Spring Break Europe Trip: March 13-15

After a long travel day, a large group of SMUS students arrive in Germany, the first stop on the Spring Break music trip to Europe
Mark Turner

Personal Reflections on Mamma Mia!

Head of School Mr. Mark Turner reflects on last weekend's Senior School musical and the talent involved in making the show a reality

Behind the Scenes of Seussical the SMUSical

We chat with some of the talented young performers in this year's Middle School musical, Seussical
2018 SMUS Retirees

Saying Goodbye to Our 2018 Retirees

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

Inspiring the Next Generation

A great asset of a school like SMUS is having an amazing community of talent and expertise to draw upon to enrich our programs....

Behind the Scenes of Mamma Mia!

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

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. David Enns

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

Thank You for the Music: Previewing Mamma Mia!

Cast members in our upcoming Senior School musical, Mamma Mia!, reflect on their time performing in the show

Primary Students Share ‘Holiday Memories’ in Concert

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

Carol Service Brings the SMUS Community Together

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

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Chris Bateman

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

Personalized Learning: Middle School Art Gets A Creative Redesign

Visual Arts at the Middle School gets a creative redesign to allow for personalized learning for each artist
Grade 5 Opera: The Barber of Seville

Grade 5 Opera: Performers Reflect on The Barber of Seville

Our talented Junior School performers reflect on this year's Grade 5 opera, The Barber of Seville

SMUS in the News: Ajay Parikh-Friese ’16 Lands Roles on Netflix Series

Alumnus Ajay Parikh-Friese '16 stars in two new Netflix series, Lost in Space and ReBoot: The Guardian Code
Catch Me If You Can

Catching Up With the Con Artists

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

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

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

Catching Up with the Cast of Catch Me If You Can

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

Grade 2 Students Give Back With Souper Bowls

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

Large Ensembles Hit the Right Notes

The Senior School Large Ensembles Concert featured the choir, orchestras and concert bands performing a variety of pieces
Carol Servicevideo

Carol Service: A Time to Unwind

Students from our Junior, Middle and Senior Schools gathered to celebrate the season with songs and reflections.
Kathryn Humphries

SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Kathryn Humphries

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

Grade 5 Students Stage Tale As Old As Time

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

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

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

Middle School Tests a Flexible Schedule to Personalize Learning

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

Young Singers Rock Out for Choral Concert

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

SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Alex Cecill

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

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

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

Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory Closes Its Doors

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

Willy Wonka: Golden Ticket Holders Talk Middle School Musical

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

REVIEW: Opening Night of Ragtime

Senior School students – and members of the pit orchestra – review the Senior School musical, Ragtime

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

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

Curtain Call: Meet Ragtime’s Coalhouse Walker Jr.

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

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Peter Butterfield

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

Putting the “Service” in Christmas Carol Service

Our annual Christmas Carol Service brings the community together for a beautiful evening of music and student reflections

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

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

Grade 4 String Musicians Make Their Public Debut

After just three months of learning music, our talented young strings musicians took the stage this week and showed off their skills
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SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Jennifer Fisher

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

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

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

SMUS in the News: 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: Film Camp Puts Focus on Kids

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

SMUS in the News: SMUS Students Win Nanaimo Parklet Contest

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

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

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

Innovation Hour is “Personalized Learning at Its Best”

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

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

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

Grade 5 Opera “Die Fledermaus” Hits the McPherson Stage

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

Grade 3 Students Become Poetry Pros

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

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

May 26, 2016 Monday Magazine Grade 5 Opera "Die Fledermaus" Small voices tackle big show (p. 31) https://issuu.com/blackpress/docs/i20160526074301142/31
Grade 5 Opera

Celebrating 10 Years Since Grade 5 Opera Debut

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

Grade 7 Students Perform Shakespeare in the Park

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

Middle School Band Clinics Offer Unique Learning Opportunities

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

Spring Break Trip 2016: Europe

Before I went to Europe on a Spring Break music tour, I had never left North America. Being able to see just how similar...

Middle School Artists on Display

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

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

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

REVIEW: Opening Night of The Phantom of the Opera

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

Behind the Mask: Meet the Phantom of the Opera

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

SMUS in the News: The Phantom of the Opera Production

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

Phantom Performers: Meet SMUS’s Two Viscount Raouls

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

Phantom Performers: Meet SMUS’s Two Christine Daaés

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

Grade 3s Develop Fine Motor Skills in Quilting Club

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

Exploratory: Freedom to Try Something New Without Being Graded!

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

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

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

SMUS Community Gathers for Fun Christmas Celebration

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

Primary Students Spread Christmas Cheer at Concert

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

Music, Reflections Bring Christmas Carol Service to Life

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

Middle School Dojo: Earn a Black Belt in Band Karate

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

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

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

Grade 7 and 8 Students Put Strings Skills on Display

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

Grade 5 String Orchestra Performs at Junior School

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

Exploratory is All About Your Passions and Trying Something New

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

‘Band Geeks’ Heads to Victoria Fringe Festival

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

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

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

‘This Has Been The Best School Year Ever!’

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

Aspiring Young Fashion Designer Wins National Student Design Contest

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

Grade 3 Students Embrace Their Inner Poets

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

SMUS in the News: Chris Hadfield’s SMUS Chat

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

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

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

19 SMUS Grads Earn Dogwood Scholarship for Extra-Curricular Excellence

Nineteen Grade 12 students were recently announced as recipients of a $1,000 Dogwood District Award, recognizing their excellence in non-academic work. The awards, which recognize achievement...

Junior and Middle Schools Get Together for a Choral Evening

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

Grade 12 Student Composes a Personal SMUS Musical Journey

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

Young Artists Put Works on Display at ISA Art Show

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

SMUS’s Club Hub: Photo Club

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

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

Cross-Campus Strings Show Highlights Musicians of All Ages

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

The Wizard of Oz Comes to a Close

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

Best School Year Ever: And the Winner is…

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

Dancing Down the Yellow Brick Road

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

Legally Blonde

Legally Blonde is a clever title – for a movie, and more so, I think, for the musical the movie begat. Last night our...

Beyond the Blonde: Meet SMUS’s Lead Actors

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

Grade 1 and 11 Students Become Fairy Tale Heroes

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

Hands-On Learning Through Exploration

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


Even when you go to yearbooks from fifty or a hundred years ago, a few prominent pages are devoted to the school musical. Depending...

Meet the Best School Year Ever Finalists

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

Beyond the Blonde: Senior School Musical Behind the Scenes

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

Junior School Students Look Forward to a Musical Experience

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

Young String Musicians Head Over the Rainbow to Oz

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

Grade 5 Students Rise to the Challenge of Staging a Musical

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

Middle School is Off to See the Wizard

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

Pitch Perfect: Large Ensembles Concert

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

SMUS Filmmakers Get Red Carpet Treatment at the Victoria Film Festival

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

Happy SMUS Year! Looking Back at 2014

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

Welcoming Winter with Artwork

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

Primary Students Jingle All The Way Onstage

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

Middle School Band Students Exude Christmas Cheer

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

Carol Service Brings Reflections on the Holiday Season

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

Grade 4 Musicians Make Live Performance Debut

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

Middle School Music: Learning Through Performance

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

Small Ensembles: Small on Numbers, Big on Talent

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

Grade 5 Students Bow and Pluck to Make Beautiful Music

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

A Francophone Adaptation of Goldilocks in Outer Space

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

Middle School Choir Joins Victoria Symphony to Remember World Wars

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

Wanted: Three Amazing High School Students

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...

SMUS in the News: Young Musician Makes a Splash

Times Colonist July 12, 2014 Erik Lin, Grade 5 Victoria music teacher’s young charge makes a Splash

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)...

Grade 5 Opera: The Gypsy Baron

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

Keeping the Beat For War Child

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

Jazz Night Embraces Rock, Soul and the ’80s

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

Grade 5 Students Prepare for Opera Debut

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

Young Voices, Old Songs at Choral Concert

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

Found: Three Amazing High School Students

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...

And the BSYE finalists are…

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...

Mixed Ensembles Concert "Out of this World"

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

A Grade 2 Musical

by Sierra I am doing a musical called The Drum and it is about Jordan, a little girl who wants a drum. Jordan is given...

Middle School Musicians in the Spotlight

Unlike most of our concerts, the Middle School Melodies in March concert is not an annual affair; rather, it happens on the years when...

A New Extreme at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

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

Audience Laughsalot at Spamalot

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

Inspiration at the Vancouver Island School of Art

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

Large Ensembles: The Diversity of Music

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

SMUS in the News: Free School Year

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

Student Short Film Tops VFF Contest

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

Young Designers Revive House Shirts

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

SMUS in the News: Victoria Film Festival Kicks Off

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

Tiny Voices Perform Holiday Tunes

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

Find Meaning in the Season

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

Middle School Theatre, en Français

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

Strings Musicians Review Concerts

Recently, both our Grade 4 and 5 Strings students gave performances at the Junior School. Below, young musicians talk about how it feels to...

Small Ensembles: Standards and Experiments

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

Recitations: Keep Calm and Speak On

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

Middle School Musicians: Ragtime and Jazz

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

The “bravo” moment

At the end of the show – be it an opera, concert, or play – someone in the audience leaps up, waves a hand...

Fall Theatre Production Captures Life of Anne Frank

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

SMUS in the News: Victoria Teen Kieran Large Shows Off His Soccer, Acting Chops

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

Seasonal Art

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

A Look at Exploratory

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

Music Review

A few days ago, one of my colleagues recalled the occasion, over a decade ago, when she first heard our Grade Five string orchestra...

From Secret Garden to Shakepeare

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

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

Standards and Solos for Jazz Night

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

Exploring Exploratory

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

iSpy: A Musical

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

Gratitude for War Child & Keep the Beat

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

Concerto Spotlights Soloists

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

A Lesson in Poetry

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

Going Solo at the Concerto Concert

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

Collaboration Across Continents

by Amal Khan, Grade 11 This year in Art 11, my class had the experience of being involved with a project directed by the Tate...

Art Round-Up

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

Campuses Unite in Song

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

In Memory of David Gauthier

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

Banding Together for a Farewell Concert

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

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...

A Look at Ancient Japan Through Art

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

The Moral of the Musical

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

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...


How do students show they have learned? You give them a test, you ask them to write an essay. And more these days, thankfully. Tests and...

Paris and Amsterdam: Music & Culture

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

Parents Get a Lesson on Learning

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

Energetic Cast Powers Annie

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

Unearthing The Secret Garden

by Erin Anderson, editor When I first heard SMUS would perform The Secret Garden, I recalled the book I read as a child, and thought,...

Annie Prepares to Take the Stage

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

SMUS in the News: Seeing Double

Victoria News February 28, 2013 Morgan McLeod; The Secret Garden Performers hope to have audiences seeing double

Artists Talk Inspiration Behind McPherson Show

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

Behind the Scenes in Musicals Past

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

Diving Into Opera

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

Large Ensembles: A View From the Wings

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

What is an Orffestra?

Orff music instruction at the Junior School is a lively, child-centered approach to music that incorporates singing, dancing, acting and playing instruments

Tradition and Innovation Drive Small Ensembles

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

Holiday Songs Brighten Winter Season

Carols are a staple of Christmas celebration, and with a student body packed with amazing singers, it seems only natural that SMUS contributes a...

Former Students Get Junior School Swinging

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

Inside Our Strings Ensemble

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

Special Guests Combine Geography and Art

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

The Complexity of Clay

by Erin Anderson, editor One of the greatest things about the SMUS Middle School is located way down in the basement, tucked into the corner...

Never Too Young for Strings

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

And the Winner Is…

This year, we put our second annual Outdoor Education Photo Contest online and let everyone vote on the strongest photos. Thanks to everyone who...

Ocean Centre Visit Spawns Artwork

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

Something Wicked for SMUS Boarders

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

Re-examining Creativity: Everything is a Remix

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

Ted Harrison Inspires Young Artists

The school year at the Junior School has started off with a variety of art projects. The Grade 5 students created clay leaves, the...

Handmade Fashions Hit the Runway

by Maddi T, Grade 6 The Project Runway exploratory was the best exploratory that I have ever done! We had so much fun learning how...

SMUS in the News: Conductor sees real role as challenging singers to soar

Times Colonist June 7, 2012 Peter Butterfield, faculty Conductor sees real role as challenging singers to soar

Concert Bands Mix It Up for Spring

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

Ten Years of Keeping the Beat

by Erin Anderson, editor Last Friday was no ordinary day. Keep the Beat, the annual fundraiser for War Child Canada, returned to SMUS for its...

Original Trilogy Wraps Up with Wakeful Sleeper

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

Choirs Present Movie Songs and Latin Classics

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

Students Prepared for Opera Opening

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

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Armed Man

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

Grade 2 Class Stages Mini-Musical

The Grade 2 class is presenting a mini-musical called A Race to the Finish on Friday. They have worked with Mrs. Duffus and Mrs....

An Artist’s View of the ISA Art Show

by Olivia, Grade 6 I really enjoyed the art show. You could see all the different types and styles of art from different perspectives and...

ISA Art Show Highlights Junior and Middle Artwork

by Angelina Agathoklis, art teacher Anyone can attend the annual Independant School Association art show this Saturday and you can see plenty of SMUS pieces...

Melodies From the Middle School

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

Guys and Dolls: Share Your Perspective

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

The Art of Community

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

Exploring Exploratory: A New Way to Learn

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

The Path to Concert Performance

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

Scholar in Residence Combines History and Performing Arts

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

SMUS Ensembles Livin’ Large

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


Visitors to my office often comment on the art hanging on its walls, their eyes widening when they learn that it is student art....

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...

SMUS Artists and Poets Show Their Eclectic Side

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

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...

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....

SMUS in the News: Poetry comes to life

Oak Bay News January 6, 2012 Visual Poetry art show; Alex Davies Poetry comes to life

SMUS in the News: Visual Poetry with SMUS Students

Focus Magazine January, 2012 Visual Poetry art show Visual Poetry with SMUS Students (page 20)

Small Ensembles Perform Big Songs

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

Primary Students Give Holiday Show

Students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 performed at a special tea for the grandparents and other guests last week. It was a wonderful and...

Strings Students Give Stirring Performance

Middle School parents, students and staff were treated to a wonderful afternoon of music last week. Grade 7 and 8 strings students played a...

Grades 1 and 5 Buddy Up for Art

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

UVic Professor Studies SMUS Students

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

Student Theatre Offers Cathartic Drama

by Sydney Fraser, Grade 11 Aristotle’s Poetics, the latest play to be performed by SMUS’ Student Theatre Society, explores the lives of people who live...

SMUS Seniors Embark on a Tar Trek

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

Student Photographers Capture Outdoor Adventures

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

Students Get a Lesson in Slam Poetry

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

Junior School Artists Decorate Their School

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

Term 1 – Senior School Clubs and Councils Schedule

There is so much going on at the school and it can be challenging to figure out where and when to be at different...

Art 10 Students Go "Behind the Scenes"

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

Grade 6 Artists Dig Into Clay Sculpture

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

SMUS in the News: Good Times for the Party on High Street

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

Summer Academy Students Present Modern Opera

On Friday, July 29, a small group of student vocalists will present Pandora's Locker, a one-act opera from Canadian composer Dean Burry. Inspired by the...

SMUS in the News: It’s Not Over Till The Teenagers Sing

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

Musical Theatre Heats Up the Summer

Though SMUS students might be taking the summer off, the SMUS campus is keeping busy, hosting a variety of summer programs. The SMUS Summer...

Grade 5 Musical Is a Magical Show

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

Choral Concert Features Many Voices

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

Keep the Beat 2011 Kicks Off On Friday

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

Cross Campus Band Concert Scores Big

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

SMUS Student Theatre Society Presents Distortion

Next week, the SMUS Student Theatre Society unveils its latest show, an original play co-written by SMUS teacher Jennifer Fraser. Distortion tells the story...

Concerto Concert Showcases Soloists

The soloists were not alone on stage, but rather had the support of an entire orchestra. In each piece, there were moments of just...

Grade 5 Students Build a City Scape

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

We few

It is a challenge to find a time for an event at the School these days - if you didn’t get it on the...

Grade 2 Class Makes Easter Creations

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

Junior School Students Put on a Musical

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

Student Art at the AGGV

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

Student Uses Music to Fundraise

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


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

Hats Off to My Fair Lady

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


It’s that time of year: large scale musical productions (Senior - My Fair Lady, on right now at the McPherson Theatre; Middle School -...

Brendan McLeod Performs New Monologue

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

Artist Rande Cook Visits SMUS Middle School

by Mckenna Haz, Grade 7 Recently, my class had the opportunity to meet a special local artist, Rande Cook, known for his First Nations art...

AP French Class Performs Cyrano de Bergerac

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

Junior School Overflows with Student Art

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

Concert Covers A World of Music

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

Middle School Musical Taking Shape

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

Art Students Learn Chinese Techniques

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

Oil Artist Visits Through New Extremes

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

Junior School Celebrates The Season

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

Students Compete in Film Festival Contest

The Victoria Film Festival includes FilmCAN, a contest for young filmmakers, where the favorite videos go on to be played in the film festival....

Small Ensembles Concert a Festive Event

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

Grade 5 Students Build with Gingerbread

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

Middle School Carol Service

by Amita On December 2nd, the Middle School had its annual carol service. I sung in the Grade 8 choir. The two songs we sung...

Performing in Senior School Recitations

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

Middle School Students Perform Recitations

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

Exploratory: What’s Happening

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

AP Art Class Visits Vancouver

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

Meet A Few Cast Members of Oliver

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

Student Theatre Delivers a Transformative Performance

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

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...

Middle School Cellists Play with a Special Guest

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

SMUS Review: Middle School Cellists Perform

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

Junior School Explodes with Colour

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

Art Students Sketch at Royal BC Museum

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

The Fugitives Captivate SMUS

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

13: A SMUS Summer Musical

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

Evolution of an AP Art Portfolio

Grade 12 student Rachel Woosun Kim writes about her experience in SMUS's Advanced Placement Studio Art course

Capturing Life After Cancer

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

Free Art at Middle School!

A message from Ms. Wilkens Students, please stop by the Art Room during recess, lunch, or after school this WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY or FRIDAY and pick up...

SMUS Student Tours with National Band

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

Baroque Concert Rocks the House

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

Senior Art Goes on Display

See slideshow This Thursday was Art Day, an annual event that allows our student artists to show their peers what they’ve been working on. The...

AP Students Study Art in Seattle

by Laura Gilmore. Grade 12 On Thursday, January 29th, a group of AP Studio Art and AP Art History students embarked on a journey to...

Middle School Students Put on a Show

Anyone who passes through the Cedar Hill Recreation Centre in the next few weeks will be able to see the art work of about...

Visiting Artist Colours SMUS

AP Studio Art and Grade 10 Art students had the opportunity to work with acclaimed pastel artist Nancy Slaght this week, as the former...

Student Artists Make a Splash in Tofino

AP Studio Art students embarked on a trip to Tofino last weekend for a two-day retreat that allowed them to explore rainforest life through...

Art Day Brushes Past

The Senior School library looked more like an art gallery Thursday when students displayed their work alongside exhibits from local artists as part of...

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