Tag: Middle School

Haley Steve Orange Shirt Day

Meet a Middle Schooler Rallying to Honour Residential School Survivors

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Grade 6 student Haley P. has spent the last three years raising awareness of the impact of residential schools

PHOTO GALLERY: First Week of the 2020-21 School Year

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The first week of school has been a wonderful opportunity for us to come together as a school community

SMUS Revamps Boarding Program to Safely Reunite Full Community

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With new health and safety measures in place, we revamped boarding to bring our whole community back together

2020 Middle School Closing Ceremonies

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The Middle School community comes together virtually for Closing Ceremonies that mark the end of the 2019-20 school year

An Engaging Way to Learn Français

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Middle School students continue learning French from home through fun and interesting activities

The Impact of Remote Learning on Visual Arts Class

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Middle School art teacher Leanne Wilkins highlights how students are adapting to learning visual art from home

Staying Connected While Worlds Apart

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'I didn't think boarding would come home with me. It makes it feel like we’re ... still together but just on a screen.'

Challenge Accepted! Take Up the Weekly Outdoor Challenge

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Mr. Zyoji Jackson encourages students to get outside
Susan Vachon

How to Make the Best Out of Learning at Home

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Susan Vachon offers parents tips on making the best out of remote learning

Health and Wellness Week at Home

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

Athletics Week in Review: March 17

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Basketball, rugby, soccer and squash are featured in the latest Athletics Week in Review

The Culture of Performance

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Christopher Smith delves into why preparing for and delivering a performance is a skill we want all students to develop

Athletics Week in Review: March 6

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Basketball at the Grade 7/8 Girls and Junior Girls levels are highlighted in the latest Athletics Week in Review

Athletics Week in Review: February 26

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Basketball and squash, and a look-ahead to the rugby Boot Games, are highlighted in the Athletics Week in Review

Reading Takes You Places!

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Teacher-librarian Sarah Bailey highlights the Middle School students who are representing Canada in "the sport of reading"
Susan Vachon

A Deep Dive into the Adolescent Brain

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Susan Vachon explores brain development in Middle Schoolers and highlights how the adolescent brain needs careful guidance to grow

Changing the World, One Science Fair Project at a Time!

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Julie Harris highlights the ingenuity and passion students put on display at this week's science fair

Athletics Week in Review: January 29

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Basketball and squash are featured in the latest Athletics Week in Review

Athletics Week in Review: January 22

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Basketball and squash are highlighted in the latest SMUS Athletics Week in Review

Grade 8 Students Highlight Mental Health at Leadership Conference

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

Ringing in the Winter Break as a Community

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The final days before Winter Break are filled with traditions that bring us together as a SMUS community

Athletics Week in Review: December 10

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Basketball, cross country, rugby, soccer and volleyball are highlighted in the latest SMUS Athletics Week in Review

Carol Service: Traditions and Rituals Connecting a Community

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The SMUS community gathers for the annual Carol Service to enjoy music and thoughtful student reflections
Richard Brambley

The Benefits of Failure

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Richard Brambley, Director of Middle School, writes about how failure sets students up for future successes

Celebrated Storytellers Talk First Nations History and Respect

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Authors Roy Henry Vickers and Robert 'Lucky' Budd spoke with students about First Nations history and respect

Remembrance Day: ‘Today We Remember Them All’

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The SMUS community gathered to celebrate Remembrance Day and honour the men and women who fought for their country
Cross Country team

Athletics Week in Review: October 29

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Cross country, field hockey, soccer, squash and volleyball are highlighted in our latest Athletics Week in Review

Athletics Week in Review: October 24

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Cross country, field hockey, soccer and volleyball are highlighted in our latest Athletics Week in Review
Grade 8 CAIS Leadership Conference group

What Kind of Leader Am I?: Reflections from Leadership Camp

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Grade 8 student Sophia T. writes about what she learned and the skills she gained at the CAIS Middle School Leadership Camp

Athletics Week in Review: October 15

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Cross country, field hockey, soccer and volleyball are highlighted in our latest SMUS Athletics Week in Review

GALLERY: A Week of Community and Service

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Check out a gallery of photos from the past week of events that highlight community and service

Athletics Week in Review: October 2

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Cross country, field hockey, rowing, soccer, squash and volleyball are highlighted in our latest Athletics Week in Review

Should We Lower the Voting Age in Canada?

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'Students of a young age have informed opinions and can make choices that are important to them'

Building a Student Community in Boarding

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Student leaders help their fellow housemates find a home and build a caring community at boarding school

Athletics Summer in Review

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When the school year came to a close in June, many of our student athletes did not take the summer off. Along with many...

GALLERY: First Week of the 2019-20 School Year

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The first week of school has been jam-packed full of fun and memorable moments for students and teachers
Head Prefects Kenzi Farish and Max Nishima

Meet Kenzi and Max, Our 2019-20 Head Prefects

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Meet Kenzi and Max, the two Grade 12 students who were elected to be our Head Prefects for the 2019-20 school year

Opa! Grade 8 Students Return from Unforgettable Greece Trip

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After learning about Greece in school, a group of Grade 8 students travelled to the Mediterranean country at the start of Summer Break

2019 Retirees: Nancy Mollenhauer

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Learn more about the outstanding contributions to SMUS by Nancy Mollenhauer, former Middle School physical education teacher and field hockey coach.

2019 Retirees: Mary Smith

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Learn more about the outstanding contributions to SMUS by Mary Smith, former Middle School music teacher.

2019 Retirees: Jim Williams

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Learn more about the outstanding contributions to SMUS by Jim Williams, former Middle School science and math teacher.

2019 Middle School Closing Ceremonies

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Our Middle School community celebrates the end of the 2018-19 school year at Closing Ceremonies

Grade 6 Students Pitch Proposals to Redesign SMUS

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A cross-curricular project sees Middle School students redesigning their school with an eye on sustainability

Athletics Week in Review: May 27

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Golf, rugby, track and field, and our Tennis team's provincial win are highlighted in our latest SMUS Athletics Week in Review
Kate Knight

The Halls are Alive With the Sound of Music

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No matter what time of day you walk through the Middle School, you are almost certain to be greeted by the sound of music...
Allison Peace

4 Tips for Supporting Your Child’s Mental Health

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

VIDEO: French Students Deliver at Public Speaking Competition

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Watch Middle School students Bianca and Samantha perform their award-winning Concours d'art oratoire speeches

Middle School Math is All About Problem Solving

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Middle School math at St. Michaels University School helps students develop the skills to persevere through problem solving

Athletics Week in Review: April 30

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Badminton, golf, rowing, rugby, soccer, tennis, and track and field are highlighted in this edition of the Athletics Week in Review

Sun Shine

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The new Sun Centre student commons and dining hall is at the heart of student life and community
Richard Brambley

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Richard Brambley

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Meet Mr. Richard Brambley, our incoming Director of Middle School, in this SMUS Teacher Feature

Take a Reading Adventure this Spring Break

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Middle School teacher-librarian Ms. Sarah Bailey offers some reading suggestions for Spring Break
Alison McCallum

Selecting Courses for Next Year

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Head of University Counselling Ms. Alison McCallum provides resources from the Course Information Evening and info on how to make course selections
Senior Boys Basketball at Provincials

Athletics Week in Review: March 14

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Basketball, squash, rugby and soccer are featured in the last Athletics Week of Review of the winter sports season

Behind the Scenes of Seussical the SMUSical

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We chat with some of the talented young performers in this year's Middle School musical, Seussical
David Enns

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. David Enns

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Middle School band teacher – and director of Seussical – Mr. David Enns is highlighted in our latest Teacher Feature
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Athletics Week in Review: February 26

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Basketball and squash are featured in the latest Athletics Week in Review

The Next Generation of City Planners

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This article originally appeared in the Winter 2018 issue of School Ties. by Kyle Slavin If you were given the challenge of redesigning an important urban space,...

Athletics Week in Review: February 15

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Though winter weather threatened to interrupt various school sporting competitions, SMUS teams completed their respective commitments with rowing involved in two erg competitions, all basketball teams...

Student Q&A: Grade 8 Leadership Conference

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We chat with Grade 8 student Neil P. about his experience as one of the student organizers of the Grade 8 Leadership Conference

Walk Around SMUS in Our New Virtual Campus Tour

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Tour around St. Michaels University School using our newly updated Virtual Campus Tour

Athletics Week in Review: January 30

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Squash and basketball are highlighted in the latest Athletics Week in Review

Photo Gallery: Middle School Students Shine at Science Fair

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Middle School students presented their research and findings at the annual Science Fair this week
Laura Keziere

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mrs. Laura Keziere

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Ms. Laura Keziere, who has been teaching at SMUS since 1984, is highlighted in our latest Teacher Feature

Athletics Week in Review: January 22

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Squash and basketball are highlighted in the latest SMUS Athletics Week in Review

An Interview With Mr. Xavier Abrioux ’76

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An extended interview with Mr. Xavier Abrioux '76 from the Winter 2018 edition of School Ties
YourSMUS Instagram Collage

The Top 11 @YourSMUS Instagram Posts of 2018

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We highlight the 11 most popular @yourSMUS Instagram posts of the past 365 days!

Athletics Week in Review: December 14

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Basketball The first school term came to a close on a high note this week, with two of our Middle School basketball teams taking home...
Megan Blackey

SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Megan Blackey

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Middle School teacher Ms. Megan Blackey is now in her second year at SMUS. She is originally from Chilliwack and was raised in the...
Mark Turner Annual Appeal

Helping Our Head of School Provide Opportunities

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Head of School Mark Turner reflects on the Annual Appeal and how it impacts every student and every opportunity

Carol Service Brings the SMUS Community Together

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The SMUS community gathers for the annual Carol Service to enjoy choir performances and thoughtful messages about the holiday season

Athletics Week in Review: November 29

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Basketball, volleyball and soccer are highlighted in this edition of the Athletics Week in Review

Middle School Math Rooms Get Learning Upgrades

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Classroom renovations featuring flexible furniture and whiteboard walls help support learning Middle School math
Kate Knight

The Importance of Feedback

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A question we often ask students (and each other) in the Middle School is “how are you showing up”? How are your choices and...

Athletics Week in Review: November 14

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Cross country, field hockey, soccer, squash, volleyball and rowing are highlighted in the latest Athletics Week in Review

Lest We Forget: Remembrance Day 2018

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The SMUS community gathered to celebrate Remembrance Day and honour the men and women who fought for our country

Athletics Week in Review: November 1

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It was a busy and successful week on the SMUS sporting front, with several teams qualifying for BCs and others positioning themselves to do...

Personalized Learning: Middle School Art Gets A Creative Redesign

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Visual Arts at the Middle School gets a creative redesign to allow for personalized learning for each artist

What is School Spirit?

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The Prefect Council enlists students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 – and our Head of School – to define 'school spirit' at SMUS

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

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

Meet our 2018-19 Head Girl and Head Boy

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Meet Morgan Warner and Ewan Halliday, elected Head Boy and Head Girl for the 2018-19 school year at St. Michaels University School

SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Kate Knight

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Ms. Kate Knight was recently named Interim Director of the Middle School for the 2018-2019 school year. Kate was born in Penetanguishene, Ontario and raised...

2018 Middle School Closing Ceremonies

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Watch the full Middle School Closing Ceremonies that marks the end of the 2017-2018 school year
Grade 6-7 rugby

Athletics Week in Review: May 23

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Soccer, field hockey, track and field and rugby are featured in this week's review

Athletics Week in Review: May 15

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Track and field, rowing, rugby, soccer, sailing, badminton, tennis and golf feature in this week's review.
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Athletics Week in Review: May 8

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Soccer, track and field, golf, badminton and rugby are all featured in this week's review.

Athletics Week in Review: May 1

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Rowing, track and field, badminton, soccer and rugby are all highlighted in this edition of the SMUS Athletics Week in Review

Athletics Week in Review: April 25

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Soccer, tennis, badminton, squash and rugby are all covered in this week's roundup of sports.

Athletics Week in Review: April 18

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Rowing, soccer, tennis, track and field, rugby, field hockey and sailing all feature in this week's review.

From Windmills to Lying: Science Fair Explains It All

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Grade 6, 7 and 8 students used the Scientific Method to investigate questions or design an innovation for the Middle School Science Fair
French and ELL Fashion Show

Grade 8s Grace the Catwalk… en Français

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Grade 8 French and ELL students worked collaboratively to prepare and present descriptions of individual outfits as they were being modeled by their classmates.
Rowing training

Athletics Week in Review: March 7

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Basketball and squash seasons wind up with provincial tournaments; the Elk Lake Regatta is reviewed and we begin the spring rugby season.
Jesters Squash

Athletics Week in Review: February 27

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This week's review features Island basketball championships and Pacific Northwest Squash Championships results.

Reflecting on a Great Grade 8 Leadership Conference

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Middle School student Sophia H. writes about the experience of organizing and taking part in the Grade 8 leadership conference
Police Basketball Tournament 2018

Athletics Week in Review: January 25

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From the courts, this week's SMUS Athletics Week in Review features results from a variety of basketball and squash tournaments
Junior School revitalized learning environment

Facilities Upgrades Revitalize School Spaces

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Renovations and upgrades to classrooms and other facilities over the winter break have brought new life to some learning spaces.

Head’s Up: An Interview with Mark Turner

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Grade 12 student Samina Makhanbetazhiyeva interviews Head of School designate Mark Turner about his passions, challenges and future role at the School.
10 Years of SMUStube

SMUSTube Celebrates Anniversary With Milestones

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SMUSTube celebrated it's 10th anniversary in 2017 by reaching a number of milestones.
Grade 7 Species Exhibits

Grade 7 Students Display Their Work at the Royal BC Museum

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

Carol Service: A Time to Unwind

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Students from our Junior, Middle and Senior Schools gathered to celebrate the season with songs and reflections.
Grade 7/8 Girls basketball team

Athletics Week in Review: December 14

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More basketball news as the season moves through league play in the latest SMUS Athletics Week in Review

Athletics Week in Review: December 4

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Catch up on the latest SMUS Athletics as the basketball season gets underway

The Race Car Design Challenge

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by Julie Harris, Middle School Program Specialist Grade 6 students have been using the Engineering Design Process to build race cars and deepen their understanding of...
Marine Science Club

New Middle School Club is a Great Place to be Crabby!

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Grade 10 student Matias Totz writes about the newly founded Marine Science Club at the Middle School
Week in Review Nov 24

Athletics Week in Review: November 24

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Soccer The Fall sporting season came to an official close this week, with Senior boys soccer, fresh off an Island title, competing in Burnaby at...
Amy Stark

SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Amy Stark

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Middle School Humanities teacher Ms. Amy Stark is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

Athletics Week in Review: November 16

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Field hockey provincials, soccer, squash and volleyball are highlighted in this week's SMUS Athletics Week in Review

A Prayer of Remembrance

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Rev. Fletcher's words from the Remembrance Day Service highlight why the day has a deep significance for our school

Athletics Week in Review: October 31

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Field hockey, volleyball, cross-country, soccer, rugby, squash and basketball are covered in this edition of the SMUS Athletics Week in Review
Kate Knight

How Will No Letter Grades from K-8 Impact My Child’s University Applications?

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University Counsellor Ms. Kate Knight explains how having no letter grades at the Middle School can have a positive impact down the road at university

Athletics Week in Review: October 19

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Another busy sporting week came and went, with local league schedules winding down and teams jockeying for playoff positioning. Cross-Country The Senior cross-country team hosted the...

Athletics Week in Review: October 11

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Soccer, cross-country, volleyball, rugby and field hockey are covered in this edition of the SMUS Athletics Weekly

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mrs. Sarah Donatelli

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Middle School teacher Mrs. Sarah Donatelli is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

Athletics Week in Review: October 4

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The fall sports season continued on many fronts, with SMUS teams beginning league play and competing in various invitational tournaments or jamborees. October promises...
Denise Lamarche

Ask SMUS: Why Are There No Letter Grades On My Child’s Report Card?

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Director of Academics Ms. Denise Lamarche talks about the shift this year to have no letter grades on Middle School report cards

Athletics Week in Review: September 27

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Cross-country, squash, field hockey, volleyball and rugby are highlighted in this edition of the SMUS Athletics Week in Review

Grade 6s Head to Camp Thunderbird for Outdoor Education Trip

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Grade 6 students Damon and Michael write about their fun outdoor education trip to Camp Thunderbird
Shannon Williams

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mrs. Shannon Williams

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Middle School teacher Mrs. Shannon Williams is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature
SMUS Prefect Council

#SMUSSelfie Instagram Contest: Meet Your Prefect Council

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The first week back at school is the perfect time to make new friends. That's why we're running the #SMUSSelfie Instagram contest with the SMUS Prefect Council
head boy and head girl

Meet SMUS’s 2017-18 Head Boy and Head Girl

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Meet Sean Finamore and Aysha Emmerson, elected Head Boy and Head Girl for the 2017-18 school year at St. Michaels University School

Middle School Project Envisions Sustainable Urban Spaces

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by Julie Harris This term, Grade 6 students collaborated on a real-world interdisciplinary project to redesign an urban space to meet the sustainability challenges of...

Grade 8 Students Create ‘Les Caravanes Gastronomiques’

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At lunchtime one day last week, our Grade 8 students opened for business their own "caravanes gastronomiques" a.k.a. food trucks! This year, the Grade...

SMUS Bids Farewell to Three of the Best

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With almost 75 years of combined teaching experience at SMUS, we wish Jim de Goede, Lisa Hyde-Lay and Lindy Van Alstine a fond farewell....

2017 Middle School Closing Ceremonies

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The Middle School Closing Ceremonies provide an opportunity not only for students to look forward to summer break but also to reflect on the year that...
Head of School Bob Snowden

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Bob Snowden

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Head of School Mr. Bob Snowden, who retires at the end of this school year, is highlighted in the SMUS Teacher Feature

“Best Exploratory Ever” Pairs Middle Schoolers with Local Seniors

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"I don’t know if there will ever be something at school that will impact me the way this did." Middle School students reflect on a unique partnership they made with residents at a local seniors home
Lindy Van Alstine

SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Lindy Van Alstine

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Middle School science teacher Ms. Lindy Van Alstine, who retires this year after 26 years at SMUS, is featured in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

Athletics Week in Review: June 2

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Tennis, golf, cricket and track and field are covered in this edition of the SMUS Athletics Week in Review

SMUS in the News: SMUS Students Bridge the Generations with Seniors

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The Saanich News highlights a wonderful community project that connected our Middle School Exploratory students with seniors at a local retirement home
SMUS tennis

SMUS in the News: SMUS Makes Provincial Tennis Finals

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The Yukon News interviews two SMUS boarding students about their roles on the SMUS tennis team, which reached the provincials finals last week

Athletics Week in Review: May 26

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Soccer, field hockey, tennis, track and field, and rugby are covered in this edition of the SMUS Athletics Week in Review

Middle School Tests a Flexible Schedule to Personalize Learning

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For one day, May 10, the schedule was wiped clean and students had a modified schedule that allowed for longer, more personalized learning opportunities
Choral Concert

Young Singers Rock Out for Choral Concert

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Grade 4-8 students took to the stage for a Choral Concert this week that was more like a rock show than a choir performance
Andy Rodford

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Andy Rodford

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Mr. Andy Rodford, Director of the Senior School and next year's Acting Head of School, is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature
Duncan Frater

Dream Big Stories: Mr. Duncan Frater

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Choir teacher Mr. Duncan Frater talks firsthand about how the Dream Big annual fund helps students do more of what they love: the arts
Mark Turner

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Mark Turner

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Our newly introduced Head of School Mr. Mark Turner is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature
Dariol Haydock

SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Dariol Haydock

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Middle School assistant director Ms. Dariol Haydock is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

Athletics Week in Review: April 28

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Track and field, squash, rugby, tennis, soccer, golf and badminton are covered in this week's SMUS Athletics Week in Review

SMUS in the News: Grade 8 Digital Detox and Ms. Lee’s ‘Talking With Strangers’...

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Ms. Tanya Lee and her Grade 8 Communication Skills class are featured on Chek News

Athletics Week in Review: April 19

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Rugby, track and field, rowing and soccer are covered in this week's SMUS Athletics Week in Review
Zyoji Jackson

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Zyoji Jackson

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Middle School teacher and senior houseparent Mr. Zyoji Jackson is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory Closes Its Doors

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The SMUSpaper sits down with five students who played varying roles – from Oompa Loompas to stagehands – in the Middle School musical, Willy Wonka

Willy Wonka: Golden Ticket Holders Talk Middle School Musical

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The SMUSpaper sits down with the young actors taking a tour of the chocolate factory in the Middle School's musical presentation of Willy Wonka

Athletics Week in Review: February 28

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Volleyball and basketball are covered in this week's SMUS Athletics Week in Review

Athletics Week in Review: February 24

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

SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Amanda Chen

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Middle School Humanities and Mandarin teacher Ms. Amanda Chen is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

Athletics Week in Review: February 16

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

Athletics Week in Review: January 31

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Basketball, volleyball and squash are covered in this week's SMUS Athletics Weekly

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. George Floyd

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Middle School science and technology teacher Mr. George Floyd is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

Grade 8 Students Ask, “What is Your Weird?”

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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

Athletics Week in Review: January 24

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Basketball and squash are covered in this week's SMUS Athletics Week in Review
sleep and learning

How Sleep Impacts Learning and Development

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

Digital Detox: Challenging Students to Unplug for the Weekend

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"I just can't imagine living without my phone for a weekend." Middle School students and teachers lock their phones away for a digital detox
Brooke Herring

Athletics Week in Review: January 6

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Squash and basketball played over the winter break are covered in this week's SMUS Athletics Week in Review

Putting the “Service” in Christmas Carol Service

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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

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Students and staff gathered together to celebrate Christmas, sing some carols, have some laughs and enjoy the holiday season

SMUS in the News: Singer Anj Djearam ’23 Wins Conservatory Gold

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December 1, 2016 Peninsula News Review Anj Djearam '23 North Saanich girl gets gold medal from Royal Conservatory of Music (photo courtesy of Peninsula News Review)
Mike Danksin

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Mike Danskin

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Middle School teacher – and SMUS lifer – Mr. Mike Danskin is highlighted in this week's Teacher Feature

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Kevin Cook

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

At Home With Boarders Without Borders

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Our annual Boarders Without Borders event sees boarding students invited into local homes for a home-cooked meal and an authentic Canadian experience
Ritch Primrose

Walking the Talk On Healthy Eating

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

Remembrance Day: Stand in Silence and Remember

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The St. Michaels University School community came together on Nov. 10 to mark Remembrance Day

SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Nancy Mollenhauer

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Middle School teacher Ms. Nancy Mollenhauer is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

Athletics Week in Review: November 3

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Basketball, soccer, rugby, volleyball, squash and cross-country are covered in this week's SMUS Athletics Week in Review.

SMUS in the News: Nancy Mollenhauer Inducted into Victoria Sports Hall of Fame

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Middle School teacher Nancy Mollenhauer is inducted into the Victoria Sports Hall of Fame.

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

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

Middle School Lends a Hand and Enjoys Community Service

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Our Grade 6-8 students headed into our community this week to engage in meaningful service work as part of our annual Community Service Day
Adrian French

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Adrian French

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

Athletics Week in Review: October 19

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Field hockey, rugby, soccer, volleyball, rowing, cross-country and squash are covered in this week's SMUS Athletics Review

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Shawn Zhang

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Get to know SMUS's newest Middle and Senior School Mandarin teacher, Mr. Shawn Zhang, in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

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

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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...

Athletics Week in Review: October 7

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Soccer, rowing, rugby, field hockey, cross-country and volleyball are covered in this week's SMUS Athletics Review

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Dave Hlannon

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

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

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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.

Athletics Week in Review: September 29

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Rugby, field hockey, volleyball, soccer and squash are covered in this week's SMUS Athletics Review

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

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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

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"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."
Crystal Vaughan

SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Crystal Vaughan

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

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

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

6 Tips for New Boarding Students – from Veteran Boarders

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The six Grade 12 students elected Heads of our boarding houses offer advice to new boarding students

Teacher Bruce Kuklinski Sets His ‘Cites’ on Rio Olympic Rugby

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Middle School teacher Bruce Kuklinski heads to Rio de Janeiro to work as a citing commissioner for Olympic rugby sevens games

SMUS Goes Greek

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

2016 Middle School Closing Ceremonies

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The annual Middle School Closing Ceremonies is a highlight of the school year – albeit held on the very last day of the year...

SMUS Says Goodbye to Our Retiring Teachers

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SMUS is saying goodbye to a number of longtime familiar faces this, year as five teachers – with more than 100 years of combined...

Innovation Hour is “Personalized Learning at Its Best”

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What is your passion? Every student at SMUS has a different answer to that question. For some their passion lies somewhere in the realm of arts or...

Middle School Rugby 7s: Kuklinski Cup

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It has been a superb season for the Grade 7/8, seven-a-side rugby team and coaches. After a stellar regular season, the team held a...
SMUS-Views-Keven

The Mirror: A Chalkboard Talk from the SMUS Middle School

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What does an average day entail when you're a Middle School student? To gain a better understanding, I set up seven chalkboards around the school...

French Public Speakers Deliver at Concours d’Art Oratoire

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"Tout ce qui brille n'est pas d'or." (All that glitters is not gold) These were the closing lines of Grade 6 student Vienna W.'s speech. Her...

French Speakers Head Downtown for The Amazing Race

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French students at the Middle School are learning about places, towns and how to effectively navigate a city using directions, so what better way to...

Grade 6 Students Look to Solve Issues of Urbanization

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As part of their City 2020 final project, Grade 6 Humanities students were presented with a driving question: “As urban planners, how can we...

Grade 7 Students Perform Shakespeare in the Park

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The 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death was an appropriate backdrop for the Humanities 7 students to bring the magic of The Bard's words...

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

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Our annual Brain Awareness Week – now in its fourth year! – is a time for our community of students, parents and staff to...

Middle School Band Clinics Offer Unique Learning Opportunities

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Middle School musicians performed in the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival this week. For many of the Grade 6-8 students it was their first opportunity...

Middle School Artists on Display

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Middle School students have spent the last few months putting their creative and artistic talents to work on a variety of projects. Now on...

Middle School Musicians, Singers Perform “Melodies in March” Concert

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As a way to showcase all they've learned so far in their musical education at SMUS, our Middle School music students – choir, band...

Learning and the Brain: Mindfulness and Technology

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

Middle Schoolers Make a Lasting Difference on Community Service Day

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Last Friday, the entire Middle School spent the day out of the classroom and lent a helping hand in the community. Community Service Day at...
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Robotics Club Takes Home Lego Trophies After Competition

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Remember the days when you would sit in class, anxious to get home so you could keep building your latest Lego creation? Well, now...
Two SMUS students will soon be published authors, after being named finalists in national writing contests in the short story and poetry categories.

Young English Students Become Published Authors

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Two Grade 8 students will soon be able to put "published author" on their list of accomplishments, as both were named finalists in Polar...
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Students Cram for World Scholar’s Cup Competition

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A group of nine Middle School students will test their mettle this weekend as St. Michaels University School participates in the World Scholar's Cup...
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Athletics Week in Review: February 16

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Squash The squash team enjoyed a very successful Pacific Northwest Tournament, with the event held in Victoria at various sites February 9-12. More than 220 athletes from...

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

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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...

French Students Compete in Concours d’Art Oratoire

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Months of hard work by nearly 200 French-speaking Middle School students culminated in the first two rounds of the recent Concours d'Art Oratoire. For...
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Middle School Learning: Are Grades Necessary?

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I recently visited a school in Manchester, New Hampshire. The school uses some innovative programming and I went to check out how things work...
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Athletics Week in Review: February 3

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Basketball Another busy sporting week saw the Senior girls team capture another title, this time after going unbeaten at the Southridge KFACE (Kenya Foundation to Aid Children...

Grade 8 Student Brings Harry Potter Magic into the Classroom

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The Middle School will soon be transformed into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, thanks to the passion and ingenuity of a Grade 8 student. Jenna S....
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Middle School Learning: How Much Screen Time is Too Much?

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by Ms. Tanya Lee, Middle School personalization leader In a recent Communication Skills class, I posed the provocative statement: The Internet has done more harm...
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Grade 8s Ready to Host Inspiring Leadership Conference

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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...
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B.C. Curriculum Changes Reaffirm SMUS’s Technological Vision

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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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Exploratory: Freedom to Try Something New Without Being Graded!

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Once every couple of days in the Middle School timetable, all students in Grades 6 through 8 step outside of the traditional classroom setting...
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Middle School Learning: The Power of Setting Goals

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I read a quote the other day that read: “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” I believe the same is true...
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SMUS Community Gathers for Fun Christmas Celebration

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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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Middle School Learning: Can Creativity Be Taught?

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If creativity is a new generation skill, how can we teach it? Quite simply, I don’t think we can. I do believe, however, it...
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Music, Reflections Bring Christmas Carol Service to Life

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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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Middle School Dojo: Earn a Black Belt in Band Karate

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While many people view karate as a martial art, it's rooted in the greater concept of self-improvement on a physical, mental and spiritual level....
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Never Forget: Remembrance Day at the Middle and Senior Schools

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May 8th of this year marked 100 years since University School founder Capt. Robert Harvey's death as a prisoner of war in a German...
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Middle School Learning: If You Build It, They Will Come

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Does workspace impact creativity, innovation and productivity? Google, Facebook, Samsung and a number of other major companies believe so. In fact, the Harvard Business Review...

New Squash Team Teaches Young Athletes the Spirit of Competition

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The squash program at the Middle School expanded this year to give up-and-coming athletes more opportunities to learn and play. For years, Grade 6-8 students have played...
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‘SMUS Reads’ Event Brings Community Together Around Literacy

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At the start of the school year, every Middle School student was gifted a book. And not a math textbook or a dense history...
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Middle School Learning: Finding Your Perfect Struggle

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Imagine being good at everything you ever tried. You enter a basketball court, pick up a ball, take a shot and “swoosh” the ball...
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We Day Inspires Students to Be Leaders, Difference-Makers

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  Members of the Middle School Free the Children club returned to campus on Thursday ready to make change. The 27 Grade 8 students (plus a...
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U15 Soccer an Opportunity for Fun and Travel

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by Makayla Lintott A soccer trip to Montreal with a bunch of my friends? Yes please! We are throwing it back two weeks ago to...

Learning and the Brain: Sleep and Exercise

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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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Middle School Learning: Providing ‘Voice and Choice’

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The year is 1986. I take my seat in my Grade 6 class and wait patiently. My teacher rises from his desk and begins to tell us...

Middle School Tech Students Get Behind the Wheel of a Race Car

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Last week, students participating in the Middle School's technology exploratory visited a very interesting workplace: VRX Advanced Simulators, located in the industrial park by Victoria...
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Tour de Rock Team Rolls in to SMUS

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by Kyle Slavin, SMUS Review blog editor This week the Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock team finished their 1,100-km ride down Vancouver Island, but...
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Exploratory is All About Your Passions and Trying Something New

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The Exploratory program at the Middle School gives students in Grades 6 through 8 a chance to try new things, pursue their passions or...

Grade 6 Outdoor Ed Trips Underscore Inclusiveness and Risk-Taking

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To start the year on the right foot for our new Middle School students, we sent our Grade 6 classes on Outdoor Education experiences...
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Middle School Library Gets Upgrade for 21st-Century Learning

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Libraries aren’t what they used to be – just ask Middle School teacher-librarian Ms. Sarah Craig. “Well, in classic libraries there was no talking, no...
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The SMUS Chapel: Reworking Space for Our Growing Community

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More than half a century ago the school community came together to do something extraordinary: build the Chapel. In the early 1960s, the school –...
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Student Travellers Return from Service and Culture Trip to Greece

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Learning about Greece from a classroom is interesting; learning about the Mediterranean country and its rich history by actually travelling there is unforgettable. Last school year, Middle...
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Grade 8 Students Anticipate Life at the Senior School

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Four Grade 8 students who've enjoyed their time at the Middle School reflect on their experiences in Grades 6-8

SMUS’s Club Hub: Middle School WEB Leaders

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SMUS students have access to a wide variety of extracurricular opportunities that interest them. We offer more than 100 fun and rewarding clubs or councils that provide students...
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Going Around the World with Grade 6 Humanities Students

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Grade 6 students took classmates and parents on a trip Around the World in 80 Minutes this week. The annual Humanities project sees students working...
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Junior and Middle Schools Get Together for a Choral Evening

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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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Middle School Donations Help Educate Youth Halfway Around the World

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A library, like a yard, sometimes needs a good weeding (but for very different reasons). Unlike unwanted garden trimmings though, books that are no longer...
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Students Deliver at French, English Public Speaking Competitions

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Trophy shelves are a little heavier this month for a number of talented SMUS students who spoke their way to a fantastic finish at...
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SMUS Students Sell Prayer Flags to Raise Money for Nepal

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Grade 8 students Georgia Haydock, left, and Anna Considine hang handmade prayer flags in the lobby of the Middle School. If there's one thing that...
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Young Artists Put Works on Display at ISA Art Show

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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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Middle School Explorers Set Out For Weekend Camp Experience

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by Matthew, Grade 8 I love cities. I admire places such as Hong Kong and New York for their pace, skyscrapers and for how urban...

Badminton Players Have a Smashing Good Time

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by George Floyd, coach Badminton season for Middle School started on the first day of classes right after our Spring Break. Drawing on a pool...
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Cross-Campus Strings Show Highlights Musicians of All Ages

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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: Middle School Learns About Brain Injuries

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A visit from UVic's Let's Talk Science outreach team was one of the big highlights of Brain Awareness Week at the Middle School. Not...
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Middle School Students Gain Worldly Views at Model UN

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Do you know what the German government's stance on drone use is? What about Finland's? Or the Philippines'? If you're curious, just ask the...
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SMUS’s Club Hub: Math Challengers

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SMUS students have access to a wide variety of extracurricular opportunities that interest them. We offer more than 100 fun and rewarding clubs or councils that provide students...
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The Wizard of Oz Comes to a Close

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It took a lot of brains, heart and courage from everyone involved to stage such a big production, and after more than half a year of...
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Dancing Down the Yellow Brick Road

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The Middle School's three-night musical, The Wizard of Oz, kicked off last night in a great and powerful way. Audiences left the McPherson Playhouse...

Grade 8 Girls End Basketball Season on High Note

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by Coaches Lisa Hyde-Lay and Charles Ford The SMUS Grade 8 girls basketball team enjoyed a very successful season this year. In the Victoria Middle...

Pink Shirt Day a Big Piece of the Kindness Puzzle at SMUS

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It wasn't just the cherry blossoms, blooming flowers and Legally Blonde posters showing off their pink pride this week at SMUS, our students also donned...
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Hands-On Learning Through Exploration

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Our Middle School Exploratory Program is a great way for students to expand their interests; where the thrill of learning something new becomes priority...

SMUS’s Club Hub: Admissions Ambassadors

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SMUS students have access to a wide variety of extracurricular opportunities that interest them. We offer more than 100 fun and rewarding clubs or councils that provide students...
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Athletics Week in Review: February 18

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The junior squash circuit moved to Victoria last weekend in the form of the Pacific Northwest Jesters tournament. Four venues around the city, including SMUS, were required to host...
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Young String Musicians Head Over the Rainbow to Oz

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Beyond the enchanting story and colourful characters, The Wizard of Oz is perhaps best known for its iconic music. "Over the Rainbow", "We're Off...
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From Surviving to Thriving: Grade 8 Students Shine as Leaders

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Last Friday, Grade 8 students from Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland descended on SMUS to participate in a unique, student-organized leadership conference, From...
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Experience the SMUS Community at Open House: February 20

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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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Middle School is Off to See the Wizard

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Follow the yellow brick road from the Middle School and it'll lead you on stage at the McPherson Playhouse, where in just over a...
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Grade 8 Girls Serve Up Competitive Volleyball Season

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by Brady Doland, coach The Grade 8 girls volleyball season started off swiftly, with 26 girls committing to team try outs. After three tryout sessions, coaches...

Project-Based Learning: Grade 8 Students Turn Injustice into Service

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Hard-working Grade 8 students had a financial incentive to do their best this week, as they became legitimate human rights advocates in an attempt to...
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Learning and the Brain: Executive Functions Part III

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"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

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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...

SMUS Filmmakers Get Red Carpet Treatment at the Victoria Film Festival

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What do three SMUS students have in common with world-famous directors Martin Scorsese, Frederick Wiseman and Lone Scherfig? They all have films selected to...
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Happy SMUS Year! Looking Back at 2014

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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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The Best Way to Spread Christmas Cheer is Singing Loud for All to Hear

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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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Middle School Band Students Exude Christmas Cheer

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A concert leading up to Christmas doesn't have to simply include traditional holiday music to make it a great show, and our Middle School band students...
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Carol Service Brings Reflections on the Holiday Season

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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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Middle School Music: Learning Through Performance

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SMUS has a number of amazing opportunities to rehearse and perform as a group and individually. Mrs. Smith's annual Strings Ensemble concert is one...
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Exploratory Camping Trip Leaves Lifelong Memories

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by Zyoji Jackson, Middle School teacher “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” – William Shakespeare. While I cannot assume exactly what Mr. Shakespeare had in...
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A Francophone Adaptation of Goldilocks in Outer Space

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This week 70 Grade 6 students performed their way into our hearts with a terrific French-only adaptation of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. In...

A Sanctuary of Experiential Learning: Swan Lake Christmas Hill

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Microscope Discoveries is a school program offered at the Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. On a warm but rainy fall morning, Grade 6 students...
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Bonjour, Montréal! Middle School Soccer Competes in Quebec

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Words and photos by Xavier Abrioux A few weeks ago, 15 of our Middle School boys travelled to Montreal to compete in the CAIS U13...
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Middle School Choir Joins Victoria Symphony to Remember World Wars

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From the balcony of the majestic Royal Theatre, as Maestra Tania Miller conducts her Victoria Symphony on the stage below, the melodic voices of...
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Remembrance Day: We Need to Remember

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Remembrance Day at SMUS is steeped in tradition as a way to honour those who served our country; those members of our community –...
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Happy Halloween!

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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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Project Based Learning: How has Immigration Shaped Canada?

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by Tanya Lee, Middle School teacher On October 6th, the Grade 6 classes took part in a panel discussion as part of their Humanities classes....
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The Diversity of Living Things: A Visit from SeaQuaria

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

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by Angelina & Josh, Grade 7 On Thursday, September 11th, the Grade 7 Science students at the Middle School went with Mr. Floyd, Mr. Jackson...
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Middle School Soccer: Just For the Fun of It

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In extracurricular sports at the Middle School, all students can shine. In Grades 6 and 7, students can join and play on any team...

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Roommates

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One of the greatest parts of attending boarding school is living with a roommate from another country. Each roommate pair at SMUS is specially...
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New Year, New Brain Series

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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

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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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SMUS Welcomes the World

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by Paul Leslie, Director of Admissions Dear SMUS Team: Congratulations to all on an excellent and well organised orientation week. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and...
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True Colours at the Middle School

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Students and faculty were abuzz with opening week excitement as the Middle School opened its doors for the new year. WEB (Where Everybody Belongs)...
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Middle School Closing Ceremony

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by Jared, Grade 8 Looking back at our years at the Middle School, we are not only filled with very positive memories, but also some...

How to Download Images from the SMUS Photo Gallery

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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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Jazz Night Embraces Rock, Soul and the ’80s

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The annual Jazz Night (either the 12th or 13th annual, depending on who you talk to) is a great event for the musicians to...
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Grade 6 Classes Take a Trip Around the World

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Each year, Grade 6 Humanities culminates with a year-end project called Around the World in 80 Minutes. In groups of four or five, students...
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Exploring the Renaissance

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Grade 8 students recently completed their projects on the Renaissance, which they presented to each other this week as a way to share in...
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May 20: Athletics Week in Review

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Track and Field The track and field team took part in the Vancouver Island Championships on May 14 and 15, with a number of impressive...
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Young Voices, Old Songs at Choral Concert

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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...
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French Students Succeed at Concours d’Art Oratoire

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by Valerie Pike and Mimi Brown Fourteen students from the Middle and Senior School recently attended the British Columbia and Yukon division finals for Concours...

The Boundless Talent of Kenneth Oppel ’85

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Alumni Weekend may end on Sunday, but one fairly famous alumnus will be on campus next week. Author Kenneth Oppel '85 will be speaking...
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April 29: Athletics Week in Review

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Senior Girls Soccer In a very exciting ISA Senior girls soccer tournament, SMUS moved smartly through the pool stages, notching 12 goals without reply in...
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Science 8 Students Look Into Hearts

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Science 8 students partnered up for a major biology lab last week, where they concluded their study of the heart with a hands-on examination...
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Grade 6 Scientist Becomes Teacher

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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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Athletics Week in Review: April 23

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Golf Congratulations are in order to Leif Skogland, who captured second place in the Delta Police Invitational Golf tournament! His two day total of 143...

Middle School Rugby: Home & Away Recap

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The Middle School spring rugby teams played their second round of games this past week. The Grade 6 team showed tremendous improvement from their first...
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Brain Awareness Week: Middle School

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Many of the Brain Awareness Week events at SMUS focused on research, what we can do to improve our learning and how our brains...

Arboreal Life at SMUS

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

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by Lucas Galloway, Grade 7 Before Spring Break, a group of 20 students from the Middle School Tech Club went with Mr. DeMerchant and Mr....
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Rugby Springs Back From Break

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Middle School Seven-aside spring rugby began this past week, with 46 SMUS students competing in exhibitions against Victoria-area schools. All players involved in these matches...

Middle School Musicians in the Spotlight

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Unlike most of our concerts, the Middle School Melodies in March concert is not an annual affair; rather, it happens on the years when...

Victoria Middle School Conference

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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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The Outsiders Inspires Song Battle

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by Dalal and Jiawan, Grade 8 Have you ever read the The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton? If you haven’t read it, you should and if...

Squash: BC Junior Closed Tournament

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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 Blitz on Hunger

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Updated March 6: The tally for the Peanut Butter Biltz House Challenge was 287 jars, surpassing the goal of 245 jars. Congrats to Bolton...
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Medals for Math Challengers

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by Saje, Grade 8 Academics are a large part of what we focus on at SMUS, but there is more to learning than just classes....

Connecting the Dots

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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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Student Council Spreads the Love

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by Catie, Grade 8 Our Middle School has many leadership opportunities, one of them being Student Council. Student Council organizes dances, service days and spirit...

Read a Book Over Break

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Wondering what to do with your five-day break? The Middle School Book Club has put together a list of books you might want to...

Tynker-ing with Code

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by Anna Miller, teacher The next exploratory term at the Middle School is going to be an exciting one and a huge learning experience for...

Climate Change Showdown

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

Grade 7 Girls Become City Champions

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Our Grade 7 girls basketball team had a strong season, culminating in a city championship win over the holiday break. Above, centre Marika shares...

Young Designers Revive House Shirts

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The Middle School house shirts have undergone an overhaul thanks to some talented student artists. Every Middle School student submitted at least one t-shirt...

All We Want for Christmas is SMUS

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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...

A Season of Giving

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Our Middle School students put together 18 hampers to brighten the holiday for local families in need. Below, one of our students writes about...

Writing for Human Rights

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by Dariol Haydock, Assistant Director of Middle School On December 10, the Middle School held our second annual Amnesty International Write for Rights event. In...

Middle School Theatre, en Français

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by Jo Ross, parent The Grade 6 classes presented Boucles Rouges en route pour Mars for their family and friends. The play was a collaboration...

Learning and the Brain: Cultivating Strengths

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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...

Middle School Musicians: Ragtime and Jazz

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by Mary Smith, strings teacher On a bright, sunny day the musicians in this Middle School string orchestra presented pieces by George Frederic Handel and...

YALP: Local Activists Inspire Grade 8 Students

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by Aysha and Taylor, Grade 8 Aysha: Inspiration When I was younger, I would see people on the streets who looked ragged and scruffy. I never...

Authors Inspire Readers to Write

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The Middle School has hosted two authors in the past fortnight: Eric Wilson and Kit Pearson. Both writers spoke to students about what makes...

Eco-Warriors in Their Natural Habitat

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

A Hectic Halloween

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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...

The Consequences of Cyberbullying

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by Saje, Grade 8 Bullying in the world is a big problem, but cyber bullying is often much worse in today's digital world. On the...

Mathematics: The Key to the Universe

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Professor Mike Miniou from the University of Waterloo recently spoke to Middle and Senior School students about the applicability of math in future careers....

Humanities 7: Connecting Skills for Enriched Learning

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by Min MacLean, teacher This year, the Middle School has a new course: Humanities 7. An amalgamation of English and Social Studies, Humanities 7 covers...

Rugby: Always on the Run

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Grade 8 The Grade 8 rugby team completed its fall season on October 17 with 20 players traveling to St. George's School in Vancouver. Under...

Examining Introversion and Extraversion

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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...

A Look at Exploratory

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Our exploratory program allows Middle School students to choose their own elective course. Each year, teachers come up with new activities and students select...

Thanksgiving, Canadian Style

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The Top Five Canadian Thanksgiving Traditions 5. Watch sports on television 4. Get outside! 3. Give thanks for health, family and friends 2. Spend time with family 1. Eat....

U15 Girls Soccer: Clouds Have Silver Lining

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The fifteen Grade 8-9 girls selected for the SMUS CAIS team for the National U-15 Girls Soccer Championships arrived in Toronto on October 2...

Testing the Leadership Waters

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

Grade 8 Rugby: Learning the Game

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by Bruce Kuklinski, head coach Grade 8 rugby has been under way for the last couple of weeks. After a handful of practices, a team...

Starting at SMUS: A Parent Perspective

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One of the most important aspects to becoming a boarder at SMUS is the new boarder orientation. Sculpted by the Admissions team and aided...

Terry Fox Run: A Canadian Tradition

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Each September for the last 33 years, Canadians have run to remember one of our heroes: Terry Fox. Terry lost his leg to cancer...

Language Games

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by Jenna, Grade 6 In Japanese class this week, we had five Japanese university students come and spend the class with us. It was a...

All Aboard!

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As students have written in recent Link Leader program posts, it's not always easy coming to a new school. Imagine, then, if you were...

First Days

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Both the Middle and Senior School run programs before school officially starts to welcome newcomers to the school. Grade 12 students run the...
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Middle School Closing Ceremonies

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The Middle School ceremony is always an interesting mix of perspectives. Students from Grade 6 are celebrating their first year at the Middle School,...
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Standards and Solos for Jazz Night

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Depending on who you talk to, Jazz Night has been an annual event for anywhere from 12 - 17 years. A few changes marked...
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Exploring Exploratory

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The Exploratory program is a unique Middle School offering that allows students to try new activities without an academic component. Bringing all three grades...
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Gratitude for War Child & Keep the Beat

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Words by Lindon Carter, Grade 12; video by Olivia Sorley, Grade 11; pictures by Song Panvichean, Grade 10 and Darin Steinkey My first year in...
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An Olympian End

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After a year of intense competition - both physical and mental - the house games season wrapped up this weekend with the House Olympics....
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Athletics Review: SMUS Rugby Gives and Receives

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by Darin Steinkey We're in the scrum with this week's Athletics Review, as we receive updates from both the Senior and Middle schools. In addition,...
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Campuses Unite in Song

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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...

Science Challenges and Triumphs

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by Lisa Hyde-Lay, teacher This year, we entered three teams of four kids from Grades 6 to 8 in the All Science Challenge. Each had...
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Athletics Review: Coach K’s Cup

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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...
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Athletics Review: Alumni Recap

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by Darin Steinkey Spectacular weather welcomed alumni, families and friends back to campus last weekend to reunite and receive a dose of school pride. From...
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Banding Together for a Farewell Concert

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by Erin Anderson, editor It was an exciting and moving concert that marked John Reid’s final appearance on UVic’s Farquhar stage. Special guests, dedicated songs...
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A Look at Ancient Japan Through Art

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by Zach, Grade 8 On April 26, the Grade 8 Japanese class went on an amusing and educational field trip to the Art Gallery of...
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Athletics Review: More Daylight, More Sports

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by Darin Steinkey It's finally starting to look a little brighter outside, so the cricketers are in the cages just a little longer these days....
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Cross Campus Strings: Firsts and Finals

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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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Speaking Out

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This week, several students in Grades 6 & 7 attended a speech competition through the Independent Schools Association of BC. The Grade 6 students...
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Athletics Review: Ready to Roll

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by Darin Steinkey Like a coxswain in the bow, our rowers are plotting strategy and steering their way to the Brentwood Bay Regatta this weekend....

Building A Better Brain

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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...

Storytelling

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Grade 6 Humanities students have been working on developing their skills as creative writers. Through the writing process, students brainstorm ideas, organize their storylines,...
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Athletics Review: Outdoor Sports Spring to Life

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by Darin Steinkey April means the SMUS field is in heavy rotation. The Senior girls are back on the pitch and coach Kaufmann provides a...
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Model Students Replicate the UN

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There's nothing unusual about SMUS students participating in a Model UN, but this week was the first time we involved some Middle School students...

Boarders Vs. the West Coast: A Lively Weekend

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After the longer breaks, the boarding community comes back together with Community Weekends. This means our usual weekend activities are replaced with house activities...
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Let’s Get Mathematical: The Challengers

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For many, math may not be an exciting subject, but SMUS seems to have more than its share of avid mathematicians. Math contests bring...
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Energetic Cast Powers Annie

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The Middle School launched their production of Annie on Thursday night and we have three reflections on the play supplied by actors from last...

Black History Month

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Students from around the world celebrated Black History Month in one of the most exuberant and power-packed chapel services of the year. We hear...
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Pink Shirts Remind Us To Be Kind

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This Wednesday, students wore pink shirts to show their support for a bullying-free atmosphere. Pink Shirt Day, an international movement against bullying, was celebrated...
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Annie Prepares to Take the Stage

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Next week, the Middle School will be on the McPherson stage, debuting their production of Annie. For a three-day run, there is much work...
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Conquering Concours

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Middle School students put their language skills to work last week by participating in a long established French-speaking competition. Below, one of our students...
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Mardi Gras, Brains & Badminton

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With so much going on in the day-to-day life of the community, the chance to relax, have some fun and add a little competition...
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Parents Tell Us: Why SMUS?

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

Miraculous Marine Creatures

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On a visit to the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, Grade 6 students witnessed our amazing local marine life in action, including the camouflage abilities...
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Boarders Take a Photo Stroll

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A "photo stroll" is just as relaxed as it sounds. Boarders hop on the bus and arrive at Willow's beach, Royal Roads University or...
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A Report from the Slopes

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by Jamison and Sam, Grade 8 The Grade 8 ski trip was a great opportunity for new and experienced boarders/skiers to hit the hills, while...
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A Look Into The Eye

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As part of their biology unit, Science 8 students get to dissect a real ocular specimen from some bovine donors. For their lab, students...

Experiencing Japan (Without Jetlag)

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by Madison, Grade 8 On Thursday, November 15th, I went to Vancouver with my Japanese class and the Japanese class from the Senior School. I...
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Something to Talk About

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by Tanya Lee, teacher Literature circles allow students to develop their active reading strategies and “dig deeply” into their novels. By assuming different roles as...

Are You Having a "Good Day"?

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by Darin Steinkey Reverend Fletcher led us in an exercise of gratitude this past Sunday in chapel. We all took a moment to breathe and...
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Reptiles Return

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Just before the break, Middle School Science students hosted some very special visitors from the Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. Accompanied by their...
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A Celebration for All Ages

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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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A Play En Français

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This week, Grade 6 students took to the Copeland stage to perform a play in French, as part of their language studies. Through music,...
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Athletics Review: It’s the Most Basketball Time of the Year

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by Darin Steinkey The SMUS basketball teams have generated a lot of buzz this season and feel confident going into the holidays. Even the Middle...

Mania Over Math

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Math Mania, a new event at SMUS, brought a crowd of students and parents to the Middle School to enjoy games and puzzles for...
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Songs and Stories for the Season

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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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Inside Our Strings Ensemble

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Last week, our Grade 7 and 8 Strings students gave their first concert of the year. The afternoon featured both solo performers and the...
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Athletics Review: Tales From the Beginning and the End

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by Darin Steinkey This week's AR sees our basketball teams hit the court in the annual Alumni Tip-off, while we bid adieu to sailing, soccer...
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The Complexity of Clay

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by Erin Anderson, editor One of the greatest things about the SMUS Middle School is located way down in the basement, tucked into the corner...
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Boarders Give Thanks for a Common Bond

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by Acacia Welsford, Grade 10 Thanksgiving is a holiday where families and friends get together to reflect on all the things that brought them there,...
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The joys of Middle School Mathematics. Really.

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Imagine dedicating your life to Mathematics. Or rather, to teaching Mathematics. And trying to get other teachers enthusiastic about it. A couple of weeks ago...

Best Coast Living: Surf. Bike. Home by Dinner.

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Video by Zyoji Jackson, Middle School Teacher, Senior Houseparent Music: Dirt (Jahzzar) / CC BY-SA 3.0 One of the great advantages to living in Victoria is the...
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Cleat Collection Supports Gender Equality

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by Georgia and Anna, Grade 6 Shooting for Hope is an organization that allows young girls in India to be active and play sports, especially...
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Students Scare Hunger

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by Livia, Grade 8 On Halloween, we participated in a fundraiser called We Scare Hunger that was started by an organization called Free the Children....
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We Mark Their Sacrifice and See Our Promise

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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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Field Trip Yields Deeper Understanding of First Nations

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by Terra, Grade 6 On Wednesday, the Grade 6 Humanities classes all set off to the Royal BC Museum. For many of us, the museum...
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Eat, Drink and Be Scary in Boarding

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While some people find school itself terrifying, fear takes on a whole new meaning at SMUS during Halloween. Timmis House continued a tradition of...
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We Day and CAIS Launch Leaders

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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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Athletics Review: On an Even Keel

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by Darin Steinkey With fall in full force, SMUS athletes brave the chill and sail into this week's Athletics Review with toques firmly fastened. Sailing by Lizette...
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Boarders Without Borders

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by David, Grade 11 boarder Boarders Without Borders was a great experience for me. I did it last year, and had a wonderful time, so...
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Mandarin Students Take In Chinatown

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by Lucas, Grade 8 On Wednesday, October 17th, the Grade 7 and 8 Mandarin classes went on a very educational and entertaining trip to Victoria’s...
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Athletics Review: SMUS Sets the Pace

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by Darin Steinkey From the chip trail to the water court at UVic, Beaver Lake and the Monkman hard courts, this week's AR has you...
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Athletics Review: A Full Plate for Thanksgiving

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by Darin Steinkey This edition includes Senior School Director Andy Rodford eating some humble pie while our teams work off their turkey dinners against difficult...
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Thanksgiving in Action: Food for Thought

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With so many reasons to be thankful, it is important to stop and show our gratitude. Each year, we give thanks by treating the...
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Making Time for Books

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by Ricky, Grade 8 I believe the Drop Everything And Read program, or DEAR, at the St. Michaels Middle School is very enjoyable and gives...

Athletics Review: Newbies Make Their Mark

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by Darin Steinkey Strong novice players dominate the AR this week, and Ethel Kiggundu gives props to Brown Hall in "Two Minutes With...". Grade 8 Rugby by...
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Visitors Help Connect Language to Culture

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Ten university students from Morioka, Japan came to Canada for two weeks to learn about and experience Canadian culture. The students visited our Japanese...
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Swimming, Slugs, Flashmobs and Fire: Boarding Hits the Town

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This past weekend a full docket of activities topped the schedule in boarding. With trips to Commonwealth Pool for a swim, Fired Up! Ceramics...
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Boarding Welcomes the World

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by Darin Steinkey, Senior House Parent Imagine, if you will, what it's like to arrive on our campus as a student during Orientation Week. You...
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A Treasure Hunt Without a Map

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by Ankit, Grade 8 This week, the Grade 7 and 8 students of St. Michaels University School embarked on a quest to find 18 geocaches...
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Middle School Caught Up in WEB

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by Anna C, Grade 6 On September 5th, all the Grade 6 students gathered in the single gym to prepare for a whole morning set...
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Middle School Celebrates End of Year

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The Middle School ended the year with a wonderful celebration of the wide range of experiences students had throughout the year. Director of School...
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2011-2012 Boarding Year in Review

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From a smoking hot opening day to the House Olympics, it was a stellar year in boarding. The video slideshow below shows the year...
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Connections across campus

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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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Handmade Fashions Hit the Runway

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by Maddi T, Grade 6 The Project Runway exploratory was the best exploratory that I have ever done! We had so much fun learning how...
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Concert Bands Mix It Up for Spring

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Photos by Darin Steinkey Last week, the SMUS bands celebrated spring with their annual band concert in the Farquhar Auditorium at the University of...

Olympian Efforts in Boarding

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Video by Darin Steinkey; Photos by Chris Bateman Music: Cold Cold Kiss by Oh! Belgium CC BY-SA 3.0 With the London Olympics just around the corner,...
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Around the World in 80 Minutes

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by Jasper Johnston, Grade 8 student Last Thursday, all Grade 6 students took part in an evening event showcasing their work this year. "Around the...
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Choirs Present Movie Songs and Latin Classics

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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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A Demonstration of Parliamentary Debate

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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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Spooky Stories From SMUS

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by Sue Vachon, teacher When you have a school that is over 100 years old, there are bound to be ghost stories that surface. This...
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Grade 7 Voices in the Wilderness

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Pictures by Zyoji Jackson by Sophie, Grade 7 On May 1, the Grade 7 science classes went on a field trip to Goldstream Park. While we...
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Everything Middle School parents want to know about University Counselling and applying to university

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Dr. Whitney Laughlin, Director of University Counselling, will talk to Middle School parents 7 – 8 p.m. Monday May 7 in Copeland Lecture Theatre...
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Grade 8 Boarders Farm for a Cause

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Photos by Kevin Lin by Jerry, Grade 8 Boarder In honour of Earth Day, all the Grade 8 boarders went to Woodwynn Farms on Saturday, April...
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SMUS Sailors Ahoy!

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Photos by Richard DeMerchant by Sena, Grade 8 The SALTS trip was an extraordinary experience! During the Spring Break, a group of approximately 25 Grade 7...
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An Artist’s View of the ISA Art Show

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by Olivia, Grade 6 I really enjoyed the art show. You could see all the different types and styles of art from different perspectives and...
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Demi-Gods and Goddesses Descend on SMUS

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by Elise, Grade 7 Learning about Ancient Greece doesn’t have to be boring. Before Spring Break, the Grade 7 students were given the creative assignment...
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ISA Art Show Highlights Junior and Middle Artwork

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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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Melodies From the Middle School

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by Donna Williams, Head of Music Anyone who was fortunate enough to be at UVic this Monday evening, was treated to an eclectic outpouring of...
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Japanese Visitors Share Traditions

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by Dawn Wilson, Director of Education Extension Last Friday, a group of 35 students from Fukushima Seikei High School in Japan visited the school. They...
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SMUS French Teacher Honoured

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by Xavier Abrioux, Director of the Middle School This week, Middle School French teacher Karen Oraas was celebrated at a ceremony at the legislature. Karen...

Cross-Grade Program Perks Up PE

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZmMDbfMyW0 by Erin Anderson, editor Middle School students have been trying out all kinds of activities as part of the cross-grade PE program, which was recently...

Vive le Discours!

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by Cam Culham, Junior Houseparent Having worked in the boarding community as a Bolton house parent for nearly 19 years, one of the drawing cards...
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SMUS in the News: The Long Awaited Return of Cooking in the Classroom

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March 5, 2012 EAT magazine Middle School, Ellie Shortt '05 The Long Awaited Return of Cooking in the Classroom

Black History Chapel Features Personal Stories

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The Black community hosted a special chapel to celebrate Black History Month. With personal stories from Africa, Canada and the United States, to step-dancing...

Exploring Exploratory: A New Way to Learn

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One of the unique programs at the SMUS Middle School, Exploratory classes, allow students to try out different activities in a relaxed atmosphere. Students...
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Students and Parents Pick Up Literature Tips

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by Melanie Edwards, parent I was greeted with a warm welcome on Monday evening as I entered the Middle School library to attend Jocelyn Dimm's...
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Super Sunday in Boarding

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Photos by Ian Robertson and Craig Farish Reflections on Boarding Super Sunday by Mehrab Khazei, Grade 8 Boarder This weekend was one of the best weekends that...
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Scholar in Residence Combines History and Performing Arts

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

Grade 8 Students Get Medieval

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by Erin Anderson, editor For her Social Studies 8 class, Anna Miller instructed her students to draw from what they had learned about the lives...
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Mathematics Adds Up to More Than Numbers

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Professor Mike Eden from the University of Waterloo spoke to Middle and Senior School students last week, giving them problem-solving tips and talking about...
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Outdoor Education Offers Beaver Tails and Snow Flurries

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by Mike Danskin '98, coaching intern and house parent 5:15 am comes early on a Saturday morning. There were plenty of pillows stuffed under arms...
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Middle School Leaders Learn About UN Goals

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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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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like… January

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by Erin Anderson, editor Snow is still a pretty special event in Victoria, so it's not surprising that many people were excited to see the...
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Victoria Film Festival Features SMUS Pictures

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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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Dead Batteries Save Lives

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

Classic Dinner and Chapel Music for Boarding

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Community dinners are an opportunity for boarding students and houseparents to come together around a meal and enjoy each others' company. The first community...
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Special Speaker on US Admissions January 25th

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Peter Van Buskirk, Author, Motivational Speaker, and Former Dean of Admission will be presenting on “ The Admission Game”, a lively interactive evening for: Middle...
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Leadership Opportunities – Middle School

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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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The Best SMUS Review Stories of 2011

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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

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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

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As the calendar year ends, we still have six months left in the school year, and those months are some of our busiest times....

A SMUS Holiday Montage!

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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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SMUS Hands Out Christmas Hampers

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Tis the season of giving and both the Middle and the Senior School embraced the holiday spirit by collecting toys and food for local...

A Memorable Afternoon of Middle School Recitations

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Last week, the SMUS Middle School students performed at their recitations finals. Recitations - a long-held school tradition where students memorize poems, monologues and...

Students Dive Into Dodgeball

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Students got some great exercise last week with a whole lot of dodgeball. Boarders began to practice their dodging skills through house games over...
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A Uniquely Canadian Weekend for Grade 8 Boarders

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Photo by Zoe Isberg by Teresa Xu, Grade 8 boarder in Winslow House This past week was amazing, especially the weekend activities. On Friday night, we...

Strings Students Give Stirring Performance

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Middle School parents, students and staff were treated to a wonderful afternoon of music last week. Grade 7 and 8 strings students played a...

Have Snakes, Will Travel

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by Darin Steinkey As part of their Diversity of Living Things unit, Grade 6 and 7 science classes welcomed four visitors from the Travelling Snake...
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Remembrance Day at SMUS

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Each year, our school holds a very special service for Remembrance Day. Combining drama, music, speeches and song, this ceremony helps us to reflect...
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Grade 6 Students Discover Ocean Life

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At the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, SMUS students got a chance to see some local aquatic species up close. The centre has a variety...
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Reflections on Boarders Without Borders

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by Evelyn Zapantis, Boarding Services We had an all-time record of over 60 day families and 122 boarders for our annual Boarders Without Borders meal!...

Planting SEEDS of Sustainability

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From pulling broom on Mt. Tolmie to favouring re-useable bags, purchasing bikes for boarding or replacing the aging boiler in School House, SMUS is...
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A Howl of a Good Time in Boarding

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It was a weekend full of Halloween-themed everything for boarders and house parents; from Brown Hall meals, to fireworks, to the boarding-wide talent show,...
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Middle School Spends Day Serving Others

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All the teachers and students at the SMUS Middle School spent their entire Thursday out in the community. From student musicians performing for senior...
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Grade 6 Students Explore Lake Life

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Grade 6 students visited Swan Lake to learn about the various creatures, large and small, that live in and out of the water. Here's...
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SMUS History Goes Online and Interactive

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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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Middle School Students Share We Day Experience

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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

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

Boarders Aim for Soccer Victory

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Photos by Cheryl Murtland, Becky Anderson, Craig Farish, Ian Robertson & Darin Steinkey Music by Kevin Macleod Grade 8 Weekend Wrap-up by Mehrab Khazei, Grade 8 Boarder Last...
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Houseparents Offer Thanksgiving Food for Thought

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by Keith Driscoll, Director of Residence To give thanks causes us to stop for a moment and reflect upon what is going well in our...
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Learning Centre Students Take the Lead

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Research suggests that kids who understand their strengths and weaknesses are more able to advocate for their own learning needs. For the past three...
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Inside Open House

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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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First Spirit Week Peps Up the Middle School

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The Middle School House Council organized the very first Spirit Week, incorporating all kinds of events. On Monday, students were able to write little...

A Look Inside SMUS Chapel

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Chapel is a weekly aspect of SMUS life and it is slightly different at all three schools. Though SMUS has an Anglican history, chapel...
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Athletics Review: U13 Girls Soccer

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The U13 girls soccer tournament held at SMUS on Thursday, September 29th and Friday, September 30th was a resounding success! This year only four...
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Grade 6 Artists Dig Into Clay Sculpture

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Grade 6 students got their hands dirty this week practicing sculpture fundamentals. They are preparing to learn about glazes and firing clay — knowledge...
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Wall-to-Wall Action for the Grade 8 Boarders

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Pictures by Zoe Isberg by Mehrab Khazei, Grade 8 boarder This weekend was jam-packed — we got to do three activities! On Friday night we went to...
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SMUS Leadership Definition

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I feel that is important to begin each year with intention and clarity. With that in mind, I look to our leadership definition to...

A Grand Opening for Boarders

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by Sydney Fraser, Grade 11 The first week at a new school tends to be overwhelming, and my first week at SMUS was no exception....
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The Proof is in the… Sandbox?

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by Kennedy Aragon-Scriven, Grade 8 On Monday, September 12, the Grade 8 math classes got together — outside the classrooms — along with their teachers...
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Students Kick Off Athletic Season

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"I challenge each and every student to get involved with athletics at the school. If you didn't play on a team last year, I...
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Students Start Year with Leadership

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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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Boarding Community Comes Together

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by Darin Steinkey, Timmis Senior Assistant House Parent Summer on the Island may have been short on heat, but campus was smokin' over the Labour...
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Summer Students Perform Fringe Hit

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From Culture Vulture Victoria by Chris Felling Urinetown comes courtesy of the SMUS Theatre Intensive. It’s an unauditioned high school cast who, while still green, shows...

Students Spend Summer Playing Rugby

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Rugby continues for a number of SMUS rugby players this summer as they represent a variety of local regional and provincial sides. This weekend...
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Middle School Closing Ceremonies

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The Middle School community celebrated a year of learning, fun and achievement last Friday with the annual Middle School Closing Ceremonies. Kicking off with...
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Middle School House Games

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by Lindy Van Alstine, Middle School Teacher Last Wednesday, the Middle School was a buzz of activity in eager anticipation of the annual end-of-year House Sports...

Keep the Beat 2011 Breaks Records

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At this year's annual Keep the Beat fundraiser, the SMUS Arts Council raised a record amount of money for War Child Canada: $8777.35. Selling...
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SMUS Raises Funds With World Partnership Walk

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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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Choral Concert Features Many Voices

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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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Cross Campus Band Concert Scores Big

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At this hectic time in the school year, it's great to have an opportunity for an enjoyable evening of music. On Wednesday night, band...

Grade 6 Students Learn Systems Theory

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

Grade 5 & 6 Students Build Edible Atoms

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

Grade 6 Students Present Space Stations

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Last week, Grade 6 Science students created their own concepts for space stations and talked about their ideas with their classmates. After learning about...

Middle School PE Classes Learn to Cook

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Cross-grade PE classes are doing something new this year. Thanks to the Middle School's burgeoning health and nutrition program, students are spending two classes...

Grade 8 Student Ranks High in Geography Competition

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One of our Middle School students got some exciting news recently - he placed within the top ten for the Great Canadian Geography Challenge....
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Athletics Council Runs Spring Break Camp

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Over Spring Break, a few of our Senior School students returned to campus to run a soccer camp for students in Grades 4-7 and...
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Survey Leads to Changes at Brown Hall

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Recently, Brown Hall conducted an in-depth survey of staff and students, to find out how happy they were with Brown Hall. Thanks to an...
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Oliver!

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by Liz Humphries '05 As I walked through the doors of the McPherson Playhouse on the opening night of Oliver! happy memories of excited nervousness...

SMUS Basketball Teams Make History

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It was another magical two-week period for SMUS basketball. For the first time ever, in the same year, five teams reached their respective provincial...

Artist Rande Cook Visits SMUS Middle School

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by Mckenna Haz, Grade 7 Recently, my class had the opportunity to meet a special local artist, Rande Cook, known for his First Nations art...

Science 8 Class Examines the Eye

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Grade 8 students spent some time examining the different parts of the eye through dissecting the eyes of cows. As part of their lab,...

New Opportunity for Middle School Squash Lovers

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by Ethan Lee and Matt Ashton, Grade 10 students We are organizing the first Middle School Squash Tournament as part of our business education class....

Middle School Musical Taking Shape

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The Middle School will put on a production of Oliver this year and students are busy preparing for their big debut. This week, students...

Grade 8 Students Learn About Drug Dangers

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Through the Health and Career Education classes, students learn about many topics that can affect their future health and success. Each grade also completes...

Students Help Families Have a Happy Holiday

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Over the past month, several homerooms have been collecting food and gifts for local families who could use a little help celebrating Christmas. This...

Middle School Students Debut Businesses

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Students Compete in Film Festival Contest

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The Victoria Film Festival includes FilmCAN, a contest for young filmmakers, where the favorite videos go on to be played in the film festival....

Boarders Tour Butchart Gardens Christmas Display

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by Marisol Mayagoitia, Grade 10 boarder I have visited Butchart Gardens during the summer a couple of times. Coming from Mexico, I was pretty amazed...

Middle School Carol Service

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by Amita On December 2nd, the Middle School had its annual carol service. I sung in the Grade 8 choir. The two songs we sung...

Athletics Review: Dec 10, 2010: Special Basketball Update

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Grade 8 Boys Basketball The Grade 8 boys basketball team completed their pre-Christmas season undefeated, thanks to important City playoff semifinal and final victories. With BC...

Athletics Review: Dec 6, 2010

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Senior Girls Basketball The Senior girls basketball team opened play this week in an exhibition series. The team faced Belmont on Friday afternoon, winning 76-17....

Middle School Adds to the Festival of Trees

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by Robyn, Grade 7 Last week, a number of students from the Middle School went to the Fairmont Empress Hotel to take part in the...

Middle School Students Perform Recitations

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by Rachel, Grade 8 On Tuesday, November 30th, we had our Middle School Recitations. I was one out of 16 students who was picked to...
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Exploratory: What’s Happening

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by Amanda and Amita Last exploratory, we spent our class visiting some of the other exploratory classes. We visited the cross-stitching, broadcasting, wood-working, games, house...

Bolton House Expands Knowledge of Its Namesake

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by Brenda Waksel, archivist Last week, we unveiled three posters depicting the life of William Washington Bolton, one of our founders and the namesake of...

Meet A Few Cast Members of Oliver

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by Amanda and Amita The Middle School is beginning work on our upcoming production of Oliver and the lead cast was recently accounced. We asked...
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Boarders Without Borders

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Submitted by Shelley Austin, photos by Lisa Hopkins The long circular driveway was clogged with cars at 5pm, Sunday Nov. 7, 2010. Boarders were streaming out...

Boarders Get a Taste of Home

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by Sophia Loers, Grade 11 boarder Sunday evening. It´s cold outside. Four girls are waiting in the Symons foyer for their Boarders without Borders dinner....

Students Make Friends with Snakes

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by Erin Anderson, editor The Grade 6 science classes had an exciting morning this week, as the travelling snake program stopped by with two very...

Middle School Dedicates Day to Service

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by Dariol Haydock, Director of the Middle School Before our first Middle School service day, I must admit I wondered how it would work to...

Biology Students Create Incredible Edible Cells

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by Laura Williams, Grade 6 On October 18th, the Grade 6 students did a cell lab in class. It was made up of an assortment...
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Service Day: Woodwyn Farm

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by Amita On Thursday, November 4th the middle school had a service day. Everyone went out and did something for the community or the environment....
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Service Day: Mount Tolmie

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by Amanda On November 4th, the Middle School had its very first service day. Every student in the Middle School split up in groups to...
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Exploratory Students Take Over the Middle School Blog

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by Erin Anderson, editor of the SMUS Review On November 1, the Middle School began a new series of exploratory classes, where students can choose...

Boarding Students Howl for Halloween

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by Donna Williams, Senior School Strings Teacher and Winslow House Staff Member On Halloween night the entire boarding community, some 250 students and over 30...

Grade 8 Class Learns Math Through Dance

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by Mackenzie Valentine, Grade 8 Watching Michael Boston (the tap-dancer) I was amazed! His feet were moving so fast it was making my head spin....

Grade 6 Scientists Study Swan Lake

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

Athletics Review: Oct 25, 2010

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Middle School Cross-country The Middle School cross-country team wrapped up their season this week with some fantatic results! After six weeks of practicing on all...
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Middle School Cellists Play with a Special Guest

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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...
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SMUS Review: Middle School Cellists Perform

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by Athena Kerins and Keeley Copeland, Grade 8 On October 17th, Desmond Hoebig, a professional cellist, came to the Junior School with us. He played...
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SMUS Review: The Time Benders

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by Rachel Olson, Grade 8 As I walked along the stone-brick path to chapel, I thought what was about to happen was going to be...

Grade 6 Students Go Outdoors

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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...

New Head of Brown Hall Cooks Up Changes

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by Erin Anderson, editor Students might notice the food at Brown Hall is a little different this year. Paula Henchion, who was previously our executive...

SMUS: Where Everyone Belongs

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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...

House Games Victory at the Middle School

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be Ben, Grade 6 The house games at SMUS Middle School took place on Friday, September 10th. I think they were fun! There were all...

Meet our New Director of Learning

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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

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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...

What’s New at SMUS?

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by Erin Anderson, editor Over the summer, SMUS certainly wasn't idle. As our summer programmes filled the campus week after week, we also found the...

Middle School Closing Ceremonies

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by Erin Anderson, editor The Middle School wrapped up their year with student speakers, music and certificates. Students in Grades 6-8 were celebrated for their...

Colourful End to Middle School Games

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by Nancy Mollenhauer, teacher It was finally a warm June day when the Grade 6 and 7 students headed out on to the fields with...

Free Art at Middle School!

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A message from Ms. Wilkens Students, please stop by the Art Room during recess, lunch, or after school this WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY or FRIDAY and pick up...

Middle School Partners with the World

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by Mr. Jim Williams, teacher Awareness of the World Partnership Walk (WPW) ramped up for the Middle School on Tuesday, May 25th. Retired Junior School...

Grade 7 Student Wins Big at Science Fair

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by Ann Makosinski, Grade 7 student Last April 10 -12, 2010, I participated in the 49th Vancouver Island Regional Science Fair held at the University...

Middle School Students Lead Senior School Chapel

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by Claire Williams, Grade 8 student The most powerful rule: the Golden Rule. The most powerful way to get that message across: your peers. The...

The Concours d’Art Oratoire

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The Concours d'Art Oratoire By Nicholas Loughton On May 7, 2010, 12 students from SMUS traveled to Vancouver to participate in the annual provincial French public...

Students Band Together for Cross-Campus Concert

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by Erin Anderson, editor Just as their strings counterparts took to the stage a few weeks ago, our Middle School and Senior School band students...

Eclectic Group Performs Traditional Russian Dance

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by Anna Maeva, Grade 12 boarder from Russia One thing I certainly love about SMUS is that people here are always open to and interested...

New Videos on SMUSTube

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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...

Middle School Artwork on Display

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May has been a big month for Middle School artwork, as our students have been featured in the Independent Schools Association Art Exhibition, had...

Grade 6 Author Included in Anthology

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Grade 6 student Simon Hassel was recently chosen to be included in The Dragon's Tale, an anthology of student writing produced by the Poetry...

Baroque Concert Rocks the House

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by Erin Anderson, editor The annual Cross-Campus Strings Concert took a different turn this year, expanding its scope to include everything from the Baroque era...

Spring Break Stories: French Culture Trip

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by Sarah Fellows, Grade 7 This Spring Break, 31 Middle School students and three teachers got the opportunity to travel to Montreal, Quebec City and...

Gaming Exploratory at the Middle School

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Gaming Exploratory at the Middle School  Written by Shinai Sorensen, Grade 8 Out of all the exploratories at St. Michaels University School (SMUS) there was one...

Earth Week

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

Melodies From the Middle School

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by Erin Anderson, editor This Wednesday, the Middle School held a concert that was unusual in many ways. From the choirs, to the string ensembles...

The Center of the Universe

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Written by: Grade 6 Science Students, Olivia Donald & Aveen Glen On Wednesday, February 24, the Grade 6 Science classes went on a field trip...

Middle School Students Master Math Challange

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by Jo Lunn, Middle School mathematics teacher Some of our keenest Grade 7 and 8 math students recently took part in the regional Math Challengers...

Winter Olympics at the Middle School!

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Written by Jake Wilmot and Owen Sudul, House Council Members On Thursday, in light of the 2010 Olympics, SMUS MIddle School held its own Winter...

Grade 2 Students Party at Senior School

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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...

Middle School Art Greets Olympic Athletes

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By Leanne Wilkins, Middle School Art Teacher Grade 6 and 7 students at SMUS Middle School spent some time last fall creating “original, colourful and...

Poetry in Mrs. Lee’s Grade 6 Humanities Class

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           By Grade 6 student Jasper Johnson This term our grade six class "ate" poetry, after being inspired by the poem, "Reading Poetry" by Mary McIver....

CAIS U13 Boys Basketball Tournament

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Day 1 - Thursday, February 4 Just an amazing and unusual first day in Hamilton. After a smooth trip yesterday to Ontario, the U13 Boys Basketball...

Grade 8 Students Sell Muffins for Haiti

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by Jane Pirie and Stephanie Wong-Harrison, Grade 8 Since last year, when we were in Grade 7, we have been having a muffin sale in...

The Borealis String Quartet at SMUS

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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 6 Classes Join the Six String Nation

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by Sam Perelmuter, Grade 6 Yesterday, we had an exciting visit from Mr. Jowi Taylor. He has this guitar (which has been named the Voyageur)...

Grade 8 Students See How the Eye Works

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by Jenna Dhillon, Grade 8 On January 20, 2010, Ms. Van Alstine’s Grade 8 science classes filed into the science lab to complete a cow...

Scholar In Residence Speaks to Grade 6 Students

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The 'Scholar In Residence' program is sponsoring another visitor to SMUS who will be spending some of his time with Middle School students as...

Borealis String Quartet At The Middle School

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On January 25, SMUS will be hosting the Borealis String Quartet. The quartet will be performing for many of our Grade 6-8 students and for the Grade...

Facing Challenges in Film

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by Christina Robillard, Grade 8 The Victoria Film Festival offered a new project this year, titled FilmCan. It was a competition to offer Middle and...

New Middle School toilets to save about 350,000 litres of water per year

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From the SMUS E-Team Thanks to Mr. Floyd, the Middle School now has six new efficient toilets! The replacement of the old toilets, which used 13...

Middle School Delivers Christmas Hampers

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by Lindy Van Alstine, teacher The Christmas season raises awareness of less fortunate individuals and families in our community. We have a special tradition at...

A Grade 7 Mathematics Activity

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(submitted by Athena; a Grade 7 student) In Math Enrichment we have been focusing on trigonometry. We have learned how to find missing angles and...

Grade 8 ESL Trip to the Museum and Theatre

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(submitted by Mr. Newman) On December 9, the Grade 8 ESL students made their first educational foray into the Royal B.C. Museum.  Accompanied by their...

Celebrations in Grade 6 Humanities

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Grade 6 students have been studying various cultures throughout the year as part of their Humanities course. As the holiday season approaches, we have been...

Glowing lanterns in the Chapel

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Middle School Sports Scene

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(submitted by Mrs. Mollenhauer) Well, it has certainly been a busy fall on the Middle School sports scene. From U-13 boys and U-15 girls' soccer traveling...

Middle School Christmas Service Reflections

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by Rev. Keven Fletcher One of the highlights of the Middle School Carol Service is the collection of reflections that the students offer on the...

Grade 8 Cross Grade PE

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Submitted by Mr. Kuklinski As part of the Grade 8 Physical Education program, the students have a double block of classes each day 1 and...

Pacific Rim Pen Pals at Middle School

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Mrs. Lee's grade 6 Humanities classes are studying the culture of the Pacific Rim and doing a cross-cultural comparison with Canada. Our research will...

Grade 7/8 Strings Shine in Schaffter Hall

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by Athena Kerins, Grade 7 On Wednesday, parents of strings students crowded into Schaffter Hall to hear us play. We had not played in that...

Coins For Kids and the Festival of Trees Service Project

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Submitted by Mrs. Smith The British Columbia Children’s Hospital annually launches a fundraising campaign through a Festival of Trees, held at the Fairmont Empress Hotel....

The Day of the Snakes

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by Brennan, Grade 6 In my Grade 6 science class, there were two ladies from Swan Lake. They told us about how a snake eats...

SMUS Remembers

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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...

Science Students Look Into Their Hearts

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by Emma Donald, Grade 8 On Thursday, November 5th, both of Ms. Van Alstine’s Science 8 classes completed a sheep heart dissection. As I’m sure...

U15 Girls Share Their Soccer Experience

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by Grade 8 students Jenna Dhillon, Ali Murtland and Sam Colby After we arrived in Toronto for the U15 CAIS tournament, which consisted of 16...

Spooky Day at SMUS

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Halloween is always a big deal at SMUS, with students and staff donning some truly fabulous costumes each year. This year, the Middle School...

Simon Gray Reflects on Soccer Success

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by Simon Gray, Grade 7 The Under 13 boys soccer team has just returned from the CAIS national tournament held in Aurora, Ontario where we...

Grade 7 Student Commended in Essay Competition

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by Tessa Owens, Grade 7 Last year, in humanities class, my peers and I took part in the Royal Commonwealth Essay Competition. This sounded very...

Nikki Chooi In Concert at SMUS

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by Sydney, Grade 8 strings student This past Tuesday my friends and I had the pleasure of hearing an amazing performance by Nikki Chooi and...

Stu Saunders Speaks at SMUS

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Youth leadership guru Stu Saunders gave a series of successful talks this week. In addition to being the featured speaker at the Grade 9...

Grade 6 Students Look Into Lake Life

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by the Grade 6 class This week we want to Swan Lake to learn about the different organisms that live in the lake. We learned...

Middle School Students Treasure Museum Visit

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by Jim De Goede, Middle School teacher Seventy excited SMUS Grade 7 students and 18 teachers and parents arrived at the Royal BC Museum to...

Colourful Kick-off at the Middle School

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Just as our boarders spend their first weekend together amassing points for their respective houses, our Grade 6, 7, and 8 students spend their...

Steve Nash Returns

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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

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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

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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...

Choirs Conclude Concert Season

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See slideshow The Senior School Choral Concert was the final event in a spectacular year of musical performances. The concert was a wonderful way to...

Middle School Ties Up House Games

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This Thursday, the annual Middle School Colours Day brought all of our Grade 6, 7 and 8 students to the SMUS field, where they...

Ice Cream Day Keeps Students Cool

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

House Olympics 2009

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House Olympics started off with the classic pre-game “surprise” water balloon fight, where we all attack the other house for a while, until we...

Schools Partner with the World

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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

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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 6 Students Globe Trot

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See slideshow The Middle School became a global microcosm this week, as the Grade 6 students showed off what they had learned about countries around...

Talent Takes Off at SMUS

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See slideshow Last week, students from Grades 6-8 showed what they could do at the Middle School Talent Show. Fresh from their Keep the Beat...

Jazz Night a Cool Treat

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See slideshow This week was the annual Jazz Night, one of the most swinging events of the concert season. The Middle School Jazz Band, Senior...

Students Entertain Seniors

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See slideshow This week, one of the Middle School exploratory classes visited the Luther Court Society care facility, where they performed music for a very...

Concert Shows Students' Growth

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See slideshow The busy spring concert season that kicked off last month with the Cross-Campus Choral concert hit a crescendo this Wednesday with the annual...

Spring Fair Blooms at SMUS

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This weekend, the semi-annual Spring Fair returned, bringing much family fun to our campus, including an international food fair, live entertainment, carnival games and...

Athletics Review: May 17, 2009

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Tennis The tennis team had an absolutely incredible day at the Island Tournament last Tuesday. Placed in Pool B with Shawnigan Lake and GNS, the...

Middle School Art on Display

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See slideshow Last weekend, 35 Middle School students had their art on display at the annual Independent School Association (ISA) Art Show. The two-day event...

Athletics Review: May 10, 2009

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Track and Field The sixth and final training meet took place at UVic last week. Top performers included Leo Marchand, who placed 6th in the...

Grade 5 Students Meet Middle School

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

The Sounds of Middle School

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See slideshow There was something for everyone at last night’s Middle School concert at the University of Victoria. Every student in the school took part....

Alumni Weekend 2009

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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...

Athletics Review: May 3, 2009

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Senior Boys Rugby It was a busy and demanding week for both Senior rugby squads. On April 28, the 1st and 2nd XV players travelled...

Grade 8 Poets Voice Their Work

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On Monday, students and parents gathered on campus for a poetry reading, as Grade 8 students shared some of their favourite pieces of original...

Grade 7 Students Bring History to Life

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by Jim DeGoede, Grade 7 teacher On Tuesday, May 12, several SMUS Grade 7 students stayed behind after school to convert room 305 into a...

Athletics Review: April 26, 2009

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Rowing The SMUS rowing team was up at Brentwood International Regatta this weekend, the largest athletic event hosted by a single high school. Crews from...

Earth Week Grows at SMUS

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Senior and Middle School students have been taking action on issues of sustainability in honour of Earth Week. Each day of the week was...

Concert Showcases Cross-Campus Voices

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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...

Athletics Review: April 12, 2009

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Strong Showing for SMUS up at the Track The track and field team has been training hard up at UVic’s Centennial Stadium. Last week, the...

The King of Elfland's Daughter Debuts

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Middle School students delighted their audience with a magical tale as The King of Elfland’s Daughter debuted on Thursday night. The musical production showed...

War Child Teaches Students

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Lori Johnston from War Child Canada visited the school this week to speak about how wars around the world impact the lives of children...

The Many Faces of Elfland

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When The King of Elfland’s Daughter takes the stage next week, parents may have a hard time picking out their sons and daughters from...

Used Uniform Shop Adopts Art

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

Costumes Transform Elfland Performers

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The King of Elfland’s Daughter features many magical creatures and most don’t look much like human children. In order to transform the Grade 6-8...

SMUS Set Nearly Ready for the Stage

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With just three weeks before King of Elfland’s Daughter takes to the Royal McPherson stage, students and staff are hard at work making everything...

Middle School Students Put on a Show

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Anyone who passes through the Cedar Hill Recreation Centre in the next few weeks will be able to see the art work of about...

Middle School Film Crew Gets Rolling

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As part of preparations for the launch of King of Elfland’s Daughter, a small group of Middle School students are training to become a...

SMUS Student Takes Chess Trophy

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Grade 7 student Jill Ding took first place at the Victoria Chess Championship earlier this month. By winning every match she played, Jill became...

Elfland Takes Shape at SMUS

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In March, the Middle School will be putting on its new magical musical, The King of Elfland’s Daughter. The play, adapted by teacher Mr....

Local Silverwing Performance a SMUS Affair

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Two of our Middle School students are currently performing in Kaleidoscope Theatre’s production of Silverwing, a play based on the multiple award-winning novel by...

Parents' Auxiliary Celebrates with Boarders

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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

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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...

Serpents Slither Over to Middle School

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Grade 6 students hosted some special guests last week, as two snakes from the Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary came to visit the school. The...

Students Journey to See Salmon

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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...

House Games Heat Up

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Both boarding and day students have been enjoying competing to win points for their houses. While boarders have spent their weekends playing sports such...

Middle School Shows Awareness

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Our Middle School has been busy these last two weeks, spreading the word about two important issues: diabetes and bullying. Last week, SMUS was...

Service Thrives at SMUS

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Since September, our students and staff have been involved in a variety of fundraising efforts for people in need. Our Grade 7 students are...

Middle School Boys Score in Soccer

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Last month, our U13 boys soccer team travelled to Toronto to take part in the Canadian Association of Independent Schools annual tournament. The Middle...

SMUS Remembers

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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

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

First Notes from Strings Ensemble

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The Grade 7/8 Strings Ensemble held its first concert this week, performing for a packed hall of parents, staff, the Grade 6 Strings class...

Things Get Spooky at SMUS

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

Middle School Student Runs Fundraiser

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Last week, Grade 8 student Richard Cunningham held a silent auction to raise money for the Victoria homeless shelter Our Place. Amazingly, Richard planned...

Wiseman Shares Wisdom With Students

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Our first Scholar in Residence visited the school this week to speak to Middle and Senior students as well as parents. New York Times...

SMUS Gets Ready for Spring

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

Middle School Students Get Justice

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This week, Grade 7 and 8 students learned about the Canadian legal system as well as the consequences of online behaviour through an interactive...

Tour de Rock Rolls Into SMUS

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Every October, we look forward to the arrival of the Tour de Rock and Cops for Cancer. We do major fundraising on campus before...

Students Warm Up to Arctic Stories

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Middle School students welcomed explorer Ian Sterling last week. Mr. Sterling, who visited the school because of our involvement with the Canadian Geographic Society,...

Middle School Students Show Their Colours

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Each year, the Middle School stages a big welcome for its new students, both those coming from the Junior School campus and those who...

New Students Bring Much to SMUS

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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

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

New Boarders Come to SMUS

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As usual, the first week of September was an exciting time as boarders, day students, parents and teachers returned. It’s an especially interesting time...

Middle School Closing Ceremonies & Games

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The Middle School celebrated the end of another excellent year on Friday with their closing ceremonies. Director of the Middle School Xavier Abrioux gave his...

Students Say "Thanks"

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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...

SMUS Poets Recognized Nationally

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This year, three poets from the Middle School were recognised in a nation-wide poetry contest. SMUS ranked second out of 500 schools that participated...

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

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

Keep the Beat 2008

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The weather couldn’t have been better for the annual Keep the Beat Music Marathon at SMUS last Friday. All levels of musical talent from...

Jazz Served up with a Side of Ice Cream

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jazz On Tuesday, students, family and staff enjoyed a candle-lit evening of Jazz in the SMUS gym, with talented swing musicians from the Middle and...

World Partnership Walk

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SMUS was well represented on Sunday when the World Partnership Walk kicked off in Beacon Hill Park with close to 200 SMUS students, family...

Spring Band Concert

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This Wednesday, Middle School and Senior School band students showed off their talents at the much-anticipated cross-campus Spring Band Concert. The Brass Ensembles opened the...

Mayhem Hits Middle School

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Lyrical madness hit the Middle School last Thursday when the Mayhem Poets, a trio of New York writers and performers, shared their poetry with...

Greek Days and Museum Nights

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Ms. Kathleen Cook and Ms. Pam Yorath were pleased to see thier classrooms taken over by a throng of Greek gods and goddesses this...

Grade 5 Students Get a Preview of Middle School Life

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

1st Annual Capital City Jazz Festival

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The 1st Annual Capital City Jazz Festival was in full swing in the SMUS gymnasium this Wednesday, featuring 153 talented young musicians from seven...

Middle School Musicians Shine

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After six hours of rehearsing last Thursday afternoon, it is safe to state that the Middle School put together a stellar performance Thursday evening....

Head of School Looks Forward to a Long Future at SMUS

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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...

Earth Week

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

Choral Concert

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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...

Cross-Campus Strings Concert

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Monday evening’s Cross-Campus Strings Concert was another showcase of SMUS’ talented music students. The event was held at the University of Victoria’s Farquhar Auditorium...

Students Get Good Notes at BandFest

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The Grade 7 and 8 Concert Bands performed at BandFest 2008 at the University of Victoria last week. BandFest is an educationally oriented, non-competitive...

Middle School Students Compete en Français

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For the first time, Middle School students participated in the Canadian Parents for French (CPF) annual French-language public-speaking contest. Thirty-eight students competed on March...

Middle School Competes in its First-Ever Wrestling Match

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For the first time at SMUS, students have had an opportunity to participate in wrestling. Mr. Bruce Kuklinski, Middle School Physical Education teacher, introduced...

Bring Your Own Pyjamas

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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...

Scholar in Residence: John Dunn

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This week, SMUS had the honour of welcoming John Dunn, a wilderness explorer and National Geographic photographer who has made more than a dozen...

A New Director of Annual Fund

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

Middle School Band Concert was an Instrumental Success

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Middle School band students proved hard work pays off during their evening performance in Monday's Winter Wonder Band Concert. The show opened with the Honour...

French Teacher AIMs for Success

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Last week, Middle School French teacher Ms. Karen Oraas went to Winnipeg to teach an Accelerated Integrated Method (AIM) workshop, a program designed for...

Used Uniform Shop New to SMUS

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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...

Grade 7 Student Hits Operatic Notes

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At just 12 years old, Grade 7 student Richard Cunningham landed a lead role in the opera production Amahl and the Night Visitors. In a...

Grade 8 Girls Take the Lead

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Three Grade 8 girls are using their lunch hour to put leadership in action. Isabella Holt, Christina Chwyl and Michelle Wood started a lunchtime...

Middle School Students Perform in Aladdin Jr.

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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...

School-wide Assembly Caps off Busy Term with a Spirited Finale

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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...

Holiday Activities for All

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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...

First Scholar in Residence Visits SMUS

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Last week, the school was visited by entrepreneur and former Olympian Jason Dorland, the first speaker selected by the Academic Council for the Scholar...

Middle School Ready for Recitations

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After last week’s spectacular performances from the Senior School, the Grade 7 and 8 students presented their own memorized works in their Communication Skills...

Grade 5 Classes Explore Underground

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The two Grade 5 classes have both been learning about the history of slavery in North America through a study of the novel Underground...

Recitations Take the Stage at SMUS

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Last night, 26 students performed a variety of pieces for an audience of parents, faculty and their peers for the annual SMUS Recitation...

Health and Wellness Tip of the Week: Avoiding the Flu

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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

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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

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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

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

Middle School Raises Funds for Mexico

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Service at SMUS is still going strong, as both Middle and Senior Schools are working on important initiatives. This week, the Middle School held...

Pursuing Excellence through CESI Accreditation

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This week, St. Michaels University School hosted an assessment team from the Canadian Educational Standards Institute (CESI). First accredited by CESI in 2000, SMUS...

Grade 7/8 Students Bring Music to SMUS

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The first of several strings concerts took place this week, with the Grade 7/8 Strings class performing for parents, faculty, family members and...

SMUS Remembers

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

New Board Chair, Governors Appointed at 2007 AGM

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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

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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 Students Take to the Ballet Stage

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Three of our students took the Royal Theatre stage with the Moscow Ballet, for their production of Swan Lake this week Lindsay Solmer, Julia...

SMUS Haunted by Halloween

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All three schools celebrated Halloween today with food and festivities. As usual, there were many elaborate and creative costumes on students of all ages...

E-team Cleans up Waste at Middle School

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