Colours ties are presented annually for strong contributions to the Arts and Athletics at the school. Several Bolton Brothers were honored with ties during assembly this week. During the same assembly, Matthias Hoenisch accepted the Island Champions Trophy for the Senior Tennis Team. They also recently celebrated a second place finish at the provincial tournament in Vancouver, the highest finish ever for a SMUS tennis team.
There was a Staff Spirit Challenge this week where staff design carnival games for everyone to participate in during the lunch break. Cotton Candy was on hand and luckily, Bolton managed to borrow the cotton candy making machine before it had to be taken back to the rental shop. Nothing like a little sugar to help out during prep time!
On Friday night, the Business Club hosted a party on the field with music, dancing, a bouncy castle, volleyball, and even sumo suits! Nandis and Diego, known as the Smash Brothers on the Grade 8 rugby team, were quick to get involved and live up to their nickname!
It was the last day of Saturday activities and students were treated to a trip to the Oak Bay Tea Party. It’s an annual fair with all sorts of rides and a variety of carnival games. They even served the highly desired deep fried oreo cookies!
The Senior Boys Rugby Team was in Abbotsford for the AA provincial rugby tournament. Bolton’s own Bolu and David X. were part of the 28 man squad named for the tournament and Mr. Daum was one of the coaches. The boys opened the tournament with a strong 41-12 win over Nanaimo District and followed up with a semi final win of 28-0 over Richmond’s RA McMath. This pitted SMUS against fellow Vancouver Island independent school Brentwood for the final. Before the final, the boys had some time for go karts, and once Bolu got his helmet on correctly, he really showed his stuff!
Sadly, before the tournament an influential member of the SMUS community, Simon Ibell, passed away. Simon had a rare disease, Hunter’s Syndrome, and spent the better part of his life raising money for and awareness of rare diseases. He was an active part of our school community as a student and as an alumnus. In 2012, Simon was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award for his philanthropic work. In memory of Simon, the Senior Boys team wore special warm up T-shirts. The shirts said “IBellieve” on the front, as part of a motivational slogan for the team and to represent Simon’s foundation. The motivation worked as the SMUS boys outmatched their Brentwood opponents in the final and cruised to a 24-14 victory.
This Saturday marked the first Annual Snowden Picnic on the Pitch. As Head Boy, Bolton’s Christian Okiring offered some words on the day and represented our house tremendously well.