Opening week was filled with activities for parents and students alike. From family barbecues to coffee parties to sports and games, the campus was rife with excitement as the school kicked off the new year.
The first events of the school year actually took place the last week of August, when the Admissions Office held welcome barbeques for new Middle and Senior School students and their families. New students enjoyed great food and made new friends, while parents connected.
New boarders began to arrive on September 4 and were greeted by this year’s Grade 12 boarders, who gave them a warm welcome and helped them settle in to their new homes. That evening the boarders and their families enjoyed a barbeque with SMUS staff and faculty.
On Wednesday, Head of School Bob Snowden held a special assembly for new students, where he welcomed them into the SMUS community. Mr. Snowden encouraged the new students to make the most of the year and to reach out to older students and to each other. Later the same afternoon, an assembly for all Senior School students was held in the gymnasium in front of the new Blue Jags mural.
The Parents’ Auxiliary welcomed new SMUS parents into the fold with coffee parties at both the Junior and Middle Schools. Mrs. Marie Wizinsky, the Parents’ Auxiliary President, says the events are a great way to kick off the year and talk to parents about the events ahead. “It’s important all parents realize they are part of the school,” she adds.
Early Thursday morning, students from the Junior School had their own assembly, where Mrs. Nancy Richards read an inspirational story about geese and how they are able to travel incredible distances because of their distinctive habit of flying in a united V.
Red and blue balloons dotted the campus early Friday, remnants of a decorating spree by the grad class of 2008, who appear to be starting their celebrations early. Later, the students from the Middle School took to the fields for the first of what will be many house colours activities.
Opening week will close off with the Junior School family barbeque on Friday evening. In boarding, the first house Spirit Day will take place on Saturday with relays and activities.