Remembering, Celebrating, Competing, Bowling, & Gardening

Last week our school community gathered for two poignant services to mark Remembrance Day and to honour those who fought for our country and have served in the military. For details of the service and full video please follow the link below:

Remembrance Day: ‘Today We Remember Them All’

Over the long weekend, Garret and Ryan competed in the Vancouver Island regional power-lifting competition. Both did extremely well and qualified for the provincial championships in the new year. Perhaps diet had something to do with it because they were also seen as the poster boys for the Sun Centre Digital Menu!

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The grade 9 crew took a break from prep this week and put their baking skills to the test. They cooked up a batch of delicious cookies and by all accounts they were a hit!

IMG_8896 There was a big crew who went out on the town for an exciting Cantonese dinner. They said it was the perfect way to cap off the week!IMG_0197

The Senior Boys Soccer Team, coached by Bolton’s Evan Fryer, is off to the provincial championship tournament this week. If you would like to follow their progress, please use the link below:

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Bowling was a big hit this weekend for Saturday Activity goers. Many Boltons boys worked the lanes and although there were no turkeys, several strikes were reported!

Ryan was working hard in the gardens again and officially has the greenest thumb of whole the house!

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Happy Halloween!

SMUS definitely takes their academics seriously – but did you know that SMUS also takes Halloween very seriously too! Here are some snaps from the day – check out some of these great costumes!

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Bolton House Parent Mr. Shaw usually steals the show with Best Costume every year. Here is his costume this year, featuring a video and his dog Brookie:

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Logan, our Head of House last week also ventured into the wilderness to Bamfield on a Environmental Science trip. Here are some pictures from his time on the West Coast of Vancouver Island:

The Senior School Musical, Newsies is right around the corner, and Ryan in our house is busy preparing for the show! They did a great rendition of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car”. This afternoon, he ventured out downtown to busk with Timmis Sister Alana. Mr. Bell happened to be downtown and catch them in action!

Meanwhile, in Whistler, BC, Nokia and Sebastian participated in Model United Nations.

Model United Nations, also known as Model UN or MUN, is an educational simulation and/or academic activity in which students can learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations. MUN involves and teaches participants speaking, debating, and writing skills, in addition to critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership abilities. It is meant to engage students and allow them to develop deeper understanding into current world issues.

Every day is different at this school, and our Bolton Boys seem to always take full-advantage of the spectrum of opportunities offered to them!

Academically, we are nearing the end of Term 1. At the end of the month, you can expect a written report from all of your son’s teachers regarding their participation in each of their classes. Stay tuned for that!

We’ll leave you this Sunday with a few foggy and gloomy pictures taken from Grade 12 Student Alan this morning from the top of Mt. Doug! Have a great week wherever you may be around the World.

All Good Friends Now!

The entire building went out for dinner downtown this week as the Sun Centre was hosting a “Founders Dinner” for board members, donors, and scholarship winners. It was a fabulous opportunity for Bolton boys and Timmis girls to mix and mingle and fun was had by all.

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A couple of the big boys, Toby and Matt, determined if their rugby skills were transferable to Line Dancing during this week’s North American Culture theme on campus. Turns out Matt’s prairie upbringing was all he needed to throw down some impressive moves! As head of the Intercultural Council, Justin also got in on the action during the N. American Week chapel presentation.

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Harry Huang started a charity “restaurant” and served up an amazing dinner for the Bolton HPs of Beef tenderloin, sauteed mushrooms, peas and carrots, and potato puree. It was divine!

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During last weekend’s house games, Alex was a hero for Bolton house when he nailed a drop kick from half court to earn extra points for the house. Impressive stuff in front of the entire boarding community!

The Bolton Boys then went on to play very well in their soccer games and are only 9 points back of first place after the first round.

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The team involved with the scavenger hunt was caught on camera trying to get everyone in the air at the same time.  Success!

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Neekan also tried to win us first chance at dinner with this rousing rendition of a werewolf!

After house games we found Ryan practicing for the school musical with Mr. Butterfield and we are pleased to say that he has been given a role along with Xavier.

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The Rugby World Cup is in full flight and this weekend is the semifinals between England & New Zealand and Wales & South Africa. A contest was organized where students had to pick the winner, runner-up, and score for next weekend’s final, The closest to the actual result wins a vintage Rugby Canada fleece circa 2002 from Mr. Danskin’s playing days. There were many disappointed contestants when, at the time of writing, England had recently toppled the giant that is the New Zealand All Blacks, who many had favoured as winners.

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Cookie baking for a local shelter was on the agenda for one of the Saturday activities, as was farming out at Farmer Jim’s where we were rewarded with some fresh pressed apple juice! There was some entertaining dialogue from the farming:

Tony: Excuse me sir your chicken escaped.
Farmer Jim: Well, can you catch him for me?
Tony: Uummmm I don’t know. (makes an attempt and fails) Ken you do it!
Ken stealthy moves into position and calmly snatches the bird.
Ken was then known as the “Chi-Ken Whisperer”.

There were also lots of routine moments at the school with classroom activities and hanging out in the common room.  Here is Toby working on a presentation for Day of the Dead in his Spanish class and Ryan with his French teacher in the language lab.  Fabian was hard at work on a puzzle and Ryan and Jason played some scintillating pool games.

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Election Fever

The Federal Canadian Election is going to be held this coming Monday. At the school, we all participate in a mock student election which involved the actual MP Candidates visiting and speaking at SMUS. Logan, our Head of House, was one of the main organizers and was busy around the school making sure people participated in the vote! He even spoke in front of the full, all-grade assembly.
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Fabi, Ryan and Benny headed to Gyro Park today, a local beach to engage in a service activity and clean up the beach. Despite the rainy weather, they were still enthusiastic. Every Saturday, we offer a different service activity for the Bolton Boys to sign-up for. Not only does volunteering feel good, but they can also use the hours towards the graduation portfolios. For more information about SMUS Service visit, the Leadership and Service blog at https://news.smus.ca/leadership-and-service/#.Ulcd3VCsiG4
Other activities this week included a visit to the breakwater, cooking, all you can eat sushi and a trip to the Butterfly Gardens.

We celebrated the birthdays of Jason and Alex this past week.

Harry has been hard at work designing the menu for the restaurant he is running out of the common room kitchen for charity. His feature meal this week was seared king crab with an avocado puree and green grape topping followed by scallops in a pea puree with orange juice gelatin.

Matt also provided a delicious carbonara pasta with bruschetta. The kitchen has brought many boys together we have seen some fabulous meals.

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Leaves and Hair Falling

The sunny and warm weather has held for another week as we head into the fall, but the signs are showing that winter is not far off.  The sun is setting earlier and rising later, the temperature is dropping and the dark skies are looming on the horizon. That hasn’t stopped our boys from getting out and getting active though, and it is such a pleasure to see them piling out of the house after school on their way to rugby, soccer, volleyball, rowing, karate, the weight room and many more.

The Junior Boys’ Soccer Team had a solid 3rd place finish at the ISA tournament last weekend in Vancouver and were pleased to come home with some hardware.

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Also getting some hardware in the house were Adam and Kevin, one of the 4 rooms to win the coveted Timmis Trophy for cleanest room this week, well done boys!

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We also marked Orange Shirt Day this week. At the Senior School, Elder Doreen Spence with the Saddle Lake Cree Nation and Songhees Elder Dr. Skip Dick spoke to students about indigenous rights and their personal experiences.

On Thursday, SMUS was once again a stop on the annual Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock bike ride. This event, raising funds and awareness around cancer research, especially for children, is an emotional visit that has been a long running tradition at our school.  Over the lunchtime break students volunteered to have their heads shaved and legs waxed as a fundraiser to support the cause. Houseparent (and former rider with the Tour de Rock) Mr. Slavin had his head shaved and Matt helped out on the other end shaving off Will’s hair.

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We also celebrated Josh’s birthday with some delicious cake and a rousing (if somewhat off-key) rendition of happy birthday.

Friday afternoon saw a busy common room kitchen as a group of students prepared gnocchi with a butternut squash and walnut sauce from scratch! Xavier, looking sharp in his #1 uniform wasn’t afraid to get involved and managed to keep his tie out of the sauce!

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And finally, Saturday had another full slate of activities including some farming, where we finished off the work started two weeks ago by the grade 9 boys…

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..some board games (complete with costumes purchased last night while downtown!)..

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Next week is a short one with the Thanksgiving long weekend finally arriving and I’m sure every boy will enjoy a well deserved rest after a fantastic start to the 2019-2020 school year.

Here is a final shot from the Grade 11 out trip with Parsa.

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SMUS OutTrips – Getting Out There

This last week has been busy at SMUS, but not only in pursuit of academics in the classroom. In particular, our Grade 10 students ventured into the wilderness last week and traveled across our beautiful province of British Columbia to take in the great outdoors.

Each grade, from Grade 8 to Grade 11, participates in a 5-day outdoor trip — or “outtrip”— at some point during the school year. The goals of the trips include the following: Learn and develop general outdoor and camping skills, Make new friends, Visit new areas of British Columbia, Spending time outdoors in nature, Develop specific activity skills (surfing, kayaking…).

Here are some of the highlights from the Grade 10 Bolton Boys:

Leo: taking a nap on the bowsprit of his tall ship sailing boat and watching all the stars in the night sky during his night watch.

Fabian: was similarly impressed by the trip and said swimming in the ocean was by far the highlight for him, though not being woken for his final night shift was also rather enjoyable as everyone fell asleep!

Frank: found the climb to the top of the main mast exhilarating

Eric: thoroughly enjoyed rowing to one of the small islands to pick apples.

Malik: loved the third day of his rock-climbing trip as he zip-lined, free climbed and rappelled his way through caverns and along rock faces.

Pablo: also on the rock climbing trip, claims there were some near-death experiences as he contemplated the rope that held him suspended high above the ground!

Jason: was chef supreme as he partook in the Island Sampler and managed to avoid having his food and tent raided by the raccoons (a fate not spared some of his companions).

Adam: enjoyed relaxing at the Eco Village and didn’t even mind participating in the compostable out house.

Gavin: was very pleased to make some new connections with his group while surfing as he felt he was able to really get to know some of his fellow grade 10’s.

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Our Grade 11 students are currently off on outtrips right now – we can’t wait to hear the tales from their adventures. For more information about the SMUS Outdoor Education program, you can check out the website at www.smusoutdoor.com.

In Bolton House, we had some other activities this week.

For Saturday Activities, Ryan ventured outside to help rid a local eco-system of the invasive species called “Broom”. It was hard work, but it makes such a difference to the community. PLUS it was a beautiful day today in Victoria.

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Harry sharpened his culinary talents tonight by cooking a Pan Seared Tenderloin, with a side of puréed potatoes and radishes covered in mustard and mayo sauce. Unlike Mr. Danskin last week, Mr. Fryer was jealous that there were not enough plates to go around. Harry’s cooking is a hot commodity in Bolton House.

Sebastian, Gavin, and Pablo returned back from Fraser Academy in Vancouver where the the Junior Boys Soccer Team competed in the Independent Schools Association finals. They won a game against Shawnigan Lake school, which was the highlight of their tournament.

Upon their return, Pablo and Gavin lost a bet to each other and some of the girls from Timmis House promptly brought out their straightening irons to the common room. I think they liked the new style!

Sometimes it is great on a Saturday night to just laugh and hang out in the common room in an effort to pause and find balance with all of the endeavours at SMUS. After our first full month, I would say that Bolton is starting to feel like a second home for our new students.

It has been a full and rewarding September and we can’t wait to see what’s in store this Fall!