Operation Trackshoes

Operation Trackshoes is a sports festival for the citizens of B.C. who have a developmental disability and is being held at the University of...

APU Garden Party – May 31st

Atsikana Pa Ulendo (APU)  is a school for girls in Malawi, Africa, dedicated to helping young women achieve self-sufficiency through education. The mission of...

SuperKids Camp!

The Extreme Outreach Society is having their annual camp from June 29th to July 3rd this year. They are committed to ensuring that every child...

MS Walk – May 3rd

The annual Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Walk is coming up on Sunday May 3rd, 2015. We need volunteers from about 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Volunteers...

TC Half Marathon Water Station

Volunteer for the 2015 TC Half Marathon Water Station The organizers rely on dedicated volunteers to make the TC Half Marathon a fun, safe and excellent race....

Canucks Autism Network – Physical Literacy Assistant

Physical Literacy is the ability to be self-aware and effective in one's body movements, including gross motor abilities and coordination. Children with autism often...

Canucks Autism Network – Soccer Assistant

Volunteers in the "I CAN Play Soccer" program help staff deliver individualized and adapted sports instruction to kids and teens with autism, providing them...

Canucks Autism Network – Swim Assistant

Volunteers in the "I CAN Swim" program help staff deliver individualized and adapted swimming instruction to kids and teens with autism, providing them with...

Virtue for March/April – Compassion

St. Michaels University School-Junior School Virtue of the Month for March/April 2015:  Compassion Compassion, according to German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer is the “basis of morality”.  If...

Computer Helper (PC)

Are you pretty proficient with PCs? Do you have the time to help a member of our community get more comfortable with her computer?...

Fernwood Child Care

Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group operates three child care programs at the Fernwood Community Centre: infant, toddler, and 3-5 years old. If you are interested...

Virtue for February – Kindness

From Tessa Lloyd at the Junior School Virtue of the Month for February 2015:  Kindness Kindness.  A little can go a long, long way.  We live...

Tea Time and Music!

The Kensington, a local care home, is looking for keen volunteers for help with a few organizational projects. For example: they need someone to organize their...

Public Library Reading Buddies

If you like working with children, enjoy reading, are a fluent English speaker and want to help emerging readers, the Public Library needs you!...

Virtue for January – Purposefulness

From Tessa Lloyd at the Junior School - Virtue of the Month for January 2015:  Purposefulness When we utter the wish “Happy New Year!” are we...

Tuck Cart Sales

Glenwarren Lodge (a long term care facility) is looking for volunteers to take the tuck cart around to the residents' rooms to sell a...

December Virtue – Generosity

From Tessa Lloyd at the Junior School - Virtue of the Month for December 2014:  Generosity Generosity is a beautiful virtue.  It has many interesting...

Island Farms Christmas Parade

Island Farms is looking for Volunteer Pacers keep the parade moving. They are positioned along the parade route, encouraging parade entrants to keep the...

Christmas Parade North Pole Party!

During and after the Island Farms Santa Light Parade there is a North Pole Party down at Capital Iron. Volunteers are needed to do...

Archivist

The Mustard Seed Food Bank is currently in need of a volunteer to sort through, organize, and catalog years of collected articles, historical files,...

Registration Services Assistant

The YMCA/YWCA in Victoria is looking for a Registration Services Assistant(s) who will utilize their skills and knowledge by assisting with administrative and customer...

Magic of Christmas Gift Fair

The Burnside Gorge Community Association is holding the Magic of Christmas Gift Fair on November 15th, and they need help with the following: Cafe Server Shifts: all day...

Art and Drawing Buddy

A local student (age 12) is looking for an Art Buddy to spend 30-45 minutes a week drawing and working on art projects with...

Crafty People Wanted

Are you crafty? Come help out at the annual harvest festival, Fall FAIRfield! They need people with a creative streak to help put together creative circlets...

Library Tech Buddies

The Greater Victoria Public Library is looking for volunteers for their Tech Buddies program.Use your skills with computers and other new technologies to connect...

Volunteer Club

The Volunteer Club meets each Thursday at 12:40 pm in Crothall room 123. The purpose of this club is to go on group volunteer opportunities in...

KidSport – Fun Run on Marathon Day

KidSport needs volunteer to help with the fun run that they put on as part of the Victoria Marathon.  They need people on Race Day (Sunday, October...

Virtue of the Month: Friendliness

Virtue of the month for September 2014: Friendliness From Tessa Lloyd, Junior School Counsellor Character development is a critical component of your child’s education and one that...

Passion for Tango – Food Vending

Passion for Tango will be vending empanadas at the Canada Day Festival July 1-3. They need help serving delicious Argentinean empanadas, dulce de leche cake...

James Bay Market Volunteers

The James Bay Market is looking for volunteers for their Saturday Summer Market. Market Info: Hand out brochures and maps to Victoria tourists and newcomers...

Braefoot Summer Camps – Junior Leader

The Braefoot Community Association is offering a fantastic opportunity for enthusiastic, fun-loving and positive role models through their Junior Leader program. This is where...

Puppets!

A new project has come to town and they are looking for volunteers that can provide a long term commitment. They are creating a...

Victoria Chalk Festival

Welcome to Canada’s largest street painting festival! This family friendly, free-to-attend arts celebration presents some of the world’s top international chalk artists as well...
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Athletics Week in Review: April 23

Golf Congratulations are in order to Leif Skogland, who captured second place in the Delta Police Invitational Golf tournament! His two day total of 143...

Tech Assistant

The Royal and McPherson Theatres Society needs you! If you have basic theatre and/or experience with event production and basic technical skills they could use...

Share Your Love of Books and Reading

Beacon Community Services is looking for volunteers to come in and read to residents who have poor vision and live in assisted living. This...

Walk and Talk

Smell the flowers, breathe the sea air, enjoy stimulating conversation, and  enjoy beautiful James Bay and area while you take a walk with a...

ALS Flower Day

The annual ALS Flower Day campaign is coming up. Once again it is time to try and do a small part in helping those with...

Visitor Information Volunteer

New this year! Tourism Victoria is taking a new approach to seasonal visitor services. The Visitor Services department will embark on its first year...

Royal and McPherson Theatres Society

From May 18-25, 2014 join in the 100 year celebration of Victoria's two civic theatres, the Royal Theatre and McPherson Playhouse! There are two...

WordPress Support

LifeCycles is turning 20 and they are updating their website as a birthday present to themselves! They are looking for a Wordpress Wizard to help...

Care Home – Hair Salon Help!

The Central Care Home is looking for volunteers to assists residents to and from the in-house salon. This volunteer position will interact with the...

Forward Equestrian and Wellness Centre

Forward Equestrian & Wellness Centre (www.forwardequestrian.ca) is looking for volunteers for a variety of duties. They provide equestrian activities and evidence based equine assisted therapy...

Videographer

The Young Parents Support Network (YPSN) is looking to put together a few videos: one that tells the story of YPSN (it's their 20th anniversary!)...

National University 7s Rugby Championship

Rugby Canada is still looking for volunteers! Rugby Canada will be hosting the 4th annual National University 7s Rugby Championship! Sevens rugby is a heart pounding,...

Spring Break Cooking Camp

Do you love to cook? Do you love volunteering and working with kids? Sannich Recreation is looking for volunteers for their popular Kid's Cooking...

Read a Book Over Break

Wondering what to do with your five-day break? The Middle School Book Club has put together a list of books you might want to...

Calligrapher

The Cook Street Activity Centre is looking for a talented calligrapher to help them update their "In Memory" book which is on display and...

Royal BC Museum

The Royal BC Museum is looking for volunteers for two different positions. 1. The Lobby Host position helps out when larger groups visit. Some of...

MS Walk Volunteer Coordinator

The Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Walk 2014 is taking place at Willows Beach Park on Sunday, April 13th. They need volunteers to set-up and supervise...

Tech Buddies at the Public Library

Tech Buddies connects teenagers with adults who want to know more about new technologies.  Use your savvy and skills on computers, tablets, smartphones, eBook...

Victoria Public Library – Reading Buddies

If you like working with children, enjoy reading, are a fluent English speaker, and want to help emerging readers, the Greater Victoria Public Library...

Knit a Neckwarmer!

The Greater Victoria Library has a fun way to gain volunteer hours and give back to the community -- and learn to knit too!...

What are you doing on Sunday?

The annual Free The Children Gala will be in the SMUS Double Gym from 6:00 pm until 9:30 pm on Sunday Jan 26, 2014. Highlights...

Santa’s Pancake Breakfast!

Saturday, December 7th , 9:00 am-12:00 noon Santa is coming to the Burnside Gorge Community Centre! Participants will enjoy live entertainment, a pancake breakfast and...

Junior Boys Soccer: Jags Ride the Storm

There are lots of full resolution images from Sunday's final available for viewing and download in our photo gallery. Thanks to Jasper Johnston for...

Run for the Cure

Come out on to U Vic on Sunday October 6th, as a volunteer for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure! Outgoing and energetic individuals...

Face Painting!

Are you creative and willing to turn children into butterflies and tigers? The Vancouver Island Baby Fair is looking for volunteers to paint faces!...
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SMUS Rugby Service

Rugby Service SMUS Rugby has teamed up with Gainline Africa to help raise money for the organization. In the video clip, Sam, Chris and Mark...
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Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Service Day

JDRF by Nick Loughton, Grade 10 student I have been living with Type 1 Diabetes for 13 years; since I was two years old. As a...
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READ Society Summer Camps

The READ Society is looking for volunteer program assistants to help at their week-long summer learning camps in August. Volunteers will work with small groups...
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James Bay Community Market

Love summer markets? Wanna be outside? Do you enjoy the community market feeling? Then the JBCM would love to have you join them! The James...
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James Bay – Gardening

The James Bay Community Project is looking for volunteers to help keep their grounds looking spiffy at their location in James Bay. They need help...
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Chess in the Library- Program Coordinator

This position entails volunteering every Wednesday for four weeks in May 2013 - starting on May 8th and ending on May 29th. Each session...

Restorative Justice Victoria – Fundraising and Planning

Restorative Justice Victoria (RJV) is looking for people to join its new fundraising event planning committee. Their hope is to have one big fundraiser per...
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Youth in Action Team Member

Youth in Action is a youth-led initiative that brings about positive change for the people who live, learn, work or play in the Esquimalt...
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Cecelia Ravine Park

Friends of Cecelia Ravine Park - On the first Saturday of the month volunteers are needed to help remove invasive species, replant native plants...
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Paw Print Artists

The Queen Alexandra Centre for Children's Health needs several teams of three volunteers each to refresh the paw prints on the sidewalks between buildings at...
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Saanich Cycling Festival – April 21

The 4th Annual Saanich Cycling Festival is taking place on Sunday, April 21st. A big part of the festival is the “Big Family Bike...
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Writing 12 Puts Poetry in Motion

A major project for Writing 12 students in the second term has been mixing imagery, voice and sound to animate their poetry. The class...
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Victoria Teen Expo

Looking for a great Volunteer opportunity? If you are energetic, enthusiastic and want to be part of an AMAZING event in Victoria, BC for...
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Gift Shop and Craft Station

The Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary needs volunteers to sell items from the gift shop/craft station at annual Native Plant Sale April 20th and 21st....
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Pt. Ellice Invasive Species Removal

Pt. Ellice House needs help with invasive species removal and restoration work. A work party date is set for Sunday, March 17th from 10:00...
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Playfair Park – Invasive Species Removal

Come out and learn a bit more about one of the real gems in our neighbourhood: Playfair Park. Please join the Pulling Together team for...
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MADD Victoria

Join a great group to promote the prevention of impaired driving and provide support to victims. Mothers Against Drunk Driving will meet the afternoon on...
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Victoria Public Library Reading Buddies

If you like working with children, are a fluent English or French speaker, enjoy reading, and want to help emerging readers, the GVPL needs...
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Grade 10 and 11 Students – CAIS Conference

Hey Grade 10s and 11s, Yes, I know that you hear about conferences all the time, but this one is different. It's put together for...
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Students Take On Responsibility of Global Conference

by Paris Lowe, Grade 11 boarder Just this past Friday, I had the opportunity of putting on a global responsibility conference for youth in southern...
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Swim Meet Timers – This Saturday Jan 19th

Short Notice: Timers are needed this Saturday January 19th at the Commonwealth Pool for a Masters swim meet. Volunteers would help out from 1:30...
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Swan Lake Restoration Events

Beginning mid January 2013 the Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary is having weekly volunteer events, allowing volunteers and students to become involved in...
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Painting Group Volunteer

The Gorge Road Hospital is looking for volunteers to help residents in a painting group.  You do not need to be an experienced painter or...
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Board Games Volunteer

The Gorge Road Hospital is looking for volunteers to play board games (such as backgammon, scrabble etc.) with the residents in the common area. This...
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Website Technical Support Needed

Seniors Serving Seniors is an organization that offers a current information and referral service for seniors and assists in developing programmes and establishing services. They need...
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Photographers for Global Responsibility Conference

On January 18th, 2013 SMUS is hosting the Global Responsibility Young Leaders’ Conference. They need photographers to document the day. As it is a school...

Global Responsibility Young Leaders’ Conference 2013

Engage. Inspire. Empower.   Date: Friday, January 18, 2013 Location: St. Michaels University School 3400 Richmond Road Victoria, BC Cost: $30 per person (includes workshops, t-shirt, lunch and snacks) Register by: January 8,...
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Life is Art – Volunteering with Seniors

Beacon Hill Villa is doing an amazing project at their seniors home. It is an intergenerational arts program aimed at collecting, sharing and reflecting...
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Help Still Needed -Christmas Gift-Wrapping

Help the Mustard Seed raise funds with their  annual holiday gift wrapping service at Mayfair Mall! Volunteers wrap Christmas gifts and make them sparkle. The mall...
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Christmas Volunteering Food Bank Support Worker

St Vincent de Paul is looking for volunteers to assist in organizing donations at their food bank. Shifts are available Monday to Friday between the hours of...
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Christmas Elf – VIHA Hospitals

VIHA (Vancouver Island Health Authority) is looking for volunteers for the holiday season. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, they need volunteers to come in...
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Victoria Tea Festival February 9th

The Victoria Tea Festival is being held on Saturday, February 9th 2013 at Crystal Garden. This is your chance to learn all about tea! They...
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BINGO!

Help residents of Glenwarren Lodge play bingo; interact with members of another generation and facilitate their entertainment. This opportunity is long-term, 90 minutes every...
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Kudos!

Words of thanks from the community! Dear Mr. Snowden,   I am Lead Steward of a portion of Mt. Tolmie Park for the Pulling Together program, an...
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This Friday – Monster Mash!

The Burnside Gorge Community Centre is looking for help this Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at their Monster Mash Halloween Party. You will be...
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Violet Richardson Award

Are you a young woman between the ages of 14 and 17 who volunteers in your community or school? Do you see challenges instead of...
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Barn Dance!

Every year the Junior School has a Barn Dance. This year it is on Saturday October 13th, right here on the Senior School Campus....
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Library Teen Council

Have your voice heard! Teens looking for an interesting volunteer opportunity are invited to join the GVPL Teen Council.  Work on special library projects, meet...
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Reading Buddies – Nellie McClung Library

If you like working with children, enjoy reading, are a fluent English speaker, and want to help emerging readers, the Greater Victoria Public Library needs you! Reading Buddies volunteers...
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Junior School: Inspiration and Virtues

The Junior School Closing Ceremonies is always a special occasion. For the Grade 5 students, it marks their transition into the Middle School; for...
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Volunteer on Sunday June 3rd

Atsikana Pa Ulendo (APU)  is a school for girls in Malawi, Africa, dedicated to helping young women achieve self-sufficiency through education. The mission of...
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Hartland Landfill Open House Needs Volunteers!

The CRD needs your help to make this year’s Hartland Open House a huge success! This year Hartland Happening takes place Sunday, June 24, and they are looking...
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Have you ever Volunteered for Hot Dog Wednesday or Tuesday?

Have you ever volunteered for Hot Dog Wednesday or Hot Dog Tuesday? Maybe it was with your sports team or with your homeroom? On...
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Canada Day Celebrations – Volunteers Needed

The "Victoria Celebrates Canada Day" festival takes place downtown each year on July 1st. They are looking for volunteers to help out with coordination,...
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Hot Dog Tuesday

The outing formerly known as Hot Dog Wednesday has a new name (and happens on a new day of the week)!  It will now...
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‘Hike for Hospice’ Helper

This opportunity is for everyone that cares to have fun! Join the Victoria Hospice on May 6th for the 1st annual Hike for Hospice. Volunteers are needed...
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ALS Flower Day – June 2nd

ALS stands for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Between 1,500 and 2,000 Canadians currently live with ALS. The...
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Operation Trackshoes

BE A VOLUNTEER COUNSELLOR AT THE 42nd ANNUAL OPERATION TRACKSHOES, THIS JUNE 8 - 10, 2012 AT THE UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA! Operation Trackshoes is a...

‘Get Outside BC’ Leadership Summit – Opportunity to Attend

The Get Outside BC project is happening this summer for BC youth aged 14 to 18! This all-expenses-paid opportunity has 3 phases: 1. July 3 -...
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Athletics Review: Preview of Rugby Tour and Provincial Basketball Recap

Junior and Senior Rugby by Darin Steinkey Our Junior and Senior boys rugby squads take off for Argentina and Uruguay this Friday. In the video above,...
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Hot Dog Wednesday

The next Hot Dog Wednesday that is open to volunteers is Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 (right before Spring Break)! Working with The Extreme Outreach Society,...

Saturday Night Social at Oak Bay Lodge

Oak Bay Lodge hosts a Saturday Night Social for its senior residents every Saturday night. They are looking for volunteers to help serve cheese,...
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Saanich Neighbourhood Place – Playroom Assistant

A volunteer is needed at the Saanich Neighbourhood Place which is located at Pearkes Arena. They need someone to assist the program facilitator with...
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SMUS Celebrates Chinese New Year

A Short History of Chinese New Year From a speech delivered by Grade 12 boarder Thompson Wong in Chapel Also known as the Spring festival, Chinese...
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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like… January

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...

Youth Peer Mentor/Tutor

The Intercultural Association is looking for volunteers to be Youth Peer Mentors/Tutors. The goal is to bring local flavour to the after school program...
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2012 Victoria Film Festival Volunteer

The mission of the Festival is to expose youth and adults to a broad range of cultural, artistic and philosophical ideas and lifestyles through...

Stocking Stuffers Needed!

With the Holidays at our doorsteps and jack frost nipping at our toes, you may be wondering what to do to help this Christmas...
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Wrappers Wanted

Hillside Mall is looking for people to volunteer at their gift-wrapping booth this holiday season. The proceeds go to support the Mustard Seed Food...

Planting the Seeds of Sustainability

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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TEDx @ Victoria

Grade 12 student Karan Vats has been working with the Coast Capital Saving Youth Team to help organize TEDx Youth in Victoria. Please join him and...

Hot Dog Wednesday – November 9

Let Mrs. Parker know if you would like to come to Hot Dog Wednesday on November 9th. Rain or shine! We leave the school...

Play Soccer and Volunteer at the Same Time!

Soccer Marathon of Dreams: a 12-hour soccer event for dreams of a world without hunger or homelessness Join them for 12 hours on Saturday, October...

Tree Planting – October 23

Now that the fall rains are here, it is time to plant more native trees and shrubs at the Point Ellice Shoreline Restoration Site...

Athletics Review: October 11, 2011

Senior Boys Soccer The boys had a challenging game on Tuesday against a very determined St. Andrew's team. Joe Erlic scored two minutes in with...
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SMUS in the News: Governor General’s Literary Awards announced

October 11, 2011 National Post Kenneth Oppel '85 Nominees for Governor General’s Literary Awards announced

Free Leadership Development Opportunities

Here are two fantastic Leadership Opportunities being offered by Sannich: SUMMIT SUMMIT is Saanich's leadership group that meets every Monday from October through to May at Gordon Head...
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Student Leadership Starts Up!

It has been a great start to the year. It began for me with an inspiring faculty retreat in August to discuss “21st Century Learning...

Buddy Reading at the SMUS Library

Buddy Reading with the Junior School will start again on Mondays from October 17th from 3:45 - 4:45 pm in the Senior Library. The...

This Saturday – Waterway Cleanup

Gorge Waterway Cleanup - Saturday, September 17 Every year volunteers remove more than two tonnes of debris from the Gorge shoreline and waters during...
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Vancouver Island Baby Fair – Face Painting

The Vancouver Island Baby Fair is taking place on Sept 24th and 25th at Pearkes Arena and they are looking for volunteers to paint...
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Music Festival Volunteers for FolkWest

FolkWest is looking for individuals with volunteer experience to organize and run crews for the FolkWest Festival being held on August 19 - 21,...

The Dragons Are Coming!

The Dragon Boat Festival is a really fun way to earn some volunteer hours. This year's festival will take place from August 12th...

Service Hours Tracking!

The new online Service Hours Tracking System is ready to go! Click on this link to access the system and for instructions on how...

Volunteer to keep track of Volunteers!

Craigdarroch Castle is seeking a volunteer to create and maintain a spreadsheet or database system to track their volunteers' hours. The...
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BINGO!

Come out and support the residents of Glengarry Hospital by making conversation and helping to mark their bingo cards. Some residents have...

This Sunday – Marathon Marshals Needed

This Sunday, May 15th, is the Oak Bay Half Marathon. They are in need of course marshals from 7:00 am until 10:00 am. Please contact...
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Get on your Soapbox!

The 6th Annual Canary Derby is looking for volunteers on Saturday, June 18th to help make the day a success! The soap box...

Grade 8 Students Learn About Drug Dangers

Through the Health and Career Education classes, students learn about many topics that can affect their future health and success. Each grade also completes...

New Reading for the New Year

If you made a New Year's resolution to read more in 2011, you're in luck! The SMUS library recently acquired three Kindles (for eBooks)...

SEA+L Student Leadership Conference

Interested Grade 10 or 11 students can apply to attend the SEA+L (Standards in Excellence and Learning - formerly CAIS) Student Leadership Conference.  Four delegates...

House Games Victory at the Middle School

be Ben, Grade 6 The house games at SMUS Middle School took place on Friday, September 10th. I think they were fun! There were all...

Students Experience the Pig War

by Chrystine Beaumont, Grade 10 student On Thursday, June 3rd, we Grade 10 students gathered out on the fields to witness a historic reenactment of...

Junior School Students Debut Opera

by Erin Anderson, editor Our Grade 5 students took to the Royal Theatre stage for two performances of The Barber of Seville, a Rossini opera...

Grade 7 Student Wins Big at Science Fair

by Ann Makosinski, Grade 7 student Last April 10 -12, 2010, I participated in the 49th Vancouver Island Regional Science Fair held at the University...

SMUS Keeps Up the Beat

by Oliver Brooks, Grade 12 student On Friday May 28th, SMUS had its 9th annual Keep the Beat music marathon and fundraiser for the non-profit...

Student Theatre Delivers Compact Comedy

by Alexandria Butterfield and Jacob Boness, Grade 11 students For the annual spring comedy this year, the SMUS Student Theatre Society took a new approach...

Bookfest Fun for Junior Readers

Introduction by Matthew, Donovan and Joshua On Saturday May 1st, we went to Bookfest in Nanaimo. Bookfest is a celebration of authors and their books. It...
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SMUS Students Earn Dogwood Scholarships

A few weeks ago, SMUS students auditioned and were interviewed for the Dogwood Scholarships, which arehanded out to students who excel in a variety...

Middle School Students Lead Senior School Chapel

by Claire Williams, Grade 8 student The most powerful rule: the Golden Rule. The most powerful way to get that message across: your peers. The...

Junior Students Walk for the World

by Diana Nason, Junior School librarian SMUS and the World Partnership Walk hosted the Global Village Lunch at the Junior School on Thursday, May 13th....

Grade 1 Students Go To Jail

by Amalia, Grade 1 student When the Grade 1 class went to the Saanich Police and Fire Station, we saw Taz the police dog, we...

Students Band Together for Cross-Campus Concert

by Erin Anderson, editor Just as their strings counterparts took to the stage a few weeks ago, our Middle School and Senior School band students...

Students Reach for the Top

by Leo Marchand, Grade 12 student What could be better than a chance to test your knowledge of everything from physics to pop culture in...

Grade 5 Students Ready for Royal Theatre

In just under two weeks, our Junior School will debut its production of the Rossini opera The Barber of Seville at the Royal Theatre....

Eclectic Group Performs Traditional Russian Dance

by Anna Maeva, Grade 12 boarder from Russia One thing I certainly love about SMUS is that people here are always open to and interested...

Grade 2 Students Let the Bells Ring

by Mrs. Sharon Goodman Several students from the Grade 2 class have been participating in a bell choir since January. Abby, Seung, Ben, Angelina, Joshua...

Students Serve Up Service Downtown

by Kathryn Leigh Parsons, Grade 12 student Over the past few weeks, St. Michaels University School students have been taking part in a fantastic volunteer...

Grade 5 Students Examine the Legislature Building

by Gordon Chan, Grade 5 teacher One of the highlights of the Grade 5 social studies programme is the annual trip to the Legislative Assembly....

New Videos on SMUSTube

by Erin Anderson, editor Since 2010 kicked off, much has happened at SMUS and a few big events were captured on video. SMUSTube, our video...

Middle School Artwork on Display

May has been a big month for Middle School artwork, as our students have been featured in the Independent Schools Association Art Exhibition, had...

Grade 11 Boarders Learn About Leadership

by Ninnart Siripun, Grade 11 boarder “It’s a waste of time and energy to try and change others. Better to change yourself and become someone...

Junior School Musicians Shine in Victoria Festival

by Mary Smith, music teacher The city of Victoria is enriched annually in the early spring by the presence of the Greater Victoria Performing Arts...

Grade 6 Author Included in Anthology

Grade 6 student Simon Hassel was recently chosen to be included in The Dragon's Tale, an anthology of student writing produced by the Poetry...

Baroque Concert Rocks the House

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

An Evening of Poetry, Music, Art and Drama

by Kate Loomer, Grade 11 At the most recent Student Theatre Society production, Eric Protzer invited us into the world of an aging man reflecting...

SMUS Scholar in Residence: Linda Kavelin Popov

by Nancy Richards, Director of the Junior School Last Friday, the Junior School staff and students were fortunate to have an opportunity to meet SMUS...

SMUS Drops Everything to Read

by Kelsey Bjola, Grade 11 Many students, once they reach high school, have absolutely no time to do what they please. Between English essays, science...

Elizabeth May Talks Politics with the Grade 5 Classes

by Elise, Hanna and Mattia The Grade 5 students of the Junior School were lucky enough to have the leader of the Green Party, Elizabeth...

Grade 4 Students Write to Peers from Uganda

by Karen Dicks, a retired SMUS teacher Students in Grade 4 recently made contact with Grade 4 students at Kibaare School (pronounced Chibaray) in southwestern...

Peter Johnston Speaks to the Omar Khadr Group

by Grade 9 student Julia Milden, Grade 11 student Olivia Krusel, and Grade 12 student Kaeleigh Fletcher Last Friday, April 16th, was an incredible and...

Junior School Illustrates the Virtues

by Kathleen Cook, Chair of the Leadership Committee This week, the students of the Junior School prepared for a very special visit by Linda Kavelin...

Spring Break Stories: French Culture Trip

by Sarah Fellows, Grade 7 This Spring Break, 31 Middle School students and three teachers got the opportunity to travel to Montreal, Quebec City and...

Spring Break Stories: Galapagos Islands

by Lyn Li Che, Grade 12 Heads bowed and necks white with sunblock, the group of intrepid explorers trudged up the beach diligently, their feet...

SMUS Students Experience Exchanges

by Erin Anderson, editor Every year, SMUS students have the opportunity to experience education in other provinces and countries, including Australia, Japan and India. Students...

Grade 4 Students Sew Up Their Aboriginal Unit

by the Grade 4 classes On Wednesday, April 14, Ms. Leslie McGary from the Native Friendship Centre came to teach us how to make potlatch...

SMUS Sweeps Poetry Competition

Our Writing 12 students recently won four of the six awards in the senior category of the National League of Canadian Poets 2010 Poetic...

Earth Week

by Erin Anderson, editor Earth week is upon us yet again. From April 16-22, students and staff will be paying extra attention to their environmental...

Spring Break Stories: Ghana Service Trip

by Kaylynn Purdy, Grade 12 They say that once you go to Africa, you are changed forever. I completely agree. This spring break I had the...

Spring Break Stories: London Theatre Trip

by Tyler Beames, Grade 11 After 16 hours of travelling, our group of 16 students lead by Mr. David Gauthier, Mrs. Jen Fletcher and Rev....

Grad Fashions Hit the Catwalk

by Giuliana Bianco, Grade 12 Each year, a group of students from Grade 12 organize a spectacular grad fashion show event. The funds generated by...

Melodies From the Middle School

by Erin Anderson, editor This Wednesday, the Middle School held a concert that was unusual in many ways. From the choirs, to the string ensembles...

Korean Week Blends Old and New

by Won Yup Song, Grade 12 boarder I had to go buy 40 pounds of rice. Do you know why? Last Sunday, 25 Korean kids were...

Junior Students Try to Save the Farm

by Jamison, Grade 5 It was a really nice day out and it was the end of the day. Almost everyone brought a donation for...

Miss Saigon: A Review

by Terence Young, Head of the English Department The reputation of St. Michaels University School as a vibrant and vital place to learn does not...

SMUS Math Challengers Compete at Regionals

by Jason Chiu, Grade 9 mathematician The Math Challengers competition began long before February 12th. The Match Challengers team spent several months, beginning in November,...

Junior Students Jump for Health

by Matt and Ben, Grade 5 "Jump rope for heart was an event where two classes would go into the gym and skip rope for...

Passion Reigns in Miss Saigon

by Richard Boness, Miss Saigon's Assistant Commissar Miss Saigon, another great creation from the minds of Schonberg and Boublil, is set to grace the stage...

Chris Darimont '92 Talks Animal Evolution

by Erin Anderson, editor Chris Darimont '92, an alumnus of SMUS and an award-winning conservation biologist, returned to SMUS to talk about his latest research...

Middle School Students Master Math Challange

by Jo Lunn, Middle School mathematics teacher Some of our keenest Grade 7 and 8 math students recently took part in the regional Math Challengers...

Olympic Updates from Whistler/Vancouver

by Larry Borgerson, staff One of our transportation staff, Larry Borgerson, has been working for the past few weeks as a driver in Whistler for...

Students Bring Change to Haiti

by Lincoln Welsh, Grade 12 On January 16, 2010, a group of 15 SMUSdents and friends from other schools banded together in response to the...

Students Spread Cheer Downtown

by Erin Anderson, editor Some service-minded students spent last weekend brightening the days of anyone who was lucky enough to be strolling through Victoria's downtown...

Grade 2 Students Party at Senior School

by Grade 2 students Ben Lupin, Julian Fitzgibbon, and Jonah Wilmott The Grade 2 class went on a pyjama party field trip to the Symons...

Chinese Culture Week Returns

by Erin Anderson, editor Last week was Chinese culture week, the latest in a series of weeks put on by the International Council. One of...

Olympic Spirit Comes to the Junior School

by Erin Anderson, editor This morning, just before the 2010 Olympics kick-off in Vancouver, the Junior School hosted its very own torch run and games....

SMUS Carries the Torch for 2010

by Peter Gardiner, Associate Director of Advancement As a few of you may be aware, tonight is the beginning of the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver...

An Update on Debate

by Eric Protzer, Grade 11 Upon being asked what the fiercest, most antagonistic form of high school competition is, the average student will expound the...

Miss Saigon Poster Unveiled

On March 3, SMUS will debut this year's musical production, Miss Saigon. As with every SMUS musical production, our more artistically inclined students offer...

CAIS U13 Boys Basketball Tournament

Day 1 - Thursday, February 4 Just an amazing and unusual first day in Hamilton. After a smooth trip yesterday to Ontario, the U13 Boys Basketball...

Former Refugee Speaks to Students

by Gita Keshava, Grade 11 As students in a wonderful, peaceful country and an outstanding school environment, it is often hard to imagine ourselves in...

Grade 8 Students Sell Muffins for Haiti

by Jane Pirie and Stephanie Wong-Harrison, Grade 8 Since last year, when we were in Grade 7, we have been having a muffin sale in...

Junior Students Ready for 2010 Games

by Mrs. Margaret Lincoln, Kindergarten teacher The Kindergarten children have been learning about the origins of the Olympics. They are particularly knowledgeable about the different...

2ne Ups Find Their Beat

by Mina Phaisaltantiwongs, Grade 12 St. Michaels University School has quite a wide selection when it comes to extracurricular activities. It has everything from...

The Borealis String Quartet at SMUS

by Jonathan Sudul, Grade 5 On January 25, Grades 5, 6, 7 and 8 string students heard a recital by the Borealis String Quartet. There...

Sara Topham Keeps Shakespeare Alive

by Olivia Krusel, Grade 11 Imagine that it is a dreary Wednesday afternoon; halfway through the week and the weekend is only just peering from...

Concert Spotlights our Six String Nation

by Erin Anderson, editor Though our amazing music students and staff never stop delivering astounding concerts, this week’s Spotlight on Canada Concert truly defied expectations....

Vancouver Model U.N. Review

by Julia Milden, Grade 9 Last weekend, I, along with a variety of Senior School students in Grades 9-12, had the amazing opportunity to travel...

Grade 6 Classes Join the Six String Nation

by Sam Perelmuter, Grade 6 Yesterday, we had an exciting visit from Mr. Jowi Taylor. He has this guitar (which has been named the Voyageur)...

Grade 8 Students See How the Eye Works

by Jenna Dhillon, Grade 8 On January 20, 2010, Ms. Van Alstine’s Grade 8 science classes filed into the science lab to complete a cow...

Grade 4 Students Reflect on Canada's Identity

by the Grade 4J class Jowi Taylor and Paul O'Brien's Six String Nation presentation inspired our Grade 4 students to think about a guitar in...

Poetry Night Turns Into Tribute

by Erin Anderson, editor Last night, the on-campus café The Daily Grind was packed with poets and poetry fans, as SMUS hosted yet another evening...

Facing Challenges in Film

by Christina Robillard, Grade 8 The Victoria Film Festival offered a new project this year, titled FilmCan. It was a competition to offer Middle and...

Junior School Funds Farm Animals Overseas

Last term, the Junior School began a fundraising initiative on behalf of World Vision. The students challenged themselves to raise as much money as...

Free the Children Gala Returns to SMUS

by Caitlin Farquharson, Grade 12 Over the past five months, a group of over 60 students from Grades 9-12 have been planning every detail of...

The Yale Alley Cats Kick Off 2010

by Erin Anderson, editor Just as the school year got rolling again, Josh Evans ’08 returned to his old school to perform with the a...

Middle School Delivers Christmas Hampers

by Lindy Van Alstine, teacher The Christmas season raises awareness of less fortunate individuals and families in our community. We have a special tradition at...

Junior School Gets into the Spirit of Service

Even the youngest members of SMUS have been bitten by the service bug. This month, the Grade 5 students prepared stockings for children in...

Christmas Assembly a Joyous Affair

by Tom Zheng, Grade 12 There are only two events at this school that usually involve crowd participation: Mr. Butterfield’s choir class and the annual...

Grade 5 Students Shed Light on History

by Laura Williams, Grade 5 The Grade 5 students used tin cans, nails, and hammers to make lanterns. This activity took place in language arts...

SMUS Recognized by War Child Canada

SMUS received a certificate from War Child Canada this week, for being one of the top fundraising schools for the organization. By selling t-shirts,...

Musical Guests Play for Junior Students

by Grade 5 students Madison Liew and Elise Marchessault On Friday, November 27th the Senior School Swing Band cam to the Junior School to perform...

AP Art Students Explore Vancouver

by Kelsey Bjola, Grade 11 On Friday, November 27th, the AP Studio Art class, as well as some Grade 11 art students, made the voyage...

Grade 2 Students Bake Up Some Holiday Cheer

by Grade 2 students Seung Choi, Jenna Sedgewick and Angelina Shandro Over the past few weeks, the Grade 2 class has been baking gingerbread. We...

Middle School Christmas Service Reflections

by Rev. Keven Fletcher One of the highlights of the Middle School Carol Service is the collection of reflections that the students offer on the...

SMUS Shows Some Pride

by Lisa Evans, Grade 12 On Thursday, November 26th, students and staff gathered in the rainbow-clad gym for SMUS’ first ever Pride Day. Catchy tunes...

Grade 7/8 Strings Shine in Schaffter Hall

by Athena Kerins, Grade 7 On Wednesday, parents of strings students crowded into Schaffter Hall to hear us play. We had not played in that...

The Many Faces of Recitations

by Liam Maclure, Grade 10 Video of recitations by Leo Marchand, Mary Lapp, Kelly Twa and Tom Zheng. My heart is pounding. I have to remind...

Free the Children Group Visits Junior School

by Madison Hadfield, Grade 10 When you were in Kindergarten, did you have any idea what clubs and councils you would join in nine years?...

Grade 5 Students Review Grade 5 Concert

by Grade 5 students Hannah Kitson, Elise Marchessault, and Katie McAulay On November 24th at 11:00 am, the Grade 5 students gave a wonderful strings...

Joining the Chinese Language Proficiency Competition

by Mue I, Grade 11 boarder from Japan Because I had previously won 1st place and the best speaker award in the East Japan Area,...

Rave Reviews for Fahrenheit 451

Tonight is the last night for parents, faculty and students to catch the SMUS Theatre Society's production of Fahrenheit 451, a play based on...

Junior School Service Applauded

This week, the SMUS Junior school was recognized for its many service initiatives at the annual Youth in Philanthropy awards. Grade 5 student Nick...

Spirited Week at SMUS

by Wonjin Kim, Head Boy It’s not at many high schools in Canada that a student has the chance to witness a friend debut his...

The Day of the Snakes

by Brennan, Grade 6 In my Grade 6 science class, there were two ladies from Swan Lake. They told us about how a snake eats...

Student Theatre Heats Up with Fahrenheit 451

by Robyn Hope, Grade 11 The Student Theatre Society was formed four years ago by an enterprising group of students and their diligent teacher representative....

SMUS Remembers

The Senior School campus held a moment of silence this morning at 11:00 in honour of Remembrance Day. Though the school was unable to...

Senior and Junior Students Bond With Books

by Kelly Twa, Grade 12 Mondays are typically the worst day of the week: you’re tired after a busy weekend, you still haven't finished all...

Science Students Look Into Their Hearts

by Emma Donald, Grade 8 On Thursday, November 5th, both of Ms. Van Alstine’s Science 8 classes completed a sheep heart dissection. As I’m sure...

SMUS Alumni and Rowers Launch New Boats

by Lori Adam, Director of the Annual Fund This past Sunday, in between races at the 2nd regatta at Elk Lake, our SMUS rowers were...

U15 Girls Share Their Soccer Experience

by Grade 8 students Jenna Dhillon, Ali Murtland and Sam Colby After we arrived in Toronto for the U15 CAIS tournament, which consisted of 16...

My Run for the 2010 Olympics

by Alicia Pawluk, Grade 12 rower Last Friday, I had the incredible fortune to partake in a most historic event. October 30, 2009 was certainly...

Students Celebrate the Dead

by Marilu Vidaurri, Grade 12 boarder This Monday, a group of the Mexican students from SMUS, alongside some of the Spanish department students and staff,...

Junior Students Collect Coats for Kids

by Grade 5 students Mattia Sanati, Alana Hawes, Jill Taylor and Sophie Jones We volunteered to be part of the Coats for Kids drive. Since...

Torch Fever Touches SMUS

Four members of our school community - two students, a recent graduate and a bus driver - took part in the Olympic torch run...

Spooky Day at SMUS

Halloween is always a big deal at SMUS, with students and staff donning some truly fabulous costumes each year. This year, the Middle School...

Simon Gray Reflects on Soccer Success

by Simon Gray, Grade 7 The Under 13 boys soccer team has just returned from the CAIS national tournament held in Aurora, Ontario where we...

Grade 7 Student Commended in Essay Competition

by Tessa Owens, Grade 7 Last year, in humanities class, my peers and I took part in the Royal Commonwealth Essay Competition. This sounded very...

Grade 4 Students Explore Wetlands

by the Grade 4 classes Last week, we visited Swan Lake to learn about habitats and what animals and plants do in their natural habitat,...

Nikki Chooi In Concert at SMUS

by Sydney, Grade 8 strings student This past Tuesday my friends and I had the pleasure of hearing an amazing performance by Nikki Chooi and...

Grade 9 Students Learn about Leadership

by Dawit Workie, Grade 9 On Thursday, October 15th, the entire Grade 9 class arrived to school without pens or paper and in their gym...

Student Helps Launch Philanthropy Report

by Scott Dallen I was asked to speak on October 6, 2009 at the Victoria Foundations Vital Signs launch as a member of the Youth...

Grade 5 Students Take the Lead

by Kathleen Cook On Friday, October 16th the Grade 5 students participated in a special leadership Assembly. Ms. Richards and I spoke about Leadership at...

Film Appreciation Society Gets Rolling

by Will Jevne, Grade 12 The Film Appreciation Society was formed more or less on a whim. Oliver Brooks, Zac Benloulou and I had been...

Stu Saunders Speaks at SMUS

Youth leadership guru Stu Saunders gave a series of successful talks this week. In addition to being the featured speaker at the Grade 9...

Students Explore the Outdoors

Each year, our students have opportunities to go out into the great outdoors, with activities from scuba-diving to skiing. The annual outdoor education trips offer...

Grade 3 Class Explores Space

by the Grade 3 class Last week, we learned about our solar system with a trip to Victoria's observatory, where people use a giant telescope...

How 'Me' Becomes 'We'

by Kelly Twa, Grade 12 student This year's Me To We Day hosted by Free the Children in Vancouver was an experience that exceeded expectations...

Kenyan Crafts Support New Business Venture

by Peter Harrison, Grade 10 student As part of our Business Education 10 class, my group is selling goods to help support Kenyan youths in...

Grade 6 Students Look Into Lake Life

by the Grade 6 class This week we want to Swan Lake to learn about the different organisms that live in the lake. We learned...

Performance Poets Swing by SMUS

Montreal poets Carolyn Souaid and Endre Farkas came to SMUS last week to share their work with our Writing 12 students. The campus café,...

SMUS Culture Shows

by Mue I, Grade 11 student International Council started with the first cultural week, “Japanese and South East Asian Week” from September 22-25th. Since last...

Grade 5 Students Time Travel

by the Grade 5 class A few days ago, both of the Grade 5 classes and Mr. Chan, Ms. Newsome and Ms. Yorath want to...

Students Give Back

by Roslyn Van Der Wal One of the Service Department's goals this year is to provide all students with meaningful volunteer opportunities, allowing them to...

Cops for Cancer Rock SMUS

The Tour de Rock returned to SMUS yesterday, and students showed their support for the riders by shaving their heads, waxing their legs and...
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Out of My League?

by Priya Mulgaonkar, Grade 11 student and editor of The Ivy Upon stepping into the gym, the crowd of eager parents and students was rippling...

Grade 11 Students Sacrifice Hair of All Kinds

Our Grade 11 students kicked off the Cops for Cancer festivities early yesterday, as they held their own head shave to raise money for...

Scholar in Residence: Professor Rana on the Asian Market and Mind

by Eric Protzer, Grade 11 student To explain complicated foreign economics and politics to an audience of high school students is impressive. To do so...

Our Service-minded Students Online

Annie Pike, Nuraiyah Kassam, and Gita Keshava at GM Place Over 30 of our students attended the We Day festivities in Vancouver, a Free the...

Brendan McLeod Mixes Music and Poetry

Mr. Young's classroom was packed this Thursday afternoon, with students crowding in to see Brendan McLeod, a member of the Fugitives troupe that often...

Middle School Students Treasure Museum Visit

by Jim De Goede, Middle School teacher Seventy excited SMUS Grade 7 students and 18 teachers and parents arrived at the Royal BC Museum to...

Student Reflections on Nash Visit: Part 2

by Jamie Yorath, basketball player and Grade 12 student On Friday, September the 18th, Steve Nash returned to his former high school, giving the students...

Student Reflections on Nash Visit: Part 1

by Mark Jiang, e-team member and Grade 12 student "And no matter what... never lose that joy, that spark, that sports and life offer..." - Steve...

Colourful Kick-off at the Middle School

Just as our boarders spend their first weekend together amassing points for their respective houses, our Grade 6, 7, and 8 students spend their...

Steve Nash Returns

It was an exciting morning on the SMUS campus, as Steve Nash '92 stopped by to talk to some of his former teachers, answer...

School in Full Swing

Last week, SMUS welcomed almost 200 new students, including 85 new boarders. Our returning boarders were on hand to help the new arrivals find...

A Summer Cycling against Cancer

by Kaylynn Purdy, Grade 12 student One day, after going out for a ride, I had the inspiration to use cycling, the thing that I...

War Child Musician Ends his Tour at SMUS

Last Friday, SMUS students and staff saw Liam Titcomb give his last performance of his three-month national tour. Liam, who has released two full-lengths...

Fresh Faculty

September always brings a crop of new students, eager to learn, but it also brings many new teachers, house parents and support staff. Here...

Staff Summers

Every year, our faculty and staff spend July/August away from SMUS, but that doesn't mean they are idle. International travel, outdoor sports, professional development...

A New Look for the SMUS Review

Welcome back! It's a new school year and we thought it was time for a new SMUS Review. So, we've made the SMUS Review one...

BC Student Shines in Provincials

by Erin Anderson Last week, we spoke to SMUS vocalist and provincial champion Benji Schaan and this week, Grade 10 student Olivia Krusel, who also...

Annual Fund Raises Its Final Star

by Lori Adam, Director of the Annual Fund At the beginning of the 2008/09 school year, the ambitious goal was set to raise $888,888 for...

SMUS Summer Reads

As summer vacation begins, both staff and students find themselves with more time to indulge in leisure activities, especially reading books that aren’t required...

SMUS Sets Sail for Summer

by David Kerr During the spring, a group of intrepid students made a weekly trip down to Royal Victoria Yacht Club to learn about how...

Valedictorian 2009: Gaurav Sekhon '09

by Gaurav Sekhon '09 Hello Mr. Headmaster, members of the board, faculty, family, SMUdents, and people who do not fall into those 4 categories. When...

Valedictorian 2009: Melissa Bosworth

by Melissa Bosworth '09 Good morning, Mr. Snowden, members of the board, faculty, family and fellow students. Today, we graduate and I have been given...

Ceremonial End to the School Year

Last week, every SMUS student was honoured during the annual Closing Ceremonies, which are held by the Junior, Middle and Senior Schools. The Junior School...

Choirs Conclude Concert Season

See slideshow The Senior School Choral Concert was the final event in a spectacular year of musical performances. The concert was a wonderful way to...

SMUS Students Winning Singers

At this year’s Performing Arts BC Provincial Festival, SMUS student Benji Schaan took home first place in the Intermediate Musical Theatre category and was...

Q and A with the New Head Prefects

As the school year winds down, our Head Boy and Girl also end their reign at SMUS. Recently, it was announced that Johnny Humphries...

Middle School Ties Up House Games

This Thursday, the annual Middle School Colours Day brought all of our Grade 6, 7 and 8 students to the SMUS field, where they...

Student's Work Debuts in CACGV Show

by Erin Anderson Recently, it was announced Grade 11 student Holly Trew will be one of seven Victoria student artists featured in the Community Arts...

Ice Cream Day Keeps Students Cool

A tradition carried on this week as all SMUS students received free ice cream, handed out by a band of alumni at the Junior,...

Grade 12 Leaves Chapel Legacy

Every year, the graduating class puts together their own final chapel session, complete with speeches, songs and skits. The class of 2009 put together...

House Olympics 2009

House Olympics started off with the classic pre-game “surprise” water balloon fight, where we all attack the other house for a while, until we...

Q & A with DJ Legit

Grade 11 student Tom Zheng has certainly made an impression at SMUS in his first year here, as he has DJed at many events,...

Art Opens Doors for Students

This week, three of our students were featured in the Open Door to Art Show at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Grade 11...

SMUS Athletes on Track

The SMUS Junior School sent 75 athletes to the VISSA track and field championships this week, where they competed against other independent schools from...

Juno Winners to Perform at SMUS

It was confirmed this week that Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida, the lead singer of Our Lady Peace, will be performing in the St....

Athletics Review: June 1, 2009

An incredible week for SMUS rowing! Seven SMUS athletes entered seven events at the Canadian Secondary Schools Rowing Association (CSSRA) Championship Regatta in St. Catharines...

Grade 6 Students Globe Trot

See slideshow The Middle School became a global microcosm this week, as the Grade 6 students showed off what they had learned about countries around...

Talent Takes Off at SMUS

See slideshow Last week, students from Grades 6-8 showed what they could do at the Middle School Talent Show. Fresh from their Keep the Beat...

Jazz Night a Cool Treat

See slideshow This week was the annual Jazz Night, one of the most swinging events of the concert season. The Middle School Jazz Band, Senior...

SMUS Stages Murder

The latest production by our Student Theatre Society, Murder Can be Habit Forming, is a murder-mystery parody that shows a different side of the...

Grade 1 Students Love Bugs

The Victoria Bug Zoo welcomed Ms. Galloway’s Grade 1 class this week, as the student followed up their insect studies with a field trip...

Athletics Review: May 24, 2009

Track and Field The track and field team wrapped up their...

Students Entertain Seniors

See slideshow This week, one of the Middle School exploratory classes visited the Luther Court Society care facility, where they performed music for a very...

SMUS Keeps Up the Beat

See slideshow The Richmond Road campus was dotted with hot pink t-shirts today, as hundreds of students supported Keep the Beat, an annual event in...

Concert Shows Students' Growth

See slideshow The busy spring concert season that kicked off last month with the Cross-Campus Choral concert hit a crescendo this Wednesday with the annual...

Grade 5 Students Go Greek

Our Grade 5 students wrapped up their study of Greek mythology this week by celebrating the ancient culture with presentations, games and feasts. Students...

Spring Fair Blooms at SMUS

This weekend, the semi-annual Spring Fair returned, bringing much family fun to our campus, including an international food fair, live entertainment, carnival games and...

Athletics Review: May 17, 2009

Tennis The tennis team had an absolutely incredible day at the Island Tournament last Tuesday. Placed in Pool B with Shawnigan Lake and GNS, the...

Middle School Art on Display

See slideshow Last weekend, 35 Middle School students had their art on display at the annual Independent School Association (ISA) Art Show. The two-day event...

Students Win at Science Fair

Grade 11 student Janine Hsu recently took part in the 48th Annual Vancouver Island Regional Science Fair and took home more than one prize...

Grade 4 Poets Present Work

See slideshow This week, Grade 4 students took over local coffee house the Black Stilt and shared poems with their siblings, parents, grandparents and teachers....

Athletics Review: May 10, 2009

Track and Field The sixth and final training meet took place at UVic last week. Top performers included Leo Marchand, who placed 6th in the...

Grade 5 Students Meet Middle School

This week, the Grade 5 students saw a little bit of what their next year at SMUS will be like as they visited the...

The Sounds of Middle School

See slideshow There was something for everyone at last night’s Middle School concert at the University of Victoria. Every student in the school took part....

Making Hunger Personal

by Dorothee Stieber, Grade 12 The annual SMUS 30 Hour Famine took place from Thursday, April 3rd to Saturday, April 4th. Under the passionate leadership...

Student Work Debuts in Gallery

See slideshow Last night, several of our students saw their work go on display at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. The opening was the...

Alumni Weekend 2009

See slideshow This weekend was Alumni Weekend, and many former students returned to the school to see old friends, watch a few sporting events and...

Athletics Review: May 3, 2009

Senior Boys Rugby It was a busy and demanding week for both Senior rugby squads. On April 28, the 1st and 2nd XV players travelled...

Students Give Hugs

See slideshow Last week, seven SMUS students spread a little love by giving away hugs to anyone who wanted one. The group of volunteers were...

Grade 8 Poets Voice Their Work

On Monday, students and parents gathered on campus for a poetry reading, as Grade 8 students shared some of their favourite pieces of original...

Grade 1 Students Go to University

See slideshow This week, the Grade 1 class visited the University of Victoria in order to learn about post-secondary education. The students were able to...

Grads Show Off Their Fashion Sense

See slideshow Last night, the school gymnasium was transformed into a runway, as the graduating class of 2009 held the annual SMUS Grad Fashion Show....

Grade 7 Students Bring History to Life

by Jim DeGoede, Grade 7 teacher On Tuesday, May 12, several SMUS Grade 7 students stayed behind after school to convert room 305 into a...

Athletics Review: April 26, 2009

Rowing The SMUS rowing team was up at Brentwood International Regatta this weekend, the largest athletic event hosted by a single high school. Crews from...

Earth Week Grows at SMUS

Senior and Middle School students have been taking action on issues of sustainability in honour of Earth Week. Each day of the week was...

SMUS Walks for Water

This Friday, over 80 students and staff carried pails of water around campus to show solidarity with the millions of people around the world...

Monstrous Praise for Junior Cast

See slideshow This Friday evening will be the last performance of the Grade 5 production There’s a Monster in my Closet. Fortunately, earlier this week...

CAIS Student Leadership Conference '09

by Scott Dallen, Grade 11 This past week, myself and a group of four other Grade 11 SMUS students (Kirsten Macleod, Caitlin Lastiwka-Farquharson, Lisa Evans,...

Concerto Concert Shows Off Soloists

See slideshow Our musicians delivered another excellent concert this week. The Concerto Concert, which comes once every two years, includes extremely challenging classical pieces from...

Athletics Review: April 19, 2009

Junior Girls Net First Soccer Victory The Junior girls had a tough exhibition match against the Claremont Spartans last Tuesday. The Jags were short a...

Monsters Come to Junior School

See slideshow The Grade 5 students take to the stage next week in a production of There’s a Monster in My Closet, a musical comedy...

Public Poetry Festival Debuts

In honour of poetry month, our school will be staging a poetry festival featuring five local poets and Claire Battershill ’04, who recently won...

Concert Showcases Cross-Campus Voices

See slideshow This week, choral students from Grades 4-12 performed at the annual cross-campus choral concert. The Christ Church Cathedral was filled to the ceiling...

Athletics Review: April 12, 2009

Strong Showing for SMUS up at the Track The track and field team has been training hard up at UVic’s Centennial Stadium. Last week, the...

Junior Students Give Rugby a Try

Just as the 1st and 2nd XV take to the field at Senior School, our Grade 4 and 5 boys and girls are also...

SMUS Students Speak Out With Silence

This Wednesday, many of our students went the whole day without saying a word. Classrooms, hallways and boarding houses were noticeably quieter, as over...

Debate Goes to Extremes

Tuesday, our highest-ranked debate teams in the Junior and Senior divisions competed in extreme debating, battling each other in an impromptu parliamentary debate in...

Athletics Review: April 5, 2009

Blue Jags Kickoff Season at the Best of the Best The Senior girls soccer season kicked off with a tournament at GW Graham Secondary in...

Teachers Take Lessons

Before students returned to campus this week, their teachers took some time to learn themselves, devoting a day to professional development. Global responsibility was...

Music and Math Come Together

Before Spring Break, SMUS welcomed mathematics historian Glen Van Brummelen, who spoke to students about the interplay of music and mathematics. As part of...

SMUS Students Get Empowered

by Caitlin Farquharson Early Friday morning, a group of eight Senior School students, along with Mr. Lilly and Mrs. Davel left for Vancouver to attend...

Senior Art Goes on Display

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

Athletics Review: March 15, 2009

Grade 9 Girls Basketball On Tuesday, the Grade 9 girls basketball team faced PCS in the Victoria City final. After a tightly contested regular season...

Beijing Students Brighten SMUS

This year was the first in which SMUS welcomed students from Sino Bright School in China for a month-long exchange. Thirty-eight students came to...

Grade 4 Students Give

Our Grade 4 students have been preparing for Spring Break for weeks, assembling supplies to send along with a few of our Senior School...

Middle School Triumphs

by Nancy Mollenhauer The final day of the winter term proved to be one of most exciting the Middle School has seen for some time,...

Korean Week Brings the Beats

See slideshow Last week, the Senior School campus was infused with contemporary and traditional Korean culture, thanks to the International Council and our Korean students....

SMUS Brings Home the Boot

by Eliot Anderson The much anticipated “Boot Game” kicked off under clear but cold skies last Tuesday evening. As the season-opening match between cross-town rivals...

Athletics Review: March 8, 2009

SMUS Teams Compete at Provincial Championships The Senior girls basketball team travelled to Kamloops this past week for the AA Provincial Championships. They had an...

The King of Elfland's Daughter Debuts

Middle School students delighted their audience with a magical tale as The King of Elfland’s Daughter debuted on Thursday night. The musical production showed...

Junior School Students Lead Conferences

by Kathleen Cook See slideshow Each class in the Junior School has organized student led conferences during the final part of the second term. This gives...

Boot Game Kicks Off Senior Rugby

Next Tuesday, the Senior rugby boys will battle Oak Bay in the annual Rees Boot Game. The SMUS side has been victorious the last...

War Child Teaches Students

Lori Johnston from War Child Canada visited the school this week to speak about how wars around the world impact the lives of children...

Athletics Review: March 1, 2009

SMUS Crew Starts Spring Rowing Season Strong This weekend SMUS rowers raced for the first time as a Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) club representing St....

Student Artists Enter New Extremes

For the past few weeks, 12 of our artistically inclined students have been spending their Wednesday afternoons working with Yoko Takashima, an artist who...

The Many Faces of Elfland

When The King of Elfland’s Daughter takes the stage next week, parents may have a hard time picking out their sons and daughters from...

Junior School All Souped Up

The Junior School marked the 100th day of school last week by collecting canned food for the Mustard Seed food bank. Every class had...

West Side Story Rumbles

The SMUS production of West Side Story debuted this week at the McPherson Playhouse and our students astounded audiences with their mastery of complex...

Athletics Review: February 22, 2009

Two Island Titles for SMUS Basketball The Senior girls basketball team headed into the Island Championships after finishing first in the Victoria AA league. In...

Used Uniform Shop Adopts Art

Visitors to the Used Uniform Shop will be able to enjoy some student artwork as the shop unveils a new mural this week. Designed...

Grade 2 Students Experience Boarding

Last week, the Grade 2 class went on a special trip to the Senior School to spend some time with the Barnacle/Winslow boarders. The...

Environment Club Covers Composting

Last week, the Junior School Environment Club had a special guest from the Greater Victoria Compost Education Centre. In the first term of the...

Costumes Transform Elfland Performers

The King of Elfland’s Daughter features many magical creatures and most don’t look much like human children. In order to transform the Grade 6-8...

West Side Story Hits the Stage

Our Senior School musical opens next week and after much hard work, the young actors, stage crew and faculty are all excited to show...

Athletics Review: February 15, 2009

Senior Badminton Team wins Island Championship SMUS hosted the Island Championships last Thursday. Our Senior badminton team went in as the #1 seed, since they’ve...

AP Japanese Students Take a Trip

by April Hall, Grade 12 Last week, the AP Japanese 12 class took a field trip to Vancouver. We all rolled out of bed in...

AP Students Study Art in Seattle

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

SMUS Set Nearly Ready for the Stage

With just three weeks before King of Elfland’s Daughter takes to the Royal McPherson stage, students and staff are hard at work making everything...

Athletics Review: February 08, 2009

Senior Boys Basketball The Senior boys had several games, including the start of their city playoffs. On Tuesday, the boys faced Edward Milne. SMUS jumped...

Boarders Get into the Games

by a Grade 10 boarder This past weekend was Trivia Night in the boarding community. For this event, the houses were teamed up together...

Middle School Students Put on a Show

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

SMUS Meets Shakespeare

by Eric Protzer, Grade 10 Monologues are strange but engrossing things to consider. For example, it is intriguing that a character can speak out...

Atheltics Review: February 1, 2009

Junior Girls Take Silver Medal at ISA Championships This past weekend, the SMUS Junior girls participated in the annual ISA Tournament hosted by SMUS. On...

Junior School Students Dive In

by Nicky Newsome, teacher This Monday, swim club members from Grades 3-5 went to the Commonwealth Pool for the ISEA Swim Meet. Independent schools from...

Gala is a Spectacular Fundraiser

by Nicolette Varma The Free the Children Gala went off without a hitch as over 280 people attended to support the repair of the devastation...

Middle School Film Crew Gets Rolling

As part of preparations for the launch of King of Elfland’s Daughter, a small group of Middle School students are training to become a...

SMUS Student Takes Chess Trophy

Grade 7 student Jill Ding took first place at the Victoria Chess Championship earlier this month. By winning every match she played, Jill became...

SMUS Celebrates Lunar New Year

Just as the Year of the Ox began this Monday, SMUS kicked off its first Chinese culture week. The International Council arranged for several...

Athletics Review: January 25, 2009

SMUS Defeats Lambrick Park in Spirit Night Showdown The Senior boys basketball team had just one game to play, but it was a big one....

SMUS Rugby Scores a Special Guest

by Johnny Humpries SMUS Senior Rugby was fortunate to have another national coach pay a visit to the school last Thursday. Following last year’s...

Elfland Takes Shape at SMUS

In March, the Middle School will be putting on its new magical musical, The King of Elfland’s Daughter. The play, adapted by teacher Mr....

Students Return from Dominican Republic

by Samantha Green and Giuliana Bianco Over the winter break, eight students travelled to the Dominican Republic, taking part in the annual service trip to...

Students Travel to the Centre of the Universe

The Grade 3 students continued their study of space this week as they visited the Centre of the Universe, an educational centre at the...

Large Ensembles Deliver Astounding Sounds

The SMUS campus was bursting with music this Wednesday, as 300 student musicians and vocalists performed for an appreciative audience. The annual Large Ensembles...

Atheltics Review: January 18, 2009

Junior Girls Capture First Tournament Title In league play Monday, the SMUS Junior girls basketball team battled relentlessly on the defensive side. However, their shots...

Grade 1 Students Have a Sleepy Morning

Grade 1 students wore their pyjamas to school one day this week and spent the morning reading books, playing games, drinking hot chocolate and...

Visiting Artist Colours SMUS

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

Athletics Review: January 11, 2009

SMUS Rugby Players in Provincial Club Final Just before the holiday break, Victoria’s Castaway-Wanderers U-19 rugby squad played in the provincial club final against the...

Students Host Gala Event

This Sunday, SMUS students, parents and guests are invited to attend the Free the Children Gala, a student-run fundraising event featuring SMUS musicians. The...

Exchange Students Return Home

Last month, two groups of exchange students, one from Quebec and one from Australia, returned home after a month-long exchange at our school. Four...

Hinton Chair Settles Into SMUS

Every year, the Hinton Chair position allows SMUS to bring in an excellent teacher for one year, creating an opportunity for new ideas, collaboration,...

Athletics Review: December 15, 2008

Grade 9 Boys Basketball The Grade 9 boys basketball team enjoyed a successful week, winning its opening two league games.In the opener, the team blitzed...

Junior School Celebrates the Season with Service

Our youngest students are wrapping up 2008 with a series of concerts and service projects. This Wednesday, the kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2...

Local Silverwing Performance a SMUS Affair

Two of our Middle School students are currently performing in Kaleidoscope Theatre’s production of Silverwing, a play based on the multiple award-winning novel by...

Rowing Its Own Reward

Last weekend, our rowing coach Susanne Walker Curry was named the Female Coach of the Year by Rowing Canada Aviron, the national governing body...

Parents' Auxiliary Celebrates with Boarders

by Brenda Moore, Grade 12 boarder The much-anticipated Parents’ Auxiliary Christmas Evening Celebration commenced at half-past six on Saturday, December 6th in the school chapel....

SMUS Comes Together for the Holidays

Last week was our annual all-school assembly, where students from kindergarten to Grade 12 celebrate the season together, with songs and skits. Some of...

Athletics Review: December 8, 2008

Senior Girls Basketball The Senior girls basketball team looked to improve on their 2-1 record with two more games this week. The Blue Jags opened...

Serpents Slither Over to Middle School

Grade 6 students hosted some special guests last week, as two snakes from the Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary came to visit the school. The...

Grade 4 Students Search for Treasure

Our Grade 4 students visited the Senior School last week to spend their morning geocaching with the Grade 9 Geography students, using Global Positioning...

Students Journey to See Salmon

Students from all three schools visited Goldstream Park last week to witness the salmon run, a natural phenomenon in which an estimated 40,000 salmon...

Small Ensembles Put on a Powerful Show

This Wednesday, our musicians took to the Victoria Conservatory stage for the annual Small Ensembles concert, one of the highlights of the school year...

Athletics Review: December 1, 2008

Senior Boys Basketball The Senior boys basketball team kicked off their season with the Vancouver Island Classic Tournament this past weekend. The 16-team tournament...

House Games Heat Up

Both boarding and day students have been enjoying competing to win points for their houses. While boarders have spent their weekends playing sports such...

Junior School Swings with Strings

Junior School has had a very musical month. The Grade 5 and Grade 4 Strings ensembles played their first concerts of the year, and...

Teachers Awarded for Use of GIS

Last week, two of our teachers received the Award of Excellence from ESRI Canada, in recognition of their work integrating Geographic Information Systems (GIS)...

Recitations Returns

This week, Senior School students performed poems, monologues, novel excerpts and other pieces for our annual Recitations evening. Twenty-seven students chose to partake in...

Athletics Review: November 25, 2008

SMUS Soccer The Senior boys soccer team left on Sunday night for Burnaby, as they were to compete in the BC Provincial AA championships. After...

Middle School Shows Awareness

Our Middle School has been busy these last two weeks, spreading the word about two important issues: diabetes and bullying. Last week, SMUS was...
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Canadian Universities Visit SMUS

Last week, hundreds of Senior School students and their parents spent an evening exploring their post-secondary options, as representatives from almost 40 Canadian universities...

Service Thrives at SMUS

Since September, our students and staff have been involved in a variety of fundraising efforts for people in need. Our Grade 7 students are...

After Juliet Wraps Up

Our student theatre society has another successful production under their belt, as this year’s run of After Juliet has been met with much acclaim....

Athletics Review: November 17, 2008

Senior Girls Volleyball Team Island Championships began for the Senior girls volleyball team on Friday afternoon with round-robin play against St. Andrews, Shawnigan Lake and...

Middle School Boys Score in Soccer

Last month, our U13 boys soccer team travelled to Toronto to take part in the Canadian Association of Independent Schools annual tournament. The Middle...

Malawian Visitor Shares a Story of a School

This week, Memory Mdyetseni, Director of APU Secondary School for Girls in Malawi, spoke to students about the challenges girls face in pursuing education...

The Brier Takes Root at SMUS

The school newspaper The Ivy is no longer the only student publication at SMUS, as our new literary magazine The Brier launched this month....

SMUS Remembers

Last week, students, faculty, parents and alumni commemorated Remembrance Day with music, words and prayer. At the Senior School ceremony, we were honoured to...

Athletics Review: November 12, 2008

Senior Girls Volleyball Last week was the Lower Island Championships and the Vic Lindal Cup tournament for the Senior girls volleyball team. Going in...

Annual Fund Launches with Stars

The Annual Fund campaign kicked off this week as banners went up at both campuses and a new team of parent representatives was launched....

First Notes from Strings Ensemble

The Grade 7/8 Strings Ensemble held its first concert this week, performing for a packed hall of parents, staff, the Grade 6 Strings class...

Grade 5 Students Go Underground

Our two Grade 5 classes have been learning about the history of slavery in the Unites States as well as the Underground Railroad, a...

Students Enjoy Some Drama

Drama Night, which features both experienced and amateur performers, returned this week to much applause and more than a little laughter. Unlike past shows,...

Athletics Review: November 3, 2008

Swimming Grade 11 student Jeremy Bagshaw competed in the Island Championships for high school swimming this past weekend. He competed in the 50 m and...

Things Get Spooky at SMUS

Halloween took over the hallowed halls of all three campuses this week, as students and staff donned costumes, carved pumpkins and enjoyed a few...

Middle School Student Runs Fundraiser

Last week, Grade 8 student Richard Cunningham held a silent auction to raise money for the Victoria homeless shelter Our Place. Amazingly, Richard planned...

Athletics Review: October 27, 2008

Field Hockey The last week of field hockey began with a challenge match against GNS, to decide which team would be the number 2...

An Early Look Through The Ivy

Next month, the first issue of the school paper, The Ivy, will hit the campus. In anticipation of its arrival, the SMUS Review brings...

Two Schools Buddy Up to Read

Our Reading Buddies programme resumed this month, with 15 Junior School students visiting the Senior campus library for reading sessions with the older students....

Junior School Kicks Up its Heels

The bi-annual Barn Dance brought many families to the Junior School last weekend to participate in one of the Parents’ Auxiliary’s most popular events....

Wiseman Shares Wisdom With Students

Our first Scholar in Residence visited the school this week to speak to Middle and Senior students as well as parents. New York Times...

Athletics Review: October 20, 2008

SMUS Cross Country The Senior Cross-Country Team was at Beaver Lake last Wednesday in the Lower Islands. This meet was the first time we...

Soccer Girls Take Flight

Our U15 girls soccer team recently travelled to Winnipeg for a sixteen-team tournament. Over three days, the girls played eight games and lost three....

SMUS Gets Ready for Spring

Spring Fair is returning to the school this year, after a long absence. The huge community celebration, which also acts as an important fundraiser,...

SMUS Vocalists Soar in Opera

A current and former SMUS student took to the stage this week for the Pacific Opera’s production of Thaïs. Grade 11 student Andy Erasmus...

Junior School Fast on Its Feet

Since September, our Junior School students have covered a lot of ground. Last week, it was the Terry Fox run and this week the...

Athletics Review: October 13, 2008

Senior Girls Volleyball The Senior girls had league night at Claremont Secondary School, starting with a match against Oak Bay School. Our team handily...

Middle School Students Get Justice

This week, Grade 7 and 8 students learned about the Canadian legal system as well as the consequences of online behaviour through an interactive...

Grade 2 Students Make Peace With Dinosaur

Rainbow, the SMUSosaurus, joined Grade 2 students this week to help them learn about conflict resolution. The students are working on becoming the peacemakers...

SMUS Gets Spirited

This week was Spirit Week, a chance for day and boarding students to show off their house pride. Throughout the week, our school councils...

Athletics Review: October 5, 2008

Senior Girls Volleyball Last Tuesday night, Esquimalt hosted SMUS for the first round of Senior Girls Volleyball league play. Our first game was against...

Tour de Rock Rolls Into SMUS

Every October, we look forward to the arrival of the Tour de Rock and Cops for Cancer. We do major fundraising on campus before...

Grade 5 Students Ready to Lead

Our Grade 5 students were honoured this Monday at the annual leadership assembly. The Junior School began holding leadership assemblies four years ago, both...

SMUS Celebrates Its International Culture

Our campus has been infused with culture as the International Council held its first two culture weeks of the year. Over the next few...

Baba Brinkman Mixes Hip Hop with Literature

English literature and creative writing students were thrilled by a visit from performance artist Baba Brinkman, who just finished touring his combination of rap...

Students Warm Up to Arctic Stories

Middle School students welcomed explorer Ian Sterling last week. Mr. Sterling, who visited the school because of our involvement with the Canadian Geographic Society,...

Athletics Review: September 28, 2008

SMUS Rowing Crew This past Saturday saw the SMUS Rowing team begin their short 2008 competitive season at the annual high school Crabfest Regatta. Newcomers to...

Debate Team Watches World Champions

Five of our finest debaters visited Washington, DC recently to see the World Schools Debating Championships, explore the city and visit some SMUS alumni....

Imaginative Author Casts a Spell on Junior School

Visiting author Margriet Ruurs delighted Junior School students this week, teaching them all about how books are made and reading from a few of...

Harvard Model Congress Takes a Political Turn

When fourteen SMUS students travelled to Bangkok in August to participate in the third annual Harvard Model Congress, they found themselves in the midst...

Alumni and Friends Tee Off

At our third annual Alumni and Friends Golf Invitational, a record number of staff, alumni and parents turned out for eighteen holes followed by...

Athletics Review: September 21, 2008

Senior Boys Soccer The Senior Soccer boys started their 2008 soccer season with a few wins. The week began with a game away to...

SMUS Artists Dig Into Clay

This Thursday, our ceramics and sculpture students took a trip to the garden, gallery and studio of world-renowned ceramic artists Judi Dyelle and Robin...

Junior Students Rewarded for Reading

This week at the Junior School, the students who participated in the summer reading program were recognized in a special assembly. Thirty-eight children reached...

Leaders Explore the Outdoors

Each year, our students get to explore all the activities that Vancouver Island’s water and wilderness have to offer. The outdoor education trips are...

Student Service Goes Global

Last week, over 3,000 young people from all over the world gathered in Los Angeles for the Global Call to Action Conference. The conference...

Athletics Review: September 14, 2008

Rosters have been set and schedules are being finalized after just one week back to school. All of our teams are in full gear...

Middle School Students Show Their Colours

Each year, the Middle School stages a big welcome for its new students, both those coming from the Junior School campus and those who...

Student Ambassadors Show Off SMUS

Every year, potential new students and their families come to see what SMUS is all about. Our student ambassadors spend their spare periods giving...

Cameras Roll on Campus

There’s a new club at SMUS this year. The Film Club, started by Grade 11 student Sophia Bryant-Scott, will give students a chance to...

Athletics Kick-Off

SMUS students were sweating this week as our athletic season began. With practices and tryouts, the gyms and fields were filled with students enjoying...

Athletics Review: September 7, 2008

The 2008-2009 school year kicked off last Wednesday with Term 1 sport tryouts. Student participation rates look good in many sports, in particular, Grade...

New Students Bring Much to SMUS

Each year, our school seems to get even more diverse and 2008-2009 will be no different. Our 206 new students have come to us...

New President of Parents' Auxiliary Plans for a Spectacular Year

The SMUS Parents’ Auxiliary has a new president. Cathy Dixon will be continuing the work that former president Marie Wizinsky started and creating even...

SMUS Staff Expands

This September, SMUS is welcoming new teachers, counsellors, house parents and staff. Here are just a few of the new people joining our school...

School Bells Sound Once More

All three campuses came alive this week as students returned from their summer holidays or arrived for their first year at SMUS. Our students...

New Boarders Come to SMUS

As usual, the first week of September was an exciting time as boarders, day students, parents and teachers returned. It’s an especially interesting time...

Students Venture Into The Woods

by Brian Christensen and Chris Madsen (the two princes) Two of the 25 students who participated in the two-week intensive theatre programme at SMUS this...

SMUS Poet Wins Avec Rime

This summer, Grade 9 student Paige Wergeland took home a prize for poetry. Her poem “Sous Mon Lit” (Under My Bed), which was written...

Rowers Paddle for Gold

Before the Beijing Olympics even began, two SMUS students flew to the US to compete for a few medals of their own and both...

Junior School Sports Day

Friday afternoon saw beautiful clear skies for the Junior School’s annual Sports Day. Every year, the Junior School field is dotted with young athletes and...

Junior School Closing Ceremonies

Service Awards and Grade 5 Awards Assemblies The Junior School concluded another fun and memorable year with their Service Awards, Grade 5 Awards, and their...

Middle School Closing Ceremonies & Games

The Middle School celebrated the end of another excellent year on Friday with their closing ceremonies. Director of the Middle School Xavier Abrioux gave his...

Senior School Closing Ceremonies

The Senior School Closing Ceremonies provided a memorable conclusion to this year’s outstanding academic successes. After a word from Head of School Bob Snowden,...

Pride Alliance at SMUS

This year SMUS saw the beginning of its first Pride Alliance initiative: a student-led group for providing education to promote awareness and acceptance of...

Students Say "Thanks"

With one week left to go, SMUS is already celebrating Annual Fund contributions to date of more than $842,000. The amount significantly exceeds this...

Red Cedar Readers Visit Their Favourite Authors

Last weekend, Junior School readers hit the road to Nanaimo to help celebrate the Island’s annual Children’s Book Fest. After reading and voting on...
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Class of 2008 Shines in U Accepts and Scholarships

With scholarship notifications still coming in daily, the class of 2008 has already earned over $1.4 million, the third year in a row that...

Leading Examples at SMUS

As the grad class of 2008 heads off to bright futures, this year’s Prefect Council passes the torch to the next generation of SMUS...

SMUS Poets Recognized Nationally

This year, three poets from the Middle School were recognised in a nation-wide poetry contest. SMUS ranked second out of 500 schools that participated...

Athletics Review: June 8, 2008

Rowing After the National Rowing Regatta took place in St. Catharines, Ontario, Derek Stedman and Liz Fenje stayed behind to trial for the Junior National...

Students Share their Remarkable Pasts

Grade 9 students recently dug into their families' past to conduct historical research and three in particular were recognized for the results. The three...

Junior School Delivers Music and Magic

flute Glittering costumes, beautiful singing and comical banter were all part of the Junior School’s latest masterpiece, The Magic Flute. Directed by music teacher Mr....

Athletics Review: SMUS Rowing Team Wins on a National Level

Last week, four senior athletes represented SMUS at the CSSRA Rowing Regatta in St. Catharines, Ontario. The team performed exceptionally well, placing 18th out...

Senior Choral Concert

choir On Monday, the Christ Church Cathedral was filled with harmonious voices during the Senior Choir Concert. Gifted string musicians paired with brilliant singing made...

SMUS Presents Theatre for Social Change

Last week, the SMUS Student Theatre Society presented the Laramie Project. Not typically performed by high school students, this emotionally gripping play earned rave...

Alum's Contribution Lends Support to a New Generation of Drama Students

The St. Michaels University School chapel is a significant place for alumnus Andrew Sabiston ’82. Inside the chapel hangs a tapestry made by his...

Athletics Review: June 1, 2008

Golf The golf team was away in Kamloops early last week at the Provincial Championships. The team of Dylan Callow, Rebecca Minaker, Chris Smith, Francois...

Terence Young Wins Prime Minister's Award

Terence Young, head of the SMUS English department, has been given a Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence, one of the highest honours in...

Keep the Beat 2008

The weather couldn’t have been better for the annual Keep the Beat Music Marathon at SMUS last Friday. All levels of musical talent from...

Jazz Served up with a Side of Ice Cream

jazz On Tuesday, students, family and staff enjoyed a candle-lit evening of Jazz in the SMUS gym, with talented swing musicians from the Middle and...

Spirit Week!

This week Senior School students took some time out from their books to enjoy some soapy slides, disgusting compost races, game shows and outdoor...

Junior School Athletes on Track

This week, 65 Junior School students participated in the VISSAA Track Meet at the UVic Stadium. Every year the Victoria Independent Schools Sports Association...

Junior School Makes Magic

Next Thursday, patrons of the arts will be in for a surprise when they peer through their opera glasses and find the McPherson Playhouse...

World Partnership Walk

SMUS was well represented on Sunday when the World Partnership Walk kicked off in Beacon Hill Park with close to 200 SMUS students, family...

Athletics Review: May 25, 2008

Best of luck to our teams This is a very exciting week in Athletics, as many of our teams have made it to the pinnacle...

Latin Fiesta Honours Linda Sipos, Raises Funds for Orphanage

This Wednesday evening, the Junior School was alive with vibrant Latin music, salsa dancing and games. The event, billed as the Latin Fiesta, gathered...

Spring Band Concert

This Wednesday, Middle School and Senior School band students showed off their talents at the much-anticipated cross-campus Spring Band Concert. The Brass Ensembles opened the...

Athletics Review: May 18, 2008

Senior Boys Rugby The rugby rivalry between Oak Bay and St. Michaels University School has become something of legend in Island high school sports. Read...

Mayhem Hits Middle School

Lyrical madness hit the Middle School last Thursday when the Mayhem Poets, a trio of New York writers and performers, shared their poetry with...

Award Winning Authors Visit Junior School

Last Thursday, the Junior School was proud to host two award-winning authors, Pamela Porter and Polly Hovarth. Polly Hovarth has won numerous awards including...

Greek Days and Museum Nights

Ms. Kathleen Cook and Ms. Pam Yorath were pleased to see thier classrooms taken over by a throng of Greek gods and goddesses this...

Grade 5 Students Get a Preview of Middle School Life

On Tuesday, Grade 5 students left their Junior School classes to spend an afternoon at the Middle School in order to get a taste...

1st Annual Capital City Jazz Festival

The 1st Annual Capital City Jazz Festival was in full swing in the SMUS gymnasium this Wednesday, featuring 153 talented young musicians from seven...

Students Learn about Charitable Funding

Through their research and powerful presentation skills, a group of Grade 10 students was awarded $5000 to donate to a local charity last week....

Athletics Review: May 11, 2008

Tennis Placing third in the Lower Island Tournament, the Tennis team headed to Islands and was put in the Black Pool with Brentwood College and...

Third World Meals for Junior School Children

On Sunday, May 25, the SMUS community will participate in the 24th Annual World Partnership Walk. The Junior School, which has raised more money...

Scholar in Residence Barbara Hager Inspires Students

Students interested in drama, film, writing, history and political science were all engaged with the Scholar in Residence at SMUS this week. Writer and...

Middle School Musicians Shine

After six hours of rehearsing last Thursday afternoon, it is safe to state that the Middle School put together a stellar performance Thursday evening....

Alumni Come Home

Last week, just as they do every year on the first weekend in May, hundreds of SMUS alumni came home. Particularly since the centennial...

Head of School Looks Forward to a Long Future at SMUS

SMUS Board of Governors Chair David Angus is pleased to announce that the Board has finalized a new multi-year contract with Head of School...

Athletics Review: May 5, 2008

Junior Boys A Soccer The Junior bys had two important league playoff games last week. In the first game, the score remained 0-0 after regulation,...

The Future of SMUS Rugby

On Monday, parents clutched their umbrellas and cheered on as rugby returned to the Junior School for the first time in 20 years. Despite...

Celebrating Four Stellar Careers

This week, the Board of Governors honoured four extraordinary members of our community for their service and dedication to the school. David Fisher, Cliff...

Students Fast for Famine Awareness

Dedicated Senior School students gathered their pledges and said goodbye to Brown Hall food for a solid 30 hours last Friday. Over 80 students...

SMUS Team Prevails at Mock Trials

Last month, the debate team took home the Mock Trials Cup after an intense weekend competition with eleven other schools from around BC. The...

Service Learning and Peace Jam in Minneapolis

Last month, five of our service leaders, Riordan Forsyth, Anna Fretz, April Hall, Nikki van der Wal and Nicole Cook, took part in the...

Biology Students Get Hands-on Lesson in Marine Life

Recently, biology students had the opportunity to conduct field work at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre. A yearly highlight in the Biology 11 curriculum,...

Athletics Review: April 27, 2008

Senior Boys Rugby On Tuesday the 1st and 2nd XV took the field against the highly touted Shawnigan Lake side. Although ranked higher, the early...

Earth Week

This week, the E-team celebrated Earth Week and encouraged students to participate in eco-friendly activities to help SMUS and the Earth stay green. Mr....

Art Students Have a Hand in Book Design

An exhibition of illustrated books, hand-made by Art 10 students, was showcased in the Senior School Library Thursday evening. The students invited their parents...

Students Buddy-up to Share their Love of Reading

Grade 12 student Oliver Bild has a passion for promoting literacy, and as the head of the SMUS Library Council he was motivated to...

Day Students Join the House System

For boarding students who live in residence, House Games are an integral part of the SMUS boarding experience. Each of the six boarding houses...

Alumnus Gives Back to SMUS and to the World

Alumnus Dariusz Dziewanski ’97 visited SMUS last week to speak to Senior School students about international development. Dariusz earned his bachelor of commerce degree...

Athletics Review: April 20, 2008

Senior Boys Rugby The Senior boys rugby teams faced the highly-skilled Canberra Grammar School from Australia. The 2nd XV faced an uphill battle right from...

CAIS Conference a Huge Success

Last weekend 124 students from 31 schools across the country joined together at the Canadian Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) Student Leadership Conference. The...

Junior School Students Learn about Fire Safety

The Oak Bay Fire Department visited the Junior School on Wednesday afternoon to educate the Grades 3 and 4 students about fire safety and...

Choral Concert

Parents, staff, faculty and students gathered at Christ Church Cathedral Wednesday evening for the Cross-Campus Choral Concert. Students in Grades 4 through 12 performed...

Awards Galore: Poetry and Public Speaking

Congratulations goes to some of our Senior School students who have won prestigious provincial, national and international awards over the last few weeks. The Petra...

Cross-Campus Strings Concert

Monday evening’s Cross-Campus Strings Concert was another showcase of SMUS’ talented music students. The event was held at the University of Victoria’s Farquhar Auditorium...

Model Students

More than 40 students will walk the runway at the annual Grad Fashion Show tonight. This year, the much-anticipated show promises to be showcase...

Athletics Review: April 6, 2008

Junior Girls Soccer The Junior Girls A Soccer team got off to a quick start this season defeating Oak Bay (2-1) and Reynolds (1-0) respectively....

A New Club Sets Sail

A new sailing club has been added to the list of the many extracurricular activities offered at SMUS. The club gives Senior School students...

CAIS Conference Begins

For the first time, SMUS is hosting the Canadian Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) Student Leadership Conference. This year the annual conference will focus...

Spring Break Adventures

This week, several school groups returned to campus after Spring Break from points all over the world. Five groups embarked on trips to the...

Athletics Review: March 9, 2008

Senior Badminton The Senior Badminton team returned home last weekend after finishing in eighth place at the BC High School Provincial Championships. The tournament featured...

SMUS Family Helps Other Students through the Annual Fund

Each week, the Bruynzeel-Simpson family goes horseback riding at a local farm. It’s something parents Peter and Kristi learned to do recently, after daughter...

Students Get Good Notes at BandFest

The Grade 7 and 8 Concert Bands performed at BandFest 2008 at the University of Victoria last week. BandFest is an educationally oriented, non-competitive...

Middle School Students Compete en Français

For the first time, Middle School students participated in the Canadian Parents for French (CPF) annual French-language public-speaking contest. Thirty-eight students competed on March...

Students get SUM Success at Math Competition

Twelve students went to the provincial Math Challengers competition, held on Saturday, March 8 at the University of British Columbia. Accompanied by Mr. Steve...

Très Bien to our Grade 4 French Students

Last week, the two Grade 4 classes performed Les Trois Petits Cochons (the Three Little Pigs), an evening presentation that showcased the students’ verbal...

Middle School Competes in its First-Ever Wrestling Match

For the first time at SMUS, students have had an opportunity to participate in wrestling. Mr. Bruce Kuklinski, Middle School Physical Education teacher, introduced...

Scholar in Residence: Gwynne Dyer

On Wednesday, SMUS welcomed Gwynne Dyer, a freelance journalist, columnist, broadcaster and lecturer on international affairs. Mr. Dyer presented an hour-long talk in the...

A Grand Success

Grand Hotel, this year’s Senior School musical debuted on Tuesday evening at the McPherson Playhouse. Set in the 1920s, the era was roaring, and...

Athletics Review: March 2, 2008

This week the Athletics Department would like to recognize some athletes who have done some amazing things in the past few months. Squash: Tyler Olson...

Students Debate Their Way to the Top

On February 16, the debate teams competed in the Vancouver Island Regional Debate Tournament with high hopes of qualifying for the 2008 Law Foundation...

Learning about BC's First Peoples

The Grade 4 classes have been studying Native culture in British Columbia as part of their Social Studies curriculum. As part of their learning,...

Students Get a Taste for Business

Students, staff and faculty have a new place to purchase tasty treats, thanks to the efforts of the Business Club who opened a coffee...

A First-Hand Look at Waste Water Treatment

Last week, the Advanced Placement Environmental Science class visited the Saanich Peninsula Waste Water Treatment Plant, to gain first-hand experience of the processes involved...

Athletics Review: February 24, 2008

Senior Badminton A small group of girls went over to Maple Ridge on Saturday for the Girls ISA Badminton Tournament. This tournament boasts the oldest...

Bring Your Own Pyjamas

Last week, boarding students hosted an afternoon pyjama party in residence for the Grade 2 students as a way to build cross-grade and cross-campus...

Key Success for Pianist

Grade 11 student Ben Kwok was recently selected to play piano with the Victoria Symphony for the Third Annual Young Musician’s Concerto Showcase. More...

Penguins and Dragons, Oh My!

It has been a busy few weeks at Junior School as the students participated in numerous activities tying into their classroom curriculum. As part of...

Surf's Up!

During the recent Mid-term break, Ms. Judy Tobacco accompanied five Grade 12 students on a surf trip to Tofino, located on Vancouver Island’s west...

Keeping the Water Flowing

More than 100 Senior School students participated in Walk for Water, a fundraiser for the Adopt a Village campaign, which benefits the victims of...

Athletics Review: February 17, 2008

Senior Badminton Last Thursday, SMUS hosted the Senior Badminton Island Championships. Going into the tournament, the SMUS Blue Jags had the #1 seed, so the...

I Heart SMUS!

Roses are red, violets are blue, and it’s Valentine’s Day at SMUS! On Thursday students at all three schools participated in various festive activities...

Bienvenue!

Last week two students from College Sainte-Anne in Laval, Quebec arrived on campus to begin a one-month exchange as part of the International Student...

National Success for Athletes

SMUS athletes excel both on and off campus. Students Jeremy Bagshaw, Taylor Moon and Isabella Holt are some of our successful athletes excelling at...

Scholar in Residence: John Dunn

This week, SMUS had the honour of welcoming John Dunn, a wilderness explorer and National Geographic photographer who has made more than a dozen...

Athletics Review: February 10, 2008

Rowing Over the past couple of months, a small group of rowers have trained hard in preparation for the National Rowing Regatta which will bw...

Happy Chinese New Year!

It’s the year of rat! The Chinese New Year was celebrated this week by the International Council, who hosted a dinner for the boarding...

High Praises for Festival Singers

The Pacific Baroque Festival presents "Vivaldi's Venice" this weekend at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and Christ Church Cathedral, where SMUS will be represented...

Artistic Expressions

Senior School students were all about expressing their artistic talents this week. Last Sunday, the Grade 12 Writing class held a poetry reading at...

A New Director of Annual Fund

This week the school welcomed Ms. Lori Adam, who joins the Advancement office as the new Director of the Annual Fund. Ms. Adam comes...

Athletics Review: February 3, 2008

Senior Girls Basketball The Senior Girls basketball team played in the Spotswood Memorial Tournament held at Belmont. The girls lost their first game against Spectrum...

Middle School Band Concert was an Instrumental Success

Middle School band students proved hard work pays off during their evening performance in Monday's Winter Wonder Band Concert. The show opened with the Honour...

P.A.R.T.Y Wisely

More than 80 Grade 10 students visited Victoria General Hospital this week to participate in the Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth program...

Making Reading Magical

Last week, Kindergarten teacher Ms. Margaret Lincoln made reading more than just fun for her students – she made it magical. Celebrating their success in...

Leading Students Outdoors

During next weekend’s mid-term break, students in the Outdoor Leadership programme will embark on a trip to Manning Park, where they will endure tough...

French Teacher AIMs for Success

Last week, Middle School French teacher Ms. Karen Oraas went to Winnipeg to teach an Accelerated Integrated Method (AIM) workshop, a program designed for...

Athletics Review: January 27, 2008

Senior Girls Basketball The Senior girls basketball team played one game this week at Edward Milne. Katrina MacIntosh with 12pts, and Kelsey Harbord with 6...

Earn Credit, Study Abroad

Imagine studying Shakespeare in the Bard’s home town of Stratford-upon-Avon or learning about classical art amidst the ruins of Rome or Athens. SMUS is offering...

It's Ski Season at SMUS

Boarding students hit the slopes last weekend for a two-day ski and snowboard trip to Vancouver Island’s Mt. Washington. Located in the Comox Valley,...

Tournament Volunteers Score Big

In all the excitement of tournament play, it’s easy to forget all the behind-the-scenes work involved to make an event like the recent Victoria...

Sharing and Caring in the Dominican Republic

Over winter break, 14 Senior School students and three staff members participated in Orphanage Outreach, a programme dedicated to providing support to orphaned, abandoned...

World-Class Rugby Practice

The SMUS rugby teams received some world-class coaching last Friday when Graham Henry, the New Zealand All Blacks coach, paid a visit to the...

Athletics Review: January 20, 2008

Senior Girls Basketball SMUS was host to the Senior Girls Police Tournament, which featured 16 of the top teams in the province. The girls had...

Large Ensembles Scores High

Senior School students showed off their musical talents in the Large Ensembles concert at the University of Victoria on Wednesday evening. The show opened symphony-style...

Grade 12 Student Amazes A-Channel News

Grade 12 student Nicole Cook has been named the Save-On-Foods A-Channel Amazing Kid of the Week. Nicole was awarded $1,000 for her accomplishments in...

Junior School Kick-Starts a Sports Club

Sports at Junior School have been going swimmingly thanks to Sports Club – an after-school program dedicated to improving athletic skills. Once a week,...

Student Artists Make a Splash in Tofino

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

Athletics Review: January 13, 2008

Senior Girls Basketball The Senior girls basketball team continued their winning streak with a 69-10 win over St. Andrews. Shelby Boehm (20 pts), Samm Dark (13...

Used Uniform Shop New to SMUS

This Thursday marked the grand opening of the Parents' Auxiliary Used Uniform shop located at the school’s Shelbourne Street facility. All proceeds from used...

Grade 7 Student Hits Operatic Notes

At just 12 years old, Grade 7 student Richard Cunningham landed a lead role in the opera production Amahl and the Night Visitors. In a...

Grade 8 Girls Take the Lead

Three Grade 8 girls are using their lunch hour to put leadership in action. Isabella Holt, Christina Chwyl and Michelle Wood started a lunchtime...

Art Day Brushes Past

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

First Scholar in Residence Visits SMUS

This week SMUS had the honour of welcoming Tony Quainton ’42-’44, a Distinguished Diplomat in Residence at American University in Washington, DC. Mr. Quainton...

Middle School Students Perform in Aladdin Jr.

Grade 6 students Cimarron Langois and Lindon Carter are currently performing in Kaleidoscope Theatre’s Christmas production of Disney’s Aladdin Jr. This Tuesday, the entire...

Junior School Readers Help a Dragon

Since November, Junior School students have been reading more than ever before. A visiting dragon named Sam has been looking for some new scales,...

School-wide Assembly Caps off Busy Term with a Spirited Finale

With over 900 students, it’s rare to be able to get all of the SMUS population under one roof, but last Friday’s all-school assembly...

Christmas Carols Ring out at SMUS

From last Friday’s carol service to the primary concert at the Junior School, SMUS has been getting into the spirit with a lot of...

Athletics Review: December 9, 2007

Senior Girls Basketball The Senior girls opened the 2007-2008 season on a winning note last week when they triumphed over St. Margaret’s on Tuesday and...

Holiday Activities for All

Just because classes are ending next Friday, that doesn’t mean that things will be slow at SMUS in December. Students from ages five to...

Service Council Goes Local

Last week, students involved in service went out into Victoria to connect with local organizations in need of some assistance. Working with Our Place...

Philosophers' Café Perks Up SMUS

With the holiday season upon us, the many clubs and councils on campus are put on hold until the new year, including the Philosophers’...

Parents' Auxiliary Christmas Evening Celebration a Festive Success

Last Saturday, over 300 SMUS community members, including faculty and students from all three schools, came together for an evening of dinner, dancing and...

Students Swing and Sing

The Senior School’s musicians and vocalists put on a fabulous concert at the Victoria Conservatory of Music this Monday evening, performing jazz, swing, choir...

Athletics Review: December 2, 2007

Rugby Congratulations to Beau Parker and Mike Fuailefau who returned this week from a National U17 Rugby Tour. The Canadian Team was in Wales for...

The Fugitives Escape to SMUS

Budding writers of poetry and song were treated to a workshop with performance group The Fugitives this week. Four talented performers led the students...

Kindergarten Class Dives into Ocean Studies

The youngest SMUS class has spent the first official month of winter under the sea, learning about its aquatic inhabitants through a wide range...

Grade 4 and 5 Students Make Strings Sing

The most recent assemblies at Junior School have been more musical than usual, as both the Grades 4 and 5 strings ensembles have treated...

First Scholar in Residence Visits SMUS

Last week, the school was visited by entrepreneur and former Olympian Jason Dorland, the first speaker selected by the Academic Council for the Scholar...

Challenge 20/20 Students Host Poverty Panel

Many representatives from organizations dealing with poverty participated in a discussion with students involved in the North American Independent Schools Challenge 20/20 competition. MLA...

SMUS Says Goodbye to Goodnight Desdemona

Last Saturday was the final performance of the smash play Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet). Over four nights, the cast and crew put on...

Athletics Review: November 25, 2007

Junior Boys Rugby The Junior Boys Rugby team capped off a fine season at the Vancouver Island Tournament held at Shawnigan Lake School. All...

American Boarders Say Thanks

This Thursday, our American boarders celebrated Thanksgiving with a traditional dinner prepared by the Brown Hall kitchen staff. Surrounded by an American flag and...

Middle School Ready for Recitations

After last week’s spectacular performances from the Senior School, the Grade 7 and 8 students presented their own memorized works in their Communication Skills...

Students Get Wise About Owls

by Kennedy, Grade 4 This week, both of the Grade 4 classes at the Junior School had a special visitor from the Swan Lake Christmas...
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Canadian Universities Meet SMUS Students

by Greg Marchand, Head of University Counselling This Monday, over 400 students and parents came together in the Senior School gym to meet representatives from...

Grade 5 Classes Explore Underground

The two Grade 5 classes have both been learning about the history of slavery in North America through a study of the novel Underground...

The Ivy Grows

Though the school paper, The Ivy, has been around since 2001, in recent years it had fallen into obscurity. This year, we aimed to...

Ron Broda Draws Children into the Art of Illustration

Junior School students received a hands-on lesson in drawing and illustrating from one of the top five illustrators in Canada this week. Ron Broda,...

AP Environmental Science Turns 10

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the addition of AP Environmental Science to our school’s extensive Advanced Placement programme. The course was brought...

Athletics Review: November 18, 2007

Swimming Three SMUS swimmers qualified for the Swimming Provincial Championships, which were held at Sannich Commonwealth Place last weekend. Jeremy Bagshaw made the finals...

A Good Night for Theatre

Next week, the SMUS Student Theatre Society will launch its third production. Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) is a comedic play from Canadian playwright...

Senior Girls Serve Up Great Volleyball

by Brittney Martin Grade 12 student Brittney Martin recounts the girls' experience of success. Last week, the Senior Girls volleyball team claimed the title of Lower...

Recitations Take the Stage at SMUS

Last night, 26 students performed a variety of pieces for an audience of parents, faculty and their peers for the annual SMUS Recitation...

Health and Wellness Tip of the Week: Avoiding the Flu

As the chill of winter sets in, so do a few other things. Even the relatively warm winter of Victoria can help viruses take...

Students Shed Uniforms for Service

Students got to indulge in a little casual wear this week, as each school had its own Service Day, where students can donate two...

Information Evenings Educate Parents on SMUS

This week, Junior, Middle and Senior School each hosted an informative reception for prospective parents, students and families. The events are open to anyone,...

Book Sale Funds Used to Buy Books

This Wednesday was the first day of the second annual book sale, a fundraiser run by the Library Council. After over a month of...

Athletics Review: November 11, 2007

Senior Girls Volleyball In what was a momentous day of SMUS Athletics, the Senior Girls Volleyball team found themselves in the city final against...

Middle School Raises Funds for Mexico

Service at SMUS is still going strong, as both Middle and Senior Schools are working on important initiatives. This week, the Middle School held...

Pursuing Excellence through CESI Accreditation

This week, St. Michaels University School hosted an assessment team from the Canadian Educational Standards Institute (CESI). First accredited by CESI in 2000, SMUS...

Spanish Class Celebrates Day of the Dead

Teresa Calderon’s Grade 9 Spanish class put together a special luncheon to honour the Latin American holiday Day of the Dead. Last Friday, the...

Grade 7/8 Students Bring Music to SMUS

The first of several strings concerts took place this week, with the Grade 7/8 Strings class performing for parents, faculty, family members and...

SMUS Remembers

This week, the two campuses each held a Remembrance Day service in honour of the many people across the world, past and present, affected...

Athletics Review: November 4, 2007

Senior Boys Soccer The team finished their season with a hard fought contest to bring home the Colonist Shield. The boys succeeded, playing some great...

Grade 1 Students Go Batty

In the spirit of the season, Alison Galloway’s Grade 1 class has been spending a lot of their time studying bats. In preparation for...

New Board Chair, Governors Appointed at 2007 AGM

Thursday's annual general meeting marked the beginning of a new era in the St. Michaels University School Board of Governors. Stephen Martin, who has...

Parents' Auxiliary Cooking Up Plans for Christmas Dinner

With Halloween over, retail outlets aren’t the only ones moving their eyes forward onto the next holiday. The Parents' Auxiliary is excited for the...

SMUS Gets Dramatic

Last week was the first Drama Night of the year, a night when any student can sign up to put on any kind of...

SMUS Students Take to the Ballet Stage

Three of our students took the Royal Theatre stage with the Moscow Ballet, for their production of Swan Lake this week Lindsay Solmer, Julia...

SMUS Haunted by Halloween

All three schools celebrated Halloween today with food and festivities. As usual, there were many elaborate and creative costumes on students of all ages...

Athletics Review: October 28, 2007

Junior Boys Rugby Grade 8 The Grade 8 rugby team travelled to Vancouver for their return match with St. Georges. The team began very well, playing...

International Council Dedicates Day to Departing Australians

For the past several weeks, SMUS has had a little extra international flavour as three Australian students have been attending classes, participating in sports...

E-team Cleans up Waste at Middle School

While environmental action is nothing new for SMUS, this is the first year the Middle School has had its own E-team. The Senior School...

SMUS Gets Into Investment

A new addition to the many clubs and councils at SMUS, the Investment Club takes over where the Business Club leaves off. Investment Club...

Smooth Rowing for SMUS at the 22nd Annual Regatta

Our rowing team did exceptionally well at Elk Lake this weekend, taking first in Junior Girls doubles and Junior Novice Boys quad, as well...

SMUS Opens up for Open House

Last Friday, staff and students welcomed 113 families to the campus for Open House, an annual event where parents, students, alumni and community members...

Athletics Review: October 21, 2007

Rugby Grade 8 In their third ISA game, the Grade 8 rugby team travelled to Brentwood College. The team let in a try soon after the...

SAT Exam Tests SMUS Students

With 15% of last year’s university acceptances coming from our southern neighbour, the SAT exam is part of many students’ preparation for post-secondary education....

Field Hockey Team Manoeuvres Through the Bridgman Cup

Last weekend, the SMUS field hockey team played in the Bridgman Cup, a tournament that features 16 of the best high-school teams in the...

Junior School Explores Soil and History

Last week, Grade 2 and 5 students expanded on their studies with interesting day trips. Gordan Chan’s Grade 5 class ventured to Fort Langley,...

Boarders Soar and Score

This was a busy weekend for the boarding community as they held their second activity weekend of the school year. On Saturday, our boarders...

SMUS Debaters Dominate Tournament

The 2007 SMUS Debating Tournament took place this Saturday, with five other schools coming to compete. Our students did very well at the tournament,...

SMUS Runs in the Royal Victoria Marathon

Two students and two faculty members delivered excellent performances in this year’s Royal Victoria Marathon. Listed as one of the top 10 destination marathons...

Athletics Review: October 14, 2007

Junior Boys Rugby Grade 8 In their second ISA game of the season, the Grade 8 rugby team travelled to Shawnigan Lake School. They put together...

Health and Wellness Tip of the Week: Smoking

Though smoking among youth across Canada is largely considered to be dropping, there are still an alarming number of junior and high school students...

Jeff Hunt Runs the West Coast Trail

This September, Athletic Director and the writer of the Athletics Week-in-Review Jeff Hunt tackled the West Coast Trail, a 75 km backpacking trail along...

SMUS Students Study the Open Sea

This week, 33 SMUS students headed out onto the Pacific Ocean to take their marine science studies out of the classroom. The Grade 9...

Read the Work of SMUS Ripple Effect Winners

Last week, the SMUS Review reported our success at the Ripple Effect student writing competition. This week, we are showcasing some of the pieces...

SMUS Service Day Serves Orphanage in India

The last SMUS Service Day in June raised around $1200 for the Mother Teresa Orphanage in Bangalore, India, which Middle School student Trenton Schulz-Franco...
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Universities of the World Come to SMUS

For the past few weeks, SMUS has had even more going on during lunchtime than usual, as universities from around the world are paying...

Grade 5 Students Take the Lead at Junior School

Wednesday was a special assembly for this year’s Grade 5 students, as they officially became the leaders of Junior School. The students each read...

Athletics Review: October 7, 2007

Senior Boys A Soccer Playing two back-to-back matches on their home pitch, the Senior Boys A team performed with confidence in defence and on the...

2007 CAIS Junior Girls' Soccer Tournament

Last week, the Middle School Girls Soccer Team travelled to Oakville, Ontario to take part in the Canadian Association of Independent School’s Junior Girls’...

Grade 11 Students Get a Look inside Politics

Grade 11 students, who have a major unit on the Canadian political system, recently gained valuable insight into the world of politics when teacher...

Studio Art Students Study Blackwood's Colours

The Advanced Placement Studio Art class took a tour of Canadian artist David Blackwood’s latest exhibit at the Winchester Galleries. Students examined the use...

SMUS Shows We Care with Hair

Faculty, students and parents will be keeping their heads cool during the coming winter, as many shed their locks for cancer this week. The...

Cops for Cancer Tour Through SMUS

On Thursday morning, 800 SMUS students and 100 SMUS staff lined the driveway to the Richmond campus, anticipating the arrival of 26 riders from...

Athletics Review: September 30, 2007

Cross Country Middle School The Cross Country team took on the challenges of Beaver Lake. Jeremy Chan and Leanne Farmer both finished in the top ten...

SMUS Alumni and Friends Go for the Green

The SMUS community raised another $10,000 for the Endowment fund this week by bringing out their golf clubs and their wallets. Thursday afternoon was...

SMUS Students Run for Terry Fox

Last Friday, Junior School children donned bandannas and took part in the 27th annual Terry Fox Run. The weather was chilly but the children...

Grade 6 Students Devote a Day to Teamwork

Last week, all of the SMUS Grade 6 students took part in an array of team-building activities at Camp Pringle. The one-day event allows...

SMUS Students Cheer on Alumni in Rugby World Cup

Early Tuesday morning, day and boarding students crowded into the Timmis/Bolton common room with house parents and faculty to watch three SMUS alumni play...

Prefects Build Pillars of Leadership

This weekend was the first SMUS prefect retreat. The 20 members of the Prefect Council spent Friday and Sunday examining values, team-building and drafting...

SMUS Student Bikes with Courage for Cancer

This past Sunday, Grade 12 student Graham Inglis was one of 350 riders who took part in the inaugural Tour of Courage in Vancouver,...

Athletics Review: September 23, 2007

Rugby Grade 9 Rugby Following three weeks of practice, the Grade 9 rugby squad opened its season at an ISA Jamboree hosted by Brentwood. One win,...

Boarders Aren't Bored With Intramurals

This was the first week of intramurals, a set of after-school activities primarily for boarders. A huge range of activities are on the schedule...

Old SMUS Computers Retire Abroad

New students aren’t the only arrivals to SMUS this year. Once again, the SMUS IT team has spent their summer setting up new computers...

Teamwork Triumphs Over Alligator at Junior School

Mr. Bob Snowden, Head of School, made a special appearance in Junior School’s assembly this Monday. Though Mr Snowden visits the Junior School every...

SMUS Students Traverse Air, Land and Sea

Last week, the Grade 10 students ventured out of the classroom and took part in some of the many adventure opportunities Vancouver Island has...

Music Brings its Own Awards

SMUS Seniors Jayne Hammond and Charlotte McGee were happy to be runners-up in the second annual Teen Arts Competition, put on by the Vancouver...

Students Return Triumphant From Thailand

This week, the 13 SMUS delegates returned from their travels and came back to class. Our students performed very well in the conference. In...

Athletics Review: September 16, 2007

New Jag in Single Gym The Athletic Department at SMUS would like to thank the Grad Class of 2007, and in particular, McKyla MacIntyre, for...

A Busy Start to a Great Year

Opening week was filled with activities for parents and students alike. From family barbecues to coffee parties to sports and games, the campus was...

Health and Wellness Tip of the Week: Cliques and Bullying

With a new school year beginning, plenty of new transitions are taking place at St. Michaels University School. Students are moving up from the...

Staff Summers Part II: Kayaking around Vancouver Island

Three SMUS staff once again spent part of their summer together paddling the shores of Vancouver Island. Last summer, Mike Jackson; Head of Science...

Junior School Cooks Up a Big Welcome

Junior School marked the end of the first week of classes with an evening barbeque on Friday, September 7. New and returning families arrived...

SMUS Soccer Supplies Travel to East Africa

While many students spent their summers at recreational camps or hanging out at home, Liam Maclure spent most of his on a charity mission...

Keeping the Beat

It was hard not to spot the Senior School Keep the Beat Music Marathon participants on Friday. The musicians, sporting bright green War Child...