The Celebrations Continue

Lunar New Year celebrations continued throughout the week. Students practiced their calligraphy skills while spreading traditional messages around the house. Dumplings were on offer in the school quad and by all accounts they exceeded expectations! Finally, Josh and Leupold visited the Junior School campus to share their knowledge and experiences – a link to an article is included below.

Local legend, Farmer Jim, operates an organic farm on the Saanich Peninsula, and it’s a hotspot for service work during Saturday Activities. This weekend, five intrepid workers braved a massive pile of manure and helped spread the nutrient-rich material around the farm to keep the soil healthy. Every trip to Farmer Jim’s is a mix of hard work and education, and the day always wraps up with a glass or two of Jim’s famous homemade apple juice.

There was a robotics competition held at St. Margaret’s School this weekend with 18 schools in attendance. Max participated for a SMUS team who finished an impressive third overall!

The Royal British Columbia Museum hosts an annual wildlife photography exhibit which is always a hit for staff and students alike. This year lived up to the hype and by all reports, everyone was thoroughly impressed by the products on display.

Baking is always a popular Saturday Activity knowing that the “fruits of labour” can be enjoyed at the end. Cookies were crafted this weekend and fully approved by the bakers.

Savo organized a board game night in the common room and after a slow start, the common room was a beehive of activity. The most popular games were Monopoly and Chess, with Chess seeing quite a resurgence within the house recently. Frequently, when homework is all wrapped up during prep, students have been studying chess moves to help prepare for matches that evening.

Happy Lunar New Year!

Happy Lunar New Year to all of you around the world! In Bolton House, today marks the first day of the new year celebrations. Throughout the last week and heading into this week, there will be many events organized by students at our school and we can’t wait to participate in some more festive food, hear musical performances, and have conversations with each other about our different cultures and families back home.

Yesterday, some Bolton students joined Mr. Young for Dim Sum at Chinatown’s Golden City Restaurant. It looked like a great time was had by all!

Marcus played a beautiful song on his Erhu in Chapel last week! Check out the video of his performance below.

Marcus Playing his Erhu in Chapel

Of course, nothing is more important than spending time with each other on special days of the year. A big group of Bolton students went down to the arcade in Downtown Victoria and it looked like they had a blast playing all of the vintage games!

Mr. Anderson (Director of the Senior School) stopped into Bolton this week while the Bolton House Parents had a boarding meeting. It was awesome to have him step into the house parent role for a few hours (as a past house parent himself he was up to the job!). He gave some support during prep and even handed out a few room clean awards called the “Anderson Accolades” for the cleanest room. Guillermo and Ian were thrilled to be awarded the grand prize.

Lucas and Kenneth have both been studying hard and are in the process of getting their “L” Drivers License here in British Columbia. Pretty awesome to now have them as drivers on the road once the paperwork becomes official! Congrats to both of them!

Speaking of outside-of-school commitments, Seb and Harun should be commended for playing soccer in the community each weekend for Bays United. They lost their game this morning 2-1, but were still smiles when coming back to Bolton House!

Stay tuned for some more Lunar New Years photos in the blog next week! Until then, we hope you have a wonderful week.

Hello 2023!

Bolton house was filled with energy as the Penguins transitioned back into their school routines after a long winter break. The first week back was a busy one filled with assessments, sports, house games, chapel and more!

The Sr. Boys Basketball team played in the Vic Police Tournament hosted here at SMUS.

Oscar representing SMUS at the tournament.

On Saturday, all of the Penguins went down to Cadboro Bay for a cold plunge in the Pacific. It was a perfect sunny day for a swim! After our dip, we all enjoyed some pizza and hot chocolate to warm up. Congratulations to Guillermo who braved the cold the longest!

Sunday marked our first house games of the year. Students participated in badminton and a variety of teamwork challenges, showing great house spirit and achieving awesome results for Bolton. Way to go Penguins!

We finished off the evening with the first chapel of the year. Peter performed a beautiful song in honor of Jeff Beck, and Mr. Fryer played Sweet Caroline on the piano.

It was an overall great first week back!

And That’s a Wrap on 2022 (Almost)

Well…we are almost at the end of 2022 and this is our final blog post of the year! There are only 4 more school days left and some of the Bolton Penguins have already departed for their holidays.

2022 has been a year to remember. Considering COVID restrictions on gatherings were still in place in BC at the beginning of the year, we have come a long way. September started with the arrival of new students from all around the World to Bolton House to join our already awesome house – and it has been such a great few months welcoming everybody to this corner of Canada.

This week, we had the chance to sit down and share a meal together for one last time before the holidays. The turkey was fantastic, but the company was even better.

After dinner, we all headed to the Sun Centre Commons to participate in a Secret Santa gift exchange with all of the Timmis students. It was a great time to hang out, have hot chocolate and laugh at a few of the gifts that were received. Check out the video below of Marcus who thought someone bought him an iPad, but then it was just…well…you’ll have to watch the video!

Marcus’ Christmas Surprise!

For some of our German/Swiss students, the Sinterklaas tradition continued. Theo, Marc, and Max all woke up to find a few goodies and new pair of socks in their shoes!

Of course, the ongoing Bolton tradition of ‘Sweeping the Sheds’ took the form of another heated competition on room cleans this week. Here are some photos of the winners:

Last week was also the first week of Term 3, so students have returned to some of their academics from the beginning of the year. At our weekly house meetings, we spoke about the importance of starting out the term with strength and always asking teachers for help if they are stuck. Here are a few shots from around campus during the school day:

Of course, all of our day-to-day activities and life here at SMUS would not be possible without the support of so many people in so many different areas. To end the week, Bolton and Timmis students jointly signed cards for all the various people at the school that played a part in making their first few months of the school year a success.

Saying thank you during this time of year is important, so thank YOU for taking the time to follow the Bolton Blog every week over the last few months. We hope you and your families have a wonderful winter break and enjoy celebrating in whatever way is meaningful to you. Our blog will be back in action after the first week back to school in January – so stay tuned for more Bolton action!

Until then, Happy Holidays from all your Bolton House Parents, and wishing you all the best for 2023!

Do Not Fear, December Is Here! ❄️

Earlier this week, several students in Bolton and Timmis put the finishing touches on the 6 Noble Promises! These are guidelines that we all strive to live by, in order to make our building as welcoming and inclusive as possible.

In recognition for his contributions to the Food Committee and for his willingness to always go the extra step to be a friendly, smiling face around the house, Ian C received a well-deserved Bolton Pin at the last house meeting!

Josh won a raffle prize during Assembly that was organized by the Athletics Council…

… while Nokia, Declan and Marcus were both part of this week’s SMUS Got Talent! Nokia did a great job hosting the event, while Marcus and Declan took part in the soccer challenge. It couldn’t have been easy taking those shots with full #1 uniform, but they both represented Bolton proudly!

Oscar and the Senior Boys Basketball team kicked off their season with a preseason friendly match against Cowichan High. In the end, SMUS won comfortably while giving everyone plenty of game time! Oscar, as you would expect, was a superstar on the court.

With the World Cup in full swing, a few of the Bolton students decided to represent their own favourite countries in a FIFA 23 World Cup tournament in the common room.

This past week also saw the annual Band Concert take place in the single gym! Hayes, on the saxophone, and Peter, on the electric guitar, represented Bolton and showcased their musical talents!

Sunday was an exciting day with the arrival of our newest Bolton Penguin, Sasha! He comes to us from Vladivostok, Russia and will be in Grade 10. As you can see in the pictures, there was a sizeable welcoming committee prepared to help him feel part of our community!

This year’s rendition of the Bolton Tree showcases paper penguins that represent each of the members of our house, drawn by their roommates! You can definitely tell that the holidays are nearing..!

We now look forward to two weeks of Term 3 before we break for the winter! Stay tuned for updates…

World Cup Fever Sets In

There is nothing quite like a science lab to bolster learning. And with ex-Bolton HP Mr. Shaw leading the way, it is sure to be a good time!

Josh and Nokia received their Arts Colours pins for commendable work and contribution in the Arts.

The Senior Boys Soccer Team was away at the Provincial Championships this week. After losing in a close and hard fought battle with the eventual winners during pool play, SMUS went on to win their next three matches to finish 9th in the province. Big congrats to Seb, Harun, and Coach Fryer!

Room clean inspections are a weekly occurrence and are not necessarily a highlight of the week. However, now and again and in an effort to liven things up, Timmis students venture into Bolton and lead the the nightly room inspections. It is always interesting to see the heighten levels of cleanliness that occur when Bolton knows Timmis will be awarding a “Timmis Trophy” to the cleanest room each night. Every trick possible is employed to sway the Timmis Inspectors – air fresheners, special lighting, music, and candles. Bribes of candy and chocolate are not beyond reach, and we have even seen computers playing the fireplace channel to help add to the ambiance! You will see a couple pairs of winners below.

This week, Jeremy dazzled his audience, that included the Head of School, Mark Turner, during a piano recital hosted on campus.

There is quite a buzz about the soccer world cup and with the many nations represented in boarding, it has been fun to see everyone cheer on their respective teams.

Big wins after the long weekend break!🏀

Today was a big day for the Bolton Penguins! Reunited after our mid-term break, Bolton did not disappoint at our house games today. Both our Senior and Junior basketball teams rallied together and blew away the other houses with their impressive basketball skills and team spirit this afternoon. Way to go Penguins!

Those who weren’t on the court did a great job representing us in the Minute to Win It and Family Feud challenges. Nice work everyone!

This week, the Penguins were excited to show off their new house shirts! Here are some of our Penguins showing their house spirit and pride!

Declan, Theo and Cohen had a great time at the Commonwealth Pool, while others spent their Saturday at the Victoria Royals hockey game.

Overall, it was a great week and we were happy to see our Penguins back together after a well-deserved long weekend break. Congratulations to Connor, who received the Bolton Pin at our house meeting tonight! His dedication to being a supportive and helpful member of our house is greatly appreciated. Way to go, Connor!

We all wish good luck to Mr. Fryer and the Senior Boys Soccer Team who are off at Provincials this week!

🎃 Trick Or Treat! 🎃

This past week at the school, we were treated to some awesome costumes, exciting contests, and plenty of laughter and smiles as we came together to celebrate Halloween! This holiday is always an exciting time at the Senior School, and the Bolton Penguins definitely stepped up to the plate and donned their finest getups. Surprisingly, however, there were no penguin costumes to be found… We did have a chicken and a dinosaur, though.

On Halloween night, everyone in the house helped to transform the first and second floors into a haunted house trick-or-treating experience. Both the traffic and the screams were at an all-time high as we welcomed trick-or-treaters from every single house in boarding.

Our Bolton Penguins, including Seb and Oscar, were not slacking on the academic front, as evidenced by the careful measurements and painstaking calculations on display in Physics 12.

In that same class, Oscar and his classmates were treated to some amazing field hockey action by the SMUS Senior team, who were recently crowned provincial champions for the first time since 1996..!

Ai, Teigan and his classmates were working hard on their drawings with Mr. Ingmundson…

… while Josh and Connor, under the guidance of Mr. Farish, displayed their musical talents in band class.

Marcus and the Junior Soccer team wrapped up their season with an exciting Islands tournament at UVic.

Connor, Declan, Peter and several of their friends watched the movie Up in the common room on the weekend.

Lastly, the Bolton Penguins came together on Sunday evening to host a brilliant Boarder’s Chapel for the other houses and their houseparents! Peter, Ai, Seb and Lucas were recognized for their willingness to go above and beyond to make the whole night a huge success.

We now look ahead to a slightly short week that culminates with the annual Remembrance Day Service. Until the next post, stay safe, and be on the lookout for a special Bolton Chapel video in the next issue!

(In case you missed it: link to Nokia’s art piece being showcased in our school’s SMART Magazine – )

Gearing Up for Halloween!

Hello everyone! This week was met with the change into term two and a change in weather into a whole lot of rain. The Penguins stayed busy this week with their new classes, sports, advisee activities and of course, getting ready for Monday’s Halloween festivities.

On Saturday night, we got a taste of what is come for Halloween costumes. Also, the Grade 12’s hosted a haunted house in Brown Hall. It was a big success, but there weren’t many photos as we were too scared to enter!

On Monday during assembly, our resident physics expert Ernest had the opportunity to present what the Physics club has been up to so far this year.

We like to gather our advisee groups through the beginning of each year to spend some time together. This week, Mr. Kim and Mr. Danskin each gathered their groups to make a few sheets of nachos.