Tag: environment

This is a Climate Change Wake-Up Call

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Grade 12 student Firinne Rolfe highlights the need for action on climate change

Celebrating Earth Day

Leaders of the Green Team highlight the importance of Earth Day amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Unexpected Lessons Outside the Classroom

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Reagan Daly writes about how the themes of sustainability, leadership and service are embedded in the Grade 10 Experiential Program

‘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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SMUS in the News: Dr. Curran Crawford ’96 Looks at Converting CO2 to Rock

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Dr. Curran Crawford '96 speaks with the CBC about his work to reduce carbon emissions from the global atmosphere

SMUS in the News: Students Raise Awareness on World Oceans Day

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Grade 4 students took part in World Oceans Day by helping to educate the public about the impact humans have on our oceans
Grade 7 Species Exhibits

Grade 7 Students Display Their Work at the Royal BC Museum

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Grade 7 science students researched different species and spent time at the Royal BC Museum talking with museum guests about their projects

AP Students Travel to Bamfield for Hands-On Environmental Science

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Grade 12 student Gina Brown writes about the AP Environmental Science field trip to the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre
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Junior School Celebrates Being Environmentally Friendly

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Kindergarten and Grade 5 classes are trying to make the world a little greener by drawing environmentally friendly messages on Thrifty Foods paper grocery bags....

SMUS’s Club Hub: Sustainability and Outdoor Council

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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...
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The Diversity of Living Things: A Visit from SeaQuaria

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Recently, SeaQuaria, a local organization that brings sea life into the classroom, visited the Grade 6 classes to introduce the new critters that will...
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Tolmie’s Rugged Hill: A Grade 7 Perspective

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by Angelina & Josh, Grade 7 On Thursday, September 11th, the Grade 7 Science students at the Middle School went with Mr. Floyd, Mr. Jackson...
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A Day Aboard CCGS Tully with Ocean Networks Canada

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SMUS Science department head Mike Jackson spent September 17 with an Ocean Networks Canada dive team on the CGCS Tully in the Saanich Inlet.
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Earth Awareness Week

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Following a wonderful student-led assembly to kick off Earth Awareness Week at the Junior School, the children have all been involved in a week...

Arboreal Life at SMUS

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Our campus is now officially in bloom and over the break we had a visit from Verna Mumby of Mumby Tree Services, who is...

Climate Change Showdown

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Our Middle School has had the environment on its mind this week. Last Friday, the Eco-warriors won a presentation from the BC Sustainability Energy...

Students on Ice in Antarctica

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by Tessa Owens, Grade 11 This winter, I was lucky enough to participate in a two-week international scientific expedition to Antarctica called Students on Ice....

Junior School Gets Greener

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by Diana Nason, librarian We introduced the recycling and composting program a few years ago and the students have been quite committed. Recycling is a...

Bamfield Trip Fuels Environmental Science Experience

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Way back in 2013, our AP Environmental Science students travelled to Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre. Soon after they returned, we received this great report...

Education Comes Naturally

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by Margaret Lincoln, teacher The Kindergarten class's visit to the main campus was part of an integrated unit on features of local outdoor environments....

Eco-Warriors in Their Natural Habitat

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by Terra, Grade 7 On October 29th, the Middle School Eco-Warriors went down to Uplands Park and worked on restoring the Garry Oak ecosystem there....

Shifting the Power

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by Tessa Owens, Grade 11 From October 4-7th, hundreds of activists hailing from across Canada met in Victoria, British Columbia. They were united as part...

Compost Education

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by Maggie S, Grade 2 Last week the Grade 2 class went to the Compost Education Centre. We learned how the compost cycle works. We...

No Batteries Required

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Just in time for Earth Week, we spoke to Ann Makosinski, whose human-powered flashlight just won her a trip to the Canada-Wide Science Fair....
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Bovine Role in Human Geography

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What does milking a cow have to do with geography? Surprisingly, a lot. Our AP Human Geography class visited a local dairy farm as...
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AP Environmental Science: (Cold & Wet) Hands-On Learning

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by Becca Clayton, Grade 12 student There’s just something about digging your hands into what you’re learning (though you may have cold and wet hands...
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SMUS at UN Earth Summit!

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Tessa Owens, in grade 9, has been committed to communicating her concern about the environment for a long time. Three years ago she was...
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The Conflict Inside Our Cell Phones

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by Sarah Graham, Grade 10 In the last couple of years a new blood diamond has come to light: blood minerals. Since the electronics boom...
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Grade 8 Boarders Farm for a Cause

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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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Compost Education Fertile Ground for Young Minds

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by Margaret Lincoln, teacher The Kindergarten children attended a compost education field trip at Beacon Hill Park on Wednesday. This event was put on by...
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Scholar in Residence: Gwynne Dyer’s Less Dire View

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by Darin Steinkey, writer In his first visit in five years, journalist, author and military historian Gwynne Dyer spoke about his book Climate Wars this...
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Dead Batteries Save Lives

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by Jonathan and Christopher, Grade 7 & 8 A group of Free the Children members travelled to Vancouver to attend We Day in October. At...
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Kindergarten Class Swims Through Salmon Unit

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by Margaret Lincoln, Kindergarten teacher The Kindergarten students embarked on an inquiry unit to find out about the connection humans have to the journey of...

Planting SEEDS of Sustainability

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From pulling broom on Mt. Tolmie to favouring re-useable bags, purchasing bikes for boarding or replacing the aging boiler in School House, SMUS is...
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Students Sink Their Teeth into Bat Unit

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The Grade 1 students spent their morning at Frances King Park, which is home to various species of bats. The students were capping off...

SMUS Seniors Embark on a Tar Trek

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by Darin Steinkey Here's an excerpt from Liam Maclure and Daniel Cameron's (fictional) summer to do list: cut grass clean room hang out with friends investigate giant multinational oil...
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Solar Panels Heat Up Boarding

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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...
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Kindergarten Class Teaches Parents About Marine Life

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The Kindergarten children invited their parents to school to share their learning about our unit on "Our Big Blue Planet". The "big ideas" we...

Grade 6 Students Learn Systems Theory

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The Parents' Auxiliary brought in guest speaker Russel Horowitz to talk to Grade 6 students about systems theory and the problems humanity is facing...
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Water!

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Water... in the form of rain can be such a nuisance, especially this late in the spring. I was thankful that it didn’t rain...
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The Tragedy of the Commons

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Garrett Hardin first wrote about the tragedy of the commons in the journal Science in 1968. In this seminal work, Hardin described the dilemma...
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The Junior School Green Team

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Sustainability is one of the Five Streams of Leadership at SMUS. Before the break, anticipating Earth Week in the middle of April, I had the...
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Environmental Science Students Examine Waste

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by Kieran Hyatt and Hannah Nielsen, AP Environmental Science students Over the past few weeks the AP Environmental Class had the opportunity to visit both...

Grade 4 Students Learn About Underwater Life

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by Terra Before Nickolai, Rick, Jamie and Stephanie presented the VENUS project to my class, I never realized how advanced scientific technology had gone underwater....

Grade 6 Scientists Study Swan Lake

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by Ben, Grade 6 I liked the Swan Lake field trip a lot. The beginning was fun when we got to catch animals and some...

Earth Week

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by Erin Anderson, editor Earth week is upon us yet again. From April 16-22, students and staff will be paying extra attention to their environmental...

Junior Students Try to Save the Farm

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by Jamison, Grade 5 It was a really nice day out and it was the end of the day. Almost everyone brought a donation for...

Environment Club Covers Composting

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Last week, the Junior School Environment Club had a special guest from the Greater Victoria Compost Education Centre. In the first term of the...

Earth Week

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This week, the E-team celebrated Earth Week and encouraged students to participate in eco-friendly activities to help SMUS and the Earth stay green. Mr....

E-team Cleans up Waste at Middle School

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While environmental action is nothing new for SMUS, this is the first year the Middle School has had its own E-team. The Senior School...

Old SMUS Computers Retire Abroad

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New students aren’t the only arrivals to SMUS this year. Once again, the SMUS IT team has spent their summer setting up new computers...

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