by no means the most comfortable but, if results were to be the criteria, then surely it was a highly ef- fective one. This was said to be the most enjoyable Speech Day ever and certainly the reactions of the many hundreds of parents and friends pres- ent would seem to confirm this thought. Even the weatherman, who ' has been so unkind to us these last months, co-operated magnificently and we had a day of sunshine. 4
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HEADMASTER ' S REPORT (Delivered by the Assistant Headmaster) " Over the past ten years I have received some very strange orders from the Head- master ' s desl^. I thought the height of our bizarre relationship had been reached a couple of years ago when one afternoon I found the following instructions on my desk: " Please collect 12 large boys, proceed to Duncan, and help return Susie to her pit. " Of course I did exactly as instructed. It turned out that Susie was a huge bull elephant. Even this event pales however into relative nor- malcy alongside my situation at this moment. Two weeks ago another mysterious missive read: " On June 19th you Mr. Bunch will be Head- master for the day. " - and, in this capacity, I now wish to extend to you all a very warm wel- come on this our 10th Annual Presentation of Awards ceremony, and to report to you some details of our welfare during the past year. Our academic life continues to be most sat- isfactory. Of those 7 •candidates who wrote ex- aminations for British Columbia Governmental Scholarship awards in June 1970, 2 achieved financial aid at the first class level and 4 at the second class. Amongst our present gradu- ating class, those seated here with us this af- ternoon, there are several students who have already gained admission to North American universities of some prestige. Our Head Pre- fect, Wade Davis, made application to Prince- ton, Harvard, Brown and Williams - was ac- cepted at all four, and will commence his under- graduate studies in September 1971 at Har- vard university where he was named a Freshman Scholar, one of 90 so named from the Freshman class of 1,200. Graham Vink, a Senior Prefect, will commence his pre- medical studies at Stanford university, and Benjamin Koo and Larry Sughroue have also received acceptance from the Ameri- can universities of their choice. Four grad- uates are proceeding to studies at Albertan universities, and of the 21 students who have reached a sufficiently high academic standing to make Early Admission application to our own provincial universities, several are already receiving favourable replies. As the university needs of our graduates become more sophisticated there is a greater call for many more students to write the Am- erican College Board examinations. These na- tion wide tests demand that a student performs with a score of 700 or better out df a total of 800 before he can hope for serious consideration from any noteworthy university. Amongst many other worthy candidates, James Roberts, John Wilson, Peter Farran, Graham Vink and Adrian Carter all received scores in excess of 700, the latter Adrian Carter, registering a full score of 800 in Spanish and 770 in French. In the Annual University of Victoria Hu- manities and Science Symposium competition, entries were again submitted by several stu- dents, and a poetry collection of James Roberts was named as a Presentational Winner. This collection forms a small part of the Humanities display housed in the room at the south end of the Cafeteria. We do hope that during tea you will take a few moments to enjoy these ex- hibits. The Mathematics Department under the guidance of Mr. Burrows sponsored a nine-man team for the Ontario Junior Math Contest. Of the nine, seven were named to the Vancouver Island Honour Roll and one Grade XI student, Paul Davis, placed fourth amongst all students competing from 35 Vancouver Island schools. Our debating team has grown considerably in prowess, not to mention in cynicism, since it was first mentioned to you last year. In March, spearheaded by Wade Davis and Gra- ham Vink, we gained the Hammerskjold Trophy for the British Columbia High schools cham- pionship. In the following month the same stu- dents headed the Provincial Delegation to the National Finals in Toronto. In this competition Graham Vink was named a national finalist - a most impressive performance when one consid- ers only isix were so honoured from the 80 or so students competing. Our summer term exchange programme instituted Ikst year has continued very satisfac- torily in this current term. Two of our Grade X students have spent the term at Lakefield School, Peterborough and two others at Trinity College School in Port Hope. In exc ' hange we have enjoyed as our guests in Grade XII, Alan Austin and Hugh Ambrose from Trinity Col- lege School and, in Grade X, Stephen Jones from Lakefield School. It has been a delight to have these gentlemen with us and I would like to take this opportunity to wish them well in the future and to assure them they will always be welcome guests in our school - with or with- out their harmonicas. Visitors to the school throughout the year have often been surprised, but always thrilled, to find many of our students so actively en- gaged in the ever-growing Fine Arts Depart- ment. This programme, featured on three af- ternoons per week, has students singing, act- ing, potting, painting, blowing, thumping, scraping - even tie-dieing. I would ask parents who discover that their son ' s entire underwear is now tie-die pink, not to be too alarmed - it ' s all in the cause of ART. In all seriousness however, whilst recog- nising the new value and acceptance of these courses in terms of graduation programmes, we at Brentwood do very sincerely believe that the Fine Arts are first and foremost a very vital part of any young person ' s development. 5
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