Tag: Senior School

League of Canadian Poets

Three Students Recognized in National Poetry Contest

Three SMUS students were recognized with the League of Canadian Poets' Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Prize

Athletic Awards 2019

As the 2018-19 athletics season came to a close, we recognized some of our Senior School athletes at our annual Athletic Awards Banquet
Kevin Zhang and Christian Turpin

Students to Spend Summer Working as Cancer Researchers

Two Grade 11 students will spend their summer working on groundbreaking cancer research at the BC Cancer Agency in Victoria. Christian Turpin and Kevin...
Nikki Kaufmann

Get Your Brain Fit for Exams

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

Athletics Week in Review: May 27

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

Memories and Connections

While students (and staff) head into a well-deserved long Victoria Day weekend break, many students are taking the opportunity to practice their leadership skills...

Athletics Week in Review: May 16

Badminton, rowing, rugby, soccer, tennis, and track and field are highlighted in our latest Athletics Week in Review

SMUS in the News: Celebrating 25 Years of the Rees Rugby Boot Game Rivalry

CHEK News previews the 25th rugby Boot Game happening on May 4

Athletics Week in Review: April 30

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

Celebrating 25 Years of the Boot Game Rugby Rivalry

Alumni Weekend marks the 25th SMUS vs. Oak Bay rugby Boot Game, named in honour of Gareth Rees '85

Spring Break Service Trip 2019: Tanzania

Grade 10 student Devon Mills reflects on the Spring Break service trip to Tanzania

Athletics Week in Review: April 23

It was a jam packed couple of weeks on the athletic front, with athletes representing SMUS in no fewer than eight sports. Badminton The badminton team...

Spring Break Trip 2019: Europe

Grade 10 students McKenna Williams and Amalia Mairet write about the Spring Break trip to Europe.

Spring Break Service Trip 2019: Costa Rica

Grade 11 student Linden Girardeaux writes about the Spring Break service trip to Costa Rica

Sun Shine

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

Athletics Week in Review: April 9

Badminton, rugby, soccer, track and field, and squash are highlighted in the latest Athletics Week in Review

Spring Break Europe Trip: March 20-26

Mr. Eliot Anderson recaps the last leg of the Senior School music students' Spring Break trip to Europe

Spring Break Europe Trip: March 16-19

The SMUS music students travelling through Europe during Spring Break made their way to England this week

Spring Break Europe Trip: March 13-15

After a long travel day, a large group of SMUS students arrive in Germany, the first stop on the Spring Break music trip to Europe
Alison McCallum

Selecting Courses for Next Year

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

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

The Winner of The Best School Year Ever 2019 is…

Find out who won The Best School Year Ever contest and a scholarship to SMUS for the 2019-20 school year
Mark Turner

Personal Reflections on Mamma Mia!

Head of School Mr. Mark Turner reflects on last weekend's Senior School musical and the talent involved in making the show a reality

Behind the Scenes of Mamma Mia!

We sit down with the four talented students playing the lead roles in this year's Senior School musical, Mamma Mia!

Athletics Week in Review: February 26

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

Thank You for the Music: Previewing Mamma Mia!

Cast members in our upcoming Senior School musical, Mamma Mia!, reflect on their time performing in the show

Athletics Week in Review: February 15

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...
Eliot Anderson

A Need for Adventure

Mr. Eliot Anderson, Director of the Senior School, writes about the SMUS experience can help impact a student's path in life

Walk Around SMUS in Our New Virtual Campus Tour

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

Athletics Week in Review: January 30

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

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mrs. Laura Keziere

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

Athletics Week in Review: January 22

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

SMUS in the News: Students Win Seed Money to Improve Quality of Life in...

A group of SMUS students was named a finalist in the South Island Prosperity Project's Future Innovator Challenge

Athletics Week in Review: January 15

Basketball and some big soccer news on the alumni front are highlighted in the latest Athletics Week in Review
Career Day

The Hidden Benefits of SMUS’s Career Day

Career Day offers much more for students than simply learning about a career you're interested in
Ritch Primrose

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

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

The Top 11 @YourSMUS Instagram Posts of 2018

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

Athletics Week in Review: December 14

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...
Mark Turner Annual Appeal

Helping Our Head of School Provide Opportunities

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

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

Athletics Week in Review: December 5

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

The Next Generation of Engaged, Informed Citizens

Students in AP Comparative Government and Politics use real-world example to understand the value of being informed citizens

Athletics Week in Review: November 29

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

Grade 10 Students Brew Up a Unique Coffee Project

Business students and Grade 10 experiential students work together to roast, market and sell coffee beans

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

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

Athletics Week in Review: November 14

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

Great War History Comes Alive in Story Maps

Mrs. Kirsten Davel writes about how students are using technology and GIS mapping to learn more about the World Wars

Lest We Forget: Remembrance Day 2018

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

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Chris Bateman

Mr. Chris Bateman, Head of Visual Art and Design, is highlighted in our latest SMUS Teacher Feature

Athletics Week in Review: November 1

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

Athletics Week in Review: October 24

Field hockey, rowing, volleyball, squash and rugby are highlighted in the latest Athletics Week in Review

Talking Peanut Butter with Business Students

Jill Van Gyn, a former SMUS student and entrepreneur, spoke to our Business Education 10 class

Grade 12 Student Wins Youth Philanthropy Award

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

What is School Spirit?

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

Athletics Week in Review: October 4

Soccer, field hockey, volleyball, rugby and rowing are highlighted in the latest Athletics Week in Review
Reagan Daly

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Reagan Daly

Teacher, houseparent and Head of Experiential Education, Mr. Reagan Daly is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

Athletics Week in Review: September 27

Soccer, field hockey, volleyball, cross country and squash are highlighted in the latest Athletics Week in Review

Athletics Week in Review: September 18

Soccer and field hockey are highlighted in this week's Athletics Week in Review

Meet our 2018-19 Head Girl and Head Boy

Meet Morgan Warner and Ewan Halliday, elected Head Boy and Head Girl for the 2018-19 school year at St. Michaels University School
Aysha Emmerson photo courtesy of Vancouver Sun

SMUS in the News: Aysha Emmerson ’18 Shares Her Secrets to Success

Aysha Emmerson '18 talks with the Vancouver Sun and offers her advice to help high school students achieve success
Ritch Primrose

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

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

Congratulations to the Class of 2018!

Congratulations to the Class of 2018! Valedictorian Dalal Tubeishat shares her thoughts on behalf of the SMUS graduates

Athletic Awards 2018

Congratulations to all student athletes on a great year in sport, and to our 2018 athletic awards recipients
CSSRA National Rowing Championships

Athletics Week in Review: June 7

Provincial and national results from soccer, track and field, rowing, tennis, badminton, rugby, golf as well as softball and squash news.

CONTEST: Shoot Video of Life at SMUS and Win!

Want to win one of five Amazon gift cards? We want Senior School students to share their videos that show what it's like to be a SMUS student
Grade 6-7 rugby

Athletics Week in Review: May 23

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

Athletics Week in Review: May 15

Track and field, rowing, rugby, soccer, sailing, badminton, tennis and golf feature in this week's review.

Whodunit? Grade 10 Students Investigate

Senior School Head of Science, Mr. Benson Young, takes us through a forensic investigation with plenty of intrigue.

Athletics Week in Review: May 8

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

Spring Break Trip 2018: Singapore/Cambodia (Part 2)

Grade 11 student Matthew Owen-Flood writes about the Spring Break trip to Singapore and Cambodia.

Athletics Week in Review: May 1

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

Spring Break Exchange: Ecuador

Two Senior School students write about their exciting exchange trip to Quito, Ecuador during Spring Break.

Athletics Week in Review: April 25

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

Spring Break Service Trip 2018: India

Grade 12 student Atheer Al Hinai writes about the Spring Break service trip to India

Spring Break Rugby Trip: Australia

Grade 12 student Ranon Ng writes about the timeless memories made on the SMUS rugby trip to Australia.

Athletics Week in Review: April 18

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

Spring Break Trip 2018: Singapore/Cambodia (Part 1)

Grade 11 student Nathan Yang writes about his memorable Spring Break trip to Singapore and Cambodia with the school

Athletics Week in Review: April 10

Some great SMUS squash news, along with track and field, rugby, soccer tennis and badminton are covered in this week's SMUS Athletics Week in Review

Spring Break Service Trip 2018: Nicaragua

15 students traveled to rural Nicaragua over Spring Break and experienced an amazing blend of nature, community involvement, warm people, and unique experiences.

SMUS Rugby Tour: March 20-23

The SMUS Rugby Tour continues, as the athletes head to Wollongong and return to Sydney for their final games

SMUS Rugby Tour: March 18-19

The 2018 SMUS Rugby Tour continues on through Australia with their arrival in Canberra and games against St Edmund's College

2018 Rugby Tour: March 15-17

The 2018 SMUS Rugby Tour continues on through Australia with games against All Saints' College in Bathurst

2018 Rugby Tour: March 10-13

The 2018 SMUS Rugby Tour hits the road and heads to Australia – by way of Vancouver and a quick stop to watch the World Rugby 7s tournament

And The Winner of The Best School Year Ever Is…

Find out who won The Best School Year Ever full-year boarding scholarship to St. Michaels University School for the 2018-2019 school year.
Rowing training

Athletics Week in Review: March 7

Basketball and squash seasons wind up with provincial tournaments; the Elk Lake Regatta is reviewed and we begin the spring rugby season.
Catch Me If You Can

Catching Up With the Con Artists

Meet Mark Finamore and Will Barry – the two SMUS students playing con artist Frank Abagnale Jr. in 'Catch Me If You Can - The Musical'
Jesters Squash

Athletics Week in Review: February 27

This week's review features Island basketball championships and Pacific Northwest Squash Championships results.
Catch Me If You Can

SMUS in the News: Senior School Musical ‘Catch Me If You Can’

The Saanich News chats with a couple of members of the cast of the Senior School musical, Catch Me If You Can

Catching Up with the Cast of Catch Me If You Can

Meet a few of the talented students performing onstage in this year's Senior School musical, Catch Me If You Can – running March 1-3 at the McPherson Playhouse
Junior Girls Basketball

Athletics Week in Review: February 14

Basketball is covered in this edition of the SMUS Athletics Week in Review
Kate Knight

What Does a University Counsellor Do?

University counsellor Ms. Kate Knight details how she and her colleagues support students in achieving their post-secondary goals

Athletics Week in Review: January 30

Basketball at the Junior and Senior Schools are highlighted in the latest SMUS Athletics Week in Review

Large Ensembles Hit the Right Notes

The Senior School Large Ensembles Concert featured the choir, orchestras and concert bands performing a variety of pieces
Alison McCallum

Summer Plans: Looking to the Future

Ms. Alison McCallum, Head of Universtiy Counselling, outlines a number of great opportunities for summer holiday experiences
Police Basketball Tournament 2018

Athletics Week in Review: January 25

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

Course Planning: All Eyes on September

January at SMUS means a focus on course planning for the next school year to help students make informed decisions about their high school courses
Junior boys basketball team practice

Athletics Week in Review: January 16

The return of basketball – after the winter break – is highlighted in this week's SMUS Athletics Week in Review

Head’s Up: An Interview with Mark Turner

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

SMUSTube celebrated it's 10th anniversary in 2017 by reaching a number of milestones.
Carol Servicevideo

Carol Service: A Time to Unwind

Students from our Junior, Middle and Senior Schools gathered to celebrate the season with songs and reflections.
Reading with buddies in the Snowden Library

Buddy Reading Club Promotes Literacy and Friendships

Grade 2 students take the bus to the Richmond Road campus and spend time reading with their Senior School counterparts.
Grade 7/8 Girls basketball team

Athletics Week in Review: December 14

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

SMUS in the News: Rugby Players Help Castaway Wanderers Win U18 Title

SMUS athletes helped the Castaway Wanderers U18 rugby team win the provincial title

“I’m Looking Forward to Being a Lifer”

Two Junior School students reflect on stories they heard at the Grade 12 Lifers Assembly.

Athletics Week in Review: December 4

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

The Jag: An Interview With Alex Cecill

The Jag student newspaper sits down with teacher Ms. Alex Cecill to talk about her experience running in the New York City Marathon
Canadian Universities Tour

Another Great University Tour in the Books

37 students, 4 chaperones, 7 nights, 9 cities, 12 university campuses*, dozens of SMUS alumni, countless questions asked and application decisions made. This was...
Marine Science Club

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

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

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...
EHL campus

Learn the Ins and Outs of Hospitality at a Hands-On University in Switzerland

Ms. Alison McCallum writes about her visit to École Hôtelière de Lausanne, a university dedicated to business studies through the hospitality industry

Athletics Week in Review: November 16

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

A Prayer of Remembrance

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

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

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Andrew Murgatroyd

Senior School math teacher – and 2002 grad – Mr. Andrew Murgatroyd is highlighted in this week's Teacher Feature

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

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

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

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

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...

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mrs. Beth Johnston

Chemistry teacher Mrs. Beth Johnston is highlighted in this week's Teacher Feature. She's also opening up her classroom as part of Fall Spark Open House on Oct. 20
Alison McCallum

When is the Deadline for University Applications?

We break down the whens and whats of university applications so students and parents don't stress as deadlines approach

Athletics Week in Review: October 11

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

Athletics Week in Review: October 4

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

Grade 10 Students Sail Aboard the Pacific Swift (VIDEO)

Climb aboard the Pacific Swift with Grade 10 students who are learning outside the classroom! Watch them talk about their outdoor ed sailing experience
Timio Colistro

Should My Child Submit an Early Application to U.S. Colleges?

Early application to U.S. colleges can be a confusing subject for Canadian students. We break down the details to help you understand the admissions process to American schools

Athletics Week in Review: September 27

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

The Best School Year Ever is Back and Bigger Than Ever!

This year The Best School Year Ever® contest is awarding 20 boarding scholarships to high school students from North America
Eliot Anderson

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Eliot Anderson

Mr. Eliot Anderson, Director of the Senior School, is highlighted in the latest SMUS Teacher Feature

Athletics Week in Review: September 19

Field hockey and soccer are covered in the first SMUS Athletics Weekly of the 2017-18 school year
Alison McCallum

Recapping the Grade 12 Parent Information Evening

A recap of this week's University Counselling Parent Info Evening about post-secondary planning. And download the useful slideshow from the presentation!
SMUS Prefect Council

#SMUSSelfie Instagram Contest: Meet Your Prefect Council

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

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

SMUS in the News: Ewan Halliday and Matthias Hoenisch Battle For Yukon Tennis Title

Boarding students Ewan Halliday and Matthias Hoenisch were the last two standing in the men's single competition at the Yukon Tennis Championships

The SMUS Class of 2017 “Lifers”

A "Lifer" is a SMUS student that began at the school in either kindergarten or Grade 1 and graduated. Recently, the Grade 12 Lifers...

The Class of 2017

Congratulations to the Class of 2017. Valedictorian Speech by Jamison Schulz-Franco Family. Everyone here tonight is part of a family, within one big family. The big family...

2017 Senior School Closing Ceremonies

  SMUS held the Senior School Closing Ceremonies on Friday, marking the official end of the school year for the Grade 9-11 students. Every year,...
Quinn Ngawati

SMUS in the News: Quinn Ngawati

June 19, 2017 The Province Head of the Class 2017: Quinn Ngawati


When I was a boarding student, I wasn’t anywhere near as reflective as the students I heard today in our Closing Ceremony for Grades...
Head of School Bob Snowden

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Bob Snowden

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

SMUS in the News: Punch Buggy

June 11, 2017 CHEK News Grade 10 Experiential Program Punch Buggy: St. Michaels’ students convert classic Volkswagen Beetle into electric car (Photo courtesy of CHEK News)

Athletic Awards 2017

Congratulations to SMUS's student athletes on a great year in sport, and to our 2017 athletic awards recipients

Grade 10 Students Depart for Experiential Learning Pursuits

Grade 10 students head out on 'the pursuit' to immerse themselves in real-world activities and environments for experiential learning

Athletics Week in Review: June 6

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

SMUS in the News: SMUS Rugby Takes Provincial AA Three-Peat

June 3, 2017 Varsity Letters 1st XV Rugby Team SMUS play for fallen alum, top Brentwood College for B.C. AA three-peat

Athletics Week in Review: June 2

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

SMUS in the News: SMUS Makes Provincial Tennis Finals

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

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

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Andy Rodford

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
Sid Boegman

Sid Boegman ’16 Returns to SMUS to Talk Gender Identity

The SMUS Pride Alliance celebrated Pride Day this week with a variety of fun activities in the quad. The highlight was a talk and...
Quinn Ngawati

SMUS in the News: Pro Rugby Career Beckons for Quinn Ngawati ’17

2017 grad Quinn Ngawati, who will play rugby next year with the Toronto Wolfpack, is featured by Varsity Letters

Athletics Week in Review: May 16

Sailing, soccer, rowing, golf, track and field, badminton and rugby are covered in this week's SMUS Athletics Week in Review
Mark Turner

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Mark Turner

Our newly introduced Head of School Mr. Mark Turner is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature
Mock Election CTV Vancouver Island

SMUS in the News: Students Participate in Mock Provincial Election

CTV Vancouver Island talks to Senior School students participating in a mock election ahead of the official B.C. election

Athletics Week in Review: May 4

Golf, rugby, soccer and track and field are covered in this week's SMUS Athletics Week in Review

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Evan Fryer

Senior School math teacher, Senior boys soccer coach and Barnacle houseparent, Mr. Evan Fryer leads a very busy life inside and outside of SMUS. Since...

Athletics Week in Review: April 28

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

SMUS Talks Event Builds Student and Community “Connections”

Senior School students share what they learned from organizing and experiencing the inaugural SMUS Talks event

Athletics Week in Review: April 19

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

SMUS in the News: Blue Jags Eye Another Rugby Title

The Times Colonist features the Senior boys rugby team and their quest for another B.C. boys rugby title
Alison McCallum

University Counselling: Thinking Ahead to Summer

Ms. Alison McCallum, head of University Counselling, offers some great advice for how to spend some of your time off in the summer

Spring Break Service Trip 2017: Mexico

Grade 12 student Fo Wu writes about the Senior School Spring Break service trip to Mexico
Alex Cecill

SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Alex Cecill

Senior School art teacher Ms. Alex Cecill is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

Spring Break Culture and Service Trip 2017: South Africa

Grade 11 student Samantha Cuell writes about the cultural and service trip to Cape Town, South Africa at Spring Break

Spring Break Service Trip 2017: Tanzania

Grade 11 student Sara Perelmuter writes about her experience travelling to Tanzania over Spring Break as part of a school service trip

SMUS in the News: Jamison Schulz-Franco ’17 Recognized as “Future 15” Award Recipient

Grade 12 student Jamison Schulz-Franco is recognized by UniversityHub.ca as one of their "Future 15" award recipients

Athletics Week in Review: March 14

Basketball, rowing and rugby are covered in this edition of the SMUS Athletics Week in Review
Quinn Ngawati

SMUS in the News: Quinn Ngawati ’17 Among the Pack

Grade 12 student Quinn Ngawati, recently named to the Toronto Wolfpack rugby league team, is featured by Kiwi League Central
Mike Jackson

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Mike Jackson

Senior School science teacher Mr. Mike Jackson is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

The Best School Year Ever: “What is Your Dream?”

"It's always just been a dream of mine to go to boarding school." Find out who is the winner of a full-year boarding scholarship to St. Michaels University School

Athletics Week in Review: February 28

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

REVIEW: Opening Night of Ragtime

Senior School students – and members of the pit orchestra – review the Senior School musical, Ragtime

Athletics Week in Review: February 24

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

SMUS in the News: Natasha Kis-Toth ’18 at World Cup Fencing in Richmond

February 22, 2017 Richmond News Natasha Kis-Toth '18 The Pulse: En Garde

SMUS in the News: Ragtime’s Message Still Rings True

Saanich News promos the Senior School production of Ragtime, and the important message the show presents
David Allens and Christian Okiring as Coalhouse Walker Jr. in Ragtime

Curtain Call: Meet Ragtime’s Coalhouse Walker Jr.

The SMUSpaper sits down with the two students playing Coalhouse Walker Jr. in the Senior School musical, Ragtime
The Best School Year Ever

The Best School Year Ever 2017 Finalists Are…

We are excited to introduce you to the five finalists of The Best School Year Ever contest

Athletics Week in Review: February 16

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

SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Susan MacDonald

Senior School English teacher Ms. Susan MacDonald is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

Choosing the Right High School Courses at SMUS

Senior School students will soon pick their classes for next year. Find out everything you need to know to help you choose the right high school courses

Athletics Week in Review: January 31

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

AP Students Map Their Family’s Migration History

AP Human Geography students learn about migration by researching and mapping their family histories

Athletics Week in Review: January 24

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

Reflections on a Service Day for Project Somos

Students Aysha Emmerson and Dalal Tubeishat spoke in Chapel this week about Project Somos, a charity in Guatemala that helps single and widowed mothers and their children
sleep and learning

How Sleep Impacts Learning and Development

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

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Peter Butterfield

Choir teacher and boarding houseparent Mr. Peter Butterfield is covered in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

Athletics Week in Review: January 19

Basketball at the Senior School is covered in this week's SMUS Athletics Week in Review
Denise Lamarche

Ask SMUS: “Why Did the Senior School Timetable Change?”

The Senior School timetable change could be the start of a series of changes as we further explore how daily timetables and the academic year impact student learning
David Kerr

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. David Kerr

Senior School teacher Mr. David Kerr is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature
Brooke Herring

Athletics Week in Review: January 6

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

SMUS in the News: Toronto Wolfpack See Quinn Ngawati ’17 As One to Watch

Grade 12 student Quinn Ngawati – who earned himself a rugby league contract recently – is featured in the Ottawa Citizen
Jamison Schulz-Franco

SMUS in the News: Jamison Schulz-Franco ’17 Leads the Way on Field and Court

Grade 12 student Jamison Schulz-Franco is featured on Chek News in the lead-up to the inaugural Passion Sports UVic Alumni Basketball Tournament
Quinn Ngawati earns a spot with Toronto Wolfpack rugby team

SMUS in the News: Quinn Ngawati ’17 Earns Pro Rugby League Deal

Grade 12 athlete Quinn Ngawati recently earned himself a contract to play rugby with the Toronto Wolfpack, Canada's newest pro rugby team
Quinn Ngawati during the 2016 Boot Game

SMUS in the News: Quinn Ngawati ’17 Chasing English Rugby League Dream

December 17, 2016 The Province Quinn Ngawati '17 Victoria teen Quinn Ngawati chasing English rugby league dream

Putting the “Service” in Christmas Carol Service

Our annual Christmas Carol Service brings the community together for a beautiful evening of music and student reflections
sarah beeston

SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Sarah Beeston

Ms. Sarah Beeston, a SMUS alumnus, is highlighted in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

GALLERY: SMUS Community Comes Together for Christmas

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

Engage, Inspire, Empower

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

Athletics Week in Review: December 7

Colonist Cup soccer, alumni basketball and more are covered in this edition of the Athletics Week in Review

SMUS in the News: Quinn Ngawati ’17 Selected as Finalist for Pro Rugby Team

Grade 12 student Quinn Ngawati has been selected as a finalist to play for the Toronto Wolfpack, a new pro rugby team

Grade 10 Students Reflect on Experiential Opportunities

Three students write about their experiences so far in the unique Grade 10 experiential program

SMUS in the News: Blue Jags Take AA Soccer Title

The Senior boys soccer team's provincial AA victory is covered in the Times Colonist and Saanich News

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Kevin Cook

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

Athletics Week in Review: November 25

Volleyball, soccer and basketball are covered in this week's SMUS Athletics Weekly

At Home With Boarders Without Borders

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

SMUS Captures BC AA Boys Soccer Title

For the second time in three years, the Senior boys soccer team has captured the B.C. AA title. Starting as the 12th seed, based on...
Ritch Primrose

Walking the Talk On Healthy Eating

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

Grade 12s Return to Junior School for Lifers Assembly

Our Class of 2017 includes 19 Lifers – students who've been at SMUS since Kindergarten or Grade 1.

SMUS in the News: Senior Boys Punch Ticket to Colonist Cup Final

November 17, 2016 Times Colonist Senior boys soccer team SMUS, Reynolds punch tickets to Colonist Cup final

Vancouver Island AAA Girls’ Volleyball Championships 2016

Dates: November 18-19, 2016 Round robin matches are best of 3: first 2 games to 25, 3rd game to 15, no cap. Semi-final, bronze, and final...

Our Past and Future Reflected in the Sun Centre

This week I announced that we are beginning construction of the Sun Centre, our new Dining Hall and Student Commons. The Sun Centre –...

Remembrance Day: Stand in Silence and Remember

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

SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Nancy Mollenhauer

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

AP Students Travel to Bamfield for Hands-On Environmental Science

Grade 12 student Gina Brown writes about the AP Environmental Science field trip to the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

Athletics Week in Review: November 9

The first week of November saw several provincial titles up for grabs. Field Hockey It was with great anticipation that the Senior girls team headed to Surrey...

WANTED: (Even More) Amazing High School Students

We're well aware of it: The Best School Year Ever® contest is a little corny. But we're OK with that – because we know that this opportunity changes students’ lives.

SMUS Teacher Feature: Ms. Ruth McGhee

Ms. Ruth McGhee is no stranger to the SMUS neighbourhood. She was born and raised in Victoria, and her childhood home was three houses down...

Athletics Week in Review: November 3

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

Senior School Library Named in Honour of Bob and Joan Snowden

Senior School library is named and dedicated in honour of Head of School Bob Snowden and his wife Joan for their contributions to the school

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

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

Athletics Week in Review: October 25

Field Hockey It was a banner 10 days for the Senior girls 1st XI team. First, thanks to a late game winner from Anna Mollenhauer versus Oak Bay, and...

UK Universities on the Ground: Snapshot Impressions

I had the great fortune to be in the UK this past summer for nearly two weeks, touring a dozen university campuses from London...

SMUS in the News: Grade 11 Student Tony Liu Fundraising for Our Place

Grade 11 student Tony Liu is organizing a tennis event for October 22 to raise money for Our Place Society
Adrian French

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Adrian French

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

Athletics Week in Review: October 19

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

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!

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...

East Coast Campus Visits Part II: Places and People of the Maritimes

SMUS University Counsellor Ms. Kate Knight visited universities on the east coast of Canada to learn about studying at schools in the Maritimes
letter of reference

How to Get a Great Letter of Reference from a Teacher

Asking a high school teacher for a letter of reference is a crucial step to help make your university or scholarship application stand out

Athletics Week in Review: October 7

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

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Dave Hlannon

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

University Options: Look Beyond the Usual Suspects

Earlier this week, the CUE (Canadian Universities Event) came to Victoria. This annual event is a fair format with representatives from about 50 Canadian...

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

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

Athletics Week in Review: September 29

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

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Jordan Tessarolo

From studying biochemistry to playing in a professional ultimate frisbee league, get to know Senior School math teacher Mr. Jordan Tessarolo in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

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

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

Athletics Week in Review: September 20

The 2016-17 high school sports season at SMUS kicked off with our Senior boys soccer teams and Senior girls field hockey teams taking to the field

Digital Detox: Why Students Need to Unplug and Go Outdoors

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

Marching Toward Grad 2017

We hosted our annual Grade 12 Student and Parent Information Evening last week to help students and parents prepare for the year ahead. If...

Cultural and Service Trip: Volleyball Tour to Cuba

Right before school started, I traveled to Havana, Cuba along with 12 of my classmates – and volleyball teammates – led by coaches Bendfeld and...

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

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

SMUS Teacher Feature: Mr. Eric Donatelli

Get to know physics teacher Mr. Eric Donatelli in this week's SMUS Teacher Feature

Winding up to get back in the groove

Alison McCallum, Head of University Counselling, offers advice to Grade 12 students looking ahead at their post-secondary options
New Boarding Students

6 Tips for New Boarding Students – from Veteran Boarders

The six Grade 12 students elected Heads of our boarding houses offer advice to new boarding students
Starting High School SMUS

10 Tips for Starting High School on the Right Foot

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

SMUS in the News: SMUS Students Win Nanaimo Parklet Contest

July 13, 2016 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Fo Wu and Jasmine Yu '17 Nanaimo parklets leave lasting impact

The Graduating Class of 2016

Congratulations to the Class of 2016. We are proud to add 151 names to the ever-growing list of SMUS alumni, as the graduating class officially...

2016 Senior School Closing Ceremonies

On Friday afternoon, the Senior School Closing Ceremonies were held, marking the official end of the school year for the Grade 9-11 students. Among...

The Pursuit – The Culmination of a Grade 10 Experiential Year

After extensive research and collaboration, SMUS faculty designed a unique program for Grade 10 students focusing on experiential learning. Weaving hands-on and real-world opportunities...

SMUS Says Goodbye to Our Retiring Teachers

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

University Prep: Our Top 10 Tips for Summer!

We all know that lounging at the beach is great way to spend your summer vacation. But what else can you do that is...

Athletic Awards 2016

Congratulations to SMUS's student athletes on a great year in sport, and to our 2016 athletic awards recipients

SMUS in the News: Ryan Hindson ’17 a Standout in B.C. High School Basketball

June 10, 2016 Yukon News Ryan Hindson '17 Whitehorse’s Ryan Hindson a standout in B.C. high school basketball

Reflections from the Outgoing Head Girl and Head Boy

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

Athletics Week in Review: June 9

Our year of sports has officially wrapped up and there are several teams that competed in the last couple of weeks that deserve recognition. Rugby SMUS arrived in...

Wear Your Colours

There was a fabulous array of colours, university names, and accessories in assembly yesterday! We invited the Grade 12s and the school faculty (K-12)...

SMUS in the News: Grade 11 Students Have Designs on Parklet Competition

June 8, 2016 Saanich News Fo Wu and Jasmine Yu '17 St. Michaels students have designs on parklet competition

University Preparation for the Class of 2016: Beyond the SMUS Bubble

We hosted two events on Tuesday, May 24 with the goal of helping grade 12 students and their parents prepare for the next phase...

Experiential Learning: Was Mr. Buckingham Murdered?

Was it Mr. Jackson in the lunch room with the knife? Or was it Professor Plum in the laboratory with the lead pipe? It's early Monday...

SMUS in the News: Blue Jags Repeat as Provincial AA Rugby Champions

May 28, 2016 The Province 1st XV Rugby B.C. High School rugby results

Athletics Week in Review: May 19

Some major hardware was up for grabs on a number of fronts, as local playoff action finished in advance of the Island and provincial championships. Golf At...

Walk for Water Promotes Global Awareness at the Junior School

"If I suddenly said you couldn't drink the tap water, you couldn’t get any clean water, does anybody know where you would go for...

Students Seek Their Potential at CAIS Leadership Conference

Sliding doors at the airport opened to reveal a group of cheering individuals waving signs. In a haze of initial confusion, we were immediately...

French Public Speakers Deliver at Concours d’Art Oratoire

"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...

East Coast Campus Visits Part I: Places and People

The Fitbit monitor read 20,805 steps. It was one very full day of walking – walking to subway stops, through train stations, around university campuses,...

SMUS in the News: Ryan Totz ’16 Wins Four-Year Scholarship to UNC Chapel Hill

May 17, 2016 Saanich News Ryan Totz '16 St. Michaels student wins prestigious scholarship

SMUS in the News: Blue Jags find a way to Island soccer gold

May 18, 2016 Times Colonist Senior girls soccer SMUS Blue Jags find a way to Island soccer gold

Grade 9 Outdoor Trips are a “Challenging” Way to Push Yourself

Last week, all of our Grade 9 students headed out to various corners of the province to participate in outdoor trips that pushed them out...

Beyond the Bubble: Making a Successful Transition to University Life

University decisions are being finalized as I write; students are making plans about residence life and starting course selections for their first year at...

Athletics Week in Review: May 10

Soccer The Senior girls team was in the news a lot, after a spectacular and exciting 10 days of play. First, on April 26, a 74th minute goal...
Ogopogo Odyssey

Teacher Dorothy Hawes’ Children’s Book Comes Full Circle at SMUS

If it hadn't been for a couple "serendipitous" moments courtesy of St. Michaels University School, English teacher Dorothy Hawes likely wouldn't be celebrating the launch of her children's...
UCAS - University in the United Kingdom

Applying to a University in the United Kingdom

Studying at a university in the United Kingdom is highly specialized. Students focus on one specific area (for three years in England or four...

Summer School Options: Victoria and Vancouver

If you are looking to complete one of your Grade 10-12 courses this summer at summer school in Victoria or Vancouver, you have options....

Spring Break Service Trip 2016: Argentina

Argentina was better and worse than I expected, but it was undeniably memorable. Travelling with a group of 30 to a Latin American country where few...
Senior girls soccer

Athletics Week in Review: April 27

Sporting events have been coming thick and fast, in multiple sports and in events taking place not only locally but across Canada. Squash The team competed in the...

Spring Break Trip 2016: Japan

I suppose our Spring Break cultural trip began the day we left, which, since we were on our way to the other side of the Pacific...

Kindergarten Students Learn to Measure with Senior School Buddies

It's always a special occasion when our Junior School students visit the Senior School campus for some hands-on learning, and that was especially true...

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

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

Athletics Week in Review: April 20

Rowing The spring season is now fully underway, with SMUS recently competing at the annual Maple Bay regatta on Lake Quamichan. The races, featuring local clubs...

Spring Break Trip 2016: Europe

Before I went to Europe on a Spring Break music tour, I had never left North America. Being able to see just how similar...

Athletics Week in Review: April 15

The spring sporting season well and truly kicked into gear, with multiple SMUS teams in action in the first week back at school. Soccer The Senior...
Delphine Ji gene researcher

My Week as a Gene Researcher

My interest in science began at a hospital when my grandmother was diagnosed with diabetes. I was intrigued by the thought that there were...
SMUS Senior School student in class

University Pre-Requisites: The Devil is in the Details

It was the week leading up to Spring Break, and they were knocking on my door in the University Counselling office with increasing regularity....

Blue Jags Fall to Oak Bay in 22nd Boot Game

In front of a large and partisan crowd, on a glorious spring evening at UVic's Centennial Stadium, SMUS and Oak Bay contested the 22nd Rees Boot...

Spring Break Service Trip 2016: Nicaragua

This Spring Break a group of about 20 students travelled to the small rural town of Jiquilillo, Nicaragua on a service trip. A service trip...

First Ever SMUS Girls Rugby Team

Rugby is a tradition at the school; we’ve been playing for decades. And by “we” I mean the boys. Finally, years overdue, we're incredibly...

SMUS in the News: Delphine Ji ’16 Becomes a Gene Researcher for a Week

Prince George Citizen March 15, 2016 Delphine Ji '16 Federal grant for mushroom research at UNBC (photo courtesy of the Prince George Citizen)
The Senior boys basketball team made it to the finals of the B.C. AA Basketball Tournament for the third consecutive year.

Athletics Week in Review: March 16

With the winter season of play drawing to a close, the basketball season culminated in various BC championships, while rowing took place at Elk Lake. Basketball In Langley March 2-5,...

Interview with Garth Martens

Garth Martens is a Kelowna poet whose debut collection Prologue for the Age of Consequence, was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award of English-language...

SMUS in the News: Senior Boys Basketball at the 2016 B.C. AA Tournament

March 12 & 13, 2016 The Province Jags, Cavs to collide for BC 2A hoops title Epic first-half defence the key to stopping SMUS

Ryan Totz ’16 Wins Morehead-Cain Scholarship to UNC-Chapel Hill

One of the best parts about the work I do is the privilege I have to get to know so many incredible young people....

Standardized Testing for American College Applications

Standardized testing is a component of a student's application that some universities use to properly compare applicants from vastly different high school settings and...

Senior Girls Rugby Team Readies for Spring Debut

While the rugby season doesn't typically get under way until the spring, a group of SMUS students have been on the pitch since early...

Learning and the Brain: Mindfulness and Technology

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

Best School Year Ever Answers the Question “What If?”

For the past three years, The Best School Year Ever® boarding scholarship contest has challenged students across North America to ask themselves this question:...

SMUS in the News: Lelia Hoube ’17 Reports for the CBC

CBC's Jeun'info C.-B. March 2, 2016 Lelia Hoube '17 Pour la sauvegarde de la langue squamish (scroll down to the second to last video)

SMUS in the News: Senior Girls Basketball Coach Lindsay Brooke Talks Provincials

Times Colonist March 2, 2016 Senior girls basketball Island's top girls basketball teams begin chase for provincial titles
The Senior boys basketball team competed in the Island AA Tournament last week.

Athletics Week in Review: February 29

The Senior boys basketball team hosted the Island AA Tournament late last week, with the eventual SMUS versus Lambrick Park final game producing an array of...

REVIEW: Opening Night of The Phantom of the Opera

The SMUS production of The Phantom of the Opera premiered on Thursday, February 25. The opening night cast starred Ajay Parikh-Friese as the infamous...

Robotics Club Takes Home Lego Trophies After Competition

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

20 Minutes to Figure Out Life – Really?

Back in 1918, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson was asked how long it took to prepare a speech. He answered, "That depends on the length of...
Two students from the SMUS Senior School production of Phantom of the Opera

Behind the Mask: Meet the Phantom of the Opera

Tonight the Senior School production of The Phantom of the Opera debuts to a nearly sold-out crowd at the McPherson Playhouse. For months, students,...

SMUS in the News: The Phantom of the Opera Production

February 24, 2016 Senior School production of The Phantom of the Opera Saanich News St. Michaels students stage Phantom of the Opera at McPherson Shaw TV (see video above)

Athletics Week in Review: February 24

The hoped-for basketball "dream weekend" never quite materialized, as SMUS suffered a series of close defeats in playoff action. First, the Senior girls took part...

Victoria – A Hub for Off-Campus Learning Opportunities

One of the many advantages of SMUS’s location is our ability to participate in opportunities that exist in a thriving city like Victoria. Looking...

Phantom Performers: Meet SMUS’s Two Viscount Raouls

The clock is ticking, and we are now less than one week away from the debut of the Senior School musical, The Phantom of...

Athletics Week in Review: February 16

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

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...

The Best School Year Ever: And the Finalists Are…

For the past month, a panel of judges (made up of students and teachers) has been watching and rewatching all of The Best School...

Phantom Performers: Meet SMUS’s Two Christine Daaés

After months of hard work, long rehearsals and dedication, the Senior School musical production of The Phantom of the Opera debuts at the McPherson...

Higher Learning and Life: A Look at Our Grade 10 Experiential Program

This September the school took a big step forward in offering a Grade 10 experiential program that blends into everyday classes, applies the lessons...

Career Day 2016: Preparation for Life After SMUS

On January 27, the Senior School hosted its 7th annual Career Day. Students in Grades 9 through 12 had the opportunity to learn about a...

Athletics Week in Review: February 3

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...

Mia Roberts: Overcoming Injury with Commitment and Leadership

Mia Roberts, like many SMUS athletes, is a multi-sport student; soccer in the spring, field hockey in the fall and basketball in the winter....
SMUS Head Boy Jasper Johnston talks to the Junior School about leadership.

SMUS Head Boy Talks “Excellence” at the Junior School

  On Friday, SMUS Head Boy Jasper Johnston visited the Junior School and spoke during assembly. He spoke from the heart to the K-5 students...

Syrian Refugees Talk Family, Compassion With SMUS Students

by Liza Weymar and Radha Raina, Grade 9 students Last week in Modern Studies 9, our class had the fortune of meeting two Syrian refugees...

Athletics Week in Review: January 21

It was another frenetic week of basketball, with multiple SMUS teams in action and with the school playing host to the 37th annual Victoria...

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

by Ms. Maureen Hann, education technology specialist In December, SMUS students participated in the Hour of Code, a worldwide initiative aimed at introducing school-aged children to...

Athletics Week in Review: January 12

Before the winter holiday break was over, numerous SMUS basketball teams were back in action early in the new year. Pride of place went to the Senior...

Taylor Rankin ’99 Inspires Students to Play Outside of the Box

SMUS alumnus Taylor Rankin and his violin Leroy returned to SMUS this week to work with our Senior School strings students on improvisation and...

THE JAG: A Species Profile on the Blue Jaguar

by Jack Forgrave When it comes to our beloved mascot, the Blue Jag, numerous naysayers claim that this majestic beast “isn’t even a real animal.”...

THE JAG: The Pride Alliance

by Jacki Zhang and Jiawen Chan What does pride mean to you? To Pride Alliance members Sid and Molly, pride is more than a lunchtime...

Athletics Week in Review: December 16

Senior girls basketball enjoyed a successful week, playing in the Victoria Christmas Tournament and winning three straight games before falling to Pacific Christian School in...

THE JAG: An Interview with Dr. Sarah De Leeuw

A Professor and Journalist visits SMUS by Jiawen Chan & Jacki Zhang What is your writing process and editing process like? Do you have any quirks...

THE JAG: The Harsh Realities of War

On Thursday, November 26, Canadian veteran soldier Rafiele Gardezy, brother of senior student Desirée MacIntosh, came to campus to speak to students in AP...

SMUS Community Gathers for Fun Christmas Celebration

As with any family, the holiday season just doesn't feel complete unless everyone gathers together for some fun and merriment. And at SMUS, that...

Law 12 Students Head to Court for Mock Trials

by Mr. Bruce Maxwell The two Grade 12 Law classes participated in mock trials this week. One class experienced firsthand a criminal case, while the other had a civil...

Athletics Week in Review: December 11

SMUS basketball got underway on multiple fronts, with teams eager, after weeks of practice, to see game action. The Senior girls had a particularly busy schedule, giving...

Music, Reflections Bring Christmas Carol Service to Life

Against the backdrop of the majestic Christ Church Cathedral, our annual Christmas Carol Service is a wonderful way for our school community to assemble and get into...

SMUS in the News: Ajay Parikh-Friese ’16 Returns to the Belfry Stage in...

Oak Bay News December 3, 2015 Ajay Parikh-Friese '16 Oak Bay teen returns to the Belfry stage

Math 10 Students Use Trigonometry to Solve a Crime

A newscaster (very much resembling math teacher Mr. Steve Bates) comes on the television to deliver breaking news. "At precisely 7:47 this morning, Mr. Andy...

Athletics Week in Review: November 26

Senior boys soccer headed to provincials in Burnaby November 23-25, looking to repeat as AA champions. An Island No. 1 seeding resulted in a favorable...

Surf, golf, and study…come to St. Andrews (but not for the weather!)

On a blustery Scottish day, I took the train from Edinburgh to St. Andrews to have a wee visit with my former advisee and...

Athletics Week in Review: November 12

The fall sports season moved into its closing stages, with Senior girls field hockey taking centre stage, as SMUS hosted the BC AA tournament on the turf...

SMUS in the News: Senior Boys Soccer Wins Island Title

Times Colonist November 12, 2015 Blue Jags bag another Island AA boys Soccer title Blue Jags eye third straight Colonist Cup

Never Forget: Remembrance Day at the Middle and Senior Schools

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...

Athletics Week in Review: October 28

As Halloween approaches, most of the SMUS fall sports teams are gearing up for playoffs at the local, Island and provincial levels. Front and centre has been the...

THE JAG: Thinking About an Exchange?

by Saje Griffith Ever thought about doing an exchange? Do you enjoy getting to know people from other places and cultures? Wondering what other people think...

THE JAG: Environmental Service Outtrip Review

  by Delphine Ji At the beginning of October, I was given the chance to lead the very first Environmental Service Outtrip to Salt Spring Island. No one knew...

THE JAG: Meet Hinton Chair Mr. Bruce Maxwell

by Sara Owen-Flood Mr. Maxwell is the new Hinton Chair at SMUS teaching History 9 and Law 12. You may have seen him coaching the Junior...

THE JAG: Welcome to The Jag!

Welcome to The Jag! It’s a new school year, and the SMUS school newspaper has a new name and editor. My name is Becca Thomson and...

It’s the most wonderful time of the year … to be in Grade 12!

Fingers dog ear pages of an academic calendar. Eyes squint at the computer screen as the mouse clicks, scrolling through program choices and admission...

Post-Secondary Information for Parents

If you were unable to attend our information session held in the Chapel on Tuesday night, please visit the webpage below to view a...

Learning and the Brain: Sleep and Exercise

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

Athletics Week in Review: October 9

Twenty-one members of the squash team took part October 2-4 in the Vancouver Island Open. Unlike most junior tournaments, which are divided by age group, this event...

7400 College Counselling Peers, 2 Campuses, and 1 Coalition

My University Counselling colleague, Timio Colistro, and I spent 4 days in San Diego last week attending the 'National Association of College Advising and...

A SMUS grad at UC San Diego

Len (SMUS Grad ’12) is in his fourth year of study at the University of California, San Diego, in the Jacobs School of Engineering....

Summer days…

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

‘We Need Students to Understand the Impact of Politics’

With the federal election less than two weeks away, the SMUS Review asked some of our politics and history teachers to write about why it's important to...

Three ways to support our young leaders

Shifting from summer mode to the pace of September at SMUS can be a significant transition and the amount of information at this time...

Tour de Rock Team Rolls in to SMUS

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...

New Head Girl and Head Boy Aim to Strengthen Cross-Campus Community

We may only be a couple of weeks into school, but some students – Sarah Jones and Jasper Johnston, in particular – have been thinking...

Grad 2016, Start Your Engines!

In the world of education, September really is like everyone else's January: it's when we set new directions, make resolutions, and fine tune our...

Clubs and Councils are a Great Way to Get Involved

One of best ways to jump in head first at the Senior School is by joining a new club or council; getting involved in something...

Taking ‘Appropriate Risks’ to Make for a Great School Year

When Mr. Andy Rodford (Director of the Senior School) addressed students this week at the opening day assembly, he encouraged students to take "appropriate risks" over...

The SMUS Chapel: Reworking Space for Our Growing Community

More than half a century ago the school community came together to do something extraordinary: build the Chapel. In the early 1960s, the school –...

‘Band Geeks’ Heads to Victoria Fringe Festival

Students from SMUS and a handful of other Greater Victoria schools returned to class a little earlier than most of their classmates this summer, all for...

Grace Thomas Represents Canada at World Squash Tournament

In the world of squash, Nicol David, Ramy Ashour, Raneem El Weleily and Nick Matthew are all household names. And before each one of them...

SMUS Musician Shines in ‘Once-in-a-Lifetime’ Symphony Performance

POP QUIZ: Which talented musician performed to a screaming crowd of more than 40,000 British Columbians this past long weekend? a) Taylor Swift b) SMUS student Ben...

Go to university in Norway? Hvorfor ikke?

One of the many reasons I love my job is because I get to live vicariously through my students as they find out about...

The perfect addition to summer vacation!

Wondering how to fill your time this summer? Want to get a jump start on narrowing that list of university choices? Why not combine a visit...

‘This Has Been The Best School Year Ever!’

Last September, Santiago Mazoy, Alessandra Massa and Silke Kuhn began their school year at St. Michaels University School. The three finalists in our inaugural...

Congratulations to the Class of 2015!

An excerpt from a speech by Eva Grant, co-valedictorian When I was going through the college application process last fall – and can I get...

Senior Students Celebrate School Year’s End

As the school year comes to an end, students and staff alike take the time to think back to September and reflect on all...

Leavers’ Chapel Marks Last Days for Grade 12 Students

Before the Class of 2015 finishes at SMUS, the Grade 12 students were treated to their final chapel service. Weekly chapel is always a...

AP Students Get Behind-The-Scenes Tour of B.C. Legislature

by Olivia Roberts, Grade 11 On June 1, all three AP Comparative Government and Politics classes went on a field trip to visit the British...

2015 Athletic Awards

by Lindsay Brooke, Athletic Director The 2014-15 school year has simply been the finest ever in SMUS sporting history. Pride of place goes to the athletes and coaches...

Getting Ready for USA Applications

Grade 11 - Most applications to USA colleges and universities will be completed using the Common Application (https://www.commonapp.org). This is where you create your...

A day at the beach or 5 hours in an exam room?? Know your...

Standardized testing is a component of a student's application that some universities use to properly compare applicants from vastly different high school settings and...

Lifers Look Back on 13 Years at SMUS

September 5, 2002. Avril Lavigne's "Complicated" was sitting atop the charts, kids everywhere were anxiously awaiting the release of the second Harry Potter movie,...

Athletics Week in Review: June 10

The 70th edition of the Canadian Secondary Schools Rowing Association Championship was held June 5-7 in St. Catharines, Ontario. Some 2,000 athletes, including the...

Aspiring Young Fashion Designer Wins National Student Design Contest

For someone who only recently took an active interest in the fashion world, Kiko Wu is very quickly making her talents known. The Grade 11 student...

Long summer days ahead

Ah, June. There is so much to do this month, and also so much promise for the two months that lie in wait. Some...

Athletics Week in Review: 1st XV Win Provincial Gold in Rugby

The 1st XV rugby squad travelled to Abbotsford May 27-30 to take part in the BC AA Championships. Among other things at stake, following...

Athletics Week in Review: Senior Girls Soccer Wins Bronze at Provincials

The Senior girls soccer season came to an end in a most exciting manner, as the team took part in the BC AA Championship...

SMUS in the News: Victoria’s Blue Jags rare triple crown winners

May 31, 2015 The Province SMUS boys rugby lets peerless defence carry day, Victoria’s Blue Jags rare triple crown winners Times Colonist Vancouver Island schools take BC rugby honours    

SMUS in the News: Chris Hadfield’s SMUS Chat

Retired astronaut Chris Hadfield's digital visit to SMUS on Monday (May 25) piqued the interest of some of our local media. Two great stories, courtesy of...

Astronaut Chris Hadfield Talks Space, Music and Education with SMUS Students

Astronaut Chris Hadfield became the unofficial ambassador of science to the universe in 2013 when he took command of the International Space Station and gained international attention...

SMUS’s Club Hub: Prefect Assembly

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...

19 SMUS Grads Earn Dogwood Scholarship for Extra-Curricular Excellence

Nineteen Grade 12 students were recently announced as recipients of a $1,000 Dogwood District Award, recognizing their excellence in non-academic work. The awards, which recognize achievement...

Oman – the Takatuf Scholars

The country of Oman forms what you might call the “ball of the foot” of the Arabian Peninsula: on the southeast corner, at the...

Athletics Week in Review: May 22

Congratulations to the 32 SMUS Track and Field athletes who took part in the Vancouver Island Championships May 13-14. Over two busy days, athletes...

Senior Students Sharpen Leadership Skills at Montreal CAIS Conference

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

Students Deliver at French, English Public Speaking Competitions

Trophy shelves are a little heavier this month for a number of talented SMUS students who spoke their way to a fantastic finish at...

SMUS’s Club Hub: 30 Hour Famine Club

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

Athletics Week in Review: May 12

Senior badminton traveled to Nanaimo last week to compete in the Island Championships. Historically, SMUS has performed very well at this event, and, once again,...

One road to med school

I had the opportunity to meet with one of our '09 grads, Colin,  this morning to talk with him about his path from high...

Grade 12 Student Composes a Personal SMUS Musical Journey

The journey that is high school is unique and very personal for every student. Most don't express that full experience in a public forum; offering up something tangible that...

Summer study opportunities

AP season is upon us now and there is ever increasing talk of exams in June, but many students are also turning their minds...

Athletics Week in Review: May 5

After winning the league early last week, the Senior badminton team entered the City tournament April 30 as top seed and slight favourites. Jake You and Theo Wu played especially...

SMUS’s Club Hub: Photo Club

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

Athletics Week in Review: April 30

It was a banner week for Senior girls soccer, as SMUS won six straight games in a 72-hour window to capture the local AA City...

Spring Break Service Trip: China/Vietnam – Part II

by Lucas Simpson, Grade 10 After a ferry ride, several bus rides, a 13.5-hour flight, another two-hour flight, and hours of layovers, we finally arrived...

SMUS’s Club Hub: Sustainability and Outdoor Council

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...

Cross-Campus Strings Show Highlights Musicians of All Ages

by Darin Steinkey Some people are surprised to hear that SMUS students begin learning to play stringed instruments in Grade 4. The real surprise, to...

Grade 12 Student Uses Science Fair Project to Offer a Helping Hand

As 3D printers grow in availability around the world, so too will affordable 3D-printed products. And one of the more innovative and life-changing devices that makers...

University Counselling Parent Information Evening

On Tuesday evening, there were over 80 parents and students in the Lecture Theatre listening to our University Counselling team talk about the myriad...

Spring Break Service Trip: China/Vietnam – Part I

This week, Sara Owen-Flood and Derry Li each wrote about their Spring Break trip for a Model UN Conference in China; and for a week-long service opportunity at...

Athletics Week in Review: April 21

The spring season has kicked into high gear, with numerous teams on the go. This past weekend, seven members of the Senior School squash team traveled...

Brain Awareness Week: Staying Stress-Free at the Senior School

Brain Awareness Week at the Senior School is always fun and educational, with lots of activities to do and see. From terrific and insightful...

Spring Break Service Trip: Mexico

by Christian Okiring, Grade 10 A service trip is an opportunity to discover something about the world and about yourself. My service trip to San...

SMUS’s Club Hub: Reach for the Top

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...

The University of Guelph-Humber

Some record low temperatures were set in the Toronto area this winter (2015). On my visit to the University of Guelph-Humber on the west...

Athletics Week in Review: April 15

The SMUS spring rowing season began April 11-12 at the Maple Bay Regatta, held this year on Lake Quamichan. Several local clubs (Maple Bay, Nanaimo, Victoria City Rowing Club) and a...

Spring Break Service Trip: Kenya

by Amy Bodine, Grade 12 Author Pat Conroy wrote: “Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again...

Blue Jags Lose the Boot to Oak Bay in Tight Rugby Match

In what will go down as one of the most exciting games in Boot Game history, Oak Bay roared back from a large deficit to...

Athletics Week in Review: April 10

Senior girls soccer has made a strong start to the season. Just before spring break, SMUS decisively defeated St. Margaret's. Gabby Freer, Claudia Wheler (2), Maggie Manson-Blair,...

2015 Rugby Tour: The Home Stretch

With happy memories of Seville still fresh in the mind, the tour party heads west into the Algarve in southern Portugal for a day...

2015 Rugby Tour: Lisbon

We have finally found some consistent sun and, as I type, happy sunburnt faces are filing in for breakfast on a blue sky day...

Student’s Connection to Vanuatu Strengthened By Natural Disaster

It was just last summer that Grade 9 student Finn Goodyear and his family were on the island of Tanna, Vanuatu. There, they stayed...

2015 Rugby Tour: A Dose of Sun!

As we gear up to leave the sun and pool of gorgeous Abufeira, here are a few shots of our time in Sevilla and...

2015 Rugby Tour: Chasing the sun

March 23, mid day, and the tour party, after a three  hour bus transfer from Granada, arrives in Seville. First impressions of the city...

2015 Rugby Tour: A Few Pictures

Without consistent wifi in Marbella, we were unable to load pictures.  Here are a few from our days at La Alhambra and Marbella.  Stay...

2015 Rugby Tour: Dos Victorias!!

The spectacular La Fallas "cremata" complete, the tour party, after just few hours shut eye, boarded the bus for the six hour bus ride...

2015 Rugby Tour: Carnival

It was an early morning departure from Barcelona, with the tour group still buzzing from the previous day's visit to La Sagrada Familia. The...

2015 Rugby Tour: Off and Running!

We have enjoyed a fantastic start to the tour!  Sunday morning opened with blue skies and cool temperatures and the group started with a...

2015 Rugby Tour: A Long Haul

After almost 25 hours in transit the tour group has finally touched down to clear skies in Barcelona!. A long layover in Calgary afforded...

SMUS’s Club Hub: Math Challengers

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...

SMUS Students Earn Perfect Scores on Advanced Placement Exams

Grade 12 student Nick Scholz and 2014 grad Jennifer Park achieved something quite rare last year. The two students are among only 285 in the world to...

Model UN Competitions Are Fun and Rewarding Experiences

by Jonathan Mostovoy, Grade 12 Last weekend I attended the Canadian High School Model United Nations (CAHSMUN) in downtown Vancouver. Being a veteran at these types...

Talented SMUS Athlete Represents BC at Canada Winter Games

by Grace Thomas Competing in the 2015 Canada Winter Games was one of the best experiences of my life. I started playing squash about five years ago....

Students Make Meaningful Connections to Local Charities

A trio of students earned $5,000 for the Bridges for Women Society last week as part of a service project in their Planning 10...

Best School Year Ever: And the Winner is…

It happened again. SMUS launched its second Best School Year Ever contest in October 2014 with the tagline: "Wanted: One amazing high school student." What...

2015 Rugby Tour: Ten Days To Go!

Departure day is nearing as the SMUS Senior Boys Rugby squad gets set for its March 14-31 tour to Spain and Portugal. The excitement...

SMUS’s Club Hub: Buddy Reading Club

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

Athletics Week in Review: March 4

The Senior boys basketball team took part in the Island AA tournament February 26-28 at Kwalikum, registering three comprehensive victories to capture the title. In...

Legally Blonde

Legally Blonde is a clever title – for a movie, and more so, I think, for the musical the movie begat. Last night our...

SMUS’s Club Hub: Outdoor Leadership

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...

Beyond the Blonde: Meet SMUS’s Lead Actors

After months of hard work, our Senior School presentation of Legally Blonde: the Musical opens tonight! Students, staff, parents and volunteers have been at it...

Athletics Week in Review: February 25

The pressure was on this past week as basketball swung into playoff mode. At Junior boys level, SMUS traveled to Brentwood to compete in the...

Grade 1 and 11 Students Become Fairy Tale Heroes

Once upon a time there lived a group of young princes and princesses learning about fairy tales in their Grade 1 class. Her Royal Highness the...

Students become more effective leaders at SMUS

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

SMUS’s Club Hub: Admissions Ambassadors

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...

Athletics Week in Review: February 18

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...

Meet the Best School Year Ever Finalists

The SMUS campus has been buzzing with Best School Year Ever chatter for months now. We launched the 2015-16 scholarship contest in late October,...

Beyond the Blonde: Senior School Musical Behind the Scenes

by Kyus Hicks, Grade 12 Since watching Guys and Dolls while visiting the school in Grade 9, I knew that I wanted to be a...

2015 Rugby Tour: Four Weeks Out

We are officially 6 weeks away from our departure on March 14th.   The boys are excited and have been impressing the coaching staff with...

Spreading the Word About the Life-Changing Value of Service Trips

Every week, students attend Chapel for an opportunity to talk about leadership, character and belief. It's also a venue for students to report back...

Athletics Week in Review: February 4

Basketball was the name of the game at SMUS this past week, as our teams participated in a number of tournaments as we approach playoffs in...

Experience the SMUS Community at Open House: February 20

by Paul Leslie, Director of Admissions The SMUS Open House is an opportunity for families to visit our Junior, Middle and Senior school campuses and get...

Squashing the Competition: A Mid-Season Review

by Chris Hanebury, coach The 2014-15 SMUS squash season started with a number of amazing results. In November, four members of the team traveled to...

Transformed Grade 10 Program Opens Doors to a World of Experiences

On Tuesday, we hosted our Course Information Evening to provide insight and information to parents and students about the programs SMUS has to offer in the coming...

Athletics Week in Review: January 27

Squash took centre stage this past week with a highly competitive ISA Tournament at Shawnigan Lake School. After three days of relentless action, the...

Pitch Perfect: Large Ensembles Concert

If there's one thing that's certain about attending a SMUS concert, it's that your ears are always in for an outstanding auditory smorgasbord. From...

Athletics Week in Review: January 21

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

How to Rock a Networking Event

by Laura Authier, Director of Marketing and Communications One of the most valuable tools I have in my professional kit is my network. In my...

Learning and the Brain: Executive Functions Part III

"It's impossible."  "It's too hard."  "I want to give up."  "I don't think I can do it." Do any of those sound familiar? All of us,...

SMUS Broadens Its Technological Scope

by Denise Lamarche, Director of Academics One hour is all it takes to introduce children of all ages to coding and get them excited about...

Athletics in Review: January 13

Much has occurred on the basketball front since the last Week In Review blog post. The Junior boys, in the Oak Bay Invitational in December, played extremely...

Cambridge Update from Keiler Totz ’13

Life at Cambridge University has been an incredible experience so far. Any initial fears about moving to a new country and attending one of...

Happy SMUS Year! Looking Back at 2014

As is customary for most people at this time of year, the first days of January is a time for reflection; looking back at the previous 365...

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

Every family has Christmas traditions. For the SMUS family, our tradition is a very large gathering (everyone from Kindergarten to Grade 12 comes together)...

How to Win the Best School Year Ever Contest

With the deadline to enter our Best School Year Ever video contest fast approaching, we want to help boost your chances of winning the once-in-a-lifetime...

Athletics Week in Review: December 10

The basketball season continued apace, with numerous SMUS teams in action through the week. The Senior boys started proceedings with a physical 65-43 league-opening win...

Carol Service Brings Reflections on the Holiday Season

Our annual Carol Service is a joyous opportunity for members of the SMUS community to gather and reflect on what the holiday season means to...

Boarding Community is Full of Good Surprises

This is the fourth part in a series of candid blogs written by our 2014-15 Best School Year Ever winners on the Good, the Bad and the Surprising of their boarding...

Global Issues Are Everyone’s Responsibility

by Livia Newman, Grade 10 One hundred and three students, teachers and parents took time out of their busy schedules last Friday to attend the...

Athletics Week in Review: December 2

Second term sports got underway November 24, with many of the SMUS basketball teams in action. The Senior boys, behind David Lee's game high 19...

The Challenges of Living as a Boarder

This is the third part in a series of candid blogs written by our 2014-15 Best School Year Ever winners on the Good, the Bad and the Surprising of their boarding...

Small Ensembles: Small on Numbers, Big on Talent

Each year the Small Ensembles Concert, the first major event of the music season, offers students the opportunity to perform in front of an...

Athletics Week in Review: November 26

With the first-term sporting calendar drawing to a close, SMUS Senior girls volleyball traveled to MEI near Abbotsford November 22 for a six-team wild card event. At stake was...

Building Lasting Friendships is Intrinsic to Boarding Life

This is the second part in a series of candid blogs written by our 2014-15 Best School Year Ever winners on the Good, the Bad and the Surprising of their boarding...

Gold Medal Victory for Senior Boys Soccer Team at Provincials

With ISA, Colonist Cup and Island trophies already on the mantel, the Senior boys soccer team traveled to Burnaby November 17-19 to compete in the BC AA Championship. A...

Celebrating Basketball with the SMUS Community

The 2014-2015 basketball season gets underway Saturday, November 22 with a Celebration of SMUS Basketball, a full day's worth of games featuring SMUS athletes from...

SMUS Students Recognized for Leadership in Philanthropy

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

Athletics Week in Review: November 18

In frigid conditions at UVic's Centennial Stadium, SMUS Senior boys' soccer ​captured the prestigious Colonist Cup, defeating arch-rival Oak Bay 2-0 on November 12 in front of a large...

Vibrant Boarding Community is My Second Family

This is the first part in a series of candid blogs written by our 2014-15 Best School Year Ever winners on the Good, the Bad and the...

2014 Senior Girls Volleyball Islands Championships

Tournament dates: November 14-15, 2014 SEEDING/POOLS SEED TEAM POOL # SEED TEAM POOL# 1 Ladysmith A1 2 Brentwood B1 3 SMUS A2 4 GNS B2 5 Kwalikum A3 6 Woodlands B3 7 PCS A4 8 St. Andrews B4 GAME SCHEDULE: FRIDAY NOV 14th Time Single Gym RESULT Featured Court RESULT 12:00 Ladysmith v PCS  2-0 SMUS v Kwalikum  2-0 1:15 GNS v Woodlands  0-2 Brentwood v St. Andrews  2-0 2:30 Ladysmith v Kwalikum 2-0 PCS v SMUS 1-2 3:45 GNS v St. Andrews  2-1 Brentwood v Woodlands 2-0 5:00 Ladysmith v SMUS 2-0 Kwalikum...

Helping your Child Transition to University

Written by Matthew Gardner, M.Ed, RCC , who is one of our SMUS personal counsellors. The stress of adjusting to university or college is...

Athletics Week in Review: November 12

Fresh from capturing both the Island AA title and the May Tully Shield, the Senior girls field hockey team headed to Oliver to play in the BC...

Wanted: Three Amazing High School Students

Last school year, we launched an unusual recruitment campaign: we made available a once-in-a-lifetime contest experience for North American high school students. Up for grabs...

Remembrance Day: We Need to Remember

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

Happy Halloween!

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

Athletics Week in Review: October 29

It was another busy and successful sporting week, starting with SMUS' performance in the Vancouver Island Cross Country Meet at Beaver Lake. Indeed, 36 runners took part...

SMUS Distinguished Alumnus: Melissa Sawyer

This week, Melissa Sawyer '94, the recipient of the 2014 SMUS Distinguished Alumnus Award visited the school to speak with students about her life and...

Athletics Week in Review: October 22

It was a week of high drama, with the CAIS U15 girls soccer honour at stake, Senior girls volleyball visiting Saskatchewan and SMUS hosting...

Learn about American college options

Next week will be a busy week for students looking at their post-secondary options south of the border. Details about all university visits are included...

Athletics Week in Review: October 15

The Senior boys soccer team continued to display impressive form, registering two more comfortable wins to remain on top of the Tier 1 Victoria...

SMUS Field Hockey Goes on the Offence

Next weekend, the SMUS community will be hosting the 2014 SMUS Invitational Field Hockey Festival and of course, our hockey team will be looking...

Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA

Whitman College is a top Liberal Arts choice for SMUS students.  Located in the southeastern corner of Washington state, close to the Columbia River,...

Athletics Week in Review: October 7

A large group of interested athletes came to rowing tryouts and were measured in a series of fitness events. They also went through an...

Athletics Review: October 1

With the Grade 11 class away on out trips and the public schools finally back in session (but only just getting their own athletic...

Royal Holloway, University of London

Representatives from both Admissions and the Faculty of Law were here this morning to talk about the merits of this university 45 minutes outside...

Student Exchanges Offer Cultural Immersion

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have...

Link Crew Leads the Way

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

Ready, set, apply!

http://youtu.be/eBE1isCvKyw?list=UUmtp7zgg7HYTtns7ySiXOmA On Thursday, September 4, University Counselling hosted an information evening for Grade 12 students and parents to disseminate important information about what this year...

Athletics Week in Review: September 22

Despite the uncertainties created by the public school strike (happily now resolved), the 2014-15 SMUS sporting year is underway, with record numbers having tried...

Canadian University Representatives on our Campus

Admission representatives from universities near and far have started their annual pilgrimage to Victoria, armed with viewbooks and information to give to prospective students. Here...

A Different Perspective: Nicaragua

By Siri Knudsen and Megan Harrison, Grade 12 Over the past two school years, two service trips have gone to Nicaragua. We participated in the...

Four Universities in New York State

Rochester and Syracuse are just an hour by air from Toronto, and Cornell and Colgate are both an easy drive from either of these...

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Roommates

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

New Year, New Brain Series

If you've never been to a Learning and the Brain lecture, well, you're forgiven. But you should sign up right away for the September...

Simple Things

Each September, you only get one chance to make your first address to the students, in my position. Sort of like remembering you only...

SMUS Welcomes the World

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...

The Class of 2014

An excerpt from a speech by Lydia Kenzie, co-valedictorian Allow me to speak to one particularly memorable day spent with all of you. Valentine’s Day,...

How to Download Images from the SMUS Photo Gallery

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

2014 Athletic Awards

The 24th SMUS Athletic Banquet was held June 16. Congratulations to all the athletes who represented the school in 14 varsity sports this year....

Looking ahead: applying to the UK

The UCAS (University and College Admission Service) has activated its apply system (Apply 2015) much earlier than usual.  Just go to this link: http://www.ucas.com/apply/undergraduate  Make sure...

Grade 9 & 10 Closing Ceremony

While our Grade 9 and 10 students are not entering their final year of SMUS or heading off to university, the end of the...

Athletics Week in Review: June 10

With students gearing up for exams, there was still time for a few final athletic events, with a thoroughly enjoyable 5-aside barefoot soccer tournament...

Keeping the Beat For War Child

by Keeley Copeland, Grade 11 This year’s ‘Keep the Beat’ was a great success. The SMUS Arts Council worked together with students, staff and other...

Jazz Night Embraces Rock, Soul and the ’80s

The annual Jazz Night (either the 12th or 13th annual, depending on who you talk to) is a great event for the musicians to...

Athletics Week in Review: June 3

The high school sporting season came to a close May 31, with a series of provincial championships. Track & Field In the track and field provincial...

SMUS Lifers Go Back to Kindergarten

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

Post-Secondary Transition Talk Without the Fluff

The evening began with an intentionally playful process using a panel interview format à la Jimmy Fallon: there was no preparation of questions but...

Business Students Learn From TeaPops Success Story

Business 10 students recently had the chance to get advice from the entrepreneur behind DeeBee’s SpecialTea Foods. Dr. Dionne Laslo-Baker and her TeaPops, tea-based...
Senior Rugby BC AA 8831

May 27: Athletics Week in Review

Senior Boys Rugby The 1st XV started the BC AA Tournament on May 24 with an opening round game played at Brentwood College, versus Frances...

Sending our chicks out into the world

As University Counsellors, we delight in our students’ successes and excitement about their post-secondary plans, but sometimes it is tinged with a little bit...

My Journey to Gene Researcher For a Week

by Cindy Kim, Grade 11 I was a sickly child, living in hospitals more than I did at home as my body attracted all kinds...

May 20: Athletics Week in Review

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...

Walk for Water

by Sarah Taylor, Grade 12 Walk for Water is happening on Friday, May 23. Free the Children puts on this annual event to raise awareness...

Service Day: Fundraising for Nicaragua

Throughout the year, Service Days offer students a chance to shed their uniform in exchange for a small donation to a good cause. Next...

NYU Abu Dhabi: Where Magic Happens

When I was invited in April to visit NYU Abu Dhabi for a weekend, my first reaction was 'absolutely', thanks to my strong adventurous...

French Students Succeed at Concours d’Art Oratoire

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...

SMUS Ecuador and the Galapagos Trip

by Caryn Cooper, Grade 10 The 2014 SMUS Ecuador/Galapagos trip! Where to begin even writing about it? Begin at the beginning, you say? Very well... In...

Leveraging the Power of GIS in Geography 12

Geography 12 at SMUS has been completely redesigned, thanks in part to the ESRI Canada GIS in Education Grant awarded to our school recently....

April 29: Athletics Week in Review

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...

And the BSYE finalists are…

Ever since January 15, when Kalkidan Amare, David Boroto and Ann Makosinski helped SMUS launch the Best School Year Ever scholarship contest, there's been...

Mixed Ensembles Concert "Out of this World"

by Jake Humphries, University Counsellor and Stage Crew To be successful as a musician, a performer must have the "big picture" of what music is,...

Here is something you can do if you were not accepted to the program...

Ryerson University in Toronto has just published its list of university programs that are not yet filled. If you were hoping to be selected...

Athletics Week in Review: April 23

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...

Jobs 2020

The website CanadianBusiness.com includes various lists and rankings of future employment opportunities. Their recently published list, “Canada’s 100 Best Jobs” demonstrates some interesting trends....

The Leadership Puzzle

Every student at SMUS is a leader, but each one will have to figure out what kind of leader they will be and how...

Athletics Week in Review: April 16

Rowing On April 12, the SMUS rowing team attended the Maple Bay Regatta, competing against local clubs Maple Bay, Nanaimo and Victoria City in addition...

Brain Awareness Week: Senior School

It was a busy week at the Senior School with many opportunities for both students and faculty to expand their understanding of the human...

SMUS Keeps the Boot

On a perfect evening for rugby, in front of a large and boisterous crowd of some 800 at UVic's Centennial Stadium, the SMUS 1st...

Looking ahead to summer

Sometimes students want to use the summer months to get ahead in some coursework, preview a course, or take advantage of a unique learning...

Soccer and Badminton off to a Great Start

Junior Girls Soccer The team kicked off the season with a hard fought 2-1 win over GNS. SMUS opened the scoring early in the first...

Finding the Magic for Term 3

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

Public Speaking Champ Earns Trip to the UN

Since joining the SMUS community in 2011, Eva Grant has established herself as a strong voice in support of marginalized issues and has practiced...

Adventures in Experiential Education

Every year at this time, a group of eager Grade 10 students challenge themselves with an experiential education. For the third term, the students...

Rugby Springs Back From Break

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...

Rugby: Opening Matches of 2014

After six weeks of slogging through the rain and mud, Junior and Senior boys rugby finally started their respective seasons. Exhibition matches were on tap...

The Value of Student Travel

This Spring Break, some SMUS students will be taking part in an annual tradition of Spring Break trips. These international trips will take students...

Senior Boys Basketball: Tripped Up at the Final Hurdle

After months of preparation, the Senior boys basketball team traveled to Langley for the BC AA Tournament. Qualifying had been the group's initial goal...

A New Extreme at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Internationally-recognized artist Chin Yuen has been working with SMUS students as part of the New Extreme program run through the Art Gallery of Greater...

Squash: BC Junior Closed Tournament

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

Rowing: Elk Lake Spring Regatta

Though Mother Nature, thanks to a combination of wind and freezing temperatures, limited the rowing team to only five water-training days through February, hopes...

Audience Laughsalot at Spamalot

Last night, the SMUS production of Spamalot debuted on the McPherson stage. Based on the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail and...

A Cross-Campus Fairy Tale

by Cate, Grade 1 We were excited to have the Grade 11 Spanish class come to visit our Grade 1 class! It turns out that...

Senior Boys Basketball: AA Island Champs!

The 2014 Vancouver Island Senior Boys AA Tournament concluded on Saturday, February 22 in the most dramatic manner possible, as SMUS, following a Danny...

Connecting the Dots

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

Choosing A Course

Even though September 2015 seems a long time away, the time for students to plan their courses is, well, right now. For a peek...

Attending a Small University – Julian Allen, SMUS Class of 2012

Applying to University is a stressful, yet exciting time. The process provides you with the opportunity to explore your personality and identify a place...

Basketball: Junior Girls Take City Championship

The past two weeks of basketball certainly been busy and action packed, with numerous exciting games on tap as the SMUS teams positioned themselves...

All We Need is Like

There was lots of Valentine's Day love spread around all three campuses today, but love isn't confined to one day of the year. Last...

Ryan Taylor, SMUS Class of 2011, comments on Colgate University

Colgate University, nestled in the heart of central New York, is an ideal school for students who love the close-knit and vibrant campus life...

Rowing: Monster Erg Competition

On Sunday, February 2, the University of Victoria held the 29th edition of the grueling "Monster Erg" competition. This year, hundreds of athletes competed in...

Why Go On An Exchange?

by Jasper Johnston, Grade 10 This March break, I get the amazing opportunity to travel with two other Senior School students, Oria James and Emily...

Life lessons from a career in media

I had the good fortune to listen in on the Career Day session offered by SMUS alum, Susie Wall, last Wednesday. Officially, she was...

Senior Basketball: Wins in Countdown & Classic

The Senior boys basketball team retained its BC AA #1 ranking, capturing the title at the Countdown to Playoffs Tournament at Brentwood College. In running...

Networking – An Essential Skill

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

Squash: ISA Championships at SMUS

On Friday, January 24th, SMUS hosted an extremely successful and competitive ISA Squash Championships. In the Open Girls event, the SMUS top team of Grace...

Nash Visit Highlights Week of B-ball

The Senior boys basketball team took part January 23-25 in the prestigious Vancouver College Emerald Tournament. In a field loaded with ranked AAAA teams,...

Large Ensembles: The Diversity of Music

It was an exciting kick-off to the 2014 music season this week, as Band Director Gordon Clements made his debut on the Farquhar stage....

SMUS in the News: Free School Year

Victoria News January 24, 2014 Free school year in Victoria for best and brightest

Basketball: Teams Court Victory

The Senior girls concluded a very busy week, hosting both a return league game against Parkland and then the Victoria City Police Tournament. While the...

Senior Boys Basketball: SMUS Captures Police Tournament

The Senior boys basketball team concluded a successful week of play, capturing the 35th Victoria City Police Tournament after a showdown in the January...

Students on Ice in Antarctica

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

The Reality of Life Online

We hosted Jesse Miller of Mediated Reality this week, and he spoke to students, parents and staff about the illusion many people have of...

Malala Yousafzai: Activism or Exploitation?

Malala Yousafzai is the young Pakistani girl who the Taliban attempted to assassinate because of her activism for the right to education, especially for...

The Best School Year Ever

Today is the Day of Silence organized by our student chapter of Amnesty International. Good thing, therefore, that I was able to say my...

Basketball: Beyond Senior Boys

While the Senior boys have been in the limelight a good deal over the past month, having just reclaimed the provincial AA #1 ranking,...

Service Trip? India?

If you have ever considered going on a service trip, this video (created by SMUS student Olivia Sorley) may motivate you to sign up! She...

Squash: Canadian Junior Open

The beautiful White Oaks Conference Resort and Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake played host to the 2013 Canadian Junior Open last December 7th to 10th. 270...

Student Short Film Tops VFF Contest

http://vimeo.com/81909195 Grade 12 student Olivia Sorley took first place in the Senior student category for the Victoria Film Festival, which officially begins on February 7,...

Bamfield Trip Fuels Environmental Science Experience

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

Senior Boys Basketball: Holiday Wrap Up

The Senior boys basketball team just completed an extensive Christmas/New Year's exhibition schedule, competing against some of the best teams in Western Canada. The Blue...

SMUS in the News: 28th SMUS Invitational

Island Sports News December 29, 2013 2014 SMUS Invitational Senior Boys and Girls Basketball Tournament

All We Want for Christmas is SMUS

It wouldn't be the holidays at SMUS without the annual all-school assembly. From chipmunks to kings, the traditional student-led skewering of the faculty, a...

Duke of Edinburgh Award Recipients 2013

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is an exciting self-development Programme available to all young people ages 14-25, equipping them with life skills to make a...

What About Santa Fe?

Sitting on the high plains at an elevation of 7,000 feet and just to the west of the sangre de Christos mountains, Santa Fe,...

Senior Boys Basketball: Jags Grasp #1

In front of a large and enthusiastic home crowd, the SMUS Senior boys basketball team moved to the top of the AA provincial rankings...

It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Basketball Season

The basketball season moved into full operation, with multiple teams in action the week of December 2-8. The provincially AA #2 ranked Senior boys split...

Junior Boys Basketball: Scrappy Efforts

The Junior boys basketball campaign did not get underway in the most auspicious circumstances, with Lucas de Vries, the team's only legitimate post player,...

Les Roches and Glion in Spain and Switzerland

Les Roches, Marbella If students who are interested in studying business want a programme in which they can learn to specialize in an industry while...

Rowing: Back on Terra Firma

With Novice Rowing training and racing now complete, the SMUS Competitive squad has started its own pre-season program. 49 athletes from Grades 8 to 12...

Senior Boys Basketball: Let’s Get it Started

Fresh off the November 23 opener against the Alumni team, our Senior basketball boys kicked off their pre-season with a very busy week. Up first...

Small Ensembles: Standards and Experiments

A show with a solid foundation of standards punctuated by experimentation and nerves, the Small Ensembles concert is always a good time. With a...

Learning and the Brain: Cultivating Strengths

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

Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Australia is optimistic. Its people are positive and forward-looking. Business is good. And the weather’s great! International students would be lucky to study in...

Alumni Basketball: Student Side Keeps it Close

The winter term sports scene kicked off officially November 23 with the Alumni Basketball games. In the first of three contests, an older yet...

Senior Girls Volleyball Wrap Up

The Senior girls volleyball season came to an end this past weekend, as - for the second straight year - SMUS was eliminated in...

Recitations: Keep Calm and Speak On

http://youtu.be/u4PmY8m8wl8 While the exercise of reciting a monologue in public is a rare occurrence, those who have this skill in their pocket when they need...

YALP: Keynote Speakers Provide Fresh Perspective

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

Senior Girls Volleyball: Wild Card Berth

The Senior girls volleyball team completed a successful weekend at the Island AAA Championships in Campbell River, navigating through a powerhouse field to claim...

Fall Theatre Production Captures Life of Anne Frank

by Morgan McLeod, Head of Theatre A mere two months ago, we had our first read through of The Diary of Anne Frank. It was...

Grade 9 Rugby: Undefeated ISA Champs

Grade 9 boys rugby concluded November 14, with SMUS travelling to St. George's in Vancouver to take part in a season ending ISA Festival. The...

Squash: Ivy League Scrimmages

Four members of our squash team - Janel Gaube, Grace Thomas, Gavin Maxwell and Jason Yoo - spent the Remembrance Day long weekend in...

Senior Girls Volleyball: Peaking at the Right Time

The Senior girls volleyball team appears to be rounding into form at just the right time, following an exciting 3-2 win over Claremont on...

SMUS in the News: Blue Jags End Colonist Cup Drought

Times Colonist November 13, 2013 St. Michaels Blue Jags Defeat Glenlyon Norfolk Gryphons to End Colonist Cup Drought

Field Hockey Wrap Up

The Senior girls field hockey season came to a dramatic close the week of November 4-10, starting with the May Tully Shield match against...

The SMUS Distinguished Alumni Series: Douglas Freeman

The SMUS Distinguished Alumnus Award recognizes alumni who have excelled in their chosen fields and have been involved in their communities. This year's Distinguished...

Senior Boys Soccer: Island AA Tournament

Riding high after qualifying for the prestigious Colonist Cup, the Senior boys soccer team took part in the Island AA Tournament November 5-6 at...

Soccer: Two Teams Reach the End of the Line

Senior Boys Developmental The Senior boys developmental team came up just short in Colonist Shield semi-final action, going down 2-1 to favoured St. Andrew's. As had...

Rowing: Against the Wind

In what has been an ongoing, but no longer even mildly entertaining theme, Mother Nature - through driving rain and heavy winds - drastically...

Senior Girls Volleyball: City AAA Champs

The usual hectic Senior girls volleyball season moved through the final round of league play, confirming city placings within respective tiers and positioning teams...

A Hectic Halloween

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

Grade 9 Rugby: Missed Conversion Seals the Deal

On October 24, the Grade 9 rugby team traveled to West Vancouver's Klahanie Park to play Collingwood. With both teams unbeaten this season, all...

SMUS in the News: Senior Boys Soccer

Times Colonist October 29, 2013 Senior Boys Soccer St. Michaels University School, Glenlyon Norfolk bound for Colonist Cup soccer final

Field Hockey: Blue Jags Retain Island Championship

It was another exciting seven days for the Senior girls field hockey team. On Monday, October 21, powered by an Olivia Donald hat trick, SMUS...

Senior Boys Soccer: Colonist Cup Quarterfinal

The Senior boys soccer team, following a fourth place league finish, matched up with #5 Reynolds in Colonist Cup quarterfinal action on October 24. Playing...

Field Hockey: Tough on the Turf

After the rigours of the previous two weeks, with a tournament in Ontario followed by the Bridgman Cup, the Senior girls field hockey team...

Rugby: Always on the Run

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...

Volleyball: Steady As She Goes

Junior The Junior girls hosted the ISA Tournament, playing steadily enough to finish 6th in the twelve team event. In opening day pool play, thanks...

Soccer: A Fevered Pitch

Senior Boys The Senior boys soccer squad hosted Oak Bay October 17 in the final round of league play, with supporters from both sides treated...

Rowing: The Fog Lifts

The rowing team competed October 19-20 in the second of three fall competitions, where - due to the horrendous weather which cut short the...

Cross Country: Take It On the Run

Competing at Beacon Hill Park in ideal fall conditions, the fourth race of the season saw 17 SMUS runners take on a course modified...

17 visits, one busy week!

Did you know that we had 5 university representatives on campus today, and we have 12 more coming in the next 4 days? It's...

Examining Introversion and Extraversion

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

NACAC Toronto Conference and Thomas Friedman

Ms McCallum and I have recently returned from a trip to the centre of the universe, Toronto, where we attended the National Association for...

Grade 9 Rugby: In Pictures

Led by Jason Liao and Christian Okiring, the Grade 9 Rugby team edged by Brentwood 34-33 in an eleven try thriller to remain unbeaten...

Senior Girls Volleyball: Race for the Lindal Cup

The Senior girls volleyball team won an important AA challenge match at St. Margaret's, but not without some anxious moments. Improved serve-receive and commanding...

Shifting the Power

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

Senior Girls Field Hockey: Bridgman Cup

Fresh off their victory at a National Independent Schools Tournament in Ontario, the Senior girls field hockey team turned its attention to local matters....

Soccer: Junior & Senior

The Junior boys, despite bowing to league leaders Oak Bay, still finished third in the league and will open City playoffs October 16 vs...

Thanksgiving, Canadian Style

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....

A university with butterflies, tunnels, and a superlab?!

I spent a day at Carleton University for a rapid-fire update about the Ontario universities.  At the end of the day, a few counsellors...

38 Universities. One Night.

Tomorrow (October 8) universities from across the country will crowd into the SMUS gym to meet the students they hope will join their schools....

Field Hockey: Three is the Magic Number

The Senior girls field hockey team took a break from local league action, travelling to Oakville, Ontario and the beautiful lakeside campus of Appleby...

Volleyball: Resilience Brings Improvement

Both our Senior and Junior teams saw action this week. The Senior girls volleyball team suffered a somewhat disappointing league defeat on October 1 to...

Athletics Wrap-Up

Though the Senior and Junior boys soccer successes of the past week have drawn the lion's share of attention, many other SMUS teams have...

SMUS in the News: Senior Boys Soccer

Times Colonist October 1, 2013 Senior Boys Soccer Blue Jags stay perfect in early going of Lower Island high school soccer

Home of the bilingual Gee-Gees

With 41,000 students (36,000 undergrads) on a campus that is only 0.5 km by 1 km, you would think that it would feel squashed....

Junior Girls Volleyball: Rising to the Next Level

Photo by Becky Anderson The Junior girls volleyball team, after a busy training camp, opened its exhibition season September 20-21 at the Trinity Western University...

Rowing: A Hard Rain Falls on Crabfest 2013

With the 2012-2013 competitive rowing season affected to a large degree by poor weather, it was hoped that a new school year would allow...

Looking Into the Ivy League

by Ana Maria Fernandez, Grade 12 With the end of high school approaching, it becomes inevitable to start thinking about our post-secondary plans and what...

Junior Boys Soccer: Jags Ride the Storm

There are lots of full resolution images from Sunday's final available for viewing and download in our photo gallery. Thanks to Jasper Johnston for...

Starting at SMUS: A Parent Perspective

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

Starting at SMUS: A Student Perspective

by Elaine, Grade 10 boarder, Symons House Last Christmas, I got an email from SMUS and it gave me the email address of a girl...

Writing Help Now Available On Demand

by Denise Lamarche, Director of Academics Stroll past Crothall 108 between 3:30 and 4:30 pm, Mondays through Thursdays, and you might notice some students working...

Junior Boys Soccer: Off and Running

The Junior boys soccer team, in a promising start to the season, opened its account September 18 vs GNS. On a glorious fall afternoon, SMUS...

Grade 9 Rugby: SMUS Interupts Rhythm of the Saints

Our Grade 9 rugby team played their second match of the young season, hosting St. George's in a much-anticipated clash. The two teams had...

Field Hockey: Piling Up the Shutouts

The Senior girls field hockey team faced its usual hectic early season, completing no less than 11 matches in just eight days, a period...

Minnesota – 10,000 Lakes and Some Great Universities

Minnesota’s Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul) are alive with arts and athletic activity – The Minnesota Twins, Vikings, Wild, Timberwolves, (baseball, football, hockey,...

Grade 9 Rugby: First Appearances, Big Win

The Grade 9 Rugby squad made its season debut September 19, taking on Mulgrave on a beautiful fall afternoon at storied Brockton Oval in...

Senior Boys Soccer: "The vagaries of sport"

The Senior boys soccer squad, mainly featuring Grade 11 players but brimming with talent, opened its campaign with a 4-1 exhibition victory over Stelly's...

Senior Volleyball: Strong Early Season Matches

Having graduated four key starting players last year, the SMUS Senior Girls Volleyball team opened its 2013 season with a September 17 league match...

Terry Fox Run: A Canadian Tradition

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

All Aboard!

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...

Leadership Via Horsemanship

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

Follow Me: Link Leaders

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

An Early Start for Grade 12 Planning

by Greg Marchand The University Counselling presentation for Grade 12 students and their parents that was held on September 12th was a great success with...

Meet Your Head Boy and Girl

Dear New SMUSdents, Welcome! On behalf of the entire school, we welcome you to our SMUS family! As you may already know, our school welcomes...

A Google Science Fair Summer

One of our students had a particularly exciting summer; Ann Makosinski was the sole Canadian out of 15 finalists in the Google Science Fair,...

From Secret Garden to Shakepeare

After taking on the role of Mary in the SMUS production of The Secret Garden last year, Grade 12 student Ellen Law spent her...

Graduation: A Rite of Passage

by Darin Steinkey, Senior Houseparent, Timmis House There are different types of energy all rolled into one when it comes to a graduation ceremony. There’s...

A Fitting Close to the Grade 9 and 10 Year

by Darin Steinkey, Senior Houseparent, Timmis House A colleague sitting next to me mentioned how much she enjoyed what she called the "lighter" closing ceremony....

Reflections on India

by Darin Steinkey Each member of this group has spent time in India and wanted to share their impressions in Chapel. Whether it was a...


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

Athletics Review: SMUS Hands Out the Hardware

by Darin Steinkey A hearty thanks to all the coaches and teachers that contributed to the Athletics Review this past year and especially to Lindsay...