And so it begins!

Welcome (and welcome back) to Bolton House and SMUS. We are just finishing up our first week in boarding and already so much has happened!  From those first nervous moments moving into the house, to the thrill of House Games victory, the boys have been busy, busy, busy.

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Our first few nights were spent getting to know each other with some name games, songs and our annual soccer game.

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We also added a new favorite “British Bulldog” that had everyone in hysterics.

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The rock-paper-scissor name game was also a hit with an intense final showdown between Xavier and Frank, with Frank coming out as grand champion!

The first day of classes have come and gone and we are slowly settling into the routines of school and boarding. We are also proud to boast many school prefects (Will and Joel below) along with Antonio, Stanley, and Garry.

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We also had Vincent, Will, Laurent, Jerry, Tung and Tuan representing Bolton with the LINK Leader program which welcomed our new students to SMUS.  This is a big commitment and makes such a difference to making everyone feel welcomed in the school. (pictures to come!)

Friday night saw the grade 12 seniors take the entire house downtown for a scavenger hunt and tour of the city. It was a nice chance to connect and get to know each other even better. The sense of community continued long into the night with hanging out and card games.

Saturday was spent at the park with our annual Bolton Timmis picnic at Willows Beach. Despite the grey skies, everyone was able to get into the fun and Tuan even made it into the ocean!

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Sunday was no less busy or fun as we participated in the first Housegames of the year. Bolton had the special privilege of being featured in the Best School Year Ever promotional video, which even included some smoke bombs! When the video is ready we will be sure to share the link.

The housegames themselves were very fun with the boys participating in a variety of different events including a recycling relay, some team work events and my personal favorite, throwing cheezies to try and stick them onto a head covered in shaving cream!

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And here are some videos from the various events to give you a feel of what was going on in all those photos! Some of it is even in slo-motion!

 

 

 

 

 

This finished with a delicious dinner in the beautiful Sun Center.

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All in all it has been a magical first week and we could not have asked for a better start to Bolton House.  A big thank you to all the Grade 12 leaders for their hard work getting the house ready and for welcoming our new guys. Also, a thank you to all the houseparents for their tireless work to try and make Bolton House the best home away from home. GO BO!!

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