Meet Our New SMUS Teachers

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Meet the four teachers joining our community for the 2020-21 school year

2020 Retirees: Janice McCachen

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Learn more about the outstanding contributions to SMUS by Janice McCachen, Senior School English teacher

2020 Retirees: Kevin Cook

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Learn more about the outstanding contributions to SMUS by Kevin Cook, Director of Community Engagement and Global Expeditions

2020 Retirees: Sharon Goodman

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Learn more about the outstanding contributions to SMUS by Junior School learning resource teacher Sharon Goodman

2020 Retirees: Diana Nason

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Learn more about the outstanding contributions to SMUS by Diana Nason, Junior School librarian

2020 Retirees: Pete McLeod

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Learn more about the outstanding contributions to SMUS by Pete McLeod, Director of Outdoor Education

2020 Junior School Closing Ceremonies

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Our Junior School community celebrates the end of the 2019-20 school year at our virtual Closing Ceremonies

An Engaging Way to Learn Français

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Middle School students continue learning French from home through fun and interesting activities

Teaching AP Capstone Through COVID-19

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AP Capstone students continue to excel with university-level research papers during remote learning

Politics Club Launches the SMUS Political Review

Politics Club launches a new publication at SMUS to highlight student writing and to continue political discourse

Countering Loneliness and Solitude with Poetry

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English Studies 12 students share poetry and written works inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic

SMUS in the News: Matias Totz ’20 Earns Commerce Scholarship

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Grade 12 student Matias Totz is featured by the Saanich News after winning a scholarship to the University of Calgary

Teachers Prepare for Moving the Classroom Online

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SMUS faculty prepares for remote learning after Spring Break

Congratulations to The Best School Year Ever 2020 Winner

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

Imagination is the Language of the Soul

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Alison Galloway highlights how STEAM and social-emotional learning go hand in hand in the Imagination Lab

Teamwork is Key at Robotics Competition

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Maureen Hann recaps our students' success at the FIRST Tech Challenge robotics competition

Career Day Highlights a Wide Range of Professional Paths

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Alison McCallum highlights our upcoming Career Day event and puts a call out for speakers

Reading Takes You Places!

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Teacher-librarian Sarah Bailey highlights the Middle School students who are representing Canada in "the sport of reading"

GALLERY: Junior School Celebrates Global School Play Day

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Junior School students have fun participating in Global School Play Day

Students Buddy Up for Language Learning

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The Foreign Language Reading Buddy Program pairs students learning Chinese, French and Spanish with a classmate proficient in the language

Changing the World, One Science Fair Project at a Time!

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Julie Harris highlights the ingenuity and passion students put on display at this week's science fair

Unexpected Lessons Outside the Classroom

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Reagan Daly writes about how the themes of sustainability, leadership and service are embedded in the Grade 10 Experiential Program

Building Leaders in BC’s Backcountry

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Pete McLeod, Director of Outdoor Education, highlights the Outdoor Leadership Winter Camp experience

How to Help Children Fall in Love with Reading

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Learn five great tips on how to support your child in developing a love of reading

SMUS in the News: Counsellor Tessa Lloyd Talks Modern Fatherhood

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

Student-Run Café Supports Green Coffee Farming in Brazil

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

Students Excel at Public Speaking and Debate Tournament

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Three Grade 11 students recently represented SMUS at the International Independent Schools' Public Speaking Competition in Boston, Mass.

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

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

Celebrating Academic Achievement

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Academic excellence continues to be a strength of a SMUS education. Each year, I find that the beginning of the academic year brings considerable...

Should We Lower the Voting Age in Canada?

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

Grade 6 Students Pitch Proposals to Redesign SMUS

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A cross-curricular project sees Middle School students redesigning their school with an eye on sustainability
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Three Students Recognized in National Poetry Contest

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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

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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

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

Outdoor Education: Learning to Build a Connection with Nature

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

MIT: It’s More Than Science and Tech

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Ms. Alison McCallum, Head of University Counselling, reflects on her recent eye-opening visit to MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts

VIDEO: French Students Deliver at Public Speaking Competition

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

Alumni Entrepreneurs Inspire Our Grade 3 Inventors

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

Diligence and Focus

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Academic achievement is one of the key strengths of a SMUS education. Lately I’ve been marvelling at the accomplishments of students across our school....

Middle School Math is All About Problem Solving

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

Take a Reading Adventure this Spring Break

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Middle School teacher-librarian Ms. Sarah Bailey offers some reading suggestions for Spring Break
Alison McCallum

Selecting Courses for Next Year

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Head of University Counselling Ms. Alison McCallum provides resources from the Course Information Evening and info on how to make course selections

Fun Outdoor Activities for Spring Break

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Mr. Jamie Pope highlights fun activities to enjoy outdoors during Spring Break

Saying Goodbye to Our 2018 Retirees

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We say farewell to the faculty and staff who retired in 2018 and look back on their time at our school

The Next Generation of City Planners

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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,...

Student Q&A: Grade 8 Leadership Conference

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

Photo Gallery: Middle School Students Shine at Science Fair

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

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mrs. Laura Keziere

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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

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

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

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

The Hidden Benefits of SMUS’s Career Day

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

SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Megan Blackey

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

Children Researching Their World

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As we look ahead to the Junior School Parent Coffee Talk about Reggio-inspired learning next week, we are presented with a good opportunity to...

The Next Generation of Engaged, Informed Citizens

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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

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

Grade 10 Students Brew Up a Unique Coffee Project

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

There’s More to Math Class Than Solving Equations

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

Great War History Comes Alive in Story Maps

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Mrs. Kirsten Davel writes about how students are using technology and GIS mapping to learn more about the World Wars

Talking Peanut Butter with Business Students

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

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

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

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

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

The SMUS Educational Experience and Our Future Potential

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Ms. Denise Lamarche, Director of Academics, writes about how the Portrait of the Learner qualities help prepare students for higher learning and life

SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Kate Knight

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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...

Congratulations to the Class of 2018!

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

2018 Middle School Closing Ceremonies

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

2018 Junior School Closing Ceremonies

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To mark the end of the school year, two Grade 5 students wrote a prayer with Rev. Keven Fletcher that highlighted what they are thankful for at the Junior School

Whodunit? Grade 10 Students Investigate

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Senior School Head of Science, Mr. Benson Young, takes us through a forensic investigation with plenty of intrigue.
Alison McCallum

Our University Counsellors Answer Some Parent Questions

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Director of University Counselling, Alison McCallum, responds to some questions asked by parents about university prep

From Windmills to Lying: Science Fair Explains It All

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Grade 6, 7 and 8 students used the Scientific Method to investigate questions or design an innovation for the Middle School Science Fair
French and ELL Fashion Show

Grade 8s Grace the Catwalk… en Français

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Grade 8 French and ELL students worked collaboratively to prepare and present descriptions of individual outfits as they were being modeled by their classmates.
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SMUS in the News: Let’s All Say ‘Levidrome’!

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The Times Colonist highlights the continued push to get Grade 2 student Levi Budd's word 'levidrome' into the dictionary
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Tales From Our Grade 4 Authors

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Grade 4 students learned about metafiction to inspire them to write and illustrate their own stories – which were then published as a book!
Kate Knight

What Does a University Counsellor Do?

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University counsellor Ms. Kate Knight details how she and her colleagues support students in achieving their post-secondary goals
Alison McCallum

Summer Plans: Looking to the Future

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Ms. Alison McCallum, Head of Universtiy Counselling, outlines a number of great opportunities for summer holiday experiences
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Facilities Upgrades Revitalize School Spaces

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Renovations and upgrades to classrooms and other facilities over the winter break have brought new life to some learning spaces.

Course Planning: All Eyes on September

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January at SMUS means a focus on course planning for the next school year to help students make informed decisions about their high school courses
Grade 7 Species Exhibits

Grade 7 Students Display Their Work at the Royal BC Museum

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Grade 7 science students researched different species and spent time at the Royal BC Museum talking with museum guests about their projects
Canadian Universities Tour

Another Great University Tour in the Books

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37 students, 4 chaperones, 7 nights, 9 cities, 12 university campuses*, dozens of SMUS alumni, countless questions asked and application decisions made. This was...

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

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

The Race Car Design Challenge

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by Julie Harris, Middle School Program Specialist Grade 6 students have been using the Engineering Design Process to build race cars and deepen their understanding of...
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Learn the Ins and Outs of Hospitality at a Hands-On University in Switzerland

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Ms. Alison McCallum writes about her visit to École Hôtelière de Lausanne, a university dedicated to business studies through the hospitality industry
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SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Amy Stark

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Middle School Humanities teacher Ms. Amy Stark is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature
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SMUS in the News: Student’s “Levidrome” Pitch Gains Momentum with William Shatner, Urban Dictionary...

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

Why the Playground is an Important Classroom

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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

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

How Will No Letter Grades from K-8 Impact My Child’s University Applications?

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University Counsellor Ms. Kate Knight explains how having no letter grades at the Middle School can have a positive impact down the road at university

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

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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

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

When is the Deadline for University Applications?

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We break down the whens and whats of university applications so students and parents don't stress as deadlines approach

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mrs. Sarah Donatelli

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

Grade 10 Students Sail Aboard the Pacific Swift (VIDEO)

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

Ask SMUS: Why Are There No Letter Grades On My Child’s Report Card?

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Director of Academics Ms. Denise Lamarche talks about the shift this year to have no letter grades on Middle School report cards
Timio Colistro

Should My Child Submit an Early Application to U.S. Colleges?

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Early application to U.S. colleges can be a confusing subject for Canadian students. We break down the details to help you understand the admissions process to American schools

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

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

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Eliot Anderson

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Mr. Eliot Anderson, Director of the Senior School, is highlighted in the latest SMUS Teacher Feature
Alison McCallum

Recapping the Grade 12 Parent Information Evening

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A recap of this week's University Counselling Parent Info Evening about post-secondary planning. And download the useful slideshow from the presentation!
Shannon Williams

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mrs. Shannon Williams

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

The Class of 2017

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

2017 Senior School Closing Ceremonies

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

Middle School Project Envisions Sustainable Urban Spaces

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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’

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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...

2017 Middle School Closing Ceremonies

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The Middle School Closing Ceremonies provide an opportunity not only for students to look forward to summer break but also to reflect on the year that...

2017 Junior School Closing Ceremonies

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Junior School staff and families celebrated the end of the year on Thursday by wishing the best for the Grade 5 students who will...

SMUS in the News: Punch Buggy

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June 11, 2017 CHEK News Grade 10 Experiential Program Punch Buggy: St. Michaels’ students convert classic Volkswagen Beetle into electric car (Photo courtesy of CHEK News)

“Best Exploratory Ever” Pairs Middle Schoolers with Local Seniors

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

Grade 10 Students Depart for Experiential Learning Pursuits

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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

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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

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

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The Saanich News highlights a wonderful community project that connected our Middle School Exploratory students with seniors at a local retirement home
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SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Emily Deslaurier

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

Middle School Tests a Flexible Schedule to Personalize Learning

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For one day, May 10, the schedule was wiped clean and students had a modified schedule that allowed for longer, more personalized learning opportunities
Andy Rodford

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Andy Rodford

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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
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SMUS in the News: Students Participate in Mock Provincial Election

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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

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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

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

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Evan Fryer

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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’...

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Ms. Tanya Lee and her Grade 8 Communication Skills class are featured on Chek News
Matt Keil

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Matt Keil

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

University Counselling: Thinking Ahead to Summer

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Ms. Alison McCallum, head of University Counselling, offers some great advice for how to spend some of your time off in the summer
Mike Jackson

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Mike Jackson

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

Dream Big Stories: Ms. Susan Vachon

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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

Choosing the Right High School Courses at SMUS

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Senior School students will soon pick their classes for next year. Find out everything you need to know to help you choose the right high school courses
AP Human Geography

AP Students Map Their Family’s Migration History

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

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“… and read these 50 pages for tomorrow.” Teachers were able to introduce this innovation to education after the year 1440, when Johannes Gutenberg invented...
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How Sleep Impacts Learning and Development

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

Digital Detox: Challenging Students to Unplug for the Weekend

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"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
Denise Lamarche

Ask SMUS: “Why Did the Senior School Timetable Change?”

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The Senior School timetable change could be the start of a series of changes as we further explore how daily timetables and the academic year impact student learning
David Kerr

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. David Kerr

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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

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Ann Makosinski '15 talks with CBC, CTV and the Times Colonist about being named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list
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SMUS in the News: Ann Makosinski ’15 Named to Forbes 30 Under 30

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Ann Makosinski '15, founder of Makotronics Entreprises, is named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 List
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SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Sarah Beeston

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

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Mike Danskin

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

Grade 10 Students Reflect on Experiential Opportunities

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

AP Students Travel to Bamfield for Hands-On Environmental Science

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Grade 12 student Gina Brown writes about the AP Environmental Science field trip to the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

UK Universities on the Ground: Snapshot Impressions

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I had the great fortune to be in the UK this past summer for nearly two weeks, touring a dozen university campuses from London...
Adrian French

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Adrian French

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

Ask SMUS: “What Does a Director of Academics Do?”

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Director of Academics Ms. Denise Lamarche answers a commonly heard question: "What do you do? And how is your job different from the Director of Learning?"

East Coast Campus Visits Part II: Places and People of the Maritimes

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SMUS University Counsellor Ms. Kate Knight visited universities on the east coast of Canada to learn about studying at schools in the Maritimes
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How to Get a Great Letter of Reference from a Teacher

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Asking a high school teacher for a letter of reference is a crucial step to help make your university or scholarship application stand out

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Dave Hlannon

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Get to know SMUS's Director of Educational Technology, Mr. Dave Hlannon, in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature
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University Options: Look Beyond the Usual Suspects

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Earlier this week, the CUE (Canadian Universities Event) came to Victoria. This annual event is a fair format with representatives from about 50 Canadian...

Digital Detox: Why Students Need to Unplug and Go Outdoors

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"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."

Marching Toward Grad 2017

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We hosted our annual Grade 12 Student and Parent Information Evening last week to help students and parents prepare for the year ahead. If...

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

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Here are a handful of photos from all of the fun events that kicked off the 2016-17 school year

Winding up to get back in the groove

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Alison McCallum, Head of University Counselling, offers advice to Grade 12 students looking ahead at their post-secondary options

Carrying the Torch for Olympic Values

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An opportunity to work with the International Olympic Commission has allowed the Junior School’s Gary Barber to share the spirit of Olympism with children...

The Graduating Class of 2016

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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

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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

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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

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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...

The Pursuit – The Culmination of a Grade 10 Experiential Year

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After extensive research and collaboration, SMUS faculty designed a unique program for Grade 10 students focusing on experiential learning. Weaving hands-on and real-world opportunities...
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University Prep: Our Top 10 Tips for Summer!

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We all know that lounging at the beach is great way to spend your summer vacation. But what else can you do that is...

Innovation Hour is “Personalized Learning at Its Best”

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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...

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

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

Wear Your Colours

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There was a fabulous array of colours, university names, and accessories in assembly yesterday! We invited the Grade 12s and the school faculty (K-12)...

University Preparation for the Class of 2016: Beyond the SMUS Bubble

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We hosted two events on Tuesday, May 24 with the goal of helping grade 12 students and their parents prepare for the next phase...

Experiential Learning: Was Mr. Buckingham Murdered?

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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...

Grade 3 Students Become Poetry Pros

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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...

French Public Speakers Deliver at Concours d’Art Oratoire

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"Tout ce qui brille n'est pas d'or." (All that glitters is not gold) These were the closing lines of Grade 6 student Vienna W.'s speech. Her...

East Coast Campus Visits Part I: Places and People

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The Fitbit monitor read 20,805 steps. It was one very full day of walking – walking to subway stops, through train stations, around university campuses,...

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

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

French Speakers Head Downtown for The Amazing Race

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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

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The mechanical buzz of the 3D printer moving back and forth is what first catches their attention. Then once the students see (and learn...
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Beyond the Bubble: Making a Successful Transition to University Life

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University decisions are being finalized as I write; students are making plans about residence life and starting course selections for their first year at...
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Teacher Dorothy Hawes’ Children’s Book Comes Full Circle at SMUS

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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

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As part of their City 2020 final project, Grade 6 Humanities students were presented with a driving question: “As urban planners, how can we...
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Applying to a University in the United Kingdom

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Studying at a university in the United Kingdom is highly specialized. Students focus on one specific area (for three years in England or four...

Summer School Options: Victoria and Vancouver

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If you are looking to complete one of your Grade 10-12 courses this summer at summer school in Victoria or Vancouver, you have options....

Grade 7 Students Perform Shakespeare in the Park

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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

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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...
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How personalized is the SMUS education already?

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This year at Alumni receptions I have introduced a new element in the message from the School: in addition to news about favourite teachers...
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Decision time

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It’s decision time. Students know the results of many, but not all, of their university applications and they may experience a whole range of...

Kindergarten Students Learn to Measure with Senior School Buddies

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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...

Lynn Lyons on Building Emotionally Healthy Kids

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

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

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Our annual Brain Awareness Week – now in its fourth year! – is a time for our community of students, parents and staff to...
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Eggs-periential Learning: Grade 2 Classes Welcome Baby Chicks

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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...
SMUS-Views-Bob

Toward Personalization

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Most parents and alumni who read School material, and this blog, will know that the theme of personalization has been a steady, increasingly visible...
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My Week as a Gene Researcher

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My interest in science began at a hospital when my grandmother was diagnosed with diabetes. I was intrigued by the thought that there were...
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University Pre-Requisites: The Devil is in the Details

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It was the week leading up to Spring Break, and they were knocking on my door in the University Counselling office with increasing regularity....
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SMUS in the News: New Documentary Features Dr. Bri Budlovsky ’04

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

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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: Delphine Ji ’16 Becomes a Gene Researcher for a Week

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Prince George Citizen March 15, 2016 Delphine Ji '16 Federal grant for mushroom research at UNBC (photo courtesy of the Prince George Citizen)
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Ryan Totz ’16 Wins Morehead-Cain Scholarship to UNC-Chapel Hill

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One of the best parts about the work I do is the privilege I have to get to know so many incredible young people....
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Standardized Testing for American College Applications

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Standardized testing is a component of a student's application that some universities use to properly compare applicants from vastly different high school settings and...
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Olympic Values, History Celebrated at the Junior School

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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...

Learning and the Brain: Mindfulness and Technology

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

Grade 2 Arctic Studies Culminate in Inuit Games Celebration

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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

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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)
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2015 Distinguished Alumnus: Michael Code ’67, Real-World Problem Solver

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In a classic story of humble beginnings, human potential and hard work, lawyer Sarah Hudson ’00 uncovers the passion that fuels our 2015 Distinguished...
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Robotics Club Takes Home Lego Trophies After Competition

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Remember the days when you would sit in class, anxious to get home so you could keep building your latest Lego creation? Well, now...
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Young English Students Become Published Authors

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Two Grade 8 students will soon be able to put "published author" on their list of accomplishments, as both were named finalists in Polar...
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Victoria – A Hub for Off-Campus Learning Opportunities

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One of the many advantages of SMUS’s location is our ability to participate in opportunities that exist in a thriving city like Victoria. Looking...
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Students Cram for World Scholar’s Cup Competition

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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

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

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

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

French Students Compete in Concours d’Art Oratoire

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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

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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

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

Career Day 2016: Preparation for Life After SMUS

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On January 27, the Senior School hosted its 7th annual Career Day. Students in Grades 9 through 12 had the opportunity to learn about a...
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SMUS in the News: Lelia Houbé ’17 Talks Aboriginal Youth Saving Their Language (en...

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CBC Radio: Jeun'info February 4, 2016 Lelia Houbé '19 Lelia talks (in French) about Aboriginal youth trying to save their language
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Middle School Learning: Are Grades Necessary?

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I recently visited a school in Manchester, New Hampshire. The school uses some innovative programming and I went to check out how things work...

Grade 8 Student Brings Harry Potter Magic into the Classroom

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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....
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Time to Think About Your Summer!

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There may be a chill in the air, but the crocuses are blooming and days are staying lighter longer, all key signs prompting us...
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Middle School Learning: How Much Screen Time is Too Much?

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by Ms. Tanya Lee, Middle School personalization leader In a recent Communication Skills class, I posed the provocative statement: The Internet has done more harm...
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Syrian Refugees Talk Family, Compassion With SMUS Students

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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...
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A panoply of choice!

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As we look back on all that we accomplished in 2015, it is hard to believe that it is also the time to begin...
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B.C. Curriculum Changes Reaffirm SMUS’s Technological Vision

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

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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...
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Exploratory: Freedom to Try Something New Without Being Graded!

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

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Many of our grade 12 students are now in a new place: the waiting room. Last fall, there was a flurry of tasks to...
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Middle School Learning: The Power of Setting Goals

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I read a quote the other day that read: “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” I believe the same is true...

Law 12 Students Head to Court for Mock Trials

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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...
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Middle School Learning: Can Creativity Be Taught?

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If creativity is a new generation skill, how can we teach it? Quite simply, I don’t think we can. I do believe, however, it...
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Grade 2 Students Learn Real-World Math With Hands-On Lesson

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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...
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Middle School Learning: Addressing News in Age-Appropriate Ways

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As I scrolled through my Twitter feed a couple of weeks ago, I was horrified to read about the events of the day before....
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Math 10 Students Use Trigonometry to Solve a Crime

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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...
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Surf, golf, and study…come to St. Andrews (but not for the weather!)

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On a blustery Scottish day, I took the train from Edinburgh to St. Andrews to have a wee visit with my former advisee and...

Grade 1 Students Shoot For the Moon by Learning Through Discovery

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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...

Montreal Model UN Symposium Leaves a Lasting Impression

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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...
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Middle School Learning: If You Build It, They Will Come

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Does workspace impact creativity, innovation and productivity? Google, Facebook, Samsung and a number of other major companies believe so. In fact, the Harvard Business Review...
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Genius Hour Inspires Students to Explore Their Passions

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"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...
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‘SMUS Reads’ Event Brings Community Together Around Literacy

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At the start of the school year, every Middle School student was gifted a book. And not a math textbook or a dense history...
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Middle School Learning: Finding Your Perfect Struggle

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Imagine being good at everything you ever tried. You enter a basketball court, pick up a ball, take a shot and “swoosh” the ball...

THE JAG: Meet Hinton Chair Mr. Bruce Maxwell

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by Sara Owen-Flood Mr. Maxwell is the new Hinton Chair at SMUS teaching History 9 and Law 12. You may have seen him coaching the Junior...
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Author Visits Brings Reading Excitement to Junior School

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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...
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year … to be in Grade 12!

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Fingers dog ear pages of an academic calendar. Eyes squint at the computer screen as the mouse clicks, scrolling through program choices and admission...
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Post-Secondary Information for Parents

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If you were unable to attend our information session held in the Chapel on Tuesday night, please visit the webpage below to view a...

Learning and the Brain: Sleep and Exercise

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How are sleep and exercise crucial for learning in students of all ages? Using John Medina's book, Brain Rules, as a starting point, SMUS...
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Grade 4 Classes Explore Their World Using Maps

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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...
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Middle School Learning: Providing ‘Voice and Choice’

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The year is 1986. I take my seat in my Grade 6 class and wait patiently. My teacher rises from his desk and begins to tell us...

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

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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...
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7400 College Counselling Peers, 2 Campuses, and 1 Coalition

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My University Counselling colleague, Timio Colistro, and I spent 4 days in San Diego last week attending the 'National Association of College Advising and...
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A SMUS grad at UC San Diego

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Len (SMUS Grad ’12) is in his fourth year of study at the University of California, San Diego, in the Jacobs School of Engineering....
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‘We Need Students to Understand the Impact of Politics’

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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...
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Exploratory is All About Your Passions and Trying Something New

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The Exploratory program at the Middle School gives students in Grades 6 through 8 a chance to try new things, pursue their passions or...
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Grad 2016, Start Your Engines!

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In the world of education, September really is like everyone else's January: it's when we set new directions, make resolutions, and fine tune our...
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Taking ‘Appropriate Risks’ to Make for a Great School Year

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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...
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Middle School Library Gets Upgrade for 21st-Century Learning

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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...
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Go to university in Norway? Hvorfor ikke?

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One of the many reasons I love my job is because I get to live vicariously through my students as they find out about...
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The perfect addition to summer vacation!

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Wondering how to fill your time this summer? Want to get a jump start on narrowing that list of university choices? Why not combine a visit...

‘This Has Been The Best School Year Ever!’

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Last September, Santiago Mazoy, Alessandra Massa and Silke Kuhn began their school year at St. Michaels University School. The three finalists in our inaugural...
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Congratulations to the Class of 2015!

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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...
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Senior Students Celebrate School Year’s End

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As the school year comes to an end, students and staff alike take the time to think back to September and reflect on all...
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AP Students Get Behind-The-Scenes Tour of B.C. Legislature

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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...
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Getting Ready for USA Applications

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Grade 11 - Most applications to USA colleges and universities will be completed using the Common Application (https://www.commonapp.org). This is where you create your...
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Grade 5 Students Grow Out of the Junior School

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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...
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A day at the beach or 5 hours in an exam room?? Know your...

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Standardized testing is a component of a student's application that some universities use to properly compare applicants from vastly different high school settings and...
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Long summer days ahead

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Ah, June. There is so much to do this month, and also so much promise for the two months that lie in wait. Some...
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Going Around the World with Grade 6 Humanities Students

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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...
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Personalization: variations on a theme

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In one of the first concerts I attended as Head of SMUS, our accomplished orchestra performed a challenging piece – and one of my...
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SMUS in the News: Chris Hadfield’s SMUS Chat

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

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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...
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Museum Trip Makes First Nations Lessons Come Alive

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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...

19 SMUS Grads Earn Dogwood Scholarship for Extra-Curricular Excellence

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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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Personalization – the mechanics

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For the past few weeks I have mused on the theme of personalization, wandering off on a number of tangents. Fortunately, for us at...
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Students Deliver at French, English Public Speaking Competitions

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

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I had the opportunity to meet with one of our '09 grads, Colin,  this morning to talk with him about his path from high...
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Junior School Celebrates Being Environmentally Friendly

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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....
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Personalization… more

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Personalization and the excellent teacher student It’s important to put the emphasis where it belongs. More than a little harm has been done by the...
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Summer study opportunities

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AP season is upon us now and there is ever increasing talk of exams in June, but many students are also turning their minds...
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Personalization and belonging

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One of the fears of the personalization trend in education is that in the personalized school, with students following their own individual paths, they...
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SMUS in the News: Lynn Lyons’ Brain Awareness Week Talk at SMUS

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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.
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Kindergarten Students Lead Their Parents Around School

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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...
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Personalization – our own garden

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In last week’s blog entry I ruminated on the theme of personalization in education and in our School. I have used the word “garden”...
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Grade 12 Student Uses Science Fair Project to Offer a Helping Hand

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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...
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University Counselling Parent Information Evening

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On Tuesday evening, there were over 80 parents and students in the Lecture Theatre listening to our University Counselling team talk about the myriad...
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Path to Personalization

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My colleagues at SMUS had been using the word “personalization” for a couple of years when it also appeared in the new BC Education...
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Brain Awareness Week: Junior School Inquiries

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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...
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Brain Awareness Week: Middle School Learns About Brain Injuries

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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...
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SMUS’s Club Hub: Reach for the Top

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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...
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The University of Guelph-Humber

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Some record low temperatures were set in the Toronto area this winter (2015). On my visit to the University of Guelph-Humber on the west...
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SMUS in the News: Ann Makosinski’s Latest Invention

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Global BC April 11, 2015 Ann Makosinski '15 Saanich teen's newest invention can use hot coffee to power devices
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Middle School Students Gain Worldly Views at Model UN

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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...
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SMUS’s Club Hub: Math Challengers

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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...

SMUS Students Earn Perfect Scores on Advanced Placement Exams

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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

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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...
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Junior School Students Demonstrate Their Learning in a Personal Way

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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...
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Best School Year Ever: And the Winner is…

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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...
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100 Days of Learning and Service at the Junior School

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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...
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Grade 1 and 11 Students Become Fairy Tale Heroes

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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...
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Hands-On Learning Through Exploration

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

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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,...
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Experience the SMUS Community at Open House: February 20

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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...
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Marine Biology and Philanthropy: A Visit to the Vancouver Aquarium

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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...

Transformed Grade 10 Program Opens Doors to a World of Experiences

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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...
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Navigating Your 21st Century Career

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by Jake Humphries, University Counselling Students graduating from high school today face a world of unparalleled opportunity that requires careful navigation and constant attention to...
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Junior School Students Go Crazy for Science!

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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

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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...
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How to Rock a Networking Event

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by Laura Authier, Director of Marketing and Communications One of the most valuable tools I have in my professional kit is my network. In my...
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Learning and the Brain: Executive Functions Part III

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"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

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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...
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Cambridge Update from Keiler Totz ’13

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Life at Cambridge University has been an incredible experience so far. Any initial fears about moving to a new country and attending one of...
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Happy SMUS Year! Looking Back at 2014

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

A Sanctuary of Experiential Learning: Swan Lake Christmas Hill

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Microscope Discoveries is a school program offered at the Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. On a warm but rainy fall morning, Grade 6 students...
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A Lesson in Baking, Math and Altruism

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

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Language is an oral thing. Socrates lamented the invention of writing, saying that it robbed language of its life. This was approximately 400 BC....
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Helping your Child Transition to University

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Written by Matthew Gardner, M.Ed, RCC , who is one of our SMUS personal counsellors. The stress of adjusting to university or college is...

Wanted: Three Amazing High School Students

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Last school year, we launched an unusual recruitment campaign: we made available a once-in-a-lifetime contest experience for North American high school students. Up for grabs...

Harvard Instructional Rounds at SMUS

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

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In addition to beginning work on university applications, many Grade 12 students are also currently deep in the throes of researching scholarship opportunities. This...
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Junior Geocaching

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On October 16th, Grade 5 students took part in a Geocaching event put together by Mr. Pope at the Richmond Road campus. Students used...
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Project Based Learning: How has Immigration Shaped Canada?

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by Tanya Lee, Middle School teacher On October 6th, the Grade 6 classes took part in a panel discussion as part of their Humanities classes....
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Robert DiYanni on Critical and Creative Thinking

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

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Next week will be a busy week for students looking at their post-secondary options south of the border. Details about all university visits are included...
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The Diversity of Living Things: A Visit from SeaQuaria

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

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Whitman College is a top Liberal Arts choice for SMUS students.  Located in the southeastern corner of Washington state, close to the Columbia River,...
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Tolmie’s Rugged Hill: A Grade 7 Perspective

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

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Representatives from both Admissions and the Faculty of Law were here this morning to talk about the merits of this university 45 minutes outside...
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Ready, set, apply!

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http://youtu.be/eBE1isCvKyw?list=UUmtp7zgg7HYTtns7ySiXOmA On Thursday, September 4, University Counselling hosted an information evening for Grade 12 students and parents to disseminate important information about what this year...
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Canadian University Representatives on our Campus

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Admission representatives from universities near and far have started their annual pilgrimage to Victoria, armed with viewbooks and information to give to prospective students. Here...
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The Reggio-Inspired Classroom

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by Nancy Richards, Director of Junior School Thursday night was the Junior School Curriculum Night, an opportunity for parents to not only meet their son’s...
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A Day Aboard CCGS Tully with Ocean Networks Canada

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SMUS Science department head Mike Jackson spent September 17 with an Ocean Networks Canada dive team on the CGCS Tully in the Saanich Inlet.
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Four Universities in New York State

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Rochester and Syracuse are just an hour by air from Toronto, and Cornell and Colgate are both an easy drive from either of these...
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New Year, New Brain Series

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If you've never been to a Learning and the Brain lecture, well, you're forgiven. But you should sign up right away for the September...
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SMUS in the News: Rud Recruited to SFU

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

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

How to Download Images from the SMUS Photo Gallery

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The SMUS photo gallery can be intimidating but if you refer to this post, you will have access to more than 200,000 (and counting)...
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SMUS in the News: Ann Makosinski’s New Invention

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CBC June 17, 2014 Ann Makosinski Ann Makosinski's New Invention: A body-heat powered headlamp
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Looking ahead: applying to the UK

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

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by Karen Dicks The two Grade 1 classes at the Junior School have been studying bugs - the creepies and the crawlies, the exotic and...
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Beyond SMUS: Reports on Post-Secondary Life

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by Kaeleigh Fletcher '10 This past Tuesday marked the third year of SMUS’s “Beyond the Bubble” evening, a night dedicated to giving students and parents...
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Grade 6 Classes Take a Trip Around the World

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Each year, Grade 6 Humanities culminates with a year-end project called Around the World in 80 Minutes. In groups of four or five, students...
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Post-Secondary Transition Talk Without the Fluff

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The evening began with an intentionally playful process using a panel interview format à la Jimmy Fallon: there was no preparation of questions but...

Business Students Learn From TeaPops Success Story

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Business 10 students recently had the chance to get advice from the entrepreneur behind DeeBee’s SpecialTea Foods. Dr. Dionne Laslo-Baker and her TeaPops, tea-based...
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Exploring the Renaissance

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Grade 8 students recently completed their projects on the Renaissance, which they presented to each other this week as a way to share in...
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Hi-tech, Low-tech

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Our Geography teachers are currently enjoying the fruit of their fine work with GIS technology in our program. Four years ago two of our...
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Sending our chicks out into the world

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As University Counsellors, we delight in our students’ successes and excitement about their post-secondary plans, but sometimes it is tinged with a little bit...
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My Journey to Gene Researcher For a Week

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by Cindy Kim, Grade 11 I was a sickly child, living in hospitals more than I did at home as my body attracted all kinds...
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NYU Abu Dhabi: Where Magic Happens

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When I was invited in April to visit NYU Abu Dhabi for a weekend, my first reaction was 'absolutely', thanks to my strong adventurous...
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French Students Succeed at Concours d’Art Oratoire

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

Found: Three Amazing High School Students

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WANTED: One amazing high school student. So said the tagline for SMUS's first Best School Year Ever scholarship contest. Who knew we'd find so many...
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SMUS Ecuador and the Galapagos Trip

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

The Boundless Talent of Kenneth Oppel ’85

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

Grade 5 Students Go Greek

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

Leveraging the Power of GIS in Geography 12

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

And the BSYE finalists are…

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Ever since January 15, when Kalkidan Amare, David Boroto and Ann Makosinski helped SMUS launch the Best School Year Ever scholarship contest, there's been...
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Science 8 Students Look Into Hearts

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

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Yesterday afternoon, the Grade 4 students had the opportunity to listen to Grade 6 student Larry Yu. The class is starting their Light and...
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Here is something you can do if you were not accepted to the program...

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Ryerson University in Toronto has just published its list of university programs that are not yet filled. If you were hoping to be selected...
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Jobs 2020

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The website CanadianBusiness.com includes various lists and rankings of future employment opportunities. Their recently published list, “Canada’s 100 Best Jobs” demonstrates some interesting trends....
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Experiential Education

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I imagine every reader of this blog has heard the phrase, “experience is the best teacher.” Usually when one has “learned by experience”, the...
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Brain Awareness Week: Middle School

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

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by Tori, Grade 5 This year Brain Awareness Week was lots of fun and I learned so much. I enjoyed learning about how my brain...
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Looking ahead to summer

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Sometimes students want to use the summer months to get ahead in some coursework, preview a course, or take advantage of a unique learning...
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Public Speaking Champ Earns Trip to the UN

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

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

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by Amalia, Grade 5 We recently had an assembly where Mr. Snowden came and told us a story worth listening to over and over –...
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An Alternative to Parent/Teacher Conferences

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

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

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

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by Gabriel, Grade 7 Our field trip was exciting and mysterious. Our Grade 7 Mandarin class explored Victoria's Chinatown, the oldest in Canada, in which...
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A Cross-Campus Fairy Tale

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

Ann Makosinski on The Tonight Show

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We were excited to hear that Ann Makosinski appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday night
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Medals for Math Challengers

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

Connecting the Dots

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

Choosing A Course

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Even though September 2015 seems a long time away, the time for students to plan their courses is, well, right now. For a peek...
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Attending a Small University – Julian Allen, SMUS Class of 2012

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Applying to University is a stressful, yet exciting time. The process provides you with the opportunity to explore your personality and identify a place...
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Ryan Taylor, SMUS Class of 2011, comments on Colgate University

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

Course Selection Information

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The annual Course Selection Information Evening covers a range of topics related to everything from graduation requirements to special co-credit options for AP classes....
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Life lessons from a career in media

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I had the good fortune to listen in on the Career Day session offered by SMUS alum, Susie Wall, last Wednesday. Officially, she was...
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Career Day: Listen, Question, Network, Repeat

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

Tynker-ing with Code

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

Networking – An Essential Skill

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Knowing that 80% of jobs are not advertised, networking has become an essential skill for our students.   In preparation for Career Day this past Wednesday students...

Climate Change Showdown

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

SMUS in the News: Free School Year

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

Students on Ice in Antarctica

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

Malala Yousafzai: Activism or Exploitation?

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

Animal Habitats On Display

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

Bamfield Trip Fuels Environmental Science Experience

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Way back in 2013, our AP Environmental Science students travelled to Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre. Soon after they returned, we received this great report...

Dream Big: Alex

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

Duke of Edinburgh Award Recipients 2013

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

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Sitting on the high plains at an elevation of 7,000 feet and just to the west of the sangre de Christos mountains, Santa Fe,...
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SMUS in the News: 30 People Under 30 Changing the World

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

Middle School Theatre, en Français

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

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Les Roches, Marbella If students who are interested in studying business want a programme in which they can learn to specialize in an industry while...

Baking For A Brighter Holiday

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

Learning and the Brain: Cultivating Strengths

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

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Australia is optimistic. Its people are positive and forward-looking. Business is good. And the weather’s great! International students would be lucky to study in...

Recitations: Keep Calm and Speak On

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

Education Comes Naturally

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by Margaret Lincoln, teacher The Kindergarten class's visit to the main campus was part of an integrated unit on features of local outdoor environments....

Authors Inspire Readers to Write

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

Getting to the Heart of Anatomy at UVic

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by Nicky Newsome, Grade 5 teacher This week, we visited the Medical Sciences Building at the University of Victoria! Students were treated to fascinating pictures...

The SMUS Distinguished Alumni Series: Douglas Freeman

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

A Deeper Understanding of First Nations Culture

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by Angelina, Grade 6 On Tuesday, November 5th, the Grade 6 Humanities classes had the opportunity to visit the Royal BC Museum with Leslie McGarry....

Mathematics: The Key to the Universe

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

Humanities 7: Connecting Skills for Enriched Learning

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

Dream Big: Our New Annual Fund

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For over 20 years, the SMUS community has come together to support our school and our students through the Annual Fund. This year, the...
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17 visits, one busy week!

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Did you know that we had 5 university representatives on campus today, and we have 12 more coming in the next 4 days? It's...

Examining Introversion and Extraversion

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

A Look at Exploratory

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

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Ms McCallum and I have recently returned from a trip to the centre of the universe, Toronto, where we attended the National Association for...
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A university with butterflies, tunnels, and a superlab?!

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I spent a day at Carleton University for a rapid-fire update about the Ontario universities.  At the end of the day, a few counsellors...

38 Universities. One Night.

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

Compost Education

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by Maggie S, Grade 2 Last week the Grade 2 class went to the Compost Education Centre. We learned how the compost cycle works. We...
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Home of the bilingual Gee-Gees

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With 41,000 students (36,000 undergrads) on a campus that is only 0.5 km by 1 km, you would think that it would feel squashed....

Writing Help Now Available On Demand

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by Denise Lamarche, Director of Academics Stroll past Crothall 108 between 3:30 and 4:30 pm, Mondays through Thursdays, and you might notice some students working...
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Minnesota – 10,000 Lakes and Some Great Universities

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Minnesota’s Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul) are alive with arts and athletic activity – The Minnesota Twins, Vikings, Wild, Timberwolves, (baseball, football, hockey,...
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SMUS in the News: Ann’s Google Science Fair Win

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

Language Games

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

A Joyful Approach to Education

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

An Early Start for Grade 12 Planning

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

A Google Science Fair Summer

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One of our students had a particularly exciting summer; Ann Makosinski was the sole Canadian out of 15 finalists in the Google Science Fair,...
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SMUS in the News: B.C. teen’s ‘Hollow Flashlight’ project makes Google Science Fair finals

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Ann Makosinski, Grade 10 student. Global News June 27, 2013 B.C. teen’s ‘Hollow Flashlight’ project makes Google Science Fair finals Huffington Post June 28, 2013 Ann Makosinski, Google Science Fair...
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Graduation: A Rite of Passage

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by Darin Steinkey, Senior Houseparent, Timmis House There are different types of energy all rolled into one when it comes to a graduation ceremony. There’s...
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A Fitting Close to the Grade 9 and 10 Year

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

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

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

Annual Fund Scholars: Dawit

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

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

A Bilingual Look at Victoria

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

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The Exploratory program is a unique Middle School offering that allows students to try new activities without an academic component. Bringing all three grades...
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Brendan Snarr, SMUS ’05, PhD Research at McGill

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Do you think fungus is only mushrooms, blue cheese, and beer? Representing one of the most diverse kingdoms in taxonomy, fungi encompass everything from brewers’...

Science Challenges and Triumphs

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

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When I was a teenager, I spent my summer vacations babysitting and bussing tables. Summer school was the furthest thing from my mind and...

Annual Fund Scholars: Kali

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

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Career Week was a busy one this year, with two events running each lunch hour. Students had the opportunity to attend panel discussions of...
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A Look at Ancient Japan Through Art

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

No Batteries Required

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Just in time for Earth Week, we spoke to Ann Makosinski, whose human-powered flashlight just won her a trip to the Canada-Wide Science Fair....
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Bovine Role in Human Geography

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

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

Building A Better Brain

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

Storytelling

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Grade 6 Humanities students have been working on developing their skills as creative writers. Through the writing process, students brainstorm ideas, organize their storylines,...
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English language option in France

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Sciences Po is an internationally renowned university in France composed of seven campuses, each with its own geographical focus area and dominant language on...
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Model Students Replicate the UN

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

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As part of their animal study, the Grade 2 class visited UVic’s Anthropology Department, where they learned interesting facts about animal bones and teeth...
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California road trip: 11 college campuses in 5 days

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In early February, Rea Casey and I spent a week in Southern California visiting colleges with three other University Counsellors from BC independent schools. With...
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Last but certainly not least…University of San Diego

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I have to admit that by the end of our tour, we thought we might have seen all that Southern California had to offer...
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University of California, San Diego

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Back to California road trip: 11 college campuses in 5 days
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Five Colleges in Claremont, CA

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What a bargain!  Seven colleges for the price of one!  Welcome to the Claremont Consortium located in the beautiful town of Claremont just 56...
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Cowboys, Samurai, and Manly Men – A Writing Seminar

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Occidental College is located 8 miles from downtown LA, though I have to admit that we were never really sure where downtown LA actually...
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Chapman University – Orange, CA

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Located about an hour and a half drive on the freeway from Los Angeles, Chapman was a real gem of a place. The people...
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Our First Stop – UCLA

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UCLA is located very close to Beverly Hills and the campus visit was the first one on our itinerary. The campus itself is vast...
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Physical Education…Online?

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

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

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by Will, Grade 5 At school, we have been teaching our Kindergarten buddies art, math, writing and other things on the iPads that the school...
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Beauty, brains, and brawn at USC

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Imagine getting credit towards your university degree for a course that entails listening to a talk given by a theatre critic followed up with...
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Let’s Get Mathematical: Q&A

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

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

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

Annual Fund Scholars: Remy

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

New Technology Turns Students Into Meteorologists

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by Maureen Hann, technology coordinator This week Grade 4 students had the opportunity to learn about green screen video technology as a way to present...
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2012 Grad is Governer General’s Award Winner

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Each year, SMUS is able to award one Governor General Award Bronze Medal to the graduating student with the highest academic average of the...
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Fairy Tales Teach Espanol

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by Alison Galloway, teacher “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want your children to be more intelligent...
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SMUS in the News: Scholarship Benefits Portland Teen

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Portland Observer February 27, 2012 Paris Lowe '13 Scholarship Benefits Portland Teen
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Conquering Concours

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

Early Investigation Helps Course Selection Success

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by Denise Lamarche, Director of Academics With the deadline for course selection at the Senior School less than a month away, now is the time...
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The University of Toronto

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The University of Toronto is one of Canada’s finest post-secondary institutions. Three campuses spread across the greater Toronto area serve more than 70,000 students...
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Parents Tell Us: Why SMUS?

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

Miraculous Marine Creatures

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

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

An Educational Exchange

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Grade 11 student Kalkidan Amare didn't know quite what to expect when she signed up for our student exchange program and spent a term...
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A Look Into The Eye

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As part of their biology unit, Science 8 students get to dissect a real ocular specimen from some bovine donors. For their lab, students...
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Diplomat Tony Quainton ’46 Talks Politics

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

Experiencing Japan (Without Jetlag)

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by Madison, Grade 8 On Thursday, November 15th, I went to Vancouver with my Japanese class and the Japanese class from the Senior School. I...
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SMUS in the News: Student Earns Full Ride to Cambridge

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

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by Tanya Lee, teacher Literature circles allow students to develop their active reading strategies and “dig deeply” into their novels. By assuming different roles as...
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A New Angle on Our City

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Geography 10 students took a closer look at how Victoria works as a city on a field trip this week. Exploring the BC capital,...
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SMUS Senior Wins Scholarship to Attend Cambridge University

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Keiler Totz is still a little in shock. Even though he submitted a very strong application to the Blyth Cambridge Commonwealth Trust scholarship competition,...
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Re-Examining Africa with Dariusz Dziewanski

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

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

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It’s a new year and things are cooking in the University Counselling Centre! To date, 37% of the graduating class is on record as...
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SMUS in the News: BC Students Earn Scholarships to Cambridge

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

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

Annual Fund Scholars: Charlie

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

Mania Over Math

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

Brain Series II: The Surprising Science of Success

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

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

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This year, we put our second annual Outdoor Education Photo Contest online and let everyone vote on the strongest photos. Thanks to everyone who...
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AP Environmental Science: (Cold & Wet) Hands-On Learning

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by Becca Clayton, Grade 12 student There’s just something about digging your hands into what you’re learning (though you may have cold and wet hands...
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Field Trip Yields Deeper Understanding of First Nations

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by Terra, Grade 6 On Wednesday, the Grade 6 Humanities classes all set off to the Royal BC Museum. For many of us, the museum...
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303 Million Jobs Worldwide by 2020

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It is estimated that the number of jobs available in the Hospitality Industry will reach 303 million by the year 2020.  When you see...
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Outdoor Education Climbers Not Repelled by Long Trip

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

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Here at SMUS, we are committed to preparing students for higher learning, whatever shape that may take. In this article printed in the Globe...
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Mandarin Students Take In Chinatown

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by Lucas, Grade 8 On Wednesday, October 17th, the Grade 7 and 8 Mandarin classes went on a very educational and entertaining trip to Victoria’s...
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The Brain Series: Developing True Grit

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by Darin Steinkey SMUS Director of Learning, Heather Clayton, likes to talk about failure. In fact, she is so into failure that she used an...
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Popular Merlin Author Inspires Students of All Ages

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Last week, SMUS was honoured to host T.A. Barron, a multiple award-winning author whose Merlin series is being adapted into film by Warner Bros....

The Learning Institute: A Look at Student-Centred Education

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The Learning Institute is a petri dish for teachers to test out new approaches and techniques that they believe will improve their effectiveness in...
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Parent Presentation October 11, 2012

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We were pleased to welcome more than 50 parents who attended the University Counselling Department's presentation on Thursday October 11, 2012. We gave an...
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US College Fair in Vancouver – Oct 24, 2012

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For students applying to US colleges this fall, or thinking of it for next year, you have the chance to take part in a...
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Making Time for Books

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by Ricky, Grade 8 I believe the Drop Everything And Read program, or DEAR, at the St. Michaels Middle School is very enjoyable and gives...
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Changes to Scholarships – UBC and Queens

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University of British Columbia New this year - UBC's scholarship application process has changed! There is no restriction on the number of applications coming from...
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Visitors Help Connect Language to Culture

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Ten university students from Morioka, Japan came to Canada for two weeks to learn about and experience Canadian culture. The students visited our Japanese...
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What do Coldplay, Ghandi and Alexander Graham Bell all have in common?

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They all attended University College London! UCL visitor, Travis Edwards, popped by for a noon hour visit today.  While acknowledging that university rankings should be...
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A Student’s Take on Scottish Schools

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Last week, SMUS hosted three university events: our annual IvyPlus Presentation, an Australian Universities Presentation and a Scottish Universities Presentation. Below, one of the...
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Ivy League take on testing (SAT, ACT, TOEFL/IELTS)

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Following up on the blog last week about testing, it was interesting to hear one of the Ivy League presenters at SMUS last week...

All Hands on Deck for Outdoor Education Trips

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As we are in the heart of outdoor education trips (a.k.a "out-trips") season here at SMUS, we thought we'd publish one of our favourite...
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A Treasure Hunt Without a Map

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by Ankit, Grade 8 This week, the Grade 7 and 8 students of St. Michaels University School embarked on a quest to find 18 geocaches...
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PRA, SAT & ACT on our campus

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'Tis the season for sharpening pencils, filling in bubbles, and reasoning your way through problems! Many students applying to a US college or university...
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University of Miami – first college visitor of the year!

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Palm trees, salsa, sunshine, sandy beaches are all obvious attractions at a Florida university but the University of Miami has much more than that...
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SMUS is Number One in Advanced Placement Ranking

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SMUS is named the #1 Advanced Placement school in Canada for “equity and excellence” based on our students' most recent AP results
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The Scots, The Ivys, and the Aussies

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The week of September 17-21 will see visits from three wonderful groups of universities. These will be evening visits; all students and parents are...
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Grads of 2012 Celebrate and Reflect

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by Erin Anderson, editor For the Grade 11 and 12 students, the end of the school year has a special significance. For Grade 11...
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Diverse, Polite, Driven: Grades 9 and 10 Close Out Their Year

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

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The Middle School ended the year with a wonderful celebration of the wide range of experiences students had throughout the year. Director of School...
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Connections across campus

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One of the many benefits we have as a Kindergarten to Grade 12 school is the amazing relationships that are made across the grades....
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AP Students Perfect Their Chemistry

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by Christina Chwyl and Clayton Fair, Grade 12 Phenomenal flashes of light, crazy colour changes and shrilling sounds were abundant at the school's first “Chem...
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Selby Knudsen, SMUS 2011, at Boston University

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The Honors College focuses on expanding our base of education and exposing us to new ideas. The freshman year is based on two different...
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Around the World in 80 Minutes

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by Jasper Johnston, Grade 8 student Last Thursday, all Grade 6 students took part in an evening event showcasing their work this year. "Around the...
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Heading Outdoors: to Hope and Beyond

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

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by Jim de Geode, Middle School teacher This week, Mrs. Yorath and Ms. Eden’s Grade 5 classes were treated to a Parliamentary debate by four...
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SMUS in the News: SMUS Student Puts Brain to the Test

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May 24, 2012 Times Colonist Eugene Tang SMUS Student Puts Brain to the Test
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Humanities Education & Leadership Program held at Stanford University

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Welcome to HEAL SU, an educational mission seeking to encourage humanities discourse and liberal arts education across disciplines. The goal: to help future leaders solve...
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Reflection: the Key to Experiential Learning

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by Becky Anderson, Director of Leadership “Tell me, and I will forget. Show me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I will understand.” - Confucius I...
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Greek Gods Rise at Junior School

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

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Our travels took us from Sackville to Antigonish to Halifax, where the average age of a Haligonian is 28, thanks in large part to...
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Spooky Stories From SMUS

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by Sue Vachon, teacher When you have a school that is over 100 years old, there are bound to be ghost stories that surface. This...