Remembering, Celebrating, Competing, Bowling, & Gardening

Last week our school community gathered for two poignant services to mark Remembrance Day and to honour those who fought for our country and have served in the military. For details of the service and full video please follow the link below:

Remembrance Day: ‘Today We Remember Them All’

Over the long weekend, Garret and Ryan competed in the Vancouver Island regional power-lifting competition. Both did extremely well and qualified for the provincial championships in the new year. Perhaps diet had something to do with it because they were also seen as the poster boys for the Sun Centre Digital Menu!

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The grade 9 crew took a break from prep this week and put their baking skills to the test. They cooked up a batch of delicious cookies and by all accounts they were a hit!

IMG_8896 There was a big crew who went out on the town for an exciting Cantonese dinner. They said it was the perfect way to cap off the week!IMG_0197

The Senior Boys Soccer Team, coached by Bolton’s Evan Fryer, is off to the provincial championship tournament this week. If you would like to follow their progress, please use the link below:

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Bowling was a big hit this weekend for Saturday Activity goers. Many Boltons boys worked the lanes and although there were no turkeys, several strikes were reported!

Ryan was working hard in the gardens again and officially has the greenest thumb of whole the house!

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All Good Friends Now!

The entire building went out for dinner downtown this week as the Sun Centre was hosting a “Founders Dinner” for board members, donors, and scholarship winners. It was a fabulous opportunity for Bolton boys and Timmis girls to mix and mingle and fun was had by all.

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A couple of the big boys, Toby and Matt, determined if their rugby skills were transferable to Line Dancing during this week’s North American Culture theme on campus. Turns out Matt’s prairie upbringing was all he needed to throw down some impressive moves! As head of the Intercultural Council, Justin also got in on the action during the N. American Week chapel presentation.

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Harry Huang started a charity “restaurant” and served up an amazing dinner for the Bolton HPs of Beef tenderloin, sauteed mushrooms, peas and carrots, and potato puree. It was divine!

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During last weekend’s house games, Alex was a hero for Bolton house when he nailed a drop kick from half court to earn extra points for the house. Impressive stuff in front of the entire boarding community!

The Bolton Boys then went on to play very well in their soccer games and are only 9 points back of first place after the first round.

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The team involved with the scavenger hunt was caught on camera trying to get everyone in the air at the same time.  Success!

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Neekan also tried to win us first chance at dinner with this rousing rendition of a werewolf!

After house games we found Ryan practicing for the school musical with Mr. Butterfield and we are pleased to say that he has been given a role along with Xavier.

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The Rugby World Cup is in full flight and this weekend is the semifinals between England & New Zealand and Wales & South Africa. A contest was organized where students had to pick the winner, runner-up, and score for next weekend’s final, The closest to the actual result wins a vintage Rugby Canada fleece circa 2002 from Mr. Danskin’s playing days. There were many disappointed contestants when, at the time of writing, England had recently toppled the giant that is the New Zealand All Blacks, who many had favoured as winners.

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Cookie baking for a local shelter was on the agenda for one of the Saturday activities, as was farming out at Farmer Jim’s where we were rewarded with some fresh pressed apple juice! There was some entertaining dialogue from the farming:

Tony: Excuse me sir your chicken escaped.
Farmer Jim: Well, can you catch him for me?
Tony: Uummmm I don’t know. (makes an attempt and fails) Ken you do it!
Ken stealthy moves into position and calmly snatches the bird.
Ken was then known as the “Chi-Ken Whisperer”.

There were also lots of routine moments at the school with classroom activities and hanging out in the common room.  Here is Toby working on a presentation for Day of the Dead in his Spanish class and Ryan with his French teacher in the language lab.  Fabian was hard at work on a puzzle and Ryan and Jason played some scintillating pool games.

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Strong Start

What a wonderful way to kick off the boarding season! The grade 12s were on hand to welcome our new Bolton Brothers, and they did so with energy and enthusiasm. There is nothing like feeling as though you have an instant family to help ease any first day jitters.

New students all had a chance to get settled into their rooms before engaging in a variety of name games and fun activities. We had a large group graduate last year, so with many new faces, it was great to create opportunities for everyone to connect.

Wednesday brought our annual house soccer game. First ball was determined by a thrilling arm wrestle between returning Grade 9’s, Nokia and Sebastian.

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Mr. Fryer, one of the school’s soccer coaches, was pleased with the talent the boys showed! There were plenty of laughs as well and the camaraderie demonstrated was promising towards a positive year.

Friday was our downtown scavenger hunt. It gives returning students and chance to show new students the bus system and give them a little tour around town.

There will be plenty more adventures to come and all signs point to a wonderful year ahead in Bolton House!

Hello from Mr. Danskin, Ms. Hanna, and Chips!

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We are excited to be starting our fifth year with Bolton and Timmis. This is Mr. Danskin’s seventh year in boarding and Ms. Hanna’s sixth. We feel very fortunate to be part of the Bolton and Timmis Houseparent Teams and are looking forward to the year ahead.

Ms. Hanna currently teaches in the Victoria School District as a learning support teacher. Mr. Danskin teaches Humanities and PE at the SMUS Middle School and coaches a variety of sports at the Middle School as well as helps out with rugby at the Senior School. Our dog Chips is also excited to be a fixture on the front steps during our duty shifts, and when not on duty he keeps himself busy chasing flies and digging holes in our backyard.

In our spare time we love outdoor adventures and cooking delicious meals. We are excited to share our experiences and passions with the boarding community and look forward to another great year!

‘Brotherhood, Honour, Strength’

Can we call it the ‘home stretch’?

After a beautiful month of May, June has officially arrived. AP exams are now over, SATs are a thing of the past, for some, and final exams are looming for others. Although the month of June has recently been known as “Junuary”, thanks to its January-esque weather patterns, we started off with a beautiful weekend. Many students ventured down to a local fair called the Oak Bay Tea Party. It’s an annual summer event that occurs on the first weekend of June and offers a chance for rides, games, and deep fried oreos!

We can’t ignore a whirlwind of events that provided all sorts of excitement to cap off May. Our Junior and Senior Boys Rugby Teams qualified for the provincial championships in Abbotsford. Each team fought hard and we ended up with a pair of silver medals. It was a tremendous effort and plenty of fun was had on and off the field.

‘Twas the season for provincials and the Tennis Team was in Vancouver for their tournament. Collingwood has been the reigning provincial champs for the past 12 years and the SMUS team was runner up last year. Needless to say there was a lot of hype and excitement when the team departed, and even more raucous when they came back victorious!

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Speaking of victories, Bolton has been the House Cup Champions for the past two years, and heading into our final inter-house competition, it was a tight race. The boys were fired up for “House Olympics” last weekend, which was followed up by the official announcement of this year’s House Cup Champion at the annual ‘Smoscars’ banquet. While sitting on the edge of our seats, Mr. Driscoll confirmed it was a three-peat! Bolton were the champions again! If I had a nickel for every time one of the boys said “Let’s go” after the announcement, I would be a wealthy man! With the nerves settled and smiles all around, it was now time to feast, and Ryan Ho proved he is a contender for top eater in the house!

The middle of the week also brought some fun in the sun. The Modern Languages Department hosted a snacks and dancing event in the quad, called “Mod Squad in the Quad” and it was extremely well attended by the student body. Mr. Daum was particularly pleased about making a roommate pairing of Xavier and Toby, who showed off some serious skills during the dance class!

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Feels Like Summer!

We are coming to the tail end of an amazing May heat wave and the temps have been in the low twenties with no rain for a couple weeks. But rain is on the horizon, so everyone has been working hard to get their vitamin D while they can! Below are a few of the Saturday activities that were on offer this weekend.

Several students went to Westhills Stadium to take in the Women’s World Sevens Rugby Tournament. We saw ten games and were fortunate enough to see Canada play twice. They played amazingly well and beat Brazil and Ireland to eventually finish second in their pool. Many of the SMUS Girls Rugby Team were in attendance and some played in a representative midday match-up against Rugby Canada youth players.

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Some other students participated in a neighborhood clean up and strolled around picking up garbage within the residential blocks surrounding the school.

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Another crew of students went to Thetis Lake for a hike through the woods. The wild flowers are coming out and it was a beautiful day for a trek.

One of the last events of the day was a cheesy bread fest. Laurent, Antonio, and I have been talking about making a Hy’s Steakhouse Cheesy Bread clone for a couple months now and it finally fell into place. After careful ingredient selection, we put our taste buds to the test and were quite pleased the the results. Our bread was very close to the irresistible quality at Hy’s Steakhouse and after making enough to feed a small army, we shared our wares with the house and the rest of boarding.

A Couple Bolton Boys in Africa

Some SMUS Senior School students traveled to Tanzania over Spring Break to engage in some service work through the Me To We program. Bolton Boys, Toby and Joel, were the lone boys on the trip and by all reports represented Bolton and SMUS exceptionally well. I had a chance to chat with them about some of their experiences.

What was a highlight of the trip?

Joel – The safari was amazing! Seeing zebras, elephants, monkeys, wildebeest, giraffes not trapped in cages at a zoo, but in their natural habitat was a wonderful experience.

Toby – The culture is very special. The hospitality of the people is amazing. They are so enthusiastic and open. I also loved that they called me Jumbo! The kids were also so much fun and I really had fun playing with them. They are all so happy and made me feel so grateful for what I have because they have so little.

What service aspects were meaningful for you?

Joel – experiencing a long stay in a rural community was humbling. It makes me appreciate what I have and not take anything for granted. A long stay also gives you a different perspective of the community. Everyone is so kind and welcoming and always extremely helpful. It is important to me to try to connect with my African roots and it is always an eye-opening experience when I visit.

Toby – I constantly reflect on the walk for water. We went with some mommas and carried a 20 L jug for a mile and to think they do that several times a day then walk over three miles to the market to get their food. We are so lucky to have such easy access to water and food. The experience also made me not want to consume as much as I do. I really want to try reduce the amount of waste I produce and lessen the impact I have on the environment.

I also learned how there is not just one story of Africa. I had certain expectations of what I would see over there but it is a huge place with so many people and many different stories.

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