Tag: chapel

‘Now is the Time to Take Action on Climate Change’

This week's Senior School chapel featured our Green Team and sustainability prefects talking about sustainability and climate change

What is an Appropriate Way to Mark Orange Shirt Day?

In 1973, Phyllis Webstad arrived at the St. Joseph Mission Residential School in Williams Lake, British Columbia. Having just turned six years old and...

SMUS in the News: Junior School Student Inspires Orange Shirt Day Action

The Oak Bay News highlights Orange Shirt Day at the Junior School, spearheaded by one of our Grade 4 students

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About SMUS Chapel (Part 3)

The last in Rev. Keven Fletcher's series on SMUS Chapel touches on getting more out of Chapel

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About SMUS Chapel (Part 2)

This week's article in a series by Rev. Keven Fletcher delves into what happens during weekly Chapel services.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About SMUS Chapel (Part 1)

Rev. Keven Fletcher answers some questions about the history and context of chapel in the first in a series on SMUS Chapel

Love: Building Bridges in a Time of Divisiveness

Love. It’s an obvious topic for the week of Valentine’s. Easy. Yet, when we look at what’s happening in the world, it feels as though...

Reflections on a Service Day for Project Somos

Students Aysha Emmerson and Dalal Tubeishat spoke in Chapel this week about Project Somos, a charity in Guatemala that helps single and widowed mothers and their children

The Mirror: A Chalkboard Talk from the SMUS Middle School

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

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

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

Masters Week

I don’t usually bring a prop along when I speak to students in Chapel, but this week I did: a golf club – an...

What Kind of Example Will We Choose to Be?

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

20 Minutes to Figure Out Life – Really?

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

Reflecting Our Student Population in Chapel

Our school shows the marks of its age – our array of traditions being one of them. How we frame those traditions makes the...

Tour de Rock Team Rolls in to SMUS

by Kyle Slavin, SMUS Review blog editor This week the Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock team finished their 1,100-km ride down Vancouver Island, but...

The SMUS Chapel: Reworking Space for Our Growing Community

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

Leavers’ Chapel Marks Last Days for Grade 12 Students

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

Brain Awareness Week: Staying Stress-Free at the Senior School

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

Spreading the Word About the Life-Changing Value of Service Trips

Every week, students attend Chapel for an opportunity to talk about leadership, character and belief. It's also a venue for students to report back...

All We Need is Like

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

Malala Yousafzai: Activism or Exploitation?

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

Reflections on India

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

Idols and Heroes

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

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...

Remembering Felicity

Students and staff received some sad and shocking news this week, as Felicity Tallboy, one of our Learning Resource staff, passed away suddenly on...

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...

Black History Chapel Features Personal Stories

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

Black History Month

Whenever I write about what happens in Chapel, I wonder: do people outside our community read the description and find themselves totally disoriented? Chapel?...

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...

A Look Inside SMUS Chapel

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

Grads Say Farewell in Leavers’ Chapel

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

Reflections and Action – International Service Trips

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On the heels of a motivating chapel...

Lost and Found

Yesterday at lunch I was sitting, as usual, with some of my teaching colleagues in the Dining Hall, and the conversation turned to ideals...

SMUS Review: The Time Benders

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

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...

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...

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