Tag: leadership skills

SMUS in the News: Diya Courty-Stephens ’19 Wins Philanthropy Award

November 16, 2018 Diya Courty-Stephens '19 CTV Vancouver Island Teenage trio aims to help save two global problems at once Victoria News Local leaders of all ages honoured at...

Grade 12 Student Wins Youth Philanthropy Award

Student Diya Courty-Stephens is nominated for a philanthropy award for starting an organization that aims to reduce food waste

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

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

Reflecting on a Great Grade 8 Leadership Conference

Middle School student Sophia H. writes about the experience of organizing and taking part in the Grade 8 leadership conference

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

Head Girl Aysha Emmerson spoke at WE Day Vancouver about acceptance, mental health and the power people have to support and inspire others
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SMUS Named as Finalist for International Executive Coaching Award

St. Michaels University School was named a finalist for the international Prism Award, awarded by the International Coach Federation
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SMUS Talks Event Builds Student and Community “Connections”

Senior School students share what they learned from organizing and experiencing the inaugural SMUS Talks event
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Grade 8 Students Ask, “What is Your Weird?”

Grade 8 student organizers of the Accepting 2 Connecting leadership conference highlight the importance of "embracing your weird" and accepting everyone for who they are

Engage, Inspire, Empower

It started out as colourful words on a page as we gathered around a table. Three words, “engage, inspire, empower”, were written in green...

“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.

Reflections from the Outgoing Head Girl and Head Boy

This week, our graduating Head Girl (Sarah Jones) and Head Boy (Jasper Johnston) led their final assembly and passed the Prefect Council torch on...

Students Seek Their Potential at CAIS Leadership Conference

Sliding doors at the airport opened to reveal a group of cheering individuals waving signs. In a haze of initial confusion, we were immediately...
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Mia Roberts: Overcoming Injury with Commitment and Leadership

Mia Roberts, like many SMUS athletes, is a multi-sport student; soccer in the spring, field hockey in the fall and basketball in the winter....

Duke of Ed Participants – Summer Camp!

Are you looking for an unforgettable adventure this summer? Have you ever wanted to meet other young people who are doing the Award across...
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Grade 8s Ready to Host Inspiring Leadership Conference

Grade 8 students are walking the talk next week, as they put their passion for leadership into action by organizing and hosting a leadership conference...

Duke Of Edinburgh Participants: UVic Event

Tuesday, February 2 6-8:30 p.m. University of Victoria- David Strong Building - Room 112  Victoria, BC The Duke of Edinburgh's Award BC & Yukon Division is thrilled to...

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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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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Summer days…

Before summer memories fade away completely, I asked our students to share some interesting things they did over the summer holidays. Jonathan attended the Shad Program at...

Junior School Virtues Come to Life at Camp Pringle

To help develop some important skills: teamwork, respect, communication and cooperation, Grade 4 and 5 students each recently spent a day at Camp Pringle...
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Three ways to support our young leaders

Shifting from summer mode to the pace of September at SMUS can be a significant transition and the amount of information at this time...
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Grade 8 Students Learn at Leadership Camp

Last weekend, six Grade 8 SMUS students (along with Mr. Jackson) travelled to Ontario to participate in the CAIS Middle School Leadership Conference More than...
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Senior Students Sharpen Leadership Skills at Montreal CAIS Conference

With an outrageously early wake-up call of 3:45am, four intrepid students and a chaperone embarked on a cross-country journey to the Canadian Accredited Independent...

Students become more effective leaders at SMUS

Over the past two weeks, I have had the opportunity to teach two lessons to all Grade 10 students. The overarching questions that students...

Leadership Development Homework

Each Sunday night I send an email to faculty and students at the Senior School. The focus is always related to personal leadership development...
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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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Link Crew Leads the Way

Link Crew is a way that Senior students at SMUS can welcome new kids to the school as well as learn and practice their...
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Leadership and the 360 Review

Parents and students who have been at the School for some time will know that the theme of leadership is woven colourfully and powerfully...
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#WeAreGirlRising #BringBackOurGirls Event

It is a full time of year....sports, music, hobbies, and friends all taking a lot of our attention and energy. While we go about our...

Finding the Magic for Term 3

Beginning with an Orientation Day at Camp Pringle last week, the Grade 10 Experiential Program got underway for the term. After circulating through a...

Victoria Middle School Conference

On Friday February 28th, a group of grade 7 students went to SJ Willis school to attend a leadership conference. The focus of the conference...
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Feedback and fonts….

Every week, students are sent a short and friendly email related to Leadership Development on Sunday night. It is meant to provide a "focus...

Networking – An Essential Skill

Knowing that 80% of jobs are not advertised, networking has become an essential skill for our students.   In preparation for Career Day this past Wednesday students...
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FOCUS on your FOCUS!

It would have been easy for me to start this first blog of the New Year returning to the posts on goal setting, encouraging...

Duke of Edinburgh Award Recipients 2013

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is an exciting self-development Programme available to all young people ages 14-25, equipping them with life skills to make a...
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Strengths…..Let’s kick it up a notch!

Two weeks ago, I wrote about strengths. Last week, I encouraged you to “dare greatly” and act on the strengths you have. A few students...
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Dare Greatly – How and Why?

Last week, I had the opportunity to participate in the Heads of Department retreat. One of the sessions was led by Mr. Goodman and...
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Nelson Mandela – An inspiring leader

Contemplating effective leadership and individuals who inspire us to make a positive impact is a personal passion as well as a professional one. Nelson...
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Strengths – What Floats your Boat?

There have been a couple of posts already about the amazing learning Youth Addressing Local Poverty (YALP) Conference at SMUS from Middle School students...

YALP: Keynote Speakers Provide Fresh Perspective

by Zachary Kahn, Grade 12 Seeing as I had never been extremely involved with local poverty and never having attended a conference like this, I...
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Ready, Aim, Reflect

A group of us hiked to the top of Mt. Doug on the morning of Remembrance Day. We were a few adults and more...

Learning to STRETCH – Leadership style!

This is a weekly email series focused on Leadership Development at SMUS and this is another installment focusing on our first theme of goal setting. Let's recap:...

The #1 Secret to Achieving your Goal!

Last week we started the Sunday Leadership Development Series with Goal setting as the first theme. “A goal is like a dream set to paper”….when...

2 Ways to Get What You Want

This is a weekly email series sent to every Senior School student, houseparent and faculty member focused on Leadership Development at SMUS Leadership Development -...

Shifting the Power

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

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...

Testing the Leadership Waters

Several of our Middle School students recently attended the CAIS Middle School Leadership Conference. The event featured activities, guest speakers and plenty of recreational...

Leadership Via Horsemanship

On Thursday, our new Prefects, Heads of House and Council Heads jumped the Clipper ferry to make the annual journey down to Silk Purse...

Follow Me: Link Leaders

Last week, we talked about our two student-led welcome programs for new students from the perspective of the newcomer. This week, two Grade 12...
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Island Leadership for Bolton Boys

Boarding is bursting with leadership opportunities, and a group of Grade 11 boarders dedicated last weekend to building their leadership skills. Travelling to Tortoise...
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We Day and CAIS Launch Leaders

Two major — but very different — events have given Middle School students a chance to sharpen their leadership skills. Several students travelled to...
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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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QLEAD – Business and Leadership at Queens

November 7 – 11, 2012 Are you interested in business? Leadership? Queen's University? This is an amazing leadership conference at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. The...
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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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Heading Outdoors: to Hope and Beyond

Photos by Kali Salmas by Kali Salmas, Grade 11 boarder Waking up to a beeping noise near my head, I stretched and immediately contracted into a...
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Humanities Education & Leadership Program held at Stanford University

Welcome to HEAL SU, an educational mission seeking to encourage humanities discourse and liberal arts education across disciplines. The goal: to help future leaders solve...
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Reaching Beyond – Leadership Conference at SMUS!

We are excited to be hosting over 300 students from island public schools for what will surely be an engaging, meaningful and motivating day. Along...
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Sharing Ideas – Reflections from NAIS

I spent 3 days last week at the NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) Annual Conference which was hosted in Seattle with several other...
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Senior School Leadership Opportunities

It is time for you to take stock….reflect on what you have done this year so far that has challenged you, scared you, pushed...
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Middle School Leaders Learn About UN Goals

by Jasper, Grade 8 On Saturday, January 20, I traveled to Mulgrave School in Vancouver, along with 14 other selected Grade 7 and 8 students,...
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Dead Batteries Save Lives

by Jonathan and Christopher, Grade 7 & 8 A group of Free the Children members travelled to Vancouver to attend We Day in October. At...
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Global Young Leaders Conference – Memories

Written by Sydney Stockus, Grad 2010, who is currently studying at the University of Southern California. My Experience at GYLC: It was summer  2009 when I...
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Leadership Opportunities – Middle School

There are many ways students at the Middle School develop and demonstrate their leadership skills. The focus through Grades 6-8 is really establishing a...
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LOL – Blogging!

As part of our LOL series, which began with Health Care activist Simon Ibell, we will be hearing from Alyson Rowe, War Child Canada’s...
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Youth Leadership and Action Summit – Nov. 25/26

Action Summit Poster The Summit is an exciting opportunity to hear presentations on key issues affecting youth in our community, and gain new skills in...
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Middle School Students Share We Day Experience

by Mark Piazza, Grade 8 On Thursday, October 13, I was fortunate enough to have attended We Day at Rogers’s arena in Vancouver. It is...

Prefects Talk Leadership in the Middle School

Last week, Head Girl Gaby Jeliazkov, Head Boy Quinn Kliman and Liam Maclure visited the Middle School to talk to the Grade 8 students...
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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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Scholar in Residence Bruce Brown

by Orla Glen, Grade 12 On Friday, all Term 1 athletes had the honour of listening to the director of Proactive Coaching, Bruce Brown. Bruce...
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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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LOL – Leadership over Lunch

The first session of our Leadership over Lunch "LOL" series was with health care activist, sport enthusiast and alumnus Simon Ibell, '96. He spoke to...

An Essential Leadership Skill

A Free Communication Course for Youth. Think of successful leaders you know. They have one trait in common - the ability to communicate effectively. Sponsored...
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Prefect Council Retreats!

Pictures by Cheryl Murtland by Alexis Thind, Grade 12 boarder As a group of twenty newly elected prefects, we traveled to Seattle for a leadership experience...
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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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Students Start Year with Leadership

Both the Middle and Senior Schools welcomed their newest members with student-led programs designed to help their younger peers quickly settle into SMUS. Grade...
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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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“Reaching Beyond” Leadership Conference

Reflections from the Grade 11 Boarders Leadership Conference by Lisa Chen (Symons House) On April 20, all of the Grade 11 boarders got on a bus heading...
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Grade 11 Leadership Opportunities for Grad 2012

The time has come for Grade 11 students to think about the role they want to take on at the school next year.  As a...

My Experience at the Montreal International Congress

by Sena Lee, Grade 11 Collège Sainte-Anne de Lachine just had its 150-year anniversary. So in order to celebrate, students and the faculty invited people...
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Reflections from the Connect Youth Conference

By Natasha C. (grade 10) Rachel Uwamahoro and Ivan Gatete are World Vision Youth Ambassadors from Rwanda. They have spent the last several weeks exploring...
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Camosun’s Leadership Conference

Attention Grade 11s and 12s: Interested in BUSINESS? If you have taken Micro/Macro Economics and/or Economics 12 and have a passion for business and leadership...

QLEAD: Students Learn About Business Leadership

by Mckenzie Scott, Grade 12 The annual Queen’s University Leadership, Excellence, and Development Conference (QLEAD) has evolved into one of the most influential university/student-run business...

Grade 9 Students Prepare to Lead

by Celine Doehring, Grade 9 On October 20th 2010, the Grade 9 students came to school, dressed in casual clothes, excited about the Grade 9...

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....

We Day Inspires and Empowers

by Emma Ronning and Kelly Adam, Grade 12 A stadium full of incredibly motivating speakers and 18,000 of the most passionate youth on the West...

Grade 11 Students Hit the Outdoors

by Meredith Witoski, Grade 12 trip leader On Wednesday, September 29th at 7:45 am, I boarded a school bus with my Island Sampler Grade 11...

Grade 6 Students Go Outdoors

by Mattia, Grade 6 On September 27th, 2010, all Grade 6 students went to Metchosin Wilderness Camp. In one day at the camp we did...

Prefects Learn to Lead

by Kath Roth, Director of Senior School Silk Purse Farm lies nestled in the countryside of Washington State, about twenty miles southeast of Seattle. Its...

SMUS: Where Everyone Belongs

by Owen, Grade 8 Where Everyone Belongs or WEB is the name of a newly developed leadership programme for Middle School students. The WEB leader...

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