by Paul Leslie, Director of Admissions
Dear SMUS Team:
Congratulations to all on an excellent and well organised orientation week. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and finally meeting you all. It has all contributed to being sure we have made the right decision in choosing SMUS. We feel we have become part of a new community, coupled with the discovery of beautiful Victoria. We set off for home today with very good memories.
If positive feedback is our measuring stick, we can rest assured that this year’s New Boarder Orientation, Registration and WEB/Link Leaders programs were very successful indeed. The Admissions Office has received a number of emails and comments from parents like the one above that the welcome offered to our new families was truly above and beyond.
The campus-based activities, which started on Saturday, attempted to break up the time spent filling out forms and trying on uniforms with lunches, tours and sessions with boarding house parents designed to immerse new families in SMUS culture. Off-campus highlights included two busloads of families hitting Victoria’s major shopping destinations to buy the necessities that help turn a dorm room into a home, as well as a crowd of 205 descending on Moxie’s, Milestones and Earl’s to share a meal and get to know one another.
The welcoming and orientation continued right through to Wednesday with the work of our WEB and Link Leaders. This group of teachers and current student leaders rallied to help calm our new students’ nerves and make the SMUS community feel welcoming, inclusive and approachable.
The welcome is just the beginning and, as our new and returning students settle in over the weekend, we look forward to many firsts over the weekend: first Saturday morning brunch at Brown Hall, first House Games, first Chapel and first Community Dinner.
To see more pictures from opening week, go to the SMUS Photo Gallery. If it’s your first time, take a look at How to Download Pictures from the SMUS Photo Gallery.