The first week flew by and the boys in the house have started settling into their own routines at the school. The annual Club and Council Fair was held on Friday at lunch where everyone was given the opportunity to sign up for things that interested them. There is always something there for everyone and we are confident that the boys will be very involved in school life this year. We are excited to witness all their accomplishments. There was also a volunteer fair on campus this past Wednesday which offered up even more opportunities for the boys to get involved.
This year’s international trips include a boy’s rugby trip to Argentina, a girl’s rugby trip to Australia, and service trips to Mexico and Nepal. There is also a Model UN trip to Thailand and Cambodia. Stay tuned for more information if you are interested in sending your kid on an exciting trip.
University visits have begun and the University of San Diego was presenting this past Friday.
The Sr boy’s soccer team had an impressive win over Collingwood this week. Alex had a strong presence on the field and Efosa was able to sneak a goal past the keeper. The team is looking very strong and we are looking forward to the rest of the season.
Saturday activities this week included a trip to Fisherman’s Wharf for a tour and some fresh seafood, a beach cleanup at the Gorge Waterway, a trip downtown to the arcade, a trip to the world-famous Butchart Gardens and “do it yourself” nachos.
Sunday marked the first House Games competition of the year and already the other houses are scheming to take the House Cup from Bolton. We have such a strong house this year that I would say it will be next to impossible for them to win.
What a wonderful way to kick off the boarding season! The grade 12s were on hand to welcome our new Bolton Brothers, and they did so with energy and enthusiasm. There is nothing like feeling as though you have an instant family to help ease any first day jitters.
New students all had a chance to get settled into their rooms before engaging in a variety of name games and fun activities. We had a large group graduate last year, so with many new faces, it was great to create opportunities for everyone to connect.
Wednesday brought our annual house soccer game. First ball was determined by a thrilling arm wrestle between returning Grade 9’s, Nokia and Sebastian.
Mr. Fryer, one of the school’s soccer coaches, was pleased with the talent the boys showed! There were plenty of laughs as well and the camaraderie demonstrated was promising towards a positive year.
Friday was our downtown scavenger hunt. It gives returning students and chance to show new students the bus system and give them a little tour around town.
There will be plenty more adventures to come and all signs point to a wonderful year ahead in Bolton House!
My name is Evan Fryer and I live on the third floor of Bolton House as the Senior Assistant House Parent. This is my 8th year involved in the Boarding Program at SMUS, and my second year with the Bolton boys. I am very excited about contributing to the culture of this fantastic house!
I also teach in the Mathematics Department at the Senior School and coach the Sr. Boys Soccer Team (this year we will have a few Bolton boys on the team). Outside of SMUS, I referee professional soccer games and love to travel. I also like to ski, and look forward to organizing the fourth annual Boarding Ski Trip to Whistler in February.
I can’t wait for another exciting year with the Bolton boys!
I am excited to meet and get to know the new Bolton brothers, and of course I am keen to hear how the summer was for the returning BBs!
I lead the choral program at smus, and have done since 2009. I also help with preparing the musical production (“Newsies” this year, and I am the Musical Director), sponsor the Piano Club, the Flying Club, and am a keen ping pong player.
I was a classical singer for a long time, and found my way to conducting and teaching as a natural progression from that. I spent the summer outdoors, one way or another, and chopped enough wood for the next 2 winters.
I can be found in the Choir Room during the school day, and also during most lunch times. Please come to visit any time, and you are always welcome to practice singing, piano, and most other activities, in the Choir Room.
Hi Bolton community members. My name is Kyle Slavin and I am so excited to be joining boarding this year. This is my fifth year working at SMUS but I have long wanted to be a part of the amazing community that exists for our boarding students.
In addition to my fifth houseparent role in Bolton, I work in the marketing and communications department at the school. I have the best job at the school; my unofficial job title is “School Storyteller”. My job allows me to get to know our students from Kindergarten through Grade 12 by interviewing them and telling their stories on the SMUSpaper, being in their classes and at their games and concerts as the school photographer, and by managing the school’s social media accounts – Instagram and Facebook (follow us!).
Outside of work I enjoy road biking, photography, writing and taking my dog, Hans, for long walks. (This is Hans and I – he is super lazy!)
I look forward to getting to know you over the course of the school year!
My name is Kyle Shaw and this will be my 6th year in Bolton House as an Assistant Houseparent. I teach science at the senior school and am currently pursuing a master’s degree in school counselling. I love everything that Vancouver Island has to offer and spend most of my free time camping, boating, crabbing and fishing up and down the coast. I spent most of my summer building a small cabin on a piece of property that I own near Hot Springs Cove. My favourite part about working in boarding is the strong sense of community within the house and all of the amazing connections that I make with both the staff and students. I am looking forward to another amazing year!
Hi everyone! My name is Mr. Bell and I am very excited to be joining the Bolton House after three years of House Parenting in Harvey House!
I was born and raised in Victoria and grew up just minutes from the St. Michaels campus. I work as a teacher in the Victoria School District and have coached basketball and volleyball at the SMUS for the past six years. I also love to play lacrosse and explore the island in my spare time! I am looking forward to an exciting and successful year in Bolton House!