Kyle Slavin

Kyle Slavin
Kyle Slavin is the school's storyteller. Through words and photos, he shares with the community all the amazing things that happen on campus.

#SMUSLearns at Spring Break

SMUS teachers and staff share resources, activities and tips to have a great Spring Break

Teachers Prepare for Moving the Classroom Online

SMUS faculty prepares for the possibility of teaching students remotely

Congratulations to The Best School Year Ever 2020 Winner

Learn more about the winner of this year's The Best School Year Ever® scholarship contest

Talking With Children About COVID-19

Our personal counsellors provide parents with tips on talking with children about COVID-19

NEWSIES: Meet the Cast

Four SMUS performers playing the lead characters in NEWSIES talk about their experience in the Senior School musical

SMUS in the News: Students Prepare to ‘Seize the Day’ with NEWSIES

The Saanich News sits down with two student actors to highlight NEWSIES, the Senior School musical

NEWSIES: Meet the Head of Props

Ria Sheoran, Head of Props, takes us behind-the-scenes of NEWSIES, the Senior School musical

Kindness Can Change the World

Pink Shirt Day at SMUS highlights the power of kindness

SMUS in the News: Junior Girls Basketball Team Wins Island Title

The Junior Girls Basketball team's Island victory is highlighted in the Saanich News

GALLERY: Junior School Celebrates Global School Play Day

Junior School students have fun participating in Global School Play Day

SMUS in the News: Anna Mollenhauer ’17 Earns Governor General’s Academic All-Canadian Commendation

Anna Mollenhauer '17 is awarded the Governor General's Academic All-Canadian Commendation for her achievements in athletics and academics

SMUS in the News: Ann Makosinski ’15 Featured in Washington Post

Ann Makosinski '15 is featured in the Washington Post in piece about "five exceptional girls and the parents who raised them"
Brian Christensen

SMUS in the News: Brian Christensen ’11 Performing in ‘We Will Rock You

Brian Christensen '11 talks about his role in the touring production of the Queen musical, We Will Rock You

Our Most Popular SMUSpaper Stories of the Past Decade

We look back at the 10 of the most-read stories on the SMUSpaper from the last 10 years

SMUS in the News: Counsellor Tessa Lloyd Talks Modern Fatherhood

Author and Junior School counsellor Tessa Lloyd talks about her new book, Forty Fathers, on Global News BC

SMUS in the News: Chloé Hill-Huse ’20 Named to Canadian U18 Rugby Team

Grade 12 student Chloé Hill-Huse is named to Canada's U18 women's rugby team for the Can-Am Tour

Ringing in the Winter Break as a Community

The final days before Winter Break are filled with traditions that bring us together as a SMUS community

What is it Like to Win The Best School Year Ever?

We chat with Chanel Khuu, winner of The Best School Year Ever® contest 2019-20, to learn about her time at SMUS so far

Carol Service: Traditions and Rituals Connecting a Community

The SMUS community gathers for the annual Carol Service to enjoy music and thoughtful student reflections

Celebrated Storytellers Talk First Nations History and Respect

Authors Roy Henry Vickers and Robert 'Lucky' Budd spoke with students about First Nations history and respect

SMUS in the News: Tessa Lloyd on Fatherhood and Famous Canadian Dads

Junior School counsellor Tessa Lloyd speaks with Global News's The Morning Show about her new book, Forty Fathers

Student-Run Café Supports Green Coffee Farming in Brazil

Grade 10 students give back to a small coffee farm in Brazil to help it become a more environmentally friendly business

Remembrance Day: ‘Today We Remember Them All’

The SMUS community gathered to celebrate Remembrance Day and honour the men and women who fought for their country

SMUS in the News: Anna Mollenhauer ’17 Helps Lead UVic to National Field Hockey...

Anna Mollenhauer '17 named tournament MVP as she helps lead the UVic Vikes field hockey team to a national championship title

SMUS in the News: Tion McLeish ’22 Wins BC Cross Country Championship

Grade 10 athlete Tion McLeish won the Junior Boys race at the BC High School Cross Country Championships
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SMUS Connect at your Fingertips!

We are excited to announce that SMUS Connect, our exclusive Global Alumni Networking platform, is going mobile with the addition of the SMUS Connect...

Help Share the News That The Best School Year Ever is Back!

Check out the new The Best School Year Ever® video and learn more about this year's scholarship contest.

SMUS in the News: Student Captures Morning Traffic with Drive-Thru for a Cause

Grade 12 student Mark Finamore is featured in the Victoria News and Times Colonist newspapers for winning $2,500 for a Me to We Club initiative

SMUS in the News: Students Celebrate Victoria-Hosted Pan Am Cross Country Nations Cup

SMUS hosts the announcement of the Pan Am Nations Cup to coincide with the international cross country event in Victoria

Ariel Khoo: Discovering a Passion for Rowing

When Ariel Khoo tried out for a new sport last September, she never imagined that nine months later she would have two national silver...
Tim McGee QC

Introducing Tim McGee QC, Chair of the Board of Governors

Meet Tim McGee QC, the new Chair of the SMUS Society Board of Governors
Forty Fathers by Tessa Lloyd

SMUS in the News: Counsellor Tessa Lloyd Talks New Book ‘Forty Fathers’

Junior School counsellor Tessa Lloyd sits down with the Vancouver Sun to talk about her new book on fatherhood, Forty Fathers

Mark Finamore Wins ‘Power of Youth’ Contest for Coffee Fundraiser

Grade 12 student Mark Finamore wins $2,500 for the Me to We Club to help tackle homelessness in Greater Victoria

‘Now is the Time to Take Action on Climate Change’

This week's Senior School chapel featured our Green Team and sustainability prefects talking about sustainability and climate change

Welcome to the New SMUS Photo Gallery

The new SMUS Photo Gallery gives you access to more than 360,000 photos taken over nearly two decades

GALLERY: A Week of Community and Service

Check out a gallery of photos from the past week of events that highlight community and service

SMUS in the News: Dr. Curran Crawford ’96 Looks at Converting CO2 to Rock

Dr. Curran Crawford '96 speaks with the CBC about his work to reduce carbon emissions from the global atmosphere

SMUS in the News: Emiliano Iturriaga ’09-’10 Wins $1 Million Hult Prize

Emiliano Iturriaga '09-'10 and his eco-tourism start-up, Rutopía, wins the 2019 Hult Prize

5 Public Speaking Tips for Children

Speeches from our Grade 5 students highlight how young children can gain the skills to be confident public speakers
Rashid Al-Abri

SMUS in the News: Rashid Al-Abri ’19 Ready for Stanford University

Rashid Al-Abri '19, who came to SMUS from Oman, is featured as he begins post-secondary at Stanford University

Should We Lower the Voting Age in Canada?

'Students of a young age have informed opinions and can make choices that are important to them'

Building a Student Community in Boarding

Student leaders help their fellow housemates find a home and build a caring community at boarding school

GALLERY: First Week of the 2019-20 School Year

The first week of school has been jam-packed full of fun and memorable moments for students and teachers
Adrienne Davidson

Introducing Adrienne Davidson, Director of Advancement & Campaigns

Get to know Adrienne Davidson, our new Director of Advancement & Campaigns
Head Prefects Kenzi Farish and Max Nishima

Meet Kenzi and Max, Our 2019-20 Head Prefects

Meet Kenzi and Max, the two Grade 12 students who were elected to be our Head Prefects for the 2019-20 school year

Opa! Grade 8 Students Return from Unforgettable Greece Trip

After learning about Greece in school, a group of Grade 8 students travelled to the Mediterranean country at the start of Summer Break

SMUS in the News: SMUS Athletes to Represent BC at Rugby Championships

Five SMUS rugby players were named to the Girls' and Boys' provincial teams to represent BC at next month's U18 Western Championships

SMUS in the News: Jackson Rothwell ’19 Wins BC Amateur Golf Championship

Jackson Rothwell '19 won the BC Amateur Golf Championship in Pemberton on July 12

2019 Retirees: Nancy Mollenhauer

Learn more about the outstanding contributions to SMUS by Nancy Mollenhauer, former Middle School physical education teacher and field hockey coach.
Anna Mollenhauer

SMUS in the News: Anna Mollenhauer ’17 Joins Team Canada for Field Hockey Olympic...

Anna Mollenhauer '17 has been representing Canada at the Hockey Series Finals in Spain, a qualifying tournament for the Olympics

2019 Junior School Closing Ceremonies

Students, teachers and families come together for Closing Ceremonies that mark the end of the 2018-19 school year

2019 Middle School Closing Ceremonies

Our Middle School community celebrates the end of the 2018-19 school year at Closing Ceremonies

Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

Congratulations to the Class of 2019! Watch the complete Graduation Ceremony and read the insightful reflections from valedictorian Matthew Owen-Flood

Reflections From Our Outgoing Head Prefects

Grade 12 leaders Morgan Warner and Ewan Halliday look back on their year as heads of the Prefect Council

Grade 6 Students Pitch Proposals to Redesign SMUS

A cross-curricular project sees Middle School students redesigning their school with an eye on sustainability
League of Canadian Poets

Three Students Recognized in National Poetry Contest

Three SMUS students were recognized with the League of Canadian Poets' Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Prize

SMUS in the News: Students Raise Awareness on World Oceans Day

Grade 4 students took part in World Oceans Day by helping to educate the public about the impact humans have on our oceans
Kevin Zhang and Christian Turpin

Students to Spend Summer Working as Cancer Researchers

Two Grade 11 students will spend their summer working on groundbreaking cancer research at the BC Cancer Agency in Victoria. Christian Turpin and Kevin...

SMUS in the News: Prime Minister Reads Letter from University School Grad at D-Day...

To mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shared the story of Lt.-Col. Cecil Merrit, a University School grad from 1923

Grade 5s Bring Ogre-the-Top Musical to the Stage

We chat with a few of the talented young performers in this year's Grade 5 musical, Shrek the Musical JR.

Outdoor Education: Learning to Build a Connection with Nature

Our outdoor education program blurs the line between learning and building a connection with nature

David Kim ’05: Helping Students Reach Their Full Potential

David Kim is the person he is today because generous donors supported financial assistance that allowed him to get a SMUS education

VIDEO: French Students Deliver at Public Speaking Competition

Watch Middle School students Bianca and Samantha perform their award-winning Concours d'art oratoire speeches

Alumni Entrepreneurs Inspire Our Grade 3 Inventors

SMUS grads Joseph and Jure Erlic, inventors of HoopLight, speak with our Grade 3 students about inventing a product

SMUS in the News: Celebrating 25 Years of the Rees Rugby Boot Game Rivalry

CHEK News previews the 25th rugby Boot Game happening on May 4

Middle School Math is All About Problem Solving

Middle School math at St. Michaels University School helps students develop the skills to persevere through problem solving

Celebrating 25 Years of the Boot Game Rugby Rivalry

Alumni Weekend marks the 25th SMUS vs. Oak Bay rugby Boot Game, named in honour of Gareth Rees '85

Sun Shine

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

Brown Hall Upgrades Bring New Opportunities

The school's former dining hall underwent a seismic upgrade this school year, which brings with it the creation of newfound space for our community
Richard Brambley

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Richard Brambley

Meet Mr. Richard Brambley, our incoming Director of Middle School, in this SMUS Teacher Feature

The Winner of The Best School Year Ever 2019 is…

Find out who won The Best School Year Ever contest and a scholarship to SMUS for the 2019-20 school year

Behind the Scenes of Seussical the SMUSical

We chat with some of the talented young performers in this year's Middle School musical, Seussical

The Lasting Impact of Financial Assistance

Financial assistance helps bring amazing students to SMUS, and a SMUS education has a lasting impact on their lives
Aysha Emmerson

SMUS in the News: Aysha Emmerson ’18 to Attend UN Session on Status of...

Alumnus Aysha Emmerson '18 was recently selected by Zonta International to attend the the 63rd Session of the Commission of the Status of Women

Behind the Scenes of Mamma Mia!

We sit down with the four talented students playing the lead roles in this year's Senior School musical, Mamma Mia!
David Enns

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. David Enns

Middle School band teacher – and director of Seussical – Mr. David Enns is highlighted in our latest Teacher Feature

Thank You for the Music: Previewing Mamma Mia!

Cast members in our upcoming Senior School musical, Mamma Mia!, reflect on their time performing in the show
Students playing at the Junior School as part of Global Play Day

Students reflect on Global Play Day

On February 8, students at the Junior School celebrated Global Play Day. Global Play Day is an opportunity for the Junior School to highlight...

The Next Generation of City Planners

This article originally appeared in the Winter 2018 issue of School Ties. by Kyle Slavin If you were given the challenge of redesigning an important urban space,...
Rita Lord

Introducing Chief Financial Officer Rita Lord

Meet Rita Lord, the new Chief Financial Officer at St. Michaels University School

Student Q&A: Grade 8 Leadership Conference

We chat with Grade 8 student Neil P. about his experience as one of the student organizers of the Grade 8 Leadership Conference

Walk Around SMUS in Our New Virtual Campus Tour

Tour around St. Michaels University School using our newly updated Virtual Campus Tour

Photo Gallery: Middle School Students Shine at Science Fair

Middle School students presented their research and findings at the annual Science Fair this week
Laura Keziere

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mrs. Laura Keziere

Ms. Laura Keziere, who has been teaching at SMUS since 1984, is highlighted in our latest Teacher Feature

How Our Community Supports Students in the Classroom

Many projects at SMUS that support student learning in the classroom would not be possible without the support of the Annual Appeal

An Interview With Mr. Xavier Abrioux ’76

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

SMUS in the News: Students Win Seed Money to Improve Quality of Life in...

A group of SMUS students was named a finalist in the South Island Prosperity Project's Future Innovator Challenge
Callum Montgomery

SMUS in the News: Callum Montgomery ’15 Selected Fourth in MLS SuperDraft

Callum Montgomery '14 was selected fourth in the MLS SuperDraft and is off to play soccer for FC Dallas
Career Day

The Hidden Benefits of SMUS’s Career Day

Career Day offers much more for students than simply learning about a career you're interested in

SMUS in the News: Ashley Stobbart ’98 Halfway Through Around-the-World Sailing Trip

Ashley Stobbart '98 and husband Ben Brehmer have spent the last four years sailing around the world – and they're only halfway there
YourSMUS Instagram Collage

The Top 11 @YourSMUS Instagram Posts of 2018

We highlight the 11 most popular @yourSMUS Instagram posts of the past 365 days!

Primary Students Share ‘Holiday Memories’ in Concert

Junior School students reflect on the recent Primary Concert that celebrated the holiday season through song and dance
Stewart Butterfield

SMUS in the News: An In-Depth Interview with Stewart Butterfield ’91

Alumnus Stewart Butterfield '91 sits down for an interview on his strategies for motivating employees, why philosophy helps him be a better leader and more
Megan Blackey

SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Megan Blackey

Middle School teacher Ms. Megan Blackey is now in her second year at SMUS. She is originally from Chilliwack and was raised in the...
Mark Turner Annual Appeal

Helping Our Head of School Provide Opportunities

Head of School Mark Turner reflects on the Annual Appeal and how it impacts every student and every opportunity

Carol Service Brings the SMUS Community Together

The SMUS community gathers for the annual Carol Service to enjoy choir performances and thoughtful messages about the holiday season

The Next Generation of Engaged, Informed Citizens

Students in AP Comparative Government and Politics use real-world example to understand the value of being informed citizens

Middle School Math Rooms Get Learning Upgrades

Classroom renovations featuring flexible furniture and whiteboard walls help support learning Middle School math

Grade 10 Students Brew Up a Unique Coffee Project

Business students and Grade 10 experiential students work together to roast, market and sell coffee beans

SMUS in the News: Diya Courty-Stephens ’19 Wins Philanthropy Award

November 16, 2018 Diya Courty-Stephens '19 CTV Vancouver Island Teenage trio aims to help save two global problems at once Victoria News Local leaders of all ages honoured at...

There’s More to Math Class Than Solving Equations

Math at the Junior School is all about teaching the fundamentals so students learn and understand how to problem-solve
Quinn Ngawati

SMUS in the News: Quinn Ngawati ’17 in Demand for Canadian Rugby Teams

The future possibilities in 2017 grad Quinn Ngawati's rugby career are outlined by the Canadian Press

Lest We Forget: Remembrance Day 2018

The SMUS community gathered to celebrate Remembrance Day and honour the men and women who fought for our country

SMUS in the News: Anna Mollenhauer ’17 Named Field Hockey Player of the Year

Anna Mollenhauer '17 was named U SPORTS Canada's field hockey Player of the Year

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Chris Bateman

Mr. Chris Bateman, Head of Visual Art and Design, is highlighted in our latest SMUS Teacher Feature

Personalized Learning: Middle School Art Gets A Creative Redesign

Visual Arts at the Middle School gets a creative redesign to allow for personalized learning for each artist

Talking Peanut Butter with Business Students

Jill Van Gyn, a former SMUS student and entrepreneur, spoke to our Business Education 10 class
Gordon Chan

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Gordon Chan

Junior School teacher Mr. Gordon Chan is highlighted in the latest SMUS Teacher Feature

SMUS in the News: Kristina Bergman ’97 is a Trailblazer in Seattle’s Tech Industry

Seattle Business magazine features Kristina Bergman in a series highlighting women who are trailblazers in their profession

SMUS in the News: Grade 3 Student’s ‘Levidrome’ Pitch Still Going Strong

One year after first pitching his word 'levidrome', Grade 3 student Levi continues to push to get the term added to the dictionary

Grade 12 Student Wins Youth Philanthropy Award

Student Diya Courty-Stephens is nominated for a philanthropy award for starting an organization that aims to reduce food waste

What is School Spirit?

The Prefect Council enlists students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 – and our Head of School – to define 'school spirit' at SMUS

SMUS in the News: Junior School Student Inspires Orange Shirt Day Action

The Oak Bay News highlights Orange Shirt Day at the Junior School, spearheaded by one of our Grade 4 students

Portrait of a Learner: Helping Students Find Balance in Their Busy Lives

Middle School students learn the importance of finding balance in their lives to help set them up for academic success
Reagan Daly

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Reagan Daly

Teacher, houseparent and Head of Experiential Education, Mr. Reagan Daly is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

Athletics Week in Review: September 27

Soccer, field hockey, volleyball, cross country and squash are highlighted in the latest Athletics Week in Review

New Junior School Playscape Emphasizes Imagination

Upgrades to the SMUS Junior School playscape this summer highlight the importance of "open-ended", imaginative play

Meet our 2018-19 Head Girl and Head Boy

Meet Morgan Warner and Ewan Halliday, elected Head Boy and Head Girl for the 2018-19 school year at St. Michaels University School

SMUS in the News: Grand Opening of the Sun Centre

The grand opening of the Sun Centre dining hall and student commons is featured in the Saanich News

Sun Centre Grand Opening Kicks Off the New School Year

The Sun Centre, our new dining hall and student commons, has its grand opening to mark the start of the 2018-19 school year

SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Kate Knight

Ms. Kate Knight was recently named Interim Director of the Middle School for the 2018-2019 school year. Kate was born in Penetanguishene, Ontario and raised...
Head of School Mark Turner

SMUS in the News: Mr. Mark Turner Arrives at SMUS

Head of School Mr. Mark Turner speaks with the Saanich News about his arrival to SMUS
Aysha Emmerson photo courtesy of Vancouver Sun

SMUS in the News: Aysha Emmerson ’18 Shares Her Secrets to Success

Aysha Emmerson '18 talks with the Vancouver Sun and offers her advice to help high school students achieve success

SMUS in the News: Harvard-Bound Aysha Emmerson ’18 Earns Zonta Scholarships

2018 grad Aysha Emmerson talks to the Saanich News about her Zonta International scholarship and her work in the community

SMUS in the News: Stewart Butterfield – The Tech Boss Who Grew Up Without...

June 25, 2018 BBC Business Stewart Butterfield '91 The $5bn tech boss who grew up without electricity

Congratulations to the Class of 2018!

Congratulations to the Class of 2018! Valedictorian Dalal Tubeishat shares her thoughts on behalf of the SMUS graduates

2018 Middle School Closing Ceremonies

Watch the full Middle School Closing Ceremonies that marks the end of the 2017-2018 school year

SMUS in the News: Simon Ibell ’96 Honoured by NBA Owner Mark Cuban

June 7, 2018 Times Colonist Simon Ibell '96 NBA owner honours Simon Ibell with $250,000 donation (photo courtesy of Times Colonist)

CONTEST: Shoot Video of Life at SMUS and Win!

Want to win one of five Amazon gift cards? We want Senior School students to share their videos that show what it's like to be a SMUS student

Spring Break Exchange: Ecuador

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

Introducing Our New Alumni Relations Officer

We are pleased to introduce Denise Rees, our new Alumni Relations Officer

SMUS in the News: Andrew Battershill ’06 Talks About His New Novel

Andrew Battershill '06 sits down with The Globe and Mail to talk about his new crime novel, Marry, Bang, Kill.

SMUS in the News: Steve Nash ’92 Voted into Basketball Hall of Fame

SMUS alum Steve Nash '92 is one of the inductees to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's Class of 2018

And The Winner of The Best School Year Ever Is…

Find out who won The Best School Year Ever full-year boarding scholarship to St. Michaels University School for the 2018-2019 school year.

SMUS in the News: Anna Mollenhauer ’17 Receives Inaugural UVic Carmen Kirkness Award

Field hockey athlete Anna Mollenhauer '17 receives the inaugural Carmen Kirkness Award for exemplifying courage, humility, heart, hard work and loyalty
Catch Me If You Can

Catching Up With the Con Artists

Meet Mark Finamore and Will Barry – the two SMUS students playing con artist Frank Abagnale Jr. in 'Catch Me If You Can - The Musical'
Catch Me If You Can

SMUS in the News: Senior School Musical ‘Catch Me If You Can’

The Saanich News chats with a couple of members of the cast of the Senior School musical, Catch Me If You Can

Catching Up with the Cast of Catch Me If You Can

Meet a few of the talented students performing onstage in this year's Senior School musical, Catch Me If You Can – running March 1-3 at the McPherson Playhouse
Levidrome - Times Colonist

SMUS in the News: Let’s All Say ‘Levidrome’!

The Times Colonist highlights the continued push to get Grade 2 student Levi Budd's word 'levidrome' into the dictionary

SMUS in the News: Sam Kahn ’17 Bound for Ireland with Canada U19 Rugby...

Alumnus Sam Kahn '17 is named to the Canada U19 rugby team that will play in Ireland

Reflecting on a Great Grade 8 Leadership Conference

Middle School student Sophia H. writes about the experience of organizing and taking part in the Grade 8 leadership conference

Grade 2 Students Give Back With Souper Bowls

Grade 2 students bought a bowl and visited Fired Up! to paint their one-of-a-kind dish, which will be donated and used at the Souper Bowls of Hope.

Bob the Builder

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

SMUS in the News: Rugby Players Help Castaway Wanderers Win U18 Title

SMUS athletes helped the Castaway Wanderers U18 rugby team win the provincial title
Sam Roberts photo - Callum Montgomery

SMUS in the News: Callum Montgomery ’15 Earns Soccer All-Region Honours

Alumnus Callum Montgomery '15 earns all-region honours while playing soccer for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte

SMUS in the News: Oxford Responds to Grade 1 Wordsmith’s ‘Levidrome’ Quest

A rundown of the latest news stories highlight Grade 2 student Levi's quest to get the word 'levidrome' added to the dictionary
Amy Stark

SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Amy Stark

Middle School Humanities teacher Ms. Amy Stark is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature
Levidrome - Oak Bay News

SMUS in the News: Student’s “Levidrome” Pitch Gains Momentum with William Shatner, Urban Dictionary...

Grade 2 SMUS student Levi's progress to get 'levidrome' into the dictionary is chronicled in a series of Oak Bay News articles
Kenneth Oppel

Author Kenneth Oppel ’85 Named 2017 Distinguished Alumnus

Author Kenneth Oppel '85 was the keynote speaker for our Founders and Scholars Day and he was also the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Alumnus Award

Why the Playground is an Important Classroom

We explore why the Junior School playground is an important classroom for children to develop skills that are hard to teach in a purely academic setting

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Andrew Murgatroyd

Senior School math teacher – and 2002 grad – Mr. Andrew Murgatroyd is highlighted in this week's Teacher Feature

SMUS in the News: Michael Baart ’14, Anna Mollenhauer ’17 Named Canada West Second...

Alums and current UVic athletes Michael Baart '14 (soccer) and Anna Mollenhauer '17 (field hockey) were named the second stars of the week by Canada West

SMUS in the News: Grade 2 Student Pitches ‘Levidrome’ as a New Word

A Grade 2 SMUS student wants to get 'levidrome' into the dictionary. The Times Colonist highlights the definition and story of how levidrome came to be

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mrs. Beth Johnston

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

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mrs. Sarah Donatelli

Middle School teacher Mrs. Sarah Donatelli is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

Grade 10 Students Sail Aboard the Pacific Swift (VIDEO)

Climb aboard the Pacific Swift with Grade 10 students who are learning outside the classroom! Watch them talk about their outdoor ed sailing experience

SMUS in the News: Simon Ibell ’96 Remembered at Vikes Championship Breakfast

The Times Colonist highlights the annual UVic Vikes breakfast, where teacher and coach Ian Hyde-Lay delivered the keynote address on behalf of and in memory of alumnus Simon Ibell

The Best School Year Ever is Back and Bigger Than Ever!

This year The Best School Year Ever® contest is awarding 20 boarding scholarships to high school students from North America

Grade 6s Head to Camp Thunderbird for Outdoor Education Trip

Grade 6 students Damon and Michael write about their fun outdoor education trip to Camp Thunderbird
Eliot Anderson

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Eliot Anderson

Mr. Eliot Anderson, Director of the Senior School, is highlighted in the latest SMUS Teacher Feature
Adrian Hof and Alexa Matthews with golfer Bernhard Langer

SMUS in the News: Adrian Hof and Alexa Matthews Golf Alongside PGA Greats

Grade 12 athlete Adrian Hof and Alexa Matthews join PGA golfer (and two-time Masters champion) Bernhard Langer at the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship
Kathryn Humphries

SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Kathryn Humphries

Junior School music teacher Ms. Kathryn Humphries is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature
Gwendolen O'Connor

SMUS in the News: Gwendolen O’Connor ’12 Talks Recovering from a Stroke

Alumnus Gwendolen O'Connor talks to the Goldstream News Gazette about the road to recovery after having a stroke before the start of her Grade 11 year at SMUS
Prism Award for executive coaching

SMUS in the News: SMUS Shortlisted for Prism Award for Coaching

The Saanich News highlights SMUS being named a finalist for the International Coach Federation's Prism Award

New Spaces at SMUS

Students and teachers returned to St. Michaels University School this week to find some big changes had occurred over the summer.
Shannon Williams

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mrs. Shannon Williams

Middle School teacher Mrs. Shannon Williams is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature
SMUS Prefect Council

#SMUSSelfie Instagram Contest: Meet Your Prefect Council

The first week back at school is the perfect time to make new friends. That's why we're running the #SMUSSelfie Instagram contest with the SMUS Prefect Council
Ewan Halliday and Matthias Hoenisch

SMUS in the News: Ewan Halliday and Matthias Hoenisch Battle For Yukon Tennis Title

Boarding students Ewan Halliday and Matthias Hoenisch were the last two standing in the men's single competition at the Yukon Tennis Championships

SMUS Named as Finalist for International Executive Coaching Award

St. Michaels University School was named a finalist for the international Prism Award, awarded by the International Coach Federation

SMUS in the News: SMUS Alumni Help B.C. U19 Boys Capture Canadian Rugby Championship...

SMUS alumni Aidan Cole, Lucas De Vries and Jonas Robinson represent B.C. on the U19 team at the Canadian Rugby Championship

A Celebration of Life for Simon Ibell

The SMUS community gathered together to celebrate Simon Ibell's life, his accomplishments and his legacy.

SMUS in the News: Ian Hyde-Lay to Represent Simon Ibell ’96 as Vikes Keynote...

SMUS basketball coach Ian Hyde-Lay will represent the late Simon Ibell as the keynote speaker at the University of Victoria Vikes breakfast in September
Quinn Ngawati

SMUS in the News: Quinn Ngawati ’17 Makes Wolfpack Debut

Quinn Ngawati '17 made his rugby league debut this weekend for the Toronto Wolfpack in a 62-10 win over the Gloucestershire All Golds
Quinn Ngawati

SMUS in the News: Quinn Ngawati ’17 Could Make Pro Rugby League Debut

The National Post highlights 2017 grad Quinn Ngawati, and the potential for him to make his pro rugby league career debut this weekend with the Toronto Wolfpack

Middle School Project Envisions Sustainable Urban Spaces

by Julie Harris This term, Grade 6 students collaborated on a real-world interdisciplinary project to redesign an urban space to meet the sustainability challenges of...

Grade 8 Students Create ‘Les Caravanes Gastronomiques’

At lunchtime one day last week, our Grade 8 students opened for business their own "caravanes gastronomiques" a.k.a. food trucks! This year, the Grade...
Head of School Bob Snowden

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Bob Snowden

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

“Best Exploratory Ever” Pairs Middle Schoolers with Local Seniors

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

Grade 10 Students Depart for Experiential Learning Pursuits

Grade 10 students head out on 'the pursuit' to immerse themselves in real-world activities and environments for experiential learning
Lindy Van Alstine

SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Lindy Van Alstine

Middle School science teacher Ms. Lindy Van Alstine, who retires this year after 26 years at SMUS, is featured in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature
Dream Big fund

Dream Big Stories: Ms. Bernadette Abrioux

Math is a tough subject. It's the one students tend to struggle with the most. But Senior School math teacher Ms. Bernadette Abrioux feels she...

SMUS in the News: SMUS Rugby Takes Provincial AA Three-Peat

June 3, 2017 Varsity Letters 1st XV Rugby Team SMUS play for fallen alum, top Brentwood College for B.C. AA three-peat

SMUS in the News: SMUS Students Bridge the Generations with Seniors

The Saanich News highlights a wonderful community project that connected our Middle School Exploratory students with seniors at a local retirement home

SMUS in the News: SMUS Bids Farewell to Bob Snowden

The Saanich News writes about Head of School Bob Snowden's retirement after 22 years at SMUS
Simon Ibell

SMUS in the News: Simon Ibell ’96 Passes Away

Media coverage of the passing of Simon Ibell '96
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SMUS in the News: SMUS Makes Provincial Tennis Finals

The Yukon News interviews two SMUS boarding students about their roles on the SMUS tennis team, which reached the provincials finals last week

Grade 5 Students Stage Tale As Old As Time

The SMUSpaper sits down with Grade 5 students who are ready to perform "Beauty and the Beast Jr." this week at the McPherson Playhouse
Emily Deslaurier

SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Emily Deslaurier

Junior School French teacher Ms. Emily Deslaurier is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature
Corey Large

SMUS in the News: Actor/Writer Corey Large ’93 Making a Splash Down Under

Corey Large '93 talks to the Times Colonist about his latest film project, In Like Flynn, a biopic about screen legend Errol Flynn

SMUS in the News: Russell Brown ’83 Talks Life as a Supreme Court Justice

The Globe and Mail features alumnus Russell Brown '83 and talks to him about his life as a Supreme Court justice
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Young Singers Rock Out for Choral Concert

Grade 4-8 students took to the stage for a Choral Concert this week that was more like a rock show than a choir performance
Andy Rodford

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Andy Rodford

Mr. Andy Rodford, Director of the Senior School and next year's Acting Head of School, is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature
Quinn Ngawati

SMUS in the News: Pro Rugby Career Beckons for Quinn Ngawati ’17

2017 grad Quinn Ngawati, who will play rugby next year with the Toronto Wolfpack, is featured by Varsity Letters
Duncan Frater

Dream Big Stories: Mr. Duncan Frater

Choir teacher Mr. Duncan Frater talks firsthand about how the Dream Big annual fund helps students do more of what they love: the arts
Mark Turner

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Mark Turner

Our newly introduced Head of School Mr. Mark Turner is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

Sun Centre Construction on Track for Spring 2018 Opening

Watch a time-lapse of the Sun Centre construction project. Our new dining hall and student commons is beginning to take shape
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SMUS in the News: Students Participate in Mock Provincial Election

CTV Vancouver Island talks to Senior School students participating in a mock election ahead of the official B.C. election
Dariol Haydock

SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Dariol Haydock

Middle School assistant director Ms. Dariol Haydock is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature
Mark Turner

SMUS Announces Mr. Mark Turner as New Head of School

St. Michaels University School is pleased to announce Mr. Mark Turner has been appointed as the new Head of School.

Why Facebook Doesn’t Replace Your High School Reunion

Here's 10 reasons why a high school reunion – or in our case Alumni Weekend – is an experience that a Facebook friendship will never replace

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Evan Fryer

Senior School math teacher, Senior boys soccer coach and Barnacle houseparent, Mr. Evan Fryer leads a very busy life inside and outside of SMUS. Since...

SMUS in the News: Grade 8 Digital Detox and Ms. Lee’s ‘Talking With Strangers’...

Ms. Tanya Lee and her Grade 8 Communication Skills class are featured on Chek News
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SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Matt Keil

Grade 5 teacher Mr. Matt Keil is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

SMUS Talks Event Builds Student and Community “Connections”

Senior School students share what they learned from organizing and experiencing the inaugural SMUS Talks event

Dream Big Stories: Ms. Nikki Kaufmann

Ms. Nikki Kaufmann talks about how SMUS's annual Dream Big fund has a direct impact on the school's athletics program and student population

SMUS in the News: Blue Jags Eye Another Rugby Title

The Times Colonist features the Senior boys rugby team and their quest for another B.C. boys rugby title
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SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Alex Cecill

Senior School art teacher Ms. Alex Cecill is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

GALLERY: Junior School Students Photograph Health and Wellness Week

Check out the gallery of photos taken by Kindergarten to Grade 5 students during Health and Wellness Week at the Junior School

SMUS in the News: Jeff Marshall ’87 Talks ‘Body Break’ Program at Saskatoon School

April 7, 2017 CBC News Jeff Marshall '87 School program encourages students to hit the gym when struggling to concentrate
Zyoji Jackson

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Zyoji Jackson

Middle School teacher and senior houseparent Mr. Zyoji Jackson is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature
Tessa Pihl

SMUS in the News: Tessa Pihl ’14 Sets Sights on Feature Film Career

Alumnus Tessa Pihl '14 sits down with the Kelowna Daily Courier to talk about her acting career

SMUS in the News: Jamison Schulz-Franco ’17 Recognized as “Future 15” Award Recipient

Grade 12 student Jamison Schulz-Franco is recognized by as one of their "Future 15" award recipients
Quinn Ngawati

SMUS in the News: Quinn Ngawati ’17 Among the Pack

Grade 12 student Quinn Ngawati, recently named to the Toronto Wolfpack rugby league team, is featured by Kiwi League Central
Mike Jackson

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Mike Jackson

Senior School science teacher Mr. Mike Jackson is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory Closes Its Doors

The SMUSpaper sits down with five students who played varying roles – from Oompa Loompas to stagehands – in the Middle School musical, Willy Wonka

The Best School Year Ever: “What is Your Dream?”

"It's always just been a dream of mine to go to boarding school." Find out who is the winner of a full-year boarding scholarship to St. Michaels University School
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Grade 4 Student Becomes Principal for a Day

Grade 4 student Mr. Wil Woods becomes Principal for a Day at SMUS, and tries to ensure all students have a fun day, too
Alison Galloway

SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Alison Galloway

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

SMUS in the News: Mia Roberts ’16 Named Rookie Basketball Player of the Year

Alum Mia Roberts '16 is named PACWEST Rookie of the Year for her first year playing basketball as a Camosun Charger

Willy Wonka: Golden Ticket Holders Talk Middle School Musical

The SMUSpaper sits down with the young actors taking a tour of the chocolate factory in the Middle School's musical presentation of Willy Wonka

SMUS in the News: Natasha Kis-Toth ’18 at World Cup Fencing in Richmond

February 22, 2017 Richmond News Natasha Kis-Toth '18 The Pulse: En Garde

SMUS in the News: Ragtime’s Message Still Rings True

Saanich News promos the Senior School production of Ragtime, and the important message the show presents
David Allens and Christian Okiring as Coalhouse Walker Jr. in Ragtime

Curtain Call: Meet Ragtime’s Coalhouse Walker Jr.

The SMUSpaper sits down with the two students playing Coalhouse Walker Jr. in the Senior School musical, Ragtime
The Best School Year Ever

The Best School Year Ever 2017 Finalists Are…

We are excited to introduce you to the five finalists of The Best School Year Ever contest
Amanda Chen

SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Amanda Chen

Middle School Humanities and Mandarin teacher Ms. Amanda Chen is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

Lieutenant Governor of B.C. Visits the SMUS Junior School

The Lieutenant Governor of B.C. visited our Junior School and took

Dream Big Stories: Ms. Susan Vachon

Ms. Susan Vachon talks about how SMUS's annual Dream Big fund has a direct impact on the education students receive – in this case Learning Resources
Susan MacDonald

SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Susan MacDonald

Senior School English teacher Ms. Susan MacDonald is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

SMUS in the News: Symons Family Helps Mark BMO Bicentennial in Oak Bay

"When Michael [Symons] was going through some family boxes, he came across a special half-penny Bank of Montreal token from 1844, which he gifted to the BMO branch."
Jennifer Leyh

SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Jennifer Leyh

Grade 1 teacher Ms. Jennifer Leyh is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature
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AP Students Map Their Family’s Migration History

AP Human Geography students learn about migration by researching and mapping their family histories

SMUS in the News: Fuailefau ’10 and McCloskey ’10 at Wellington Sevens

Alumni Mike Fuailefau ’10 and Luke McCloskey '10 help Canada to a fourth-place finish at the 2017 Wellington Sevens tournament

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. George Floyd

Middle School science and technology teacher Mr. George Floyd is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

Grade 8 Students Ask, “What is Your Weird?”

Grade 8 student organizers of the Accepting 2 Connecting leadership conference highlight the importance of "embracing your weird" and accepting everyone for who they are

Reflections on a Service Day for Project Somos

Students Aysha Emmerson and Dalal Tubeishat spoke in Chapel this week about Project Somos, a charity in Guatemala that helps single and widowed mothers and their children

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Peter Butterfield

Choir teacher and boarding houseparent Mr. Peter Butterfield is covered in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

SMUS in the News: Trailer Released for Documentary on Jelena Mrdjenovich ’00

Jelena Mrdjenovich '00 '00 is the subject of a new documentary "Jelena - The Film" that will be released in March
Digital Detox

Digital Detox: Challenging Students to Unplug for the Weekend

"I just can't imagine living without my phone for a weekend." Middle School students and teachers lock their phones away for a digital detox
Becky Anderson

SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Becky Anderson

Ms. Becky Anderson, Director of the Junior School, is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

SMUS in the News: Marvin Nicholson ’89 Pegs President Barack Obama as Groomsman

Alum Marvin Nicholson '89 and his new wife Helen Pajcic recently got married, with U.S. President Barack Obama as one of Nicholson's groomsmen
David Kerr

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. David Kerr

Senior School teacher Mr. David Kerr is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

SMUS in the News: Ann Makosinski ’15 Talks Forbes 30 Under 30 List

Ann Makosinski '15 talks with CBC, CTV and the Times Colonist about being named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list
Quinn Ngawati

SMUS in the News: Toronto Wolfpack See Quinn Ngawati ’17 As One to Watch

Grade 12 student Quinn Ngawati – who earned himself a rugby league contract recently – is featured in the Ottawa Citizen

SMUS in the News: Ann Makosinski ’15 Named to Forbes 30 Under 30

Ann Makosinski '15, founder of Makotronics Entreprises, is named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 List
Jamison Schulz-Franco

SMUS in the News: Jamison Schulz-Franco ’17 Leads the Way on Field and Court

Grade 12 student Jamison Schulz-Franco is featured on Chek News in the lead-up to the inaugural Passion Sports UVic Alumni Basketball Tournament
Quinn Ngawati earns a spot with Toronto Wolfpack rugby team

SMUS in the News: Quinn Ngawati ’17 Earns Pro Rugby League Deal

Grade 12 athlete Quinn Ngawati recently earned himself a contract to play rugby with the Toronto Wolfpack, Canada's newest pro rugby team
Quinn Ngawati during the 2016 Boot Game

SMUS in the News: Quinn Ngawati ’17 Chasing English Rugby League Dream

December 17, 2016 The Province Quinn Ngawati '17 Victoria teen Quinn Ngawati chasing English rugby league dream
Rev. Keven Fletcher wearing a SMUS sports jersey

Dream Big Stories: Rev. Keven Fletcher

Rev. Keven Fletcher talks about how SMUS's annual Dream Big fund has a direct impact on the education students receive – in this case character education

SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Shona Lazin

Kindergarten teacher Ms. Shona Lazin is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

Putting the “Service” in Christmas Carol Service

Our annual Christmas Carol Service brings the community together for a beautiful evening of music and student reflections
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SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Sarah Beeston

Ms. Sarah Beeston, a SMUS alumnus, is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

GALLERY: SMUS Community Comes Together for Christmas

Students and staff gathered together to celebrate Christmas, sing some carols, have some laughs and enjoy the holiday season

SMUS in the News: Singer Anj Djearam ’23 Wins Conservatory Gold

December 1, 2016 Peninsula News Review Anj Djearam '23 North Saanich girl gets gold medal from Royal Conservatory of Music (photo courtesy of Peninsula News Review)

SMUS in the News: Quinn Ngawati ’17 Selected as Finalist for Pro Rugby Team

Grade 12 student Quinn Ngawati has been selected as a finalist to play for the Toronto Wolfpack, a new pro rugby team
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SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Mike Danskin

Middle School teacher – and SMUS lifer – Mr. Mike Danskin is highlighted in this week's Teacher Feature

Grade 4 String Musicians Make Their Public Debut

After just three months of learning music, our talented young strings musicians took the stage this week and showed off their skills

SMUS in the News: Jasper Johnston ’16 Shares 100 Days of Harvard

Jasper Johnston '16 has taken to Instagram using the moniker @100DaysofHarvard to visually document his first 100 days at the university

Grade 10 Students Reflect on Experiential Opportunities

Three students write about their experiences so far in the unique Grade 10 experiential program

SMUS in the News: Blue Jags Take AA Soccer Title

The Senior boys soccer team's provincial AA victory is covered in the Times Colonist and Saanich News

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Kevin Cook

Mr. Kevin Cook, our Director of Service, is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

At Home With Boarders Without Borders

Our annual Boarders Without Borders event sees boarding students invited into local homes for a home-cooked meal and an authentic Canadian experience

SMUS in the News: Jake Wilmott ’15 Begins Basketball Journey at Camosun

November 18, 2016 Chek News Jake Wilmott '15 Local High School Champ begins College basketball Grind (photo courtesy of Chek News)

Grade 12s Return to Junior School for Lifers Assembly

Our Class of 2017 includes 19 Lifers – students who've been at SMUS since Kindergarten or Grade 1.
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SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Jennifer Fisher

Junior School strings teacher Ms. Jennifer Fisher is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

SMUS in the News: Senior Boys Punch Ticket to Colonist Cup Final

November 17, 2016 Times Colonist Senior boys soccer team SMUS, Reynolds punch tickets to Colonist Cup final

Remembrance Day: Stand in Silence and Remember

The St. Michaels University School community came together on Nov. 10 to mark Remembrance Day

SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Nancy Mollenhauer

Middle School teacher Ms. Nancy Mollenhauer is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

WANTED: (Even More) Amazing High School Students

We're well aware of it: The Best School Year Ever® contest is a little corny. But we're OK with that – because we know that this opportunity changes students’ lives.

SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Ruth McGhee

Ms. Ruth McGhee is no stranger to the SMUS neighbourhood. She was born and raised in Victoria, and her childhood home was three houses down...

SMUS in the News: Nancy Mollenhauer Inducted into Victoria Sports Hall of Fame

Middle School teacher Nancy Mollenhauer is inducted into the Victoria Sports Hall of Fame.

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Marcelle Kitengie

Junior School teacher Mr. Marcelle Kitengie is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

GALLERY (Oct. 22-28): Family Fall Fest, Togas and Motocross Racing!

Across our school in all areas – athletics, academics, arts and more – our students were very busy these past seven days.

SMUS in the News: Inside Steve Nash’s Fútbol Fascination

Sports Illustrated sits down with Steve Nash '92 to chat about his love of soccer

Middle School Lends a Hand and Enjoys Community Service

Our Grade 6-8 students headed into our community this week to engage in meaningful service work as part of our annual Community Service Day

SMUS in the News: Grade 11 Student Tony Liu Fundraising for Our Place

Grade 11 student Tony Liu is organizing a tennis event for October 22 to raise money for Our Place Society

Junior School Runners Cap Off a Great Cross-Country Season

The sound of feet splashing through puddles, the smell of damp grass, the splatter of un-washable mud stains on SMUS sports T-shirts can only...
Adrian French

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Adrian French

Get to know Director of Learning Mr. Adrian French in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Shawn Zhang

Get to know SMUS's newest Middle and Senior School Mandarin teacher, Mr. Shawn Zhang, in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

GALLERY (Oct. 7-14): Seattle Trip, Cross-Country, Sculpting and More!

It was a short school week this week, thanks to the Thanksgiving long weekend. A large group of boarding students travelled to Seattle for the long weekend to...

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Dave Hlannon

Get to know SMUS's Director of Educational Technology, Mr. Dave Hlannon, in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Tawnya Mullen

Get to know Kindergarten teacher Ms. Tawnya Mullen in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

“There’s No Such Thing as a Born Leader”

At St. Michaels University School, we believe the idea of the born leader is a myth. What we do believe is leadership is a skill all students can learn.

SMUS in the News: Gareth Rees ’85 Meets Prince William… Again

September 27, 2016 Gareth Rees '85 CTV Vancouver Island BC rugby legend who coached Prince William meets him again Times Colonist The coach and his princely protégé (photo courtesy of...

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Jordan Tessarolo

From studying biochemistry to playing in a professional ultimate frisbee league, get to know Senior School math teacher Mr. Jordan Tessarolo in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

GALLERY (Sept. 19-23): Terry Fox Run, Outdoor Ed, Volleyball and More!

Here are a handful of photos from the week of Sept. 19-23 at St. Michaels University School.

Digital Detox: Why Students Need to Unplug and Go Outdoors

"When we can do a five-day outdoor education trip and build in time away from technology, we're seeing that it’s really valuable for students."
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SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Crystal Vaughan

Get to know Middle School counsellor Ms. Crystal Vaughan in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

GALLERY: Faces and Fun from the First Week Back at School

Here are a handful of photos from all of the fun events that kicked off the 2016-17 school year
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SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Eric Donatelli

Get to know physics teacher Mr. Eric Donatelli in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

SMUS in the News: Callum Montgomery ’15 Named Conference USA Player of the Week

September 7, 2016 University of North Carolina Callum Montgomery '15 Sunol-Rojas and Montgomery Earn C-USA Weekly Honors
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6 Tips for New Boarding Students – from Veteran Boarders

The six Grade 12 students elected Heads of our boarding houses offer advice to new boarding students

SMUS in the News: SMUS Rocks Out with Musical Theatre Camp

August 23, 2016 Saanich News Summer Musical Theatre Academy SMUS rocks out with musical theatre camp (photo courtesy of Saanich News)

SMUS in the News: Sailor Max Gallant ’14 is Tokyo Dreaming

August 11, 2016 Oak Bay News Max Gallant '14 RVYC sailor is Tokyo dreaming

SMUS in the News: Sarah Donald ’90 On Stage at The Belfry

August 10, 2016 Oak Bay News Sarah Donald '90 Modern motherhood on stage

SMUS in the News: Bruce Kuklinski as Rugby Citing Commissioner for Rio Olympics

August 8, 2016 Bruce Kuklinski Chek News Game On! – July 31, 2016 (skip to 8:35) Saanich News St. Michaels athletics coach will referee at Olympics Times Colonist Victorians play key roles...

SMUS in the News: Geographer Chris Darimont ’92 Researches Coastal Wolves

August 3, 2016 National Geographic Chris Darimont '92 Meet the rare swimming wolves that eat seafood (photo courtesy of National Geographic)

SMUS in the News: Film Camp Puts Focus on Kids

July 29, 2016 Saanich News SMUS's Education Extension: Shoot the Right Stuff Film camp puts focus on kids (photo courtesy of Saanich News)

Teacher Bruce Kuklinski Sets His ‘Cites’ on Rio Olympic Rugby

Middle School teacher Bruce Kuklinski heads to Rio de Janeiro to work as a citing commissioner for Olympic rugby sevens games

SMUS in the News: An Excerpt from Steven Price’s Novel ‘By Gaslight’

July 22, 2016 The Globe & Mail Steven Price '94 Summer Reading: An excerpt from Steven Price's new novel By Gaslight

SMUS in the News: Zoe Lott ’19 and Hampton Little League Heads to Nationals

July 20, 2016 Zoe Lott '19 Times Colonist Hampton Little League softball stars take aim at national title Chek News Hampton girls get set for Canadian Championships

SMUS in the News: Callum Montgomery ’15 Named Highlanders Player of the Year

July 17, 2016 Times Colonist Callum Montgomery '15 Highlanders finish season with a draw

SMUS in the News: Sarah Hagkull ’16 to Row for University of Tulsa

July 14, 2016 University of Tulsa Sarah Hagkull '16 Tulsa Rowing Adds Three to 2016-17 Roster

SMUS in the News: Feeding Our Future Program Helps Low-Income Youth in Victoria

July 15, 2016 Sodexo's Feeding Our Future program Victoria News Program helps feed youth from low-income families in Victoria CTV Vancouver Island July 14 – CTV News at 6...

SMUS in the News: SMUS Students Win Nanaimo Parklet Contest

July 13, 2016 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Fo Wu and Jasmine Yu '17 Nanaimo parklets leave lasting impact

SMUS in the News: Singer/Songwriter Fintan O’Brien Raising Money for Youth Arts Camp

July 14, 2016 Victoria News Fintan O'Brien '14 Young singer/songwriter raising funds for music camp

SMUS Goes Greek

Earlier this summer, a group of Grade 8 (soon-to-be Grade 9) students headed around the world to visit Greece. The students were all members of...

The Graduating Class of 2016

Congratulations to the Class of 2016. We are proud to add 151 names to the ever-growing list of SMUS alumni, as the graduating class officially...

2016 Middle School Closing Ceremonies

The annual Middle School Closing Ceremonies is a highlight of the school year – albeit held on the very last day of the year...

2016 Senior School Closing Ceremonies

On Friday afternoon, the Senior School Closing Ceremonies were held, marking the official end of the school year for the Grade 9-11 students. Among...

2016 Junior School Closing Ceremonies

For the youngest at our school, summer vacation started Thursday after each of the Kindergarten to Grade 5 students proudly crossed the stage, waved to...

SMUS in the News: Sean Lider ’16 is a Giving Grad

June 14, 2016 Saanich News Sean Lider '16 Giving grad

SMUS in the News: Ryan Hindson ’17 a Standout in B.C. High School Basketball

June 10, 2016 Yukon News Ryan Hindson '17 Whitehorse’s Ryan Hindson a standout in B.C. high school basketball

Innovation Hour is “Personalized Learning at Its Best”

What is your passion? Every student at SMUS has a different answer to that question. For some their passion lies somewhere in the realm of arts or...

Reflections from the Outgoing Head Girl and Head Boy

Outgoing Head Girl and Head Boy – Sarah Jones and Jasper Johnston – reflect on their time as school leaders and heads of SMUS's Prefect Council

SMUS in the News: Callum Montgomery ’15 Anchors the Victoria Highlanders

June 10, 2016 Times Colonist Callum Montgomery '15 Highlanders hope to stymie front-running Foothills FC

SMUS in the News: Grade 4 Students Explore the ‘Emerald Forest’

June 8, 2016 CTV Vancouver Island Fish Eye Project presents The Emerald Forest (clip starts at 20:20)

SMUS in the News: Grade 11 Students Have Designs on Parklet Competition

June 8, 2016 Saanich News Fo Wu and Jasmine Yu '17 St. Michaels students have designs on parklet competition

Grade 5 Opera “Die Fledermaus” Hits the McPherson Stage

The story of Die Fledermaus can be a bit confusing, so to prepare you for the Grade 5 opera (running Thursday and Friday at...

Experiential Learning: Was Mr. Buckingham Murdered?

Was it Mr. Jackson in the lunch room with the knife? Or was it Professor Plum in the laboratory with the lead pipe? It's early Monday...

SMUS in the News: Blue Jags Repeat as Provincial AA Rugby Champions

May 28, 2016 The Province 1st XV Rugby B.C. High School rugby results

Grade 3 Students Become Poetry Pros

Poetry, as the Grade 3 students in Mr. Brandon Hawes' class have learned this term, is much more than just putting pen to paper. There's the...

SMUS in the News: Small Voices Tackle Big Show (Grade 5 Opera)

May 26, 2016 Monday Magazine Grade 5 Opera "Die Fledermaus" Small voices tackle big show (p. 31)

Athletics Week in Review: May 19

Some major hardware was up for grabs on a number of fronts, as local playoff action finished in advance of the Island and provincial championships. Golf At...

Walk for Water Promotes Global Awareness at the Junior School

"If I suddenly said you couldn't drink the tap water, you couldn’t get any clean water, does anybody know where you would go for...

SMUS in the News: Travel App Puts Designer Oliver Brooks ’10 on Global Map

May 17, 2016 Times Colonist Oliver Brooks '10 Travel app puts local designer on global map

SMUS in the News: Ryan Totz ’16 Wins Four-Year Scholarship to UNC Chapel Hill

May 17, 2016 Saanich News Ryan Totz '16 St. Michaels student wins prestigious scholarship

SMUS in the News: Blue Jags find a way to Island soccer gold

May 18, 2016 Times Colonist Senior girls soccer SMUS Blue Jags find a way to Island soccer gold

French Speakers Head Downtown for The Amazing Race

French students at the Middle School are learning about places, towns and how to effectively navigate a city using directions, so what better way to...

Grade 4 Students Try Their Hand at 3D Printing

The mechanical buzz of the 3D printer moving back and forth is what first catches their attention. Then once the students see (and learn...

Grade 9 Outdoor Trips are a “Challenging” Way to Push Yourself

Last week, all of our Grade 9 students headed out to various corners of the province to participate in outdoor trips that pushed them out...

SMUS in the News: Blue Jags blast Barbs in Howard Russell Cup

May 13, 2016 Times Colonist 1st XV Rugby Blue Jags blast Barbs in Howard Russell Cup

SMUS in the News: Victoria Teacher Works with Disney Illustrator to Create Children’s Book

May 8, 2016 CBC News Teacher Dorothy Hawes Ogopogo Odyssey': Victoria teacher works with Disney illustrator to create children's book
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Teacher Dorothy Hawes’ Children’s Book Comes Full Circle at SMUS

If it hadn't been for a couple "serendipitous" moments courtesy of St. Michaels University School, English teacher Dorothy Hawes likely wouldn't be celebrating the launch of her children's...

Grade 6 Students Look to Solve Issues of Urbanization

As part of their City 2020 final project, Grade 6 Humanities students were presented with a driving question: “As urban planners, how can we...
Grade 5 Opera

Celebrating 10 Years Since Grade 5 Opera Debut

It's been a decade since 11-year-old Lindon Carter stood onstage at the McPherson Playhouse in SMUS's first-ever Grade 5 opera, Johann Strauss II's Die Fledermaus. "That was a...

SMUS in the News: Kosovo Duty Highlights Decades-Long Career for Rick Anthony

May 2, 2016 Oak Bay News Rick Anthony '81 Kosovo duty highlights decades-long career

Grade 7 Students Perform Shakespeare in the Park

The 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death was an appropriate backdrop for the Humanities 7 students to bring the magic of The Bard's words...

Eggs-periential Learning 2.0: Ducklings Hatch at the Junior School

On the heels of the recent exciting news that our Grade 2 classes successfully hatched a trio of baby chicks, we're proud to announce...
SMUS Alumni Weekend

Alumni Weekend is a Celebration for the Whole Community

Don't be fooled by the name – Alumni Weekend is a celebration of (and for) our entire community, not just students who've graduated already. Alumni Weekend is...

SMUS in the News: Documentarian Focuses Project on University School ‘Old Boy’

March 9, 2016 Delta Optimist Sidney Rich (University School Old Boy) Delta filmmaker to tell 'Rich' story

Kindergarten Students Learn to Measure with Senior School Buddies

It's always a special occasion when our Junior School students visit the Senior School campus for some hands-on learning, and that was especially true...

Brain Awareness Week: An Active Brain Keeps It Healthy and Well

Our annual Brain Awareness Week – now in its fourth year! – is a time for our community of students, parents and staff to...

Middle School Band Clinics Offer Unique Learning Opportunities

Middle School musicians performed in the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival this week. For many of the Grade 6-8 students it was their first opportunity...

Eggs-periential Learning: Grade 2 Classes Welcome Baby Chicks

Mr. Giggles, Cottonball and Fluffy are the three newest members of our Grade 2 population, after the trio of baby chicks hatched in class Tuesday...
Junior School Running Club

Running Club Highlights Fun Fitness in Non-Competitive Environment

Even before the sun rises, a large group of Junior School students is spending three mornings a week getting a fun fitness session in before classes...

Middle School Artists on Display

Middle School students have spent the last few months putting their creative and artistic talents to work on a variety of projects. Now on...

SMUS in the News: New Documentary Features Dr. Bri Budlovsky ’04

April 8, 2016 Dr. Bri Budlovksy (née Bentzon) '04 Oak Bay News Doc. features Oak Bay-raised doc Times Colonist Former Oak Bay woman now a doctor in hospital reality...

SMUS in the News: Kindergartener Receives Special Community Award

Tate Parker, Kindergarten student April 1, 2016 CHEK News Blanket BC Society gives Community Service Award to "Sleeping Bag Tate" Victoria News Five-year-old recognized for helping his community  

SMUS in the News: Will Barry Wins The Best School Year Ever Contest

CBC News March 28, 2015 Will Barry, Winner of the 2016-17 BSYE Contest Rothesay student wins 1 year scholarship at St. Michaels University School in B.C.

SMUS in the News: Could Stewart Butterfield’s Slack Change the Way You Work?

The Guardian March 25, 2016 Stewart Butterfield '91 Beyond email: could startup Slack change the way you work?
Graeme Hyde-Lay '15 wins High School Athlete of the Year

SMUS in the News: Graeme Hyde-Lay ’15 Wins High School Athlete of the Year...

Sport BC March 14, 2016 Graeme Hyde-Lay '15 Sport BC Announces 2016 Athlete of the Year Awards (photo courtesy of Sport BC)

SMUS in the News: Delphine Ji ’16 Becomes a Gene Researcher for a Week

Prince George Citizen March 15, 2016 Delphine Ji '16 Federal grant for mushroom research at UNBC (photo courtesy of the Prince George Citizen)

SMUS in the News: Blue Jags Will Arrive No. 1 in 2017

The Province March 16, 2016 2A PRE-SEASON HOOPS: Before their time in 2016, SMUS Blue Jags will arrive No. 1 in ’17

SMUS in the News: Jelena Mrdjenovich ’00 Re-Claims World Featherweight Titles

March 12, 2016 Edmonton Journal Jelena Mrdjenovich '00 Jelena Mrdjenovich re-claims world featherweight titles with 10-round, unanimous decision over Edith Matthysse

SMUS in the News: Senior Boys Basketball at the 2016 B.C. AA Tournament

March 12 & 13, 2016 The Province Jags, Cavs to collide for BC 2A hoops title Epic first-half defence the key to stopping SMUS

SMUS in the News: Mike Fuailefau ’10 at the Inaugural Canada Sevens Rugby Event

Times Colonist March 14, 2016 Mike Fuailefau '10 Bowl title has Canadian Sevens oozing with confidence

Senior Girls Rugby Team Readies for Spring Debut

While the rugby season doesn't typically get under way until the spring, a group of SMUS students have been on the pitch since early...

Middle School Musicians, Singers Perform “Melodies in March” Concert

As a way to showcase all they've learned so far in their musical education at SMUS, our Middle School music students – choir, band...

Olympic Values, History Celebrated at the Junior School

Grade 5 students at the Junior School, under the leadership and guidance of Mr. Gary Barber, spent the last 10 weeks researching, studying and learning all things Olympic...

Middle Schoolers Make a Lasting Difference on Community Service Day

Last Friday, the entire Middle School spent the day out of the classroom and lent a helping hand in the community. Community Service Day at...

Grade 2 Arctic Studies Culminate in Inuit Games Celebration

All term, the Grade 2 classes have been studying the Arctic and the traditional ways of life of the Inuit people. From lessons on...

SMUS in the News: Lelia Hoube ’17 Reports for the CBC

CBC's Jeun'info C.-B. March 2, 2016 Lelia Hoube '17 Pour la sauvegarde de la langue squamish (scroll down to the second to last video)

SMUS in the News: Senior Girls Basketball Coach Lindsay Brooke Talks Provincials

Times Colonist March 2, 2016 Senior girls basketball Island's top girls basketball teams begin chase for provincial titles

SMUS in the News: Mike Fuailefau ’10 Talks About ‘Unreal’ Canada Sevens Rugby Event

Times Colonist March 1, 2016 Mike Fuailefau '10 New rugby CEO takes charge of Langford-based Canadian teams

REVIEW: Opening Night of The Phantom of the Opera

The SMUS production of The Phantom of the Opera premiered on Thursday, February 25. The opening night cast starred Ajay Parikh-Friese as the infamous...

Robotics Club Takes Home Lego Trophies After Competition

Remember the days when you would sit in class, anxious to get home so you could keep building your latest Lego creation? Well, now...
Two SMUS students will soon be published authors, after being named finalists in national writing contests in the short story and poetry categories.

Young English Students Become Published Authors

Two Grade 8 students will soon be able to put "published author" on their list of accomplishments, as both were named finalists in Polar...
Two students from the SMUS Senior School production of Phantom of the Opera

Behind the Mask: Meet the Phantom of the Opera

Tonight the Senior School production of The Phantom of the Opera debuts to a nearly sold-out crowd at the McPherson Playhouse. For months, students,...

SMUS in the News: The Phantom of the Opera Production

February 24, 2016 Senior School production of The Phantom of the Opera Saanich News St. Michaels students stage Phantom of the Opera at McPherson Shaw TV (see video above)

Athletics Week in Review: February 24

The hoped-for basketball "dream weekend" never quite materialized, as SMUS suffered a series of close defeats in playoff action. First, the Senior girls took part...

Students Cram for World Scholar’s Cup Competition

A group of nine Middle School students will test their mettle this weekend as St. Michaels University School participates in the World Scholar's Cup...

Grade 5 Students Connect History and Outdoor Education

Last Thursday, our Grade 5 students went to Mount Doug Park to learn more about First Nations people. Taking them to Mount Doug was...

Phantom Performers: Meet SMUS’s Two Viscount Raouls

The clock is ticking, and we are now less than one week away from the debut of the Senior School musical, The Phantom of...

Phantom Performers: Meet SMUS’s Two Christine Daaés

After months of hard work, long rehearsals and dedication, the Senior School musical production of The Phantom of the Opera debuts at the McPherson...

Valentines and Virtues at the Junior School

Valentine's Day at the Junior School is a wonderful day to highlight friendship and how much we care about one another. So it makes...

French Students Compete in Concours d’Art Oratoire

Months of hard work by nearly 200 French-speaking Middle School students culminated in the first two rounds of the recent Concours d'Art Oratoire. For...

Learning Through Play at the Junior School

A few minutes before sending his Grade 5 class out to play, Mr. Matt Kiel asked them a question: What is the point of play? Students were...

Higher Learning and Life: A Look at Our Grade 10 Experiential Program

This September the school took a big step forward in offering a Grade 10 experiential program that blends into everyday classes, applies the lessons...

SMUS in the News: Lelia Houbé ’17 Talks Aboriginal Youth Saving Their Language (en...

CBC Radio: Jeun'info February 4, 2016 Lelia Houbé '19 Lelia talks (in French) about Aboriginal youth trying to save their language

Mia Roberts: Overcoming Injury with Commitment and Leadership

Mia Roberts, like many SMUS athletes, is a multi-sport student; soccer in the spring, field hockey in the fall and basketball in the winter....

Grade 8 Student Brings Harry Potter Magic into the Classroom

The Middle School will soon be transformed into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, thanks to the passion and ingenuity of a Grade 8 student. Jenna S....

Grade 3s Develop Fine Motor Skills in Quilting Club

Quilting may not necessarily seem like the kind of skill that a 21st-century learner would want to develop. It's a really low-tech and finicky process,...

SMUS in the News: Bhupinder Dulku ’09 Wins Business Competition at World Economic Forum

University of Victoria January 24, 2016 Bhupinder Dulku '09 MBA team wins Corporate Knights’ Business for a Better World case competition... again!

SMUS in the News: Luke McCloskey ’10 to Make Rugby Sevens Series Debut

Luke McCloskey '10 January 22, 2016 Rugby Canada McCloskey and Berna set to make Sevens Series Debuts Times Colonist McCloskey eager for National Rugby 7s spotlight
SMUS Head Boy Jasper Johnston talks to the Junior School about leadership.

SMUS Head Boy Talks “Excellence” at the Junior School

  On Friday, SMUS Head Boy Jasper Johnston visited the Junior School and spoke during assembly. He spoke from the heart to the K-5 students...

Grade 8s Ready to Host Inspiring Leadership Conference

Grade 8 students are walking the talk next week, as they put their passion for leadership into action by organizing and hosting a leadership conference...

Young Swimming Club Athletes Dive In To Swim Jamboree

On Monday, the Grade 4 and 5 members of the Junior School swimming club participated in the ISEA Swim Jamboree at Saanich Commonwealth Place. The...

Syrian Refugees Talk Family, Compassion With SMUS Students

by Liza Weymar and Radha Raina, Grade 9 students Last week in Modern Studies 9, our class had the fortune of meeting two Syrian refugees...

SMUS in the News: Economist Leslie Preston ’95 Talks 2016 Predictions

January 19, 2016 The National on CBC Leslie Preston '95 Bottom Line | What's Ahead for 2016?

SMUS in the News: Graeme Hyde-Lay ’15 Named Finalist for Athlete of the Year

Sport B.C. January 19, 2016 Graeme Hyde-Lay '15 Sport B.C. 50th Annual Athlete of the Year Awards Finalists Announced

B.C. Curriculum Changes Reaffirm SMUS’s Technological Vision

by Ms. Maureen Hann, education technology specialist In December, SMUS students participated in the Hour of Code, a worldwide initiative aimed at introducing school-aged children to...

SMUS in the News: Ann Makosinski ’15 at TedXTeen in London

January 18, 2016 Ann Makosinski '15 Teenage inventor uses TEDx Teen talk to call on young people to ditch their smartphones (The Independent) Everything You Missed From...

Students Walk All Over Canada to Learn About Country’s History

What is in the humongous black tube? That was the mystery Grade 4 social studies students faced when they returned to SMUS after their winter holiday. Before...

Exploratory: Freedom to Try Something New Without Being Graded!

Once every couple of days in the Middle School timetable, all students in Grades 6 through 8 step outside of the traditional classroom setting...

Taylor Rankin ’99 Inspires Students to Play Outside of the Box

SMUS alumnus Taylor Rankin and his violin Leroy returned to SMUS this week to work with our Senior School strings students on improvisation and...

SMUS in the News: Bill Greenwell Courtside as Steve Nash ’92 Honoured

December 25, 2015 Cowichan Valley Citizen Bill Greenwell (former basketball coach), Steve Nash '92 Former coach is courtside as Steve Nash honoured

SMUS in the News: Steve Nash ’92 Named to B.C. Sports Hall of Fame

December 10, 2015 The Province Steve Nash '92 Making an NBA superstar: The oral history of Steve Nash and SMUS's 1992 B.C. high school hoops championship

SMUS in the News: Ann Makosinski ’15 Comes Home After Busy Semester at UBC

December 12, 2015 The Province Ann Makosinski '15 Acclaimed UBC student inventor swapping jet-setting life for quiet Victoria family Christmas

SMUS Community Gathers for Fun Christmas Celebration

As with any family, the holiday season just doesn't feel complete unless everyone gathers together for some fun and merriment. And at SMUS, that...

Law 12 Students Head to Court for Mock Trials

by Mr. Bruce Maxwell The two Grade 12 Law classes participated in mock trials this week. One class experienced firsthand a criminal case, while the other had a civil...

Primary Students Spread Christmas Cheer at Concert

In what is probably the most adorable show of the Christmas season, our Junior School played host this week to two performances of the...

Music, Reflections Bring Christmas Carol Service to Life

Against the backdrop of the majestic Christ Church Cathedral, our annual Christmas Carol Service is a wonderful way for our school community to assemble and get into...

‘Tis the Season for Service Learning at the Junior School

Student leaders at our Junior School are busy like elves, collecting money and items as part of a variety of fundraising drives to make...

Middle School Dojo: Earn a Black Belt in Band Karate

While many people view karate as a martial art, it's rooted in the greater concept of self-improvement on a physical, mental and spiritual level....

SMUS in the News: Ajay Parikh-Friese ’16 Returns to the Belfry Stage in...

Oak Bay News December 3, 2015 Ajay Parikh-Friese '16 Oak Bay teen returns to the Belfry stage

SMUS in the News: Kindergartener Tate Parker Collecting Sleeping Bags

November 30, 2015 Tate Parker (Kindergarten, Class of 2028) Victoria Kindergartener collects sleeping bags for homeless (CBC) Fairfield boy collecting sleeping bags for homeless (Victoria News) Kindergartener giving away...

Grade 2 Students Learn Real-World Math With Hands-On Lesson

Fifteen or 20 years ago, you'd be hard-pressed to find a math teacher who hadn't told their class at some point during a conversation...

Math 10 Students Use Trigonometry to Solve a Crime

A newscaster (very much resembling math teacher Mr. Steve Bates) comes on the television to deliver breaking news. "At precisely 7:47 this morning, Mr. Andy...

Grade 1 Students Shoot For the Moon by Learning Through Discovery

Whoever first said, "Kids say the darnedest things" must have taught young students. When you're educating kids at that age, what adults consider to be...

Grade 7 and 8 Students Put Strings Skills on Display

One of the most remarkable aspects of a SMUS education is the introduction to music at an early age. Students pick up their first...

Montreal Model UN Symposium Leaves a Lasting Impression

by Tayte Gossling, Grade 10 Last week, 16 SMUS students travelled to Ottawa and Montreal, under the supervision of Mr. Goodman and Ms. Knight, for the...

SMUS in the News: Hedvika Suchankova ’15 Named Squash Player of the Week

Dickinson College Athletics November 19, 2015 Hedvika Suchankova '15 Suchankova Named Harrow Sports Player of the Week

SMUS in the News: Ann Makosinski Just Keeps on Inventing

Victoria News November 10, 2015 Ann Makosinski '15 After Google, after graduation, Ann Makosinski just keeps on inventing

SMUS in the News: Senior Boys Soccer Wins Island Title

Times Colonist November 12, 2015 Blue Jags bag another Island AA boys Soccer title Blue Jags eye third straight Colonist Cup

Never Forget: Remembrance Day at the Middle and Senior Schools

May 8th of this year marked 100 years since University School founder Capt. Robert Harvey's death as a prisoner of war in a German...

Honour and Remembrance at the Junior School

Heartfelt poetry, recitations, storytelling and music is how our Junior School students honoured Remembrance Day this week. The Tuesday morning service was a touching tribute...

SMUS in the News: Dawit Workie ’13 Guides Dartmouth as Unconventional Flyhalf

The Dartmouth Nov. 6, 2015 Dawit Workie '13 Dawit Workie guides Big Green as unconventional flyhalf

Grade 5 String Orchestra Performs at Junior School

On Friday morning, Grade 5 students brandished their bows – the musical tool, not the arrow-shooting weapon – to serenade classmates, teachers, parents and grandparents...

New Squash Team Teaches Young Athletes the Spirit of Competition

The squash program at the Middle School expanded this year to give up-and-coming athletes more opportunities to learn and play. For years, Grade 6-8 students have played...

Genius Hour Inspires Students to Explore Their Passions

"We did it! We failed a couple of times but that's OK." That reflective comment, written by a pair of Grade 3 students, is tacked...

‘SMUS Reads’ Event Brings Community Together Around Literacy

At the start of the school year, every Middle School student was gifted a book. And not a math textbook or a dense history...

SMUS in the News: Jessica Harvey ’08 Studying Parrot Populations in Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands Government TV October 26, 2015 Jessica Harvey '08 Cayman Parrot Survey Spotlight

SMUS in the News: Olivia de Goede ’09 Has Been Great for the UBC...

Vancouver Sun October 26, 2015 Olivia de Goede '09 de Goede has been great for the T-Birds

We Day Inspires Students to Be Leaders, Difference-Makers

  Members of the Middle School Free the Children club returned to campus on Thursday ready to make change. The 27 Grade 8 students (plus a...

Author Visits Brings Reading Excitement to Junior School

by Diana Nason, Junior School teacher/librarian At the Junior School, we work hard to maintain a culture of reading. This means that reading for pleasure...

SMUS in the News: Mike Pyke Retires from Australian Football

Sydney Swans October 16, 2015 Mike Pyke '02 Mike Pyke's remarkable career ends

Grade 4 Classes Explore Their World Using Maps

At the Senior School, Ms. Kirsten Davel is well known for her geography expertise and for championing GIS mapping (geographic information system) as a fun and unique...

#SMUSStyle Instagram Contest: Show Us Your Knot-Tying Skills

Our students' return from the Thanksgiving long weekend marks a change in the school's dress code – summer dress is out, and our regular uniforms come back to...

Grade 5 Students Share Insight into Qualities of Leadership

Last week, each of our Grade 5 students bravely stood up in front of the whole school (plus a large crowd of proud parents)...

Middle School Tech Students Get Behind the Wheel of a Race Car

Last week, students participating in the Middle School's technology exploratory visited a very interesting workplace: VRX Advanced Simulators, located in the industrial park by Victoria...

‘We Need Students to Understand the Impact of Politics’

With the federal election less than two weeks away, the SMUS Review asked some of our politics and history teachers to write about why it's important to...

SMUS in the News: Ann Makosinski ’15 Appears on The Tonight Show Again

The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon October 6, 2015 Ann Makosinski '15 appears on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (for the second time) to show...

Junior School Virtues Come to Life at Camp Pringle

To help develop some important skills: teamwork, respect, communication and cooperation, Grade 4 and 5 students each recently spent a day at Camp Pringle...

Grade 8 Students Learn at Leadership Camp

Last weekend, six Grade 8 SMUS students (along with Mr. Jackson) travelled to Ontario to participate in the CAIS Middle School Leadership Conference More than...

Tour de Rock Team Rolls in to SMUS

by Kyle Slavin, SMUS Review blog editor This week the Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock team finished their 1,100-km ride down Vancouver Island, but...

Junior School Students Lead Delicious Leadership Initiative

At St. Michaels University School, the leadership program is based on the understanding that every student is a leader and each child is involved...

Junior School Celebrates New Students at Welcoming Assembly

Last Friday, the Junior School ceremoniously welcomed all our new students to the school with an address from Head of School Mr. Bob Snowden,...

Exploratory is All About Your Passions and Trying Something New

The Exploratory program at the Middle School gives students in Grades 6 through 8 a chance to try new things, pursue their passions or...

New Head Girl and Head Boy Aim to Strengthen Cross-Campus Community

We may only be a couple of weeks into school, but some students – Sarah Jones and Jasper Johnston, in particular – have been thinking...

Grade 6 Outdoor Ed Trips Underscore Inclusiveness and Risk-Taking

To start the year on the right foot for our new Middle School students, we sent our Grade 6 classes on Outdoor Education experiences...

Kindergartners Choose What They’re Most Excited About This School Year

Do you remember your first days of Kindergarten? After a day or two of realizing just how awesome it is getting to learn and...

Clubs and Councils are a Great Way to Get Involved

One of best ways to jump in head first at the Senior School is by joining a new club or council; getting involved in something...

SMUS in the News: Steve Nash Set to Enter Phoenix Suns Ring of Honor

Sept. 13, 2015 Northeast Valley News Steve Nash '92 and coach Ian Hyde-Lay Steve Nash Set to Enter Phoenix Suns Ring of Honor

Taking ‘Appropriate Risks’ to Make for a Great School Year

When Mr. Andy Rodford (Director of the Senior School) addressed students this week at the opening day assembly, he encouraged students to take "appropriate risks" over...

A Joyful Return to the Junior School

Students were all smiles (okay, a couple of them were a little sad to say bye to mom and dad) to return to the...

Middle School Library Gets Upgrade for 21st-Century Learning

Libraries aren’t what they used to be – just ask Middle School teacher-librarian Ms. Sarah Craig. “Well, in classic libraries there was no talking, no...

Professional Development: The Teachers Become The Students

Before students come back to campus ready for school, members of our Junior, Middle and Senior School faculty arrived ready and eager to learn....

The SMUS Chapel: Reworking Space for Our Growing Community

More than half a century ago the school community came together to do something extraordinary: build the Chapel. In the early 1960s, the school –...

‘Band Geeks’ Heads to Victoria Fringe Festival

Students from SMUS and a handful of other Greater Victoria schools returned to class a little earlier than most of their classmates this summer, all for...

SMUS in the News: Nancy Mollenhauer’s Athletic Achievements Recognized at UVic

CHEK News August 26, 2015 Nancy Mollenhauer New Walk of Excellence at University of Victoria's Athletics Complex

Grace Thomas Represents Canada at World Squash Tournament

In the world of squash, Nicol David, Ramy Ashour, Raneem El Weleily and Nick Matthew are all household names. And before each one of them...

SMUS Musician Shines in ‘Once-in-a-Lifetime’ Symphony Performance

POP QUIZ: Which talented musician performed to a screaming crowd of more than 40,000 British Columbians this past long weekend? a) Taylor Swift b) SMUS student Ben...

Student Travellers Return from Service and Culture Trip to Greece

Learning about Greece from a classroom is interesting; learning about the Mediterranean country and its rich history by actually travelling there is unforgettable. Last school year, Middle...

Sodexo and SMUS Help Feed Hungry Children This Summer

St. Michaels University School and Sodexo, the food service organization that runs Brown Hall, have partnered up once again this summer to fill a hunger gap in Greater...

‘This Has Been The Best School Year Ever!’

Last September, Santiago Mazoy, Alessandra Massa and Silke Kuhn began their school year at St. Michaels University School. The three finalists in our inaugural...

SMUS in the News: Paul Almond’s SMUS-Filmed "Ups and Downs"

June 19, 2015 Times Colonist Tim Williams '83; Andrew Sabiston '82; Leslie Hope '82; Nick Etheridge '61; Santiago Garcia de Leaniz '82; Colin Skinner (former drama...

Congratulations to the Class of 2015!

An excerpt from a speech by Eva Grant, co-valedictorian When I was going through the college application process last fall – and can I get...

Senior Students Celebrate School Year’s End

As the school year comes to an end, students and staff alike take the time to think back to September and reflect on all...

Leavers’ Chapel Marks Last Days for Grade 12 Students

Before the Class of 2015 finishes at SMUS, the Grade 12 students were treated to their final chapel service. Weekly chapel is always a...

AP Students Get Behind-The-Scenes Tour of B.C. Legislature

by Olivia Roberts, Grade 11 On June 1, all three AP Comparative Government and Politics classes went on a field trip to visit the British...

2015 Athletic Awards

by Lindsay Brooke, Athletic Director The 2014-15 school year has simply been the finest ever in SMUS sporting history. Pride of place goes to the athletes and coaches...

Grade 5 Students Grow Out of the Junior School

This year's Grade 5 class enjoyed its final days at the Junior School this week. After spending the school year as the oldest students...

Lifers Look Back on 13 Years at SMUS

September 5, 2002. Avril Lavigne's "Complicated" was sitting atop the charts, kids everywhere were anxiously awaiting the release of the second Harry Potter movie,...

Grade 8 Students Anticipate Life at the Senior School

Four Grade 8 students who've enjoyed their time at the Middle School reflect on their experiences in Grades 6-8

SMUS in the News: Liz Fenje ’09 Chosen for Pan Am Games Rowing Team

Rowing Canada June 2, 2015 Liz Fenje '09 Canadian Rowing team nominated for Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games

SMUS in the News: Mike Pyke ’02 Plays 100 AFL Games for Sydney Swans

June 4, 2015 Sydney Morning Herald  Mike Pyke '02 The lucky break Mike Pyke needed to reach 100 AFT games for Sydney

Aspiring Young Fashion Designer Wins National Student Design Contest

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

Grade 3 Students Embrace Their Inner Poets

Grade 3 students have been learning the basics of writing poetry all term. Each week, as they learn more and more about poetry, they create...

SMUS’s Club Hub: Middle School WEB Leaders

SMUS students have access to a wide variety of extracurricular opportunities that interest them. We offer more than 100 fun and rewarding clubs or councils that provide students...

Weekend Garden Party to Fundraise for All-Girls’ School in Malawi

by Becky Anderson, Director of Leadership Our school is committed to learning, leading and serving. These themes are woven through all aspects of life at...

Going Around the World with Grade 6 Humanities Students

Grade 6 students took classmates and parents on a trip Around the World in 80 Minutes this week. The annual Humanities project sees students working...

SMUS in the News: Chris Hadfield’s SMUS Chat

Retired astronaut Chris Hadfield's digital visit to SMUS on Monday (May 25) piqued the interest of some of our local media. Two great stories, courtesy of...

12 Graduating SMUS Athletes Moving on to Play at Post-Secondary Level

It's been a banner year so far for SMUS athletes – and the year isn't over! Since the school year started, SMUS has taken...

Astronaut Chris Hadfield Talks Space, Music and Education with SMUS Students

Astronaut Chris Hadfield became the unofficial ambassador of science to the universe in 2013 when he took command of the International Space Station and gained international attention...

Museum Trip Makes First Nations Lessons Come Alive

The Royal BC Museum, right in our own backyard, is a treasure trove of our province's rich history and a great educational resource. That is why...

SMUS’s Club Hub: Prefect Assembly

SMUS students have access to a wide variety of extracurricular opportunities that interest them. We offer more than 100 fun and rewarding clubs or councils that provide students...

19 SMUS Grads Earn Dogwood Scholarship for Extra-Curricular Excellence

Nineteen Grade 12 students were recently announced as recipients of a $1,000 Dogwood District Award, recognizing their excellence in non-academic work. The awards, which recognize achievement...
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Middle School Donations Help Educate Youth Halfway Around the World

A library, like a yard, sometimes needs a good weeding (but for very different reasons). Unlike unwanted garden trimmings though, books that are no longer...

Building Sweet Friendships on Service Outings to Care Home

by Kathleen Cook, Assistant Director of the Junior School As a part of a school-wide commitment to external community service for all the students at...

Students Deliver at French, English Public Speaking Competitions

Trophy shelves are a little heavier this month for a number of talented SMUS students who spoke their way to a fantastic finish at...

SMUS’s Club Hub: 30 Hour Famine Club

SMUS students have access to a wide variety of extracurricular opportunities that interest them. We offer more than 100 fun and rewarding clubs or councils that provide students...

Grade 12 Student Composes a Personal SMUS Musical Journey

The journey that is high school is unique and very personal for every student. Most don't express that full experience in a public forum; offering up something tangible that...

Junior School Celebrates Being Environmentally Friendly

Kindergarten and Grade 5 classes are trying to make the world a little greener by drawing environmentally friendly messages on Thrifty Foods paper grocery bags....

SMUS in the News: Luke McCloskey ’10

Rugby Canada May 7, 2015 Luke McCloskey '10 University All-Stars announced for Langford Sevens

SMUS Students Sell Prayer Flags to Raise Money for Nepal

Grade 8 students Georgia Haydock, left, and Anna Considine hang handmade prayer flags in the lobby of the Middle School. If there's one thing that...

SMUS in the News: Brian Im, Kieran Large and Callum Montgomery ’15

Times Colonist May 3, 2015 Brian Im '15, Kieran Large '15, Callum Montgomery '15 New dawn for Highlanders

SMUS in the News: Chris Considine ’70

Calgary Herald April 29, 2015 Chris Considine '70 Consul general of Nepal worries about rescue efforts amid heavy rain Donate to the relief efforts in Nepal by visiting...

Young Artists Put Works on Display at ISA Art Show

SMUS students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 hung their hard work and dedication for all to see, at an art show last weekend hosted...

SMUS’s Club Hub: Photo Club

SMUS students have access to a wide variety of extracurricular opportunities that interest them. We offer more than 100 fun and rewarding clubs or councils that provide students...

Relive Your Glory Years at Alumni Weekend

by Jason Penaluna '91, SMUS Alumni Association trustee We are just one day away from the kick-off to Alumni Weekend 2015 (May 1-2)! SMUS is so excited to...

Middle School Explorers Set Out For Weekend Camp Experience

by Matthew, Grade 8 I love cities. I admire places such as Hong Kong and New York for their pace, skyscrapers and for how urban...

Spring Break Service Trip: China/Vietnam – Part II

by Lucas Simpson, Grade 10 After a ferry ride, several bus rides, a 13.5-hour flight, another two-hour flight, and hours of layovers, we finally arrived...

SMUS in the News: Lynn Lyons’ Brain Awareness Week Talk at SMUS

Times Colonist April 25, 2015 Let kids feel uncertainty, learn to solve problems, author says Watch the full video of Lynn Lyons' talk at SMUS on SMUStube.

SMUS in the News: Kieran Large ’15

Kelowna Now April 25, 2015 Kieran Large '15 UBC-Okanagan Heat score Victoria midfielder for upcoming soccer season

SMUS in the News: Andrew Sabiston ’82 and Timothy Williams ‘ 83

Times Colonist April 25, 2015 Andrew Sabiston '82 and Tim Williams '83 Victoria pair's Napoleon going to New York

Kindergarten Students Lead Their Parents Around School

Kindergarten students were all excited to take their parents around the school this week, demonstrating to them what they've learned this year and showing off some wonderful...

Badminton Players Have a Smashing Good Time

by George Floyd, coach Badminton season for Middle School started on the first day of classes right after our Spring Break. Drawing on a pool...

SMUS’s Club Hub: Sustainability and Outdoor Council

SMUS students have access to a wide variety of extracurricular opportunities that interest them. We offer more than 100 fun and rewarding clubs or councils that provide students...

Cross-Campus Strings Show Highlights Musicians of All Ages

by Darin Steinkey Some people are surprised to hear that SMUS students begin learning to play stringed instruments in Grade 4. The real surprise, to...

Grade 12 Student Uses Science Fair Project to Offer a Helping Hand

As 3D printers grow in availability around the world, so too will affordable 3D-printed products. And one of the more innovative and life-changing devices that makers...

Spring Break Service Trip: China/Vietnam – Part I

This week, Sara Owen-Flood and Derry Li each wrote about their Spring Break trip for a Model UN Conference in China; and for a week-long service opportunity at...

SMUS in the News: Jason Scully and Graeme Hyde-Lay ’15

University of Victoria Vikes April 16, 2015 Graeme Hyde-Lay '15, Jason Scully '15 Top Island recruits to bolster Vikes men's basketball for 2015-16 ------ Times Colonist April 19, 2015 Jason Scully...

SMUS in the News: A Conversation With Stewart Butterfield

The New York Times April 16, 2015 Stewart Butterfield '91 Is Slack really worth $2.8 billion? A conversation with Stewart Butterfield

Brain Awareness Week: Junior School Inquiries

Junior School students spent Brain Awareness Week learning about the brain during daily assemblies and through in-class inquiries. Our youngest students are full of great...

Brain Awareness Week: Middle School Learns About Brain Injuries

A visit from UVic's Let's Talk Science outreach team was one of the big highlights of Brain Awareness Week at the Middle School. Not...

Brain Awareness Week: Staying Stress-Free at the Senior School

Brain Awareness Week at the Senior School is always fun and educational, with lots of activities to do and see. From terrific and insightful...

Spring Break Service Trip: Mexico

by Christian Okiring, Grade 10 A service trip is an opportunity to discover something about the world and about yourself. My service trip to San...

SMUS’s Club Hub: Reach for the Top

SMUS students have access to a wide variety of extracurricular opportunities that interest them. We offer more than 100 fun and rewarding clubs or councils that provide students...

Brain Awareness Week: Moving Bodies, Active Brains

by Tanya de Hoog, Junior School program specialist On Tuesday, Junior School teaching faculty welcomed guest speaker Colleen Politano, a highly respected and longtime Victoria...

SMUS in the News: Ann Makosinski’s Latest Invention

Global BC April 11, 2015 Ann Makosinski '15 Saanich teen's newest invention can use hot coffee to power devices

SMUS in the News: Nicole Bunyan ’11; Jeremy Bagshaw ’10

Princeton Tigers April 7, 2015 Nicole Bunyan '11 (squash) Princeton Claims National Best Five All-Americas, Including 1st Team Trio ------ Times Colonist and Saanich News April 4, 2015 Jeremy Bagshaw '10...

Spring Break Service Trip: Kenya

by Amy Bodine, Grade 12 Author Pat Conroy wrote: “Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again...

Middle School Students Gain Worldly Views at Model UN

Do you know what the German government's stance on drone use is? What about Finland's? Or the Philippines'? If you're curious, just ask the...

Blue Jags Lose the Boot to Oak Bay in Tight Rugby Match

In what will go down as one of the most exciting games in Boot Game history, Oak Bay roared back from a large deficit to...

Back to School, Back to Learning the Virtues: Compassion

by Tessa Lloyd, Junior School counsellor Compassion, according to German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, is the “basis of morality.” If kindness is an act, compassion is...

SMUS in the News: Mike Fuailefau Named to Tokyo 7s Dream Team

The Province April 5, 2015 Mike Fuailefau '10 Tokyo 7s: Canada upsets New Zealand, rumbles to season-high 4th place finish

SMUS in the News: Mike Fuailefau and Canada Rugby Team Reaches Semis at Hong...

Times Colonist March 29, 2015 Mike Fuailefau '10 Canada makes Bowl semis at Hong Kong semis

Student’s Connection to Vanuatu Strengthened By Natural Disaster

It was just last summer that Grade 9 student Finn Goodyear and his family were on the island of Tanna, Vanuatu. There, they stayed...

SMUS’s Club Hub: Math Challengers

SMUS students have access to a wide variety of extracurricular opportunities that interest them. We offer more than 100 fun and rewarding clubs or councils that provide students...

The Wizard of Oz Comes to a Close

It took a lot of brains, heart and courage from everyone involved to stage such a big production, and after more than half a year of...

SMUS Students Earn Perfect Scores on Advanced Placement Exams

Grade 12 student Nick Scholz and 2014 grad Jennifer Park achieved something quite rare last year. The two students are among only 285 in the world to...

Model UN Competitions Are Fun and Rewarding Experiences

by Jonathan Mostovoy, Grade 12 Last weekend I attended the Canadian High School Model United Nations (CAHSMUN) in downtown Vancouver. Being a veteran at these types...

Grade 4 Students Teach Mindfulness at the Senior School

by Ms. Heather Sandquist Mindfulness has become an integral part of many of the classes at the Junior School. A number of teachers incorporate various...

SMUS in the News: Slack, the App That May Finally Sink Email

New York Times March 11, 2015 Stewart Butterfield '91 Slack, the Office Messaging App That May Finally Sink Email

Talented SMUS Athlete Represents BC at Canada Winter Games

by Grace Thomas Competing in the 2015 Canada Winter Games was one of the best experiences of my life. I started playing squash about five years ago....

Students Make Meaningful Connections to Local Charities

A trio of students earned $5,000 for the Bridges for Women Society last week as part of a service project in their Planning 10...

Junior School Students Demonstrate Their Learning in a Personal Way

by Nancy Richards, Director of the Junior School During the final two weeks of Term Two each year, Junior School students turn the traditional parent...

Best School Year Ever: And the Winner is…

It happened again. SMUS launched its second Best School Year Ever contest in October 2014 with the tagline: "Wanted: One amazing high school student." What...

Dancing Down the Yellow Brick Road

The Middle School's three-night musical, The Wizard of Oz, kicked off last night in a great and powerful way. Audiences left the McPherson Playhouse...

SMUS’s Club Hub: Buddy Reading Club

SMUS students have access to a wide variety of extracurricular opportunities that interest them. We offer more than 100 fun and rewarding clubs or councils that provide students...

Grade 8 Girls End Basketball Season on High Note

by Coaches Lisa Hyde-Lay and Charles Ford The SMUS Grade 8 girls basketball team enjoyed a very successful season this year. In the Victoria Middle...

100 Days of Learning and Service at the Junior School

It's been 100 school days since the first bell rang in September at our Junior School. Since that time, our youngest have grown as...

Pink Shirt Day a Big Piece of the Kindness Puzzle at SMUS

It wasn't just the cherry blossoms, blooming flowers and Legally Blonde posters showing off their pink pride this week at SMUS, our students also donned...

SMUS’s Club Hub: Outdoor Leadership

SMUS students have access to a wide variety of extracurricular opportunities that interest them. We offer more than 100 fun and rewarding clubs or councils that provide students...

Beyond the Blonde: Meet SMUS’s Lead Actors

After months of hard work, our Senior School presentation of Legally Blonde: the Musical opens tonight! Students, staff, parents and volunteers have been at it...

Grade 1 and 11 Students Become Fairy Tale Heroes

Once upon a time there lived a group of young princes and princesses learning about fairy tales in their Grade 1 class. Her Royal Highness the...

Hands-On Learning Through Exploration

Our Middle School Exploratory Program is a great way for students to expand their interests; where the thrill of learning something new becomes priority...

SMUS’s Club Hub: Admissions Ambassadors

SMUS students have access to a wide variety of extracurricular opportunities that interest them. We offer more than 100 fun and rewarding clubs or councils that provide students...

Meet the Best School Year Ever Finalists

The SMUS campus has been buzzing with Best School Year Ever chatter for months now. We launched the 2015-16 scholarship contest in late October,...

Beyond the Blonde: Senior School Musical Behind the Scenes

by Kyus Hicks, Grade 12 Since watching Guys and Dolls while visiting the school in Grade 9, I knew that I wanted to be a...

Junior School Students Look Forward to a Musical Experience

After months of practicing dance routines, memorizing song lyrics and skits, and run-throughs of That's Entertainment!, the Junior School is proud to present the...

Young String Musicians Head Over the Rainbow to Oz

Beyond the enchanting story and colourful characters, The Wizard of Oz is perhaps best known for its iconic music. "Over the Rainbow", "We're Off...

Grade 5 Students Rise to the Challenge of Staging a Musical

Putting on a school musical is never just a walk in the park. They're always a lot of fun and very rewarding, whether you're...

From Surviving to Thriving: Grade 8 Students Shine as Leaders

Last Friday, Grade 8 students from Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland descended on SMUS to participate in a unique, student-organized leadership conference, From...

Spreading the Word About the Life-Changing Value of Service Trips

Every week, students attend Chapel for an opportunity to talk about leadership, character and belief. It's also a venue for students to report back...

Senior Boys AA South Islands Basketball Tournament 2015

Thursday, February 19th, 2015 # Time Location Team 1 Score Team 2 Score 1 5:30 PM Double Gym Lambrick Park  92 Gulf Islands  63 Friday, February 20th # Time Location Team 1 Score Team 2 Score 2 2:00 PM Double Gym SMUS  61 Shawnigan  41 3 3:45 PM Double Gym Brentwood  53 Lambrick Park  58 Saturday, February 21st # Time Location Team 1 Score Team 2 Score 4 12:30 PM Double...

Experience the SMUS Community at Open House: February 20

by Paul Leslie, Director of Admissions The SMUS Open House is an opportunity for families to visit our Junior, Middle and Senior school campuses and get...

Marine Biology and Philanthropy: A Visit to the Vancouver Aquarium

Grade 4 students headed across the water this week for a memorable visit to the Vancouver Aquarium. This field trip was more than just a...

Middle School is Off to See the Wizard

Follow the yellow brick road from the Middle School and it'll lead you on stage at the McPherson Playhouse, where in just over a...

Squashing the Competition: A Mid-Season Review

by Chris Hanebury, coach The 2014-15 SMUS squash season started with a number of amazing results. In November, four members of the team traveled to...

Transformed Grade 10 Program Opens Doors to a World of Experiences

On Tuesday, we hosted our Course Information Evening to provide insight and information to parents and students about the programs SMUS has to offer in the coming...

Pitch Perfect: Large Ensembles Concert

If there's one thing that's certain about attending a SMUS concert, it's that your ears are always in for an outstanding auditory smorgasbord. From...

Grade 8 Girls Serve Up Competitive Volleyball Season

by Brady Doland, coach The Grade 8 girls volleyball season started off swiftly, with 26 girls committing to team try outs. After three tryout sessions, coaches...

Junior School Students Go Crazy for Science!

by Nina Duffus, Grade 2 teacher It may not be the most common of career paths, but there are now 49 young sleuths at the...

Project-Based Learning: Grade 8 Students Turn Injustice into Service

Hard-working Grade 8 students had a financial incentive to do their best this week, as they became legitimate human rights advocates in an attempt to...

Learning and the Brain: Executive Functions Part III

"It's impossible."  "It's too hard."  "I want to give up."  "I don't think I can do it." Do any of those sound familiar? All of us,...

SMUS Broadens Its Technological Scope

by Denise Lamarche, Director of Academics One hour is all it takes to introduce children of all ages to coding and get them excited about...

A New Year, A New Virtue: Purposefulness

by Tessa Lloyd, Junior School counsellor When we utter the wish “Happy New Year!” are we imagining happiness occurs by luck or by design? One...

Athletics in Review: January 13

Much has occurred on the basketball front since the last Week In Review blog post. The Junior boys, in the Oak Bay Invitational in December, played extremely...

11-Year-Old Takes Over Junior School as Principal for a Day

If ever Junior School director Nancy Richards needs a day off, she now knows she can put her trust in an 11-year-old to hold...

SMUS Filmmakers Get Red Carpet Treatment at the Victoria Film Festival

What do three SMUS students have in common with world-famous directors Martin Scorsese, Frederick Wiseman and Lone Scherfig? They all have films selected to...

Happy SMUS Year! Looking Back at 2014

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

Welcoming Winter with Artwork

The students at the Junior school celebrated winter through their art before they left for winter break! The Grade 5 students made snowflakes out of...

Young Hearts Help Buy Farm Animals for Christmas

While most Canadians, at some point in their childhood, probably rifled through the Sears Wish Book in search of the perfect Christmas present, the students at...

Primary Students Jingle All The Way Onstage

To cap off the holiday season, our Junior School hosted its annual Primary Christmas Concert this week, much to the delight of proud parents...

Treasured Boarding Experiences are a Hot Commodity

This is the final part in a series of candid blogs written by our 2014-15 Best School Year Ever winners on the Good, the Bad and the Surprising of their boarding...

The Best Way to Spread Christmas Cheer is Singing Loud for All to Hear

Every family has Christmas traditions. For the SMUS family, our tradition is a very large gathering (everyone from Kindergarten to Grade 12 comes together)...

Middle School Band Students Exude Christmas Cheer

A concert leading up to Christmas doesn't have to simply include traditional holiday music to make it a great show, and our Middle School band students...

A Whale of a Book Sale

by Tanya de Hoog On Thursday, December 4, Grade 4 students hosted a book sale to raise funds in support of the Adopt a Killer...

How to Win the Best School Year Ever Contest

With the deadline to enter our Best School Year Ever video contest fast approaching, we want to help boost your chances of winning the once-in-a-lifetime...

SMUS in the News: Best School Year Ever

Saanich News December 6, 2014 Saanich's St. Michaels University School lures top students with unique competition

Carol Service Brings Reflections on the Holiday Season

Our annual Carol Service is a joyous opportunity for members of the SMUS community to gather and reflect on what the holiday season means to...

Grade 4 Musicians Make Live Performance Debut

Playing a stringed, bowed instrument is no cake walk. It takes a lot of practice to get the technique correct, and a lot of...

Boarding Community is Full of Good Surprises

This is the fourth part in a series of candid blogs written by our 2014-15 Best School Year Ever winners on the Good, the Bad and the Surprising of their boarding...

SMUS in the News: SMUS Takes Aim at Another Provincial Basketball Title

Times Colonist December 2, 2014 SMUS, Lambrick Park take aim another provincial basketball title

Global Issues Are Everyone’s Responsibility

by Livia Newman, Grade 10 One hundred and three students, teachers and parents took time out of their busy schedules last Friday to attend the...

The Challenges of Living as a Boarder

This is the third part in a series of candid blogs written by our 2014-15 Best School Year Ever winners on the Good, the Bad and the Surprising of their boarding...

Small Ensembles: Small on Numbers, Big on Talent

Each year the Small Ensembles Concert, the first major event of the music season, offers students the opportunity to perform in front of an...

Exploratory Camping Trip Leaves Lifelong Memories

by Zyoji Jackson, Middle School teacher “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” – William Shakespeare. While I cannot assume exactly what Mr. Shakespeare had in...

Grade 5 Students Bow and Pluck to Make Beautiful Music

Even the most famous rock stars get butterflies in their stomachs before they go onstage and put on a memorable show. But when our Grade 5 students...

A Francophone Adaptation of Goldilocks in Outer Space

This week 70 Grade 6 students performed their way into our hearts with a terrific French-only adaptation of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. In...

Building Lasting Friendships is Intrinsic to Boarding Life

This is the second part in a series of candid blogs written by our 2014-15 Best School Year Ever winners on the Good, the Bad and the Surprising of their boarding...

Gold Medal Victory for Senior Boys Soccer Team at Provincials

With ISA, Colonist Cup and Island trophies already on the mantel, the Senior boys soccer team traveled to Burnaby November 17-19 to compete in the BC AA Championship. A...

Celebrating Basketball with the SMUS Community

The 2014-2015 basketball season gets underway Saturday, November 22 with a Celebration of SMUS Basketball, a full day's worth of games featuring SMUS athletes from...

SMUS Students Recognized for Leadership in Philanthropy

On Tuesday, students from our Junior and Senior Schools were recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals during the National Philanthropy Day Awards ceremony at...

Bonjour, Montréal! Middle School Soccer Competes in Quebec

Words and photos by Xavier Abrioux A few weeks ago, 15 of our Middle School boys travelled to Montreal to compete in the CAIS U13...

Middle School Choir Joins Victoria Symphony to Remember World Wars

From the balcony of the majestic Royal Theatre, as Maestra Tania Miller conducts her Victoria Symphony on the stage below, the melodic voices of...

A Lesson in Baking, Math and Altruism

The sweet smell of fresh gingerbread cookie dough filled the hallways of our Senior School this week, as Grade 2 students rolled up their...

Vibrant Boarding Community is My Second Family

This is the first part in a series of candid blogs written by our 2014-15 Best School Year Ever winners on the Good, the Bad and the...

SMUS in the News: Steven Price Scores International Book Deal

Times Colonist November 13, 2014 Steven Price '94 Victoria writer Steven Price scores international book deal  

2014 Senior Girls Volleyball Islands Championships

Tournament dates: November 14-15, 2014 SEEDING/POOLS SEED TEAM POOL # SEED TEAM POOL# 1 Ladysmith A1 2 Brentwood B1 3 SMUS A2 4 GNS B2 5 Kwalikum A3 6 Woodlands B3 7 PCS A4 8 St. Andrews B4 GAME SCHEDULE: FRIDAY NOV 14th Time Single Gym RESULT Featured Court RESULT 12:00 Ladysmith v PCS  2-0 SMUS v Kwalikum  2-0 1:15 GNS v Woodlands  0-2 Brentwood v St. Andrews  2-0 2:30 Ladysmith v Kwalikum 2-0 PCS v SMUS 1-2 3:45 GNS v St. Andrews  2-1 Brentwood v Woodlands 2-0 5:00 Ladysmith v SMUS 2-0 Kwalikum...

Remembrance Day is a Time for Honouring and Understanding

On Wednesday, our Junior School hosted its annual Remembrance Day service, featuring beautiful songs, evocative poetry and rich storytelling. Every year, our Head of...

Remembrance Day: We Need to Remember

Remembrance Day at SMUS is steeped in tradition as a way to honour those who served our country; those members of our community –...

SMUS in the News: Stewart Butterfield’s Startup Surpasses $1-Billion Valuation

The Globe and Mail October 31, 2014 Stewart Butterfield '91 Productivity startup surpasses $1-billion valuation