It was a busy past two weeks, so I apologize for the missing blog update from this past weekend. A few of the highlights included Xavier introducing world famous Indigenous artist Roy Henry Vickers who spoke at chapel about reconciliation and the need for new perspectives in how we look at and treat one another.
On Wednesday night Logan and houseparent Mr. Slavin spoke at the SMUS Talks event with the theme of Epiphany.
Ryan volunteered to be a line judge at the Senior Boys’ Volleyball island tournament.
And the boys had a great time practicing their teamwork in preparation for housegames.
On Saturday, Xavier organized a paintball adventure for the boys and a great time was had by all. Kudos to him for organizing and to the boys for braving the cold weather.
Sunday was a big day with the second round of Housegames taking place. It was basketball and some Minute to Win it challenges which are always entertaining. The Junior boys basketball won both games and the seniors won one and then just barely lost to a very strong Barnacle team in their second game. Both teams played very well and showed good athleticism, teamwork and sportsmanship. Justin earned us 3 extra points with his basketball skills during the challenge round which also helped keep us securely in second place in the standings. Here are some videos of the boys in action.
No fouls there!!
And some photos of the action too…
The community dinner that followed was also quite animated as the boys cheered for the best dressed model (which happened to be Said for our house) to see who got to eat first. Needless to say Bolton House won!
This week had the grade 10’s out on their second experiential adventures, the website has links to all the action so feel free to explore http://www.smusexperiential.com. Here are Eric and Frank selling coffee they roasted at parent teacher interviews as part of their experiential cohort.
We celebrated Patt’s birthday with a giant cake.
Said and Xavier attended the Climate Crisis Protests in downtown Victoria. It is great to see so many young people making their voices heard.
Friday was exciting with almost the entire house signing out to go shopping at various locations. Jason and Malik took advantage of some very high quality women’s basketball as Stanford took on Syracuse in the NCAA Victoria Invitational tournament. The action was fast paced and very exciting.
Toby and Adam gave up part of their evening to help set up the Christmas tree for the upcoming Christmas dinner. A big thank you to them.
Logan was one of the delegates at the Model UN conference this weekend.He was part of the security council and by all accounts part of a top notch team! Here he is in action:
Saturday was again busy with an array of activities. MudMee and Ryan spent the morning on the farm helping Farmer Jim. The time lapse shows you how hard they were working!
Ryan also claimed that using hands would be faster than using the pitchfork so we put it to the test. The results are below.
Leo was part of the knitting activity today and the houseparents are all hoping for knitted toques under the tree this Christmas!
Skating was also a big hit this weekend, as everyone was feeling the winter wonderland vibe through the recent drop in temperature.