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A couple of quick videos from the year end assembly for your viewing pleasure.  Well done to King Ryan on his bravery to sing in front of the whole school.

The 12 days of Christmas song just never gets old!

Jimmy also got in on a bit of prank action in Mr. Anderson’s (the Director of the Senior School) office.  He helped set up a variety of inflatable Christmas ornaments including a 12 foot tall reindeer.  A great way top say goodbye to boarding!

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Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

It seems hard to believe, but we have arrived at the Christmas break and the boys are packing their bags to head home.  The excitement is palpable and the last week has been full of festive fun.

Here are Toby and Jack kicking things off at assembly testing their Christmas trivia knowledge.

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Sunday was a big day with the Bolton Chapel and Boarding Christmas Dinner.

The (almost) full chapel video is here if you would like to watch the boys in action.

The theme was the “Joy of Giving” and the importance of not getting caught up in the materialistic aspect of the holiday season. Special kudos to Ryan S and Fabi for their musical talents, Dat and Ken for their best Men in Black impersonation, Malik, Logan, Garret and Neekan for their heartfelt messages during their speeches, Justin and Said for the lighthearted finish and an extra big thank you to Parsa for stepping up last minute to create the short video.  Of course, no chapel is complete without a song, and it was wonderful to see Matt take on the challenge and join Xavier in their fabulous rendition of Mistletoe.  By all accounts an excellent chapel.

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The festivities continued immediately after with a walk up the stairs to the Sun Center dinning hall where each house had their decorated tree to light the way. A special thanks to Efosa for his work in getting the Bolton tree decorated.

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Dinner was delicious and included a fabulous seafood platter and tasty prime rib.  No one left hungry and a good time was had by all!

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After dinner we connected with our sister house Timmis for a Secret Santa exchange.  Each boy had been tasked with finding the perfect gift for one of the Timmis girls and vise versa.  As you can see everyone stepped up and there were lots of happy elves as Christmas came early to boarding.

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In addition to all the festive fun, the daily routines continued and classes and sport carried on. Chess has become popular and the weekend was spent in deep concentration for some…

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… while others were a bit more relaxed and social (and hungry)…

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… and still others, active and happy!

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Here are Adam and Leo connecting in their basketball game last night…

… and Jack and Fabi connecting on the piano!

We wish all the boys a relaxing and fun holiday break and look forward to their return in the new year and the new decade!  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of the Bolton families.

Two for One! – Sorry we missed last weekend’s post

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.

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On Wednesday night Logan and houseparent Mr. Slavin spoke at the SMUS Talks event with the theme of Epiphany.

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Ryan volunteered to be a line judge at the Senior Boys’ Volleyball island tournament.

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And the boys had a great time practicing their teamwork in preparation for housegames.

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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.

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And some photos of the action too…

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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.

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We celebrated Patt’s birthday with a giant cake.

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Said and Xavier attended the Climate Crisis Protests in downtown Victoria. It is great to see so many young people making their voices heard.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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!

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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!

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Skating was also a big hit this weekend, as everyone was feeling the winter wonderland vibe through the recent drop in temperature.

Happy Halloween!

SMUS definitely takes their academics seriously – but did you know that SMUS also takes Halloween very seriously too! Here are some snaps from the day – check out some of these great costumes!

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Bolton House Parent Mr. Shaw usually steals the show with Best Costume every year. Here is his costume this year, featuring a video and his dog Brookie:

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Logan, our Head of House last week also ventured into the wilderness to Bamfield on a Environmental Science trip. Here are some pictures from his time on the West Coast of Vancouver Island:

The Senior School Musical, Newsies is right around the corner, and Ryan in our house is busy preparing for the show! They did a great rendition of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car”. This afternoon, he ventured out downtown to busk with Timmis Sister Alana. Mr. Bell happened to be downtown and catch them in action!

Meanwhile, in Whistler, BC, Nokia and Sebastian participated in Model United Nations.

Model United Nations, also known as Model UN or MUN, is an educational simulation and/or academic activity in which students can learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations. MUN involves and teaches participants speaking, debating, and writing skills, in addition to critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership abilities. It is meant to engage students and allow them to develop deeper understanding into current world issues.

Every day is different at this school, and our Bolton Boys seem to always take full-advantage of the spectrum of opportunities offered to them!

Academically, we are nearing the end of Term 1. At the end of the month, you can expect a written report from all of your son’s teachers regarding their participation in each of their classes. Stay tuned for that!

We’ll leave you this Sunday with a few foggy and gloomy pictures taken from Grade 12 Student Alan this morning from the top of Mt. Doug! Have a great week wherever you may be around the World.

Leaves and Hair Falling

The sunny and warm weather has held for another week as we head into the fall, but the signs are showing that winter is not far off.  The sun is setting earlier and rising later, the temperature is dropping and the dark skies are looming on the horizon. That hasn’t stopped our boys from getting out and getting active though, and it is such a pleasure to see them piling out of the house after school on their way to rugby, soccer, volleyball, rowing, karate, the weight room and many more.

The Junior Boys’ Soccer Team had a solid 3rd place finish at the ISA tournament last weekend in Vancouver and were pleased to come home with some hardware.

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Also getting some hardware in the house were Adam and Kevin, one of the 4 rooms to win the coveted Timmis Trophy for cleanest room this week, well done boys!

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We also marked Orange Shirt Day this week. At the Senior School, Elder Doreen Spence with the Saddle Lake Cree Nation and Songhees Elder Dr. Skip Dick spoke to students about indigenous rights and their personal experiences.

On Thursday, SMUS was once again a stop on the annual Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock bike ride. This event, raising funds and awareness around cancer research, especially for children, is an emotional visit that has been a long running tradition at our school.  Over the lunchtime break students volunteered to have their heads shaved and legs waxed as a fundraiser to support the cause. Houseparent (and former rider with the Tour de Rock) Mr. Slavin had his head shaved and Matt helped out on the other end shaving off Will’s hair.

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We also celebrated Josh’s birthday with some delicious cake and a rousing (if somewhat off-key) rendition of happy birthday.

Friday afternoon saw a busy common room kitchen as a group of students prepared gnocchi with a butternut squash and walnut sauce from scratch! Xavier, looking sharp in his #1 uniform wasn’t afraid to get involved and managed to keep his tie out of the sauce!

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And finally, Saturday had another full slate of activities including some farming, where we finished off the work started two weeks ago by the grade 9 boys…

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..some board games (complete with costumes purchased last night while downtown!)..

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Next week is a short one with the Thanksgiving long weekend finally arriving and I’m sure every boy will enjoy a well deserved rest after a fantastic start to the 2019-2020 school year.

Here is a final shot from the Grade 11 out trip with Parsa.

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SMUS OutTrips – Getting Out There

This last week has been busy at SMUS, but not only in pursuit of academics in the classroom. In particular, our Grade 10 students ventured into the wilderness last week and traveled across our beautiful province of British Columbia to take in the great outdoors.

Each grade, from Grade 8 to Grade 11, participates in a 5-day outdoor trip — or “outtrip”— at some point during the school year. The goals of the trips include the following: Learn and develop general outdoor and camping skills, Make new friends, Visit new areas of British Columbia, Spending time outdoors in nature, Develop specific activity skills (surfing, kayaking…).

Here are some of the highlights from the Grade 10 Bolton Boys:

Leo: taking a nap on the bowsprit of his tall ship sailing boat and watching all the stars in the night sky during his night watch.

Fabian: was similarly impressed by the trip and said swimming in the ocean was by far the highlight for him, though not being woken for his final night shift was also rather enjoyable as everyone fell asleep!

Frank: found the climb to the top of the main mast exhilarating

Eric: thoroughly enjoyed rowing to one of the small islands to pick apples.

Malik: loved the third day of his rock-climbing trip as he zip-lined, free climbed and rappelled his way through caverns and along rock faces.

Pablo: also on the rock climbing trip, claims there were some near-death experiences as he contemplated the rope that held him suspended high above the ground!

Jason: was chef supreme as he partook in the Island Sampler and managed to avoid having his food and tent raided by the raccoons (a fate not spared some of his companions).

Adam: enjoyed relaxing at the Eco Village and didn’t even mind participating in the compostable out house.

Gavin: was very pleased to make some new connections with his group while surfing as he felt he was able to really get to know some of his fellow grade 10’s.

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Our Grade 11 students are currently off on outtrips right now – we can’t wait to hear the tales from their adventures. For more information about the SMUS Outdoor Education program, you can check out the website at www.smusoutdoor.com.

In Bolton House, we had some other activities this week.

For Saturday Activities, Ryan ventured outside to help rid a local eco-system of the invasive species called “Broom”. It was hard work, but it makes such a difference to the community. PLUS it was a beautiful day today in Victoria.

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Harry sharpened his culinary talents tonight by cooking a Pan Seared Tenderloin, with a side of puréed potatoes and radishes covered in mustard and mayo sauce. Unlike Mr. Danskin last week, Mr. Fryer was jealous that there were not enough plates to go around. Harry’s cooking is a hot commodity in Bolton House.

Sebastian, Gavin, and Pablo returned back from Fraser Academy in Vancouver where the the Junior Boys Soccer Team competed in the Independent Schools Association finals. They won a game against Shawnigan Lake school, which was the highlight of their tournament.

Upon their return, Pablo and Gavin lost a bet to each other and some of the girls from Timmis House promptly brought out their straightening irons to the common room. I think they liked the new style!

Sometimes it is great on a Saturday night to just laugh and hang out in the common room in an effort to pause and find balance with all of the endeavours at SMUS. After our first full month, I would say that Bolton is starting to feel like a second home for our new students.

It has been a full and rewarding September and we can’t wait to see what’s in store this Fall!