One of the highlights of this week greeted me on Tuesday morning, in a special section in the Globe and Mail newspaper on independent schools. On the second page of the section was an article featuring our school, discussing the role of financial aid in making schools like ours accessible to students from a wide range of economic backgrounds. For those who missed it, here is a link to the article:


The article focuses on one particular student, Ryan Taylor, of Port Alberni, who is able to attend the school through financial support, and who also works during the summer on a double shift to help cover the remaining costs of attending the school. Ryan isn’t alone in this situation, and I am sure every recipient of financial support has his or her own story. An equally impressive story is the satisfaction donors feel in making such opportunities available to these deserving students; in our Annual Fund, for instance, financial aid is now the largest single target of donations, adding a sizeable chunk to the $1.7 million that is given out each year to students from kindergarten to Grade 12. Truly inspiring.


  1. Hello Mr. Snowden,

    Thank you for the link to this article; it is interesting to see the support available to diversifying independent schools.

    I’m currently an MA candidate at UVic in the linguistics department, and my research aims to identify and understand the ramifications of online networking for teens, especially as it relates to school life. I am analyzing how teens express identity online (specifically Facebook), but I am interested in pursuing PhD work in order to further contribute to knowledge of online communication. For instance:

    Q: How do social hierarchies that regulate offline acceptance function online?
    Q: What are the social consequences of teens’ activities on Facebook? To what extent do online identities support or detract from offline identities?

    I was drawn to the SMUS website because it is quite dynamic in comparison to other (public) schools’ websites, and further I’ve appreciated the chance to read your blog and get some insight into SMUS’s principles and goals. Would you be willing to meet with me to talk about how social networks factor into your students’ lives? It is interesting to see you using the internet to open communication channels between the public and SMUS, students, parents, etc.

    Hope to hear from you soon.



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