A Week of Remembrance to Remember

This week we celebrated our first Remembrance Day ceremony apart. While it did not carry the gravitas that comes from having a thousand people in the gymnasium sharing in a moment of silence, our video ceremony did allow our community to pay homage to the many individuals who made the ultimate sacrifice in the pursuit of goodness so many years ago. The entire video is below if you would like to watch it. Ryan C. is one of the performers in the strings piece.

This week also saw the end of term 1 sports. Volleyball had their final play day and several Bolton boys featured prominently showing off their skills. Look at the ups!

Long weekend plans were severely impacted by the new restrictions put into place on the mainland, so many boys had the opportunity to try something new and get off campus. Flying Squirrel, a local trampoline park, got things off with a bounce on Thursday…

Leo throwing it down!
Diego almost throwing it down!
But the follow through was outstanding!
Joshua asserting his dominance!
Darrell doing battle!

And a couple more shots of the boys in action… or taking a break from the action.

We also rented out the entire IMAX theater just for our students and watched a Batman movie which everyone enjoyed on Friday night. Even the big bear was staying safe with his mask on.

Saturday morning provided an awesome opportunity for Dylan and Richard to challenge themselves on a high ropes course at Wildplay in Langford. It was fun, terrifying and a great way to spend a morning! Other boys participated in a yoga class, stand up paddle boarding, a west coast hike and a trip to the arcade for some old fashioned video game fun.

And finally, here is Will showing us how a Bolton boy dresses on Mondays in his #1 dress! Very sharp!

We now enter the final four weeks of classes and Christmas is just around the corner. We are regularly reminding the boys to be safe, to wear their masks, to wash their hands and to look out for each other. We are so proud of all they have accomplished in the first two and a half months and look forward to supporting them further heading into the break.

Welcome to November!

Although the temperature is starting to drop, the sun is still shining which means there is more time for some outdoor activities!

Try Given! Kevin, Joshua and Leo show off their break away speed and flashiest tries during rugby practice. Eric may need some work on his tackling though 😉 !

All hail the champs! Lewis, Richard, Joshua, Eric, Diego and Timmis girl Alana among the winners of the Candy Cup!

Talk about your stellar student-athlete! Joshua takes a break from the volleyball court and rugby field to excel in the classroom!

This week was full of festivities to celebrate Latin America Week!

A salsa lesson in the quad!
What party is complete without a pinata! Richard goes for the final strike!

When the clouds come in, the boys will be ready with board games galore!

Hanson and Cyrus are all smiles in a tight battle of Backgammon!

Spooky Scary Halloween!

The end of October means the beginning of a new “mester”, lots of colourful leaves on the ground, school photos, and of course, Halloween!

The week leading up to Halloween Saturday was a busy one, with Jonathan, Joshua, Ryan C and Eric X getting us in a starry mood with a fancy rendition of “City of Stars” at Boarder’s Chapel. Who knew that these boys were so musically talented!

Midway through the week, the boys donned their best #1 uniforms and got their hair ready for Photo Day. Robert, Jason, Joshua, Eric X, Ryan C, Leo and Frank took some time to show off their regulation grey socks…

LeRoy decided to step things up a notch and stepped in front of the green screen to dazzle us with his impeccable style. Good thing that the school photo doesn’t go as far down as the shoes though!

On Thursday night, our superhero nurses from the Health Centre came around the boarding house to administer flu shots. There were definitely a few of us who were a bit worried about the needles, but we all stuck together and we managed to vaccinate ourselves just fine 🙂

And then… the first Full-Moon-Halloween-Saturday in 76 years came around.

Things started off pretty normal during the early afternoon, with Darrell, Richard, Ryan C, Eric X, Joshua and Timmis girls Emma and Jenny heading down to Farmer Jim’s farm to move some horse manure and enjoy some delicious apple treats. Everyone worked extremely hard and got some much-needed exercise!

The Sun went down, however, and evening time rolled around. The big full moon brought with it a whole bunch of zombies, dinosaurs and more during our very successful (and spooky!) trick-or-treating session in the Bolton and Timmis hallways.

Eric L became zombie-fied for the night..!
Hot costume item of the Halloween season – masks.
Sam from Timmis didn’t so much “hand out” candy, as much as “throw” candy.
One of the stops in Timmis House!
Eric L the zombie is coming to get you…
Too late – you’re toast!
One of the stops in Bolton House.
Scary masks all around..!

And if the costumes and haunted houses weren’t spooky enough, we had quite possibly the flukiest pool shot of the century happen on this night too!

We now shift gears to November and the fall season. There are lots of new sports being offered and lots of new courses, which will be sure to keep all of our Bolton boys busy and entertained! Until next time, stay positive out there 🙂

Term Two Off to a Great Start!!

We have officially begun our second term of classes and the boys deserve a huge amount of credit for helping to keep the school safe and operational. They have adjusted remarkably well to the new expectations and are still finding a way to have fun.

Things kicked off (literally) last Sunday with our first official round of Bolton Housegames. With the need to stay in cohorts, things look a bit different this year as we are only allowed to play inter-house games. So, to keep things exciting, 3 teams were drafted by the houseparents made up of 9 players each. These 3 teams will compete in all future Housegames and points will be accumulated with a new Bolton Trophy presented to the winners in June. Uniforms (team headbands) were selected after some Bolton trivia questions were answered by each team…

And here they are:

The Fried Shawskies (Mr. Fryer and Mr. Shaw) Team Blue

The Disco Bells (Mr. Danskin and Mr. Bell) Team White

The United KimDaums (Mr. Kim and Mr. Daum) (Team Hodgepodge)

Photo coming next housegames, sorry! But here is Hanson in action as the team photographer!

The first round of housegames included full field soccer and a campus scavenger hunt. The action was fierce and exciting with some beautiful goals, talented footwork and exciting saves. There was also some teamwork, some impressive dance moves and some unique photos!

When all was said and done, the Disco Bells emerged as the early leaders with 26 points, followed closely by the United KimDaums with 21 points. The ball did not bounce their way, but the Fried Shawskies were still able to gather a respectable 13 points. There is much action yet to be played so these early standings mean little. Check back after the next long weekend for the newest results!

The rest of the week was spent in preparation for the end of term exams and projects, but the boys still found some time to look good on their way to dinner!

We also had an opportunity to welcome back a former Bolton Head of House, Timmy Qi, who now attends Cornell and is in his final year of Architecture school. At the start of this school year he delivered a brand new vacuum to Bolton that he purchased with his internship money from the summer. This fulfilled a promise he made 5 years ago when he was elected as Head of House. It was wonderful to hear how much his time at SMUS and in Bolton House impacted his path in a positive way and he shared his love for the house with the current boys. Here is is presenting us with the vacuum in September…

… and here is the result of the new vacuum being put to good use in this week’s room cleans which saw some guest judges from Timmis House come to inspect the boys’ rooms! Needless to say room cleans were particularly good this week!

And just because the classes were transitioning into a new term, doesn’t mean anything else had to change. Here are the brave souls taking on the wet and very cold weather to hone their rugby skills…

… while LeRoy put his inner quarterback skills to the test on a lovely evening.

Next weekend is Halloween and I’m sure it will be an exciting week for everyone. We got an early start on it this weekend by decorating the foyer and carving pumpkins. Roberto made his first one ever!

The boys are doing a great job on all fronts and we are very proud of all of their efforts during the first term. We expect nothing but more of the same in the second!

Happily Falling into Fall

This has been a physically very active week for the Bolton Boys with a myriad of sporting events taking place. There have been boys in the squash courts, on the water rowing and inaugurating the volleyball season with the first “play day” with the new Covid restrictions in place. (Mr. Bell was perhaps not as focused as he should have been as the umpire taking the pictures!)

Soccer practice under Mr. Fryer was also very exciting…

Rock, Paper, Scissors Soccer Style!
Louis “The Wall”!
Just a little bit high!

…and as always, the Bolton turnout for rugby was strong. We even managed to get an old Bolton Boy, Hemmesh to join us!

Of course, not every moment can be spent playing sports! We need to eat lots of snacks…

…stop to play with the campus dogs…

… eat some more food…

… play some less organized sports…

Junya and Cyrus battling it out!

…Maybe eat again….

… Oh and do a bit of school work in our down time!

The term 1 courses will end this Thursday and by all accounts it has been a very successful first term for all the Bolton boys. Congratulations on a great start!

September Sunshine

As we near the end of our first month on the SMUS campus, we have been treated to some delightful early fall sunshine. The boys have been very active outside and as one of the rugby coaches, I was ecstatic to see over half the house out at rugby training on Friday and Saturday. It was especially exciting to see so many new faces to both SMUS and the sport of rugby. Well done boys!

This has been a busy week with lots of academic work getting done as we are now half way through our first term of classes. We have been pleased with the focus and effort of the Bolton boys thus far and are keen to support them in their academic studies.

But of course, all work and no fun makes for a boring time in boarding so everyone is making sure to stay engaged and connected.

Here are some more photos of the Terry Fox Run that Bolton completed last weekend. They raised over $300 in donations by running laps of the school driveway. Every lap was a dollar earned with many guys going much further than the required 7 laps (5km). The Bolton spirit of philanthropy and hard work continues to be strong with this current group of boys.

On Sunday, a group of intrepid students set out to visit Farmer Jim, a local farmer and former teacher with whom we have a long standing relationship. In exchange for many hands making his work light, they were rewarded with the most delicious apple juice in the world, some sore muscles and sense of accomplishment as they hauled over 100 wheelbarrows of wood chips and manure!

A special shout out to Diego who performed the song “Vienna” by Billy Joel during the senior student chapel this week. What a guy!!

October is just around the corner and we are settling in nicely to the rhythm and routines of the school. We feel very fortunate to have such a diverse and wonderful group of young men to work with. Check back next Sunday for more highlights.

Fun In the Sun

When one enters the world of SMUS boarding, it is very easy to become tempted by delicious treats that seem to find their way into nearly all of the common spaces. This week, our collective challenge was limiting ourselves to only one of these delicious chocolate chip cookies that were baked up by our own Hanson Chan and Mr. Shaw…

Of course, some of us were not able to rise to that challenge and indulged in two, three, or more… To burn off those scrumptious calories, the Bolton boys kept busy and had an active week in and around the house. On Thursday afternoon, with the smoke clearing up in the skies, a group of the guys headed out to the fields to throw the ol’ pigskin around. Diego, Ryan, Richard, Jonathan, LeRoy, Adam and Subaig all worked up a sweat and had a great time.

The late evening was also an exciting time, with several members of the Bolton/ Timmis community letting the music flow and getting themselves into the dancing groove on the Wii. With Roberto leading by example, everyone had a great time practising their dance moves and partying up a storm.

We also had several of the Bolton boys head out to the fields for senior rugby. Kevin, Richard, both Adams, Roberto, Will, Eric, Subaig, and Louis donned their cleats and enjoyed some handling drills and touch rugby games under the grey skies.

Darrell, Diego and Richard decided to dust off their ping pong paddles and duke it out on the… table. There were some fierce rallies, and more than a few rivalries were sparked this night.

Today we hosted our first boarding House Games. The sun was shining and there were smiles everywhere – although that is a bit of a speculation because the masks were on! Students participated in a variety of fun little challenges to help generate some intra-house spirit.

Has it only been 1 week?!!

Somehow it has only been a week since our first boys started arriving back onto campus after 6 long months away! It feels as though so much has happened in the last week that it seems impossible that it has only been 7 days.

It has been a busy week with the arrival of several new boys to SMUS and of course the big move as the 3 boarding houses were reorganized into cohorts by grade. It has been such a pleasure to get to know the boys from Barnacle and Harvey House better. While we we have had them in classes and on teams, living together in the same house allows us all to connect in a way that is much more meaningful. The boys have done a fantastic job of getting to know each other and many new friendships have already been created.

We also had a chance to celebrate Richard’s birthday and show off our impressive singing talents on our first night as a group! Perhaps something to work on this year?

In addition to classes starting on Thursday, boys have been busy getting to know each other through activities in the house and out on the field. It is great to see everyone being so active already as sports are going to start up this week with lots of options for all levels and interests. Eric has taken things to a new level with his own workout station in his room!

The weekend was also very busy despite the smoke from the wild fires south of the border that filled the sky with a gray mist. Mr. Kim took a small group downtown to stroll around the inner harbour and get a delicious ice cream…

… some other hardy sould braved the smoke to summit Mt. Doug where they were rewarded with a spectacular view of…. well nothing actually. Just lots of smoke…

…but the descent was fun! (It is more entertaining if you watch it a double speed!)

Richard, Kevin and Diego enjoyed some delicious bread and soup at Pagliacci’s restaurant downtown…

… and on Sunday morning, another group baked over 100 delicious chocolate chip cookies for the rest of the building!

Since there are so many new things happening this year, we thought we would also try something new on Saturday night. Students were invited to watch a movie on a giant outdoor screen set up in the quad and were treated to a delicious dessert of cotton candy, popcorn and mini donuts! Boarders also had a chance to donate or purchase a t-shirt in support of the annual Terry Fox Run which is celebrating 40 years since he began his incredible journey across Canada.

We are looking forward to settling into the routines of our first full week starting tomorrow and know that the boys will rise to the challenges of their academic courses while building life-long friendships. Check back next week for more highlights!

Welcome from Mr. Fryer!

Happy New School Year!

My name is Evan Fryer and I live on the third floor of Bolton House as the Senior Assistant House Parent. This is my 9th year involved in the Boarding Program at SMUS, and my third year living in Bolton with the boys. I am very excited about contributing to the unique culture of this fantastic Grade 11 house!

I also teach in the Mathematics Department at the Senior School and coach the Sr. Boys Soccer Team. Outside of SMUS, I referee professional soccer games and love to travel.

I can’t wait for another exciting year at SMUS!

Welcome back! Introducing Mr. & Mrs. Kim :)


Welcome back everyone! It sure has been a different start to the school year, but the level of excitement around campus for the past few days with people moving back in has been amazing. We are thrilled to be joining the Grade 11 house this year, and we hope that over the next few weeks, we can get to know each of you even better!

Mr. Kim has been a houseparent at SMUS on and off since 2014 and a math/ science/ ADST teacher since 2018. He is actually a graduate of SMUS, having spent his Grade 6 to Grade 12 years at the school. During his time as a student, he really enjoyed playing on the soccer and rugby teams and playing his trombone in various bands and orchestras. In his off-time, Mr. Kim enjoys playing FIFA 20, watching Premier League soccer and playing soccer. He is always willing to chat with you, especially about soccer, rugby and soccer 😉

Mrs. Kim is also a SMUS graduate, having spent her Grade 7 to 12 years at the school. While she was a student here, she rocked the stage in various musicals, dabbled in volleyball and played the viola in several orchestras. She has always been into the sciences, which has led her to become a research associate as a Masters student at the University of Victoria. She currently works in a lab that studies the MECP2 protein and Rett Syndrome. If any of you have science questions… You know whom to ask!

We are both excited to be starting this new chapter in boarding with everyone. We both believe that with the right attitudes and protocols in place, we can continue to navigate our way around this global pandemic and strengthen the bonds that already exist amongst boarding students and houseparents. If you are ever confused, stuck or generally curious, you are ALWAYS welcome to come knock on our door and ask for a chat – it’s what we love to do!

See you around 🙂