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SMUS Named as Finalist for International Executive Coaching Award

St. Michaels University School was named a finalist for the international Prism Award, awarded by the International Coach Federation

SMUS Goes Greek

Earlier this summer, a group of Grade 8 (soon-to-be Grade 9) students headed around the world to visit Greece. The students were all members of...

Spring Break Trip 2016: Japan

I suppose our Spring Break cultural trip began the day we left, which, since we were on our way to the other side of the Pacific...

Grade 2 Arctic Studies Culminate in Inuit Games Celebration

All term, the Grade 2 classes have been studying the Arctic and the traditional ways of life of the Inuit people. From lessons on...
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New Countries

I wrote last June about the Takatuf Scholars program, which last year brought two students from Oman who are part of a cohort of...
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Student Travellers Return from Service and Culture Trip to Greece

Learning about Greece from a classroom is interesting; learning about the Mediterranean country and its rich history by actually travelling there is unforgettable. Last school year, Middle...
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Global Issues Are Everyone’s Responsibility

by Livia Newman, Grade 10 One hundred and three students, teachers and parents took time out of their busy schedules last Friday to attend the...
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Why Go On An Exchange?

by Jasper Johnston, Grade 10 This March break, I get the amazing opportunity to travel with two other Senior School students, Oria James and Emily...

Celebrating Chinese New Year

In honour of the lunar new year, the Grade 1 classes took a field trip to Victoria's historic Chinatown to learn about Chinese culture...
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Lunar New Year

This week, I can let the students speak for themselves. Students from Asian countries, especially China, share their cultures, their traditions, and the rest...

A Deeper Understanding of First Nations Culture

by Angelina, Grade 6 On Tuesday, November 5th, the Grade 6 Humanities classes had the opportunity to visit the Royal BC Museum with Leslie McGarry....
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A Look at Ancient Japan Through Art

by Zach, Grade 8 On April 26, the Grade 8 Japanese class went on an amusing and educational field trip to the Art Gallery of...
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Paris and Amsterdam: Music & Culture

by Danny Park Although it is difficult to express how spectacular this trip was, I will try. On March 13th, 36 students and four wonderful music...
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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...

Experiencing Japan (Without Jetlag)

by Madison, Grade 8 On Thursday, November 15th, I went to Vancouver with my Japanese class and the Japanese class from the Senior School. I...
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Field Trip Yields Deeper Understanding of First Nations

by Terra, Grade 6 On Wednesday, the Grade 6 Humanities classes all set off to the Royal BC Museum. For many of us, the museum...
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Mandarin Students Take In Chinatown

by Lucas, Grade 8 On Wednesday, October 17th, the Grade 7 and 8 Mandarin classes went on a very educational and entertaining trip to Victoria’s...
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Around the World in 80 Minutes

by Jasper Johnston, Grade 8 student Last Thursday, all Grade 6 students took part in an evening event showcasing their work this year. "Around the...
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Demi-Gods and Goddesses Descend on SMUS

by Elise, Grade 7 Learning about Ancient Greece doesn’t have to be boring. Before Spring Break, the Grade 7 students were given the creative assignment...
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Japanese Visitors Share Traditions

by Dawn Wilson, Director of Education Extension Last Friday, a group of 35 students from Fukushima Seikei High School in Japan visited the school. They...
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Grade 4 Classes Share First Nations Knowledge

by Finn and Izzy The Grade 4 students presented a gallery walk for their Social Studies project on a certain First Nations region of Canada....

Last post from Italy and photo links

I have posted a few more photos to the Picasa site: https://picasaweb.google.com/mhjackson123/20110327Europemusic?authkey=Gv1sRgCJj2zveO-9ajOA# This is probably the last post while on the trip as we are off...

March 27 Rome

Part of the group set off early to fly back home while the rest of us had a bit of a sleep in before...

Florence

We had a great day exploring Florence. After our usual early start we began by exploring the market of San Lorenzo. After an hour...

Venice – March 23

After an early start, we drove to Venice where we were able to travel the entire length of the Grand Canal  to St Mark's...

Verona

After a relaxed morning, we made our way to Heathrow for our flight to Italy. Flying over the Alps was spectacular. We arrived in...

Some more photos

A few photos form the 21st posted here: https://picasaweb.google.com/mhjackson123/20110321Europemusic?authkey=Gv1sRgCNbp0vrfv7ucEQ# Some more from abbey road and Stonehenge and Winchester here: https://picasaweb.google.com/mhjackson123/20110320Europemusic?authkey=Gv1sRgCMDw9fy50Me4KQ#

March 22nd

We had another busy day! Some toured London by bus, others went to the Imperial War Museum, and others went to the Science museum...

London

After finishing our session at Abbey Road, we made our way to the hotel in central London. After dropping our bags we went to...

Abbey Road Studios

The entire group is currently at Abbey Road Studios! Here we are in the hallowed halls of music history! The students have been recording...

Our location in Winchester

In the google map shot below, you can see where we have been based in Winchester. We are right beside the Cathedral and just...

First photos posted

I have managed to get the first batch of photos posted - from the journey and the first day in Winchester. You can find the...

Stonehenge and Salisbury

Our day at Stonehenge was more than we could have ever hoped for.  After telling everyone how cold it would be on the open...

A great day in Winchester

The group had a magnificent English Breakfast to start the day and then went for a short walking tour of historic Winchester - the...

Winchester arrival

We all arrived safely at the Wessex Hotel this afternoon. The flight was uneventful, though long! We are based very close to the magnificent...

Plans for the blog

I hope to be able to update the blog regularly while we are on tour - whenever we have Internet access. I will be...
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SMUS Celebrates Mardi Gras

The International Council and the Modern Languages Department organized some Carnival celebrations at the Senior School this Tuesday. At lunch, students enjoyed a performance...
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England: Lincoln – What Happens Next? The Cathedral, The Conference, The Cup, The Contrasts

The heat: the first confirmation that the next four days will present in most ways a stark contrast to the past four. Unlike Inverness,...
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Inverness, Scotland: what’s in a name?

Inverness, Scotland: After 26 hours of travel (taxi to Victoria bus depot, Pacific Coach Lines bus to ferry, PCL to Vancouver airport, 9 hours over the...

Postscript

I thought I'd said what needed to be said, but the homecoming was too sweet not to mention. The trip was fabulous and the...

Nicole Chan on What it was like Overall

Most Memorable Moments by Nicole Chan When asked to write about my most memorable moment on the trip I found it a struggle to choose one...

Chris Bjola on Sporting in Lisbon

A Favourite Memory from this Trip By Chris Bjola If I had to choose a favourite thing that we did on this trip, it would definitely...

Chrystine Beaumont on People Watching in Portugal

Beats by Chrystine Beaumont Portugal’s people definitely had a quick beat. It was like running while attempting to dance or dancing until you ran, feet kicking...

Kelsey Bjola on Seeing Henry IV, Part One at the Globe Theatre

Beers, Cheers, and Big Battles Too by Kelsey Bjola To go or not to go, that was the question.  Heading towards Shakespeare’s astounding Globe Theatre, excitement...

The Final Word on the Trip

I asked each of the students to write a brief blog about this trip and they graciously agreed.  Kelsey (English 12) and Chrystine (English...

Last Morning in Lagos

I wrote the following blog yesterday morning in the bright yellow sunshine of southern Portugal. After writing, I took a walk for a last...

Heat

In the Algarve, it’s all about the heat. We arrived in Lagos one week ago yesterday to slightly cooler temperatures, somewhere in the high...

Thinking about Lisbon

We´re already in the Algarve, having travelled here from Lisbon yesterday. The week in Lisbon sped by as we reached the midterm point in...

The End of our Week in London

We just returned from an evening at Stonehenge-- four and a half hours on a bus in order to spend a fantastic long hour...

Buses, Teachers and Making our Way to London

As predicted, the unexpected occurred. We piled on the bus just after breakfast last Sunday morning to leave behind the quiet of Wales for...

Coleg yr Iwerydd

We arrived at Atlantic College (Coleg yr Iwerydd in Welsh) just after noon on Thursday. Passing over the Bristol Strait we followed signs in...

Our Adventure Begins

Today we set out for our study-travel to the UK and Portugal. I'm so glad this day has arrived! The last days of packing...

Introduction to Summer School 2010

Experience the World is a travelling summer school programme operated by Georgia Hardy Tours from Toronto. The B.C. tours began several years ago when...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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