Tag: Junior School

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Grade 4 Student Becomes Principal for a Day

Grade 4 student Mr. Wil Woods becomes Principal for a Day at SMUS, and tries to ensure all students have a fun day, too
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SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Alison Galloway

Grade 3 teacher Ms. Alison Galloway is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

Athletics Week in Review: February 24

Squash, basketball and swimming are covered in this week's SMUS Athletics Review

Lieutenant Governor of B.C. Visits the SMUS Junior School

The Lieutenant Governor of B.C. visited our Junior School and took

Athletics Week in Review: February 16

Volleyball, basketball and swimming are covered in this week's SMUS Athletics Week in Review
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SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Jennifer Leyh

Grade 1 teacher Ms. Jennifer Leyh is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature
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How Sleep Impacts Learning and Development

Listen to Director of Learning Adrian French discuss what happens when we sleep and why it is so important to learning and development
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SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Becky Anderson

Junior School director Ms. Becky Anderson is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Shona Lazin

Kindergarten teacher Ms. Shona Lazin is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature
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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 4 String Musicians Make Their Public Debut

After just three months of learning music, our talented young strings musicians took the stage this week and showed off their skills

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Kevin Cook

Mr. Kevin Cook, our Director of Service, is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

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.
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SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Jennifer Fisher

Junior School strings teacher Ms. Jennifer Fisher is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Marcelle Kitengie

Junior School teacher Mr. Marcelle Kitengie is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

GALLERY (Oct. 22-28): Family Fall Fest, Togas and Motocross Racing!

Across our school in all areas – athletics, academics, arts and more – our students were very busy these past seven days.

Junior School Runners Cap Off a Great Cross-Country Season

The sound of feet splashing through puddles, the smell of damp grass, the splatter of un-washable mud stains on SMUS sports T-shirts can only...
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SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Adrian French

Get to know Director of Learning Mr. Adrian French in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

GALLERY (Oct. 7-14): Seattle Trip, Cross-Country, Sculpting and More!

It was a short school week this week, thanks to the Thanksgiving long weekend. A large group of boarding students travelled to Seattle for the long weekend to...

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Dave Hlannon

Get to know SMUS's Director of Educational Technology, Mr. Dave Hlannon, in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Tawnya Mullen

Get to know Kindergarten teacher Ms. Tawnya Mullen in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

“There’s No Such Thing as a Born Leader”

At St. Michaels University School, we believe the idea of the born leader is a myth. What we do believe is leadership is a skill all students can learn.

GALLERY (Sept. 19-23): Terry Fox Run, Outdoor Ed, Volleyball and More!

Here are a handful of photos from the week of Sept. 19-23 at St. Michaels University School.

Digital Detox: Why Students Need to Unplug and Go Outdoors

"When we can do a five-day outdoor education trip and build in time away from technology, we're seeing that it’s really valuable for students."

GALLERY: Faces and Fun from the First Week Back at School

Here are a handful of photos from all of the fun events that kicked off the 2016-17 school year

Carrying the Torch for Olympic Values

An opportunity to work with the International Olympic Commission has allowed the Junior School’s Gary Barber to share the spirit of Olympism with children...
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2016 Junior School Closing Ceremonies

For the youngest at our school, summer vacation started Thursday after each of the Kindergarten to Grade 5 students proudly crossed the stage, waved to...

SMUS in the News: Grade 4 Students Explore the ‘Emerald Forest’

June 8, 2016 CTV Vancouver Island Fish Eye Project presents The Emerald Forest (clip starts at 20:20)

Grade 5 Opera “Die Fledermaus” Hits the McPherson Stage

The story of Die Fledermaus can be a bit confusing, so to prepare you for the Grade 5 opera (running Thursday and Friday at...

Grade 3 Students Become Poetry Pros

Poetry, as the Grade 3 students in Mr. Brandon Hawes' class have learned this term, is much more than just putting pen to paper. There's the...
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SMUS in the News: Small Voices Tackle Big Show (Grade 5 Opera)

May 26, 2016 Monday Magazine Grade 5 Opera "Die Fledermaus" Small voices tackle big show (p. 31) https://issuu.com/blackpress/docs/i20160526074301142/31

Walk for Water Promotes Global Awareness at the Junior School

"If I suddenly said you couldn't drink the tap water, you couldn’t get any clean water, does anybody know where you would go for...
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Grade 4 Students Try Their Hand at 3D Printing

The mechanical buzz of the 3D printer moving back and forth is what first catches their attention. Then once the students see (and learn...
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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...
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Celebrating 10 Years Since Grade 5 Opera Debut

It's been a decade since 11-year-old Lindon Carter stood onstage at the McPherson Playhouse in SMUS's first-ever Grade 5 opera, Johann Strauss II's Die Fledermaus. "That was a...

Virtue of the Month – Detachment

Virtue of the Month for May/June 2016:  Detachment Detachment is a wonderful virtue to bring into focus in our last term of the year, and...

Eggs-periential Learning 2.0: Ducklings Hatch at the Junior School

On the heels of the recent exciting news that our Grade 2 classes successfully hatched a trio of baby chicks, we're proud to announce...

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...

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

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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Eggs-periential Learning: Grade 2 Classes Welcome Baby Chicks

Mr. Giggles, Cottonball and Fluffy are the three newest members of our Grade 2 population, after the trio of baby chicks hatched in class Tuesday...
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Running Club Highlights Fun Fitness in Non-Competitive Environment

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...

SMUS in the News: Kindergartener Receives Special Community Award

Tate Parker, Kindergarten student April 1, 2016 CHEK News Blanket BC Society gives Community Service Award to "Sleeping Bag Tate" Victoria News Five-year-old recognized for helping his community  
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Olympic Values, History Celebrated at the Junior School

Grade 5 students at the Junior School, under the leadership and guidance of Mr. Gary Barber, spent the last 10 weeks researching, studying and learning all things Olympic...

Learning and the Brain: Mindfulness and Technology

As technology becomes more prevalent in all of our lives, the challenge of being mindful and living life the way we want to also...

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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Robotics Club Takes Home Lego Trophies After Competition

Remember the days when you would sit in class, anxious to get home so you could keep building your latest Lego creation? Well, now...

Grade 5 Students Connect History and Outdoor Education

Last Thursday, our Grade 5 students went to Mount Doug Park to learn more about First Nations people. Taking them to Mount Doug was...

Learning and the Brain: Managing Stress and Anxiety in the Dark Months

As the short days of winter continue, Director of Learning Heather Clayton's latest brain session looked at managing stress and anxiety in the dark...
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Valentines and Virtues at the Junior School

Valentine's Day at the Junior School is a wonderful day to highlight friendship and how much we care about one another. So it makes...

Learning Through Play at the Junior School

A few minutes before sending his Grade 5 class out to play, Mr. Matt Kiel asked them a question: What is the point of play? Students were...

Virtue of the Month – Caring

St Michaels University School Tessa Lloyd, Junior School Counsellor Virtue of the Month for February/March Caring... It’s a wholesome, old-fashioned virtue that should never go out of style....
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Grade 3s Develop Fine Motor Skills in Quilting Club

Quilting may not necessarily seem like the kind of skill that a 21st-century learner would want to develop. It's a really low-tech and finicky process,...
SMUS Head Boy Jasper Johnston talks to the Junior School about leadership.

SMUS Head Boy Talks “Excellence” at the Junior School

  On Friday, SMUS Head Boy Jasper Johnston visited the Junior School and spoke during assembly. He spoke from the heart to the K-5 students...
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Young Swimming Club Athletes Dive In To Swim Jamboree

On Monday, the Grade 4 and 5 members of the Junior School swimming club participated in the ISEA Swim Jamboree at Saanich Commonwealth Place. The...
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Talking Virtues and Excellence in Junior School Chapel

Our Junior School isn’t shy about promoting character. Inspired by the work of The Virtues Project, we take a closer look at a particular value...
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B.C. Curriculum Changes Reaffirm SMUS’s Technological Vision

by Ms. Maureen Hann, education technology specialist In December, SMUS students participated in the Hour of Code, a worldwide initiative aimed at introducing school-aged children to...
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Students Walk All Over Canada to Learn About Country’s History

What is in the humongous black tube? That was the mystery Grade 4 social studies students faced when they returned to SMUS after their winter holiday. Before...

Virtue of the Month – Excellence

St Michaels University School Virtue of the Month for January - Excellence Tessa Lloyd, Junior School Counsellor Excellence. It’s a noble virtue that when practised attentively and...
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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...
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Primary Students Spread Christmas Cheer at Concert

In what is probably the most adorable show of the Christmas season, our Junior School played host this week to two performances of the...
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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...
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‘Tis the Season for Service Learning at the Junior School

Student leaders at our Junior School are busy like elves, collecting money and items as part of a variety of fundraising drives to make...
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SMUS at the Olympics

I have talked a bit about my travel this term; now for someone else’s. To the right is a picture taken yesterday in Lausanne, Switzerland. Unless...
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SMUS in the News: Kindergartener Tate Parker Collecting Sleeping Bags

November 30, 2015 Tate Parker (Kindergarten, Class of 2028) Victoria Kindergartener collects sleeping bags for homeless (CBC) Fairfield boy collecting sleeping bags for homeless (Victoria News) Kindergartener giving away...
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Grade 2 Students Learn Real-World Math With Hands-On Lesson

Fifteen or 20 years ago, you'd be hard-pressed to find a math teacher who hadn't told their class at some point during a conversation...

Grade 1 Students Shoot For the Moon by Learning Through Discovery

Whoever first said, "Kids say the darnedest things" must have taught young students. When you're educating kids at that age, what adults consider to be...

Honour and Remembrance at the Junior School

Heartfelt poetry, recitations, storytelling and music is how our Junior School students honoured Remembrance Day this week. The Tuesday morning service was a touching tribute...

Grade 5 String Orchestra Performs at Junior School

On Friday morning, Grade 5 students brandished their bows – the musical tool, not the arrow-shooting weapon – to serenade classmates, teachers, parents and grandparents...
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Genius Hour Inspires Students to Explore Their Passions

"We did it! We failed a couple of times but that's OK." That reflective comment, written by a pair of Grade 3 students, is tacked...
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Author Visits Brings Reading Excitement to Junior School

by Diana Nason, Junior School teacher/librarian At the Junior School, we work hard to maintain a culture of reading. This means that reading for pleasure...

Learning and the Brain: Sleep and Exercise

How are sleep and exercise crucial for learning in students of all ages? Using John Medina's book, Brain Rules, as a starting point, SMUS...
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Grade 4 Classes Explore Their World Using Maps

At the Senior School, Ms. Kirsten Davel is well known for her geography expertise and for championing GIS mapping (geographic information system) as a fun and unique...
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Grade 5 Students Share Insight into Qualities of Leadership

Last week, each of our Grade 5 students bravely stood up in front of the whole school (plus a large crowd of proud parents)...
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Junior School Students Lead Delicious Leadership Initiative

At St. Michaels University School, the leadership program is based on the understanding that every student is a leader and each child is involved...
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Junior School Celebrates New Students at Welcoming Assembly

Last Friday, the Junior School ceremoniously welcomed all our new students to the school with an address from Head of School Mr. Bob Snowden,...
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Kindergartners Choose What They’re Most Excited About This School Year

Do you remember your first days of Kindergarten? After a day or two of realizing just how awesome it is getting to learn and...

A Joyful Return to the Junior School

Students were all smiles (okay, a couple of them were a little sad to say bye to mom and dad) to return to the...
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Grade 5 Students Grow Out of the Junior School

This year's Grade 5 class enjoyed its final days at the Junior School this week. After spending the school year as the oldest students...
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Lifers Look Back on 13 Years at SMUS

September 5, 2002. Avril Lavigne's "Complicated" was sitting atop the charts, kids everywhere were anxiously awaiting the release of the second Harry Potter movie,...
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Grade 3 Students Embrace Their Inner Poets

Grade 3 students have been learning the basics of writing poetry all term. Each week, as they learn more and more about poetry, they create...
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Museum Trip Makes First Nations Lessons Come Alive

The Royal BC Museum, right in our own backyard, is a treasure trove of our province's rich history and a great educational resource. That is why...
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Junior and Middle Schools Get Together for a Choral Evening

It's a great time of year for concerts. The kids have been practicing and are at the height of their musical ability. Everyone is...
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Building Sweet Friendships on Service Outings to Care Home

by Kathleen Cook, Assistant Director of the Junior School As a part of a school-wide commitment to external community service for all the students at...
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Junior School Celebrates Being Environmentally Friendly

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....
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Young Artists Put Works on Display at ISA Art Show

SMUS students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 hung their hard work and dedication for all to see, at an art show last weekend hosted...
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Kindergarten Students Lead Their Parents Around School

Kindergarten students were all excited to take their parents around the school this week, demonstrating to them what they've learned this year and showing off some wonderful...
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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...
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Brain Awareness Week: Junior School Inquiries

Junior School students spent Brain Awareness Week learning about the brain during daily assemblies and through in-class inquiries. Our youngest students are full of great...

Brain Awareness Week: Moving Bodies, Active Brains

by Tanya de Hoog, Junior School program specialist On Tuesday, Junior School teaching faculty welcomed guest speaker Colleen Politano, a highly respected and longtime Victoria...
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Back to School, Back to Learning the Virtues: Compassion

by Tessa Lloyd, Junior School counsellor Compassion, according to German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, is the “basis of morality.” If kindness is an act, compassion is...
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Grade 4 Students Teach Mindfulness at the Senior School

by Ms. Heather Sandquist Mindfulness has become an integral part of many of the classes at the Junior School. A number of teachers incorporate various...
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Junior School Students Demonstrate Their Learning in a Personal Way

by Nancy Richards, Director of the Junior School During the final two weeks of Term Two each year, Junior School students turn the traditional parent...
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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...
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100 Days of Learning and Service at the Junior School

It's been 100 school days since the first bell rang in September at our Junior School. Since that time, our youngest have grown as...
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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...
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Junior School Students Look Forward to a Musical Experience

After months of practicing dance routines, memorizing song lyrics and skits, and run-throughs of That's Entertainment!, the Junior School is proud to present the...
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Grade 5 Students Rise to the Challenge of Staging a Musical

Putting on a school musical is never just a walk in the park. They're always a lot of fun and very rewarding, whether you're...
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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...
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Marine Biology and Philanthropy: A Visit to the Vancouver Aquarium

Grade 4 students headed across the water this week for a memorable visit to the Vancouver Aquarium. This field trip was more than just a...
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Junior School Students Go Crazy for Science!

by Nina Duffus, Grade 2 teacher It may not be the most common of career paths, but there are now 49 young sleuths at the...
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Athletics Week in Review: January 21

A busy January week featured, as usual, a lot of squash and basketball. This past weekend 16 members of the Senior School squash team traveled to the...
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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...

A New Year, A New Virtue: Purposefulness

by Tessa Lloyd, Junior School counsellor When we utter the wish “Happy New Year!” are we imagining happiness occurs by luck or by design? One...
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11-Year-Old Takes Over Junior School as Principal for a Day

If ever Junior School director Nancy Richards needs a day off, she now knows she can put her trust in an 11-year-old to hold...
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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...
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Welcoming Winter with Artwork

The students at the Junior school celebrated winter through their art before they left for winter break! The Grade 5 students made snowflakes out of...
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Young Hearts Help Buy Farm Animals for Christmas

While most Canadians, at some point in their childhood, probably rifled through the Sears Wish Book in search of the perfect Christmas present, the students at...
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Primary Students Jingle All The Way Onstage

To cap off the holiday season, our Junior School hosted its annual Primary Christmas Concert this week, much to the delight of proud parents...
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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)...
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A Whale of a Book Sale

by Tanya de Hoog On Thursday, December 4, Grade 4 students hosted a book sale to raise funds in support of the Adopt a Killer...
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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...
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Grade 4 Musicians Make Live Performance Debut

Playing a stringed, bowed instrument is no cake walk. It takes a lot of practice to get the technique correct, and a lot of...
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Grade 5 Students Bow and Pluck to Make Beautiful Music

Even the most famous rock stars get butterflies in their stomachs before they go onstage and put on a memorable show. But when our Grade 5 students...

SMUS Students Recognized for Leadership in Philanthropy

On Tuesday, students from our Junior and Senior Schools were recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals during the National Philanthropy Day Awards ceremony at...
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A Lesson in Baking, Math and Altruism

The sweet smell of fresh gingerbread cookie dough filled the hallways of our Senior School this week, as Grade 2 students rolled up their...
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Remembrance Day is a Time for Honouring and Understanding

On Wednesday, our Junior School hosted its annual Remembrance Day service, featuring beautiful songs, evocative poetry and rich storytelling. Every year, our Head of...
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Happy Halloween!

Fuelled by tons of fun activities (and maybe a little bit of candy), Halloween at SMUS is always a great event! The festivities kicked off...
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"Howdy partner!" Barn Dance Strengthens SMUS Community

Barn dances have long been associated with socializing and community-building. And that's no different at SMUS, as our Junior School hosted its annual Barn...
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Open House: 10 Good Things about the Junior School

Kathleen Cook, Assistant Director of the Junior School On Friday, October 24 the Junior School welcomed many visitors to the Open House. As a part...
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Junior Geocaching

On October 16th, Grade 5 students took part in a Geocaching event put together by Mr. Pope at the Richmond Road campus. Students used...
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A Junior School Tribute to Grandparents

Nancy Richards, Director of the Junior School Over 200 grandparents and grandpals were honoured at the first Grandparents’ Day in the history of the Junior...
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The Grade 5 Class Takes the Lead

On Friday, October 3rd the Grade 5 students participated in a special Leadership Assembly. Ms. Richards, Mrs. Anderson and Mrs. Cook spoke about leadership...
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Junior School Virtues in Practice

by Sara Ritchie, Junior School Learning Resource Teacher Students in Grades 4 and 5 each spent one day at Camp Pringle on beautiful Shawnigan Lake....
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The Reggio-Inspired Classroom

by Nancy Richards, Director of Junior School Thursday night was the Junior School Curriculum Night, an opportunity for parents to not only meet their son’s...
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Junior School Serves up BBQ Fun

On Friday, September 5th the Junior School community gathered for a Welcome Back barbeque. Over 500 people, including parents, grandparents, children and teachers gathered...
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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...
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Simple Things

Each September, you only get one chance to make your first address to the students, in my position. Sort of like remembering you only...
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New Students and Spaces at Junior School

There were lively conversations, smiles and hugs at Junior School on Wednesday as students and parents alike returned for another year, eager to meet...

How to Download Images from the SMUS Photo Gallery

The SMUS photo gallery can be intimidating but if you refer to this post, you will have access to more than 200,000 (and counting)...
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Junior School Closing Ceremony

by Nancy Richards, Director of the Junior School The Junior School Closing Ceremony provides us with an opportunity to reflect upon the past school year,...
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Grade 5 Opera: The Gypsy Baron

The curtain has fallen on the Grade 5 opera production of The Gypsy Baron. Our young cast gave two great performances at The Royal...
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Bug Unit Inspires Malaria Prevention Fundraiser

by Karen Dicks The two Grade 1 classes at the Junior School have been studying bugs - the creepies and the crawlies, the exotic and...

SMUS Lifers Go Back to Kindergarten

by Claire Williams, Grade 12 As lifers, we have 12-13 years of SMUS behind us and the Junior School was a big chunk of that....
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Grade 5 Students Prepare for Opera Debut

On June 4, our Grade 5 students will take the stage at the Royal Theatre to present The Gypsy Baron, an operetta by Johann...
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Young Voices, Old Songs at Choral Concert

Our Junior and Middle School choirs teamed up for a concert this week, filling Christ Church Cathedral with their lovely voices. For the Grade 4...

Mother’s Day Celebration

by Allison and Anna Fowler, mother and daughter As students progress from grade to grade within the Junior School there are traditions that each grade...
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Earth Awareness Week

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...

The Boundless Talent of Kenneth Oppel ’85

Alumni Weekend may end on Sunday, but one fairly famous alumnus will be on campus next week. Author Kenneth Oppel '85 will be speaking...

Grade 5 Students Go Greek

by Theo Yesterday was Greek day and I have learned so much about Greek mythology! I learned a very interesting fact about my god Poseidon:...
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A Grade 2 Musical

by Sierra I am doing a musical called The Drum and it is about Jordan, a little girl who wants a drum. Jordan is given...
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Grade 6 Scientist Becomes Teacher

Yesterday afternoon, the Grade 4 students had the opportunity to listen to Grade 6 student Larry Yu. The class is starting their Light and...
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Easter Arrives at the Junior School

Easter is a fun holiday for our younger students and our Junior School teachers arranged some exciting craft opportunities just in time for the...
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Brain Awareness Week: Junior School

by Tori, Grade 5 This year Brain Awareness Week was lots of fun and I learned so much. I enjoyed learning about how my brain...
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Recreating Rosa Parks’ Stand

by Amalia, Grade 5 We recently had an assembly where Mr. Snowden came and told us a story worth listening to over and over –...
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An Alternative to Parent/Teacher Conferences

While Middle and Senior School parents get a chance to talk to teachers at Parent-Teacher Interviews, our Junior School parents hear about how things...
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How to Build a Catapult

Grade 1 and 3 students paired up for a foray into physics, building small catapults as part of the younger students' study of fairy...

Squash: BC Junior Closed Tournament

Twelve members of the SMUS squash team travelled to Abbotsford March 1-2 to participate in the BC Junior Provincials. The players' skill, hard work...
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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...
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Connecting the Dots

In her final parent talk for the school year, Director of Learning Heather Clayton discusses personalized learning and how SMUS teachers use our growing...
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A Visit from an Olympian

As the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games continue, the Junior School hosted an Olympian from the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. Jon Beare, a...
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Inspiration at the Vancouver Island School of Art

by Angelina Agathoklis, art teacher This week, the Grade 5 students had the opportunity to attend an art show at the Vancouver Island School of...
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Junior Students Bond With Seniors

by Kathleen Cook, teacher As a part of a school-wide commitment to community service for all the students at SMUS, the Junior School regularly visited...

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...

Grade 5 Athletes Get Into Squash

Racquet sports are considered to be an important part of the Junior School Sports Program and over the past few months our Grade 5...

Junior School Gets Greener

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...

Animal Habitats On Display

Before the holiday break, our Grade 4 students hosted parents and fellow students for an exhibit of animal habitats. Each student researched a particular...

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...

Tiny Voices Perform Holiday Tunes

Our Junior School hosted their own very special Christmas concert this week. Students from Kindergarten to Grade 3 performed a few fun holiday pieces...

Strings Musicians Review Concerts

Recently, both our Grade 4 and 5 Strings students gave performances at the Junior School. Below, young musicians talk about how it feels to...

Baking For A Brighter Holiday

By Nina Duffus, teacher Our Grade 2 students have continued their annual tradition of making and selling gingerbread. The 22 students have weighed, measured, rolled,...

Learning and the Brain: Cultivating Strengths

http://youtu.be/uEEj2m80o5k How are our personal strengths defined? Often, other people - our parents, teachers and bosses - tell us what we are best at and...

Education Comes Naturally

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....

Getting to the Heart of Anatomy at UVic

by Nicky Newsome, Grade 5 teacher This week, we visited the Medical Sciences Building at the University of Victoria! Students were treated to fascinating pictures...

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....

A Hectic Halloween

Students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 had a very happy Halloween, showing off some amazing costumes and enjoying all sorts of spirited activities. Both the...

Seasonal Art

by Angelina Agathoklis, art teacher There have been a variety of art projects adorning the walls of the Junior School this term. The Grade 5 students...
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November’s Virtue – Peacefulness

  (Click on Picture to Enlarge) Where does peacefulness begin?  Is it something that happens “out there” in the world?  And are we dependent upon...

Throwing the Doors Wide Open

Eager to show their pride in the school, our Grade 5 leaders have been touring prospective parents around the Junior School. This is what...
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Examining Introversion and Extraversion

Based on the best-selling book Quiet, Director of Learning Heather Clayton gives parents insight into how introverts and extroverts behave in different situations and...

Junior Runners Hit Their Stride

The sound of splashing through puddles, the smells of damp grass, the sight of falling leaves can only mean one thing: The cross-country running...

What Does Leadership Mean to You?

Grade 5 students have a large leadership role at the Junior School. To commemorate this, we have an annual assembly where each student shares...

Compost Education

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...

Two Steps Closer to a Graceful Space

by Nancy Richards, Director of Junior School Over the past week, our Junior School faculty, parents and neighbours have had opportunities to share their thoughts...
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A Joyful Approach to Education

by Nancy Richards, Director of Junior School Last night was the Junior School Curriculum Night, an opportunity for parents to not only meet their son's...

Our Growing School

by Nancy Richards, Director of Junior School The school year is off to a fantastic start and everyone at the Junior School is talking about...

A Junior Welcome

Our Oak Bay campus was a bustling place as our students returned to school and two new classes of kindergarten students arrived. Our Grade...
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Junior School Closing Ceremonies

Director of Junior School Nancy Richards opened the Closing Ceremonies, sharing both the perspective of the teachers and the students on the past year....
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Lifers

SMUS "Lifers" are students who have spent their school lives at SMUS. This year, Grade 12 lifers will finally be leaving the SMUS nest....
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iSpy: A Musical

by Stephanie Geehan, teacher It has been a lot of fun putting together this musical. The journey began around this time last year, when I...
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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...
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Art Round-Up

by Angelina Agathoklis, teacher Many different pieces of art have adorned the walls of the Junior School this year. The Grade 5 students have drawn...
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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...
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Off To the Races

by Gary Barber, coach On your marks! The sports field has been cut and the running track has been freshly painted. Get set! The Junior School...
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Athletics Review: Coach K’s Cup

This week's AR is proud to document recognition for one of our coaches. Bruce Kuklinski has supported rugby on the Island and beyond for...

Active Mindfulness

by Heather Sandquist, Grade 4 Teacher As a member of our Heath and Wellness committee, I fully appreciate the opportunity for mindful moments. Early in...
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The Moral of the Musical

by Sharon Goodman, teacher Our Grade 2 students recently performed The Cuckoo, a Mexican folktale that tells the story of how the Cuckoo lost her...
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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...
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Fun For All Ages

by Kathleen Cook, leadership coordinator As a part of a school-wide commitment to external community service for all the students at SMUS, the Junior School...
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Building A Better Brain

SMUS held its first annual Brain Awareness Week from April 5-12 in order to educate our entire community about not only how our brains...
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Boning Up On Anthropology

As part of their animal study, the Grade 2 class visited UVic’s Anthropology Department, where they learned interesting facts about animal bones and teeth...
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Mobile Lab Lets Students Teach

by Will, Grade 5 At school, we have been teaching our Kindergarten buddies art, math, writing and other things on the iPads that the school...
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Parents Get a Lesson on Learning

During the final week of the term, the Junior School parents are invited to the school to spend time with their child at a...
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New Technology Turns Students Into Meteorologists

by Maureen Hann, technology coordinator This week Grade 4 students had the opportunity to learn about green screen video technology as a way to present...
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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...
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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....
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Bonding Through the Buddy Program

At the Junior School, classes are paired together as a part of the buddy program. The intermediate students are all paired with a primary...
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Parents Tell Us: Why SMUS?

Why do parents choose SMUS for their kids? This week, the SMUS Open House will bring a lot of new families to campus, some...
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A Closer Look at Beautiful Things

by Kindergarten teachers Young children have a natural desire to collect and study materials. We decided to use this natural desire to begin a project...
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Fun on the Courts

by Gary Barber, PE teacher Racquet sports are considered to be an important part of the Junior School sports program and over the past few...
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What is an Orffestra?

by Sharon Goodman, primary music teacher Students at the Junior School receive Orff music instruction from Kindergarten to Grade 3. Orff is a very lively,...
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A Virtue to Inspire Improvement

The Junior School virtue for January is especially appropriate for the beginning of a new year: commitment. As countless adults set New Year's Resolutions,...
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New Year, New Clubs

by Kathleen Cook The clubs and activities at the Junior School will continue this term, with several new offerings for the children. Teachers and guest...
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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...
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Holiday Songs Brighten Winter Season

Carols are a staple of Christmas celebration, and with a student body packed with amazing singers, it seems only natural that SMUS contributes a...
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Former Students Get Junior School Swinging

by Tim, Grade 10 percussionist in the Swing Band On November 29th, 30 keen Senior Swing Band students accompanied Mr. Reid to the SMUS Junior...
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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...
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Envisioning a Better World

The Junior School Service Committee annually organizes a Kindergarten to Grade 5 service project to raise money toward the purchase of a stable filled...
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Christmas Cheer Never Tasted So Good!

by Nina Duffus, Grade 2 teacher The Grade 2 class has been learning weights, measures, baking, decorating, packaging, finance and sales skills - and a...
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Never Too Young for Strings

by Angelina, Grade 5 On November 20, the SMUS Grade 5 students played a concert at the Junior School. To demonstrate our learning, we played...
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We Mark Their Sacrifice and See Our Promise

by Keven Fletcher, Chaplain If you were to pick up pen and paper and write a letter setting out your life this week… If you were...
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Simon’s Struggle: Overcoming the Odds

SMUS recently hosted Simon Ibell '96, our 2012 Distinguished Alumnus (Philanthropy). Simon began his visit at the Junior School before going on to speak...
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SMUS Runners Get Olympic Inspiration

by Gary Barber, coach Falling leaves and crisp autumn air have been the perfect seasonal partners for another Junior School cross-country running season. Racing...
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Junior School Kicks Up Its Heels

Junior School students, faculty and families were able to mix and mingle at the Barn Dance again this year, donning cowboy hats and plaid...
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Open House Ambassadors Share Their Favorite Things

On Friday, the Junior School will welcome many Open House visitors, who will be greeted by our Grade 5 students. As our school leaders,...
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Recognizing Our Young Leaders

On Monday, the Grade 5 students participated in a special Leadership Assembly. Ms. Richards and Mrs. Cook spoke about Leadership at the Junior School...
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Ted Harrison Inspires Young Artists

The school year at the Junior School has started off with a variety of art projects. The Grade 5 students created clay leaves, the...
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Students Get a Taste of Nature at Camp Pringle

by Sara Ritchie The Grade 4 and 5 students challenged themselves in a number of outdoor activities this week at Camp Pringle on Shawnigan Lake....
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Junior School Cooks Up Family Fun

On Friday, September 7, the Junior School community gathered for the annual Welcome Back Family Barbeque. It was a beautiful, sunny evening and there...
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Double the Fun at the Junior School

by Nancy Richards, Director It is an historic week for SMUS as another Kindergarten class is added to the Junior School! Thirty-five four- and five-year-olds...
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Junior School: Inspiration and Virtues

The Junior School Closing Ceremonies is always a special occasion. For the Grade 5 students, it marks their transition into the Middle School; for...
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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....
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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...
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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...
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Students Prepared for Opera Opening

by Duncan Frater, Director On May 28 and 29, the Grade 5 students will take the stage at the Royal Theatre to perform an abbreviated...
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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...
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Greek Gods Rise at Junior School

by Olivia, Grade 5 We had a fun Greek festival. Before today we studied a Greek god or goddess of our choice. Using our knowledge,...
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Virtue of the Month for May and June 2012: Kindness

Kindness. Where does it fit in our fast-paced, competitive and wired world? The answer is “everywhere... “. We are all so very busy balancing competing...
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SMUS Expands to Welcome a New Class

by Nancy Richards, Director of the Junior School This week, a very special event took place at the Junior School. We enthusiastically welcomed the kindergarten...
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Grade 2 Class Stages Mini-Musical

The Grade 2 class is presenting a mini-musical called A Race to the Finish on Friday. They have worked with Mrs. Duffus and Mrs....
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Compost Education Fertile Ground for Young Minds

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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ISA Art Show Highlights Junior and Middle Artwork

by Angelina Agathoklis, art teacher Anyone can attend the annual Independant School Association art show this Saturday and you can see plenty of SMUS pieces...
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Students Take Charge of Parent-Teacher Interviews

by Nancy Richards, Director of the Junior School During the final two weeks of Term Two each year, the Junior School students turn the traditional...
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The Virtue of Understanding

Junior School Counsellor, Tessa Lloyd, shares with us the Virtue of the month for March/April 2012. What would the world be like if we were...
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100th Day of School Cause for Celebration

by Kathleen Cook We had an amazing week with the celebration of 100th Day last Wednesday. The students have been bringing in soup cans for...
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Pint-Sized Pioneers Dig History

Our Grade 3 class visited Helmcken House to experience life in colonial times. They also spent time in their classroom playing games and practicing...
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UVic and SMUS Students Swap Stories

by Heather Sandquist, Grade 4H teacher Our recent field trip to UVic was the culminating piece of our study of elements of design found in...
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Scholar in Residence Combines History and Performing Arts

Historical figure Harriet Tubman visited SMUS last week, in the form of veteran performer Leslie McCurdy. Starting her day at the Junior School, she...
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The Virtue of Flexibility

The Junior School Counsellor, Tessa Lloyd, shares with us the Virtue of the month for February 2012 Flexibility is a worthwhile virtue that is often overlooked...
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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...
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Student Stories Inspired by Snowfall

A Day in the Snow by Christian, Grade 4 A deer walks through the snow. The deer makes symmetrical foot prints while heading towards the pond...
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Victoria Film Festival Features SMUS Pictures

The 2012 Victoria Film Festival runs from February 3–11 and includes two pieces from the SMUS community: Figaro on the Go, a documentary created...
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Chess Champion Challenges Junior Students

by Tessa Lloyd, Junior School counsellor From September to December, students had the opportunity to participate in Chess Club. Their teacher, Lynn Stringer, came each...
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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...

Back to School with SMUS Faculty

If you're like me, when you hear the phrase "back to school," you think of Rodney Dangerfield's 1986 return to college. Unlike the movie,...
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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....
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A SMUS Holiday Montage!

December is full of holiday celebration at SMUS. From the delicious shortbread cookies baked in Brown Hall to the pile of snow brought in...
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Carol Service Brings Holiday Spirit

Every year, the Senior, Middle and Junior Schools hold a carol service, a celebration of the season that also encourages us to reflect on...
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SMUS in the News: Elementary Students Help Battle Cancer

CTV News December 9, 2011 SMUS Grade 2 class Elementary Students Help Tristan Taylor in his Cancer Battle
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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...
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Primary Students Give Holiday Show

Students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 performed at a special tea for the grandparents and other guests last week. It was a wonderful and...
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Kindergarten Class Swims Through Salmon Unit

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...
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Grades 1 and 5 Buddy Up for Art

by Lucas and Marcus Grade 1 and Grade 5P joined together for a leaf project. We gathered lots of leaves and the teachers showed us...
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UVic Professor Studies SMUS Students

Teacher Heather Sandquist's Grade 4 class have been taking part in an interesting experiment. Dr. Sylvia Pantaleo, an associate professor from UVic's Faculty of...
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Junior Students Get Creative

by Jane Rees, Grade 4 teacher The students in 4J have launched their writing workshop and published their first piece. On Friday, Nov. 4th we...
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Students Sink Their Teeth into Bat Unit

The Grade 1 students spent their morning at Frances King Park, which is home to various species of bats. The students were capping off...
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Dr. Lotus Vermeer ’86 Speaks to Junior and Senior Students

Last week, Dr. Lotus Vermeer '86 visited the Junior and Senior Schools to speak to students about her work in conservation and species recovery....
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Junior Students Get Spooky for Halloween

The children of the Junior School are eagerly anticipating a wonderful afternoon of Halloween activities on Monday. This week they have been preparing for...
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SMUS History Goes Online and Interactive

by Laura Authier I love history. I love looking at old photographs and being surprised by what looks different and even more surprised by what...
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Junior School Artists Decorate Their School

by Angelina Agathoklis, art teacher The Junior School students studied the artwork of a variety of artists this term. The Grade 5 students looked at...
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Inside Open House

Next Friday, on October 21, SMUS is holding its first Open House of the year. Despite becoming a staple SMUS event in recent years,...
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Junior School Builds Foundations for Personalized Learning

by Nancy Richards, Director of the Junior School Prospective families visiting the Junior School as part of the admissions process often comment on the warm,...
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Grade 5 Students Talk Leadership

Grade 5 students shared their thoughts on leadership at the annual leadership assembly, where the Grade 5 students are acknowledged for their role as...
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Teamwork Training at Camp Pringle

by Sara Ritchie, teacher This week, students in Grades 4 and 5 spent an exciting day at Camp Pringle on Shawnigan Lake. With a focus...
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Junior Runners Start Their Season

by Gary Barber, Junior School Assistant Director The Junior cross-country team is off and running! Last Monday the first race of the season was held...
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SMUS Leadership Definition

I feel that is important to begin each year with intention and clarity. With that in mind, I look to our leadership definition to...
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Junior Students Describe Their First Week Back

The Junior School began its year with a welcome barbecue and all kinds of activities to help students settle back into the classroom. With...

Extracurricular Clubs Debut at Junior School

Junior Students will have even more things to do this school year. Though there have always beens lots of things happening on campus, this...
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Junior School Closing Ceremonies

Director of Junior School Nancy Richard's Speech As educators our image of the child, especially of young children, is changing. They are much wiser than...
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SMUS Raises Funds With World Partnership Walk

The World Partnership Walk was held on Sunday, May 29. Many families from SMUS gathered at Beacon Hill Park for this annual event in...
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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...
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Grade 5 Musical Is a Magical Show

by Nancy Richards, Junior School Director The opening night of “Pirates in Wonderland” at the Junior School was a tremendous success! The Grade 5 classes...
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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...
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Junior Students Learn Teamwork Outdoors

The Grade 4 classes spent a beautiful day at Camp Pringle on Shawnigan Lake developing teamwork skills and trying new activities. Students challenged themselves...
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Kindergarten Class Teaches Parents About Marine Life

The Kindergarten children invited their parents to school to share their learning about our unit on "Our Big Blue Planet". The "big ideas" we...
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Grade 6 Students Learn Systems Theory

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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Junior School Students Meet Author

by Diana Nason, librarian We were fortunate to have Robin Muller visit the Junior School on Monday, May 9th on his way home to Toronto...
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Junior School Fundraises for Japan

On Thursday, May 5, Japanese Children’s Day, the Junior School held a special service day to honour the people of Japan. Children were prepared...

Grade 5 & 6 Students Build Edible Atoms

Grade 6 students hosted some special visitors from the Junior School this week when Grade 5 classes came to the Middle School to build...
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Junior School Girls and Boys Love Rugby

by Marcus, Grade 4 There are many sports that SMUS offers but my favourite is rugby. Rugby is one of the most traditional sports that...
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Grade 5 Students Build a City Scape

by Angelina Agathoklis The Grade 5 students were asked to create clay skyscrapers that incorporated elements from ancient structures. Stonehenge, the pyramids of ancient Egypt,...
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Grade 2 Class Makes Easter Creations

by Shae and Devon When the Grade 2 class made Ukrainian eggs, we had to use a tool called a kistka. We put beeswax in...
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Junior School Students Put on a Musical

by Marina The Grade 2 class did a musical called Stone Soup. We performed it for the Junior School and our parents on April 15th...
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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....
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The Junior School Green Team

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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Student-led Conferences

by Brandon Hawes The primary student-led conferences were a great way for the students to demonstrate their learning. The dynamics of each grade reflected the...
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Junior Students Make Books

Heather Sandquist’s Grade 4 class can now add author/illustrator to their resumes. The class is proud to announce the release of their professionally self-published,...
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Junior School Students Share Photos

by Kathleen Cook (on behalf of the Junior School Service Committee) The Grade 5 children were invited to participate in an exciting International Photography Project...
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Junior Students Workshop Their Writing

by Nicky Newsome, Grade 5 teacher This year Grade 5 students have been participating in Writing Workshops. These are explicit writing lessons that have a...
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Student Selects Tanzanian Schools for Service Day

On Thursday, February 3, 2011 the Junior School held a Service Day in support of school building in Tanzania. This is a student-led initiative...
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Junior School Overflows with Student Art

Our Junior School artists have been busy brightening up their school recently, working in different media and styles. The Grade 5 students created some...

Junior School Students Share Their Dreams

by Pam Yorath, Grade 5 teacher The Grade 5 students have been studying Barbara Smucker’s acclaimed novel Underground To Canada and have completed a wide...

Junior School Celebrates The Season

The Junior School has been very busy this month with many holiday events. This week, they held their own carol service, complete with a...

Junior School Sends Stockings to Dominican Republic

by Megan, Imaan, Amrit, Nick P, Lindsay and Chloe, Grade 5 For the past five years our Grade 5 classes have provided these stockings to...

Grade 5 Students Build with Gingerbread

To celebrate the holiday season, the Grade 5 students at the Junior School used some architectural know-how to build gingerbread houses this week. Using...

Junior School Students Learn to Save Lives

by Nicky Newsome, Grade 5N teacher The Junior Lifeguard Club has completed another successful year! Students in Grade 4 and 5 participated in a six-week...

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....

Grade 2 Bakers Whip Up Some Gingerbread

by Amalia, Grade 2 We are making delicious gingerbread in Grade 2! We got to mix the dry dough in our class and we did...

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...

Grade 4 Students Learn About Underwater Life

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....

New Technology for the Junior School Classrooms

by Jane Rees, Junior School Teacher New technology at the Junior School is helping to engage pupils and motivate learners in the classroom. iBoards are...

The Junior School Barn Dance Builds Community

by Nancy Richards, Director of Junior School There is no better way of bringing a school community together than with an old fashioned country Barn...

Mrs. Snowden Reads to Kindergarten Class

by Mrs. Joan Snowden I loved being able to read to the Kindergarten class. They were all so willing to share themselves with me: Hallowe'en...

Grade 5 Students Talk Leadership

by Kathleen Cook, Junior School staff member On Friday, October 15th, the Grade 5 students participated in a special Leadership Assembly. Ms. Richards and Mrs....
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Middle School Cellists Play with a Special Guest

by Athena and Keeley, Grade 8 On October 17th, Desmond Hoebig, a professional cellist, came to the Junior School with us. He played the Schumann...

Junior School Explodes with Colour

by Angelina Agathoklis, art teacher Adorned by the artwork of the students the Junior School halls have come alive with colour. The Grade 3 students...

Meeting the Needs of all Learners

by Nancy Richards, Director of Junior School As the Junior School faculty find creative ways to ‘fulfill the promise’ in each student and class throughout...

Junior School Virtue: Gentleness

by Tessa Lloyd, counsellor Who wants to be gentle these days? If we look for role models in the media who practice this virtue, they...

Junior Students Run for Terry Fox

The Junior School held the annual Terry Fox Run on Friday, September 24th. All the students divided into house teams and wore their house...

New Report Card Unveiled at Junior School

by Nancy Richards, Director of the Junior School Last night’s Junior School curriculum night was well attended by parents and one of the highlights of...

Junior School Welcomes Families with Food

by Kathleen Cook, Admissions The Junior School celebrated the beginning of another year that past Friday with its traditional welcome barbecue. All families, staff and...

Meet our New Director of Learning

by Erin Anderson Last year, SMUS created a new position to examine how well the school's practices matched with new research into how our brains...

New Year, More Students

by Sue Saunders, Director of Admissions The first week of September is an exciting time, especially for admissions. We welcome the families who we have...

Junior School Closing Ceremonies

by Erin Anderson, editor The Junior School marked the end of its school year with a ceremony devoted to virtues and a fond farewell to...

Junior Students and Alumni Celebrate Centennial

by Grade 4 students Josh and Triumph The 100th year centennial celebration was a celebration for the 100 years that St. Michael’s School has been...

Junior School Students Debut Opera

by Erin Anderson, editor Our Grade 5 students took to the Royal Theatre stage for two performances of The Barber of Seville, a Rossini opera...

Bookfest Fun for Junior Readers

Introduction by Matthew, Donovan and Joshua On Saturday May 1st, we went to Bookfest in Nanaimo. Bookfest is a celebration of authors and their books. It...

Junior Students Walk for the World

by Diana Nason, Junior School librarian SMUS and the World Partnership Walk hosted the Global Village Lunch at the Junior School on Thursday, May 13th....

Grade 1 Students Go To Jail

by Amalia, Grade 1 student When the Grade 1 class went to the Saanich Police and Fire Station, we saw Taz the police dog, we...

Grade 5 Students Ready for Royal Theatre

In just under two weeks, our Junior School will debut its production of the Rossini opera The Barber of Seville at the Royal Theatre....

Grade 2 Students Let the Bells Ring

by Mrs. Sharon Goodman Several students from the Grade 2 class have been participating in a bell choir since January. Abby, Seung, Ben, Angelina, Joshua...

Grade 5 Students Examine the Legislature Building

by Gordon Chan, Grade 5 teacher One of the highlights of the Grade 5 social studies programme is the annual trip to the Legislative Assembly....

New Videos on SMUSTube

by Erin Anderson, editor Since 2010 kicked off, much has happened at SMUS and a few big events were captured on video. SMUSTube, our video...

Junior School Musicians Shine in Victoria Festival

by Mary Smith, music teacher The city of Victoria is enriched annually in the early spring by the presence of the Greater Victoria Performing Arts...

SMUS Scholar in Residence: Linda Kavelin Popov

by Nancy Richards, Director of the Junior School Last Friday, the Junior School staff and students were fortunate to have an opportunity to meet SMUS...

Elizabeth May Talks Politics with the Grade 5 Classes

by Elise, Hanna and Mattia The Grade 5 students of the Junior School were lucky enough to have the leader of the Green Party, Elizabeth...

Grade 4 Students Write to Peers from Uganda

by Karen Dicks, a retired SMUS teacher Students in Grade 4 recently made contact with Grade 4 students at Kibaare School (pronounced Chibaray) in southwestern...

Junior School Illustrates the Virtues

by Kathleen Cook, Chair of the Leadership Committee This week, the students of the Junior School prepared for a very special visit by Linda Kavelin...

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...

Junior Students Try to Save the Farm

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...

Junior Students Jump for Health

by Matt and Ben, Grade 5 "Jump rope for heart was an event where two classes would go into the gym and skip rope for...

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...

Olympic Spirit Comes to the Junior School

by Erin Anderson, editor This morning, just before the 2010 Olympics kick-off in Vancouver, the Junior School hosted its very own torch run and games....

Junior Students Ready for 2010 Games

by Mrs. Margaret Lincoln, Kindergarten teacher The Kindergarten children have been learning about the origins of the Olympics. They are particularly knowledgeable about the different...

The Borealis String Quartet at SMUS

by Jonathan Sudul, Grade 5 On January 25, Grades 5, 6, 7 and 8 string students heard a recital by the Borealis String Quartet. There...

Grade 4 Students Reflect on Canada's Identity

by the Grade 4J class Jowi Taylor and Paul O'Brien's Six String Nation presentation inspired our Grade 4 students to think about a guitar in...

Junior School Funds Farm Animals Overseas

Last term, the Junior School began a fundraising initiative on behalf of World Vision. The students challenged themselves to raise as much money as...

Junior School Gets into the Spirit of Service

Even the youngest members of SMUS have been bitten by the service bug. This month, the Grade 5 students prepared stockings for children in...

Grade 5 Students Shed Light on History

by Laura Williams, Grade 5 The Grade 5 students used tin cans, nails, and hammers to make lanterns. This activity took place in language arts...

Musical Guests Play for Junior Students

by Grade 5 students Madison Liew and Elise Marchessault On Friday, November 27th the Senior School Swing Band cam to the Junior School to perform...

Grade 2 Students Bake Up Some Holiday Cheer

by Grade 2 students Seung Choi, Jenna Sedgewick and Angelina Shandro Over the past few weeks, the Grade 2 class has been baking gingerbread. We...

Free the Children Group Visits Junior School

by Madison Hadfield, Grade 10 When you were in Kindergarten, did you have any idea what clubs and councils you would join in nine years?...

Grade 5 Students Review Grade 5 Concert

by Grade 5 students Hannah Kitson, Elise Marchessault, and Katie McAulay On November 24th at 11:00 am, the Grade 5 students gave a wonderful strings...

Junior School Service Applauded

This week, the SMUS Junior school was recognized for its many service initiatives at the annual Youth in Philanthropy awards. Grade 5 student Nick...

SMUS Remembers

The Senior School campus held a moment of silence this morning at 11:00 in honour of Remembrance Day. Though the school was unable to...

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...

Junior Students Collect Coats for Kids

by Grade 5 students Mattia Sanati, Alana Hawes, Jill Taylor and Sophie Jones We volunteered to be part of the Coats for Kids drive. Since...

Grade 4 Students Explore Wetlands

by the Grade 4 classes Last week, we visited Swan Lake to learn about habitats and what animals and plants do in their natural habitat,...

Grade 5 Students Take the Lead

by Kathleen Cook On Friday, October 16th the Grade 5 students participated in a special leadership Assembly. Ms. Richards and I spoke about Leadership at...

Grade 3 Class Explores Space

by the Grade 3 class Last week, we learned about our solar system with a trip to Victoria's observatory, where people use a giant telescope...

Grade 5 Students Time Travel

by the Grade 5 class A few days ago, both of the Grade 5 classes and Mr. Chan, Ms. Newsome and Ms. Yorath want to...

Steve Nash Returns

It was an exciting morning on the SMUS campus, as Steve Nash '92 stopped by to talk to some of his former teachers, answer...

Annual Fund Raises Its Final Star

by Lori Adam, Director of the Annual Fund At the beginning of the 2008/09 school year, the ambitious goal was set to raise $888,888 for...

Ceremonial End to the School Year

Last week, every SMUS student was honoured during the annual Closing Ceremonies, which are held by the Junior, Middle and Senior Schools. The Junior School...

Ice Cream Day Keeps Students Cool

A tradition carried on this week as all SMUS students received free ice cream, handed out by a band of alumni at the Junior,...

Schools Partner with the World

On May 31, many SMUS families took part in the World Partnership Walk fundraiser. Both the Junior and Middle Schools are huge supporters of the...

SMUS Athletes on Track

The SMUS Junior School sent 75 athletes to the VISSA track and field championships this week, where they competed against other independent schools from...

Grade 1 Students Love Bugs

The Victoria Bug Zoo welcomed Ms. Galloway’s Grade 1 class this week, as the student followed up their insect studies with a field trip...

Grade 5 Students Go Greek

Our Grade 5 students wrapped up their study of Greek mythology this week by celebrating the ancient culture with presentations, games and feasts. Students...

Grade 4 Poets Present Work

See slideshow This week, Grade 4 students took over local coffee house the Black Stilt and shared poems with their siblings, parents, grandparents and teachers....

Grade 5 Students Meet Middle School

This week, the Grade 5 students saw a little bit of what their next year at SMUS will be like as they visited the...

Alumni Weekend 2009

See slideshow This weekend was Alumni Weekend, and many former students returned to the school to see old friends, watch a few sporting events and...

Grade 1 Students Go to University

See slideshow This week, the Grade 1 class visited the University of Victoria in order to learn about post-secondary education. The students were able to...

Monstrous Praise for Junior Cast

See slideshow This Friday evening will be the last performance of the Grade 5 production There’s a Monster in my Closet. Fortunately, earlier this week...

Monsters Come to Junior School

See slideshow The Grade 5 students take to the stage next week in a production of There’s a Monster in My Closet, a musical comedy...

Concert Showcases Cross-Campus Voices

See slideshow This week, choral students from Grades 4-12 performed at the annual cross-campus choral concert. The Christ Church Cathedral was filled to the ceiling...

Junior Students Give Rugby a Try

Just as the 1st and 2nd XV take to the field at Senior School, our Grade 4 and 5 boys and girls are also...

Grade 4 Students Give

Our Grade 4 students have been preparing for Spring Break for weeks, assembling supplies to send along with a few of our Senior School...

Junior School Students Lead Conferences

by Kathleen Cook See slideshow Each class in the Junior School has organized student led conferences during the final part of the second term. This gives...

Junior School All Souped Up

The Junior School marked the 100th day of school last week by collecting canned food for the Mustard Seed food bank. Every class had...

Used Uniform Shop Adopts Art

Visitors to the Used Uniform Shop will be able to enjoy some student artwork as the shop unveils a new mural this week. Designed...

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...

Environment Club Covers Composting

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

Junior School Students Dive In

by Nicky Newsome, teacher This Monday, swim club members from Grades 3-5 went to the Commonwealth Pool for the ISEA Swim Meet. Independent schools from...

Students Travel to the Centre of the Universe

The Grade 3 students continued their study of space this week as they visited the Centre of the Universe, an educational centre at the...

Grade 1 Students Have a Sleepy Morning

Grade 1 students wore their pyjamas to school one day this week and spent the morning reading books, playing games, drinking hot chocolate and...

Junior School Celebrates the Season with Service

Our youngest students are wrapping up 2008 with a series of concerts and service projects. This Wednesday, the kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2...

Parents' Auxiliary Celebrates with Boarders

by Brenda Moore, Grade 12 boarder The much-anticipated Parents’ Auxiliary Christmas Evening Celebration commenced at half-past six on Saturday, December 6th in the school chapel....

SMUS Comes Together for the Holidays

Last week was our annual all-school assembly, where students from kindergarten to Grade 12 celebrate the season together, with songs and skits. Some of...

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...

Students Journey to See Salmon

Students from all three schools visited Goldstream Park last week to witness the salmon run, a natural phenomenon in which an estimated 40,000 salmon...

Junior School Swings with Strings

Junior School has had a very musical month. The Grade 5 and Grade 4 Strings ensembles played their first concerts of the year, and...

SMUS Remembers

Last week, students, faculty, parents and alumni commemorated Remembrance Day with music, words and prayer. At the Senior School ceremony, we were honoured to...

Annual Fund Launches with Stars

The Annual Fund campaign kicked off this week as banners went up at both campuses and a new team of parent representatives was launched....

Grade 5 Students Go Underground

Our two Grade 5 classes have been learning about the history of slavery in the Unites States as well as the Underground Railroad, a...

Things Get Spooky at SMUS

Halloween took over the hallowed halls of all three campuses this week, as students and staff donned costumes, carved pumpkins and enjoyed a few...

Two Schools Buddy Up to Read

Our Reading Buddies programme resumed this month, with 15 Junior School students visiting the Senior campus library for reading sessions with the older students....

Junior School Kicks Up its Heels

The bi-annual Barn Dance brought many families to the Junior School last weekend to participate in one of the Parents’ Auxiliary’s most popular events....

SMUS Gets Ready for Spring

Spring Fair is returning to the school this year, after a long absence. The huge community celebration, which also acts as an important fundraiser,...

Junior School Fast on Its Feet

Since September, our Junior School students have covered a lot of ground. Last week, it was the Terry Fox run and this week the...

Grade 2 Students Make Peace With Dinosaur

Rainbow, the SMUSosaurus, joined Grade 2 students this week to help them learn about conflict resolution. The students are working on becoming the peacemakers...

Grade 5 Students Ready to Lead

Our Grade 5 students were honoured this Monday at the annual leadership assembly. The Junior School began holding leadership assemblies four years ago, both...

Imaginative Author Casts a Spell on Junior School

Visiting author Margriet Ruurs delighted Junior School students this week, teaching them all about how books are made and reading from a few of...

Junior Students Rewarded for Reading

This week at the Junior School, the students who participated in the summer reading program were recognized in a special assembly. Thirty-eight children reached...

New Students Bring Much to SMUS

Each year, our school seems to get even more diverse and 2008-2009 will be no different. Our 206 new students have come to us...

SMUS Staff Expands

This September, SMUS is welcoming new teachers, counsellors, house parents and staff. Here are just a few of the new people joining our school...

School Bells Sound Once More

All three campuses came alive this week as students returned from their summer holidays or arrived for their first year at SMUS. Our students...

Junior School Sports Day

Friday afternoon saw beautiful clear skies for the Junior School’s annual Sports Day. Every year, the Junior School field is dotted with young athletes and...

Junior School Closing Ceremonies

Service Awards and Grade 5 Awards Assemblies The Junior School concluded another fun and memorable year with their Service Awards, Grade 5 Awards, and their...

Students Say "Thanks"

With one week left to go, SMUS is already celebrating Annual Fund contributions to date of more than $842,000. The amount significantly exceeds this...

Red Cedar Readers Visit Their Favourite Authors

Last weekend, Junior School readers hit the road to Nanaimo to help celebrate the Island’s annual Children’s Book Fest. After reading and voting on...

Junior School Delivers Music and Magic

flute Glittering costumes, beautiful singing and comical banter were all part of the Junior School’s latest masterpiece, The Magic Flute. Directed by music teacher Mr....

Alum's Contribution Lends Support to a New Generation of Drama Students

The St. Michaels University School chapel is a significant place for alumnus Andrew Sabiston ’82. Inside the chapel hangs a tapestry made by his...

Junior School Athletes on Track

This week, 65 Junior School students participated in the VISSAA Track Meet at the UVic Stadium. Every year the Victoria Independent Schools Sports Association...

Junior School Makes Magic

Next Thursday, patrons of the arts will be in for a surprise when they peer through their opera glasses and find the McPherson Playhouse...

Latin Fiesta Honours Linda Sipos, Raises Funds for Orphanage

This Wednesday evening, the Junior School was alive with vibrant Latin music, salsa dancing and games. The event, billed as the Latin Fiesta, gathered...

Award Winning Authors Visit Junior School

Last Thursday, the Junior School was proud to host two award-winning authors, Pamela Porter and Polly Hovarth. Polly Hovarth has won numerous awards including...

Grade 5 Students Get a Preview of Middle School Life

On Tuesday, Grade 5 students left their Junior School classes to spend an afternoon at the Middle School in order to get a taste...

Third World Meals for Junior School Children

On Sunday, May 25, the SMUS community will participate in the 24th Annual World Partnership Walk. The Junior School, which has raised more money...

Head of School Looks Forward to a Long Future at SMUS

SMUS Board of Governors Chair David Angus is pleased to announce that the Board has finalized a new multi-year contract with Head of School...

The Future of SMUS Rugby

On Monday, parents clutched their umbrellas and cheered on as rugby returned to the Junior School for the first time in 20 years. Despite...

Students Buddy-up to Share their Love of Reading

Grade 12 student Oliver Bild has a passion for promoting literacy, and as the head of the SMUS Library Council he was motivated to...

Junior School Students Learn about Fire Safety

The Oak Bay Fire Department visited the Junior School on Wednesday afternoon to educate the Grades 3 and 4 students about fire safety and...

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...

Très Bien to our Grade 4 French Students

Last week, the two Grade 4 classes performed Les Trois Petits Cochons (the Three Little Pigs), an evening presentation that showcased the students’ verbal...

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,...

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...

Penguins and Dragons, Oh My!

It has been a busy few weeks at Junior School as the students participated in numerous activities tying into their classroom curriculum. As part of...

A New Director of Annual Fund

This week the school welcomed Ms. Lori Adam, who joins the Advancement office as the new Director of the Annual Fund. Ms. Adam comes...

Making Reading Magical

Last week, Kindergarten teacher Ms. Margaret Lincoln made reading more than just fun for her students – she made it magical. Celebrating their success in...

Junior School Kick-Starts a Sports Club

Sports at Junior School have been going swimmingly thanks to Sports Club – an after-school program dedicated to improving athletic skills. Once a week,...

Used Uniform Shop New to SMUS

This Thursday marked the grand opening of the Parents' Auxiliary Used Uniform shop located at the school’s Shelbourne Street facility. All proceeds from used...

Middle School Students Perform in Aladdin Jr.

Grade 6 students Cimarron Langois and Lindon Carter are currently performing in Kaleidoscope Theatre’s Christmas production of Disney’s Aladdin Jr. This Tuesday, the entire...

Junior School Readers Help a Dragon

Since November, Junior School students have been reading more than ever before. A visiting dragon named Sam has been looking for some new scales,...

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...

Christmas Carols Ring out at SMUS

From last Friday’s carol service to the primary concert at the Junior School, SMUS has been getting into the spirit with a lot of...

Holiday Activities for All

Just because classes are ending next Friday, that doesn’t mean that things will be slow at SMUS in December. Students from ages five to...

Kindergarten Class Dives into Ocean Studies

The youngest SMUS class has spent the first official month of winter under the sea, learning about its aquatic inhabitants through a wide range...

Grade 4 and 5 Students Make Strings Sing

The most recent assemblies at Junior School have been more musical than usual, as both the Grades 4 and 5 strings ensembles have treated...

Students Get Wise About Owls

by Kennedy, Grade 4 This week, both of the Grade 4 classes at the Junior School had a special visitor from the Swan Lake Christmas...

Ron Broda Draws Children into the Art of Illustration

Junior School students received a hands-on lesson in drawing and illustrating from one of the top five illustrators in Canada this week. Ron Broda,...

Health and Wellness Tip of the Week: Avoiding the Flu

As the chill of winter sets in, so do a few other things. Even the relatively warm winter of Victoria can help viruses take...

Students Shed Uniforms for Service

Students got to indulge in a little casual wear this week, as each school had its own Service Day, where students can donate two...

Information Evenings Educate Parents on SMUS

This week, Junior, Middle and Senior School each hosted an informative reception for prospective parents, students and families. The events are open to anyone,...

Book Sale Funds Used to Buy Books

This Wednesday was the first day of the second annual book sale, a fundraiser run by the Library Council. After over a month of...

SMUS Remembers

This week, the two campuses each held a Remembrance Day service in honour of the many people across the world, past and present, affected...

Grade 1 Students Go Batty

In the spirit of the season, Alison Galloway’s Grade 1 class has been spending a lot of their time studying bats. In preparation for...

New Board Chair, Governors Appointed at 2007 AGM

Thursday's annual general meeting marked the beginning of a new era in the St. Michaels University School Board of Governors. Stephen Martin, who has...

Parents' Auxiliary Cooking Up Plans for Christmas Dinner

With Halloween over, retail outlets aren’t the only ones moving their eyes forward onto the next holiday. The Parents' Auxiliary is excited for the...

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...

SMUS Opens up for Open House

Last Friday, staff and students welcomed 113 families to the campus for Open House, an annual event where parents, students, alumni and community members...

Junior School Explores Soil and History

Last week, Grade 2 and 5 students expanded on their studies with interesting day trips. Gordan Chan’s Grade 5 class ventured to Fort Langley,...

Grade 5 Students Take the Lead at Junior School

Wednesday was a special assembly for this year’s Grade 5 students, as they officially became the leaders of Junior School. The students each read...

SMUS Students Run for Terry Fox

Last Friday, Junior School children donned bandannas and took part in the 27th annual Terry Fox Run. The weather was chilly but the children...

Teamwork Triumphs Over Alligator at Junior School

Mr. Bob Snowden, Head of School, made a special appearance in Junior School’s assembly this Monday. Though Mr Snowden visits the Junior School every...

Health and Wellness Tip of the Week: Cliques and Bullying

With a new school year beginning, plenty of new transitions are taking place at St. Michaels University School. Students are moving up from the...

Junior School Cooks Up a Big Welcome

Junior School marked the end of the first week of classes with an evening barbeque on Friday, September 7. New and returning families arrived...