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Countering Loneliness and Solitude with Poetry

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English Studies 12 students share poetry and written works inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic

SMUS in the News: Andrew Battershill ’06 Talks About His New Novel

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Andrew Battershill '06 sits down with The Globe and Mail to talk about his new crime novel, Marry, Bang, Kill.
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Tales From Our Grade 4 Authors

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Grade 4 students learned about metafiction to inspire them to write and illustrate their own stories – which were then published as a book!

“Best Exploratory Ever” Pairs Middle Schoolers with Local Seniors

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

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

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

SMUS in the News: An Excerpt from Steven Price’s Novel ‘By Gaslight’

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July 22, 2016 The Globe & Mail Steven Price '94 Summer Reading: An excerpt from Steven Price's new novel By Gaslight

Grade 3 Students Become Poetry Pros

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Poetry, as the Grade 3 students in Mr. Brandon Hawes' class have learned this term, is much more than just putting pen to paper. There's the...
Two SMUS students will soon be published authors, after being named finalists in national writing contests in the short story and poetry categories.

Young English Students Become Published Authors

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Two Grade 8 students will soon be able to put "published author" on their list of accomplishments, as both were named finalists in Polar...
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Grade 1 and 11 Students Become Fairy Tale Heroes

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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...

SMUS Filmmakers Get Red Carpet Treatment at the Victoria Film Festival

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

The Boundless Talent of Kenneth Oppel ’85

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Alumni Weekend may end on Sunday, but one fairly famous alumnus will be on campus next week. Author Kenneth Oppel '85 will be speaking...
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A Cross-Campus Fairy Tale

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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...

Malala Yousafzai: Activism or Exploitation?

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

Writing for Human Rights

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

Authors Inspire Readers to Write

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

Writing Help Now Available On Demand

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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...
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A Lesson in Poetry

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by Devon, Grade 4 A week ago, a Grade 12 student named Lindon Carter came to the Junior School to perform a song for us...
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Speaking Out

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

Storytelling

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Grade 6 Humanities students have been working on developing their skills as creative writers. Through the writing process, students brainstorm ideas, organize their storylines,...

Writing 12 Puts Poetry in Motion

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A major project for Writing 12 students in the second term has been mixing imagery, voice and sound to animate their poetry. The class...
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Spooky Stories From SMUS

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by Sue Vachon, teacher When you have a school that is over 100 years old, there are bound to be ghost stories that surface. This...
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SMUS in the News: CBC nods for Dad, daughter

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March 6, 2012 Times Colonist Terence Young, faculty CBC nods for Dad, daughter
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Student Stories Inspired by Snowfall

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A Day in the Snow by Christian, Grade 4 A deer walks through the snow. The deer makes symmetrical foot prints while heading towards the pond...
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SMUS Artists and Poets Show Their Eclectic Side

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by Darin Steinkey SMUS has partnered with Eclectic Gallery for a very unique show. Artists from Art Foundations 11/12 and poets from Writing 12 collaborated...
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UVic Professor Studies SMUS Students

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Teacher Heather Sandquist's Grade 4 class have been taking part in an interesting experiment. Dr. Sylvia Pantaleo, an associate professor from UVic's Faculty of...
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Junior Students Get Creative

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by Jane Rees, Grade 4 teacher The students in 4J have launched their writing workshop and published their first piece. On Friday, Nov. 4th we...
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Essay Contest Nominee Meets Former Canuck Captain

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by Jessy Lok, Grade 10 boarder I had been waiting for this news for a long time and when I finally received it, I was...
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Junior Students Make Books

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Heather Sandquist’s Grade 4 class can now add author/illustrator to their resumes. The class is proud to announce the release of their professionally self-published,...
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Junior Students Workshop Their Writing

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by Nicky Newsome, Grade 5 teacher This year Grade 5 students have been participating in Writing Workshops. These are explicit writing lessons that have a...

Students Read Work With Renowned Poet

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by Ali West, Grade 12 “If it’s words you’re after, I’m your man.” - Gerard Bierne This sentence opens one of the widely-recognized poet Gerard Bierne’s...

Four Poets Read at SMUS

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by Sydney Snape, Grade 12 student Victoria is a fabulous place where writers and artists alike can gather and share their deepest secrets and most...

Grade 6 Author Included in Anthology

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

SMUS Sweeps Poetry Competition

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Our Writing 12 students recently won four of the six awards in the senior category of the National League of Canadian Poets 2010 Poetic...

Poetry Night Turns Into Tribute

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by Erin Anderson, editor Last night, the on-campus café The Daily Grind was packed with poets and poetry fans, as SMUS hosted yet another evening...

Grade 7 Student Commended in Essay Competition

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

The Brier Takes Root at SMUS

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The school newspaper The Ivy is no longer the only student publication at SMUS, as our new literary magazine The Brier launched this month....

An Early Look Through The Ivy

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Next month, the first issue of the school paper, The Ivy, will hit the campus. In anticipation of its arrival, the SMUS Review brings...

SMUS Poets Recognized Nationally

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

The Ivy Grows

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Though the school paper, The Ivy, has been around since 2001, in recent years it had fallen into obscurity. This year, we aimed to...

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