Tag: cross-campus

Reading with buddies in the Snowden Library

Buddy Reading Club Promotes Literacy and Friendships

Grade 2 students take the bus to the Richmond Road campus and spend time reading with their Senior School counterparts.

Putting the “Service” in Christmas Carol Service

Our annual Christmas Carol Service brings the community together for a beautiful evening of music and student reflections

GALLERY: SMUS Community Comes Together for Christmas

Students and staff gathered together to celebrate Christmas, sing some carols, have some laughs and enjoy the holiday season

Grade 12s Return to Junior School for Lifers Assembly

Our Class of 2017 includes 19 Lifers – students who've been at SMUS since Kindergarten or Grade 1.

Reflections from the Outgoing Head Girl and Head Boy

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

Teacher Dorothy Hawes’ Children’s Book Comes Full Circle at SMUS

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

Kindergarten Students Learn to Measure with Senior School Buddies

It's always a special occasion when our Junior School students visit the Senior School campus for some hands-on learning, and that was especially true...

SMUS Community Gathers for Fun Christmas Celebration

As with any family, the holiday season just doesn't feel complete unless everyone gathers together for some fun and merriment. And at SMUS, that...

Music, Reflections Bring Christmas Carol Service to Life

Against the backdrop of the majestic Christ Church Cathedral, our annual Christmas Carol Service is a wonderful way for our school community to assemble and get into...

New Head Girl and Head Boy Aim to Strengthen Cross-Campus Community

We may only be a couple of weeks into school, but some students – Sarah Jones and Jasper Johnston, in particular – have been thinking...

Professional Development: The Teachers Become The Students

Before students come back to campus ready for school, members of our Junior, Middle and Senior School faculty arrived ready and eager to learn....

Cross-Campus Strings Show Highlights Musicians of All Ages

by Darin Steinkey Some people are surprised to hear that SMUS students begin learning to play stringed instruments in Grade 4. The real surprise, to...

SMUS’s Club Hub: Buddy Reading Club

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

Grade 1 and 11 Students Become Fairy Tale Heroes

Once upon a time there lived a group of young princes and princesses learning about fairy tales in their Grade 1 class. Her Royal Highness the...

Experience the SMUS Community at Open House: February 20

by Paul Leslie, Director of Admissions The SMUS Open House is an opportunity for families to visit our Junior, Middle and Senior school campuses and get...

Learning and the Brain: Executive Functions Part III

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

SMUS Broadens Its Technological Scope

by Denise Lamarche, Director of Academics One hour is all it takes to introduce children of all ages to coding and get them excited about...

Happy SMUS Year! Looking Back at 2014

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

The Best Way to Spread Christmas Cheer is Singing Loud for All to Hear

Every family has Christmas traditions. For the SMUS family, our tradition is a very large gathering (everyone from Kindergarten to Grade 12 comes together)...

Carol Service Brings Reflections on the Holiday Season

Our annual Carol Service is a joyous opportunity for members of the SMUS community to gather and reflect on what the holiday season means to...

New Year, New Brain Series

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

Dream Big: Saeed

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

A Cross-Campus Fairy Tale

by Cate, Grade 1 We were excited to have the Grade 11 Spanish class come to visit our Grade 1 class! It turns out that...

All We Want for Christmas is SMUS

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

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...

Find Meaning in the Season

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

Remembrance Day: A Collective Experience

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

Meet Your Head Boy and Girl

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


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

A Lesson in Poetry

by Devon, Grade 4 A week ago, a Grade 12 student named Lindon Carter came to the Junior School to perform a song for us...

Campuses Unite in Song

by Darin Steinkey I love shooting pictures at Christ Church. Although it's dark, the light is usually fairly even and the performers are set against...

Banding Together for a Farewell Concert

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

Cross Campus Strings: Firsts and Finals

In the opening show of concert season at SMUS, the Cross Campus Strings featured appearances (musically, anyway) from Mahler, Saint-Saëns, the League of Legends...

Fairy Tales Teach Espanol

by Alison Galloway, teacher “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want your children to be more intelligent...

Buddies With Books

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

Diving Into Opera

More than 200 children and youth are involved in the production of Noye's Fludde by the Pacific Opera of Victoria, and several SMUS students...

A Celebration for All Ages

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

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...

Songs and Stories for the Season

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

Brain Series II: The Surprising Science of Success

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

Junior School Barn Dance 2012

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

The Brain Series: Developing True Grit

by Darin Steinkey SMUS Director of Learning, Heather Clayton, likes to talk about failure. In fact, she is so into failure that she used an...

Popular Merlin Author Inspires Students of All Ages

Last week, SMUS was honoured to host T.A. Barron, a multiple award-winning author whose Merlin series is being adapted into film by Warner Bros....

The Learning Institute: A Look at Student-Centred Education

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

Connections across campus

One of the many benefits we have as a Kindergarten to Grade 12 school is the amazing relationships that are made across the grades....

It’s Right to Play!

by Shanna Fong, Grade 11 student Last Friday, both the Senior School PE students and Junior School kids shared an afternoon of activities and games...

Choirs Present Movie Songs and Latin Classics

by Erin Anderson, editor Last Tuesday, young voices filled the already crowded Christ Church Cathedral, as students from Grade 4-8 performed a range of choral...

A Demonstration of Parliamentary Debate

by Jim de Geode, Middle School teacher This week, Mrs. Yorath and Ms. Eden’s Grade 5 classes were treated to a Parliamentary debate by four...

The Brain Series Winds Up

by Erin Anderson, editor Since September, Director of Learning Heather Clayton has hosted a series of talks to share her knowledge of the brain with...

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...

The Best SMUS Review Stories of 2011

by Erin Anderson, editor Since we're embarking on a new year, we thought it was a good time to take a look back at the...

A Look Ahead at 2012

As the calendar year ends, we still have six months left in the school year, and those months are some of our busiest times....

An Interview with Dr. Samantha Nutt

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

Reading Makes Students Buddies

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

Learning and the Brain Part 2: Postgame

In the second of three evenings devoted to the adolescent brain, Director of Learning Heather Clayton focused on what makes learning effective and how...

Learning and the Brain Part II Preview

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

A Parent Perspective on Heather Clayton’s Brain Series

by Dr. Lara Lauzon, parent On Friday, September 30, as I was wading through my overflowing email in-basket I noticed an email from Laura Authier....

Simon Ibell ’96 Inspires Students

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0lmpYUoBFg When Simon Ibell '96 visited SMUS this Monday, the event had a special significance: Simon chose his old high school to be the place...

Last Chance for Summer Camps

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

Senior and Junior Students Stay Fit Together

Last week, students from Grades 2-4 came to visit the Senior School campus to take part in some fun and games with a few...

Choral Concert Features Many Voices

Students in Grades 4-12 sang in the Cross-Campus Choral Concert at Christ Church Cathedral last night, performing a wide range of pieces. The youngest...

Cross Campus Band Concert Scores Big

At this hectic time in the school year, it's great to have an opportunity for an enjoyable evening of music. On Wednesday night, band...

Allocations Update

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

SMUS Teachers Spend a Day as Students

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

Junior School Students Love Buddy Reading

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

Junior School Barn Dance

 Submitted by Susan Ko On October the 23rd, the Parents' Auxiliary put on a foot-stomping fun Barn Dance at the Junior School. We had over 300...

Quiz Night

On Friday, 5th November, parents, staff and friends organized themselves into teams to compete for the title of "Superbrains Champions Fall 2010" and for...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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