Rain, Remembrance, and Random Fun

About half of the boys stayed on campus this weekend as the school shut down for the Remembrance Day weekend. They were kept busy in a variety of ways with all sorts of activities, both planned and unplanned, taking place.

On Thursday morning the Senior School was once more able to join as a full community in the double gym to honour the fallen students and staff who fought in the First and Second World Wars from St. Michaels School and University School. As always, it was a powerful experience.

Malik and prefects handing out poppies before the service.

Here is the link to the full service if you wish to see what the boys saw.

Remembrance Day Service

Hanson singing in the Senior School Choir

On Thursday night, a big crew went downtown to watch the newest installment of the James Bond series. Here are Ryan and Mujtaba settling in for the show with their popcorn and nacho dinners!

…and Rentaro and Lucas on the light meal plan!

Ai spent Friday morning perfecting the art of macaron making at a local patisserie, Bon Macaron, in downtown Victoria.

On Friday afternoon, Mr. Driscoll recruited a number of the Bolton boys to help him rescue the Bolton-Timmis duty desks that had been put into storage when the pandemic first began and the school was looking to eliminate areas where people might gather. A big thank you to Ai, Seb, Nokia, Michael, Digvijay and Malte for their help!

Easy does it!
Almost there!
That’s one way to do it!
And now the hard part, back to Bolton!
At least it wasn’t raining!

Friday night also had a special treat in the dining hall with a dessert smorgasbord! It was hard to pick just one, so most people tried them all!

Here are a couple of shots from last week’s regatta at Elk Lake. Malik, Ernest, and Ryan were all very successful in their races with nothing but 1st and 2nd place finishes all weekend!

I wonder if Diego’s hair slows the boat down at all?
Malik in the zone!
Never in doubt!

There was a board games night in the Sun Centre on Friday night. Below, you can see Seb engaged in an intense chess battle against ex-Bolton member Hanson.

Seb’s Gambit!

On Saturday, Ms. Baghat hosted an advanced sushi-making class for the boarders. From Bolton, Alan and Jero took on the challenge of making some fancy sushi art! Photos below:

Alan and Jero, fresh off their sushi-making pursuits, decided to challenge themselves further with Korean Fire Noodles from Fairway Market. They handled it quite well, much to the surprise of Mr. Kim..!

Ernest, Ai, Hanson and Wataru headed off to Farmer Jim’s for a very wet afternoon of wheelbarrowing!

After such an eventful day, everyone benefitted from some delicious pizza for dinner.

Not to be outdone by the Saturday slate of activities, Sunday had Mrs. Kim run a soap-making activity in the Sun Centre Commons where each student had the chance to pour, and take home, three bars of handmade soap! Malte showed off his Salt Bae skills.

In a similar vein of artistic prowess, Wataru and Hanson created a couple of functional and decorative(?) boxes…

Just getting started…
Almost done…

Later that night, Alan and Jero wandered through downtown learning about the many hauntings and ghosts that call Victoria home! The torrential downpour added to the overall effect!

Here’s Justin getting ready to do some work in his room but making sure to stay dry just in case!

Lucas, Rentaro and Ai made the big trip across the water to visit a giant shopping mall in Tsawwassen. The ferry ride was very rough given the stormy weather, but they returned safely and with matching sweaters!

While there was much merriment and fun to be had, there was also some time for work, especially with the Grade 12’s who are still working on university applications.

And so ends the last long weekend of 2021. There are just under 3 weeks to go in term 2 and only 23 days of classes left before we depart for winter break! We are so proud of all the work each and every boy has put into making this year a success.

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