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SMUS in the News: Peter Alec Caleb

Times Colonist August 13, 2014 Peter Alec Caleb, former Headmaster Peter Alec CALEB (1933 - 2014)
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SMUS in the News: Young Musician Makes a Splash

Times Colonist July 12, 2014 Erik Lin, Grade 5 Victoria music teacher’s young charge makes a Splash
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SMUS in the News: Texan Teen Meets Prime Minister

The Austin American-Statesman July 17, 2014 Alessandra Massa '16 Bastrop teen wins scholarship, meets Canadian prime minister
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SMUS in the News: Rud Recruited to SFU

SFU News July 9, 2014 Matt Rud '14 Clan Add Rud to 2014 Recruiting Class
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The Class of 2014

An excerpt from a speech by Lydia Kenzie, co-valedictorian Allow me to speak to one particularly memorable day spent with all of you. Valentine’s Day,...
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Middle School Closing Ceremony

by Jared, Grade 8 Looking back at our years at the Middle School, we are not only filled with very positive memories, but also some...

SMUS in the News: Building Education in Malawi

Saanich News June 18, 2014 Dariol Haydock Saanich teachers building education in Malawi
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SMUS in the News: Ann Makosinski’s New Invention

CBC June 17, 2014 Ann Makosinski Ann Makosinski's New Invention: A body-heat powered headlamp
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SMUS in the News: Ian Hyde-Lay Named Coach of the Year

The Province June 16, 2014 Ian Hyde-Lay Coach of the Year: Ian Hyde-Lay
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SMUS in the News: Dartmouth Announces Class of 2018

Dartmouth Sports June 12, 2014 Janel Gaube '14 Women's Squash Announces Class of 2018
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Grade 9 & 10 Closing Ceremony

While our Grade 9 and 10 students are not entering their final year of SMUS or heading off to university, the end of the...
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Grade 5 Opera: The Gypsy Baron

The curtain has fallen on the Grade 5 opera production of The Gypsy Baron. Our young cast gave two great performances at The Royal...
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Keeping the Beat For War Child

by Keeley Copeland, Grade 11 This year’s ‘Keep the Beat’ was a great success. The SMUS Arts Council worked together with students, staff and other...
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Bug Unit Inspires Malaria Prevention Fundraiser

by Karen Dicks The two Grade 1 classes at the Junior School have been studying bugs - the creepies and the crawlies, the exotic and...
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SMUS in the News: UBC Adds New Recruits

May 29, 2014 UBC News Ali Murtland '14 UBC women's soccer adds three more recruits for the upcoming season
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Beyond SMUS: Reports on Post-Secondary Life

by Kaeleigh Fletcher '10 This past Tuesday marked the third year of SMUS’s “Beyond the Bubble” evening, a night dedicated to giving students and parents...

SMUS Lifers Go Back to Kindergarten

by Claire Williams, Grade 12 As lifers, we have 12-13 years of SMUS behind us and the Junior School was a big chunk of that....

Business Students Learn From TeaPops Success Story

Business 10 students recently had the chance to get advice from the entrepreneur behind DeeBee’s SpecialTea Foods. Dr. Dionne Laslo-Baker and her TeaPops, tea-based...
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Grade 5 Students Prepare for Opera Debut

On June 4, our Grade 5 students will take the stage at the Royal Theatre to present The Gypsy Baron, an operetta by Johann...
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Exploring the Renaissance

Grade 8 students recently completed their projects on the Renaissance, which they presented to each other this week as a way to share in...
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My Journey to Gene Researcher For a Week

by Cindy Kim, Grade 11 I was a sickly child, living in hospitals more than I did at home as my body attracted all kinds...
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Dream Big: Saeed

Our 2013-2014 Annual Fund is very close to reaching its $1.3 million goal. With just over a month until the June 30, 2014 deadline,...
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Young Voices, Old Songs at Choral Concert

Our Junior and Middle School choirs teamed up for a concert this week, filling Christ Church Cathedral with their lovely voices. For the Grade 4...

Walk for Water

by Sarah Taylor, Grade 12 Walk for Water is happening on Friday, May 23. Free the Children puts on this annual event to raise awareness...

Mother’s Day Celebration

by Allison and Anna Fowler, mother and daughter As students progress from grade to grade within the Junior School there are traditions that each grade...
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Service Day: Fundraising for Nicaragua

Throughout the year, Service Days offer students a chance to shed their uniform in exchange for a small donation to a good cause. Next...
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French Students Succeed at Concours d’Art Oratoire

by Valerie Pike and Mimi Brown Fourteen students from the Middle and Senior School recently attended the British Columbia and Yukon division finals for Concours...
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Earth Awareness Week

Following a wonderful student-led assembly to kick off Earth Awareness Week at the Junior School, the children have all been involved in a week...
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SMUS Ecuador and the Galapagos Trip

by Caryn Cooper, Grade 10 The 2014 SMUS Ecuador/Galapagos trip! Where to begin even writing about it? Begin at the beginning, you say? Very well... In...

The Boundless Talent of Kenneth Oppel ’85

Alumni Weekend may end on Sunday, but one fairly famous alumnus will be on campus next week. Author Kenneth Oppel '85 will be speaking...

Grade 5 Students Go Greek

by Theo Yesterday was Greek day and I have learned so much about Greek mythology! I learned a very interesting fact about my god Poseidon:...

Leveraging the Power of GIS in Geography 12

Geography 12 at SMUS has been completely redesigned, thanks in part to the ESRI Canada GIS in Education Grant awarded to our school recently....
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A Grade 2 Musical

by Sierra I am doing a musical called The Drum and it is about Jordan, a little girl who wants a drum. Jordan is given...
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Science 8 Students Look Into Hearts

Science 8 students partnered up for a major biology lab last week, where they concluded their study of the heart with a hands-on examination...
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Grade 6 Scientist Becomes Teacher

Yesterday afternoon, the Grade 4 students had the opportunity to listen to Grade 6 student Larry Yu. The class is starting their Light and...
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Alumni Weekend: Not Just For Alumni

by Gillian Donald, Alumni Associate As the Easter weekend begins, we are only two weeks away from another major event: Alumni Weekend (May 2-4). Despite...
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Brain Awareness Week: Senior School

It was a busy week at the Senior School with many opportunities for both students and faculty to expand their understanding of the human...
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Brain Awareness Week: Junior School

by Tori, Grade 5 This year Brain Awareness Week was lots of fun and I learned so much. I enjoyed learning about how my brain...
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SMUS in the News: St. Michaels beats Oak Bay to claim Rees Boot

Times Colonist April 10, 2014 St. Michaels beats Oak Bay to claim Rees Boot

Arboreal Life at SMUS

Our campus is now officially in bloom and over the break we had a visit from Verna Mumby of Mumby Tree Services, who is...
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Tech Club Engineers Some Fun

by Lucas Galloway, Grade 7 Before Spring Break, a group of 20 students from the Middle School Tech Club went with Mr. DeMerchant and Mr....
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Recreating Rosa Parks’ Stand

by Amalia, Grade 5 We recently had an assembly where Mr. Snowden came and told us a story worth listening to over and over –...
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SMUS in the News: Passion and Patience

Victoria News April 2, 2014 Cindy Kim '15 Youth Inspired: Passion and Patience
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SMUS in the News: Oxford Squad Wins The Boat Race

The Telegraph March 30, 2014 Liz Fenje '09 Boat Race 2014: Ineradicable Oxford women demolish Cambridge for second year running The London Standard The Newton Women's Boat Race: From...
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The Value of Student Travel

This Spring Break, some SMUS students will be taking part in an annual tradition of Spring Break trips. These international trips will take students...

Middle School Musicians in the Spotlight

Unlike most of our concerts, the Middle School Melodies in March concert is not an annual affair; rather, it happens on the years when...
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An Alternative to Parent/Teacher Conferences

While Middle and Senior School parents get a chance to talk to teachers at Parent-Teacher Interviews, our Junior School parents hear about how things...
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The Outsiders Inspires Song Battle

by Dalal and Jiawan, Grade 8 Have you ever read the The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton? If you haven’t read it, you should and if...
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How to Build a Catapult

Grade 1 and 3 students paired up for a foray into physics, building small catapults as part of the younger students' study of fairy...
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A Trip Into Victoria’s Past

by Gabriel, Grade 7 Our field trip was exciting and mysterious. Our Grade 7 Mandarin class explored Victoria's Chinatown, the oldest in Canada, in which...
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Audience Laughsalot at Spamalot

Last night, the SMUS production of Spamalot debuted on the McPherson stage. Based on the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail and...
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A Blitz on Hunger

Updated March 6: The tally for the Peanut Butter Biltz House Challenge was 287 jars, surpassing the goal of 245 jars. Congrats to Bolton...
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A Cross-Campus Fairy Tale

by Cate, Grade 1 We were excited to have the Grade 11 Spanish class come to visit our Grade 1 class! It turns out that...
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Ann Makosinski on the Tonight Show

We were surprised and excited to hear that Ann Makosinski appeared on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday night, appearing in a...
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Medals for Math Challengers

by Saje, Grade 8 Academics are a large part of what we focus on at SMUS, but there is more to learning than just classes....
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A Visit from an Olympian

As the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games continue, the Junior School hosted an Olympian from the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. Jon Beare, a...
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Choosing A Course

Even though September 2015 seems a long time away, the time for students to plan their courses is, well, right now. For a peek...
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Student Council Spreads the Love

by Catie, Grade 8 Our Middle School has many leadership opportunities, one of them being Student Council. Student Council organizes dances, service days and spirit...
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Inspiration at the Vancouver Island School of Art

by Angelina Agathoklis, art teacher This week, the Grade 5 students had the opportunity to attend an art show at the Vancouver Island School of...
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Why Go On An Exchange?

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...

Read a Book Over Break

Wondering what to do with your five-day break? The Middle School Book Club has put together a list of books you might want to...
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Junior Students Bond With Seniors

by Kathleen Cook, teacher As a part of a school-wide commitment to community service for all the students at SMUS, the Junior School regularly visited...
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Course Selection Information

The annual Course Selection Information Evening covers a range of topics related to everything from graduation requirements to special co-credit options for AP classes....
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Financial Aid February

Financial aid is a big part of the Annual Fund, with over $300,000 last year going towards making SMUS education more accessible. For the...
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Career Day: Listen, Question, Network, Repeat

Career Day is still a relatively new event on the SMUS campus, but one that is definitely growing in scope and interest. This Wednesday,...

Tynker-ing with Code

by Anna Miller, teacher The next exploratory term at the Middle School is going to be an exciting one and a huge learning experience for...

Celebrating Chinese New Year

In honour of the lunar new year, the Grade 1 classes took a field trip to Victoria's historic Chinatown to learn about Chinese culture...

Large Ensembles: The Diversity of Music

It was an exciting kick-off to the 2014 music season this week, as Band Director Gordon Clements made his debut on the Farquhar stage....

Grade 5 Athletes Get Into Squash

Racquet sports are considered to be an important part of the Junior School Sports Program and over the past few months our Grade 5...

Climate Change Showdown

Our Middle School has had the environment on its mind this week. Last Friday, the Eco-warriors won a presentation from the BC Sustainability Energy...

SMUS in the News: Free School Year

Victoria News January 24, 2014 Free school year in Victoria for best and brightest

Students on Ice in Antarctica

by Tessa Owens, Grade 11 This winter, I was lucky enough to participate in a two-week international scientific expedition to Antarctica called Students on Ice....
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Grade 7 Girls Become City Champions

Our Grade 7 girls basketball team had a strong season, culminating in a city championship win over the holiday break. Above, centre Marika shares...

The Reality of Life Online

We hosted Jesse Miller of Mediated Reality this week, and he spoke to students, parents and staff about the illusion many people have of...

Junior School Gets Greener

by Diana Nason, librarian We introduced the recycling and composting program a few years ago and the students have been quite committed. Recycling is a...

Student Short Film Tops VFF Contest

http://vimeo.com/81909195 Grade 12 student Olivia Sorley took first place in the Senior student category for the Victoria Film Festival, which officially begins on February 7,...

Young Designers Revive House Shirts

The Middle School house shirts have undergone an overhaul thanks to some talented student artists. Every Middle School student submitted at least one t-shirt...

Animal Habitats On Display

Before the holiday break, our Grade 4 students hosted parents and fellow students for an exhibit of animal habitats. Each student researched a particular...

Bamfield Trip Fuels Environmental Science Experience

Way back in 2013, our AP Environmental Science students travelled to Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre. Soon after they returned, we received this great report...
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SMUS in the News: Victoria Film Festival Kicks Off

Times Colonist January 8, 2014 Olivia Sorley '14 Coogan comedy to kick off Victoria Film Festival

All We Want for Christmas is SMUS

It wouldn't be the holidays at SMUS without the annual all-school assembly. From chipmunks to kings, the traditional student-led skewering of the faculty, a...

A Season of Giving

Our Middle School students put together 18 hampers to brighten the holiday for local families in need. Below, one of our students writes about...

Tiny Voices Perform Holiday Tunes

Our Junior School hosted their own very special Christmas concert this week. Students from Kindergarten to Grade 3 performed a few fun holiday pieces...

Writing for Human Rights

by Dariol Haydock, Assistant Director of Middle School On December 10, the Middle School held our second annual Amnesty International Write for Rights event. In...
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SMUS in the News: 30 People Under 30 Changing the World

TIME Magazine December 5, 2013 Ann Makosinski These Are the 30 People Under 30 Changing the World

Take a (Virtual) Tour Around Campus

We're not trying to put our amazing Admissions tour ambassadors out of a job, but our new virtual walking tour is pretty sweet. Click...

Find Meaning in the Season

Our Carol Service encourages us all to connect with the spiritual side of this holiday season, whatever our faith or beliefs. Through music and...

Middle School Theatre, en Français

by Jo Ross, parent The Grade 6 classes presented Boucles Rouges en route pour Mars for their family and friends. The play was a collaboration...

Strings Musicians Review Concerts

Recently, both our Grade 4 and 5 Strings students gave performances at the Junior School. Below, young musicians talk about how it feels to...
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SMUS in the News: Obama buys spy novel, sports and kids’ books

LA Times November 30, 2013 Kenneth Oppel '85 Obama buys spy novel, sports and kids' books on shopping trip

Baking For A Brighter Holiday

By Nina Duffus, teacher Our Grade 2 students have continued their annual tradition of making and selling gingerbread. The 22 students have weighed, measured, rolled,...

Learning and the Brain: Cultivating Strengths

http://youtu.be/uEEj2m80o5k How are our personal strengths defined? Often, other people - our parents, teachers and bosses - tell us what we are best at and...

Middle School Musicians: Ragtime and Jazz

by Mary Smith, strings teacher On a bright, sunny day the musicians in this Middle School string orchestra presented pieces by George Frederic Handel and...

Education Comes Naturally

by Margaret Lincoln, teacher The Kindergarten class's visit to the main campus was part of an integrated unit on features of local outdoor environments....
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YALP: Local Activists Inspire Grade 8 Students

by Aysha and Taylor, Grade 8 Aysha: Inspiration When I was younger, I would see people on the streets who looked ragged and scruffy. I never...

YALP: Keynote Speakers Provide Fresh Perspective

by Zachary Kahn, Grade 12 Seeing as I had never been extremely involved with local poverty and never having attended a conference like this, I...
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SMUS in the News: Heather Clayton on Real Parenting

CFAX 1070 November 16, 2013 Director of Learning Heather Clayton Real Parenting on CFAX (beginning at 34:50 mark)

Authors Inspire Readers to Write

The Middle School has hosted two authors in the past fortnight: Eric Wilson and Kit Pearson. Both writers spoke to students about what makes...

Fall Theatre Production Captures Life of Anne Frank

by Morgan McLeod, Head of Theatre A mere two months ago, we had our first read through of The Diary of Anne Frank. It was...

Getting to the Heart of Anatomy at UVic

by Nicky Newsome, Grade 5 teacher This week, we visited the Medical Sciences Building at the University of Victoria! Students were treated to fascinating pictures...
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SMUS in the News: Victoria Teen Kieran Large Shows Off His Soccer, Acting Chops

Times Colonist November 15, 2013 Kieran Large '15 Victoria Teen Kieran Large Shows Off His Soccer, Acting Chops

A Deeper Understanding of First Nations Culture

by Angelina, Grade 6 On Tuesday, November 5th, the Grade 6 Humanities classes had the opportunity to visit the Royal BC Museum with Leslie McGarry....
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SMUS in the News: Orca Trainer Colin Baird ’85

CNN October 30, 2013 Colin Baird '85 Orca trainer saw best of Keiko, worst of Tilikum

A Hectic Halloween

Students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 had a very happy Halloween, showing off some amazing costumes and enjoying all sorts of spirited activities. Both the...

Seasonal Art

by Angelina Agathoklis, art teacher There have been a variety of art projects adorning the walls of the Junior School this term. The Grade 5 students...

The Consequences of Cyberbullying

by Saje, Grade 8 Bullying in the world is a big problem, but cyber bullying is often much worse in today's digital world. On the...

Mathematics: The Key to the Universe

Professor Mike Miniou from the University of Waterloo recently spoke to Middle and Senior School students about the applicability of math in future careers....

Humanities 7: Connecting Skills for Enriched Learning

by Min MacLean, teacher This year, the Middle School has a new course: Humanities 7. An amalgamation of English and Social Studies, Humanities 7 covers...

Dream Big: Our New Annual Fund

For over 20 years, the SMUS community has come together to support our school and our students through the Annual Fund. This year, the...
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Examining Introversion and Extraversion

Based on the best-selling book Quiet, Director of Learning Heather Clayton gives parents insight into how introverts and extroverts behave in different situations and...

A Look at Exploratory

Our exploratory program allows Middle School students to choose their own elective course. Each year, teachers come up with new activities and students select...

Junior Runners Hit Their Stride

The sound of splashing through puddles, the smells of damp grass, the sight of falling leaves can only mean one thing: The cross-country running...

Shifting the Power

by Tessa Owens, Grade 11 From October 4-7th, hundreds of activists hailing from across Canada met in Victoria, British Columbia. They were united as part...

What Does Leadership Mean to You?

Grade 5 students have a large leadership role at the Junior School. To commemorate this, we have an annual assembly where each student shares...

Testing the Leadership Waters

Several of our Middle School students recently attended the CAIS Middle School Leadership Conference. The event featured activities, guest speakers and plenty of recreational...

Compost Education

by Maggie S, Grade 2 Last week the Grade 2 class went to the Compost Education Centre. We learned how the compost cycle works. We...
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Looking Into the Ivy League

by Ana Maria Fernandez, Grade 12 With the end of high school approaching, it becomes inevitable to start thinking about our post-secondary plans and what...

Starting at SMUS: A Student Perspective

by Elaine, Grade 10 boarder, Symons House Last Christmas, I got an email from SMUS and it gave me the email address of a girl...

Two Steps Closer to a Graceful Space

by Nancy Richards, Director of Junior School Over the past week, our Junior School faculty, parents and neighbours have had opportunities to share their thoughts...

Writing Help Now Available On Demand

by Denise Lamarche, Director of Academics Stroll past Crothall 108 between 3:30 and 4:30 pm, Mondays through Thursdays, and you might notice some students working...
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SMUS in the News: Ann’s Google Science Fair Win

Ann Makosinski '15 September 24, 2013 Global News Victoria teen wins top honours at Google Science Fair for ‘Hollow Flashlight’ NBC News Teens face down flu viruses, energy crises...

Language Games

by Jenna, Grade 6 In Japanese class this week, we had five Japanese university students come and spend the class with us. It was a...
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A Joyful Approach to Education

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

Invitational Brings Community Together

by Peter Gardiner What a glorious day! On September 9th, approximately 100 golfers enjoyed the 8th Annual Alumni and Friends Golf Invitational at Cordova Bay. The weather...

Our Growing School

by Nancy Richards, Director of Junior School The school year is off to a fantastic start and everyone at the Junior School is talking about...
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An Early Start for Grade 12 Planning

by Greg Marchand The University Counselling presentation for Grade 12 students and their parents that was held on September 12th was a great success with...

Meet Your Head Boy and Girl

Dear New SMUSdents, Welcome! On behalf of the entire school, we welcome you to our SMUS family! As you may already know, our school welcomes...

First Days

Both the Middle and Senior School run programs before school officially starts to welcome newcomers to the school. Grade 12 students run the...

A Google Science Fair Summer

One of our students had a particularly exciting summer; Ann Makosinski was the sole Canadian out of 15 finalists in the Google Science Fair,...

From Secret Garden to Shakepeare

After taking on the role of Mary in the SMUS production of The Secret Garden last year, Grade 12 student Ellen Law spent her...

A Junior Welcome

Our Oak Bay campus was a bustling place as our students returned to school and two new classes of kindergarten students arrived. Our Grade...
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SMUS in the News: Pyke Not Getting Comfortable

Sydney Swans September 4, 2013 Mike Pyke '03 Pyke not getting comfortable
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SMUS in the News: Shakespeare By the Sea

Times Colonist August 21, 2013 Ellen Law '14 and Jack Hayes '12 Review: Natural effects light up Midsummer Night's Dream by the sea
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Middle School Closing Ceremonies

The Middle School ceremony is always an interesting mix of perspectives. Students from Grade 6 are celebrating their first year at the Middle School,...
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Junior School Closing Ceremonies

Director of Junior School Nancy Richards opened the Closing Ceremonies, sharing both the perspective of the teachers and the students on the past year....
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Annual Fund Scholars: Dawit

Dawit Workie first came to SMUS in Grade 8, joining our boarding community and settling in to life not too far away from his...
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Lifers

SMUS "Lifers" are students who have spent their school lives at SMUS. This year, Grade 12 lifers will finally be leaving the SMUS nest....
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Mindfulness

by Virginia Ronning, counsellor The 21st Century learner has to keep up with a grueling pace of change, and it’s our job at SMUS to...

A Bilingual Look at Victoria

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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Exploring Exploratory

The Exploratory program is a unique Middle School offering that allows students to try new activities without an academic component. Bringing all three grades...
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iSpy: A Musical

by Stephanie Geehan, teacher It has been a lot of fun putting together this musical. The journey began around this time last year, when I...
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An Olympian End

After a year of intense competition - both physical and mental - the house games season wrapped up this weekend with the House Olympics....
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A Lesson in Poetry

by Devon, Grade 4 A week ago, a Grade 12 student named Lindon Carter came to the Junior School to perform a song for us...
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Collaboration Across Continents

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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Art Round-Up

by Angelina Agathoklis, teacher Many different pieces of art have adorned the walls of the Junior School this year. The Grade 5 students have drawn...
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Off To the Races

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...

Science Challenges and Triumphs

by Lisa Hyde-Lay, teacher This year, we entered three teams of four kids from Grades 6 to 8 in the All Science Challenge. Each had...
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Alumni Return

It was a bright and beautiful weekend this past weekend, as alumni returned to campus for our annual Alumni Weekend. The SMUS community welcomed...
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In Memory of David Gauthier

by Laura Authier Another op’nin, another show In Philly, Boston, or Baltimo’ A chance for stage folks to say hello! Another op’nin of another show… Four weeks, you rehearse...
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Annual Fund Scholars: Kali

Albertan boarder Kali Salmas has made the most out of her two years at SMUS. A fixture in our music program, she's also made...

Active Mindfulness

by Heather Sandquist, Grade 4 Teacher As a member of our Heath and Wellness committee, I fully appreciate the opportunity for mindful moments. Early in...
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Banding Together for a Farewell Concert

by Erin Anderson, editor It was an exciting and moving concert that marked John Reid’s final appearance on UVic’s Farquhar stage. Special guests, dedicated songs...
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The Future of Careers

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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A Look at Ancient Japan Through Art

by Zach, Grade 8 On April 26, the Grade 8 Japanese class went on an amusing and educational field trip to the Art Gallery of...
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The Moral of the Musical

by Sharon Goodman, teacher Our Grade 2 students recently performed The Cuckoo, a Mexican folktale that tells the story of how the Cuckoo lost her...

No Batteries Required

Just in time for Earth Week, we spoke to Ann Makosinski, whose human-powered flashlight just won her a trip to the Canada-Wide Science Fair....
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Fun For All Ages

by Kathleen Cook, leadership coordinator As a part of a school-wide commitment to external community service for all the students at SMUS, the Junior School...
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Bovine Role in Human Geography

What does milking a cow have to do with geography? Surprisingly, a lot. Our AP Human Geography class visited a local dairy farm as...
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Speaking Out

This week, several students in Grades 6 & 7 attended a speech competition through the Independent Schools Association of BC. The Grade 6 students...
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Building A Better Brain

SMUS held its first annual Brain Awareness Week from April 5-12 in order to educate our entire community about not only how our brains...
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India: A Festival of Colours

by David Boroto, Grade 11 India. Just a few weeks ago the word was a mystery to me and nine other SMUS students and staff....

Storytelling

Grade 6 Humanities students have been working on developing their skills as creative writers. Through the writing process, students brainstorm ideas, organize their storylines,...
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Island Leadership for Bolton Boys

Boarding is bursting with leadership opportunities, and a group of Grade 11 boarders dedicated last weekend to building their leadership skills. Travelling to Tortoise...
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Nicaragua: Changes

by Claudia Wheler, Grade 10 Going to Jiquilillo, Nicaragua was a whole new experience for me. I had never been on a service trip -...
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Mexico: My First Service Trip

by Flora Feng, Grade 9 I once saw a man on TV, who spent a year doing service in Africa. His mind and values, and...
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Model Students Replicate the UN

There's nothing unusual about SMUS students participating in a Model UN, but this week was the first time we involved some Middle School students...
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Boning Up On Anthropology

As part of their animal study, the Grade 2 class visited UVic’s Anthropology Department, where they learned interesting facts about animal bones and teeth...
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SMUS in the News: SMUS Takes Back the Boot

Victoria News April 11, 2013 SMUS takes back the boot Gareth Rees' bronzed boot goes back to SMUS
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SMUS in the News: It’s All About the Boot

Times Colonist April 9, 2013 SMUS rugby It’s all about the Boot for Oak Bay, SMUS
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SMUS in the News: Canadese gasten op Griftland

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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SMUS in the News: Toronto Maple Leafs Trade for Ryan O’Byrne

The National Post April 8, 2013 Ryan O'Byrne '03 The National Post Ryan O’Byrne to make Leafs debut vs. Rangers CBC Sports Toronto Maple Leafs trade for Ryan O’Byrne The Toronto...
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SMUS in the News: Pyke Happy to Prove his Critics Wrong

The Sydney Morning Herald April 4, 2013 Mike Pyke '02 Standing tall: Pyke happy to prove his critics wrong
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Physical Education…Online?

by Nikki Kaufmann, teacher Physical Education (PE) online, that’s preposterous! After all, isn’t the opposite of being online what we are trying to achieve? Technically,...
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Groupwork Goes in New Direction

by Ryan Dewar, teacher During our study of Romeo & Juliet, the students used Google Docs to complete a set of analysis questions for each...
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Mobile Lab Lets Students Teach

by Will, Grade 5 At school, we have been teaching our Kindergarten buddies art, math, writing and other things on the iPads that the school...
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Let’s Get Mathematical: Q&A

The above question is a demonstration of number theory, a favourite of SMUS mathematician Andrew Kang. In honour of Pi Day, we have two...
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Let’s Get Mathematical: The Challengers

For many, math may not be an exciting subject, but SMUS seems to have more than its share of avid mathematicians. Math contests bring...
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Parents Get a Lesson on Learning

During the final week of the term, the Junior School parents are invited to the school to spend time with their child at a...
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Annual Fund Scholars: Remy

Three years ago, Remy Furrer was told he shouldn't even bother going to high school. Now he is set to graduate and attend university. When...
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New Technology Turns Students Into Meteorologists

by Maureen Hann, technology coordinator This week Grade 4 students had the opportunity to learn about green screen video technology as a way to present...

Unearthing The Secret Garden

by Erin Anderson, editor When I first heard SMUS would perform The Secret Garden, I recalled the book I read as a child, and thought,...
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Pink Shirts Remind Us To Be Kind

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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Fairy Tales Teach Espanol

by Alison Galloway, teacher “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want your children to be more intelligent...
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Annie Prepares to Take the Stage

Next week, the Middle School will be on the McPherson stage, debuting their production of Annie. For a three-day run, there is much work...
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Buddies With Books

Our reading buddies program brings Junior School kids to the Senior School throughout the year to share their favourite books with older SMUS students....
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SMUS in the News: Seeing Double

Victoria News February 28, 2013 Morgan McLeod; The Secret Garden Performers hope to have audiences seeing double
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SMUS in the News: Scholarship Benefits Portland Teen

Portland Observer February 27, 2012 Paris Lowe '13 Scholarship Benefits Portland Teen
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SMUS in the News: Theatrical Mash-Up

Monday Magazine February 27, 2013 Christian (Grade 5), Tori (Grade 4), Jared (Grade 7), Riccardo (Grade 8) on the cover and part of the cast of...
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Remembering Felicity

Students and staff received some sad and shocking news this week, as Felicity Tallboy, one of our Learning Resource staff, passed away suddenly on...
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Artists Talk Inspiration Behind McPherson Show

by Martha Cohn, Grade 10 The art show at the Mac is always a great exhibit for student work - when I was in Grade...
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Conquering Concours

Middle School students put their language skills to work last week by participating in a long established French-speaking competition. Below, one of our students...
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Bonding Through the Buddy Program

At the Junior School, classes are paired together as a part of the buddy program. The intermediate students are all paired with a primary...
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Diving Into Opera

More than 200 children and youth are involved in the production of Noye's Fludde by the Pacific Opera of Victoria, and several SMUS students...
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Early Investigation Helps Course Selection Success

by Denise Lamarche, Director of Academics With the deadline for course selection at the Senior School less than a month away, now is the time...
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Parents Tell Us: Why SMUS?

Why do parents choose SMUS for their kids? This week, the SMUS Open House will bring a lot of new families to campus, some...
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Miraculous Marine Creatures

On a visit to the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, Grade 6 students witnessed our amazing local marine life in action, including the camouflage abilities...
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A Closer Look at Beautiful Things

by Kindergarten teachers Young children have a natural desire to collect and study materials. We decided to use this natural desire to begin a project...
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A Report from the Slopes

by Jamison and Sam, Grade 8 The Grade 8 ski trip was a great opportunity for new and experienced boarders/skiers to hit the hills, while...
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An Educational Exchange

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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A Look Into The Eye

As part of their biology unit, Science 8 students get to dissect a real ocular specimen from some bovine donors. For their lab, students...
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Fun on the Courts

by Gary Barber, PE teacher Racquet sports are considered to be an important part of the Junior School sports program and over the past few...
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SMUS in the News: Student Earns Full Ride to Cambridge

Victoria News January 24, 2013 Keiler Totz '13 Student Earns Full Ride to Cambridge
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Something to Talk About

by Tanya Lee, teacher Literature circles allow students to develop their active reading strategies and “dig deeply” into their novels. By assuming different roles as...
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What is an Orffestra?

by Sharon Goodman, primary music teacher Students at the Junior School receive Orff music instruction from Kindergarten to Grade 3. Orff is a very lively,...
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Students Take On Responsibility of Global Conference

by Paris Lowe, Grade 11 boarder Just this past Friday, I had the opportunity of putting on a global responsibility conference for youth in southern...
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A New Angle on Our City

Geography 10 students took a closer look at how Victoria works as a city on a field trip this week. Exploring the BC capital,...
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A Virtue to Inspire Improvement

The Junior School virtue for January is especially appropriate for the beginning of a new year: commitment. As countless adults set New Year's Resolutions,...
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Re-Examining Africa with Dariusz Dziewanski

by David Boroto, Grade 11 In my AP Human Geography class, we welcomed guest speaker Dariusz Dziewanski '97, a consultant in international development and alumnus...
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Reptiles Return

Just before the break, Middle School Science students hosted some very special visitors from the Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. Accompanied by their...
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New Year, New Clubs

by Kathleen Cook The clubs and activities at the Junior School will continue this term, with several new offerings for the children. Teachers and guest...
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SMUS in the News: BC Students Earn Scholarships to Cambridge

CBC News January 4, 2012 Keiler Totz '13 Two BC Students Headed to Cambridge on Full Scholarship

Athletics Review: Gary Taylor Invitational

December 20-22 saw both the Senior and Junior boys basketball teams take part in the Oak Bay HS Gary Taylor Invitational. The tournament, named after...
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SMUS in the News: Got a Bike?

Vancouver is Awesome December 27, 2012 Got a Bike You Don't Use? Donate it to help a kid in Nicaragua.
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SMUS in the News: Blue Jags a Model of Perfection

Times Colonist December 21, 2012 Senior boys basketball Blue Jags a model of perfection Island Sports News December 23, 2012 Oak Bay Rolls to Victory at Gary Taylor Invitational
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SMUS in the News: Blue Jags Have Big Plans

Times Colonist December 17, 2012 Senior boys basketball; Mack Catto, Mark Yorath, Dawit Workie, Georgios Ikonomou, David Pollen, Wayne Lin Blue Jags Have Big Plans This Year

Athletics Review: Final Basketball of 2012

Our basketball teams continued their successful start to the 2012-2013 season, combining for six wins as both remained undefeated. The Junior boys mowed through three...
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A Celebration for All Ages

The holiday season is always a busy one at SMUS, but every year we make time to come together for a fun-filled assembly, featuring...
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A Play En Français

This week, Grade 6 students took to the Copeland stage to perform a play in French, as part of their language studies. Through music,...
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Holiday Songs Brighten Winter Season

Carols are a staple of Christmas celebration, and with a student body packed with amazing singers, it seems only natural that SMUS contributes a...
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SMUS in the News: Supporting Santas Anonymous

CFAX Radio December 14, 2012 Grade 2 class (at 36:50) Terry Moore Podcast
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SMUS in the News: Blue Jags Roll With No. 1 Ranking

Oak Bay News December 12, 2012 Senior boys basketball; Dawit Workie, Mark Yorath, Georgios Ikonomou, Mackenzie Catto, David Pollen, Matt Rudd. St. Michaels Blue Jags Roll with...
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Annual Fund Scholars: Charlie

With the end of the school term and 2012 fast approaching, it is a great opportunity to check in with the Annual Fund. Strong...
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Mania Over Math

Math Mania, a new event at SMUS, brought a crowd of students and parents to the Middle School to enjoy games and puzzles for...
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Songs and Stories for the Season

The SMUS community filled the historic Christ Church Cathedral for its first all-school carol service. There were 300 performers, three schools and a packed...
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Envisioning a Better World

The Junior School Service Committee annually organizes a Kindergarten to Grade 5 service project to raise money toward the purchase of a stable filled...
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SMUS in the News: Oak Bay, SMUS Begin Season

Times Colonist December 5, 2012 Senior boys basketball team; Mark Yorath, Dawit Workie, Georgios Ikonomou, and Mack Catto Oak Bay, SMUS begin season as Island AAA, AA...
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SMUS in the News: Victoria’s Kuklinski Gains Valuable Experience at Twickenham

BC Rugby December 5, 2012 Bruce Kuklinski, Middle School faculty Victoria's Kuklinski gains valuable experience at Twickenham
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Christmas Cheer Never Tasted So Good!

by Nina Duffus, Grade 2 teacher The Grade 2 class has been learning weights, measures, baking, decorating, packaging, finance and sales skills - and a...
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Inside Our Strings Ensemble

Last week, our Grade 7 and 8 Strings students gave their first concert of the year. The afternoon featured both solo performers and the...
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Special Guests Combine Geography and Art

by Anna Forbes, Head of Art We had some distinguished guests in this week talking to the art and the geography students in Copleand. Dr....
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The Complexity of Clay

by Erin Anderson, editor One of the greatest things about the SMUS Middle School is located way down in the basement, tucked into the corner...
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Never Too Young for Strings

by Angelina, Grade 5 On November 20, the SMUS Grade 5 students played a concert at the Junior School. To demonstrate our learning, we played...
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Cleat Collection Supports Gender Equality

by Georgia and Anna, Grade 6 Shooting for Hope is an organization that allows young girls in India to be active and play sports, especially...
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Students Scare Hunger

by Livia, Grade 8 On Halloween, we participated in a fundraiser called We Scare Hunger that was started by an organization called Free the Children....
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We Mark Their Sacrifice and See Our Promise

by Keven Fletcher, Chaplain If you were to pick up pen and paper and write a letter setting out your life this week… If you were...
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And the Winner Is…

This year, we put our second annual Outdoor Education Photo Contest online and let everyone vote on the strongest photos. Thanks to everyone who...
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Field Trip Yields Deeper Understanding of First Nations

by Terra, Grade 6 On Wednesday, the Grade 6 Humanities classes all set off to the Royal BC Museum. For many of us, the museum...
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Simon’s Struggle: Overcoming the Odds

SMUS recently hosted Simon Ibell '96, our 2012 Distinguished Alumnus (Philanthropy). Simon began his visit at the Junior School before going on to speak...
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SMUS in the News: Victoria Pitcher World Class

Times Colonist October 12 & 30, 2012 Mackenzie Catto '13 UBC comes calling on young Victoria pitcher Victoria Pitcher World Class
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Ocean Centre Visit Spawns Artwork

Some Senior School artists visited the Ocean Discovery Centre to complete assignments working with moving subjects. There were no shortage of captivating creatures to...
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SMUS Runners Get Olympic Inspiration

by Gary Barber, coach Falling leaves and crisp autumn air have been the perfect seasonal partners for another Junior School cross-country running season. Racing...
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Mandarin Students Take In Chinatown

by Lucas, Grade 8 On Wednesday, October 17th, the Grade 7 and 8 Mandarin classes went on a very educational and entertaining trip to Victoria’s...
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New Year, New Chance to Give

As visitors to SMUS may have noticed, the Annual Fund for the year has begun. The banners are up on both campuses, the donation...
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Junior School Kicks Up Its Heels

Junior School students, faculty and families were able to mix and mingle at the Barn Dance again this year, donning cowboy hats and plaid...
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Popular Merlin Author Inspires Students of All Ages

Last week, SMUS was honoured to host T.A. Barron, a multiple award-winning author whose Merlin series is being adapted into film by Warner Bros....
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Victoria Pitcher Mackenzie Catto Commits to UBC and Makes All-World Team

Island Sports News October 5, 2012 Mackenzie Catto '13 Victoria Pitcher Mackenzie Catto Commits to UBC Power Showcase October 15, 2012 Mackenzie Catto '13 Canada Player Selected - Makes 2012 Power...
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Open House Ambassadors Share Their Favorite Things

On Friday, the Junior School will welcome many Open House visitors, who will be greeted by our Grade 5 students. As our school leaders,...
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Thanksgiving in Action: Food for Thought

With so many reasons to be thankful, it is important to stop and show our gratitude. Each year, we give thanks by treating the...
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Re-examining Creativity: Everything is a Remix

Video by Darin Steinkey Kirby Ferguson, our opening Scholar in Residence this school year was first suggested by art teacher Chris Bateman as a presenter...
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Making Time for Books

by Ricky, Grade 8 I believe the Drop Everything And Read program, or DEAR, at the St. Michaels Middle School is very enjoyable and gives...
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Recognizing Our Young Leaders

On Monday, the Grade 5 students participated in a special Leadership Assembly. Ms. Richards and Mrs. Cook spoke about Leadership at the Junior School...
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Visitors Help Connect Language to Culture

Ten university students from Morioka, Japan came to Canada for two weeks to learn about and experience Canadian culture. The students visited our Japanese...
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Ted Harrison Inspires Young Artists

The school year at the Junior School has started off with a variety of art projects. The Grade 5 students created clay leaves, the...
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SMUS in the News: Canadian Rugby Journey Proves Mike Pyke is One in 101

Herald Sun (Australia) September 24, 2012 Mike Pyke '02 Journey from Canadian rugby international to AFL Grand Final proves Mike Pyke is one in 101 Mike Pyke ‘02...
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A Student’s Take on Scottish Schools

Last week, SMUS hosted three university events: our annual IvyPlus Presentation, an Australian Universities Presentation and a Scottish Universities Presentation. Below, one of the...
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Welcome to Our New Website

As many of you may have noticed, our website has been given a makeover during the summer. We're very happy with the result and...
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Clubs and Councils On Display

This week, students and faculty filled the Senior School quad for the Council Fair, showcasing some of the extracurricular options available to Senior School...
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Students Get a Taste of Nature at Camp Pringle

by Sara Ritchie The Grade 4 and 5 students challenged themselves in a number of outdoor activities this week at Camp Pringle on Shawnigan Lake....
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SMUS in the News: O’Byrne Turns to Coaching

Times Colonist September 20, 2012 Ryan O'Byrne '02 Locked out NHL player returns home to help coach Victoria Grizzlies
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A Treasure Hunt Without a Map

by Ankit, Grade 8 This week, the Grade 7 and 8 students of St. Michaels University School embarked on a quest to find 18 geocaches...
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Alumni, Parents and Friends Play for a Cause

This Monday, 112 golfers took to the Victoria Golf Club course for our annual Alumni & Friends Golf Invitational in support of the Alumni...
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Junior School Cooks Up Family Fun

On Friday, September 7, the Junior School community gathered for the annual Welcome Back Family Barbeque. It was a beautiful, sunny evening and there...
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SMUS is Number One in Advanced Placement Ranking

Our school recently received some truly outstanding news from the College Board: we have been ranked the number-one school in Canada for “equity and...
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Middle School Caught Up in WEB

by Anna C, Grade 6 On September 5th, all the Grade 6 students gathered in the single gym to prepare for a whole morning set...
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Double the Fun at the Junior School

by Nancy Richards, Director It is an historic week for SMUS as another Kindergarten class is added to the Junior School! Thirty-five four- and five-year-olds...
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SMUS in the News: Kenneth Oppel ’85 on CBC

CBC Radio July 15, 2012 Kenneth Oppel '85 Children's Book Recommendations Audio: 55:20-1:08
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Grads of 2012 Celebrate and Reflect

by Erin Anderson, editor For the Grade 11 and 12 students, the end of the school year has a special significance. For Grade 11...
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Middle School Celebrates End of Year

The Middle School ended the year with a wonderful celebration of the wide range of experiences students had throughout the year. Director of School...
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Junior School: Inspiration and Virtues

The Junior School Closing Ceremonies is always a special occasion. For the Grade 5 students, it marks their transition into the Middle School; for...
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Reflecting on a Year of Service

by Céline Rubeli, Grade 10 As I joined SMUS last September, I simultaneously became part of a community in which service is integral. Reading through...
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SMUS in the News: The fate of the world is in the hands of...

Times Colonist June 20, 2012 Tess Owens, Grade 9 student The fate of the world is in the hands of children
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Handmade Fashions Hit the Runway

by Maddi T, Grade 6 The Project Runway exploratory was the best exploratory that I have ever done! We had so much fun learning how...
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SMUS in the News: Victoria’s SMUS pulls off opening-round stunner

The Province May 30, 2012 Senior boys rugby Victoria’s SMUS pull off opening-round stunner, send Oak Bay Barbarians from winner’s side at AAA rugby quarters
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SMUS in the News: SMUS rower first with Stanford

Peninsula News June 11, 2012 Liz Fenje '09 Oak Bay surfer second in Tofino; SMUS rower first with Stanford; Hesjedal's maglia rosa up for auction
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SMUS in the News: Conductor sees real role as challenging singers to soar

Times Colonist June 7, 2012 Peter Butterfield, faculty Conductor sees real role as challenging singers to soar
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SMUS in the News: Victoria Schools Row to Medals

June 9, 2012 Peninsula News Vic schools row to medals at national championships Times Colonist High school rowers shine at nationals
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Pennies Fund Ongoing Service Project

When Canada announced it was discontinuing its penny, it gave one of our teachers an idea for a fundraiser, which will help fuel the...
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Stories from the Annual Fund: Megan Parker ’11

Judy Pryce remembers vividly the phone call that changed everything for her daughter Megan Parker. As a new SMUS student in Grade 6, it...

Ten Years of Keeping the Beat

by Erin Anderson, editor Last Friday was no ordinary day. Keep the Beat, the annual fundraiser for War Child Canada, returned to SMUS for its...
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Original Trilogy Wraps Up with Wakeful Sleeper

by Kaylaa Dornan, Grade 12 Jennifer Fraser’s play Wakeful Sleeper opened last week at St. Michaels University School and was the final piece in a...
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Choirs Present Movie Songs and Latin Classics

by Erin Anderson, editor Last Tuesday, young voices filled the already crowded Christ Church Cathedral, as students from Grade 4-8 performed a range of choral...
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Students Prepared for Opera Opening

by Duncan Frater, Director On May 28 and 29, the Grade 5 students will take the stage at the Royal Theatre to perform an abbreviated...
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A Demonstration of Parliamentary Debate

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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SMUS in the News: SMUS Student Puts Brain to the Test

May 24, 2012 Times Colonist Eugene Tang SMUS Student Puts Brain to the Test
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Greek Gods Rise at Junior School

by Olivia, Grade 5 We had a fun Greek festival. Before today we studied a Greek god or goddess of our choice. Using our knowledge,...
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Spooky Stories From SMUS

by Sue Vachon, teacher When you have a school that is over 100 years old, there are bound to be ghost stories that surface. This...
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Alumni and Students Connect Over Career Week

by Shayla Baumeler, Grade 10 This past week, the SMUS campus was flooded with returning alumni and community members. After weeks of planning and a...
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Another Amazing Alumni Weekend

by Erin Anderson, editor Alumni Weekend, an annual event where SMUS alumni return to campus, ran from May 4-6 and featured all kinds of events...
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SMUS Expands to Welcome a New Class

by Nancy Richards, Director of the Junior School This week, a very special event took place at the Junior School. We enthusiastically welcomed the kindergarten...
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Stories from the Annual Fund: John Herpers ’64

John Herpers '64 knows from personal experience that the right school at the right time in a young person’s life can make all the...
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A Look Beyond the Bubble

For many SMUS students, the transition to university can be a jarring experience. After years of enjoying small class sizes, strong support from teachers...
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Grade 2 Class Stages Mini-Musical

The Grade 2 class is presenting a mini-musical called A Race to the Finish on Friday. They have worked with Mrs. Duffus and Mrs....
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Career Week at SMUS: April 30 – May 4

Next week, SMUS is hosting a series of career events over lunch. The timetable has been extended to give students a chance to attend...
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SMUS Sailors Ahoy!

Photos by Richard DeMerchant by Sena, Grade 8 The SALTS trip was an extraordinary experience! During the Spring Break, a group of approximately 25 Grade 7...
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Compost Education Fertile Ground for Young Minds

by Margaret Lincoln, teacher The Kindergarten children attended a compost education field trip at Beacon Hill Park on Wednesday. This event was put on by...
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An Artist’s View of the ISA Art Show

by Olivia, Grade 6 I really enjoyed the art show. You could see all the different types and styles of art from different perspectives and...
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Demi-Gods and Goddesses Descend on SMUS

by Elise, Grade 7 Learning about Ancient Greece doesn’t have to be boring. Before Spring Break, the Grade 7 students were given the creative assignment...
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ISA Art Show Highlights Junior and Middle Artwork

by Angelina Agathoklis, art teacher Anyone can attend the annual Independant School Association art show this Saturday and you can see plenty of SMUS pieces...
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Parents and Students Get a Chance to Act

by Jennifer Fraser, English teacher Next week, Scholar in Residence Kayte Summers, actor and drama therapist, will conduct two interactive workshops next week: an afternoon...
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Rugby Tour Wrapping Up

As the SMUS rugby tour winds down this weekend, catch up on their adventures by visiting the blog at blogs.smus.bc.ca/rugby.
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Melodies From the Middle School

by Donna Williams, Head of Music Anyone who was fortunate enough to be at UVic this Monday evening, was treated to an eclectic outpouring of...
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SMUS Shows LGBT Pride

Video by Darin Steinkey by Erin Anderson, editor Last week, SMUS celebrated Pride with a lunchtime concert, Pride merchandise and a special presentation from Grade 11...
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Japanese Visitors Share Traditions

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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SMUS French Teacher Honoured

by Xavier Abrioux, Director of the Middle School This week, Middle School French teacher Karen Oraas was celebrated at a ceremony at the legislature. Karen...

Cross-Grade Program Perks Up PE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZmMDbfMyW0 by Erin Anderson, editor Middle School students have been trying out all kinds of activities as part of the cross-grade PE program, which was recently...
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Students Take Charge of Parent-Teacher Interviews

by Nancy Richards, Director of the Junior School During the final two weeks of Term Two each year, the Junior School students turn the traditional...
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Students Celebrate Their Natural Selves

Last week, the Fashion Club hosted All Natural Day to promote awareness about self esteem and natural beauty. Students were asked to come to...
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SMUS in the News: The Long Awaited Return of Cooking in the Classroom

March 5, 2012 EAT magazine Middle School, Ellie Shortt '05 The Long Awaited Return of Cooking in the Classroom
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SMUS in the News: CBC nods for Dad, daughter

March 6, 2012 Times Colonist Terence Young, faculty CBC nods for Dad, daughter
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100th Day of School Cause for Celebration

by Kathleen Cook We had an amazing week with the celebration of 100th Day last Wednesday. The students have been bringing in soup cans for...
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SMUS in the News: Islander gets word out with help from old friend

February 29, 2012 Simon Ibell '96 Islander gets word out with help from old friend (Times Colonist) Be Fair 2 Rare Promotes Awareness of Rare Diseases in...
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SMUS in the News: Out There On Their Own

February 25, 2012 Lodi News-Sentinel Stefan Fuller Out There On Their Own
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SMUS in the News: Island Basketball Championships Decided

February 27, 2012 Island Sports News Senior boys basketball, Joe Erlic, Mark Yorath, Derek Hyde-Lay, Dawit Workie, Liam MacLure Island Basketball Championships Decided
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SMUS in the News: SMUS, Brentwood off to provincials

February 25, 2012 Times Colonist Senior boys basketball, Joe Erlic SMUS, Brentwood off to provincials
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Stories from the Annual Fund: Cathy and Charley

by Erin Anderson, editor Visitors to SMUS often comment on how beautiful our campus is. Part of that beauty can be credited to Cathy Beglau,...
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The Brain Series Winds Up

by Erin Anderson, editor Since September, Director of Learning Heather Clayton has hosted a series of talks to share her knowledge of the brain with...

British Columbia wins Vegas International High School 7s

The British Columbia Elite Youth Sevens teams were unstoppable during the 2012 Las Vegas International High School Sevens events. Two SMUS students competed: Jeffrey...
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Students and Parents Pick Up Literature Tips

by Melanie Edwards, parent I was greeted with a warm welcome on Monday evening as I entered the Middle School library to attend Jocelyn Dimm's...
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Pint-Sized Pioneers Dig History

Our Grade 3 class visited Helmcken House to experience life in colonial times. They also spent time in their classroom playing games and practicing...
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UVic and SMUS Students Swap Stories

by Heather Sandquist, Grade 4H teacher Our recent field trip to UVic was the culminating piece of our study of elements of design found in...
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Scholar in Residence Combines History and Performing Arts

Historical figure Harriet Tubman visited SMUS last week, in the form of veteran performer Leslie McCurdy. Starting her day at the Junior School, she...
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Student Group Seeks Justice

The SMUS Justice Action Group was out in the quad this week to collect signatures for a letter they are sending out to Rt....
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Mathematics Adds Up to More Than Numbers

Professor Mike Eden from the University of Waterloo spoke to Middle and Senior School students last week, giving them problem-solving tips and talking about...
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Model UN: Suit Up and Move Out!

Saving the Committee One Resolution at a Time by Kai Newman, Jennifer Park, Jacky San and Andrew Kang This January, SMUS delegates participated in the annual...
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Learn, Lead and Serve – Without Frontiers

by Denise Lamarche, Director of Academics As I sit on the plane returning from the Learning Without Frontiers 2012 conference in London, this seems like...
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SMUS Celebrates Chinese New Year

A Short History of Chinese New Year From a speech delivered by Grade 12 boarder Thompson Wong in Chapel Also known as the Spring festival, Chinese...
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Middle School Leaders Learn About UN Goals

by Jasper, Grade 8 On Saturday, January 20, I traveled to Mulgrave School in Vancouver, along with 14 other selected Grade 7 and 8 students,...
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Parents and Students Learn About The Admissions Game

by Christine Wenzel, parent This week, our University Counseling Department hosted Peter Van Buskirk, a dynamic motivational speaker and founder of The Admission Game. His...
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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like… January

by Erin Anderson, editor Snow is still a pretty special event in Victoria, so it's not surprising that many people were excited to see the...
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Student Stories Inspired by Snowfall

A Day in the Snow by Christian, Grade 4 A deer walks through the snow. The deer makes symmetrical foot prints while heading towards the pond...
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Victoria Film Festival Features SMUS Pictures

The 2012 Victoria Film Festival runs from February 3–11 and includes two pieces from the SMUS community: Figaro on the Go, a documentary created...
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Stories from the Annual Fund: Susan Xu and George Luo

“Every year, we give to the Annual Fund,” says Susan Xu, a current parent. “Every year, we feel we should do more.” In 2006, Susan...
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Chess Champion Challenges Junior Students

by Tessa Lloyd, Junior School counsellor From September to December, students had the opportunity to participate in Chess Club. Their teacher, Lynn Stringer, came each...
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Dead Batteries Save Lives

by Jonathan and Christopher, Grade 7 & 8 A group of Free the Children members travelled to Vancouver to attend We Day in October. At...
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Driver Training Goes Online

by Dawn Wilson, Director of Education Extension One of the most important rites of passage in high school is getting a driver’s license, but this...

Athletics Review: January 9, 2012

Senior Boys Basketball The Senior boys basketball team began the second half of the season in good form, hosting the SMUS Invitational, a 12-team event...
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SMUS in the News: VicPD’s 33rd High School Basketball Tourney Tips Off

Island Sports News January 11, 2012 Senior boys and Senior girls basketball VicPD's 33rd High School Basketball Tourney Tips Off
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The Best SMUS Review Stories of 2011

by Erin Anderson, editor Since we're embarking on a new year, we thought it was a good time to take a look back at the...
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A Look Ahead at 2012

As the calendar year ends, we still have six months left in the school year, and those months are some of our busiest times....
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SMUS in the News: Poetry comes to life

Oak Bay News January 6, 2012 Visual Poetry art show; Alex Davies Poetry comes to life
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SMUS in the News: SMUS falls to Fighting Irish

Times Colonist January 6, 2012 Senior boys basketball: Dawit Workie, Mark Yorath, Monty Fraser-Brown, Joe Erlic, Liam Maclure SMUS falls to Fighting Irish
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SMUS in the News: Visual Poetry with SMUS Students

Focus Magazine January, 2012 Visual Poetry art show Visual Poetry with SMUS Students (page 20)
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SMUS in the News: Soccer player sets lofty goals

Times Colonist January 5, 2012 Marta Bakowska-Mathews '11 Soccer player sets lofty goals
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SMUS in the News: Nash ready for abbreviated NBA season

December 22, 2011 Times Colonist Steve Nash '92 Nash ready for abbreviated NBA season

Athletics Review: December 19, 2011

Senior Boys Basketball The Senior boys, fresh off the stunning upset against Terry Fox, BC's top AAA team, prepared for play in the Oak Bay...
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SMUS in the News: Speedy St. Michaels Blue Jags use balanced attack

Victoria News December 14, 2011 Senior boys basketball Speedy St. Michaels Blue Jags use balanced attack
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An Interview with Dr. Samantha Nutt

On Tuesday, December 6, Scholar in Residence Dr. Samantha Nutt spoke at SMUS as part of her book tour to support the release of...
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SMUS Hands Out Christmas Hampers

Tis the season of giving and both the Middle and the Senior School embraced the holiday spirit by collecting toys and food for local...
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Carol Service Brings Holiday Spirit

Every year, the Senior, Middle and Junior Schools hold a carol service, a celebration of the season that also encourages us to reflect on...

Athletics Review: December 12, 2011

Senior Boys Basketball Saturday, December 10 was always going to be a big day on the Senior Boys calendar, as BC AAA #1 Terry Fox...
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SMUS in the News: Elementary Students Help Battle Cancer

CTV News December 9, 2011 SMUS Grade 2 class Elementary Students Help Tristan Taylor in his Cancer Battle
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Reading Makes Students Buddies

by Zeyn San, Grade 10 The buddy reading program is designed to instil a love of reading in young children. It takes place once a...
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Primary Students Give Holiday Show

Students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 performed at a special tea for the grandparents and other guests last week. It was a wonderful and...
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Stories from the Annual Fund: Jim Prentice ’49

Jim Prentice ’49 still remembers the freedom he experienced on the water as a youth. His life-long passion for boating and the outdoors is...

Athletics Review: December 5, 2011

Grade 9 Boys Basketball The team opened its season versus Oak Bay. The boys jumped out to an early and decisive lead, scoring often in...
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Students Dive Into Dodgeball

Students got some great exercise last week with a whole lot of dodgeball. Boarders began to practice their dodging skills through house games over...
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Kindergarten Class Swims Through Salmon Unit

by Margaret Lincoln, Kindergarten teacher The Kindergarten students embarked on an inquiry unit to find out about the connection humans have to the journey of...
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A Uniquely Canadian Weekend for Grade 8 Boarders

Photo by Zoe Isberg by Teresa Xu, Grade 8 boarder in Winslow House This past week was amazing, especially the weekend activities. On Friday night, we...

Athletics Review: December 1, 2011

Senior Boys Soccer The Senior boys soccer team travelled to Burnaby on a high from a successful Islands' play-down, finishing second overall. They opened provincial...
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Steve Nash ’92 and Alumni Teams Play Students

Photos by Mrs. Grant, Chris Bateman, Anastasia Efremova, Liam MacLure and Frank Chang by Dawit Workie, Grade 11 An unforgettable event took place Saturday evening in...

Strings Students Give Stirring Performance

Middle School parents, students and staff were treated to a wonderful afternoon of music last week. Grade 7 and 8 strings students played a...
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Grades 1 and 5 Buddy Up for Art

by Lucas and Marcus Grade 1 and Grade 5P joined together for a leaf project. We gathered lots of leaves and the teachers showed us...
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Teacher Susan Stenson Recognized by Prime Minister

Hinton Chair Susan Stenson, who began teaching at SMUS this September, was recently awarded a Certificate of Achievement from the Prime Minister's Awards for...
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SMUS Continues to Support Liberian School

Last year, the SMUS community came together to raise funds to help a school in Liberia get a new roof and a latrine. Now,...

Athletics Review: November 21, 2011

Grade 9 Rugby The Grade 9 rugby season came to a close on November 15, as SMUS hosted an ISA Sevens Tournament. The event was...
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UVic Professor Studies SMUS Students

Teacher Heather Sandquist's Grade 4 class have been taking part in an interesting experiment. Dr. Sylvia Pantaleo, an associate professor from UVic's Faculty of...
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Student Theatre Offers Cathartic Drama

by Sydney Fraser, Grade 11 Aristotle’s Poetics, the latest play to be performed by SMUS’ Student Theatre Society, explores the lives of people who live...
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Stories from the Annual Fund: Keith Driscoll

Keith Driscoll's multi-faceted role at SMUS is special, but it’s not unique. A Middle School teacher, coach, house parent, and now Director of Residence,...
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SMUS in the News: Hundal strikes twice as Vikes sail to national soccer title

Vancouver Sun November 14, 2011 Craig Gorman '07 Hundal strikes twice as Vikes sail to national soccer title
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SMUS in the News: Surrey’s Hundal the hero leads Vikes

The Province November 13, 2011 Craig Gorman '07 Surrey's Hundal the hero leads Vikes past St. Mary's as Victoria captures fifth CIS national men's soccer title

Athletics Review: November 14, 2011

Senior Girls Volleyball The Senior girls volleyball team, having gone to extra points in a three-game qualifier vs St. Margaret's, used this momentum to perform...
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Remembrance Day at SMUS

Each year, our school holds a very special service for Remembrance Day. Combining drama, music, speeches and song, this ceremony helps us to reflect...
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Grade 6 Students Discover Ocean Life

At the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, SMUS students got a chance to see some local aquatic species up close. The centre has a variety...
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Junior Students Get Creative

by Jane Rees, Grade 4 teacher The students in 4J have launched their writing workshop and published their first piece. On Friday, Nov. 4th we...

Athletics Review: November 7, 2011

Rowing Thirty-nine athletes and six coaches experienced another successful city championships! There was a good turn-out of parents, too, and I think that they enjoyed...
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Middle School Spends Day Serving Others

All the teachers and students at the SMUS Middle School spent their entire Thursday out in the community. From student musicians performing for senior...
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Students Sink Their Teeth into Bat Unit

The Grade 1 students spent their morning at Frances King Park, which is home to various species of bats. The students were capping off...
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A Report From the Model UN

by Nicholas Loughton, Grade 9 This past weekend, members of the SMUS adventures in public discourse club participated in the UVic Model United Nations. All...

Athletics Review: October 31, 2011

Cross-Country Last week, the pinnacle event of the cross-country season took place. Over 350 runners took part in the Island Championships, which were held at...

SMUS Kicks Off the Annual Fund

As the 2011-2012 Annual Fund officially launched this week, Director of the Annual Fund Lori Adam, explains this year's focus, the spirit of giving,...
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Grade 6 Students Explore Lake Life

Grade 6 students visited Swan Lake to learn about the various creatures, large and small, that live in and out of the water. Here's...
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Dr. Lotus Vermeer ’86 Speaks to Junior and Senior Students

Last week, Dr. Lotus Vermeer '86 visited the Junior and Senior Schools to speak to students about her work in conservation and species recovery....
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Junior Students Get Spooky for Halloween

The children of the Junior School are eagerly anticipating a wonderful afternoon of Halloween activities on Monday. This week they have been preparing for...

Athletics Review: October 24, 2011

Rowing This weekend, while most people were enjoying time away from the academic classroom, the 62 members of the SMUS rowing team were battling other...
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SMUS History Goes Online and Interactive

by Laura Authier I love history. I love looking at old photographs and being surprised by what looks different and even more surprised by what...
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Middle School Students Share We Day Experience

by Mark Piazza, Grade 8 On Thursday, October 13, I was fortunate enough to have attended We Day at Rogers’s arena in Vancouver. It is...
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Students Get a Lesson in Slam Poetry

by Julia Milden, Grade 11 An outlet to express views on life, relationships and experiences outside of academia or controlled forms of structured poetry, spoken...
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Junior School Artists Decorate Their School

by Angelina Agathoklis, art teacher The Junior School students studied the artwork of a variety of artists this term. The Grade 5 students looked at...
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Inside Open House

Next Friday, on October 21, SMUS is holding its first Open House of the year. Despite becoming a staple SMUS event in recent years,...

Athletics Review: U15 Girls Soccer

On October 1, the SMUS U15 girls soccer team flew to Toronto to play in the CAIS soccer tournament hosted by Country Day School...
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Junior School Builds Foundations for Personalized Learning

by Nancy Richards, Director of the Junior School Prospective families visiting the Junior School as part of the admissions process often comment on the warm,...

Athletics Review: October 11, 2011

Senior Boys Soccer The boys had a challenging game on Tuesday against a very determined St. Andrew's team. Joe Erlic scored two minutes in with...
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SMUS in the News: Governor General’s Literary Awards announced

October 11, 2011 National Post Kenneth Oppel '85 Nominees for Governor General’s Literary Awards announced
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First Spirit Week Peps Up the Middle School

The Middle School House Council organized the very first Spirit Week, incorporating all kinds of events. On Monday, students were able to write little...

A Look Inside SMUS Chapel

Chapel is a weekly aspect of SMUS life and it is slightly different at all three schools. Though SMUS has an Anglican history, chapel...

A Parent Perspective on Heather Clayton’s Brain Series

by Dr. Lara Lauzon, parent On Friday, September 30, as I was wading through my overflowing email in-basket I noticed an email from Laura Authier....
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Grade 5 Students Talk Leadership

Grade 5 students shared their thoughts on leadership at the annual leadership assembly, where the Grade 5 students are acknowledged for their role as...
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Athletics Review: U13 Girls Soccer

The U13 girls soccer tournament held at SMUS on Thursday, September 29th and Friday, September 30th was a resounding success! This year only four...

Athletics Review: October 3, 2011

Grade 9 Rugby The SMUS Grade 9 rugby team continued its season with a 39-5 win over Brentwood. A good number of the less heralded...
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SMUS in the News: Kenneth Oppel on his Young-Adult Frankenstein

September 28, 2011 National Post Kenneth Oppel '85 Kenneth Oppel on his Young-Adult Frankenstein

Simon Ibell ’96 Inspires Students

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0lmpYUoBFg When Simon Ibell '96 visited SMUS this Monday, the event had a special significance: Simon chose his old high school to be the place...
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Contemplating the Ivy League

by Zachary Santella, Grade 12 Unlike many, the Ivy League schools haven't always been my dream post-secondary institutions. In fact, I hadn't considered them as...
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Scholar in Residence Bruce Brown

by Orla Glen, Grade 12 On Friday, all Term 1 athletes had the honour of listening to the director of Proactive Coaching, Bruce Brown. Bruce...
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Teamwork Training at Camp Pringle

by Sara Ritchie, teacher This week, students in Grades 4 and 5 spent an exciting day at Camp Pringle on Shawnigan Lake. With a focus...
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SMUS in the News: Vancouver’s Tiny Speck delivers new online world

September 27, 2011 Vancouver Sun Stewart Butterfield '91 Vancouver’s Tiny Speck delivers new online world
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Athletics Review: September 26, 2011

Senior Boys Soccer The Senior boys A team had a very busy week. On Thursday afternoon, they lost a tight game against Lambrick Park 2-1...
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Grade 6 Artists Dig Into Clay Sculpture

Grade 6 students got their hands dirty this week practicing sculpture fundamentals. They are preparing to learn about glazes and firing clay — knowledge...
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Junior Runners Start Their Season

by Gary Barber, Junior School Assistant Director The Junior cross-country team is off and running! Last Monday the first race of the season was held...

Athletics Review: September 19, 2011

Senior Boys Soccer At a tournament at UVic, the SMUS team faced off against Oak Bay, the Gulf Islands and Lambrick Park. SMUS spent half...
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A Grand Opening for Boarders

by Sydney Fraser, Grade 11 The first week at a new school tends to be overwhelming, and my first week at SMUS was no exception....
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The Proof is in the… Sandbox?

by Kennedy Aragon-Scriven, Grade 8 On Monday, September 12, the Grade 8 math classes got together — outside the classrooms — along with their teachers...
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Students Kick Off Athletic Season

"I challenge each and every student to get involved with athletics at the school. If you didn't play on a team last year, I...
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Junior Students Describe Their First Week Back

The Junior School began its year with a welcome barbecue and all kinds of activities to help students settle back into the classroom. With...
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Students Start Year with Leadership

Both the Middle and Senior Schools welcomed their newest members with student-led programs designed to help their younger peers quickly settle into SMUS. Grade...
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Boarding Community Comes Together

by Darin Steinkey, Timmis Senior Assistant House Parent Summer on the Island may have been short on heat, but campus was smokin' over the Labour...
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Summer Students Perform Fringe Hit

From Culture Vulture Victoria by Chris Felling Urinetown comes courtesy of the SMUS Theatre Intensive. It’s an unauditioned high school cast who, while still green, shows...

Extracurricular Clubs Debut at Junior School

Junior Students will have even more things to do this school year. Though there have always beens lots of things happening on campus, this...
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SMUS in the News: Fringe Review: Urinetown

September 2, 2011 B Channel News SMUS Summer Academy: Musical Theatre Fringe Review: Urinetown
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SMUS in the News: Good Times for the Party on High Street

Victoria News August 16, 2011 Nick Houghton '06, Brin Porter '06 Good Times for the Party on High Street
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Last Chance for Summer Camps

Over the summer, the SMUS campuses have been far from quiet. There have been students living in residence, either working on their English language...
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Summer Academy Students Present Modern Opera

On Friday, July 29, a small group of student vocalists will present Pandora's Locker, a one-act opera from Canadian composer Dean Burry. Inspired by the...
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SMUS in the News: It’s Not Over Till The Teenagers Sing

Victoria News July 22, 2011 Summer Voice Academy It's Not Over Till The Teenagers Sing

Students Spend Summer Playing Rugby

Rugby continues for a number of SMUS rugby players this summer as they represent a variety of local regional and provincial sides. This weekend...

Grads Say Farewell in Leavers’ Chapel

by Rachel Nam, Grade 12 Friday, June 10th, would be a day of “lasts” for the grads of 2011. The last day of high school,...
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Junior School Closing Ceremonies

Director of Junior School Nancy Richard's Speech As educators our image of the child, especially of young children, is changing. They are much wiser than...
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Grade 9 and 10 Closing Ceremonies

SMUS celebrated the work of the Grade 9 and 10 students over the past year at a special ceremony. Students gave speeches, performed music...
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Keep the Beat 2011 Breaks Records

At this year's annual Keep the Beat fundraiser, the SMUS Arts Council raised a record amount of money for War Child Canada: $8777.35. Selling...

Banquet Honours SMUS Athletes

The 2011 SMUS Athletic Banquet, featuring over 220 student-athletes, parents and sponsors, took place Wednesday, June 9 in the Monkman Athletic Complex. Special guests included...

SMUS Student Takes Top Spot in French Speaking Competition

by Theresa Cho, Grade 10 On May 7th, I and a few other senior school students—along with some middle school students—went to Vancouver to participate...
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Musical Theatre Heats Up the Summer

Though SMUS students might be taking the summer off, the SMUS campus is keeping busy, hosting a variety of summer programs. The SMUS Summer...
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SMUS Raises Funds With World Partnership Walk

The World Partnership Walk was held on Sunday, May 29. Many families from SMUS gathered at Beacon Hill Park for this annual event in...

Athletics Review: June 6, 2011

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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Senior and Junior Students Stay Fit Together

Last week, students from Grades 2-4 came to visit the Senior School campus to take part in some fun and games with a few...
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Essay Contest Nominee Meets Former Canuck Captain

by Jessy Lok, Grade 10 boarder I had been waiting for this news for a long time and when I finally received it, I was...
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Grade 5 Musical Is a Magical Show

by Nancy Richards, Junior School Director The opening night of “Pirates in Wonderland” at the Junior School was a tremendous success! The Grade 5 classes...
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SMUS Mathematicians Win Big at Provincials

by Andrew Kang, Grade 9 For two years, I have competed in the Math Challengers events, in Grades 7 and 8. This year, going...
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Choral Concert Features Many Voices

Students in Grades 4-12 sang in the Cross-Campus Choral Concert at Christ Church Cathedral last night, performing a wide range of pieces. The youngest...
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Junior Students Learn Teamwork Outdoors

The Grade 4 classes spent a beautiful day at Camp Pringle on Shawnigan Lake developing teamwork skills and trying new activities. Students challenged themselves...
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SMUS Celebrates Pride Day

The SMUS Pride Alliance celebrated Pride Day on May 17th, which was also the International Day Against Homophobia. Students could buy SMUS Pride t-shirts...
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Athletics Review: May 23, 2011

Track and Field This week the track and field season culminated with the Vancouver Island Track and Field Championships. The two-day meet was filled with...
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Keep the Beat 2011 Kicks Off On Friday

by Madeline Petersen, Grade 12 Friday May 27th is Keep the Beat, an annual fundraiser in support of War Child’s international projects that help kids...
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Cross Campus Band Concert Scores Big

At this hectic time in the school year, it's great to have an opportunity for an enjoyable evening of music. On Wednesday night, band...
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SMUS Student Theatre Society Presents Distortion

Next week, the SMUS Student Theatre Society unveils its latest show, an original play co-written by SMUS teacher Jennifer Fraser. Distortion tells the story...
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Kindergarten Class Teaches Parents About Marine Life

The Kindergarten children invited their parents to school to share their learning about our unit on "Our Big Blue Planet". The "big ideas" we...

Athletics Review: May 16, 2011

Tennis The tennis team came second on the Island last week, qualifying for the provincials. In the round robin, SMUS beat GNS 8-3 and defeated Shawnigan...
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Scholar in Residence Kenneth Oppel ’85

Alumnus and Governor General Award-winning author Kenneth Oppel '85 returned to SMUS this week to speak to students at all three schools about his...
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Grade 6 Students Learn Systems Theory

The Parents' Auxiliary brought in guest speaker Russel Horowitz to talk to Grade 6 students about systems theory and the problems humanity is facing...
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Junior School Students Meet Author

by Diana Nason, librarian We were fortunate to have Robin Muller visit the Junior School on Monday, May 9th on his way home to Toronto...

Athletics Review: May 9, 2011

Rowing The SMUS team travelled to the Brentwood International Regatta with 24 athletes competing in 19 events. Brentwood is the largest high school regatta in...
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Junior School Fundraises for Japan

On Thursday, May 5, Japanese Children’s Day, the Junior School held a special service day to honour the people of Japan. Children were prepared...

Grade 5 & 6 Students Build Edible Atoms

Grade 6 students hosted some special visitors from the Junior School this week when Grade 5 classes came to the Middle School to build...

Students Talk About Career Day 2011

by Madison Hadfield The SMUS career event was a really cool afternoon that let SMUS students get in touch with professionals and learn about careers...
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Get Involved in Walk for Water 2011

by Nuraiyah Kassam and Kelly Adam, Grade 12 Every day, women and children have to walk over 10 km to get access to water, water...

Athletics Review: May 2, 2011

Track and Field At the fifth track and field meet in the lower Vancouver Island league last week, a number of SMUS athletes posted strong...
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Concerto Concert Showcases Soloists

The soloists were not alone on stage, but rather had the support of an entire orchestra. In each piece, there were moments of just...
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Junior School Girls and Boys Love Rugby

by Marcus, Grade 4 There are many sports that SMUS offers but my favourite is rugby. Rugby is one of the most traditional sports that...

Students Get Political as Election 2011 Approaches

As Canadians are preparing to vote next Monday, the past couple of weeks have seen a lot of political activity, including on the SMUS...

Grade 6 Students Present Space Stations

Last week, Grade 6 Science students created their own concepts for space stations and talked about their ideas with their classmates. After learning about...
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Grade 5 Students Build a City Scape

by Angelina Agathoklis The Grade 5 students were asked to create clay skyscrapers that incorporated elements from ancient structures. Stonehenge, the pyramids of ancient Egypt,...

Athletics Review: April 26, 2011

Junior Girls Soccer The Junior girls came out strong on Tuesday against St. Andrew's. Within seven minutes, Allie White scored off a cross in front...
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Middle School PE Classes Learn to Cook

Cross-grade PE classes are doing something new this year. Thanks to the Middle School's burgeoning health and nutrition program, students are spending two classes...
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Grade 2 Class Makes Easter Creations

by Shae and Devon When the Grade 2 class made Ukrainian eggs, we had to use a tool called a kistka. We put beeswax in...

My Experience at the Montreal International Congress

by Sena Lee, Grade 11 Collège Sainte-Anne de Lachine just had its 150-year anniversary. So in order to celebrate, students and the faculty invited people...
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Junior School Students Put on a Musical

by Marina The Grade 2 class did a musical called Stone Soup. We performed it for the Junior School and our parents on April 15th...
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SMUS Student Shining on Japan Exchange

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....

Athletics Review: April 18, 2011

Junior Girls Soccer The first game of the season for Junior girls was a tough game versus Reynolds Soccer Academy. Reynolds got an early goal...
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Boarders and House Parents Play Hockey

Photos by Ian Robertson by Jakobus Le Roux, Grade 12 BC boarder Every year in April, a few students along with a group of SMUS faculty...

Grade 8 Student Ranks High in Geography Competition

One of our Middle School students got some exciting news recently - he placed within the top ten for the Great Canadian Geography Challenge....
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SMUS Career Day 2011: Bigger and Better

Alumni Weekend has a new addition this year: an afternoon devoted to careers. Over 35 speakers – many of them alumni – will be...
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Grade 4 Classes Share First Nations Knowledge

by Finn and Izzy The Grade 4 students presented a gallery walk for their Social Studies project on a certain First Nations region of Canada....

Athletics Review: April 11, 2011

Golf Last week was the official start of the high school golf season for SMUS. Even though the weather hasn’t been to conducive for golf,...
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Athletics Council Runs Spring Break Camp

Over Spring Break, a few of our Senior School students returned to campus to run a soccer camp for students in Grades 4-7 and...

SMUS Teachers Enjoy Professional Development

This Tuesday, SMUS hosted Dr. John Medina, the New York Times bestselling author of Brain Rules, to talk about his findings into how children...
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Survey Leads to Changes at Brown Hall

Recently, Brown Hall conducted an in-depth survey of staff and students, to find out how happy they were with Brown Hall. Thanks to an...
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SMUS Debaters Compete in Provincials

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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Student Art at the AGGV

In March, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria opened up the New Extreme show, featuring the oil paintings of the SMUS students who worked...

Student Uses Music to Fundraise

by Emily Hayashi, Grade 12 Looking back on my service trip to Kenya two years ago, I didn’t realize I was signing my initials beside...
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Oliver!

by Liz Humphries '05 As I walked through the doors of the McPherson Playhouse on the opening night of Oliver! happy memories of excited nervousness...
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Student-led Conferences

by Brandon Hawes The primary student-led conferences were a great way for the students to demonstrate their learning. The dynamics of each grade reflected the...
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SMUS Celebrates Mardi Gras

The International Council and the Modern Languages Department organized some Carnival celebrations at the Senior School this Tuesday. At lunch, students enjoyed a performance...
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Junior Students Make Books

Heather Sandquist’s Grade 4 class can now add author/illustrator to their resumes. The class is proud to announce the release of their professionally self-published,...

SMUS Community Lends a Generous Hand

This week’s silent auction fundraiser for Gwendolen O’Connor was a resounding success. SMUS parent Patricia O’Neill, speaking on behalf of the parent group dubbed...

Athletics Review: Mar 7, 2011

This past weekend, the SMUS rowing team attended the Elk Lake Spring Regatta. It was the first regatta of our spring competitive season on...
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Hats Off to My Fair Lady

by Erin Anderson, editor The SMUS production of My Fair Lady is dazzling. Charming and funny, the classic Victorian musical is full of lavish costumes,...
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Junior School Students Share Photos

by Kathleen Cook (on behalf of the Junior School Service Committee) The Grade 5 children were invited to participate in an exciting International Photography Project...
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Brendan McLeod Performs New Monologue

Frequent SMUS guest Brendan McLeod — author, poet, musician — stopped by to share his brand new monologue with our students. The member of...

Athletics Review: Feb 28, 2011

The Grade 9 girls basketball team qualified for the Island Championships February 18-19 in Nanaimo. They first faced a fast Dover Bay team, and...
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Gwendolen’s Story

by Patricia O'Neill, SMUS Parent Gwendolen is far from ordinary. Until last July, this angelic 16-year-old with her halo of golden curls and glorious smile...
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SMUS in the News: "Health-care crusader battles to fix the broken system"

The Toronto Star February 28, 2011 Simon Ibell '96 Health-care crusader battles to ‘fix the broken system’ Simon Says & Athletes Agree: Be Fair to Rare

SMUS Basketball Teams Make History

It was another magical two-week period for SMUS basketball. For the first time ever, in the same year, five teams reached their respective provincial...
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SMUS in the News: "Simon Ibell ’96 Launches New Campaign"

by Ian Hyde-Lay Simon Ibell (SMUS '96) continues to defy the odds. Now 33 years old, and born with a rare genetic disorder known as...
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SMUS Library Accepting Books for Fundraising Sale

by Alexandra Jamieson, Grade 12 student Until February 22nd, the Senior School Library Council will be collecting books to sell in support of Ma Facia...
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Artist Rande Cook Visits SMUS Middle School

by Mckenna Haz, Grade 7 Recently, my class had the opportunity to meet a special local artist, Rande Cook, known for his First Nations art...
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AP French Class Performs Cyrano de Bergerac

This Tuesday, the AP French class performed an abridged version of the Cyrano de Bergerac tale. In full costume, the performers turned out an...

Athletics Review: Feb 15, 2011

Basketball Teams Primed for Playoffs With the 2011 basketball playoffs just round the corner, several SMUS teams came through with impressive wins in key recent...
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SMUS Teacher Recognized by Stanford University

Senior School mathematics teacher Linda Rajotte was recently honored by Stanford University for her ability and influence as a teacher. Brandon Ewonus '10, who is...
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Environmental Science Students Examine Waste

by Kieran Hyatt and Hannah Nielsen, AP Environmental Science students Over the past few weeks the AP Environmental Class had the opportunity to visit both...
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Junior Students Workshop Their Writing

by Nicky Newsome, Grade 5 teacher This year Grade 5 students have been participating in Writing Workshops. These are explicit writing lessons that have a...

Athletics Review: Feb 7, 2011

Squash In Ontario this past weekend, Tyler Olson and Nicole Bunyan participated in the Toronto Gold Tournament. Nicole Bunyan won the quarter finals but fell...
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Science 8 Class Examines the Eye

Grade 8 students spent some time examining the different parts of the eye through dissecting the eyes of cows. As part of their lab,...
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Student Selects Tanzanian Schools for Service Day

On Thursday, February 3, 2011 the Junior School held a Service Day in support of school building in Tanzania. This is a student-led initiative...

New Opportunity for Middle School Squash Lovers

by Ethan Lee and Matt Ashton, Grade 10 students We are organizing the first Middle School Squash Tournament as part of our business education class....

Athletics Review: Jan 31, 2011

Junior Boys Basketball It was another week of highs and lows for the Junior boys basketball team. Following the best performance of the season, a comprehensive...
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Insights From the Dominican Republic Trip

by Christina Chwyl, Grade 11 The Dominican trip was definitely worth the 48 hours of travel there. Although the orphanage didn’t need our help for...
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Junior School Overflows with Student Art

Our Junior School artists have been busy brightening up their school recently, working in different media and styles. The Grade 5 students created some...

Athletics Review: Jan 24, 2011

Squash The competitive squash team went to Vancouver this weekend for the BC Junior Open. Nicole Bunyan won the Girls Under-19 title, defeating the #1-ranked...
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Concert Covers A World of Music

This Wednesday, band, strings and choral students from the Senior School performed music from around the world at the annual Large Ensembles Concert. The...
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Middle School Musical Taking Shape

The Middle School will put on a production of Oliver this year and students are busy preparing for their big debut. This week, students...
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Art Students Learn Chinese Techniques

Art 10, 11 and 12 students all had a workshop with guest instructor Andy Lou, who taught them the unique tricks and techniques for...

Junior School Students Share Their Dreams

by Pam Yorath, Grade 5 teacher The Grade 5 students have been studying Barbara Smucker’s acclaimed novel Underground To Canada and have completed a wide...

Athletics Review: Jan 19, 2011

Grade 8 Boys Basketball The Grade 8 boys basketball team played in the St. Georges tournament, recording very good wins over South Okanagan and Notre...

SMUS Students Form Justice Action Group

There is a new student group at SMUS which is kicking off 2011 with some big plans. Led by Mr. David Lynch and Rev....
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Oil Artist Visits Through New Extremes

A few lucky art students are spending eight weeks with artist Tara Nicholson, who will be teaching them how to work with oil paints....

Grade 8 Students Learn About Drug Dangers

Through the Health and Career Education classes, students learn about many topics that can affect their future health and success. Each grade also completes...

New Reading for the New Year

If you made a New Year's resolution to read more in 2011, you're in luck! The SMUS library recently acquired three Kindles (for eBooks)...

Athletics Review: Jan 10, 2011

Grade 9 Girls Basketball The Grade 9 girls basketball team resumed league play last week with a battle against Parklands. SMUS came out strong in...
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Dariusz Dziewanski ’97 Talks International Development

Alumnus Dariusz Dziewanski '97 returned to speak to AP Human Geography and Geography 11 students about Liberia, where he has has been living and...
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SMUS Teachers Spend a Day as Students

by Erin Anderson, editor To start the new year, our faculty for Grades K-12 spent a day expanding their repertoire of teaching tricks and techniques....

Athletics Review: Jan 6, 2011

Junior and Senior Boys Basketball Over the Christmas break, both the Junior and Senior boys basketball teams travelled to Honolulu for four games and some...

Students Help Families Have a Happy Holiday

Over the past month, several homerooms have been collecting food and gifts for local families who could use a little help celebrating Christmas. This...

Junior School Celebrates The Season

The Junior School has been very busy this month with many holiday events. This week, they held their own carol service, complete with a...
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Middle School Students Debut Businesses

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Junior School Sends Stockings to Dominican Republic

by Megan, Imaan, Amrit, Nick P, Lindsay and Chloe, Grade 5 For the past five years our Grade 5 classes have provided these stockings to...

Athletics Review: Dec 13, 2010

Grade 9 Girls Basketball The Grade 9 girls basketball team had their first league game, facing Spencer in what turned out to be a competitive...

Small Ensembles Concert a Festive Event

  by Erin Anderson, editor This week, students graced the stage at the Victoria Conservatory of Music for the Small Ensembles Concert. The Vocal Jazz Ensemble kicked...

Boarders Tour Butchart Gardens Christmas Display

by Marisol Mayagoitia, Grade 10 boarder I have visited Butchart Gardens during the summer a couple of times. Coming from Mexico, I was pretty amazed...

Grade 5 Students Build with Gingerbread

To celebrate the holiday season, the Grade 5 students at the Junior School used some architectural know-how to build gingerbread houses this week. Using...

Athletics Review: Dec 10, 2010: Special Basketball Update

Grade 8 Boys Basketball The Grade 8 boys basketball team completed their pre-Christmas season undefeated, thanks to important City playoff semifinal and final victories. With BC...

Athletics Review: Dec 6, 2010

Senior Girls Basketball The Senior girls basketball team opened play this week in an exhibition series. The team faced Belmont on Friday afternoon, winning 76-17....

Middle School Adds to the Festival of Trees

by Robyn, Grade 7 Last week, a number of students from the Middle School went to the Fairmont Empress Hotel to take part in the...

Junior School Students Learn to Save Lives

by Nicky Newsome, Grade 5N teacher The Junior Lifeguard Club has completed another successful year! Students in Grade 4 and 5 participated in a six-week...

Performing in Senior School Recitations

by Sarah Khan, Grade 12 My palms were sweaty. Nerves had begun to take hold, and I had just discovered that my performance was to...
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Middle School Students Perform Recitations

by Rachel, Grade 8 On Tuesday, November 30th, we had our Middle School Recitations. I was one out of 16 students who was picked to...

Junior School Students Love Buddy Reading

There is excitement in the Senior School library on Mondays, as the Junior School students arrive to meet their senior buddies for buddy reading....
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Exploratory: What’s Happening

by Amanda and Amita Last exploratory, we spent our class visiting some of the other exploratory classes. We visited the cross-stitching, broadcasting, wood-working, games, house...
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AP Art Class Visits Vancouver

by Chris Bateman, art teacher Last Friday, the AP Studio Art students took part in a one-day residency at the Vancouver Art Gallery. In addition...

Grade 2 Bakers Whip Up Some Gingerbread

by Amalia, Grade 2 We are making delicious gingerbread in Grade 2! We got to mix the dry dough in our class and we did...

Bolton House Expands Knowledge of Its Namesake

by Brenda Waksel, archivist Last week, we unveiled three posters depicting the life of William Washington Bolton, one of our founders and the namesake of...

Meet A Few Cast Members of Oliver

by Amanda and Amita The Middle School is beginning work on our upcoming production of Oliver and the lead cast was recently accounced. We asked...

Student Theatre Delivers a Transformative Performance

by Priya Mulgaonkar, Grade 12 If you crave an evening of mystery, frequent blackouts, multiple personalities, fizzing potions, sword-canes, and murder, the SMUS Theatre Society...

SMUS Students Get Spirited

by Erin Anderson, editor This week was another fabulous SMUS Spirit Week, with some amazing new events. In assembly on Tuesday, the entire school was dressed...

QLEAD: Students Learn About Business Leadership

by Mckenzie Scott, Grade 12 The annual Queen’s University Leadership, Excellence, and Development Conference (QLEAD) has evolved into one of the most influential university/student-run business...

Grade 4 Students Learn About Underwater Life

by Terra Before Nickolai, Rick, Jamie and Stephanie presented the VENUS project to my class, I never realized how advanced scientific technology had gone underwater....

Boarders Get a Taste of Home

by Sophia Loers, Grade 11 boarder Sunday evening. It´s cold outside. Four girls are waiting in the Symons foyer for their Boarders without Borders dinner....

Students Make Friends with Snakes

by Erin Anderson, editor The Grade 6 science classes had an exciting morning this week, as the travelling snake program stopped by with two very...

Athletics Review: Nov 15, 2010

Rowing Thirty-nine athletes and six coaches experienced another successful city championships! Over three days and 18 hours of racing the rowers endured lots of...

Remembrance Day: Past and Present

Every year, SMUS commemorates Remembrance Day with a service that includes music, drama and prayer. This morning's service included a song from Head Boy...

Middle School Dedicates Day to Service

by Dariol Haydock, Director of the Middle School Before our first Middle School service day, I must admit I wondered how it would work to...

Biology Students Create Incredible Edible Cells

by Laura Williams, Grade 6 On October 18th, the Grade 6 students did a cell lab in class. It was made up of an assortment...

Athletics Review: Nov 8, 2010

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...
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Service Day: Woodwyn Farm

by Amita On Thursday, November 4th the middle school had a service day. Everyone went out and did something for the community or the environment....
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Service Day: Mount Tolmie

by Amanda On November 4th, the Middle School had its very first service day. Every student in the Middle School split up in groups to...
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Exploratory Students Take Over the Middle School Blog

by Erin Anderson, editor of the SMUS Review On November 1, the Middle School began a new series of exploratory classes, where students can choose...
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Tim Williams ’83 Returns to SMUS

by Brandon Chow, Grade 12 Last Friday afternoon culminated in a dramatic finale for many participants in the music programme at the Senior School, with...

Boarding Students Howl for Halloween

by Donna Williams, Senior School Strings Teacher and Winslow House Staff Member On Halloween night the entire boarding community, some 250 students and over 30...

Grade 8 Class Learns Math Through Dance

by Mackenzie Valentine, Grade 8 Watching Michael Boston (the tap-dancer) I was amazed! His feet were moving so fast it was making my head spin....

New Technology for the Junior School Classrooms

by Jane Rees, Junior School Teacher New technology at the Junior School is helping to engage pupils and motivate learners in the classroom. iBoards are...

Grade 6 Scientists Study Swan Lake

by Ben, Grade 6 I liked the Swan Lake field trip a lot. The beginning was fun when we got to catch animals and some...

Athletics Review: Nov 1, 2010

Senior Cross Country The Island Championships took place last Wednesday at Beaver Lake. The conditions were a little muddy, but all things considered, it was...

Grade 9 Students Prepare to Lead

by Celine Doehring, Grade 9 On October 20th 2010, the Grade 9 students came to school, dressed in casual clothes, excited about the Grade 9...

The Junior School Barn Dance Builds Community

by Nancy Richards, Director of Junior School There is no better way of bringing a school community together than with an old fashioned country Barn...

Mrs. Snowden Reads to Kindergarten Class

by Mrs. Joan Snowden I loved being able to read to the Kindergarten class. They were all so willing to share themselves with me: Hallowe'en...

Students Read Work With Renowned Poet

by Ali West, Grade 12 “If it’s words you’re after, I’m your man.” - Gerard Bierne This sentence opens one of the widely-recognized poet Gerard Bierne’s...

Athletics Review: Oct 25, 2010

Middle School Cross-country The Middle School cross-country team wrapped up their season this week with some fantatic results! After six weeks of practicing on all...

Grade 5 Students Talk Leadership

by Kathleen Cook, Junior School staff member On Friday, October 15th, the Grade 5 students participated in a special Leadership Assembly. Ms. Richards and Mrs....

We Day Inspires and Empowers

by Emma Ronning and Kelly Adam, Grade 12 A stadium full of incredibly motivating speakers and 18,000 of the most passionate youth on the West...
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Middle School Cellists Play with a Special Guest

by Athena and Keeley, Grade 8 On October 17th, Desmond Hoebig, a professional cellist, came to the Junior School with us. He played the Schumann...

Outdoor Adventures: Rock Climbing

by Bairavi Murugakumar, Grade 11 Some of the best memories of the year are from outdoor trips. This year I went rock climbing in Penticton....

Business Club Manages the Daily Grind

by Brian Yen, Grade 12 boarder This year’s Business Club, headed by myself and Sarah Kim under the direction of Mr. Hall and Mr. Liggett,...
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SMUS Review: Middle School Cellists Perform

by Athena Kerins and Keeley Copeland, Grade 8 On October 17th, Desmond Hoebig, a professional cellist, came to the Junior School with us. He played...

Athletics Review: Oct 18, 2010

Senior Girls Volleyball After a busy Thanksgiving weekend, the team went into the second week of league matches against Reynolds and Saint Margaret’s. In...
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SMUS Review: The Time Benders

by Rachel Olson, Grade 8 As I walked along the stone-brick path to chapel, I thought what was about to happen was going to be...
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Liam Maclure Named Amazing Kid

by Erin Anderson, editor Congratulations to Grade 11 student Liam Maclure, who has been named an Amazing Kid by A-Channel and Save On Foods. The...

Junior School Explodes with Colour

by Angelina Agathoklis, art teacher Adorned by the artwork of the students the Junior School halls have come alive with colour. The Grade 3 students...

Grade 11 Students Hit the Outdoors

by Meredith Witoski, Grade 12 trip leader On Wednesday, September 29th at 7:45 am, I boarded a school bus with my Island Sampler Grade 11...
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Art Students Sketch at Royal BC Museum

by Colin Smith, Grade 12 This week on October 5th, the AP Studio Art class went downtown to the Royal BC Museum. The intention was...

Athletics Review: Oct 11, 2010

Junior Boys Soccer The second week of the Junior Boys soccer season was not nearly as busy as the first but was every bit as...

Grade 6 Students Go Outdoors

by Mattia, Grade 6 On September 27th, 2010, all Grade 6 students went to Metchosin Wilderness Camp. In one day at the camp we did...

Meeting the Needs of all Learners

by Nancy Richards, Director of Junior School As the Junior School faculty find creative ways to ‘fulfill the promise’ in each student and class throughout...

Prefects Learn to Lead

by Kath Roth, Director of Senior School Silk Purse Farm lies nestled in the countryside of Washington State, about twenty miles southeast of Seattle. Its...

Junior School Virtue: Gentleness

by Tessa Lloyd, counsellor Who wants to be gentle these days? If we look for role models in the media who practice this virtue, they...

The Fugitives Captivate SMUS

by Erin Anderson, editor Last Friday, one the SMUS’ favourite musical guests returned to perform for students. Modern folk band The Fugitives brought their mix...

Athletics Review: Oct 4, 2010

Field Hockey The SMUS 1st team played two league games last week. They were two very contrasting games - a superb 1-0 win in a...
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Investigating the Ivy League

by Olivia Krusel, Grade 12 student When one mentions the Ivy League, it automatically evokes images of prestigious higher-learning institutions, dark wood-paneled libraries, and secretive...

Four Poets Read at SMUS

by Sydney Snape, Grade 12 student Victoria is a fabulous place where writers and artists alike can gather and share their deepest secrets and most...

Junior Students Run for Terry Fox

The Junior School held the annual Terry Fox Run on Friday, September 24th. All the students divided into house teams and wore their house...

13: A SMUS Summer Musical

by Cormac O'Brien, Grade 10 student This year, I had the pleasure and privilege to be part of the SMUS Summer Musical Theatre course, which...

Athletics Review: Sep 27, 2010

Squash The Shawnigan lake Junior Tournament Boys Gold Event: Winner, Tyler Olson Girls Gold Event: 3rd place, Nicole Bunyan Boys Silver Event: Saucer winner, Michael Groot Junior Boys Soccer After...

Free the Children Co-founder Speaks at SMUS

by Madison Hadfield, Grade 11 Marc Kielburger and his brother Craig founded Free The Children in 1995 when Craig gathered 11 school friends to begin...

New Head of Brown Hall Cooks Up Changes

by Erin Anderson, editor Students might notice the food at Brown Hall is a little different this year. Paula Henchion, who was previously our executive...

New Report Card Unveiled at Junior School

by Nancy Richards, Director of the Junior School Last night’s Junior School curriculum night was well attended by parents and one of the highlights of...

Q&A with Head Boy and Girl: Part 2

by Erin Anderson, editor As the leaders of the Prefect Council, the Head Boy and Head Girl have a lot of responsibilities, from running assembly...

SMUS: Where Everyone Belongs

by Owen, Grade 8 Where Everyone Belongs or WEB is the name of a newly developed leadership programme for Middle School students. The WEB leader...

Junior School Welcomes Families with Food

by Kathleen Cook, Admissions The Junior School celebrated the beginning of another year that past Friday with its traditional welcome barbecue. All families, staff and...

House Games Victory at the Middle School

be Ben, Grade 6 The house games at SMUS Middle School took place on Friday, September 10th. I think they were fun! There were all...

Terry Fox Run and Documentary

Most Canadians know the story of Terry Fox, one of Canada's most well-known heroes. His support of cancer research, in the form of a...

Meet our New Director of Learning

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...

New Year, More Students

by Sue Saunders, Director of Admissions The first week of September is an exciting time, especially for admissions. We welcome the families who we have...

Q&A with Head Boy and Girl: Part 1

by Erin Anderson, editor As the leaders of the Prefect Council, the Head Boy and Head Girl have a lot of responsibilities, from running assembly...

What’s New at SMUS?

by Erin Anderson, editor Over the summer, SMUS certainly wasn't idle. As our summer programmes filled the campus week after week, we also found the...

2010 Graduates Say Farewell to SMUS

by Erin Anderson, editor The Senior School Closing Ceremonies captured the breadth of accomplishment within this year's graduates. From service to leadership to athletics and...

Math Competitions Add Up for SMUS Grad

by Brandon Ewonus, Grade 12 The Canadian Mathematical Olympiad (CMO) is Canada’s premier national advanced mathematics competition and is staged by the Canadian Mathematical Society...

Middle School Closing Ceremonies

by Erin Anderson, editor The Middle School wrapped up their year with student speakers, music and certificates. Students in Grades 6-8 were celebrated for their...

Colourful End to Middle School Games

by Nancy Mollenhauer, teacher It was finally a warm June day when the Grade 6 and 7 students headed out on to the fields with...

Athletic Awards for the 2009-2010 School Year

Male Athlete of the Year: Jure Erlic (runner-up: Luke McCloskey) Female Athlete of the Year: Ciara Glen (runner-up: Annie Pike) Junior Athlete of the Year: Joseph...

Junior School Closing Ceremonies

by Erin Anderson, editor The Junior School marked the end of its school year with a ceremony devoted to virtues and a fond farewell to...

Evolution of an AP Art Portfolio

by Rachel Woosun Kim, Grade 12 The AP studio art course is different from regular art courses in several ways. Unlike regular art courses, it...

Grade 9 and 10 Students Celebrate the Year

by Erin Anderson, editor Grade 9 and 10 students had their own closing ceremony, which celebrated their contributions to the Senior School over the past...

Capturing Life After Cancer

by Anna Forbes, Head of Art A chance email from a teacher at St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School in Oakville, Ontario brought to my attention the organization...

Athletics Review: June 14, 2010

Junior Rugby Though the BC high school sports season came to end last week with a series of provincial championships, both the Grade 9 and...

Junior Students and Alumni Celebrate Centennial

by Grade 4 students Josh and Triumph The 100th year centennial celebration was a celebration for the 100 years that St. Michael’s School has been...

SMUS Student Tours with National Band

by Victor Ma, Grade 11 student About six months ago, I was simply checking my email in the library when I noticed a new email...

Middle School Partners with the World

by Mr. Jim Williams, teacher Awareness of the World Partnership Walk (WPW) ramped up for the Middle School on Tuesday, May 25th. Retired Junior School...

Students Experience the Pig War

by Chrystine Beaumont, Grade 10 student On Thursday, June 3rd, we Grade 10 students gathered out on the fields to witness a historic reenactment of...

Athletics Review: June 7, 2010

Rowing The SMUS crew returned home after a very successful three days of racing at the 65th Annual Canadian Secondary School Rowing Association regatta, held...

Athletics Review: May 31, 2010

Rugby The penultimate week of the rugby season featured a Junior Boys Sevens Tournament, with over 220 players from eight Island schools descending on SMUS...

Junior School Students Debut Opera

by Erin Anderson, editor Our Grade 5 students took to the Royal Theatre stage for two performances of The Barber of Seville, a Rossini opera...

Grade 7 Student Wins Big at Science Fair

by Ann Makosinski, Grade 7 student Last April 10 -12, 2010, I participated in the 49th Vancouver Island Regional Science Fair held at the University...

SMUS Keeps Up the Beat

by Oliver Brooks, Grade 12 student On Friday May 28th, SMUS had its 9th annual Keep the Beat music marathon and fundraiser for the non-profit...

Student Theatre Delivers Compact Comedy

by Alexandria Butterfield and Jacob Boness, Grade 11 students For the annual spring comedy this year, the SMUS Student Theatre Society took a new approach...

Bookfest Fun for Junior Readers

Introduction by Matthew, Donovan and Joshua On Saturday May 1st, we went to Bookfest in Nanaimo. Bookfest is a celebration of authors and their books. It...
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SMUS Students Earn Dogwood Scholarships

A few weeks ago, SMUS students auditioned and were interviewed for the Dogwood Scholarships, which arehanded out to students who excel in a variety...

Middle School Students Lead Senior School Chapel

by Claire Williams, Grade 8 student The most powerful rule: the Golden Rule. The most powerful way to get that message across: your peers. The...

Junior Students Walk for the World

by Diana Nason, Junior School librarian SMUS and the World Partnership Walk hosted the Global Village Lunch at the Junior School on Thursday, May 13th....

Grade 1 Students Go To Jail

by Amalia, Grade 1 student When the Grade 1 class went to the Saanich Police and Fire Station, we saw Taz the police dog, we...

Athletics Review: May 25, 2010

Tennis The SMUS tennis team traveled to the 2010 Islands with the high expectations that come with an undefeated season. Things started as well as...

Students Band Together for Cross-Campus Concert

by Erin Anderson, editor Just as their strings counterparts took to the stage a few weeks ago, our Middle School and Senior School band students...

Students Reach for the Top

by Leo Marchand, Grade 12 student What could be better than a chance to test your knowledge of everything from physics to pop culture in...

Grade 5 Students Ready for Royal Theatre

In just under two weeks, our Junior School will debut its production of the Rossini opera The Barber of Seville at the Royal Theatre....

Eclectic Group Performs Traditional Russian Dance

by Anna Maeva, Grade 12 boarder from Russia One thing I certainly love about SMUS is that people here are always open to and interested...

Athletics Review: May 17, 2010

Middle School Rugby SMUS hosted the LIMSSA rugby jamborees last week, with the Grade 6 jamboree taking place on Tuesday and the Grade 7 games...

Grade 2 Students Let the Bells Ring

by Mrs. Sharon Goodman Several students from the Grade 2 class have been participating in a bell choir since January. Abby, Seung, Ben, Angelina, Joshua...

Students Serve Up Service Downtown

by Kathryn Leigh Parsons, Grade 12 student Over the past few weeks, St. Michaels University School students have been taking part in a fantastic volunteer...

Grade 5 Students Examine the Legislature Building

by Gordon Chan, Grade 5 teacher One of the highlights of the Grade 5 social studies programme is the annual trip to the Legislative Assembly....

New Videos on SMUSTube

by Erin Anderson, editor Since 2010 kicked off, much has happened at SMUS and a few big events were captured on video. SMUSTube, our video...

Athletics Review: May 10, 2010

Middle School Rugby In the past week in Middle School rugby, the Grade 6 team traveled to face Monterey, where they also faced Cedar Hill....

Middle School Artwork on Display

May has been a big month for Middle School artwork, as our students have been featured in the Independent Schools Association Art Exhibition, had...

Grade 11 Boarders Learn About Leadership

by Ninnart Siripun, Grade 11 boarder “It’s a waste of time and energy to try and change others. Better to change yourself and become someone...

Junior School Musicians Shine in Victoria Festival

by Mary Smith, music teacher The city of Victoria is enriched annually in the early spring by the presence of the Greater Victoria Performing Arts...

Grade 6 Author Included in Anthology

Grade 6 student Simon Hassel was recently chosen to be included in The Dragon's Tale, an anthology of student writing produced by the Poetry...

Athletics Review: May 4, 2010

Cricket Once again the alumni team had a good sprinkling of players with Canadian international caps to their credit and once again the cricket team...

Baroque Concert Rocks the House

by Erin Anderson, editor The annual Cross-Campus Strings Concert took a different turn this year, expanding its scope to include everything from the Baroque era...

An Evening of Poetry, Music, Art and Drama

by Kate Loomer, Grade 11 At the most recent Student Theatre Society production, Eric Protzer invited us into the world of an aging man reflecting...

SMUS Scholar in Residence: Linda Kavelin Popov

by Nancy Richards, Director of the Junior School Last Friday, the Junior School staff and students were fortunate to have an opportunity to meet SMUS...

SMUS Drops Everything to Read

by Kelsey Bjola, Grade 11 Many students, once they reach high school, have absolutely no time to do what they please. Between English essays, science...

Elizabeth May Talks Politics with the Grade 5 Classes

by Elise, Hanna and Mattia The Grade 5 students of the Junior School were lucky enough to have the leader of the Green Party, Elizabeth...

Athletics Review: Apr 26, 2010

Rowing This past weekend, the SMUS rowing team attended the 40th Annual Brentwood Regatta hosted by Brentwood School. Over 1500 athletes from the US and...

Grade 4 Students Write to Peers from Uganda

by Karen Dicks, a retired SMUS teacher Students in Grade 4 recently made contact with Grade 4 students at Kibaare School (pronounced Chibaray) in southwestern...

Peter Johnston Speaks to the Omar Khadr Group

by Grade 9 student Julia Milden, Grade 11 student Olivia Krusel, and Grade 12 student Kaeleigh Fletcher Last Friday, April 16th, was an incredible and...

Junior School Illustrates the Virtues

by Kathleen Cook, Chair of the Leadership Committee This week, the students of the Junior School prepared for a very special visit by Linda Kavelin...

Athletics Review: Apr 19, 2010

Junior Girls Soccer This past week, the Junior Girls Soccer team hosted GNS and Reynolds. On Tuesday, the game against GNS was a very...

Spring Break Stories: French Culture Trip

by Sarah Fellows, Grade 7 This Spring Break, 31 Middle School students and three teachers got the opportunity to travel to Montreal, Quebec City and...

Middle School Stories on the SMUS Review

A number of stories about the Middle School have been featured on the SMUS Review: Spring Break Stories: French Culture Trip Melodies From the Middle School Middle...

Athletics Review: Apr 12, 2010

Senior Tennis The SMUS tennis team started league play this week with a rather epic match against GNS on Wednesday. In team tennis, the schools...

Spring Break Stories: Galapagos Islands

by Lyn Li Che, Grade 12 Heads bowed and necks white with sunblock, the group of intrepid explorers trudged up the beach diligently, their feet...

SMUS Students Experience Exchanges

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...

Grade 4 Students Sew Up Their Aboriginal Unit

by the Grade 4 classes On Wednesday, April 14, Ms. Leslie McGary from the Native Friendship Centre came to teach us how to make potlatch...

SMUS Sweeps Poetry Competition

Our Writing 12 students recently won four of the six awards in the senior category of the National League of Canadian Poets 2010 Poetic...

Earth Week

by Erin Anderson, editor Earth week is upon us yet again. From April 16-22, students and staff will be paying extra attention to their environmental...

Spring Break Stories: Ghana Service Trip

by Kaylynn Purdy, Grade 12 They say that once you go to Africa, you are changed forever. I completely agree. This spring break I had the...

Spring Break Stories: London Theatre Trip

by Tyler Beames, Grade 11 After 16 hours of travelling, our group of 16 students lead by Mr. David Gauthier, Mrs. Jen Fletcher and Rev....

Grad Fashions Hit the Catwalk

by Giuliana Bianco, Grade 12 Each year, a group of students from Grade 12 organize a spectacular grad fashion show event. The funds generated by...

Melodies From the Middle School

by Erin Anderson, editor This Wednesday, the Middle School held a concert that was unusual in many ways. From the choirs, to the string ensembles...

Korean Week Blends Old and New

by Won Yup Song, Grade 12 boarder I had to go buy 40 pounds of rice. Do you know why? Last Sunday, 25 Korean kids were...

Junior Students Try to Save the Farm

by Jamison, Grade 5 It was a really nice day out and it was the end of the day. Almost everyone brought a donation for...

Athletics Review: Mar 8, 2010

Squash The squash team competed at the BC Junior Close Tournament this past weekend - see below for the results. ...

Miss Saigon: A Review

by Terence Young, Head of the English Department The reputation of St. Michaels University School as a vibrant and vital place to learn does not...

SMUS Math Challengers Compete at Regionals

by Jason Chiu, Grade 9 mathematician The Math Challengers competition began long before February 12th. The Match Challengers team spent several months, beginning in November,...

Junior Students Jump for Health

by Matt and Ben, Grade 5 "Jump rope for heart was an event where two classes would go into the gym and skip rope for...

Athletics Review: Mar 1, 2010

Grade 9 Boys Basketball Finally, at Grade 9 Boys level, in an odd twist, the team completed its City Junior playoffs, after it had already...

Passion Reigns in Miss Saigon

by Richard Boness, Miss Saigon's Assistant Commissar Miss Saigon, another great creation from the minds of Schonberg and Boublil, is set to grace the stage...

Chris Darimont '92 Talks Animal Evolution

by Erin Anderson, editor Chris Darimont '92, an alumnus of SMUS and an award-winning conservation biologist, returned to SMUS to talk about his latest research...

Middle School Students Master Math Challange

by Jo Lunn, Middle School mathematics teacher Some of our keenest Grade 7 and 8 math students recently took part in the regional Math Challengers...

Olympic Updates from Whistler/Vancouver

by Larry Borgerson, staff One of our transportation staff, Larry Borgerson, has been working for the past few weeks as a driver in Whistler for...

Students Bring Change to Haiti

by Lincoln Welsh, Grade 12 On January 16, 2010, a group of 15 SMUSdents and friends from other schools banded together in response to the...

Athletics Review: Feb 23, 2010

Senior Badminton The SMUS Senior badminton team travelled to Kamloops last Friday to take part in a two-part exhibition series. The road trip was a...

Students Spread Cheer Downtown

by Erin Anderson, editor Some service-minded students spent last weekend brightening the days of anyone who was lucky enough to be strolling through Victoria's downtown...

Grade 2 Students Party at Senior School

by Grade 2 students Ben Lupin, Julian Fitzgibbon, and Jonah Wilmott The Grade 2 class went on a pyjama party field trip to the Symons...

Chinese Culture Week Returns

by Erin Anderson, editor Last week was Chinese culture week, the latest in a series of weeks put on by the International Council. One of...

Olympic Spirit Comes to the Junior School

by Erin Anderson, editor This morning, just before the 2010 Olympics kick-off in Vancouver, the Junior School hosted its very own torch run and games....

SMUS Carries the Torch for 2010

by Peter Gardiner, Associate Director of Advancement As a few of you may be aware, tonight is the beginning of the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver...

An Update on Debate

by Eric Protzer, Grade 11 Upon being asked what the fiercest, most antagonistic form of high school competition is, the average student will expound the...

Miss Saigon Poster Unveiled

On March 3, SMUS will debut this year's musical production, Miss Saigon. As with every SMUS musical production, our more artistically inclined students offer...

Athletics Review: Feb 9, 2010

Senior Badminton Last week was a very busy one for the Senior badminton team, as they played three critical league games. These games would determine...

CAIS U13 Boys Basketball Tournament

Day 1 - Thursday, February 4 Just an amazing and unusual first day in Hamilton. After a smooth trip yesterday to Ontario, the U13 Boys Basketball...

Former Refugee Speaks to Students

by Gita Keshava, Grade 11 As students in a wonderful, peaceful country and an outstanding school environment, it is often hard to imagine ourselves in...

Grade 8 Students Sell Muffins for Haiti

by Jane Pirie and Stephanie Wong-Harrison, Grade 8 Since last year, when we were in Grade 7, we have been having a muffin sale in...

Junior Students Ready for 2010 Games

by Mrs. Margaret Lincoln, Kindergarten teacher The Kindergarten children have been learning about the origins of the Olympics. They are particularly knowledgeable about the different...

Athletics Review: Feb 1, 2010

Squash Girls vs. Brentwood College: won 3-2 Nicole Bunyan won 3-0 Brynn Daniels won 3-0 Deryn Ramsey won 3-0 Lisa Evans lost 1-3 Rachel Wong lost 0-3 Girls vs....

2ne Ups Find Their Beat

by Mina Phaisaltantiwongs, Grade 12 St. Michaels University School has quite a wide selection when it comes to extracurricular activities. It has everything from...

Athletics Review: Jan 25, 2010

Senior Badminton The past two weeks for the Senior badminton team have been rigorous. Training intensity has reached new heights, with both fitness and technical...

The Borealis String Quartet at SMUS

by Jonathan Sudul, Grade 5 On January 25, Grades 5, 6, 7 and 8 string students heard a recital by the Borealis String Quartet. There...

Sara Topham Keeps Shakespeare Alive

by Olivia Krusel, Grade 11 Imagine that it is a dreary Wednesday afternoon; halfway through the week and the weekend is only just peering from...

Concert Spotlights our Six String Nation

by Erin Anderson, editor Though our amazing music students and staff never stop delivering astounding concerts, this week’s Spotlight on Canada Concert truly defied expectations....

Vancouver Model U.N. Review

by Julia Milden, Grade 9 Last weekend, I, along with a variety of Senior School students in Grades 9-12, had the amazing opportunity to travel...

Grade 6 Classes Join the Six String Nation

by Sam Perelmuter, Grade 6 Yesterday, we had an exciting visit from Mr. Jowi Taylor. He has this guitar (which has been named the Voyageur)...

Grade 8 Students See How the Eye Works

by Jenna Dhillon, Grade 8 On January 20, 2010, Ms. Van Alstine’s Grade 8 science classes filed into the science lab to complete a cow...