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

This year The Best School Year Ever® contest is awarding 20 boarding scholarships to high school students from North America
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SMUS in the News: Ewan Halliday and Matthias Hoenisch Battle For Yukon Tennis Title

Boarding students Ewan Halliday and Matthias Hoenisch were the last two standing in the men's single competition at the Yukon Tennis Championships
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Boarding

When I was a boarding student, I wasn’t anywhere near as reflective as the students I heard today in our Closing Ceremony for Grades...
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The Best School Year Ever: “What is Your Dream?”

"It's always just been a dream of mine to go to boarding school." Find out who is the winner of a full-year boarding scholarship to St. Michaels University School
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The Best School Year Ever 2017 Finalists Are…

We are excited to introduce you to the five finalists of The Best School Year Ever contest

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Peter Butterfield

Choir teacher and boarding houseparent Mr. Peter Butterfield is covered in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature
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At Home With Boarders Without Borders

Our annual Boarders Without Borders event sees boarding students invited into local homes for a home-cooked meal and an authentic Canadian experience
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WANTED: (Even More) Amazing High School Students

We're well aware of it: The Best School Year Ever® contest is a little corny. But we're OK with that – because we know that this opportunity changes students’ lives.
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6 Tips for New Boarding Students – from Veteran Boarders

The six Grade 12 students elected Heads of our boarding houses offer advice to new boarding students
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SMUS in the News: Will Barry Wins The Best School Year Ever Contest

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

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

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

The Best School Year Ever: And the Finalists Are…

For the past month, a panel of judges (made up of students and teachers) has been watching and rewatching all of The Best School...
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Student Life

Our boarding past and present has done a lot to shape SMUS. By far the most ubiquitous legacy – and the one students are...
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‘This Has Been The Best School Year Ever!’

Last September, Santiago Mazoy, Alessandra Massa and Silke Kuhn began their school year at St. Michaels University School. The three finalists in our inaugural...
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Treasured Boarding Experiences are a Hot Commodity

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

With the deadline to enter our Best School Year Ever video contest fast approaching, we want to help boost your chances of winning the once-in-a-lifetime...
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SMUS in the News: Best School Year Ever

Saanich News December 6, 2014 Saanich's St. Michaels University School lures top students with unique competition
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Boarding Community is Full of Good Surprises

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

This is the third part in a series of candid blogs written by our 2014-15 Best School Year Ever winners on the Good, the Bad and the Surprising of their boarding...
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Building Lasting Friendships is Intrinsic to Boarding Life

This is the second part in a series of candid blogs written by our 2014-15 Best School Year Ever winners on the Good, the Bad and the Surprising of their boarding...
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Vibrant Boarding Community is My Second Family

This is the first part in a series of candid blogs written by our 2014-15 Best School Year Ever winners on the Good, the Bad and the...
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Wanted: Three Amazing High School Students

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

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Roommates

One of the greatest parts of attending boarding school is living with a roommate from another country. Each roommate pair at SMUS is specially...
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SMUS Welcomes the World

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

Found: Three Amazing High School Students

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

And the BSYE finalists are…

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

Back in January I wrote a blog entry introducing readers to our Best School Year Ever initiative. It has been greeted by our broader community...

The Leadership Puzzle

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

SMUS in the News: Free School Year

Victoria News January 24, 2014 Free school year in Victoria for best and brightest
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The Best School Year Ever

Today is the Day of Silence organized by our student chapter of Amnesty International. Good thing, therefore, that I was able to say my...

Take a (Virtual) Tour Around Campus

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

Thanksgiving, Canadian Style

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

Starting at SMUS: A Parent Perspective

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

Starting at SMUS: A Student Perspective

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

Terry Fox Run: A Canadian Tradition

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

All Aboard!

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

Leadership Via Horsemanship

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

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

Boarding is bursting with leadership opportunities, and a group of Grade 11 boarders dedicated last weekend to building their leadership skills. Travelling to Tortoise...
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Boarders Vs. the West Coast: A Lively Weekend

After the longer breaks, the boarding community comes back together with Community Weekends. This means our usual weekend activities are replaced with house activities...
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Black History Month

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

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

A "photo stroll" is just as relaxed as it sounds. Boarders hop on the bus and arrive at Willow's beach, Royal Roads University or...
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Are You Having a "Good Day"?

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

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

by Acacia Welsford, Grade 10 Thanksgiving is a holiday where families and friends get together to reflect on all the things that brought them there,...
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Best Coast Living: Surf. Bike. Home by Dinner.

Video by Zyoji Jackson, Middle School Teacher, Senior Houseparent Music: Dirt (Jahzzar) / CC BY-SA 3.0 One of the great advantages to living in Victoria is the...
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Eat, Drink and Be Scary in Boarding

While some people find school itself terrifying, fear takes on a whole new meaning at SMUS during Halloween. Timmis House continued a tradition of...
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Boarders Without Borders

by David, Grade 11 boarder Boarders Without Borders was a great experience for me. I did it last year, and had a wonderful time, so...
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Something Wicked for SMUS Boarders

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

With so many reasons to be thankful, it is important to stop and show our gratitude. Each year, we give thanks by treating the...
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Swimming, Slugs, Flashmobs and Fire: Boarding Hits the Town

This past weekend a full docket of activities topped the schedule in boarding. With trips to Commonwealth Pool for a swim, Fired Up! Ceramics...
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Back in the day

When I talk to new boarding parents on opening day I like to tell them two things, that hopefully won’t get lost in the...
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Boarding Welcomes the World

by Darin Steinkey, Senior House Parent Imagine, if you will, what it's like to arrive on our campus as a student during Orientation Week. You...
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2011-2012 Boarding Year in Review

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

Olympian Efforts in Boarding

Video by Darin Steinkey; Photos by Chris Bateman Music: Cold Cold Kiss by Oh! Belgium CC BY-SA 3.0 With the London Olympics just around the corner,...
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Grade 8 Boarders Farm for a Cause

Photos by Kevin Lin by Jerry, Grade 8 Boarder In honour of Earth Day, all the Grade 8 boarders went to Woodwynn Farms on Saturday, April...
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SMUS in the News: Out There On Their Own

February 25, 2012 Lodi News-Sentinel Stefan Fuller Out There On Their Own
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Super Sunday in Boarding

Photos by Ian Robertson and Craig Farish Reflections on Boarding Super Sunday by Mehrab Khazei, Grade 8 Boarder This weekend was one of the best weekends that...
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Classic Dinner and Chapel Music for Boarding

Community dinners are an opportunity for boarding students and houseparents to come together around a meal and enjoy each others' company. The first community...
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Students Dive Into Dodgeball

Students got some great exercise last week with a whole lot of dodgeball. Boarders began to practice their dodging skills through house games over...
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A Uniquely Canadian Weekend for Grade 8 Boarders

Photo by Zoe Isberg by Teresa Xu, Grade 8 boarder in Winslow House This past week was amazing, especially the weekend activities. On Friday night, we...
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Reflections on Boarders Without Borders

by Evelyn Zapantis, Boarding Services We had an all-time record of over 60 day families and 122 boarders for our annual Boarders Without Borders meal!...
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A Howl of a Good Time in Boarding

It was a weekend full of Halloween-themed everything for boarders and house parents; from Brown Hall meals, to fireworks, to the boarding-wide talent show,...
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Boarders Aim for Soccer Victory

Photos by Cheryl Murtland, Becky Anderson, Craig Farish, Ian Robertson & Darin Steinkey Music by Kevin Macleod Grade 8 Weekend Wrap-up by Mehrab Khazei, Grade 8 Boarder Last...
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Houseparents Offer Thanksgiving Food for Thought

by Keith Driscoll, Director of Residence To give thanks causes us to stop for a moment and reflect upon what is going well in our...
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Solar Panels Heat Up Boarding

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

Busy Weekend for Tigers and Superstars

Last weekend was a busy one for Service at SMUS. The Timmis Tigers spent Saturday morning on Mt. Tolmie with Dave Lock of the Mt....
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Wall-to-Wall Action for the Grade 8 Boarders

Pictures by Zoe Isberg by Mehrab Khazei, Grade 8 boarder This weekend was jam-packed — we got to do three activities! On Friday night we went to...
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A Grand Opening for Boarders

by Sydney Fraser, Grade 11 The first week at a new school tends to be overwhelming, and my first week at SMUS was no exception....
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Boarding Community Comes Together

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

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

Photos by Ian Robertson by Jakobus Le Roux, Grade 12 BC boarder Every year in April, a few students along with a group of SMUS faculty...
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Survey Leads to Changes at Brown Hall

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

Boarders Tour Butchart Gardens Christmas Display

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

Bolton House Expands Knowledge of Its Namesake

by Brenda Waksel, archivist Last week, we unveiled three posters depicting the life of William Washington Bolton, one of our founders and the namesake of...
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Boarders Without Borders

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

Boarders Get a Taste of Home

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

Boarding Students Howl for Halloween

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

Barnacles Spotted on Mt. Tolmie!

A group of 20 students from the Barnacle Boarding House spent two hours pulling broom on a crisp and sunny Saturday morning.  They joined Dave Lock from...

New Head of Brown Hall Cooks Up Changes

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

New Year, More Students

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

Five or six years ago on the first day of school, one of our German parents, who had just dropped his son off in...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...