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Graduation: A Rite of Passage

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

Mindfulness

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

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St. Michaels University School and Sodexo, the food service organization that runs Brown Hall, have partnered up once again this summer to fill a hunger gap in Greater...
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New Head Girl and Head Boy Aim to Strengthen Cross-Campus Community

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We may only be a couple of weeks into school, but some students – Sarah Jones and Jasper Johnston, in particular – have been thinking...
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Never Forget: Remembrance Day at the Middle and Senior Schools

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

Buses, Teachers and Making our Way to London

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As predicted, the unexpected occurred. We piled on the bus just after breakfast last Sunday morning to leave behind the quiet of Wales for...

The End of our Week in London

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We just returned from an evening at Stonehenge-- four and a half hours on a bus in order to spend a fantastic long hour...
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England: Lincoln – What Happens Next? The Cathedral, The Conference, The Cup, The Contrasts

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The heat: the first confirmation that the next four days will present in most ways a stark contrast to the past four. Unlike Inverness,...

2015 Rugby Tour: Chasing the sun

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March 23, mid day, and the tour party, after a three  hour bus transfer from Granada, arrives in Seville. First impressions of the city...

March 27 Rome

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Part of the group set off early to fly back home while the rest of us had a bit of a sleep in before...

Last post from Italy and photo links

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I have posted a few more photos to the Picasa site: https://picasaweb.google.com/mhjackson123/20110327Europemusic?authkey=Gv1sRgCJj2zveO-9ajOA# This is probably the last post while on the trip as we are off...

2015 Rugby Tour: The Home Stretch

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With happy memories of Seville still fresh in the mind, the tour party heads west into the Algarve in southern Portugal for a day...
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iSpy: A Musical

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

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

Harvard Instructional Rounds at SMUS

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At SMUS we believe in life-long learning, and that extends to our teachers as well. From one-on-one mentoring and coaching to cross-campus collaboration between...
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"Howdy partner!" Barn Dance Strengthens SMUS Community

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Barn dances have long been associated with socializing and community-building. And that's no different at SMUS, as our Junior School hosted its annual Barn...
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Boarding Community is Full of Good Surprises

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

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

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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...

Grade 6 Outdoor Ed Trips Underscore Inclusiveness and Risk-Taking

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

Learning and the Brain: Sleep and Exercise

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How are sleep and exercise crucial for learning in students of all ages? Using John Medina's book, Brain Rules, as a starting point, SMUS...
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SMUS Community Gathers for Fun Christmas Celebration

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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...

Welcome Message from the PA President, Susan Ko

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I'm tired, it’s 9pm, and I’m just back from the Junior School, having spent two hours helping to decorate the gym for this Saturday’s...

First photos posted

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I have managed to get the first batch of photos posted - from the journey and the first day in Winchester. You can find the...

Abbey Road Studios

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The entire group is currently at Abbey Road Studios! Here we are in the hallowed halls of music history! The students have been recording...

Rome – March 25

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We had another early start and made our way to Mary Mount International School where we had two performances. Though short, they were lots...

Our Adventure Begins

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Today we set out for our study-travel to the UK and Portugal. I'm so glad this day has arrived! The last days of packing...

Coleg yr Iwerydd

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We arrived at Atlantic College (Coleg yr Iwerydd in Welsh) just after noon on Thursday. Passing over the Bristol Strait we followed signs in...

Thinking about Lisbon

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We´re already in the Algarve, having travelled here from Lisbon yesterday. The week in Lisbon sped by as we reached the midterm point in...

March 26 – Rome

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We began the day by driving into Rome and making our way to the Vatican. We toured the amazing galleries and spent time admiring...

Grads Say Farewell in Leavers’ Chapel

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

Service Trip? India?

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If you have ever considered going on a service trip, this video (created by SMUS student Olivia Sorley) may motivate you to sign up! She...

2015 Rugby Tour: Lisbon

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We have finally found some consistent sun and, as I type, happy sunburnt faces are filing in for breakfast on a blue sky day...
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We Day and CAIS Launch Leaders

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Two major — but very different — events have given Middle School students a chance to sharpen their leadership skills. Several students travelled to...
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And the Winner Is…

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

Not the Usual Daily Grind

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by Natrine Cheuk, Grade 12 boarder and Business Club Executive The Daily Grind is a cafe ran entirely by the members of the Business Club....
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SMUS in the News: Scholarship Benefits Portland Teen

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Reflections on India

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by Darin Steinkey Each member of this group has spent time in India and wanted to share their impressions in Chapel. Whether it was a...

Annual Fund Scholars: Dawit

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

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

Meet Your Head Boy and Girl

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

Leadership Via Horsemanship

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On Thursday, our new Prefects, Heads of House and Council Heads jumped the Clipper ferry to make the annual journey down to Silk Purse...

Financial Aid February

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Financial aid is a big part of the Annual Fund, with over $300,000 last year going towards making SMUS education more accessible. For the...

All We Need is Like

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There was lots of Valentine's Day love spread around all three campuses today, but love isn't confined to one day of the year. Last...
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The Value of Student Travel

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

And the BSYE finalists are…

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

Found: Three Amazing High School Students

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

Mother’s Day Celebration

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

SMUS Lifers Go Back to Kindergarten

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by Claire Williams, Grade 12 As lifers, we have 12-13 years of SMUS behind us and the Junior School was a big chunk of that....
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Grade 9 & 10 Closing Ceremony

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While our Grade 9 and 10 students are not entering their final year of SMUS or heading off to university, the end of the...
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Middle School Closing Ceremony

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

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by Paul Leslie, Director of Admissions Dear SMUS Team: Congratulations to all on an excellent and well organised orientation week. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and...

Funding Big Dreams

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Did you know that tuition at SMUS accounts for approximately 85% of our total budget? The extra 15% is raised annually via our Dream...
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Open House: 10 Good Things about the Junior School

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Kathleen Cook, Assistant Director of the Junior School On Friday, October 24 the Junior School welcomed many visitors to the Open House. As a part...

Wanted: Three Amazing High School Students

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

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

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

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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...
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Treasured Boarding Experiences are a Hot Commodity

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

How to Win the Best School Year Ever Contest

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

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To cap off the holiday season, our Junior School hosted its annual Primary Christmas Concert this week, much to the delight of proud parents...
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Grade 5 Students Rise to the Challenge of Staging a Musical

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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...
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Meet the Best School Year Ever Finalists

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The SMUS campus has been buzzing with Best School Year Ever chatter for months now. We launched the 2015-16 scholarship contest in late October,...
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Grade 1 and 11 Students Become Fairy Tale Heroes

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Once upon a time there lived a group of young princes and princesses learning about fairy tales in their Grade 1 class. Her Royal Highness the...
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Best School Year Ever: And the Winner is…

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

Model UN Competitions Are Fun and Rewarding Experiences

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

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Kindergarten students were all excited to take their parents around the school this week, demonstrating to them what they've learned this year and showing off some wonderful...
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Middle School Explorers Set Out For Weekend Camp Experience

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by Matthew, Grade 8 I love cities. I admire places such as Hong Kong and New York for their pace, skyscrapers and for how urban...
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SMUS Students Sell Prayer Flags to Raise Money for Nepal

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Grade 8 students Georgia Haydock, left, and Anna Considine hang handmade prayer flags in the lobby of the Middle School. If there's one thing that...
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Building Sweet Friendships on Service Outings to Care Home

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by Kathleen Cook, Assistant Director of the Junior School As a part of a school-wide commitment to external community service for all the students at...
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Aspiring Young Fashion Designer Wins National Student Design Contest

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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...
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Lifers Look Back on 13 Years at SMUS

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September 5, 2002. Avril Lavigne's "Complicated" was sitting atop the charts, kids everywhere were anxiously awaiting the release of the second Harry Potter movie,...
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Grade 8 Students Anticipate Life at the Senior School

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Four Grade 8 students who've enjoyed their time at the Middle School reflect on their experiences in Grades 6-8
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2015 Athletic Awards

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by Lindsay Brooke, Athletic Director The 2014-15 school year has simply been the finest ever in SMUS sporting history. Pride of place goes to the athletes and coaches...
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Congratulations to the Class of 2015!

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An excerpt from a speech by Eva Grant, co-valedictorian When I was going through the college application process last fall – and can I get...
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Leavers’ Chapel Marks Last Days for Grade 12 Students

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

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

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Our students' return from the Thanksgiving long weekend marks a change in the school's dress code – summer dress is out, and our regular uniforms come back to...
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‘SMUS Reads’ Event Brings Community Together Around Literacy

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

Honour and Remembrance at the Junior School

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Heartfelt poetry, recitations, storytelling and music is how our Junior School students honoured Remembrance Day this week. The Tuesday morning service was a touching tribute...
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Grade 2 Students Learn Real-World Math With Hands-On Lesson

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Fifteen or 20 years ago, you'd be hard-pressed to find a math teacher who hadn't told their class at some point during a conversation...
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Junior School Sports Day – great kids, great coaches.

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I have composed my blog entries in all kinds of places: on airplanes, on the ferry to Vancouver, in hotel rooms, in airport waiting...
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Primary Students Spread Christmas Cheer at Concert

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

Our location in Winchester

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In the google map shot below, you can see where we have been based in Winchester. We are right beside the Cathedral and just...

London

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After finishing our session at Abbey Road, we made our way to the hotel in central London. After dropping our bags we went to...

March 22nd

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We had another busy day! Some toured London by bus, others went to the Imperial War Museum, and others went to the Science museum...

Some more photos

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A few photos form the 21st posted here: https://picasaweb.google.com/mhjackson123/20110321Europemusic?authkey=Gv1sRgCNbp0vrfv7ucEQ# Some more from abbey road and Stonehenge and Winchester here: https://picasaweb.google.com/mhjackson123/20110320Europemusic?authkey=Gv1sRgCMDw9fy50Me4KQ#

Verona

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After a relaxed morning, we made our way to Heathrow for our flight to Italy. Flying over the Alps was spectacular. We arrived in...

Venice – March 23

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After an early start, we drove to Venice where we were able to travel the entire length of the Grand Canal  to St Mark's...

Florence

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We had a great day exploring Florence. After our usual early start we began by exploring the market of San Lorenzo. After an hour...
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Connect Model United Nations

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On November 19 - 21, 30 students from grades 9 - 12 and three teachers were in Vancouver for the Connect Youth Model United...

Heat

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In the Algarve, it’s all about the heat. We arrived in Lagos one week ago yesterday to slightly cooler temperatures, somewhere in the high...

Last Morning in Lagos

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I wrote the following blog yesterday morning in the bright yellow sunshine of southern Portugal. After writing, I took a walk for a last...

Kelsey Bjola on Seeing Henry IV, Part One at the Globe Theatre

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Beers, Cheers, and Big Battles Too by Kelsey Bjola To go or not to go, that was the question.  Heading towards Shakespeare’s astounding Globe Theatre, excitement...

Chrystine Beaumont on People Watching in Portugal

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Beats by Chrystine Beaumont Portugal’s people definitely had a quick beat. It was like running while attempting to dance or dancing until you ran, feet kicking...

Chris Bjola on Sporting in Lisbon

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A Favourite Memory from this Trip By Chris Bjola If I had to choose a favourite thing that we did on this trip, it would definitely...

Nicole Chan on What it was like Overall

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Most Memorable Moments by Nicole Chan When asked to write about my most memorable moment on the trip I found it a struggle to choose one...

Postscript

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I thought I'd said what needed to be said, but the homecoming was too sweet not to mention. The trip was fabulous and the...

Introduction to Summer School 2010

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Experience the World is a travelling summer school programme operated by Georgia Hardy Tours from Toronto. The B.C. tours began several years ago when...

Quiz Night

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On Friday, 5th November, parents, staff and friends organized themselves into teams to compete for the title of "Superbrains Champions Fall 2010" and for...
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Inverness, Scotland: what’s in a name?

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Inverness, Scotland: After 26 hours of travel (taxi to Victoria bus depot, Pacific Coach Lines bus to ferry, PCL to Vancouver airport, 9 hours over the...
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The Junior School Green Team

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Sustainability is one of the Five Streams of Leadership at SMUS. Before the break, anticipating Earth Week in the middle of April, I had the...

Allocations Update

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Written by Krista Schlosser This is the first Allocations blog I have written; in fact, this is the first blog I have EVER written! I...

Junior School Barn Dance 2012

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by Allison Fowler Greetings y’all! It was so great to see so many students, parents, extended family, and teachers at this year's Barn Dance. 416 people came...

2015 Rugby Tour: Four Weeks Out

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We are officially 6 weeks away from our departure on March 14th.   The boys are excited and have been impressing the coaching staff with...

2015 Rugby Tour: Ten Days To Go!

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Departure day is nearing as the SMUS Senior Boys Rugby squad gets set for its March 14-31 tour to Spain and Portugal. The excitement...

2015 Rugby Tour: Off and Running!

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We have enjoyed a fantastic start to the tour!  Sunday morning opened with blue skies and cool temperatures and the group started with a...

2015 Rugby Tour: A Few Pictures

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Without consistent wifi in Marbella, we were unable to load pictures.  Here are a few from our days at La Alhambra and Marbella.  Stay...
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SMUS Review: The Time Benders

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

The Final Word on the Trip

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I asked each of the students to write a brief blog about this trip and they graciously agreed.  Kelsey (English 12) and Chrystine (English...

Plans for the blog

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I hope to be able to update the blog regularly while we are on tour - whenever we have Internet access. I will be...

Winchester arrival

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We all arrived safely at the Wessex Hotel this afternoon. The flight was uneventful, though long! We are based very close to the magnificent...

A great day in Winchester

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The group had a magnificent English Breakfast to start the day and then went for a short walking tour of historic Winchester - the...

Stonehenge and Salisbury

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Our day at Stonehenge was more than we could have ever hoped for.  After telling everyone how cold it would be on the open...
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Selling profound ideas

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Our mission is full of words that invite pompousness and overblown expression; these same words often also trigger cynicism and scorn:  “excellence”, “passion”, “compassion”;...
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“Reaching Beyond” Leadership Conference

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Reflections from the Grade 11 Boarders Leadership Conference by Lisa Chen (Symons House) On April 20, all of the Grade 11 boarders got on a bus heading...
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The Tragedy of the Commons

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Garrett Hardin first wrote about the tragedy of the commons in the journal Science in 1968. In this seminal work, Hardin described the dilemma...

Early Investigation Helps Course Selection Success

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

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Yesterday we had our Junior School Remembrance Day service, an occasion appropriately pitched at those young children. Today we had the Remembrance Day Service...

Junior Students and Alumni Celebrate Centennial

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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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Squeezing the Brain

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Yesterday at our weekly Management Team meeting, Heather Clayton, our Director of Learning, handed out to us little gray “squeeze-ball” models of the brain,...

Junior School Closing Ceremonies

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

Grade 9 and 10 Students Celebrate the Year

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

Colourful End to Middle School Games

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

2010 Graduates Say Farewell to SMUS

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

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Earlier this week I heard a group of our teachers reflect upon the completion of their stint in our Learning Institute, organized by Director...

Middle School Closing Ceremonies

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

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At this time of year I refer to our School’s Mission frequently. It is a time of numerous parent evenings, when they meet the...

Meet our New Director of Learning

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by Erin Anderson Last year, SMUS created a new position to examine how well the school's practices matched with new research into how our brains...

What’s New at SMUS?

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

Q&A with Head Boy and Girl: Part 1

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

New Year, More Students

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

Course Selection Information

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

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I mentioned to a colleague this morning that for the first time that I can remember, the ground outside is actually frozen....
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How to spend a Thursday night

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This week, that was easy: you go and see the Senior School production of Spamalot. Every year on opening night my wife, Joan, and...

Q&A with Head Boy and Girl: Part 2

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

SMUS: Where Everyone Belongs

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

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This phrase is a very ambitious one. At the same time it speaks the aspiration of every student at the School this week, Kindergarten...

Junior School Welcomes Families with Food

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

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Each September, you only get one chance to make your first address to the students, in my position. Sort of like remembering you only...

Busy Weekend for Tigers and Superstars

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Last weekend was a busy one for Service at SMUS. The Timmis Tigers spent Saturday morning on Mt. Tolmie with Dave Lock of the Mt....

Free the Children Co-founder Speaks at SMUS

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

New Head of Brown Hall Cooks Up Changes

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

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Last week we sent out the summary of our recent Athletic Review, as promised before Christmas. (Read it here.) The document has elicited some...

New Report Card Unveiled at Junior School

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

13: A SMUS Summer Musical

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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...
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Term 1 – Senior School Clubs and Councils Schedule

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

Prefects Learn to Lead

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

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The country of Oman forms what you might call the “ball of the foot” of the Arabian Peninsula: on the southeast corner, at the...
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Model United Nations

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Model United Nations are excellent hands-on opportunities to learn more about the way the United Nations functions. No experience is necessary and you will learn a...

Grade 6 Students Go Outdoors

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

Meeting the Needs of all Learners

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

Grade 11 Students Hit the Outdoors

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

Outdoor Adventures: Rock Climbing

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

Business Club Manages the Daily Grind

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by Brian Yen, Grade 12 boarder This year’s Business Club, headed by myself and Sarah Kim under the direction of Mr. Hall and Mr. Liggett,...

The Junior School Barn Dance Builds Community

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

Mrs. Snowden Reads to Kindergarten Class

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

New Technology for the Junior School Classrooms

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

Boarding Students Howl for Halloween

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

Remembrance Day: Past and Present

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

SMUS Students Get Spirited

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

Boarders Get a Taste of Home

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

Grade 2 Bakers Whip Up Some Gingerbread

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

Bolton House Expands Knowledge of Its Namesake

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

Middle School Adds to the Festival of Trees

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

Junior School Students Love Buddy Reading

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

Junior School Students Learn to Save Lives

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

Boarders Tour Butchart Gardens Christmas Display

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

Students Help Families Have a Happy Holiday

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

SMUS Teachers Spend a Day as Students

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

SMUS Students Form Justice Action Group

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There is a new student group at SMUS which is kicking off 2011 with some big plans. Led by Mr. David Lynch and Rev....
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SMUS Teacher Recognized by Stanford University

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Senior School mathematics teacher Linda Rajotte was recently honored by Stanford University for her ability and influence as a teacher. Brandon Ewonus '10, who is...
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Gwendolen’s Story

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by Patricia O'Neill, SMUS Parent Gwendolen is far from ordinary. Until last July, this angelic 16-year-old with her halo of golden curls and glorious smile...
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SMUS Celebrates Mardi Gras

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

SMUS Community Lends a Generous Hand

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

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The school bids farewell to some new friends this week as four Grade 11 students from Collège Sainte-Anne in Montréal finish a four-week exchange...
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Survey Leads to Changes at Brown Hall

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

SMUS Teachers Enjoy Professional Development

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This Tuesday, SMUS hosted Dr. John Medina, the New York Times bestselling author of Brain Rules, to talk about his findings into how children...
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Boarders and House Parents Play Hockey

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

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by Dawn Wilson, Director of Education Extension Keenan Manhas has been studying at Fukuoka Daiichi High School in Fukuoka, Japan since September of last year....

My Experience at the Montreal International Congress

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by Sena Lee, Grade 11 Collège Sainte-Anne de Lachine just had its 150-year anniversary. So in order to celebrate, students and the faculty invited people...
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Grade 2 Class Makes Easter Creations

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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...

SMUS Celebrates Pride Day

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The SMUS Pride Alliance celebrated Pride Day on May 17th, which was also the International Day Against Homophobia. Students could buy SMUS Pride t-shirts...
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SMUS Mathematicians Win Big at Provincials

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by Andrew Kang, Grade 9 For two years, I have competed in the Math Challengers events, in Grades 7 and 8. This year, going...
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Musical Theatre Heats Up the Summer

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

Banquet Honours SMUS Athletes

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The 2011 SMUS Athletic Banquet, featuring over 220 student-athletes, parents and sponsors, took place Wednesday, June 9 in the Monkman Athletic Complex. Special guests included...
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Grade 9 and 10 Closing Ceremonies

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SMUS celebrated the work of the Grade 9 and 10 students over the past year at a special ceremony. Students gave speeches, performed music...
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Junior School Closing Ceremonies

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Director of Junior School Nancy Richard's Speech As educators our image of the child, especially of young children, is changing. They are much wiser than...
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Middle School House Games

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by Lindy Van Alstine, Middle School Teacher Last Wednesday, the Middle School was a buzz of activity in eager anticipation of the annual end-of-year House Sports...
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Middle School Closing Ceremonies

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The Middle School community celebrated a year of learning, fun and achievement last Friday with the annual Middle School Closing Ceremonies. Kicking off with...
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The Class of 2011 Is Going Places

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  Last Saturday, SMUS honoured the Class of 2011 as well as the achievements of next year's grads at the annual Closing Ceremonies and Grade...
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SMUS in the News: It’s Not Over Till The Teenagers Sing

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

Summer Academy Students Present Modern Opera

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

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Over the summer, the SMUS campuses have been far from quiet. There have been students living in residence, either working on their English language...
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A Different Perspective: Nicaragua

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By Siri Knudsen and Megan Harrison, Grade 12 Over the past two school years, two service trips have gone to Nicaragua. We participated in the...
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SMUS in the News: Extracurricular programs can make the difference

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September 13, 2011 The Globe and Mail Sophia Niewerth '12 Extracurricular programs can make the difference

A Grand Opening for Boarders

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by Sydney Fraser, Grade 11 The first week at a new school tends to be overwhelming, and my first week at SMUS was no exception....
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Students Kick Off Athletic Season

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

Junior School Barn Dance

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 Submitted by Susan Ko On October the 23rd, the Parents' Auxiliary put on a foot-stomping fun Barn Dance at the Junior School. We had over 300...
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Boarders Without Borders

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Submitted by Shelley Austin, photos by Lisa Hopkins The long circular driveway was clogged with cars at 5pm, Sunday Nov. 7, 2010. Boarders were streaming out...

2015 Rugby Tour: A Long Haul

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After almost 25 hours in transit the tour group has finally touched down to clear skies in Barcelona!. A long layover in Calgary afforded...

2015 Rugby Tour: Carnival

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It was an early morning departure from Barcelona, with the tour group still buzzing from the previous day's visit to La Sagrada Familia. The...

2015 Rugby Tour: A Dose of Sun!

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As we gear up to leave the sun and pool of gorgeous Abufeira, here are a few shots of our time in Sevilla and...
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SMUS in the News: Why You Should Attend the SMUS Open House

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OurKids.net Blog September 21, 2011 Why You Should Attend the St. Michaels University School Open House

A Look Inside SMUS Chapel

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

A Parent Perspective on Heather Clayton’s Brain Series

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by Dr. Lara Lauzon, parent On Friday, September 30, as I was wading through my overflowing email in-basket I noticed an email from Laura Authier....
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First Spirit Week Peps Up the Middle School

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

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by Nancy Richards, Director of the Junior School Prospective families visiting the Junior School as part of the admissions process often comment on the warm,...
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Houseparents Offer Thanksgiving Food for Thought

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by Keith Driscoll, Director of Residence To give thanks causes us to stop for a moment and reflect upon what is going well in our...
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Inside Open House

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

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Research suggests that kids who understand their strengths and weaknesses are more able to advocate for their own learning needs. For the past three...

Boarders Aim for Soccer Victory

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Photos by Cheryl Murtland, Becky Anderson, Craig Farish, Ian Robertson & Darin Steinkey Music by Kevin Macleod Grade 8 Weekend Wrap-up by Mehrab Khazei, Grade 8 Boarder Last...
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SMUS History Goes Online and Interactive

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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...

SMUS Kicks Off the Annual Fund

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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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Student Photographers Capture Outdoor Adventures

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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...

Dr. Lotus Vermeer ’86 Speaks to Junior and Senior Students

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

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The children of the Junior School are eagerly anticipating a wonderful afternoon of Halloween activities on Monday. This week they have been preparing for...
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SMUS in the News: Henry John Pemell Schaffter

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The Globe and Mail October 31, 2011 Henry John Pemell Schaffter http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/facts-and-arguments/lives-lived/henry-john-pemell-schaffter/article2220229/
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Middle School Spends Day Serving Others

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All the teachers and students at the SMUS Middle School spent their entire Thursday out in the community. From student musicians performing for senior...
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A Howl of a Good Time in Boarding

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It was a weekend full of Halloween-themed everything for boarders and house parents; from Brown Hall meals, to fireworks, to the boarding-wide talent show,...
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Remembrance Day at SMUS

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

Planting SEEDS of Sustainability

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From pulling broom on Mt. Tolmie to favouring re-useable bags, purchasing bikes for boarding or replacing the aging boiler in School House, SMUS is...
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Reflections on Boarders Without Borders

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by Evelyn Zapantis, Boarding Services We had an all-time record of over 60 day families and 122 boarders for our annual Boarders Without Borders meal!...
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Stories from the Annual Fund: Keith Driscoll

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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,...

Learning and the Brain Part II Preview

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by Heather Clayton, Director of Learning "I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn." - Albert...
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Teacher Susan Stenson Recognized by Prime Minister

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

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

Learning and the Brain Part 2: Postgame

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In the second of three evenings devoted to the adolescent brain, Director of Learning Heather Clayton focused on what makes learning effective and how...
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A Uniquely Canadian Weekend for Grade 8 Boarders

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

Students Dive Into Dodgeball

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Students got some great exercise last week with a whole lot of dodgeball. Boarders began to practice their dodging skills through house games over...
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Reading Makes Students Buddies

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

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

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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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Carol Service Brings Holiday Spirit

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

An Interview with Dr. Samantha Nutt

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

A SMUS Holiday Montage!

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December is full of holiday celebration at SMUS. From the delicious shortbread cookies baked in Brown Hall to the pile of snow brought in...
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A Look Ahead at 2012

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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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The Best SMUS Review Stories of 2011

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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...

Back to School with SMUS Faculty

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If you're like me, when you hear the phrase "back to school," you think of Rodney Dangerfield's 1986 return to college. Unlike the movie,...
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Chess Champion Challenges Junior Students

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by Tessa Lloyd, Junior School counsellor From September to December, students had the opportunity to participate in Chess Club. Their teacher, Lynn Stringer, came each...
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Driver Training Goes Online

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

Classic Dinner and Chapel Music for Boarding

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Community dinners are an opportunity for boarding students and houseparents to come together around a meal and enjoy each others' company. The first community...
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Stories from the Annual Fund: Susan Xu and George Luo

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“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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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like… January

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by Erin Anderson, editor Snow is still a pretty special event in Victoria, so it's not surprising that many people were excited to see the...
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Parents and Students Learn About The Admissions Game

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by Christine Wenzel, parent This week, our University Counseling Department hosted Peter Van Buskirk, a dynamic motivational speaker and founder of The Admission Game. His...
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Model UN: Suit Up and Move Out!

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Saving the Committee One Resolution at a Time by Kai Newman, Jennifer Park, Jacky San and Andrew Kang This January, SMUS delegates participated in the annual...
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Outdoor Education Offers Beaver Tails and Snow Flurries

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by Mike Danskin '98, coaching intern and house parent 5:15 am comes early on a Saturday morning. There were plenty of pillows stuffed under arms...
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Learn, Lead and Serve – Without Frontiers

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by Denise Lamarche, Director of Academics As I sit on the plane returning from the Learning Without Frontiers 2012 conference in London, this seems like...
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Student Group Seeks Justice

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The SMUS Justice Action Group was out in the quad this week to collect signatures for a letter they are sending out to Rt....
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Super Sunday in Boarding

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Photos by Ian Robertson and Craig Farish Reflections on Boarding Super Sunday by Mehrab Khazei, Grade 8 Boarder This weekend was one of the best weekends that...
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Stories from the Annual Fund: Cathy and Charley

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

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by Erin Anderson, editor Since September, Director of Learning Heather Clayton has hosted a series of talks to share her knowledge of the brain with...
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SMUS in the News: Out There On Their Own

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February 25, 2012 Lodi News-Sentinel Stefan Fuller Out There On Their Own
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100th Day of School Cause for Celebration

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by Kathleen Cook We had an amazing week with the celebration of 100th Day last Wednesday. The students have been bringing in soup cans for...
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Guys and Dolls: Share Your Perspective

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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...

Black History Chapel Features Personal Stories

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The Black community hosted a special chapel to celebrate Black History Month. With personal stories from Africa, Canada and the United States, to step-dancing...
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Students Celebrate Their Natural Selves

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Last week, the Fashion Club hosted All Natural Day to promote awareness about self esteem and natural beauty. Students were asked to come to...
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Students Take Charge of Parent-Teacher Interviews

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

SMUS Shows LGBT Pride

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

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by Dawn Wilson, Director of Education Extension Last Friday, a group of 35 students from Fukushima Seikei High School in Japan visited the school. They...
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SMUS French Teacher Honoured

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

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

Athletics Review: Rugby and Regattas and Provincials, Oh My!

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2012 Rugby Tour by Ian Hyde-Lay On March 16, 38 boys, comprising the bulk of the Senior and Junior rugby squads, along with four staff, departed...
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Spring Break Stories: Buenos Aires

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Photos by Shayla Baumeler, Grade 11 by Ethel Kiggundu, Grade 11 boarder On March 15, twelve students and three chaperones embarked on a trip that would...
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SMUS Sailors Ahoy!

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Photos by Richard DeMerchant by Sena, Grade 8 The SALTS trip was an extraordinary experience! During the Spring Break, a group of approximately 25 Grade 7...
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Grade 8 Boarders Farm for a Cause

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Photos by Kevin Lin by Jerry, Grade 8 Boarder In honour of Earth Day, all the Grade 8 boarders went to Woodwynn Farms on Saturday, April...
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Stories from the Annual Fund: John Herpers ’64

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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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SMUS Expands to Welcome a New Class

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by Nancy Richards, Director of the Junior School This week, a very special event took place at the Junior School. We enthusiastically welcomed the kindergarten...
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Another Amazing Alumni Weekend

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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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Greek Gods Rise at Junior School

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by Olivia, Grade 5 We had a fun Greek festival. Before today we studied a Greek god or goddess of our choice. Using our knowledge,...
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Reflection: the Key to Experiential Learning

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by Becky Anderson, Director of Leadership “Tell me, and I will forget. Show me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I will understand.” - Confucius I...
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Heading Outdoors: to Hope and Beyond

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Photos by Kali Salmas by Kali Salmas, Grade 11 boarder Waking up to a beeping noise near my head, I stretched and immediately contracted into a...
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Athletics Review: Solid Service Game Powers Teams

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Pictures by Kerry Chan May 23 Tennis by Jamie Prsala, tennis coach The SMUS tennis team had an eventful past couple of weeks. After defeating GNS and Esquimalt...
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Stories from the Annual Fund: Megan Parker ’11

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

Olympian Efforts in Boarding

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Video by Darin Steinkey; Photos by Chris Bateman Music: Cold Cold Kiss by Oh! Belgium CC BY-SA 3.0 With the London Olympics just around the corner,...
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2011-2012 Boarding Year in Review

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From a smoking hot opening day to the House Olympics, it was a stellar year in boarding. The video slideshow below shows the year...
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Online Reputations Need Careful Cultivation

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Tony Wilson has a message for young job seekers: beware of your online footprint. Your prospective employers are using the internet to find out...
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Grads of 2012 Celebrate and Reflect

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

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The Middle School ended the year with a wonderful celebration of the wide range of experiences students had throughout the year. Director of School...
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Diverse, Polite, Driven: Grades 9 and 10 Close Out Their Year

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It was a night of music, awards and proud parents. The Grades 9 and 10 Closing Ceremony honoured the hard work of these classes...
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Middle School Caught Up in WEB

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

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by Nancy Richards, Director It is an historic week for SMUS as another Kindergarten class is added to the Junior School! Thirty-five four- and five-year-olds...

Senior Students Strongest Link for Newcomers

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Seeing a friendly face can really take the stress out of joining a new school. The Link Leader program aims to connect Senior School...
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SMUS is Number One in Advanced Placement Ranking

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SMUS is named the #1 Advanced Placement school in Canada for “equity and excellence” based on our students' most recent AP results
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Welcome to Our New Website

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As many of you may have noticed, our website has been given a makeover during the summer. We're very happy with the result and...
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Junior School Cooks Up Family Fun

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On Friday, September 7, the Junior School community gathered for the annual Welcome Back Family Barbeque. It was a beautiful, sunny evening and there...
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Boarding Welcomes the World

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by Darin Steinkey, Senior House Parent Imagine, if you will, what it's like to arrive on our campus as a student during Orientation Week. You...
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Students Get a Taste of Nature at Camp Pringle

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by Sara Ritchie The Grade 4 and 5 students challenged themselves in a number of outdoor activities this week at Camp Pringle on Shawnigan Lake....
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Clubs and Councils On Display

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This week, students and faculty filled the Senior School quad for the Council Fair, showcasing some of the extracurricular options available to Senior School...
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Visitors Help Connect Language to Culture

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Ten university students from Morioka, Japan came to Canada for two weeks to learn about and experience Canadian culture. The students visited our Japanese...
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Swimming, Slugs, Flashmobs and Fire: Boarding Hits the Town

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This past weekend a full docket of activities topped the schedule in boarding. With trips to Commonwealth Pool for a swim, Fired Up! Ceramics...
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Thanksgiving in Action: Food for Thought

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With so many reasons to be thankful, it is important to stop and show our gratitude. Each year, we give thanks by treating the...
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Open House Ambassadors Share Their Favorite Things

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On Friday, the Junior School will welcome many Open House visitors, who will be greeted by our Grade 5 students. As our school leaders,...
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Something Wicked for SMUS Boarders

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"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...

The Learning Institute: A Look at Student-Centred Education

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The Learning Institute is a petri dish for teachers to test out new approaches and techniques that they believe will improve their effectiveness in...
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Junior School Kicks Up Its Heels

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Junior School students, faculty and families were able to mix and mingle at the Barn Dance again this year, donning cowboy hats and plaid...

New Year, New Chance to Give

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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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The Brain Series: Developing True Grit

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by Darin Steinkey SMUS Director of Learning, Heather Clayton, likes to talk about failure. In fact, she is so into failure that she used an...
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Boarders Without Borders

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by David, Grade 11 boarder Boarders Without Borders was a great experience for me. I did it last year, and had a wonderful time, so...
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Eat, Drink and Be Scary in Boarding

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While some people find school itself terrifying, fear takes on a whole new meaning at SMUS during Halloween. Timmis House continued a tradition of...
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Simon’s Struggle: Overcoming the Odds

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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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We Mark Their Sacrifice and See Our Promise

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by Keven Fletcher, Chaplain If you were to pick up pen and paper and write a letter setting out your life this week… If you were...
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Students Scare Hunger

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by Livia, Grade 8 On Halloween, we participated in a fundraiser called We Scare Hunger that was started by an organization called Free the Children....

Best Coast Living: Surf. Bike. Home by Dinner.

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Video by Zyoji Jackson, Middle School Teacher, Senior Houseparent Music: Dirt (Jahzzar) / CC BY-SA 3.0 One of the great advantages to living in Victoria is the...
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Boarders Give Thanks for a Common Bond

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by Acacia Welsford, Grade 10 Thanksgiving is a holiday where families and friends get together to reflect on all the things that brought them there,...

Brain Series II: The Surprising Science of Success

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Heather Clayton's most recent talk in the Learning and the Brain Series examines the ideas of Carol Dweck and Paul Tough, who make some...
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Songs and Stories for the Season

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

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by Kyus, Grade 10 boarder The SMUS Christmas Gala was easily the best formal event I've been to in years! I always love an excuse...

Annual Fund Scholars: Charlie

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

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

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The holiday season is always a busy one at SMUS, but every year we make time to come together for a fun-filled assembly, featuring...
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New Year, New Clubs

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by Kathleen Cook The clubs and activities at the Junior School will continue this term, with several new offerings for the children. Teachers and guest...

Are You Having a "Good Day"?

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by Darin Steinkey Reverend Fletcher led us in an exercise of gratitude this past Sunday in chapel. We all took a moment to breathe and...

An Educational Exchange

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Grade 11 student Kalkidan Amare didn't know quite what to expect when she signed up for our student exchange program and spent a term...
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Diplomat Tony Quainton ’46 Talks Politics

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

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A "photo stroll" is just as relaxed as it sounds. Boarders hop on the bus and arrive at Willow's beach, Royal Roads University or...
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A Report from the Slopes

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by Jamison and Sam, Grade 8 The Grade 8 ski trip was a great opportunity for new and experienced boarders/skiers to hit the hills, while...
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Parents Tell Us: Why SMUS?

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

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At the Junior School, classes are paired together as a part of the buddy program. The intermediate students are all paired with a primary...
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Mardi Gras, Brains & Badminton

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With so much going on in the day-to-day life of the community, the chance to relax, have some fun and add a little competition...
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Remembering Felicity

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Students and staff received some sad and shocking news this week, as Felicity Tallboy, one of our Learning Resource staff, passed away suddenly on...
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Pink Shirts Remind Us To Be Kind

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This Wednesday, students wore pink shirts to show their support for a bullying-free atmosphere. Pink Shirt Day, an international movement against bullying, was celebrated...

Unearthing The Secret Garden

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

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

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Our reading buddies program brings Junior School kids to the Senior School throughout the year to share their favourite books with older SMUS students....
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Energetic Cast Powers Annie

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

Black History Month

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Students from around the world celebrated Black History Month in one of the most exuberant and power-packed chapel services of the year. We hear...

Annual Fund Scholars: Remy

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Three years ago, Remy Furrer was told he shouldn't even bother going to high school. Now he is set to graduate and attend university. When...
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Let’s Get Mathematical: The Challengers

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

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

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

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by Flora Feng, Grade 9 I once saw a man on TV, who spent a year doing service in Africa. His mind and values, and...
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Nicaragua: Changes

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

Boarders Vs. the West Coast: A Lively Weekend

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After the longer breaks, the boarding community comes back together with Community Weekends. This means our usual weekend activities are replaced with house activities...
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SMUS in the News: Canadese gasten op Griftland

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De Weekkrant March 27, 2013 Canadese gasten op Griftland (in Dutch) Translation On the 21st of March, Griftland College had a visit from Canadian school St. Michaels University...
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Model Students Replicate the UN

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There's nothing unusual about SMUS students participating in a Model UN, but this week was the first time we involved some Middle School students...
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Paris and Amsterdam: Music & Culture

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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...

Building A Better Brain

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

Island Leadership for Bolton Boys

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

No Batteries Required

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Just in time for Earth Week, we spoke to Ann Makosinski, whose human-powered flashlight just won her a trip to the Canada-Wide Science Fair....
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Cross Campus Strings: Firsts and Finals

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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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Banding Together for a Farewell Concert

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

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by Eva Grant, Grade 10 The Book Club worked hard last week and the week before to prepare for our pilot project for Grade 9:...
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Alumni Return

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

Annual Fund Scholars: Kali

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

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

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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...
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Gratitude for War Child & Keep the Beat

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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...
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An Olympian End

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

From Secret Garden to Shakepeare

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

A Junior Welcome

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Our Oak Bay campus was a bustling place as our students returned to school and two new classes of kindergarten students arrived. Our Grade...

Follow Me: Link Leaders

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Last week, we talked about our two student-led welcome programs for new students from the perspective of the newcomer. This week, two Grade 12...

Our Growing School

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by Nancy Richards, Director of Junior School The school year is off to a fantastic start and everyone at the Junior School is talking about...

All Aboard!

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As students have written in recent Link Leader program posts, it's not always easy coming to a new school. Imagine, then, if you were...

A Joyful Approach to Education

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

Terry Fox Run: A Canadian Tradition

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Each September for the last 33 years, Canadians have run to remember one of our heroes: Terry Fox. Terry lost his leg to cancer...

Starting at SMUS: A Parent Perspective

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One of the most important aspects to becoming a boarder at SMUS is the new boarder orientation. Sculpted by the Admissions team and aided...

Two Steps Closer to a Graceful Space

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

Starting at SMUS: A Student Perspective

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

Thanksgiving, Canadian Style

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The Top Five Canadian Thanksgiving Traditions 5. Watch sports on television 4. Get outside! 3. Give thanks for health, family and friends 2. Spend time with family 1. Eat....

Examining Introversion and Extraversion

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

Dream Big: Our New Annual Fund

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

Throwing the Doors Wide Open

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Eager to show their pride in the school, our Grade 5 leaders have been touring prospective parents around the Junior School. This is what...

The Consequences of Cyberbullying

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

A Hectic Halloween

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

Remembrance Day: A Collective Experience

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Remembrance Day on the SMUS campus is marked with special ceremonies, traditions and this year, a first. As you may have seen on the livestream...

Eco-Warriors in Their Natural Habitat

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by Terra, Grade 7 On October 29th, the Middle School Eco-Warriors went down to Uplands Park and worked on restoring the Garry Oak ecosystem there....
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SMUS in the News: Heather Clayton on Real Parenting

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

YALP: Local Activists Inspire Grade 8 Students

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

YALP: Keynote Speakers Provide Fresh Perspective

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by Zachary Kahn, Grade 12 Seeing as I had never been extremely involved with local poverty and never having attended a conference like this, I...

Learning and the Brain: Cultivating Strengths

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

Find Meaning in the Season

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

Take a (Virtual) Tour Around Campus

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

Writing for Human Rights

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by Dariol Haydock, Assistant Director of Middle School On December 10, the Middle School held our second annual Amnesty International Write for Rights event. In...

A Season of Giving

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

All We Want for Christmas is SMUS

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

Dream Big: Alex

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

Tiny Voices Perform Holiday Tunes

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

Student Short Film Tops VFF Contest

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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

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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...

Bamfield Trip Fuels Environmental Science Experience

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

The Reality of Life Online

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

Students on Ice in Antarctica

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

Malala Yousafzai: Activism or Exploitation?

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

Junior School Gets Greener

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

Climate Change Showdown

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

SMUS in the News: Free School Year

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

Celebrating Chinese New Year

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

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

Outdoor Education: Leadership in the Wilderness

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See some amazing photography and listen to outdoor leaders Celine and Gareth talk about their Outdoor Leadership 12 experiences in the video above. Through our...
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Why Go On An Exchange?

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by Jasper Johnston, Grade 10 This March break, I get the amazing opportunity to travel with two other Senior School students, Oria James and Emily...
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Student Council Spreads the Love

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by Catie, Grade 8 Our Middle School has many leadership opportunities, one of them being Student Council. Student Council organizes dances, service days and spirit...
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A Visit from an Olympian

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

Connecting the Dots

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

Choosing A Course

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Even though September 2015 seems a long time away, the time for students to plan their courses is, well, right now. For a peek...
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An Alternative to Parent/Teacher Conferences

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While Middle and Senior School parents get a chance to talk to teachers at Parent-Teacher Interviews, our Junior School parents hear about how things...
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SMUS in the News: Passion and Patience

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Victoria News April 2, 2014 Cindy Kim '15 Youth Inspired: Passion and Patience

Arboreal Life at SMUS

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

Adventures in Experiential Education

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Every year at this time, a group of eager Grade 10 students challenge themselves with an experiential education. For the third term, the students...

Brain Awareness Week: Senior School

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

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

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by Tori, Grade 5 This year Brain Awareness Week was lots of fun and I learned so much. I enjoyed learning about how my brain...
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Alumni Weekend: Not Just For Alumni

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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...

The Leadership Puzzle

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Every student at SMUS is a leader, but each one will have to figure out what kind of leader they will be and how...
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Easter Arrives at the Junior School

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Easter is a fun holiday for our younger students and our Junior School teachers arranged some exciting craft opportunities just in time for the...

Grade 5 Students Go Greek

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

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Following a wonderful student-led assembly to kick off Earth Awareness Week at the Junior School, the children have all been involved in a week...
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Service Day: Fundraising for Nicaragua

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Throughout the year, Service Days offer students a chance to shed their uniform in exchange for a small donation to a good cause. Next...

Walk for Water

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

Dream Big: Saeed

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Our 2013-2014 Annual Fund is very close to reaching its $1.3 million goal. With just over a month until the June 30, 2014 deadline,...
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Junior School Closing Ceremony

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by Nancy Richards, Director of the Junior School The Junior School Closing Ceremony provides us with an opportunity to reflect upon the past school year,...
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The Class of 2014

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

How to Download Images from the SMUS Photo Gallery

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The SMUS photo gallery can be intimidating but if you refer to this post, you will have access to more than 200,000 (and counting)...
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SMUS in the News: Texan Teen Meets Prime Minister

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The Austin American-Statesman July 17, 2014 Alessandra Massa '16 Bastrop teen wins scholarship, meets Canadian prime minister
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SMUS in the News: Peter Alec Caleb

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Times Colonist August 13, 2014 Peter Alec Caleb, former Headmaster Peter Alec CALEB (1933 - 2014)
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New Students and Spaces at Junior School

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There were lively conversations, smiles and hugs at Junior School on Wednesday as students and parents alike returned for another year, eager to meet...
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True Colours at the Middle School

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Students and faculty were abuzz with opening week excitement as the Middle School opened its doors for the new year. WEB (Where Everybody Belongs)...
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Junior School Serves up BBQ Fun

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On Friday, September 5th the Junior School community gathered for a Welcome Back barbeque. Over 500 people, including parents, grandparents, children and teachers gathered...
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New Year, New Brain Series

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If you've never been to a Learning and the Brain lecture, well, you're forgiven. But you should sign up right away for the September...

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Roommates

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One of the greatest parts of attending boarding school is living with a roommate from another country. Each roommate pair at SMUS is specially...
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The Reggio-Inspired Classroom

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

Link Crew Leads the Way

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Link Crew is a way that Senior students at SMUS can welcome new kids to the school as well as learn and practice their...
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Student Exchanges Offer Cultural Immersion

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“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have...
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Tolmie’s Rugged Hill: A Grade 7 Perspective

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by Angelina & Josh, Grade 7 On Thursday, September 11th, the Grade 7 Science students at the Middle School went with Mr. Floyd, Mr. Jackson...
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A Junior School Tribute to Grandparents

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Nancy Richards, Director of the Junior School Over 200 grandparents and grandpals were honoured at the first Grandparents’ Day in the history of the Junior...
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Robert DiYanni on Critical and Creative Thinking

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Robert DiYanni, prolific author and NYU professor, held a series of workshops for faculty, parents and students on Thursday and Friday. His topics included...
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SMUS Distinguished Alumnus: Melissa Sawyer

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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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Happy Halloween!

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Fuelled by tons of fun activities (and maybe a little bit of candy), Halloween at SMUS is always a great event! The festivities kicked off...
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Remembrance Day is a Time for Honouring and Understanding

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

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Remembrance Day at SMUS is steeped in tradition as a way to honour those who served our country; those members of our community –...
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Middle School Choir Joins Victoria Symphony to Remember World Wars

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From the balcony of the majestic Royal Theatre, as Maestra Tania Miller conducts her Victoria Symphony on the stage below, the melodic voices of...
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Building Lasting Friendships is Intrinsic to Boarding Life

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

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

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by Zyoji Jackson, Middle School teacher “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” – William Shakespeare. While I cannot assume exactly what Mr. Shakespeare had in...
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Gold Medal Victory for Senior Boys Soccer Team at Provincials

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

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Saanich News December 6, 2014 Saanich's St. Michaels University School lures top students with unique competition
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The Best Way to Spread Christmas Cheer is Singing Loud for All to Hear

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Every family has Christmas traditions. For the SMUS family, our tradition is a very large gathering (everyone from Kindergarten to Grade 12 comes together)...
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Happy SMUS Year! Looking Back at 2014

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

SMUS Filmmakers Get Red Carpet Treatment at the Victoria Film Festival

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

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If ever Junior School director Nancy Richards needs a day off, she now knows she can put her trust in an 11-year-old to hold...
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Navigating Your 21st Century Career

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by Jake Humphries, University Counselling Students graduating from high school today face a world of unparalleled opportunity that requires careful navigation and constant attention to...
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Learning and the Brain: Executive Functions Part III

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

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by Laura Authier, Director of Marketing and Communications One of the most valuable tools I have in my professional kit is my network. In my...
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Junior School Students Go Crazy for Science!

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

Transformed Grade 10 Program Opens Doors to a World of Experiences

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On Tuesday, we hosted our Course Information Evening to provide insight and information to parents and students about the programs SMUS has to offer in the coming...
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Spreading the Word About the Life-Changing Value of Service Trips

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Every week, students attend Chapel for an opportunity to talk about leadership, character and belief. It's also a venue for students to report back...
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Beyond the Blonde: Senior School Musical Behind the Scenes

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

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by Paul Leslie, Director of Admissions The SMUS Open House is an opportunity for families to visit our Junior, Middle and Senior school campuses and get...
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From Surviving to Thriving: Grade 8 Students Shine as Leaders

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

SMUS’s Club Hub: Admissions Ambassadors

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SMUS students have access to a wide variety of extracurricular opportunities that interest them. We offer more than 100 fun and rewarding clubs or councils that provide students...
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SMUS’s Club Hub: Outdoor Leadership

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

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

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

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

Talented SMUS Athlete Represents BC at Canada Winter Games

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by Grace Thomas Competing in the 2015 Canada Winter Games was one of the best experiences of my life. I started playing squash about five years ago....
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Grade 4 Students Teach Mindfulness at the Senior School

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by Ms. Heather Sandquist Mindfulness has become an integral part of many of the classes at the Junior School. A number of teachers incorporate various...
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SMUS’s Club Hub: Math Challengers

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

SMUS Students Earn Perfect Scores on Advanced Placement Exams

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

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

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

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by Christian Okiring, Grade 10 A service trip is an opportunity to discover something about the world and about yourself. My service trip to San...
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SMUS’s Club Hub: Reach for the Top

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SMUS students have access to a wide variety of extracurricular opportunities that interest them. We offer more than 100 fun and rewarding clubs or councils that provide students...
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Spring Break Service Trip: China/Vietnam – Part I

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

Brain Awareness Week: Moving Bodies, Active Brains

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by Tanya de Hoog, Junior School program specialist On Tuesday, Junior School teaching faculty welcomed guest speaker Colleen Politano, a highly respected and longtime Victoria...
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Brain Awareness Week: Staying Stress-Free at the Senior School

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

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

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A visit from UVic's Let's Talk Science outreach team was one of the big highlights of Brain Awareness Week at the Middle School. Not...
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Cross-Campus Strings Show Highlights Musicians of All Ages

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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...
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Spring Break Service Trip: China/Vietnam – Part II

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

SMUS’s Club Hub: Sustainability and Outdoor Council

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

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SMUS students have access to a wide variety of extracurricular opportunities that interest them. We offer more than 100 fun and rewarding clubs or councils that provide students...
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SMUS in the News: Lynn Lyons’ Brain Awareness Week Talk at SMUS

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

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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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Young Artists Put Works on Display at ISA Art Show

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

Grade 12 Student Composes a Personal SMUS Musical Journey

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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...
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Junior School Celebrates Being Environmentally Friendly

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Kindergarten and Grade 5 classes are trying to make the world a little greener by drawing environmentally friendly messages on Thrifty Foods paper grocery bags....
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Middle School Donations Help Educate Youth Halfway Around the World

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A library, like a yard, sometimes needs a good weeding (but for very different reasons). Unlike unwanted garden trimmings though, books that are no longer...
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Senior Students Sharpen Leadership Skills at Montreal CAIS Conference

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With an outrageously early wake-up call of 3:45am, four intrepid students and a chaperone embarked on a cross-country journey to the Canadian Accredited Independent...

19 SMUS Grads Earn Dogwood Scholarship for Extra-Curricular Excellence

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

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

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It's been a banner year so far for SMUS athletes – and the year isn't over! Since the school year started, SMUS has taken...
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Astronaut Chris Hadfield Talks Space, Music and Education with SMUS Students

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

SMUS’s Club Hub: Prefect Assembly

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SMUS students have access to a wide variety of extracurricular opportunities that interest them. We offer more than 100 fun and rewarding clubs or councils that provide students...
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SMUS in the News: Chris Hadfield’s SMUS Chat

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

SMUS’s Club Hub: Middle School WEB Leaders

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SMUS students have access to a wide variety of extracurricular opportunities that interest them. We offer more than 100 fun and rewarding clubs or councils that provide students...
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Grade 5 Students Grow Out of the Junior School

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

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

‘This Has Been The Best School Year Ever!’

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Last September, Santiago Mazoy, Alessandra Massa and Silke Kuhn began their school year at St. Michaels University School. The three finalists in our inaugural...
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SMUS in the News: Paul Almond’s SMUS-Filmed "Ups and Downs"

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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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The SMUS Chapel: Reworking Space for Our Growing Community

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

‘Band Geeks’ Heads to Victoria Fringe Festival

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

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

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Before students come back to campus ready for school, members of our Junior, Middle and Senior School faculty arrived ready and eager to learn....
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Middle School Library Gets Upgrade for 21st-Century Learning

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

A Joyful Return to the Junior School

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Students were all smiles (okay, a couple of them were a little sad to say bye to mom and dad) to return to the...
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Kindergartners Choose What They’re Most Excited About This School Year

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Do you remember your first days of Kindergarten? After a day or two of realizing just how awesome it is getting to learn and...
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Clubs and Councils are a Great Way to Get Involved

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

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Last Friday, the Junior School ceremoniously welcomed all our new students to the school with an address from Head of School Mr. Bob Snowden,...
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SMUS in the News: Fringe Review: Urinetown

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September 2, 2011 B Channel News SMUS Summer Academy: Musical Theatre Fringe Review: Urinetown
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Students Start Year with Leadership

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Both the Middle and Senior Schools welcomed their newest members with student-led programs designed to help their younger peers quickly settle into SMUS. Grade...
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Summer Students Perform Fringe Hit

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

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

Extracurricular Clubs Debut at Junior School

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Junior Students will have even more things to do this school year. Though there have always beens lots of things happening on campus, this...
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Junior Students Describe Their First Week Back

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The Junior School began its year with a welcome barbecue and all kinds of activities to help students settle back into the classroom. With...
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Prefect Council Retreats!

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Pictures by Cheryl Murtland by Alexis Thind, Grade 12 boarder As a group of twenty newly elected prefects, we traveled to Seattle for a leadership experience...
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Wall-to-Wall Action for the Grade 8 Boarders

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Pictures by Zoe Isberg by Mehrab Khazei, Grade 8 boarder This weekend was jam-packed — we got to do three activities! On Friday night we went to...
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Scholar in Residence Bruce Brown

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

Simon Ibell ’96 Inspires Students

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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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Solar Panels Heat Up Boarding

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Photos, graphs and charts by Craig Farish Last year, the sustainability department at SMUS installed a solar hot water heating system on the top of...
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The Birkman Method

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Last Sunday night the School Prefects gathered for a potluck in Wenman Pavilion with the goal of taking time to reflect on the first...
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Honesty

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I have the opportunity to teach a unit in Health and Career Education to almost all of the grade 9 students. I focus on...
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SMUS Leadership Definition

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I feel that is important to begin each year with intention and clarity. With that in mind, I look to our leadership definition to...
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Inspiring

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One of the highlights of this week greeted me on Tuesday morning, in a special section in the Globe and Mail newspaper on independent...
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The Feast of Stephen

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This is the season of light. We have had two Carol Services, and today is our whole-School Christmas assembly. This week is also the...
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Bon voyage

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When thinking about the setting in which our teachers teach, I have always hoped it will be a place where they will grow and...
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Leslie Hinton

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Our school seeks the excellence in all of us. Students who have passed through our Junior School, and many others, will recognize this phrase...
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Pitt Meadows, and remembering

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You know you are no longer in Vancouver when you are enveloped in the scent of horse farms, that combination of hay and manure,...
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Idols and Heroes

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Excerpt from my talk at Leavers’ Chapel, June 7, 2013 To talk about heroes at graduation time is common, even easy. In the popular media...
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Kindergarten

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After living through several decades of Septembers in the teaching life, this September I am also experiencing it as the grandfather of a four-year-old...
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Excellence in all of us

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The information that sweeps over new parents has been flowing – and overflowing – for several weeks now. It does ebb, if any new...

THE JAG: The Harsh Realities of War

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On Thursday, November 26, Canadian veteran soldier Rafiele Gardezy, brother of senior student Desirée MacIntosh, came to campus to speak to students in AP...

THE JAG: An Interview with Dr. Sarah De Leeuw

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A Professor and Journalist visits SMUS by Jiawen Chan & Jacki Zhang What is your writing process and editing process like? Do you have any quirks...

THE JAG: The Pride Alliance

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by Jacki Zhang and Jiawen Chan What does pride mean to you? To Pride Alliance members Sid and Molly, pride is more than a lunchtime...

THE JAG: A Species Profile on the Blue Jaguar

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by Jack Forgrave When it comes to our beloved mascot, the Blue Jag, numerous naysayers claim that this majestic beast “isn’t even a real animal.”...
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Exploratory: Freedom to Try Something New Without Being Graded!

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Once every couple of days in the Middle School timetable, all students in Grades 6 through 8 step outside of the traditional classroom setting...
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B.C. Curriculum Changes Reaffirm SMUS’s Technological Vision

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

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by Liza Weymar and Radha Raina, Grade 9 students Last week in Modern Studies 9, our class had the fortune of meeting two Syrian refugees...
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SMUS Head Boy Talks “Excellence” at the Junior School

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  On Friday, SMUS Head Boy Jasper Johnston visited the Junior School and spoke during assembly. He spoke from the heart to the K-5 students...
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Grade 3s Develop Fine Motor Skills in Quilting Club

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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,...

Grade 8 Student Brings Harry Potter Magic into the Classroom

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The Middle School will soon be transformed into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, thanks to the passion and ingenuity of a Grade 8 student. Jenna S....
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Mia Roberts: Overcoming Injury with Commitment and Leadership

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

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Our boarding past and present has done a lot to shape SMUS. By far the most ubiquitous legacy – and the one students are...

THE JAG: Welcome to The Jag!

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Welcome to The Jag! It’s a new school year, and the SMUS school newspaper has a new name and editor. My name is Becca Thomson and...

THE JAG: Meet Hinton Chair Mr. Bruce Maxwell

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

THE JAG: Environmental Service Outtrip Review

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  by Delphine Ji At the beginning of October, I was given the chance to lead the very first Environmental Service Outtrip to Salt Spring Island. No one knew...

THE JAG: Thinking About an Exchange?

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by Saje Griffith Ever thought about doing an exchange? Do you enjoy getting to know people from other places and cultures? Wondering what other people think...
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Reflecting Our Student Population in Chapel

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Our school shows the marks of its age – our array of traditions being one of them. How we frame those traditions makes the...
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Talking Virtues and Excellence in Junior School Chapel

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Our Junior School isn’t shy about promoting character. Inspired by the work of The Virtues Project, we take a closer look at a particular value...

Learning Through Play at the Junior School

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A few minutes before sending his Grade 5 class out to play, Mr. Matt Kiel asked them a question: What is the point of play? Students were...
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Phantom Performers: Meet SMUS’s Two Christine Daaés

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

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

The Best School Year Ever: And the Finalists Are…

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For the past month, a panel of judges (made up of students and teachers) has been watching and rewatching all of The Best School...
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Robotics Club Takes Home Lego Trophies After Competition

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

SMUS in the News: The Phantom of the Opera Production

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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)
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20 Minutes to Figure Out Life – Really?

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Back in 1918, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson was asked how long it took to prepare a speech. He answered, "That depends on the length of...

REVIEW: Opening Night of The Phantom of the Opera

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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...

Middle Schoolers Make a Lasting Difference on Community Service Day

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

Best School Year Ever Answers the Question “What If?”

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For the past three years, The Best School Year Ever® boarding scholarship contest has challenged students across North America to ask themselves this question:...
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Olympic Values, History Celebrated at the Junior School

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

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I only know one Latin phrase, and sadly, this basic lexicon may never improve. Mens sana in corpore sano. The motto of the old...

First Ever SMUS Girls Rugby Team

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Rugby is a tradition at the school; we’ve been playing for decades. And by “we” I mean the boys. Finally, years overdue, we're incredibly...

Interview with Garth Martens

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Garth Martens is a Kelowna poet whose debut collection Prologue for the Age of Consequence, was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award of English-language...
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SMUS in the News: Will Barry Wins The Best School Year Ever Contest

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

Spring Break Service Trip 2016: Nicaragua

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This Spring Break a group of about 20 students travelled to the small rural town of Jiquilillo, Nicaragua on a service trip. A service trip...
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Running Club Highlights Fun Fitness in Non-Competitive Environment

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Even before the sun rises, a large group of Junior School students is spending three mornings a week getting a fun fitness session in before classes...
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What Kind of Example Will We Choose to Be?

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During this week’s Chapels, Mr. Snowden emphasized the importance of picking good examples, regardless of whether we’re talking about how we swing a golf...

Spring Break Service Trip 2016: Argentina

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Argentina was better and worse than I expected, but it was undeniably memorable. Travelling with a group of 30 to a Latin American country where few...

Spring Break Trip 2016: Japan

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I suppose our Spring Break cultural trip began the day we left, which, since we were on our way to the other side of the Pacific...

Spring Break Trip 2016: Europe

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

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My interest in science began at a hospital when my grandmother was diagnosed with diabetes. I was intrigued by the thought that there were...
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Eggs-periential Learning: Grade 2 Classes Welcome Baby Chicks

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

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

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

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

Lynn Lyons on Building Emotionally Healthy Kids

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Licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist Lynn Lyons returned (by popular demand!) to SMUS during Brain Awareness Week this week to talk about building...
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Alumni Weekend is a Celebration for the Whole Community

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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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Personalization visits

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The path to personalization is simple in theory. It begins by recognizing several ideas: that all students have excellence inside them to discover and...
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Balance and Resilience: Making Time for Health & Wellness

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As a school that hangs its hat on preparing students for higher learning and for life, the ideas of balance and resilience are important....
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Teacher Dorothy Hawes’ Children’s Book Comes Full Circle at SMUS

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

French Speakers Head Downtown for The Amazing Race

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

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At SMUS we talk about personalization and experiential education as two distinct themes that will shape education in the next decade or more. While...

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

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May 8, 2016 CBC News Teacher Dorothy Hawes Ogopogo Odyssey': Victoria teacher works with Disney illustrator to create children's book

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

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Last week, all of our Grade 9 students headed out to various corners of the province to participate in outdoor trips that pushed them out...
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Beyond the Bubble: Making a Successful Transition to University Life

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University decisions are being finalized as I write; students are making plans about residence life and starting course selections for their first year at...

THE JAG: Hungry for Hope

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It is estimated that every 4 seconds, someone dies from hunger. In the 30 Hour Famine, we go without food so others don’t have...
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The Mirror: A Chalkboard Talk from the SMUS Middle School

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What does an average day entail when you're a Middle School student? To gain a better understanding, I set up seven chalkboards around the school...

Walk for Water Promotes Global Awareness at the Junior School

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

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

Reflections from the Outgoing Head Girl and Head Boy

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

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

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

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

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

Athletic Awards 2016

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Congratulations to SMUS's student athletes on a great year in sport, and to our 2016 athletic awards recipients

Innovation Hour is “Personalized Learning at Its Best”

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

SMUS Says Goodbye to Our Retiring Teachers

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SMUS is saying goodbye to a number of longtime familiar faces this, year as five teachers – with more than 100 years of combined...

2016 Senior School Closing Ceremonies

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

2016 Junior School Closing Ceremonies

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

2016 Middle School Closing Ceremonies

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

The Graduating Class of 2016

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

SMUS Goes Greek

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

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

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

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

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

SMUS in the News: Film Camp Puts Focus on Kids

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July 29, 2016 Saanich News SMUS's Education Extension: Shoot the Right Stuff Film camp puts focus on kids (photo courtesy of Saanich News)
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10 Tips for Starting High School on the Right Foot

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Head of Counselling Ms. Carole McMillan offers advice for starting high school on the right foot
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6 Tips for New Boarding Students – from Veteran Boarders

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

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

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August 23, 2016 Saanich News Summer Musical Theatre Academy SMUS rocks out with musical theatre camp (photo courtesy of Saanich News)
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SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Eric Donatelli

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

Cultural and Service Trip: Volleyball Tour to Cuba

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Right before school started, I traveled to Havana, Cuba along with 12 of my classmates – and volleyball teammates – led by coaches Bendfeld and...
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Head of School Bob Snowden Announces Retirement

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After 22 years at SMUS, Head of School Bob Snowden will retire at the end of the 2016-17 school year

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

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

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

Digital Detox: Why Students Need to Unplug and Go Outdoors

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

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Next week we are convening a group of alumni, parents, staff and students to explore the future of the School. The title for this...

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

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

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Jordan Tessarolo

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

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

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

SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Tawnya Mullen

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

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Dave Hlannon

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

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Shawn Zhang

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Get to know SMUS's newest Middle and Senior School Mandarin teacher, Mr. Shawn Zhang, in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature
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Dream Big Stories: Rev. Keven Fletcher

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

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

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It was a short school week this week, thanks to the Thanksgiving long weekend. A large group of boarding students travelled to Seattle for the long weekend to...
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SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Adrian French

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

WANTED: (Even More) Amazing High School Students

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

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Marcelle Kitengie

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Junior School teacher Mr. Marcelle Kitengie is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature
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Senior School Library Named in Honour of Bob and Joan Snowden

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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

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

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

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

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

SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Ruth McGhee

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