Tag: welcome

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A Great Start to the 2017-18 School Year!

Acting Head of School Mr. Andy Rodford's welcome message to the SMUS community
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Big Moments

A movie director would want a brilliant sunny morning for the first day of school. Wednesday morning was such a day, as I milled...

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
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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
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Junior School Celebrates New Students at Welcoming Assembly

Last Friday, the Junior School ceremoniously welcomed all our new students to the school with an address from Head of School Mr. Bob Snowden,...
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Here we go…

All summer, there is not much noise on the Richmond Rd. campus - apart from the occasional siren on its way to the Jubilee...
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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...

A Joyful Return to the Junior School

Students were all smiles (okay, a couple of them were a little sad to say bye to mom and dad) to return to the...
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Middle School Library Gets Upgrade for 21st-Century Learning

Libraries aren’t what they used to be – just ask Middle School teacher-librarian Ms. Sarah Craig. “Well, in classic libraries there was no talking, no...
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Link Crew Leads the Way

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

In a number of settings recently I have talked to students, or staff, or parents about one phrase in our Mission and its consequences...
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Junior School Serves up BBQ Fun

On Friday, September 5th the Junior School community gathered for a Welcome Back barbeque. Over 500 people, including parents, grandparents, children and teachers gathered...

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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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...
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True Colours at the Middle School

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

There were lively conversations, smiles and hugs at Junior School on Wednesday as students and parents alike returned for another year, eager to meet...
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The Best School Year Ever

This phrase is a very ambitious one. At the same time it speaks the aspiration of every student at the School this week, Kindergarten...
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Excellence in all of us

The information that sweeps over new parents has been flowing – and overflowing – for several weeks now. It does ebb, if any new...

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...

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...

First Days

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

A Junior Welcome

Our Oak Bay campus was a bustling place as our students returned to school and two new classes of kindergarten students arrived. Our Grade...
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Kindergarten

After living through several decades of Septembers in the teaching life, this September I am also experiencing it as the grandfather of a four-year-old...
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Back in the day

When I talk to new boarding parents on opening day I like to tell them two things, that hopefully won’t get lost in the...
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Boarding Welcomes the World

by Darin Steinkey, Senior House Parent Imagine, if you will, what it's like to arrive on our campus as a student during Orientation Week. You...
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Junior School Cooks Up Family Fun

On Friday, September 7, the Junior School community gathered for the annual Welcome Back Family Barbeque. It was a beautiful, sunny evening and there...
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Senior Students Strongest Link for Newcomers

Seeing a friendly face can really take the stress out of joining a new school. The Link Leader program aims to connect Senior School...
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Middle School Caught Up in WEB

by Anna C, Grade 6 On September 5th, all the Grade 6 students gathered in the single gym to prepare for a whole morning set...
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Double the Fun at the Junior School

by Nancy Richards, Director It is an historic week for SMUS as another Kindergarten class is added to the Junior School! Thirty-five four- and five-year-olds...
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A Grand Opening for Boarders

by Sydney Fraser, Grade 11 The first week at a new school tends to be overwhelming, and my first week at SMUS was no exception....
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Junior Students Describe Their First Week Back

The Junior School began its year with a welcome barbecue and all kinds of activities to help students settle back into the classroom. With...
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Students Start Year with Leadership

Both the Middle and Senior Schools welcomed their newest members with student-led programs designed to help their younger peers quickly settle into SMUS. Grade...
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Boarding Community Comes Together

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

Welcome Back!

How can it be September already? Hopefully you had a fantastic summer break. Throughout the year the students at SMUS are involved in all...

Welcome Back!

My name is Laurie Parker and I am the new Community Service Coordinator at St Michaels. I would love to talk to you about...

SMUS: Where Everyone Belongs

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

Junior School Welcomes Families with Food

by Kathleen Cook, Admissions The Junior School celebrated the beginning of another year that past Friday with its traditional welcome barbecue. All families, staff and...

New Year, More Students

by Sue Saunders, Director of Admissions The first week of September is an exciting time, especially for admissions. We welcome the families who we have...

What’s New at SMUS?

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

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