Alumni Weekend & More

With the longer, brighter, and warmer days, comes reason for celebration. Every year in May, we welcome back Alumni to SMUS. This weekend was no exception and proved to be an amazing day full of great conversations and stories from the past.

In Bolton House each year, we host Alumni from as far back as the 1960’s. Here are a few pics from the celebration.

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Next year, we would love to have you and your families join us if you are in town!

Other than the Bolton Reunion, there were many other events at the school, including Alumni rugby, basketball and soccer games. Some of our boys took part in these sports while some chose to volunteer with other aspects of the day including parking attendants. Here are some snaps of the Bolton Guys in Action:

Our Grade 12 students also participated in a special Alumni Chapel, where they received their Grad Bears. Alumnus, House Parent and Mathematics Teacher, Mathew Geddes ’93, gave a speech recalling his time at the school. Here are some pictures from the annual Grad Bear toss:

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At the Senior School, students were busy studying hard for their AP Exams which are the next two weeks before the May Long Weekend Break.

Last Monday Evening, the school head a Physics Fair where Harry, Alan, Said, Justin, and Dat presented their amazing projects!

In the same evening, there was also a Recitation Finals event where two of our Bolton Boys were represented (Will and Alan).

There was also a debate at lunch with Head of School, Mr. Mark Turner, hosted by the Adventures in Public Discourse Club.

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Outside the studying time, you could find various boys playing Spikeball to de-stress and get in some good physical activity. It is quite the game! Check out the action below if you have never heard of it before:

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Ryan, one of our Grade 10 boys celebrated his birthday in style with the whole Bolton House singing him happy birthday!

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As the boys head indoors each night to prep for those exams and Experiential opportunities, they are reminded to find balance and carve out time for relaxation and physical activity. At our weekly house meetings, we talk about this quite a bit and love hearing from the Bolton boys about how they stay balanced.

Thanks for reading this week’s blog post – we hope you come back to read more in the next few weeks!

A Healthy Week and Grade 11 Leadership

It seem shard to believe that we have only been back from Spring Break for two weeks, as the school and boarding community have been going flat out with academics, extra curricular and boarding events.

Last weekend was a very important one for the Grade 11 Bolton Boys as they participated in the annual Leadership retreat at beautiful French Beach on the west coast of Vancouver Island.  The weather was far from ideal with wet wintry squalls coming in off the ocean, but the boys showed great resilience braving the elements, and were able to do some very important team building, leadership training and planning for next year. They even had to solve a series of challenges to rescue Boris, the house mascot, who had been kidnapped!  We are very excited to work with this group next year as they take over from our current Grade 12’s.

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One unexpected event was the race for the ocean with the inflatable raft.  The boys were required to inflate it, but not actually use it, but somehow this piece of information was missed.  All of a sudden Justin came sprinting down followed by a barefoot Jack who was determined to hit the waves! Needless to say no one went into the water except Jesus at the start to rescue our bucket.


Here is Alan taking advantage of the newly renovated Brown Hall with his Art class.  The new space has yet to formally be designated for any specific purpose, but makes a pretty nice art room!


This week was Health and Wellness Week at the Senior School with a variety of events taking place including some yoga in the quad which Stanley and Joel took advantage of to de-stress. Stanley also introduced the guest speaker, former Olympian Jason Dorland, at the all school assembly and spoke very well.

Athletic teams were also busy with Tennis, Track, Rugby, Sailing, Rowing, Badminton and more all involved in games and trainings.  Here is a great shot of Toby during the Junior Rugby game against Brentwood.


Saturday had the usual gamut of activities to keep guys engaged and busy.  Golf and some boardgames complimented some service activities. Eric, Garret and Frank baked some bread in a bag (literally made in a bag and then baked) while Dat helped make some soup and chili.  All of the food was then given to a local women’s shelter…

… while Pine enjoyed a cultural dining experience with some friends…


… and Harry and Josh created an impressive meal.


We also got some great shots from the Service trip to Costa Rica that several of the Bolton Boys were on.  Jerry says the highlight was “living in a place where you have no technology because you really get to learn to make connections.” Laurent thought “it was great because I was able to see how the community valued their culture so much and didn’t let the outside world influence their traditions.  Also, how important it was to spread their message about the environment. It was also lots of fun!”  Vincent appreciated “the delicious food and the beauty of the location, the entire experience was amazing.” Garry really enjoyed the opportunity to explore a new culture while spending quality time with his friends in a challenging and unique adventure.

This next week is a short one as we head off for the Easter long weekend, so check back on the 27th for another post as we prepare for the Bolton House Chapel.

Penultimate House Games!

And Bolton rises to the top once more!! A beautiful sunny Sunday saw the Bolton boys working hard on the filed and in the chapel to regain their lead in the House Cup standings with only one house games left! Bolton’s very own Mr. Fryer took center stage as one of the hosts for The Family Feud event.  What a shirt!


The junior boys won the ultimate Frisbee with two exciting wins.  Adam L and Xavier were vocal leaders with a good arm supported by some great teamwork by the other juniors. Diego caught the winning throw to ensure the first place finish!

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The Family Feud event was very entertaining as teams went head to head in a SMUS version of the classic TV game show.  Our eclectic team was the perfect combination to ensure a 1st place finish with total dominance over the other houses. Here is the winning team shortly after their victory.


The Senior Boys finished second after two close games and were dripping in sweat and panting as the final whistle blew.  Full credit to them for being so competitive against two very athletic teams.


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And finally, the Kickball team lead by coach/players Logan and Justin made short work of the competition in the first game with some stellar defence by Nghia, Jesus and Frank and some offensive trickery by Pine, Dat and Said. The second game proved more challenging, but the boys proudly came away with a solid second place.  Here they are in action.


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The Easter long weekend fast approaches and then summer is just around the corner, but there is so much to look forward to between now and then!  Check in next week for some highlights from the grade 11 Leadership retreat and a busy week of school activities.

Spring Forward

This morning, the boys turned their clocks forward one hour for Daylight Savings. This means the days are getting longer, and soon, the weather will also get warmer. As we look back on another completed term, we look forward to Spring Break in a few days where we will all have a chance to pause. This time away from campus is extremely important, since we return to a very academic third term with AP Exams, final essays, and for some, graduation.

Last week, Bolton House gathered together with our sister house, Timmis, and ventured downtown to Frankies Diner for a wonderful house dinner. Here are some pictures from the evening:

Each Saturday, our boarding program offers a service activity where students volunteer across the city. This week, Adam and Ryan joined a few other boarders and headed out to clean the local beaches of Victoria. There was no garbage left after we finished, so that the beaches can be enjoyed by all, especially the wildlife that calls the space home.


On campus, the Bolton Boys were busy with their academics. Alan worked on a virtual reality project in Art class, and Tuan, Neme, Turay, and Misha experimented in science.Alan VR.jpg

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Toby cooked up a storm in Spanish class, making Tacino con datiles with his friends.

In our Boarding Common room, Misha and Laurent have began a cooking pursuit and are starting to make some wonderful meals for the other Bolton Boys (and the house parents). Yesterday, they made gourmet burgers from scratch!


Recently, we have seen some great performances in Chapel. This weekend, Winslow House presented a message about Living in Harmony. Last week, Joel participated in a Stomp performance for the chapel about Black History Month. Here is a video of the great performance:

At our last house meeting, Nokia was awarded a Bolton Pin for his amazing contribution to the Middle School musical production of Seussical the Musical.


It was a fabulous show that saw the whole middle school community come together. Here are some pictures from the show:

A lot of ours students are traveling on Service Trips around the World. Costa Rica, Tanzania, and Europe are among some of those destinations. We can’t wait to hear about their trips and post some pictures upon their return. Until then, we wish you all some quality family time over Spring Break. We will resume our consistent blog activity in April at the start of Term 3.

March Means Musical Madness!

Somehow Spring Break is only a week and a half away. That means that university applications have all been submitted and many of the grade 12’s have already heard back from one or more schools. The rugby season kicks off on Monday, tennis training is bouncing into action, track and field is lacing up, sailing is gearing to set off, and badminton prepares to hits the courts. Justin and the Senior Boys Basketball Team are headed to their Provincial tournament next week while Finn and the Junior Boys just finished their season with a strong performance at their provincial tournament.


All of these, however, pale in comparison to the excitement of the musical, Mamma Mia, which opened on Friday night and finishes tomorrow afternoon. By all accounts it was an outstanding hit and our boys on stage, Joel, Will and Garry were impressive as Eddie, Sam and Bill. Laurent has a special role as he plays on stage and in the pit orchestra, rocking out on the guitar. Stay tuned for the official photos which will be coming out soon.  Here is a teaser to get you started though.


If this wasn’t enough, this week also celebrated Black History Month that featured  a chapel dance performance by Joel and other members of the Afro-Society, along with some delicious foods, good music and even some hair braiding – though Mr. Daum’s hair was maybe a touch short!

Thursday night was also the opening night of the Art Show that always accompanies the musical. Bolton House was well represented with over a dozen guys with art on display.

Matchmaker forms were delivered this week and were met with the usual flurry of excitement and nerves. The crowds piled in to see their results!


The campus was also abuzz with the 6 finalists from the Best School Year Ever competition touring the school and visiting classes. Will was one of the hosts and by all accounts it was a very fun and interesting group.


Saturday had the usual gamut of activities with some of the boys rock climbing, others checking out the wildlife photography exhibit at the museum and some getting their good karma by helping to clean up our local Mt. Tolmie.

One area of pride in Bolton house this year has been the cleanliness of rooms on room clean night.  Having various guests in to decide on the cleanest room has really pushed the boys to step up their game and some of the rooms have been immaculate.  Eric was particularly proud of the effort he and Pine put into theirs this week as they were awarded the trophy.


We also had a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday for Kevin at our house meeting (it took a couple tries to get it right, but the final product wasn’t bad)

And finally, we have our house video of how we are working to limit our environmental footprint. This was part of the House Cup Challenge that accrues points throughout the year.  Bolton House is currently in second, a mere 11 points out of first place with 2 more events to go. A big thank you to Antonio for putting the video together.


First Snowfall of the Year

This week brought about the first snowfall of 2019! And it is expected to continue into this week. It was a magical sight on campus watching everyone play in the snow. There were even a few students who had never seen snow before!


One of our Bolton Boys even lost their phone in the snow, and couldn’t find it. So a rescue team got together and searched the field for the phone. It was quite the mission!


As mentioned last week, we also competed in another round of House Games. Going into the Floor Hockey and Pictionary competition, we were ranked first. Unfortunately, Harvey House competed hard on the floor and is currently in the lead for the House Cup. Here are a few snaps from the day’s events:



We also celebrated Joel’s birthday in our Common Room on Tuesday night. Wow! Two cakes in two weeks!


Xavier from our house also stood up in front of the whole school and led the student body (including the teachers) in a Chinese New Year edition of, “If You’re Happy and You Know It”. Check out the video below:

On Thursday, the Bolton Boys will depart campus for their MidTerm Break. In Canada, we call it Family Day Long Weekend. We hope that all of the boys have a well-deserved break, whether they are skiing in Whistler on the Boarding trip, participating in the school homestay program, or visiting loved ones. Spring Break is just around the corner, and there is still a lot of fun to be had and stories to tell.

From our Bolton Family to yours, Happy Family Day.

Finding Balance during Exam Week

We are well into the Second Term on campus, and there have been many activities that have happened for the Bolton Boys. The days are starting to get a little bit longer with more day light, which means that Spring Break will be here in no time. Here are a few shots of a Sunset from this week!


It was nice to pause and watch this sunset, especially as the Grade 11 and 12 students were busy preparing for their Midterm Assessment Week. This weekend marked the end of that period, and students are now enjoying their well-deserved break.



Since the Christmas Break we have also put a a series of puzzles in the Bolton / Timmis foyer. Here are a few snaps from that!



Antonio, our head of house, had an awesome idea. Xavier from Grade 10 decided to put his idea into action and organize a Chess Tournament for the house. It was the perfect mind warm-up before exams!


During the day, our Grade 9 students participated in an Egg Drop to develop some of their teamwork skills.



On Monday night, Iker’s family decided to throw a pizza party for Bolton House to celebrate his birthday. There was pizza and cake for everyone, and it felt like a Friday night in Bolton. There was even enough to share with some of the girls too!

Of course, amidst the busy academic schedule, keeping the boys’ rooms clean sometimes is forgotten about. However, thankfully, we had our new head of school, Mr. Mark Turner, do a duty shift in Bolton House and give the white glove approval to our boys. Such a good photo below!


Needless to say, our house was extremely clean last week!

Tomorrow is a big day for Bolton House. During our first HouseGames of 2019, we took the lead in the running for House Cup. In order to maintain (and grow) this lead, the boys decided to organize a training session in floor hockey! Here are some photos from the training session:

Hopefully we stand a chance against our rivals Harvey and Barnacle tomorrow afternoon. Stay tuned for an update with the new standings in the next blog post!

Although we don’t have too many pictures of the boys’ academic pursuits, they are working very hard in the classroom. We hope this blog highlights some of the “lighter” activities on campus that allow the Bolton Boys to find balance in their days and lives. We hope to keep sharing these photos with you every Saturday! Don’t forget to check back every Sunday morning for a new post!