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

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

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

SMUS alumni Aidan Cole, Lucas De Vries and Jonas Robinson represent B.C. on the U19 team at the Canadian Rugby Championship
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A Celebration of Life for Simon Ibell

The SMUS community gathered together to celebrate Simon Ibell's life, his accomplishments and his legacy.
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SMUS in the News: Ian Hyde-Lay to Represent Simon Ibell ’96 as Vikes Keynote...

SMUS basketball coach Ian Hyde-Lay will represent the late Simon Ibell as the keynote speaker at the University of Victoria Vikes breakfast in September
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SMUS in the News: Quinn Ngawati ’17 Makes Wolfpack Debut

Quinn Ngawati '17 made his rugby league debut this weekend for the Toronto Wolfpack in a 62-10 win over the Gloucestershire All Golds
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SMUS in the News: Quinn Ngawati ’17 Could Make Pro Rugby League Debut

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

June 11, 2017 Globe and Mail Simon Ibell '96 Simon Ibell, inspirational advocate for the disabled, dies at 39
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Dream Big Stories: Ms. Bernadette Abrioux

Math is a tough subject. It's the one students tend to struggle with the most. But Senior School math teacher Ms. Bernadette Abrioux feels she...
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SMUS in the News: Simon Ibell ’96 Passes Away

Media coverage of the passing of Simon Ibell '96
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SMUS in the News: Actor/Writer Corey Large ’93 Making a Splash Down Under

Corey Large '93 talks to the Times Colonist about his latest film project, In Like Flynn, a biopic about screen legend Errol Flynn
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SMUS in the News: Russell Brown ’83 Talks Life as a Supreme Court Justice

The Globe and Mail features alumnus Russell Brown '83 and talks to him about his life as a Supreme Court justice
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Sid Boegman ’16 Returns to SMUS to Talk Gender Identity

The SMUS Pride Alliance celebrated Pride Day this week with a variety of fun activities in the quad. The highlight was a talk and...
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Dream Big Stories: Mr. Duncan Frater

Choir teacher Mr. Duncan Frater talks firsthand about how the Dream Big annual fund helps students do more of what they love: the arts
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American Friends, encore…

Last Thursday after our alumni reception in New York, a group of us were left in the room as a fire truck, lights flashing...

Why Facebook Doesn’t Replace Your High School Reunion

Here's 10 reasons why a high school reunion – or in our case Alumni Weekend – is an experience that a Facebook friendship will never replace
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SMUS Talks Event Builds Student and Community “Connections”

Senior School students share what they learned from organizing and experiencing the inaugural SMUS Talks event
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SMUS in the News: Jeff Marshall ’87 Talks ‘Body Break’ Program at Saskatoon School

April 7, 2017 CBC News Jeff Marshall '87 School program encourages students to hit the gym when struggling to concentrate
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SMUS in the News: Tessa Pihl ’14 Sets Sights on Feature Film Career

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

Athletics Week in Review: March 14

Basketball, rowing and rugby are covered in this edition of the SMUS Athletics Week in Review
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Futures: The Eye of the Storm

In a world where disruption buffets the world, this is what our school will want to be: the eye of the storm. Last September as...
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SMUS in the News: Mia Roberts ’16 Named Rookie Basketball Player of the Year

Alum Mia Roberts '16 is named PACWEST Rookie of the Year for her first year playing basketball as a Camosun Charger
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SMUS in the News: Symons Family Helps Mark BMO Bicentennial in Oak Bay

"When Michael [Symons] was going through some family boxes, he came across a special half-penny Bank of Montreal token from 1844, which he gifted to the BMO branch."
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SMUS in the News: Fuailefau ’10 and McCloskey ’10 at Wellington Sevens

Alumni Mike Fuailefau ’10 and Luke McCloskey '10 help Canada to a fourth-place finish at the 2017 Wellington Sevens tournament
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SMUS in the News: Trailer Released for Documentary on Jelena Mrdjenovich ’00

Jelena Mrdjenovich '00 '00 is the subject of a new documentary "Jelena - The Film" that will be released in March
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SMUS in the News: Marvin Nicholson ’89 Pegs President Barack Obama as Groomsman

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

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

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

Ann Makosinski '15, founder of Makotronics Entreprises, is named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 List
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SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Mike Danskin

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

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

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

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

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

Our Past and Future Reflected in the Sun Centre

This week I announced that we are beginning construction of the Sun Centre, our new Dining Hall and Student Commons. The Sun Centre –...
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Senior School Library Named in Honour of Bob and Joan Snowden

Senior School library is named and dedicated in honour of Head of School Bob Snowden and his wife Joan for their contributions to the school

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

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

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

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

Next week we are convening a group of alumni, parents, staff and students to explore the future of the School. The title for this...
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SMUS in the News: Callum Montgomery ’15 Named Conference USA Player of the Week

September 7, 2016 University of North Carolina Callum Montgomery '15 Sunol-Rojas and Montgomery Earn C-USA Weekly Honors

SMUS at the Olympic Games

In the 110-year history of our school, many students have treated us to amazing moments on the field, the court, on the stage and...
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SMUS in the News: Sailor Max Gallant ’14 is Tokyo Dreaming

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 17, 2016 Times Colonist Callum Montgomery '15 Highlanders finish season with a draw
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SMUS in the News: Sarah Hagkull ’16 to Row for University of Tulsa

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

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

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

Congratulations to the Class of 2016. We are proud to add 151 names to the ever-growing list of SMUS alumni, as the graduating class officially...
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SMUS in the News: Callum Montgomery ’15 Anchors the Victoria Highlanders

June 10, 2016 Times Colonist Callum Montgomery '15 Highlanders hope to stymie front-running Foothills FC
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The Rare Birds of China

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

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

May 17, 2016 Times Colonist Oliver Brooks '10 Travel app puts local designer on global map
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Celebrating 10 Years Since Grade 5 Opera Debut

It's been a decade since 11-year-old Lindon Carter stood onstage at the McPherson Playhouse in SMUS's first-ever Grade 5 opera, Johann Strauss II's Die Fledermaus. "That was a...
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SMUS in the News: Kosovo Duty Highlights Decades-Long Career for Rick Anthony

May 2, 2016 Oak Bay News Rick Anthony '81 Kosovo duty highlights decades-long career
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Alumni Weekend is a Celebration for the Whole Community

Don't be fooled by the name – Alumni Weekend is a celebration of (and for) our entire community, not just students who've graduated already. Alumni Weekend is...
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SMUS in the News: Documentarian Focuses Project on University School ‘Old Boy’

March 9, 2016 Delta Optimist Sidney Rich (University School Old Boy) Delta filmmaker to tell 'Rich' story
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SMUS in the News: New Documentary Features Dr. Bri Budlovsky ’04

April 8, 2016 Dr. Bri Budlovksy (née Bentzon) '04 Oak Bay News Doc. features Oak Bay-raised doc Times Colonist Former Oak Bay woman now a doctor in hospital reality...
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SMUS in the News: Could Stewart Butterfield’s Slack Change the Way You Work?

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

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

Sport BC March 14, 2016 Graeme Hyde-Lay '15 Sport BC Announces 2016 Athlete of the Year Awards (photo courtesy of Sport BC)
The Senior boys basketball team made it to the finals of the B.C. AA Basketball Tournament for the third consecutive year.

Athletics Week in Review: March 16

With the winter season of play drawing to a close, the basketball season culminated in various BC championships, while rowing took place at Elk Lake. Basketball In Langley March 2-5,...
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SMUS in the News: Jelena Mrdjenovich ’00 Re-Claims World Featherweight Titles

March 12, 2016 Edmonton Journal Jelena Mrdjenovich '00 Jelena Mrdjenovich re-claims world featherweight titles with 10-round, unanimous decision over Edith Matthysse
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SMUS in the News: Mike Fuailefau ’10 at the Inaugural Canada Sevens Rugby Event

Times Colonist March 14, 2016 Mike Fuailefau '10 Bowl title has Canadian Sevens oozing with confidence
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2015 Distinguished Alumnus: Michael Code ’67, Real-World Problem Solver

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

Times Colonist March 1, 2016 Mike Fuailefau '10 New rugby CEO takes charge of Langford-based Canadian teams
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Hyde-Lay/Ibell Scholarship: A Fitting Tribute to a Remarkable Friendship

During a moving ceremony at the Alumni Celebration of Basketball, Simon Ibell ’96 and his family announced an extraordinary gift that pays tribute to an...
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This week at lunch

Last week I wrote about our Vancouver Alumni reception – a wonderful event two weeks ago. Among those in attendance was Ann Makosinski, who graduated...
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Sui Generis: Steve Nash ’92 Retires From Professional Basketball

This story originally appeared in the Winter 2015/16 edition of School Ties. Click here to read the complete magazine.   by Ian Hyde-Lay On October 20, 2014 I...
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Engagement

Our Vancouver Alumni event last week was a great example of what engagement means at our school – so those of you who were...

Career Day 2016: Preparation for Life After SMUS

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: Bhupinder Dulku ’09 Wins Business Competition at World Economic Forum

University of Victoria January 24, 2016 Bhupinder Dulku '09 MBA team wins Corporate Knights’ Business for a Better World case competition... again!
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SMUS in the News: Luke McCloskey ’10 to Make Rugby Sevens Series Debut

Luke McCloskey '10 January 22, 2016 Rugby Canada McCloskey and Berna set to make Sevens Series Debuts Times Colonist McCloskey eager for National Rugby 7s spotlight
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SMUS in the News: Economist Leslie Preston ’95 Talks 2016 Predictions

January 19, 2016 The National on CBC Leslie Preston '95 Bottom Line | What's Ahead for 2016?
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SMUS in the News: Graeme Hyde-Lay ’15 Named Finalist for Athlete of the Year

Sport B.C. January 19, 2016 Graeme Hyde-Lay '15 Sport B.C. 50th Annual Athlete of the Year Awards Finalists Announced
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SMUS in the News: Ann Makosinski ’15 at TedXTeen in London

January 18, 2016 Ann Makosinski '15 Teenage inventor uses TEDx Teen talk to call on young people to ditch their smartphones (The Independent) Everything You Missed From...
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Taylor Rankin ’99 Inspires Students to Play Outside of the Box

SMUS alumnus Taylor Rankin and his violin Leroy returned to SMUS this week to work with our Senior School strings students on improvisation and...
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SMUS in the News: Steve Nash ’92 Named to B.C. Sports Hall of Fame

December 10, 2015 The Province Steve Nash '92 Making an NBA superstar: The oral history of Steve Nash and SMUS's 1992 B.C. high school hoops championship
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SMUS in the News: Ann Makosinski ’15 Comes Home After Busy Semester at UBC

December 12, 2015 The Province Ann Makosinski '15 Acclaimed UBC student inventor swapping jet-setting life for quiet Victoria family Christmas
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SMUS in the News: Hedvika Suchankova ’15 Named Squash Player of the Week

Dickinson College Athletics November 19, 2015 Hedvika Suchankova '15 Suchankova Named Harrow Sports Player of the Week
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SMUS in the News: Ann Makosinski Just Keeps on Inventing

Victoria News November 10, 2015 Ann Makosinski '15 After Google, after graduation, Ann Makosinski just keeps on inventing
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SMUS in the News: Dawit Workie ’13 Guides Dartmouth as Unconventional Flyhalf

The Dartmouth Nov. 6, 2015 Dawit Workie '13 Dawit Workie guides Big Green as unconventional flyhalf
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SMUS in the News: Jessica Harvey ’08 Studying Parrot Populations in Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands Government TV October 26, 2015 Jessica Harvey '08 Cayman Parrot Survey Spotlight
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SMUS in the News: Olivia de Goede ’09 Has Been Great for the UBC...

Vancouver Sun October 26, 2015 Olivia de Goede '09 de Goede has been great for the T-Birds
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SMUS in the News: Mike Pyke Retires from Australian Football

Sydney Swans October 16, 2015 Mike Pyke '02 Mike Pyke's remarkable career ends
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SMUS in the News: Ann Makosinski ’15 Appears on The Tonight Show Again

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

Or rather, Ibellieve – Toronto, September 23. No, it’s not a typo. The “Ibell” in Ibellieve refers to Simon Ibell, SMUS grad of 1997. Simon is...
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SMUS in the News: Steve Nash Set to Enter Phoenix Suns Ring of Honor

Sept. 13, 2015 Northeast Valley News Steve Nash '92 and coach Ian Hyde-Lay Steve Nash Set to Enter Phoenix Suns Ring of Honor
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The SMUS Chapel: Reworking Space for Our Growing Community

More than half a century ago the school community came together to do something extraordinary: build the Chapel. In the early 1960s, the school –...
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SMUS in the News: Paul Almond’s SMUS-Filmed "Ups and Downs"

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

An excerpt from a speech by Eva Grant, co-valedictorian When I was going through the college application process last fall – and can I get...
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SMUS in the News: Liz Fenje ’09 Chosen for Pan Am Games Rowing Team

Rowing Canada June 2, 2015 Liz Fenje '09 Canadian Rowing team nominated for Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games
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SMUS in the News: Mike Pyke ’02 Plays 100 AFL Games for Sydney Swans

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

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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SMUS in the News: Luke McCloskey ’10

Rugby Canada May 7, 2015 Luke McCloskey '10 University All-Stars announced for Langford Sevens
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SMUS in the News: Chris Considine ’70

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

by Jason Penaluna '91, SMUS Alumni Association trustee We are just one day away from the kick-off to Alumni Weekend 2015 (May 1-2)! SMUS is so excited to...
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SMUS in the News: Andrew Sabiston ’82 and Timothy Williams ‘ 83

Times Colonist April 25, 2015 Andrew Sabiston '82 and Tim Williams '83 Victoria pair's Napoleon going to New York
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SMUS in the News: A Conversation With Stewart Butterfield

The New York Times April 16, 2015 Stewart Butterfield '91 Is Slack really worth $2.8 billion? A conversation with Stewart Butterfield
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SMUS in the News: Nicole Bunyan ’11; Jeremy Bagshaw ’10

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

Some students get homesick when they arrive in September. They hanker for the places and community they have left behind for this new and...
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SMUS in the News: Mike Fuailefau Named to Tokyo 7s Dream Team

The Province April 5, 2015 Mike Fuailefau '10 Tokyo 7s: Canada upsets New Zealand, rumbles to season-high 4th place finish
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SMUS in the News: Mike Fuailefau and Canada Rugby Team Reaches Semis at Hong...

Times Colonist March 29, 2015 Mike Fuailefau '10 Canada makes Bowl semis at Hong Kong semis
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SMUS in the News: Slack, the App That May Finally Sink Email

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

SCHOOL TIES: In Their Own Words

In September, 1978, 35 girls made St. Michaels University School history. They walked through the doors to form the first co-ed class.
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Navigating Your 21st Century Career

by Jake Humphries, University Counselling Students graduating from high school today face a world of unparalleled opportunity that requires careful navigation and constant attention to...
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Cambridge Update from Keiler Totz ’13

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

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...
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Athletics Week in Review: November 26

With the first-term sporting calendar drawing to a close, SMUS Senior girls volleyball traveled to MEI near Abbotsford November 22 for a six-team wild card event. At stake was...
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Celebrating Basketball with the SMUS Community

The 2014-2015 basketball season gets underway Saturday, November 22 with a Celebration of SMUS Basketball, a full day's worth of games featuring SMUS athletes from...
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SMUS in the News: Steven Price Scores International Book Deal

Times Colonist November 13, 2014 Steven Price '94 Victoria writer Steven Price scores international book deal  
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SMUS in the News: Stewart Butterfield’s Startup Surpasses $1-Billion Valuation

The Globe and Mail October 31, 2014 Stewart Butterfield '91 Productivity startup surpasses $1-billion valuation
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Alumnus Gareth Rees, Teacher Nancy Mollenhauer Enter Halls of Fame

Gareth Rees ’85 made Canadian history last week, becoming the first rugby player ever to be inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. The rugby...
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SMUS in the News: Steve Nash’s Drive Made Him a Legend

Steve Nash  '92 October 24, 2014 ESPN Steve Nash's drive made him a legend Chek News Steve Nash leaves a legacy for Canadian basketball CTV Vancouver Island Is Steve Nash's NBA career...
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SMUS Distinguished Alumnus: Melissa Sawyer

This week, Melissa Sawyer '94, the recipient of the 2014 SMUS Distinguished Alumnus Award visited the school to speak with students about her life and...
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SMUS in the News: Baart Earns Canada West Star

University of Victoria Vikes News September 23, 2014 Michael Baart '14, Craig Gorman '07 Baart earns Canada West 2nd Star of the Week
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SMUS in the News: Rud Recruited to SFU

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

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

How to Download Images from the SMUS Photo Gallery

The SMUS photo gallery can be intimidating but if you refer to this post, you will have access to more than 200,000 (and counting)...
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Beyond SMUS: Reports on Post-Secondary Life

by Kaeleigh Fletcher '10 This past Tuesday marked the third year of SMUS’s “Beyond the Bubble” evening, a night dedicated to giving students and parents...
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May 14: Athletics Week in Review

Badminton SMUS hosted the Island Senior Badminton Championships on May 8, 2014. In the first round, the Blue Jags played extremely well, knocking off a...

The Boundless Talent of Kenneth Oppel ’85

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

We were so happy to see Shayla Baumeler (SMUS Grad '13) featured for her Service and Volunteer work by Mount Allison University. She was involved...
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Alumni Weekend: Not Just For Alumni

by Gillian Donald, Alumni Associate As the Easter weekend begins, we are only two weeks away from another major event: Alumni Weekend (May 2-4). Despite...
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Attending a Small University – Julian Allen, SMUS Class of 2012

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

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...

Nash Visit Highlights Week of B-ball

The Senior boys basketball team took part January 23-25 in the prestigious Vancouver College Emerald Tournament. In a field loaded with ranked AAAA teams,...

Dream Big: Alex

Earlier this year, we unveiled the new motto for our annual fund. The money raised supports many aspects of school life but in particular...
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SMUS in the News: Obama buys spy novel, sports and kids’ books

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

Alumni Basketball: Student Side Keeps it Close

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

The SMUS Distinguished Alumnus Award recognizes alumni who have excelled in their chosen fields and have been involved in their communities. This year's Distinguished...
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SMUS in the News: Orca Trainer Colin Baird ’85

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

Invitational Brings Community Together

by Peter Gardiner What a glorious day! On September 9th, approximately 100 golfers enjoyed the 8th Annual Alumni and Friends Golf Invitational at Cordova Bay. The weather...
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SMUS in the News: Pyke Not Getting Comfortable

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

Times Colonist August 21, 2013 Ellen Law '14 and Jack Hayes '12 Review: Natural effects light up Midsummer Night's Dream by the sea
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Graduation: A Rite of Passage

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

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

SMUS "Lifers" are students who have spent their school lives at SMUS. This year, Grade 12 lifers will finally be leaving the SMUS nest....
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Brendan Snarr, SMUS ’05, PhD Research at McGill

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’...
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SMUS in the News: Test time for Canadian rugby team

Victoria Times Colonist May 21, 2013 Mike Fuailefau '10 Ed Fairhurst '97 Test time for Canadian rugby team
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Alumni Return

It was a bright and beautiful weekend this past weekend, as alumni returned to campus for our annual Alumni Weekend. The SMUS community welcomed...
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Annual Fund Scholars: Kali

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

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

Career Week was a busy one this year, with two events running each lunch hour. Students had the opportunity to attend panel discussions of...
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Brian Christensen ’11: If I Should Fall

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

Few weekends would be a better fit for the theme of “passages” than Alumni Weekend, which starts today. Every day this week, already, many...
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Cross Campus Strings: Firsts and Finals

In the opening show of concert season at SMUS, the Cross Campus Strings featured appearances (musically, anyway) from Mahler, Saint-Saëns, the League of Legends...
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SMUS in the News: Toronto Maple Leafs Trade for Ryan O’Byrne

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

The Sydney Morning Herald April 4, 2013 Mike Pyke '02 Standing tall: Pyke happy to prove his critics wrong
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Notes from Beijing

Every March for the past eighteen years I have spent the first two-thirds of the March break visiting families and alumni in Asia. Over...
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2012 Grad is Governer General’s Award Winner

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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Diplomat Tony Quainton ’46 Talks Politics

by Athena Kerins, Grade 10 When I first learned about Mr. Quainton’s impressive career in diplomacy, I expected his speech to be very cagey. I...
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Re-Examining Africa with Dariusz Dziewanski

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

With the end of the school term and 2012 fast approaching, it is a great opportunity to check in with the Annual Fund. Strong...
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Athletics Review: Tales From the Beginning and the End

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

SMUS recently hosted Simon Ibell '96, our 2012 Distinguished Alumnus (Philanthropy). Simon began his visit at the Junior School before going on to speak...
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New Year, New Chance to Give

As visitors to SMUS may have noticed, the Annual Fund for the year has begun. The banners are up on both campuses, the donation...
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SMUS in the News: Mike Pyke Plays in Grand Final

Mike Pyke '02 The Globe and Mail September 27, 2012 Canadian Mike Pyke has become big star down under Vancouver Sun September 28, 2012 Where no Canadian has gone before Victoria...
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SMUS in the News: Canadian Rugby Journey Proves Mike Pyke is One in 101

Herald Sun (Australia) September 24, 2012 Mike Pyke '02 Journey from Canadian rugby international to AFL Grand Final proves Mike Pyke is one in 101 Mike Pyke ‘02...
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SMUS in the News: O’Byrne Turns to Coaching

Times Colonist September 20, 2012 Ryan O'Byrne '02 Locked out NHL player returns home to help coach Victoria Grizzlies
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Alumni, Parents and Friends Play for a Cause

This Monday, 112 golfers took to the Victoria Golf Club course for our annual Alumni & Friends Golf Invitational in support of the Alumni...
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SMUS in the News: Kenneth Oppel ’85 on CBC

CBC Radio July 15, 2012 Kenneth Oppel '85 Children's Book Recommendations Audio: 55:20-1:08
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SMUS in the News: SMUS rower first with Stanford

Peninsula News June 11, 2012 Liz Fenje '09 Oak Bay surfer second in Tofino; SMUS rower first with Stanford; Hesjedal's maglia rosa up for auction
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Rowers Come Out of Their Shells

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

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

by Erin Anderson, editor Alumni Weekend, an annual event where SMUS alumni return to campus, ran from May 4-6 and featured all kinds of events...
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What does the future hold?

An appropriate time to ask that question is on Alumni Weekend, which is upon us today. At some point during the weekend, at a...
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Stories from the Annual Fund: John Herpers ’64

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

For many SMUS students, the transition to university can be a jarring experience. After years of enjoying small class sizes, strong support from teachers...
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Career Week at SMUS: April 30 – May 4

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

Just a couple of days ago, we received a letter from Dariusz Dziewanski '97. Dariusz now lives in London, England. He writes: I want to take...
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Athletics Review: Racing on Elk Lake

Photos by Ann Fenje Rowing by Susanne Walker-Curry This past weekend, the SMUS rowing team competed at the 2012 Elk Lake Spring Regatta. It was our first...
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SMUS in the News: Islander gets word out with help from old friend

February 29, 2012 Simon Ibell '96 Islander gets word out with help from old friend (Times Colonist) Be Fair 2 Rare Promotes Awareness of Rare Diseases in...
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Stories from the Annual Fund: Cathy and Charley

by Erin Anderson, editor Visitors to SMUS often comment on how beautiful our campus is. Part of that beauty can be credited to Cathy Beglau,...
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SMUS in the News: Castaway Wanderers start rugby season with win over UVic

Victoria Times Colonist January 28, 2012 Beau Parker `08 Castaway Wanderers start rugby season with win over UVic
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SMUS in the News: Victoria’s O’Byrne Starts Charity Camp

Victoria Times Colonist January 27, 2012 Ryan O'Byrne '02 Victoria's O'Byrne Starts Charity Camp
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Victoria Film Festival Features SMUS Pictures

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

“Every year, we give to the Annual Fund,” says Susan Xu, a current parent. “Every year, we feel we should do more.” In 2006, Susan...
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Global Young Leaders Conference – Memories

Written by Sydney Stockus, Grad 2010, who is currently studying at the University of Southern California. My Experience at GYLC: It was summer  2009 when I...
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The Best SMUS Review Stories of 2011

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

As the calendar year ends, we still have six months left in the school year, and those months are some of our busiest times....
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SMUS in the News: Soccer player sets lofty goals

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

December 22, 2011 Times Colonist Steve Nash '92 Nash ready for abbreviated NBA season
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Stories from the Annual Fund: Jim Prentice ’49

Jim Prentice ’49 still remembers the freedom he experienced on the water as a youth. His life-long passion for boating and the outdoors is...
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Steve Nash ’92 and Alumni Teams Play Students

Photos by Mrs. Grant, Chris Bateman, Anastasia Efremova, Liam MacLure and Frank Chang by Dawit Workie, Grade 11 An unforgettable event took place Saturday evening in...
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Stories from the Annual Fund: Keith Driscoll

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

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

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

SMUS Kicks Off the Annual Fund

As the 2011-2012 Annual Fund officially launched this week, Director of the Annual Fund Lori Adam, explains this year's focus, the spirit of giving,...
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Dr. Lotus Vermeer ’86 Speaks to Junior and Senior Students

Last week, Dr. Lotus Vermeer '86 visited the Junior and Senior Schools to speak to students about her work in conservation and species recovery....
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SMUS History Goes Online and Interactive

by Laura Authier I love history. I love looking at old photographs and being surprised by what looks different and even more surprised by what...
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SMUS in the News: The Innovators

October 11, 2011 Victoria Times Colonist (via Yahoo) Dr. Patrick Gill '97 The Innovators: Tiny camera opens world of potential
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SMUS in the News: Kenneth Oppel on his Young-Adult Frankenstein

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

Simon Ibell ’96 Inspires Students

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0lmpYUoBFg When Simon Ibell '96 visited SMUS this Monday, the event had a special significance: Simon chose his old high school to be the place...
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SMUS in the News: Vancouver’s Tiny Speck delivers new online world

September 27, 2011 Vancouver Sun Stewart Butterfield '91 Vancouver’s Tiny Speck delivers new online world
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SMUS in the News: Passionate World Cup visitors vie for locals’ support

New Zealand Herald September 19, 2011 Amy Lobb '03, Kim Lobb '98, Jilica Mrdjenovich '03 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10752715  
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SMUS in the News: Late-game Collapse Costs Canada Against France at Rugby World Cup

Victoria Times Colonist September 18, 2011 Ed Fairhurst '97 Late-game collapse costs Canada against France at rugby World Cup With powerful French up next, Canada must take it...
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SMUS in the News: Why Climbing a Wall Can be Good Rehab

The Globe and Mail 17 July, 2011 Chris Considine '70 Why climbing a wall can be good rehab
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SMUS in the News: "Key Changes to Canada Team"

Rugby Canada Tuesday, May 31, 2011 Key changes to Canada Team Ahead of Zimbabwe Match Mike Fuailefau '10, Johnny Humphries '09 http://www.rugbycanada.ca/leagues/newsletter.cfm?clientID=3817&leagueID=0&page=53263
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Scholar in Residence Kenneth Oppel ’85

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

Students Talk About Career Day 2011

by Madison Hadfield The SMUS career event was a really cool afternoon that let SMUS students get in touch with professionals and learn about careers...
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SMUS Career Day 2011: Bigger and Better

Alumni Weekend has a new addition this year: an afternoon devoted to careers. Over 35 speakers – many of them alumni – will be...
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SMUS in the News: "The Meat of the Matter"

Victoria Times Colonist March, 3, 2011 Geoff Martin '02 The meat of the matter
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SMUS in the News: "Health-care crusader battles to fix the broken system"

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

by Ian Hyde-Lay Simon Ibell (SMUS '96) continues to defy the odds. Now 33 years old, and born with a rare genetic disorder known as...
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Dariusz Dziewanski ’97 Talks International Development

Alumnus Dariusz Dziewanski '97 returned to speak to AP Human Geography and Geography 11 students about Liberia, where he has has been living and...
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Tim Williams ’83 Returns to SMUS

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

Last Friday night we held our annual Victoria Alumni evening. Very well attended by about a hundred and thirty people at the Union Club,...

Athletics Review: Sep 27, 2010

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

Terry Fox Run and Documentary

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

Junior Students and Alumni Celebrate Centennial

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

Bonjour de Montreal!  Je m'excuse de n'écrivant pas. Okay, so maybe my French hasn't gotten much better... but at least I'm trying right? It's been far...
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Long overdue

...September.  That’s pretty unacceptable.  I'm sorry for neglecting to write for such a long time. I hope to share much that’s happened since then, for...
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Stethoscopes, Lab Coats, and Cadavers.

I had spent the end of August and much of September hearing exciting stories from my friends who had all headed off to university...
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Herstmonceux Castle

Hey guys, hope everythings going well back home!  Sorry that I haven't posted anything in over a month, but I've been crazy busy over...
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Yale?

So I'm here.  It's unreal. Sorry it's taken me so long.  September is a crazy month.  I came during the last week of August for...
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Welcome to the Queen’s Family

Complete first week: check!  Meet new people: check!  Prepare for classes: check!  Download Skype (completely free way to video call worldwide): check!  Sleep: not...
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Hello from England!

Hey everybody, so I came over to England two days ago for vacation with my family (my school doesn't start here until Sept. 3)...
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Bienvenue a Montreal?

Well, I suppose I'll be the first to post... I moved to Montreal exactly a week ago.  I'm living in a condo two blocks away...