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Andy Rodford

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...

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

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

Grade 2 Students Give Back With Souper Bowls

Grade 2 students bought a bowl and visited Fired Up! to paint their one-of-a-kind dish, which will be donated and used at the Souper Bowls of Hope.
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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

Service Opportunities – June 2

Hot Dog Wednesday is back! If you would like to come along to Hot Dog Wednesday on June 8th please email Mrs. Parker to let...

Student Uses Music to Fundraise

by Emily Hayashi, Grade 12 Looking back on my service trip to Kenya two years ago, I didn’t realize I was signing my initials beside...

SMUS Keeps Up the Beat

by Oliver Brooks, Grade 12 student On Friday May 28th, SMUS had its 9th annual Keep the Beat music marathon and fundraiser for the non-profit...

Students Serve Up Service Downtown

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...

Spring Break Stories: Ghana Service Trip

by Kaylynn Purdy, Grade 12 They say that once you go to Africa, you are changed forever. I completely agree. This spring break I had the...

Junior Students Try to Save the Farm

by Jamison, Grade 5 It was a really nice day out and it was the end of the day. Almost everyone brought a donation for...

Students Bring Change to Haiti

by Lincoln Welsh, Grade 12 On January 16, 2010, a group of 15 SMUSdents and friends from other schools banded together in response to the...

Students Spread Cheer Downtown

by Erin Anderson, editor Some service-minded students spent last weekend brightening the days of anyone who was lucky enough to be strolling through Victoria's downtown...

Former Refugee Speaks to Students

by Gita Keshava, Grade 11 As students in a wonderful, peaceful country and an outstanding school environment, it is often hard to imagine ourselves in...

Grade 8 Students Sell Muffins for Haiti

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

Junior School Funds Farm Animals Overseas

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

Free the Children Gala Returns to SMUS

by Caitlin Farquharson, Grade 12 Over the past five months, a group of over 60 students from Grades 9-12 have been planning every detail of...

Middle School Delivers Christmas Hampers

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

Junior School Gets into the Spirit of Service

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

SMUS Recognized by War Child Canada

SMUS received a certificate from War Child Canada this week, for being one of the top fundraising schools for the organization. By selling t-shirts,...

Grade 2 Students Bake Up Some Holiday Cheer

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

Free the Children Group Visits Junior School

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

Junior School Service Applauded

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

Junior Students Collect Coats for Kids

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

Student Helps Launch Philanthropy Report

by Scott Dallen I was asked to speak on October 6, 2009 at the Victoria Foundations Vital Signs launch as a member of the Youth...

How 'Me' Becomes 'We'

by Kelly Twa, Grade 12 student This year's Me To We Day hosted by Free the Children in Vancouver was an experience that exceeded expectations...

Students Give Back

by Roslyn Van Der Wal One of the Service Department's goals this year is to provide all students with meaningful volunteer opportunities, allowing them to...

Cops for Cancer Rock SMUS

The Tour de Rock returned to SMUS yesterday, and students showed their support for the riders by shaving their heads, waxing their legs and...

Grade 11 Students Sacrifice Hair of All Kinds

Our Grade 11 students kicked off the Cops for Cancer festivities early yesterday, as they held their own head shave to raise money for...

Our Service-minded Students Online

Annie Pike, Nuraiyah Kassam, and Gita Keshava at GM Place Over 30 of our students attended the We Day festivities in Vancouver, a Free the...

A Summer Cycling against Cancer

by Kaylynn Purdy, Grade 12 student One day, after going out for a ride, I had the inspiration to use cycling, the thing that I...

Schools Partner with the World

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

Students Entertain Seniors

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

Making Hunger Personal

by Dorothee Stieber, Grade 12 The annual SMUS 30 Hour Famine took place from Thursday, April 3rd to Saturday, April 4th. Under the passionate leadership...

Students Give Hugs

See slideshow Last week, seven SMUS students spread a little love by giving away hugs to anyone who wanted one. The group of volunteers were...

SMUS Walks for Water

This Friday, over 80 students and staff carried pails of water around campus to show solidarity with the millions of people around the world...

SMUS Students Speak Out With Silence

This Wednesday, many of our students went the whole day without saying a word. Classrooms, hallways and boarding houses were noticeably quieter, as over...

Grade 4 Students Give

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

Junior School All Souped Up

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

Gala is a Spectacular Fundraiser

by Nicolette Varma The Free the Children Gala went off without a hitch as over 280 people attended to support the repair of the devastation...

Students Return from Dominican Republic

by Samantha Green and Giuliana Bianco Over the winter break, eight students travelled to the Dominican Republic, taking part in the annual service trip to...

Students Host Gala Event

This Sunday, SMUS students, parents and guests are invited to attend the Free the Children Gala, a student-run fundraising event featuring SMUS musicians. The...

Junior School Celebrates the Season with Service

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

Middle School Shows Awareness

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

Service Thrives at SMUS

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

Malawian Visitor Shares a Story of a School

This week, Memory Mdyetseni, Director of APU Secondary School for Girls in Malawi, spoke to students about the challenges girls face in pursuing education...

Middle School Student Runs Fundraiser

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

Middle School Students Get Justice

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

Tour de Rock Rolls Into SMUS

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

Student Service Goes Global

Last week, over 3,000 young people from all over the world gathered in Los Angeles for the Global Call to Action Conference. The conference...

World Partnership Walk

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

Latin Fiesta Honours Linda Sipos, Raises Funds for Orphanage

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

Students Learn about Charitable Funding

Through their research and powerful presentation skills, a group of Grade 10 students was awarded $5000 to donate to a local charity last week....

Third World Meals for Junior School Children

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

Students Fast for Famine Awareness

Dedicated Senior School students gathered their pledges and said goodbye to Brown Hall food for a solid 30 hours last Friday. Over 80 students...

Service Learning and Peace Jam in Minneapolis

Last month, five of our service leaders, Riordan Forsyth, Anna Fretz, April Hall, Nikki van der Wal and Nicole Cook, took part in the...

Penguins and Dragons, Oh My!

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

Keeping the Water Flowing

More than 100 Senior School students participated in Walk for Water, a fundraiser for the Adopt a Village campaign, which benefits the victims of...

Sharing and Caring in the Dominican Republic

Over winter break, 14 Senior School students and three staff members participated in Orphanage Outreach, a programme dedicated to providing support to orphaned, abandoned...

Grade 8 Girls Take the Lead

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

Service Council Goes Local

Last week, students involved in service went out into Victoria to connect with local organizations in need of some assistance. Working with Our Place...

Challenge 20/20 Students Host Poverty Panel

Many representatives from organizations dealing with poverty participated in a discussion with students involved in the North American Independent Schools Challenge 20/20 competition. MLA...

Students Shed Uniforms for Service

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

Book Sale Funds Used to Buy Books

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

Middle School Raises Funds for Mexico

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

SMUS Service Day Serves Orphanage in India

The last SMUS Service Day in June raised around $1200 for the Mother Teresa Orphanage in Bangalore, India, which Middle School student Trenton Schulz-Franco...

SMUS Shows We Care with Hair

Faculty, students and parents will be keeping their heads cool during the coming winter, as many shed their locks for cancer this week. The...

Cops for Cancer Tour Through SMUS

On Thursday morning, 800 SMUS students and 100 SMUS staff lined the driveway to the Richmond campus, anticipating the arrival of 26 riders from...

SMUS Students Run for Terry Fox

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

SMUS Student Bikes with Courage for Cancer

This past Sunday, Grade 12 student Graham Inglis was one of 350 riders who took part in the inaugural Tour of Courage in Vancouver,...

SMUS Soccer Supplies Travel to East Africa

While many students spent their summers at recreational camps or hanging out at home, Liam Maclure spent most of his on a charity mission...

Keeping the Beat

It was hard not to spot the Senior School Keep the Beat Music Marathon participants on Friday. The musicians, sporting bright green War Child...

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