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superbly well captained by Jamie Delmotte, finished third in I.S.A. competition, one victory away from first place. Against arch-rivals, S.M.U. we have won three of our last five matches, but we are having difficulty beating St. George ' s who this year took both games by a single point. The 1st XV completed their season with a tour of France, Spain and the U.K. A Brentwood Ice-Hockey team, for the first time since Mr. Ford and I gave up the coaching reins, won the Independent Schools ' championship, led by the superbly effective offensive abilities of the captain Peter Bourne. I asked John Garvey for the Senior Soccer highlights. He said he didn ' t have any — low beams only in fact (and a great deal of rain) characterized the 1st Xl ' s season. The U15 ' s, though, won the I.S.A. championship, so soccer ' s future seems assured. Most remarkable, though, on the soccer front, was our Girls ' Soccer Team. Competing for the first time in the League, the girls reached the Island Finals and the Provincial Play-Offs. The Brentwood girls had an exceptional year, too, in almost every other area of athletic commitment, winning I.S.A. championships in Basketball, Volleyball, and ranking eighth in B.C. in field hockey. The highlight for them was undoubtedly the Field Hockey Tour, involving games and cultural experiences in the U.K., Belgium and Holland. The school is grateful for the strong leadership provided by seniors Alison McKinney, Jocelyn Mills, Gigi de Gobeo and Valsamyn Ross, to mention but four. In Basketball, any rumours that Steve Cowie has been named coach of the Seattle Supersonics are simply not true, but they might have been, for Anderson, Stockwell, Pickles and Barrett led the senior team to a top-place Mis-Island finish. The junior boys had an exceptionally fine season too. Mr. Wynne ' s cross country group won the Independent Schools ' Championship for the ninth consecutive year whilst for the very first time, our tennis team fought their way to the provincial finals. In non-competitive sports our swimming program, under Mrs. Pitt ' s experienced and expert guidance, qualified 150 candidates at Bronze Medallion level or above. Our outdoor training group, the Rambling Club, found time not only for several challenging excursions but also for charity fund raising. They also participated in the Duke of Edinburgh ' s Award scheme, gaining 21 Bronze Awards, 7 silvers and 9 golds. Mr. and Mrs. Wingate have may particular thanks for the initiatives they take in this important area. Finally, I should report that our Coxed Four, rowing as Canada, placed sixth in the Grand Final at last summer ' s World Youth Rowing Championships. It is amazing to think that this small school can hold its own with the likes of East Germany and the Soviet Union. This season the Rowing Club has continued to enhance its reputation. Special mention should go to John Queen ' s Senior Lightweight Crew for winning the Silver Medal at the Canadian High School Championships. More than in this, though, the entire Club past and present, and especially the coaches John Queen and Tony Carr, can take justifiable pride in the selection of eight Brentonians to the Canadian Olympic Rowing Team. If winning is important, if gaining awards is significant, then once again this year we have had more than our share of success with our Fine Art and Athletic endeavours. Undoubtedly, however, the massive involvement of everyone in the school in these programs and the consequent creation of life-long interests for so many, constitutes the main reason we give them such emphasis. We aim to offer a well-rounded, demanding education, a goal I feel we have reached during this school year. At this point, Mr. Ross paused to allow the presentation, by the Heads of Department, of the Academic Awards. Mrs. Eyton then presented other special major awards, details of which are recorded elsewhere. The Awards Ceremony concluded with Andrew Maile — Head Prefect — expressing the thanks of the school to the visiting guests. As a postscript to the Ceremony, Mr. Ross thanked personally those students who had, through prefectship, or the S.A.C. done much to assist in the running of the school. Particularly well-appreciated were his words of recognition to the House Masters ' wives and to Mrs. June Wynne. Finally, Mr. Ross announced the retirement of Hugh Brackenbury from the Staff. Colleagues and students rose spontaneously and exploded into a thunder of applause in appreciation and support of the words of gratitude and hope offered by Mr. Ross to Mr. Brackenbury. Liz Tuck, too, was leaving, and the equally loud applause can have left her in no doubt of the school ' s affection for her. So another Awards Day ended, and the drift away for a long, hot summer began.
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THE HEADMASTER ' S REPORT Before delivering his annual report, the Headmaster introduced the platform party to the large audience. Join- ing Sir Michael Butler, the Chairman of the Governing Board, and Mr. Gil Bunch, the Assistant Headmaster, were the guests of honour, Mr. and Mrs. Rhys Eyton — Mr. Eyton President of Pacific Western Airlines, and Mrs. Eyton a Governor of the School. Introductions com- pleted, there followed a few words from Sir Michael, before Mr. Ross began his report. Mr. Ross said: This annual report will attempt to review the year, but the short time available relative to what must be covered, will again make it difficult to describe adequate- ly the last 35 weeks. Act One, the thirteen week fall term, began with a welcome to 115 new students on September ' s first Wednesday and jumped to a full start on the Saturday which followed ... a day which came alive with the return of 240 students from the previous year. In the first week the Rugby Club prepared for their season, academic course work began, Hello Dolly was cast, volleyball players took over the Gym, brushes stirred in the Art Room and heat poured from the pottery kiln. This hectic start set a furious pace for the year, a pace sus- tained until now. It is little wonder some of our graduates look a touch tired. This is a reflection not only of their lateness to bed last night, but of the fact that the 1983-84 school year has been a very busy one and, in many respects, vintage in quality. The Visual Arts program has again produced work of fine quality, superior, perhaps, in both quantity and degree of excellence to any other year. Though Grade 12 students such as John Davis, Kirsty Robertson, Don Mathieson, Nigel Yonge, Tom Davis, Jennifer LeBlond and Richard Langer have been prominent in the program, the enthusiasm and talent at other grade levels ensures a strong future. Indeed, in the only local competition available to us, our students won seven of nine awards, two of them taken by our Grade 8 ' s in competition with Grade 12 students from all other schools in the area. Photographers Nenzen and Matsushita, O ' Hara and Ian Martin, although excessively attracted by the photogenic qualities of the Headmaster ' s dog, provid- ed ample evidence, through displays and their picture journal, that 1983 was a banner year for the Photographic Society. The Drafting program, now two years old and firm- ly established, will next year be extended to include mechanical drawing. This step is being taken to better prepare those of our students who are seriously con- sidering architectura l or engineering studies. I am glad to report that 190 students, well over half the school, take visual arts instruction here at Brentwood. Over 200 students, however, have been enrolled in Performing Arts programs which flourished as never before. Concerts, given by our Instrumentalists high- lighted fine individual performances from Vivian Still well, Elizabeth Engen, Matthias Huhne and Peter Pundy. The Senior Band combined with a newly formed Jazz Socie- ty to provide first-class entertainment on a number of occasions. I must, however, express some disappoint- ment, because we simply cannot find the performance hours needed to satisfy the demand generated by the reception these groups deservedly received. The Dancers, in addition to their challenging course work, gave a most memorable display, hosted a workshop for 80 local elementary school children and spent countless hours in rehearsal for Hello Dolly. In that show Milo Shandel and his waiters, par- ticularly Hall Risk, will not be forgotten. Nor will Kevin Hare and Dion Luther who will both be greatly missed. It is my pleasure to wish them great success with their theatrical careers which will surely follow. Another truly memorable performance was given by Leslie Carmichael. I shall remember this card-carrying Dolly whenever I enter the auditorium. To the cast and the crew, to Bob and Mrs. Cooper, Mrs. MacLean, Mrs. Windsor, Mrs. Burrows, Mr. Cook, Mr. Allpress, Mrs. Wingate and Mr. Baldwin and his ushers, my grateful thanks. But my very special thanks to Gil Bunch. If I may say so, many other very fine productions notwithstanding, Hello Dolly was the finest piece of musical theatre that Gil — and so Brentwood — has produced. It would surely rank highly on any scale of standards. Finally, before my commentary moves to athletics, I want to mention that a Junior Drama Society was formed this year, under Mr. Baldwin ' s guidance. It brought a new dimension to Brentwood theatre — one we all noticed, for presentations took place in almost every corner of the campus. George Saunders and Nicky Ford going off to see the Wizard, My ma ' s four handed make-up session, the Anti-Feminist Rally, Grade 8 ' ers Olsen and Parker demonstrating their talents were involved in scenes which I hope will be repeated, as for the first time in several years, Junior Drama thrived at the school. Now, I must move from telling you of our flourishing Fine Arts to tell you of our equally flourishing Athletic program. In competitive sports the highlights were many and included a rugby season in which our Mice, the Grade 8 team, had its best season in five years under the captaincy of Simon Mais. The Colts A played 27 games, scoring a record 80 tries. They won four of six matches on their U.K. tour. The Colts B lost their first three games, then won their next ten to take the I.S.A. championship. This Colts group should certainly provide the talent needed for our senior teams next September. At the Senior level this season, our Thirds, Fourths, Fifths and Sixths all recorded I.S.A. Championships. Our 1st XV,
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Board of Governors HONORARY GOVERNORS Forrest Rogers — Hon. Chairman H. Richard Whittall John W. Pitts Peter A. Cherniavsky James A. Angus Brian L Bramll David D. Mackenzie Mrs. Gordon T. Southam Hugh R. Stephen BOARD OF GOVERNORS Sir Michael Butler — Chairman (Victoria) John R. McLernon — Vice-Chairman (Vancouver) Bryan Scott-Moncrieff — Secretary (Sidney) Brian A. Kenning — Treasurer (Vancouver) Robert G. Annable (West Vancouver) G. Jolyon Briggs (Prince George) L. Bruce Carlson (Calgary) Robert W. Chapman (Edmonton) Robert J. Dawson (Calgary) Mrs. Lynn Eyton (Calgary) Harry A. Ford (Calgary) Mrs. Jane Heffelfinger (Victoria) Roger F. Hemeon (Vancouver) Philip D.P. Holmes (Victoria) Dr. Norman B. Keevil (Vancouver) Dougald M. Lamb (Vancouver) C. Ralph Loder (Edmonton) Mrs. Sherrill MacLaren (Vancouver) Patrick D. Stewart (Victoria) Ralph Thrall Jr. (Lethbridge) C. (Kip) Woodward (Edmonton) Dr. Maurice D. Young (Vancouver)
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