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Spring Break Exchange: Ecuador

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Two Senior School students write about their exciting exchange trip to Quito, Ecuador during Spring Break.

THE JAG: Thinking About an Exchange?

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by Saje Griffith Ever thought about doing an exchange? Do you enjoy getting to know people from other places and cultures? Wondering what other people think...
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Student Exchanges Offer Cultural Immersion

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“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have...
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Why Go On An Exchange?

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by Jasper Johnston, Grade 10 This March break, I get the amazing opportunity to travel with two other Senior School students, Oria James and Emily...

An Educational Exchange

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Grade 11 student Kalkidan Amare didn't know quite what to expect when she signed up for our student exchange program and spent a term...
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SMUS Student Shining on Japan Exchange

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by Dawn Wilson, Director of Education Extension Keenan Manhas has been studying at Fukuoka Daiichi High School in Fukuoka, Japan since September of last year....

SMUS Students Experience Exchanges

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by Erin Anderson, editor Every year, SMUS students have the opportunity to experience education in other provinces and countries, including Australia, Japan and India. Students...

Exchange Students Return Home

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Last month, two groups of exchange students, one from Quebec and one from Australia, returned home after a month-long exchange at our school. Four...
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Farewell to Our 2019-20 Retirees

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Celebrating the SMUS faculty and staff who are retiring this school year

The Impact of Remote Learning on Visual Arts Class

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Middle School art teacher Leanne Wilkins highlights how students are adapting to learning visual art from home

Service Opportunities – January 23

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On Wednesday, January 29 we will be baking muffins that will be donated to local breakfast programs. This will be happening right here on...

Service Opportunities – December 9

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Oaklands Community Association is looking for volunteers for upcoming holiday events. There are a variety of dates and options including a Breakfast with Santa...

Carol Service: Traditions and Rituals Connecting a Community

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The SMUS community gathers for the annual Carol Service to enjoy music and thoughtful student reflections
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A Letter to Parents – November 2019

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Head of School Mark Turner highlights recent community successes ahead of our next Budget Information Evening

Service Opportunities – November 28

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Come out on Wednesday, December 4 to volunteer to bake Christmas cookies right here on campus. We have eight spots to fill and you...

Service Opportunities – November 20

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Every year, SMUS helps out with the take-down for the Jingle Mingle, which is a fundraiser for the BC Cancer Foundation. This event is...

Sharing Our Commitment to Community

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Adrian French highlights how our Spark Nights help build upon our collective wisdom and commitment to youth

Sun Shine

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The new Sun Centre student commons and dining hall is at the heart of student life and community

Service Opportunities – February 7

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Victoria Seedy Saturday is coming up on February 16. This is Victoria’s premier seed and garden event featuring educational speakers, gardening workshops, a seed...

Service Opportunities – January 24

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Victoria Seedy Saturday is coming up on February 16. This is Victoria's premier seed and garden event featuring educational speakers, gardening workshops, a seed...

An Interview With Mr. Xavier Abrioux ’76

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An extended interview with Mr. Xavier Abrioux '76 from the Winter 2018 edition of School Ties

Service Opportunities – December 13

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The Gift Wrap event is one of The Mustard Seed’s annual, volunteer-driven fundraising events. During the month of December, more than 100 volunteers participate...

Service Opportunities – December 6

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Ho Ho Ho! The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign is one of the most recognizable annual fundraising initiatives and the funds raised are critical...

Service Opportunities – November 26

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There is a volunteer opportunity on Thursday, Dec. 6. This is a SMUS sponsored event and transportation and a chaperone are provided. Organizers of...

Spring Break Rugby Trip: Australia

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Grade 12 student Ranon Ng writes about the timeless memories made on the SMUS rugby trip to Australia.

SMUS Rugby Tour: March 18-19

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The 2018 SMUS Rugby Tour continues on through Australia with their arrival in Canberra and games against St Edmund's College

2018 Rugby Tour: March 10-13

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The 2018 SMUS Rugby Tour hits the road and heads to Australia – by way of Vancouver and a quick stop to watch the World Rugby 7s tournament

Service Opportunities – January 11

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Volunteers are an important part of the Victoria Women In Need Society. They are always looking for volunteers to help out at their retail...

Bob the Builder

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We look back at the legacy of recently retired Head of School Bob Snowden, after serving 22 years in the leadership role at St. Michaels University School

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mrs. Beth Johnston

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Chemistry teacher Mrs. Beth Johnston is highlighted in this week's Teacher Feature. She's also opening up her classroom as part of Fall Spark Open House on Oct. 20
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SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Eliot Anderson

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Mr. Eliot Anderson, Director of the Senior School, is highlighted in the latest SMUS Teacher Feature
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SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Bob Snowden

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Head of School Mr. Bob Snowden, who retires at the end of this school year, is highlighted in the SMUS Teacher Feature

“Best Exploratory Ever” Pairs Middle Schoolers with Local Seniors

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"I don’t know if there will ever be something at school that will impact me the way this did." Middle School students reflect on a unique partnership they made with residents at a local seniors home
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SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Emily Deslaurier

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Junior School French teacher Ms. Emily Deslaurier is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature
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SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Dariol Haydock

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Middle School assistant director Ms. Dariol Haydock is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature
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SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Alison Galloway

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Grade 3 teacher Ms. Alison Galloway is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

Putting the “Service” in Christmas Carol Service

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Our annual Christmas Carol Service brings the community together for a beautiful evening of music and student reflections

Service Opportunities – December 8

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On Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, you can help the Victoria Brain Injury Society at the “Chuck a Puck” fundraising night at the Save-On Foods...

Athletics Week in Review: November 3

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Basketball, soccer, rugby, volleyball, squash and cross-country are covered in this week's SMUS Athletics Week in Review.
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Bits and Pieces

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My industrious and dedicated assistant, Jennifer White, was musing on my schedule at this special time of the year. Bemused, she repeats to me...
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The Rare Birds of China

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One of the highlights of my role is to swell with pride when I hear our students or alumni praised. On September 7 – yes,...

Duke Of Edinburgh Participants: UVic Event

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Tuesday, February 2 6-8:30 p.m. University of Victoria- David Strong Building - Room 112  Victoria, BC The Duke of Edinburgh's Award BC & Yukon Division is thrilled to...
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Summer days…

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Before summer memories fade away completely, I asked our students to share some interesting things they did over the summer holidays. Jonathan attended the Shad Program at...
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Aspiring Young Fashion Designer Wins National Student Design Contest

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For someone who only recently took an active interest in the fashion world, Kiko Wu is very quickly making her talents known. The Grade 11 student...
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Athletics Week in Review: May 5

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After winning the league early last week, the Senior badminton team entered the City tournament April 30 as top seed and slight favourites. Jake You and Theo Wu played especially...

2015 Rugby Tour: Carnival

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It was an early morning departure from Barcelona, with the tour group still buzzing from the previous day's visit to La Sagrada Familia. The...
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Happy SMUS Year! Looking Back at 2014

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As is customary for most people at this time of year, the first days of January is a time for reflection; looking back at the previous 365...

Gift Wrappers!

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The Mustard Seed of Victoria is seeking friendly individuals to volunteer as gift wrappers for their Spirit of Giving Campaign. They are currently in...
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Looking ahead: applying to the UK

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The UCAS (University and College Admission Service) has activated its apply system (Apply 2015) much earlier than usual.  Just go to this link: http://www.ucas.com/apply/undergraduate  Make sure...

Greater Victoria Public Library Programs

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  Greater Victoria Public Library Programs Middle School & High School - Summer 2014   Teen Volunteers Needed at the Public Library    Volunteers ages 13-18 are needed to help...
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Grade 9 & 10 Closing Ceremony

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While our Grade 9 and 10 students are not entering their final year of SMUS or heading off to university, the end of the...

Lifetime Networks – Music Volunteer

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Volunteer Opportunity Lifetime Networks is currently seeking someone to volunteer with the Music program during the month of June. This organization builds and maintains networks of lifetime friendships to...
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Service Day: Fundraising for Nicaragua

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Throughout the year, Service Days offer students a chance to shed their uniform in exchange for a small donation to a good cause. Next...

Hartland Open House

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Are you interested in participating in a fun and interactive CRD event? They need your help to make this year’s Hartland Open House a huge...

Point Ellice – Sunday

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It looks like spring is here – hooray! Point Ellice has some upcoming restoration events. They have a few work parties lined up for March and...

Forward Equestrian and Wellness Centre

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Forward Equestrian & Wellness Centre (www.forwardequestrian.ca) is looking for volunteers for a variety of duties. They provide equestrian activities and evidence based equine assisted therapy...
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Ryan Taylor, SMUS Class of 2011, comments on Colgate University

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Colgate University, nestled in the heart of central New York, is an ideal school for students who love the close-knit and vibrant campus life...

Kids and Art!

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Shyness and Bloom is an art studio that holds art classes for kids from 3-12 years old. They are looking for volunteers to help...

Middle School Conference – Presenters Needed!

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Do you have an amazing idea about Leadership that you want to share with middle school students? Are you an expert on something that...

Duke of Edinburgh Award Recipients 2013

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The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is an exciting self-development Programme available to all young people ages 14-25, equipping them with life skills to make a...

Salvation Army – Fun Run

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The Salvation Army Santa Shuffle Fun Run is looking for volunteers on December 7th. Volunteers will stand at road crossings to ensure the shufflers cross safely...

Companion

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Here is a unique opportunity to join a small circle of friendship around a fantastic woman with Huntington's disease who lives at a care...

Senior Girls Volleyball: Race for the Lindal Cup

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The Senior girls volleyball team won an important AA challenge match at St. Margaret's, but not without some anxious moments. Improved serve-receive and commanding...

Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival

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The Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival is looking for volunteers for the festival which will be held in April. They are looking for people now...

Greeter at Anawim House

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Anawim House is looking for volunteers from Monday to Saturday. Short Term opportunity Training Provided Contact Wendy Payne at 250-658-8562 or [email protected] Anawim House is a refuge, a home,...

Rowing: A Hard Rain Falls on Crabfest 2013

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With the 2012-2013 competitive rowing season affected to a large degree by poor weather, it was hoped that a new school year would allow...

FAIRfield Harvest Fete

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FALL FAIRfield: Harvest Fete Saturday, Sept. 28th, 1-5pm Porter Park, 1330 Fairfield Rd. The 3rd annual Fall FAIRfield: Harvest Fete is the FGCA’s give-back event to thank...

Knitting!

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This witty knitting group needs a knitting volunteer to support them as they gather to make beautiful knitted items! Enjoy interacting with a small group...

Special Olympics – Club Fit

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Victoria Special Olympics is looking for volunteers to help with "Club Fit". This is not one specific sport, but they focus on health-related fitness....

Reflections on India

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by Darin Steinkey Each member of this group has spent time in India and wanted to share their impressions in Chapel. Whether it was a...

A Bilingual Look at Victoria

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http://youtu.be/PRuPN_Kpnbg by Serena Edwardson, teacher Throughout the year, my French 10A class has been corresponding with a class from France and collaborating on various projects. My...
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Collaboration Across Continents

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by Amal Khan, Grade 11 This year in Art 11, my class had the experience of being involved with a project directed by the Tate...
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Off To the Races

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by Gary Barber, coach On your marks! The sports field has been cut and the running track has been freshly painted. Get set! The Junior School...
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The Future of Careers

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Career Week was a busy one this year, with two events running each lunch hour. Students had the opportunity to attend panel discussions of...
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Multiple Sclerosis – Carnation Donations

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The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada needs help collecting donations at various locations around town. Your duties include: -Exchange donations for carnation stickers -Prepare interim tax receipts...
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SMUS in the News: Canadese gasten op Griftland

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De Weekkrant March 27, 2013 Canadese gasten op Griftland (in Dutch) Translation On the 21st of March, Griftland College had a visit from Canadian school St. Michaels University...
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Pink Shirts Remind Us To Be Kind

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This Wednesday, students wore pink shirts to show their support for a bullying-free atmosphere. Pink Shirt Day, an international movement against bullying, was celebrated...
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Canadian Cancer Society

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The Canadian Cancer Society is looking for a "Health Promotion Election -  Street Team Volunteer" for March, April and May. The purpose of this role is...
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Felicity

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I might be the only member of staff who once taught Latin, but I should check with my colleagues in the Language Department just...
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Grade 10 and 11 Students – CAIS Conference

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Hey Grade 10s and 11s, Yes, I know that you hear about conferences all the time, but this one is different. It's put together for...
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Athletics Review: Hat-Tricks, Taking Their Licks and SMUS Coach Clicks

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by Darin Steinkey Lots of goals, saves and top-ten athletes in this week's Review, plus: What I Did Last Summer with Ian Hyde-Lay and Sailing...
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A Demonstration of Parliamentary Debate

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by Jim de Geode, Middle School teacher This week, Mrs. Yorath and Ms. Eden’s Grade 5 classes were treated to a Parliamentary debate by four...
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Athletics Review: Alumni Games

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Pictures by Rob Ducharme, Susanne Walker-Curry and Darin Steinkey Cricket by Graham Lily With the departure of a number of cricketers last year, the cricket squad is...
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Japanese Visitors Share Traditions

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by Dawn Wilson, Director of Education Extension Last Friday, a group of 35 students from Fukushima Seikei High School in Japan visited the school. They...
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Snow, What Snow?

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  For years, SMUS students have been hearing me say that one factor in deciding which university to apply to is their tolerance for Winter: ...
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Athletics Review: ISAA Squash Championships and Basketball Galore

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2012 ISAA Junior and Senior Squash Championships SMUS hosted a strong field of junior and senior squash players last week and posted solid results. Listen to...

Conversation Partner

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The Conversation Partner program at UVic is looking for volunteers to help ESL students. YOU MUST BE IN GRADE 12 TO VOLUNTEER FOR THIS POSITION! Each...

A SMUS Holiday Montage!

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December is full of holiday celebration at SMUS. From the delicious shortbread cookies baked in Brown Hall to the pile of snow brought in...
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Musings on Ontario Universities: Wilfred Laurier, Waterloo, Queen’s & OCAD

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Late October in Ontario: crisp, sunny days, frost at night, and the leaves still turning. Wilfred Laurier, Waterloo, Queen's & OCAD: four very different universities...
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California dreamin’

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If you are considering applying to one of the University of California schools, you might consider registering for one of upcoming U of California...

Athletics Review: June 6, 2011

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Senior Girls Soccer The Senior girls soccer team wrapped up their season at the BC Championships in Burnaby last week. The team faced tough competition...
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Music Festival Volunteers for FolkWest

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FolkWest is looking for individuals with volunteer experience to organize and run crews for the FolkWest Festival being held on August 19 - 21,...

Saanich Neighbourhood Place

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The Saanich Neighbourhood Place (located at Pearkes Recreation Centre) requires volunteers to take care of their Playroom and Clothing exchange, maintaining general tidiness...

Plant Sale at UVic Needs Volunteers May 1, 2011!

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The Friends of Finnerty Gardens at the University of Victoria are having their annual plant sale on Sunday, May 1 in the main gym...

Out of the Closet Renew Boutique

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Out of the Closet Renew Boutique is looking for some new people to join their amazing team of volunteers. Out of the Closet...
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SMUS Debaters Compete in Provincials

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by Bonnie Moore, Grade 12 The morning of the BC Provincial Debate Championships, I awoke in complete darkness after having been unconscious for almost five...
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Au Revoir Nos Amis

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The school bids farewell to some new friends this week as four Grade 11 students from Collège Sainte-Anne in Montréal finish a four-week exchange...

Rink Of Dreams – Hockey Fundraiser Needs Volunteers

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The Help Fill a Dream Foundation is looking for volunteers to help on Saturday, March 19th. They need help with a Tailgate Party for their Rink of Dreams...
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Girls on Ice!

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Girls on Ice is a unique, FREE, wilderness science education program for high school girls. Each year a team of 9 teenage girls and 3...

Athletics Review: Nov 8, 2010

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Junior Boys Soccer The last week of Junior boys soccer season started out badly but ended triumphantly. On Monday, the boys faced Oak Bay, a...

Meet our New Director of Learning

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by Erin Anderson Last year, SMUS created a new position to examine how well the school's practices matched with new research into how our brains...
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Another King

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Like the English School, the next school we visited in Kathmandu, has its locked gate. This was a public school, named after Mihendra Bir...

My Run for the 2010 Olympics

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by Alicia Pawluk, Grade 12 rower Last Friday, I had the incredible fortune to partake in a most historic event. October 30, 2009 was certainly...
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A l’école

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I was introduced to Momo – short for Mohammed – at the door of our riad. He must be intelligent, because he found it....

Athletics Review: March 15, 2009

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Grade 9 Girls Basketball On Tuesday, the Grade 9 girls basketball team faced PCS in the Victoria City final. After a tightly contested regular season...

Beijing Students Brighten SMUS

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This year was the first in which SMUS welcomed students from Sino Bright School in China for a month-long exchange. Thirty-eight students came to...

Grade 4 Students Search for Treasure

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Our Grade 4 students visited the Senior School last week to spend their morning geocaching with the Grade 9 Geography students, using Global Positioning...

Service Thrives at SMUS

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Since September, our students and staff have been involved in a variety of fundraising efforts for people in need. Our Grade 7 students are...

About

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Bob Snowden is the Head of St. Michaels University School, an independent day and boarding school in Victoria, British Columbia. Born in Toronto and raised...

Head of School Looks Forward to a Long Future at SMUS

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SMUS Board of Governors Chair David Angus is pleased to announce that the Board has finalized a new multi-year contract with Head of School...

I Heart SMUS!

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Roses are red, violets are blue, and it’s Valentine’s Day at SMUS! On Thursday students at all three schools participated in various festive activities...

Bienvenue!

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Last week two students from College Sainte-Anne in Laval, Quebec arrived on campus to begin a one-month exchange as part of the International Student...

Athletics Review: January 13, 2008

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Senior Girls Basketball The Senior girls basketball team continued their winning streak with a 69-10 win over St. Andrews. Shelby Boehm (20 pts), Samm Dark (13...

Students Swing and Sing

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The Senior School’s musicians and vocalists put on a fabulous concert at the Victoria Conservatory of Music this Monday evening, performing jazz, swing, choir...

International Council Dedicates Day to Departing Australians

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For the past several weeks, SMUS has had a little extra international flavour as three Australian students have been attending classes, participating in sports...

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