Darin Steinkey


The SMUS Class of 2017 “Lifers”

A "Lifer" is a SMUS student that began at the school in either kindergarten or Grade 1 and graduated. Recently, the Grade 12 Lifers...

The Class of 2017

Congratulations to the Class of 2017. Valedictorian Speech by Jamison Schulz-Franco Family. Everyone here tonight is part of a family, within one big family. The big family...

2017 Senior School Closing Ceremonies

  SMUS held the Senior School Closing Ceremonies on Friday, marking the official end of the school year for the Grade 9-11 students. Every year,...

SMUS Bids Farewell to Three of the Best

With almost 75 years of combined teaching experience at SMUS, we wish Jim de Goede, Lisa Hyde-Lay and Lindy Van Alstine a fond farewell....
sleep and learning

How Sleep Impacts Learning and Development

Listen to Director of Learning Adrian French discuss what happens when we sleep and why it is so important to learning and development

Lynn Lyons on Building Emotionally Healthy Kids

Licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist Lynn Lyons returned (by popular demand!) to SMUS during Brain Awareness Week this week to talk about building...

Learning and the Brain: Mindfulness and Technology

As technology becomes more prevalent in all of our lives, the challenge of being mindful and living life the way we want to also...

Learning and the Brain: Managing Stress and Anxiety in the Dark Months

As the short days of winter continue, Director of Learning Heather Clayton's latest brain session looked at managing stress and anxiety in the dark...

U15 Soccer an Opportunity for Fun and Travel

by Makayla Lintott A soccer trip to Montreal with a bunch of my friends? Yes please! We are throwing it back two weeks ago to...

Learning and the Brain: Sleep and Exercise

How are sleep and exercise crucial for learning in students of all ages? Using John Medina's book, Brain Rules, as a starting point, SMUS...

Junior and Middle Schools Get Together for a Choral Evening

It's a great time of year for concerts. The kids have been practicing and are at the height of their musical ability. Everyone is...

Senior Students Sharpen Leadership Skills at Montreal CAIS Conference

With an outrageously early wake-up call of 3:45am, four intrepid students and a chaperone embarked on a cross-country journey to the Canadian Accredited Independent...

Navigating Your 21st Century Career

by Jake Humphries, University Counselling Students graduating from high school today face a world of unparalleled opportunity that requires careful navigation and constant attention to...

Middle School Music: Learning Through Performance

SMUS has a number of amazing opportunities to rehearse and perform as a group and individually. Mrs. Smith's annual Strings Ensemble concert is one...

A Sanctuary of Experiential Learning: Swan Lake Christmas Hill

Microscope Discoveries is a school program offered at the Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. On a warm but rainy fall morning, Grade 6 students...

Harvard Instructional Rounds at SMUS

At SMUS we believe in life-long learning, and that extends to our teachers as well. From one-on-one mentoring and coaching to cross-campus collaboration between...

Junior Geocaching

On October 16th, Grade 5 students took part in a Geocaching event put together by Mr. Pope at the Richmond Road campus. Students used...

Project Based Learning: How has Immigration Shaped Canada?

by Tanya Lee, Middle School teacher On October 6th, the Grade 6 classes took part in a panel discussion as part of their Humanities classes....

Robert DiYanni on Critical and Creative Thinking

Robert DiYanni, prolific author and NYU professor, held a series of workshops for faculty, parents and students on Thursday and Friday. His topics included...

A Junior School Tribute to Grandparents

Nancy Richards, Director of the Junior School Over 200 grandparents and grandpals were honoured at the first Grandparents’ Day in the history of the Junior...

SMUS Field Hockey Goes on the Offence

Next weekend, the SMUS community will be hosting the 2014 SMUS Invitational Field Hockey Festival and of course, our hockey team will be looking...

The Diversity of Living Things: A Visit from SeaQuaria

Recently, SeaQuaria, a local organization that brings sea life into the classroom, visited the Grade 6 classes to introduce the new critters that will...

Tolmie’s Rugged Hill: A Grade 7 Perspective

by Angelina & Josh, Grade 7 On Thursday, September 11th, the Grade 7 Science students at the Middle School went with Mr. Floyd, Mr. Jackson...

The Grade 5 Class Takes the Lead

On Friday, October 3rd the Grade 5 students participated in a special Leadership Assembly. Ms. Richards, Mrs. Anderson and Mrs. Cook spoke about leadership...

Junior School Virtues in Practice

by Sara Ritchie, Junior School Learning Resource Teacher Students in Grades 4 and 5 each spent one day at Camp Pringle on beautiful Shawnigan Lake....

Link Crew Leads the Way

Link Crew is a way that Senior students at SMUS can welcome new kids to the school as well as learn and practice their...

SMUS in the News: Baart Earns Canada West Star

University of Victoria Vikes News September 23, 2014 Michael Baart '14, Craig Gorman '07 Baart earns Canada West 2nd Star of the Week

A Different Perspective: Nicaragua

By Siri Knudsen and Megan Harrison, Grade 12 Over the past two school years, two service trips have gone to Nicaragua. We participated in the...

The Reggio-Inspired Classroom

by Nancy Richards, Director of Junior School Thursday night was the Junior School Curriculum Night, an opportunity for parents to not only meet their son’s...

Middle School Soccer: Just For the Fun of It

In extracurricular sports at the Middle School, all students can shine. In Grades 6 and 7, students can join and play on any team...

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Roommates

One of the greatest parts of attending boarding school is living with a roommate from another country. Each roommate pair at SMUS is specially...

Junior School Serves up BBQ Fun

On Friday, September 5th the Junior School community gathered for a Welcome Back barbeque. Over 500 people, including parents, grandparents, children and teachers gathered...

New Year, New Brain Series

If you've never been to a Learning and the Brain lecture, well, you're forgiven. But you should sign up right away for the September...

SMUS Welcomes the World

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...

True Colours at the Middle School

Students and faculty were abuzz with opening week excitement as the Middle School opened its doors for the new year. WEB (Where Everybody Belongs)...

New Students and Spaces at Junior School

There were lively conversations, smiles and hugs at Junior School on Wednesday as students and parents alike returned for another year, eager to meet...

How to Download Images from the SMUS Photo Gallery

The SMUS photo gallery can be intimidating but if you refer to this post, you will have access to more than 200,000 (and counting)...

Junior School Closing Ceremony

by Nancy Richards, Director of the Junior School The Junior School Closing Ceremony provides us with an opportunity to reflect upon the past school year,...

Jazz Night Embraces Rock, Soul and the ’80s

The annual Jazz Night (either the 12th or 13th annual, depending on who you talk to) is a great event for the musicians to...

Grade 6 Classes Take a Trip Around the World

Each year, Grade 6 Humanities culminates with a year-end project called Around the World in 80 Minutes. In groups of four or five, students...

Mixed Ensembles Concert "Out of this World"

by Jake Humphries, University Counsellor and Stage Crew To be successful as a musician, a performer must have the "big picture" of what music is,...

The Leadership Puzzle

Every student at SMUS is a leader, but each one will have to figure out what kind of leader they will be and how...

Easter Arrives at the Junior School

Easter is a fun holiday for our younger students and our Junior School teachers arranged some exciting craft opportunities just in time for the...

Brain Awareness Week: Middle School

Many of the Brain Awareness Week events at SMUS focused on research, what we can do to improve our learning and how our brains...

Public Speaking Champ Earns Trip to the UN

Since joining the SMUS community in 2011, Eva Grant has established herself as a strong voice in support of marginalized issues and has practiced...

Adventures in Experiential Education

Every year at this time, a group of eager Grade 10 students challenge themselves with an experiential education. For the third term, the students...

A New Extreme at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Internationally-recognized artist Chin Yuen has been working with SMUS students as part of the New Extreme program run through the Art Gallery of Greater...

Connecting the Dots

In her final parent talk for the school year, Director of Learning Heather Clayton discusses personalized learning and how SMUS teachers use our growing...

All We Need is Like

There was lots of Valentine's Day love spread around all three campuses today, but love isn't confined to one day of the year. Last...

Outdoor Education: Leadership in the Wilderness

See some amazing photography and listen to outdoor leaders Celine and Gareth talk about their Outdoor Leadership 12 experiences in the video above. Through our...

Basketball: Teams Court Victory

The Senior girls concluded a very busy week, hosting both a return league game against Parkland and then the Victoria City Police Tournament. While the...

Malala Yousafzai: Activism or Exploitation?

Malala Yousafzai is the young Pakistani girl who the Taliban attempted to assassinate because of her activism for the right to education, especially for...

Squash: Canadian Junior Open

The beautiful White Oaks Conference Resort and Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake played host to the 2013 Canadian Junior Open last December 7th to 10th. 270...

Dream Big: Alex

Earlier this year, we unveiled the new motto for our annual fund. The money raised supports many aspects of school life but in particular...

It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Basketball Season

The basketball season moved into full operation, with multiple teams in action the week of December 2-8. The provincially AA #2 ranked Senior boys split...

Junior Boys Basketball: Scrappy Efforts

The Junior boys basketball campaign did not get underway in the most auspicious circumstances, with Lucas de Vries, the team's only legitimate post player,...

Rowing: Back on Terra Firma

With Novice Rowing training and racing now complete, the SMUS Competitive squad has started its own pre-season program. 49 athletes from Grades 8 to 12...

Senior Boys Basketball: Let’s Get it Started

Fresh off the November 23 opener against the Alumni team, our Senior basketball boys kicked off their pre-season with a very busy week. Up first...

Small Ensembles: Standards and Experiments

A show with a solid foundation of standards punctuated by experimentation and nerves, the Small Ensembles concert is always a good time. With a...

Alumni Basketball: Student Side Keeps it Close

The winter term sports scene kicked off officially November 23 with the Alumni Basketball games. In the first of three contests, an older yet...

Senior Girls Volleyball Wrap Up

The Senior girls volleyball season came to an end this past weekend, as - for the second straight year - SMUS was eliminated in...

Recitations: Keep Calm and Speak On

http://youtu.be/u4PmY8m8wl8 While the exercise of reciting a monologue in public is a rare occurrence, those who have this skill in their pocket when they need...

Senior Girls Volleyball: Wild Card Berth

The Senior girls volleyball team completed a successful weekend at the Island AAA Championships in Campbell River, navigating through a powerhouse field to claim...

Grade 9 Rugby: Undefeated ISA Champs

Grade 9 boys rugby concluded November 14, with SMUS travelling to St. George's in Vancouver to take part in a season ending ISA Festival. The...

Squash: Ivy League Scrimmages

Four members of our squash team - Janel Gaube, Grace Thomas, Gavin Maxwell and Jason Yoo - spent the Remembrance Day long weekend in...

Senior Girls Volleyball: Peaking at the Right Time

The Senior girls volleyball team appears to be rounding into form at just the right time, following an exciting 3-2 win over Claremont on...

SMUS in the News: Blue Jags End Colonist Cup Drought

Times Colonist November 13, 2013 St. Michaels Blue Jags Defeat Glenlyon Norfolk Gryphons to End Colonist Cup Drought

Field Hockey Wrap Up

The Senior girls field hockey season came to a dramatic close the week of November 4-10, starting with the May Tully Shield match against...

Remembrance Day: A Collective Experience

Remembrance Day on the SMUS campus is marked with special ceremonies, traditions and this year, a first. As you may have seen on the livestream...

The SMUS Distinguished Alumni Series: Douglas Freeman

The SMUS Distinguished Alumnus Award recognizes alumni who have excelled in their chosen fields and have been involved in their communities. This year's Distinguished...

Eco-Warriors in Their Natural Habitat

by Terra, Grade 7 On October 29th, the Middle School Eco-Warriors went down to Uplands Park and worked on restoring the Garry Oak ecosystem there....

Senior Boys Soccer: Island AA Tournament

Riding high after qualifying for the prestigious Colonist Cup, the Senior boys soccer team took part in the Island AA Tournament November 5-6 at...

Soccer: Two Teams Reach the End of the Line

Senior Boys Developmental The Senior boys developmental team came up just short in Colonist Shield semi-final action, going down 2-1 to favoured St. Andrew's. As had...

Rowing: Against the Wind

In what has been an ongoing, but no longer even mildly entertaining theme, Mother Nature - through driving rain and heavy winds - drastically...

Senior Girls Volleyball: City AAA Champs

The usual hectic Senior girls volleyball season moved through the final round of league play, confirming city placings within respective tiers and positioning teams...

Grade 9 Rugby: Missed Conversion Seals the Deal

On October 24, the Grade 9 rugby team traveled to West Vancouver's Klahanie Park to play Collingwood. With both teams unbeaten this season, all...

SMUS in the News: Senior Boys Soccer

Times Colonist October 29, 2013 Senior Boys Soccer St. Michaels University School, Glenlyon Norfolk bound for Colonist Cup soccer final

Field Hockey: Blue Jags Retain Island Championship

It was another exciting seven days for the Senior girls field hockey team. On Monday, October 21, powered by an Olivia Donald hat trick, SMUS...

Senior Boys Soccer: Colonist Cup Quarterfinal

The Senior boys soccer team, following a fourth place league finish, matched up with #5 Reynolds in Colonist Cup quarterfinal action on October 24. Playing...

Throwing the Doors Wide Open

Eager to show their pride in the school, our Grade 5 leaders have been touring prospective parents around the Junior School. This is what...

Field Hockey: Tough on the Turf

After the rigours of the previous two weeks, with a tournament in Ontario followed by the Bridgman Cup, the Senior girls field hockey team...

Rugby: Always on the Run

Grade 8 The Grade 8 rugby team completed its fall season on October 17 with 20 players traveling to St. George's School in Vancouver. Under...

Volleyball: Steady As She Goes

Junior The Junior girls hosted the ISA Tournament, playing steadily enough to finish 6th in the twelve team event. In opening day pool play, thanks...

Soccer: A Fevered Pitch

Senior Boys The Senior boys soccer squad hosted Oak Bay October 17 in the final round of league play, with supporters from both sides treated...

Rowing: The Fog Lifts

The rowing team competed October 19-20 in the second of three fall competitions, where - due to the horrendous weather which cut short the...

Cross Country: Take It On the Run

Competing at Beacon Hill Park in ideal fall conditions, the fourth race of the season saw 17 SMUS runners take on a course modified...

Grade 9 Rugby: In Pictures

Led by Jason Liao and Christian Okiring, the Grade 9 Rugby team edged by Brentwood 34-33 in an eleven try thriller to remain unbeaten...

Senior Girls Volleyball: Race for the Lindal Cup

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...

Senior Girls Field Hockey: Bridgman Cup

Fresh off their victory at a National Independent Schools Tournament in Ontario, the Senior girls field hockey team turned its attention to local matters....

Soccer: Junior & Senior

The Junior boys, despite bowing to league leaders Oak Bay, still finished third in the league and will open City playoffs October 16 vs...

Thanksgiving, Canadian Style

The Top Five Canadian Thanksgiving Traditions 5. Watch sports on television 4. Get outside! 3. Give thanks for health, family and friends 2. Spend time with family 1. Eat....

U15 Girls Soccer: Clouds Have Silver Lining

The fifteen Grade 8-9 girls selected for the SMUS CAIS team for the National U-15 Girls Soccer Championships arrived in Toronto on October 2...

38 Universities. One Night.

Tomorrow (October 8) universities from across the country will crowd into the SMUS gym to meet the students they hope will join their schools....

Field Hockey: Three is the Magic Number

The Senior girls field hockey team took a break from local league action, travelling to Oakville, Ontario and the beautiful lakeside campus of Appleby...

Volleyball: Resilience Brings Improvement

Both our Senior and Junior teams saw action this week. The Senior girls volleyball team suffered a somewhat disappointing league defeat on October 1 to...

Athletics Wrap-Up

Though the Senior and Junior boys soccer successes of the past week have drawn the lion's share of attention, many other SMUS teams have...

SMUS in the News: Senior Boys Soccer

Times Colonist October 1, 2013 Senior Boys Soccer Blue Jags stay perfect in early going of Lower Island high school soccer

Junior Girls Volleyball: Rising to the Next Level

Photo by Becky Anderson The Junior girls volleyball team, after a busy training camp, opened its exhibition season September 20-21 at the Trinity Western University...

Rowing: A Hard Rain Falls on Crabfest 2013

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...

Junior Boys Soccer: Jags Ride the Storm

There are lots of full resolution images from Sunday's final available for viewing and download in our photo gallery. Thanks to Jasper Johnston for...

Grade 8 Rugby: Learning the Game

by Bruce Kuklinski, head coach Grade 8 rugby has been under way for the last couple of weeks. After a handful of practices, a team...

Starting at SMUS: A Parent Perspective

One of the most important aspects to becoming a boarder at SMUS is the new boarder orientation. Sculpted by the Admissions team and aided...

Junior Boys Soccer: Off and Running

The Junior boys soccer team, in a promising start to the season, opened its account September 18 vs GNS. On a glorious fall afternoon, SMUS...

Grade 9 Rugby: SMUS Interupts Rhythm of the Saints

Our Grade 9 rugby team played their second match of the young season, hosting St. George's in a much-anticipated clash. The two teams had...

Field Hockey: Piling Up the Shutouts

The Senior girls field hockey team faced its usual hectic early season, completing no less than 11 matches in just eight days, a period...

Grade 9 Rugby: First Appearances, Big Win

The Grade 9 Rugby squad made its season debut September 19, taking on Mulgrave on a beautiful fall afternoon at storied Brockton Oval in...

Senior Boys Soccer: "The vagaries of sport"

The Senior boys soccer squad, mainly featuring Grade 11 players but brimming with talent, opened its campaign with a 4-1 exhibition victory over Stelly's...

Senior Volleyball: Strong Early Season Matches

Having graduated four key starting players last year, the SMUS Senior Girls Volleyball team opened its 2013 season with a September 17 league match...

Terry Fox Run: A Canadian Tradition

Each September for the last 33 years, Canadians have run to remember one of our heroes: Terry Fox. Terry lost his leg to cancer...

All Aboard!

As students have written in recent Link Leader program posts, it's not always easy coming to a new school. Imagine, then, if you were...

Leadership Via Horsemanship

On Thursday, our new Prefects, Heads of House and Council Heads jumped the Clipper ferry to make the annual journey down to Silk Purse...

Follow Me: Link Leaders

Last week, we talked about our two student-led welcome programs for new students from the perspective of the newcomer. This week, two Grade 12...

Graduation: A Rite of Passage

by Darin Steinkey, Senior Houseparent, Timmis House There are different types of energy all rolled into one when it comes to a graduation ceremony. There’s...

A Fitting Close to the Grade 9 and 10 Year

by Darin Steinkey, Senior Houseparent, Timmis House A colleague sitting next to me mentioned how much she enjoyed what she called the "lighter" closing ceremony....

Reflections on India

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...

Athletics Review: SMUS Hands Out the Hardware

by Darin Steinkey A hearty thanks to all the coaches and teachers that contributed to the Athletics Review this past year and especially to Lindsay...

Standards and Solos for Jazz Night

Depending on who you talk to, Jazz Night has been an annual event for anywhere from 12 - 17 years. A few changes marked...

Athletics Review: Pure Speed

We quickly recap the week in athletics with updates from a huge cricket tournament, our rowers at nationals, plus track & field, badminton and...

Gratitude for War Child & Keep the Beat

Words by Lindon Carter, Grade 12; video by Olivia Sorley, Grade 11; pictures by Song Panvichean, Grade 10 and Darin Steinkey My first year in...

Concerto Spotlights Soloists

The Concerto Concert always stands out in a very hectic concert season, perhaps because its format is so different from the rest of our...

Athletics Review: Swinging Away

by Darin Steinkey As the school year draws to a close so does our athletics coverage. Watch for updates from rugby provincials next week as...

Going Solo at the Concerto Concert

With the Concerto Concert coming up on Wednesday, May 29 in the Farquhar Auditorium at the University of Victoria, we thought we'd offer a...

Athletics Review: SMUS Rugby Gives and Receives

by Darin Steinkey We're in the scrum with this week's Athletics Review, as we receive updates from both the Senior and Middle schools. In addition,...

Campuses Unite in Song

by Darin Steinkey I love shooting pictures at Christ Church. Although it's dark, the light is usually fairly even and the performers are set against...

A Blind Date With A Book

by Eva Grant, Grade 10 The Book Club worked hard last week and the week before to prepare for our pilot project for Grade 9:...

Athletics Review: Coach K’s Cup

This week's AR is proud to document recognition for one of our coaches. Bruce Kuklinski has supported rugby on the Island and beyond for...

Athletics Review: Alumni Recap

by Darin Steinkey Spectacular weather welcomed alumni, families and friends back to campus last weekend to reunite and receive a dose of school pride. From...

Brian Christensen ’11: If I Should Fall

One of the dreams of any music teacher is to see their students go on to love and play music as an important part...

Athletics Review: More Daylight, More Sports

by Darin Steinkey It's finally starting to look a little brighter outside, so the cricketers are in the cages just a little longer these days....

Cross Campus Strings: Firsts and Finals

In the opening show of concert season at SMUS, the Cross Campus Strings featured appearances (musically, anyway) from Mahler, Saint-Saëns, the League of Legends...

Athletics Review: Ready to Roll

by Darin Steinkey Like a coxswain in the bow, our rowers are plotting strategy and steering their way to the Brentwood Bay Regatta this weekend....

Athletics Review: Outdoor Sports Spring to Life

by Darin Steinkey April means the SMUS field is in heavy rotation. The Senior girls are back on the pitch and coach Kaufmann provides a...

Paris and Amsterdam: Music & Culture

by Danny Park Although it is difficult to express how spectacular this trip was, I will try. On March 13th, 36 students and four wonderful music...

SMUS Captures "The Boot"

In what is always one of the most anticipated games on the high school rugby calendar, SMUS travelled to Oak Bay on April 10...

Boarders Vs. the West Coast: A Lively Weekend

After the longer breaks, the boarding community comes back together with Community Weekends. This means our usual weekend activities are replaced with house activities...

Athletics Review: Boot Force

by Darin Steinkey With much of the talk around campus focused on the Boot Game, it's also worth reminding everyone that it's soccer season as...

Writing 12 Puts Poetry in Motion

A major project for Writing 12 students in the second term has been mixing imagery, voice and sound to animate their poetry. The class...

Athletics Review: Basketball Wrap-Up

As we bid farewell to Daylight Saving Time, we must also say goodbye to basketball season. Our writers take a look back at provincials...

Energetic Cast Powers Annie

The Middle School launched their production of Annie on Thursday night and we have three reflections on the play supplied by actors from last...

Black History Month

Students from around the world celebrated Black History Month in one of the most exuberant and power-packed chapel services of the year. We hear...

Athletics Review: It’s All So Provincial

While our basketball teams compete at provincials in Richmond and Kamloops this week (stay connected with the various Twitter feeds), Coach Hanebury writes that...

Athletics Review: Many Roads Lead to Provincials

This week's Athletics Reviews sees our SMUS basketball teams fight hard and take different routes to earn berths in the Provincial tournaments. In the...

Mardi Gras, Brains & Badminton

With so much going on in the day-to-day life of the community, the chance to relax, have some fun and add a little competition...

Athletics Review: The Story of Stuff

by Darin Steinkey SMUS shores up their defence this week in the Athletics Review with basketball tournaments and wins galore. Squash coach Hanebury chimes in...

Behind the Scenes in Musicals Past

Though this year's musical, The Secret Garden, doesn't open until February 27, the production takes months of preparation. As students and staff are hard...

Not the Usual Daily Grind

by Natrine Cheuk, Grade 12 boarder and Business Club Executive The Daily Grind is a cafe ran entirely by the members of the Business Club....

Athletics Review: Not Much Love for the Competition

by Darin Steinkey Although we are in the heart of basketball season, SMUS has not shown a lot of love to the competition lately and...

Boarders Take a Photo Stroll

A "photo stroll" is just as relaxed as it sounds. Boarders hop on the bus and arrive at Willow's beach, Royal Roads University or...

Athletics Review: Bouncing Back From Adversity

by Darin Steinkey This week we're highlighting Senior basketball with some tough tourneys for both the boys and girls. Sports Canada TV will live stream...

Diplomat Tony Quainton ’46 Talks Politics

by Athena Kerins, Grade 10 When I first learned about Mr. Quainton’s impressive career in diplomacy, I expected his speech to be very cagey. I...

Experiencing Japan (Without Jetlag)

by Madison, Grade 8 On Thursday, November 15th, I went to Vancouver with my Japanese class and the Japanese class from the Senior School. I...

Athletics Review: SMUS Squashes the Competition

This week we have an ISA squash update from coach Hanebury and we spend two minutes with Mathew Geddes '93, houseparent and math teacher,...

Large Ensembles: A View From the Wings

Although Jake Humphries writes about music as magic (and we agree), as you'll read below there is no magic to getting concerts organized. Jake...

Athletics Review: B-ball Battles

by Darin Steinkey Tough schedules and lots of back-to-back games challenged the Blue Jags basketball squads over the last couple of weeks, but the teams...

Are You Having a "Good Day"?

by Darin Steinkey Reverend Fletcher led us in an exercise of gratitude this past Sunday in chapel. We all took a moment to breathe and...

Athletics Review: Basketball, Burgers and Beats

by Darin Steinkey As SMUS preps for the annual Victoria Police basketball tournament this weekend, we have lots of basketball for you this week. Find...

SMUS Senior Wins Scholarship to Attend Cambridge University

Keiler Totz is still a little in shock. Even though he submitted a very strong application to the Blyth Cambridge Commonwealth Trust scholarship competition,...

Athletics Review: Grit Leads to Good Showing in Duncan

Senior Boys Basketball The Senior boys basketball team rang in the New Year up in Duncan, taking part in the Cowichan Showcase Tournament. A deep field...

Tradition and Innovation Drive Small Ensembles

A yearly tradition, the Small Ensembles concert allows SMUS students the chance to show their musical stuff. In this video, the Vocal Jazz Ensemble...

Athletics Review: It’s the Most Basketball Time of the Year

by Darin Steinkey The SMUS basketball teams have generated a lot of buzz this season and feel confident going into the holidays. Even the Middle...

Celebration and Contemplation in Boarding

by Kyus, Grade 10 boarder The SMUS Christmas Gala was easily the best formal event I've been to in years! I always love an excuse...

Former Students Get Junior School Swinging

by Tim, Grade 10 percussionist in the Swing Band On November 29th, 30 keen Senior Swing Band students accompanied Mr. Reid to the SMUS Junior...

Athletics Review: Winter Rugby on the Mild Coast

by Darin Steinkey Even though it is cold (well, for the Island...), almost two dozen boys have shown up every day for extra rugby training...

SMUS Captures ISA Senior Boys Basketball Title

In a riveting weekend's play, SMUS captured the 2012 ISA Senior Boys championship, winning three games in the space of just over 24 hours...

Brain Series II: The Surprising Science of Success

Heather Clayton's most recent talk in the Learning and the Brain Series examines the ideas of Carol Dweck and Paul Tough, who make some...

Athletics Review: Tales From the Beginning and the End

by Darin Steinkey This week's AR sees our basketball teams hit the court in the annual Alumni Tip-off, while we bid adieu to sailing, soccer...

Boarders Give Thanks for a Common Bond

by Acacia Welsford, Grade 10 Thanksgiving is a holiday where families and friends get together to reflect on all the things that brought them there,...

Conflict Unifies Global Politics Students

by Tessa Owens, Grade 10 student Since October 22nd, Crothall 116 has been transformed into a time-warp portal whenever Global Politics 10 classes have convened....

Athletics Review: Wild Cards and Jesters

by Darin Steinkey Sports lingo is strange. References to spikes, stuffs, fools and something called a "roll out nick" (does someone want to explain that...

Best Coast Living: Surf. Bike. Home by Dinner.

Video by Zyoji Jackson, Middle School Teacher, Senior Houseparent Music: Dirt (Jahzzar) / CC BY-SA 3.0 One of the great advantages to living in Victoria is the...

Athletics Review: No Cliché Too Small

by Darin Steinkey With the long weekend it was a light week for sports at SMUS, but we realize this is no time to get...

AP Environmental Science: (Cold & Wet) Hands-On Learning

by Becca Clayton, Grade 12 student There’s just something about digging your hands into what you’re learning (though you may have cold and wet hands...

Athletics Review: Spirits Not Damp

by Darin Steinkey In this week's AR, Susanne Walker-Curry throws down numbers like rain, SMUS takes the reins in rugby and the field hockey girls...

Outdoor Education Climbers Not Repelled by Long Trip

by Vivian Lam, Grade 11 For our out-trip, we (a group of 19 kids including the Grade 12 leaders) went to Penticton to rock climb. Photo...

Eat, Drink and Be Scary in Boarding

While some people find school itself terrifying, fear takes on a whole new meaning at SMUS during Halloween. Timmis House continued a tradition of...

We Day and CAIS Launch Leaders

Two major — but very different — events have given Middle School students a chance to sharpen their leadership skills. Several students travelled to...

Athletics Review: On an Even Keel

by Darin Steinkey With fall in full force, SMUS athletes brave the chill and sail into this week's Athletics Review with toques firmly fastened. Sailing by Lizette...

Boarders Without Borders

by David, Grade 11 boarder Boarders Without Borders was a great experience for me. I did it last year, and had a wonderful time, so...

Athletics Review: Grade AA Island Quality

by Darin Steinkey Beyond an outstanding week of sport — highlighted by an Island Championship, a Western Canadian bronze medal and several first place finishes...

The Brain Series: Developing True Grit

by Darin Steinkey SMUS Director of Learning, Heather Clayton, likes to talk about failure. In fact, she is so into failure that she used an...

Athletics Review: SMUS Sets the Pace

by Darin Steinkey From the chip trail to the water court at UVic, Beaver Lake and the Monkman hard courts, this week's AR has you...

The Learning Institute: A Look at Student-Centred Education

The Learning Institute is a petri dish for teachers to test out new approaches and techniques that they believe will improve their effectiveness in...

Something Wicked for SMUS Boarders

"You are an ambitious soul, Macbeth. You long for greatness, but will you be wicked enough?"by Martha Cohn, Grade 10 boarder On Tuesday evening, October...

Athletics Review: A Full Plate for Thanksgiving

by Darin Steinkey This edition includes Senior School Director Andy Rodford eating some humble pie while our teams work off their turkey dinners against difficult...

Athletics Review: Newbies Make Their Mark

by Darin Steinkey Strong novice players dominate the AR this week, and Ethel Kiggundu gives props to Brown Hall in "Two Minutes With...". Grade 8 Rugby by...

Swimming, Slugs, Flashmobs and Fire: Boarding Hits the Town

This past weekend a full docket of activities topped the schedule in boarding. With trips to Commonwealth Pool for a swim, Fired Up! Ceramics...

Athletics Review: Hat-Tricks, Taking Their Licks and SMUS Coach Clicks

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...

All Hands on Deck for Outdoor Education Trips

As we are in the heart of outdoor education trips (a.k.a "out-trips") season here at SMUS, we thought we'd publish one of our favourite...

Athletics Review: Skills to Pay the Bills

by Darin Steinkey This week we encounter the Zen Master and Mad Skillz in squash, suggest that you try out sailing (no experience required) and...

Boarding Welcomes the World

by Darin Steinkey, Senior House Parent Imagine, if you will, what it's like to arrive on our campus as a student during Orientation Week. You...

Athletics Review: SMUS Athletes Take a Leap of Faith

Rowing tryouts by Susanne Walker-Curry The start of the new school year saw over 80 student athletes come to the two days of tryouts. All interested...

Senior Students Strongest Link for Newcomers

Seeing a friendly face can really take the stress out of joining a new school. The Link Leader program aims to connect Senior School...

Athletics Review: Don’t Fail to Try

Take your first step to glory by planning what teams to tryout for this year; spend two minutes with Michael Baart, an athlete on...

Diverse, Polite, Driven: Grades 9 and 10 Close Out Their Year

It was a night of music, awards and proud parents. The Grades 9 and 10 Closing Ceremony honoured the hard work of these classes...

2011-2012 Boarding Year in Review

From a smoking hot opening day to the House Olympics, it was a stellar year in boarding. The video slideshow below shows the year...

Athletics Review: Recognizing Achievements

Richard Primrose, Acting Director of Athletics The 2012 SMUS Athletic Banquet, featuring over 220 student-athletes, parents and sponsors, took place Wednesday, June 6 in the...

AP Students Perfect Their Chemistry

by Christina Chwyl and Clayton Fair, Grade 12 Phenomenal flashes of light, crazy colour changes and shrilling sounds were abundant at the school's first “Chem...

Athletics Review: SMUS Delivers on Provincial and National Stages

photos by Sharon McLean, Ann Fenje and Jody Nishima Rugby by Ian Hyde-Lay, coach From May 30 to June 2, the 1st XV traveled to Abbotsford to...

Concert Bands Mix It Up for Spring

Photos by Darin Steinkey Last week, the SMUS bands celebrated spring with their annual band concert in the Farquhar Auditorium at the University of...

Olympian Efforts in Boarding

Video by Darin Steinkey; Photos by Chris Bateman Music: Cold Cold Kiss by Oh! Belgium CC BY-SA 3.0 With the London Olympics just around the corner,...

It’s Right to Play!

by Shanna Fong, Grade 11 student Last Friday, both the Senior School PE students and Junior School kids shared an afternoon of activities and games...

Around the World in 80 Minutes

by Jasper Johnston, Grade 8 student Last Thursday, all Grade 6 students took part in an evening event showcasing their work this year. "Around the...

Athletics Review: Rugby and Tennis On The Road

Photos by Rob Ducharme and Kerry Chan May 30, 2012 Junior Boys Rugby by Ian Hyde-Lay, rugby coach The B team played some delightful rugby versus Brentwood, with...

Heading Outdoors: to Hope and Beyond

Photos by Kali Salmas by Kali Salmas, Grade 11 boarder Waking up to a beeping noise near my head, I stretched and immediately contracted into a...

Athletics Review: Solid Service Game Powers Teams

Pictures by Kerry Chan May 23 Tennis by Jamie Prsala, tennis coach The SMUS tennis team had an eventful past couple of weeks. After defeating GNS and Esquimalt...

Reflection: the Key to Experiential Learning

by Becky Anderson, Director of Leadership “Tell me, and I will forget. Show me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I will understand.” - Confucius I...

Athletics Review: No Substitute for Hard Work

Photos by Rob Ducharme May 16 May 16 Senior Rugby by Ian Hyde-Lay The Senior boys rugby squad played three important matches over the past two weeks, as the...

Rowers Come Out of Their Shells

Pictures by Ann Fenje by Lori Adam, Director of the Annual Fund On Alumni Weekend, our SMUS rowers were able to join us for a wonderful...

Athletics Review: Alumni Games

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...

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Armed Man

by Darin Steinkey, writer When SMUS choir director Peter Butterfield first asked me to sing in the choir for the Music department’s spring showcase piece,...

The Conflict Inside Our Cell Phones

by Sarah Graham, Grade 10 In the last couple of years a new blood diamond has come to light: blood minerals. Since the electronics boom...

Grade 7 Voices in the Wilderness

Pictures by Zyoji Jackson by Sophie, Grade 7 On May 1, the Grade 7 science classes went on a field trip to Goldstream Park. While we...

Athletics Review: Rowers Set the Water on Fire

Photos by Ann Fenje, Rob Ducharme and Darin Steinkey May 3 Rowing by Susanne Walker-Curry The SMUS team traveled to the Brentwood International Regatta with 29 athletes competing...

Grade 8 Boarders Farm for a Cause

Photos by Kevin Lin by Jerry, Grade 8 Boarder In honour of Earth Day, all the Grade 8 boarders went to Woodwynn Farms on Saturday, April...

Athletics Review: "Wet Coast" Weather Wreaks Havoc

Photos by Rob Ducharme and Darin Steinkey Tennis by Jamie Prsala The past week marked a successful start to the 2012 tennis season. With two matches, and...

Spring Break Stories: Buenos Aires

Photos by Shayla Baumeler, Grade 11 by Ethel Kiggundu, Grade 11 boarder On March 15, twelve students and three chaperones embarked on a trip that would...

Athletics Review: From the Water to the Pitch

Photos by Ann Fenje April 18, 2012 Rowing by Susanne Walker-Curry On Saturday, the SMUS rowing team attended the Maple Bay Regatta. It was the first regatta of...

Scholar in Residence: Gwynne Dyer’s Less Dire View

by Darin Steinkey, writer In his first visit in five years, journalist, author and military historian Gwynne Dyer spoke about his book Climate Wars this...

Athletics Review: Rugby and Regattas and Provincials, Oh My!

2012 Rugby Tour by Ian Hyde-Lay On March 16, 38 boys, comprising the bulk of the Senior and Junior rugby squads, along with four staff, departed...

A Day on the Farm

by Cheryl Murtland, geography teacher AP Human Geography students had the opportunity to experience first-hand the innovations in dairy farming. After studying a unit on...

Athletics Review: Preview of Rugby Tour and Provincial Basketball Recap

Junior and Senior Rugby by Darin Steinkey Our Junior and Senior boys rugby squads take off for Argentina and Uruguay this Friday. In the video above,...

Vive le Discours!

by Cam Culham, Junior Houseparent Having worked in the boarding community as a Bolton house parent for nearly 19 years, one of the drawing cards...

Athletics Review: Racing on Elk Lake

Photos by Ann Fenje Rowing by Susanne Walker-Curry This past weekend, the SMUS rowing team competed at the 2012 Elk Lake Spring Regatta. It was our first...

Guys and Dolls: Share Your Perspective

Photos by Kent Leahy-Trill More photos in the SMUS photo gallery. by Erin Anderson, editor The SMUS production of Guys and Dolls wraps up on Saturday night...

Black History Chapel Features Personal Stories

The Black community hosted a special chapel to celebrate Black History Month. With personal stories from Africa, Canada and the United States, to step-dancing...

The Art of Community

by Erin Anderson, editor Before the lights went up on Guys and Dolls, SMUS took over the McPherson Playhouse for an evening celebrating our talented...

Athletics Review: Defense Key to Basketball Wins

Photos by Ian Robertson February 29, 2012 Senior Boys Basketball by Ian Hyde-Lay After months of preparation, complete with the many highs and lows that accompany any season,...

Exploring Exploratory: A New Way to Learn

One of the unique programs at the SMUS Middle School, Exploratory classes, allow students to try out different activities in a relaxed atmosphere. Students...

The Path to Concert Performance

by Darin Steinkey Throughout the concert season, the Large Ensembles is always a stand-out event. Because of the sheer numbers of students involved, the length...

Athletics Review: Grade 9 Boys Break Out the Brooms

Grade 9 Boys Basketball by Steve Bates The Grade 9 boys basketball team completed a four-game sweep at the Island Tournament last weekend in Courtenay to...

Cracking the SAT/ACT Code

by Zeyn Sen, Grade 10 student When I heard that the director of the Princeton Review was coming to SMUS to talk about the SAT...

Super Sunday in Boarding

Photos by Ian Robertson and Craig Farish Reflections on Boarding Super Sunday by Mehrab Khazei, Grade 8 Boarder This weekend was one of the best weekends that...

Athletics Review: SMUS Teams Gain Ground

February 15, 2012 Squash by Lizette Greyling It has been a very successful semester so far for SMUS squash with a few tournaments already behind us. The...

Grade 8 Students Get Medieval

by Erin Anderson, editor For her Social Studies 8 class, Anna Miller instructed her students to draw from what they had learned about the lives...

Athletics Review: Wall-to-Wall Basketball

February 8, 2012 Junior Girls Developmental Basketball by Amanda Daum The Junior girls developmental team lost their game this week to a strong Oak Bay squad. The...

SMUS Ensembles Livin’ Large

by Darin Steinkey, writer How large is the Large Ensembles Concert? Very. Almost 300 students took to the Farquhar Auditorium stage at the University of Victoria...

Outdoor Education Offers Beaver Tails and Snow Flurries

by Mike Danskin '98, coaching intern and house parent 5:15 am comes early on a Saturday morning. There were plenty of pillows stuffed under arms...

Athletics Review: ISAA Squash Championships and Basketball Galore

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...

Athletics Review: January 23, 2012

Senior Girls Basketball by Lindsay Brooke The Senior girls basketball team had a quiet week. The snow day cancelled their only scheduled game. Instead, the team...

Athletics Review: January 16, 2012

Junior Girls Basketball by Amanda Daum The developmental team started the week off with a win against St. Margaret's. Two stand-out players in this game were...

SMUS Artists and Poets Show Their Eclectic Side

by Darin Steinkey SMUS has partnered with Eclectic Gallery for a very unique show. Artists from Art Foundations 11/12 and poets from Writing 12 collaborated...

Classic Dinner and Chapel Music for Boarding

Community dinners are an opportunity for boarding students and houseparents to come together around a meal and enjoy each others' company. The first community...

Back to School with SMUS Faculty

If you're like me, when you hear the phrase "back to school," you think of Rodney Dangerfield's 1986 return to college. Unlike the movie,...

A SMUS Holiday Montage!

December is full of holiday celebration at SMUS. From the delicious shortbread cookies baked in Brown Hall to the pile of snow brought in...

Small Ensembles Perform Big Songs

by Danny Park, Grade 10 On Friday, December 2nd, the Alix Goolden Performance Hall at the Victoria Conservatory of Music was filled with sonorous sounds...

A Memorable Afternoon of Middle School Recitations

Last week, the SMUS Middle School students performed at their recitations finals. Recitations - a long-held school tradition where students memorize poems, monologues and...

Learning and the Brain Part 2: Postgame

In the second of three evenings devoted to the adolescent brain, Director of Learning Heather Clayton focused on what makes learning effective and how...

Have Snakes, Will Travel

by Darin Steinkey As part of their Diversity of Living Things unit, Grade 6 and 7 science classes welcomed four visitors from the Travelling Snake...

Learning and the Brain Part II Preview

by Heather Clayton, Director of Learning "I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn." - Albert...

Reflections on Boarders Without Borders

by Evelyn Zapantis, Boarding Services We had an all-time record of over 60 day families and 122 boarders for our annual Boarders Without Borders meal!...

Planting SEEDS of Sustainability

From pulling broom on Mt. Tolmie to favouring re-useable bags, purchasing bikes for boarding or replacing the aging boiler in School House, SMUS is...

A Howl of a Good Time in Boarding

It was a weekend full of Halloween-themed everything for boarders and house parents; from Brown Hall meals, to fireworks, to the boarding-wide talent show,...

SMUS Seniors Embark on a Tar Trek

by Darin Steinkey Here's an excerpt from Liam Maclure and Daniel Cameron's (fictional) summer to do list: cut grass clean room hang out with friends investigate giant multinational oil...

Student Photographers Capture Outdoor Adventures

There was a time on outdoor education trips that you didn't have to worry about how you looked because everyone else who hadn't showered...

Prefects Talk Leadership in the Middle School

Last week, Head Girl Gaby Jeliazkov, Head Boy Quinn Kliman and Liam Maclure visited the Middle School to talk to the Grade 8 students...

Boarders Aim for Soccer Victory

Photos by Cheryl Murtland, Becky Anderson, Craig Farish, Ian Robertson & Darin Steinkey Music by Kevin Macleod Grade 8 Weekend Wrap-up by Mehrab Khazei, Grade 8 Boarder Last...

Athletics Review: October 17, 2011

Senior Boys Soccer The Senior boys A team had another busy week with two league games and a tournament up in Campbell River. On Tuesday,...

Houseparents Offer Thanksgiving Food for Thought

by Keith Driscoll, Director of Residence To give thanks causes us to stop for a moment and reflect upon what is going well in our...

Learning Centre Students Take the Lead

Research suggests that kids who understand their strengths and weaknesses are more able to advocate for their own learning needs. For the past three...

Art 10 Students Go "Behind the Scenes"

by Alicia Knight, Grade 10 The Grade 10 Visual Arts classes visited a special exhibit at the Royal BC Museum at the end of September....

Solar Panels Heat Up Boarding

Photos, graphs and charts by Craig Farish Last year, the sustainability department at SMUS installed a solar hot water heating system on the top of...

Prefect Council Retreats!

Pictures by Cheryl Murtland by Alexis Thind, Grade 12 boarder As a group of twenty newly elected prefects, we traveled to Seattle for a leadership experience...

Wall-to-Wall Action for the Grade 8 Boarders

Pictures by Zoe Isberg by Mehrab Khazei, Grade 8 boarder This weekend was jam-packed — we got to do three activities! On Friday night we went to...

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