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Humility, Compassion and Service

SMUS has four pillars – Respect, Honesty, Courage and Service – that buttress the Vision and Mission. The pillars are part of our daily...

Spring Break Service Trip 2018: India

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

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

Spring Break Service Trip 2017: Mexico

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

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
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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

Middle School Lends a Hand and Enjoys Community Service

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

SMUS in the News: Feeding Our Future Program Helps Low-Income Youth in Victoria

July 15, 2016 Sodexo's Feeding Our Future program Victoria News Program helps feed youth from low-income families in Victoria CTV Vancouver Island July 14 – CTV News at 6...
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SMUS in the News: Sean Lider ’16 is a Giving Grad

June 14, 2016 Saanich News Sean Lider '16 Giving grad

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...

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...

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...

Middle Schoolers Make a Lasting Difference on Community Service Day

Last Friday, the entire Middle School spent the day out of the classroom and lent a helping hand in the community. Community Service Day at...
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‘Tis the Season for Service Learning at the Junior School

Student leaders at our Junior School are busy like elves, collecting money and items as part of a variety of fundraising drives to make...
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Grade 2 Students Learn Real-World Math With Hands-On Lesson

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

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...

SMUS on Mt. Tolmie

Since 2010, SMUS has been a part of a restoration program on Mt. Tolmie. With Dave Lock of the Mt Tolmie Conservancy Association, we have...

SMUS Volunteers Strike Again!

A group of SMUS students helped with an event that 1-Up (the Single Parent Resource Centre) was holding last Saturday. They arrived early in the...
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Student Travellers Return from Service and Culture Trip to Greece

Learning about Greece from a classroom is interesting; learning about the Mediterranean country and its rich history by actually travelling there is unforgettable. Last school year, Middle...
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Building Sweet Friendships on Service Outings to Care Home

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

Welcome Back!

Welcome back, and if you are a new student to St. Michaels University School, welcome to the school! At SMUS, every student in the Senior School does...
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Bug Unit Inspires Malaria Prevention Fundraiser

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

We were so happy to see Shayla Baumeler (SMUS Grad '13) featured for her Service and Volunteer work by Mount Allison University. She was involved...
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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...
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Junior Students Bond With Seniors

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

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...
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Eco-Warriors in Their Natural Habitat

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

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

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

by David Boroto, Grade 11 India. Just a few weeks ago the word was a mystery to me and nine other SMUS students and staff....
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Nicaragua: Changes

by Claudia Wheler, Grade 10 Going to Jiquilillo, Nicaragua was a whole new experience for me. I had never been on a service trip -...
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Mexico: My First Service Trip

by Flora Feng, Grade 9 I once saw a man on TV, who spent a year doing service in Africa. His mind and values, and...
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Reflecting on a Year of Service

by Céline Rubeli, Grade 10 As I joined SMUS last September, I simultaneously became part of a community in which service is integral. Reading through...
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Pennies Fund Ongoing Service Project

When Canada announced it was discontinuing its penny, it gave one of our teachers an idea for a fundraiser, which will help fuel the...
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Grade 8 Boarders Farm for a Cause

Photos by Kevin Lin by Jerry, Grade 8 Boarder In honour of Earth Day, all the Grade 8 boarders went to Woodwynn Farms on Saturday, April...
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Spring Break Stories: Buenos Aires

Photos by Shayla Baumeler, Grade 11 by Ethel Kiggundu, Grade 11 boarder On March 15, twelve students and three chaperones embarked on a trip that would...
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100th Day of School Cause for Celebration

by Kathleen Cook We had an amazing week with the celebration of 100th Day last Wednesday. The students have been bringing in soup cans for...
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SMUS in the News: Elementary Students Help Battle Cancer

CTV News December 9, 2011 SMUS Grade 2 class Elementary Students Help Tristan Taylor in his Cancer Battle
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SMUS Continues to Support Liberian School

Last year, the SMUS community came together to raise funds to help a school in Liberia get a new roof and a latrine. Now,...
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Middle School Spends Day Serving Others

All the teachers and students at the SMUS Middle School spent their entire Thursday out in the community. From student musicians performing for senior...

Service in Action

Thanks to Danny Park for this account of a service opportunity that took place on October 15th, 2011. Today, six of the Barnacle Boys, Daniel...

Busy Weekend for Tigers and Superstars

Last weekend was a busy one for Service at SMUS. The Timmis Tigers spent Saturday morning on Mt. Tolmie with Dave Lock of the Mt....

This Week is National Volunteer Week!

Thank You. Canadians have a long and inspiring history of volunteering and community involvement. With 12.5 million people across Canada dedicating their time, volunteers are...
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Insights From the Dominican Republic Trip

by Christina Chwyl, Grade 11 The Dominican trip was definitely worth the 48 hours of travel there. Although the orphanage didn’t need our help for...
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Reflections and Action – International Service Trips

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On the heels of a motivating chapel...
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Dariusz Dziewanski ’97 Talks International Development

Alumnus Dariusz Dziewanski '97 returned to speak to AP Human Geography and Geography 11 students about Liberia, where he has has been living and...

Junior School Sends Stockings to Dominican Republic

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

Over 200 Stockings Filled!

"On Saturday afternoon, nine students and one houseparent went to help the Extreme Outreach Society fill Christmas stockings. Each fluffy red stocking contained a...

Grade 2 Bakers Whip Up Some Gingerbread

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

Middle School Dedicates Day to Service

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

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

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

Barnacles Spotted on Mt. Tolmie!

A group of 20 students from the Barnacle Boarding House spent two hours pulling broom on a crisp and sunny Saturday morning.  They joined Dave Lock from...

Free the Children Co-founder Speaks at SMUS

by Madison Hadfield, Grade 11 Marc Kielburger and his brother Craig founded Free The Children in 1995 when Craig gathered 11 school friends to begin...

Hot Dog Wed as seen by a student

by Kathryn Leigh Parsons, Grade 12 student Over the past few weeks, St. Michaels University School students have been taking part in a fantastic volunteer...

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