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Kindness Can Change the World

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Pink Shirt Day at SMUS highlights the power of kindness

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

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This week's Senior School chapel featured our Green Team and sustainability prefects talking about sustainability and climate change
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What is an Appropriate Way to Mark Orange Shirt Day?

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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

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The Oak Bay News highlights Orange Shirt Day at the Junior School, spearheaded by one of our Grade 4 students
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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About SMUS Chapel (Part 3)

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The last in Rev. Keven Fletcher's series on SMUS Chapel touches on getting more out of Chapel
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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About SMUS Chapel (Part 2)

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This week's article in a series by Rev. Keven Fletcher delves into what happens during weekly Chapel services.
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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About SMUS Chapel (Part 1)

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Rev. Keven Fletcher answers some questions about the history and context of chapel in the first in a series on SMUS Chapel
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Love: Building Bridges in a Time of Divisiveness

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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

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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
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The Mirror: A Chalkboard Talk from the SMUS Middle School

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

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

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

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I don’t usually bring a prop along when I speak to students in Chapel, but this week I did: a golf club – an...
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What Kind of Example Will We Choose to Be?

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During this week’s Chapels, Mr. Snowden emphasized the importance of picking good examples, regardless of whether we’re talking about how we swing a golf...
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20 Minutes to Figure Out Life – Really?

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

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Our school shows the marks of its age – our array of traditions being one of them. How we frame those traditions makes the...
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Tour de Rock Team Rolls in to SMUS

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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...
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The SMUS Chapel: Reworking Space for Our Growing Community

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More than half a century ago the school community came together to do something extraordinary: build the Chapel. In the early 1960s, the school –...
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Leavers’ Chapel Marks Last Days for Grade 12 Students

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Before the Class of 2015 finishes at SMUS, the Grade 12 students were treated to their final chapel service. Weekly chapel is always a...
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Brain Awareness Week: Staying Stress-Free at the Senior School

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Brain Awareness Week at the Senior School is always fun and educational, with lots of activities to do and see. From terrific and insightful...
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Spreading the Word About the Life-Changing Value of Service Trips

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

All We Need is Like

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

Malala Yousafzai: Activism or Exploitation?

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

Reflections on India

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

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

Black History Month

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

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

Are You Having a "Good Day"?

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

Black History Chapel Features Personal Stories

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

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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

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

A Look Inside SMUS Chapel

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

Grads Say Farewell in Leavers’ Chapel

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by Rachel Nam, Grade 12 Friday, June 10th, would be a day of “lasts” for the grads of 2011. The last day of high school,...
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Reflections and Action – International Service Trips

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"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...
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Lost and Found

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

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

Middle School Students Lead Senior School Chapel

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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

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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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