Don’t be fooled by the name – Alumni Weekend is a celebration of (and for) our entire community, not just students who’ve graduated already.
Alumni Weekend is one of the biggest and most fun events we host on campus each year, and we’re and we’re hosting the 2016 celebration this weekend (April 29-May 1). From graduating class gatherings and Alumni games to an international marketplace and lots of fun activities for the whole family, the Alumni Weekend festivities have something for everyone!
Saturday morning is the start of our a full day of fun for the whole community. The on-campus event begins at 10 a.m. with a delicious pancake breakfast. That’s also when the fun and games begin, with a bouncy castle, inflatable obstacle course and more.
Noon to 3 p.m. is when the International Marketplace and more family fun happens. Try more than 20 different ethnic foods, peruse the marketplace for some unique treasures and pick up a hanging basket or plant. Kids activities will also run throughout the day, including face painting, hair braiding, a pinata and much more.
There will also be participatory entertainment and performances in the Christine Duke Theatre, including African drumming, a Japanese harpist and Salsa dance instructions.
And the fields will be jam-packed all day as the athletes of SMUS yesteryear compete against one another (and our current students). The games begin at 1 p.m. with the Alumni vs. Senior girls field hockey game. The Junior boys rugby team will also kick off against Oak Bay High at that time.
The main field fills up at 3:45 with the annual 1st XV rugby game against Oak Bay’s current line-up. It’s a rematch of the Boot Game, and the Blue Jags are looking for a win.
You can also get to know the school’s history with a visit to the SMUS Archives building (open at 11 a.m.), a campus tour (leaving on the hour between 1 and 3 p.m.) or hear author Ian Mugridge read from his book, University School, St. Michael’s School and the Creation of St. Michaels University School.
Check out the complete schedule of events for Alumni Weekend.
We look forward to seeing all the new and returning faces around campus this weekend!
(photos by Kent Leahy-Trill and Kyle Slavin)