Tag: health and wellness

How to Prepare Your Child for the New Normal at School

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Carole McMillan offers tips to help ensure your child's transition back to school is smooth

Health and Wellness Week at Home

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Students and teachers share tips to help you stay happy, healthy and well in times of change

Talking With Children About COVID-19

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Our personal counsellors provide parents with tips on talking with children about COVID-19

Grade 8 Students Highlight Mental Health at Leadership Conference

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Teacher Tanya Lee highlights why Grade 8 students chose to focus their leadership conference on mental health

How to Make and Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

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Carole McMillan, Director of Personal Counselling, highlights 5 ways to help you make and keep your New Year's Resolutions
Ritch Primrose

Ask SMUS: What Has Changed About the SMUS Smartphone Policy?

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Mr. Ritch Primrose writes about the phone policy at the Senior School that prioritizes student health and wellness
Nikki Kaufmann

Get Your Brain Fit for Exams

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Imagine this: you’re launched into the future and neuroscientists tell you that physical activity is just as important for your brain as it is...
Allison Peace

4 Tips for Supporting Your Child’s Mental Health

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Personal Counsellor Ms. Allison Peace offers invaluable tips for parents to support their child's mental health
Ritch Primrose

The Fresh Start Effect

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Heath and Wellness Week 2019 is in the books, and what a hive of activity it was! Students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 were...
Ritch Primrose

‘Be Present. Phones Off and Away’ – Is Our New Smartphone Policy Working?

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Our Director of Health and Wellness provides an update on the smartphone policy and considers the next steps that could be taken in the near future

Portrait of a Learner: Helping Students Find Balance in Their Busy Lives

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Middle School students learn the importance of finding balance in their lives to help set them up for academic success
Ritch Primrose

‘Be Present. Phones Off and Away’ – Explaining Our New Smartphone Policy

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Mr. Ritch Primrose, Director of Health and Wellness, writes about the new smartphone policy at the Senior School this school year

Looking Ahead to Health and Wellness Week

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Mr. Ritch Primrose highlights the work of Dr. Greg Wells, the keynote speaker for our upcoming Health and Wellness Week
Ritch Primrose

How Are Your New Year’s Resolutions Coming Along?

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Our Director of Health and Wellness Mr. Ritch Primrose asks us to reflect on our goals of becoming our best selves.

VIDEO: Aysha Emmerson Talks Acceptance and Inspiration at WE Day Vancouver

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Head Girl Aysha Emmerson spoke at WE Day Vancouver about acceptance, mental health and the power people have to support and inspire others

GALLERY: Junior School Students Photograph Health and Wellness Week

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Check out the gallery of photos taken by Kindergarten to Grade 5 students during Health and Wellness Week at the Junior School
Denise Lamarche

Ask SMUS: What is Acceptable Cellphone Use at School?

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Director of Academics Ms. Denise Lamarche writes about technology and acceptable cellphone use at SMUS
Ritch Primrose

Health and Wellness Week Arrives at SMUS

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Director of Health and Wellness Mr. Ritch Primrose highlights what's happening at SMUS as part of Health and Wellness Week (April 3-7)
sleep and learning

How Sleep Impacts Learning and Development

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Listen to Director of Learning Adrian French discuss what happens when we sleep and why it is so important to learning and development
Ritch Primrose

Setting Resolutions for A New Year or a New Day

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Mr. Ritch Primrose, Director of Health and Wellness, writes about setting and achieving goals for the new year
Ritch Primrose

Walking the Talk On Healthy Eating

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Mr. Ritch Primrose writes about how eating healthy food impacts the brain, and the newest healthy food options available in the Tuck Shop
SMUS-Views-Bob

Wellness and Balance

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This week we are hosting the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) U15 Girls’ Soccer tournament. Starting yesterday, the fields have been full of teams...
Ritch Primrose

Model the Way

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September is a time full of energy on the SMUS campus. For teachers, students and parents, this time of year marks a fresh start....
Crystal Vaughan

SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Crystal Vaughan

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Get to know Middle School counsellor Ms. Crystal Vaughan in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature
Starting High School SMUS

10 Tips for Starting High School on the Right Foot

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Head of Counselling Ms. Carole McMillan offers advice for starting high school on the right foot
Ritch Primrose

Resilience as an Opportunity for Student Growth

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One of my favourite roles at the school is coach of the Senior boys B basketball team. Basketball runs through the veins of SMUS,...
Ritch Primrose

Balance and Resilience: Making Time for Health & Wellness

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As a school that hangs its hat on preparing students for higher learning and for life, the ideas of balance and resilience are important....

Lynn Lyons on Building Emotionally Healthy Kids

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Licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist Lynn Lyons returned (by popular demand!) to SMUS during Brain Awareness Week this week to talk about building...

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...
Junior School Running Club

Running Club Highlights Fun Fitness in Non-Competitive Environment

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Even before the sun rises, a large group of Junior School students is spending three mornings a week getting a fun fitness session in before classes...
Ritch Primrose

A healthy mind in a healthy body

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I only know one Latin phrase, and sadly, this basic lexicon may never improve. Mens sana in corpore sano. The motto of the old...
SMUS-Views-Bob

Balance and resilience

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  I am fond of “twins” in the SMUS lexicon. For instance: “passion and compassion”, “truth and goodness”: the term “twins” suggests the inseparability of...
SMUS-Views-Bob

Health, wellness and balance

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The shift in health and wellness focus in recent decades has given more complex meaning to one of the School’s mottos, mens sana in...
SMUS-Views-Bob

Ideas that are pearls: balance

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Some ideas are like that grain of sand inside the oyster, nestled in a spot where it absorbs the elements that coat it. In...

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