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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A New Year Cleanse and More!

 

The boys are back in town! It is great to have the house full again after what sounded like an enjoyable holiday break for many. There were lots of enviable trips to hear about and it sounds like everyone is recharged and ready to bear down for the remainder of Term 2.

Below are a few miscellaneous items to share from before the break. Laurent showed off some magic to his homeroom peers. Mr. Shaw looks like he is preparing his surprised face knowing that Laurent has developed quite a significant talent in the art of magic.

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Biology 12 students were studying anatomy and created anatomically correct gingerbread men to help get into the holiday spirit!

 

Gr. 10 students designed and built mousetrap cars in physics class and raced them to glory. Events included, distance, speed, and an obstacle challenge!

 

This past Friday night may have seen the start of a new trend. Misha spearheaded some pizza making and Garry was quick to help out with the cooking. The pizzas were all made from scratch, then hand tossed was shared with other Bolton and Timmis students. The boys are currently coming up for a name for their cooking night and are going to try making something different each weekend. It sounds like fried chicken may be next on the menu!

 

Yesterday saw the third annual Bolton House Penguin Swim. The event is a spin off of the well known traditional Polar Bear Swim that is known as a way to cleanse the body at the start of a new year. Bolton adopted the Penguin Swim as a wonderful way for the Bolton Brothers to bond after the break and show some strength of will. This year saw four intrepid brothers, Will, Toby, Javier, and Antonio, who were able to outlast all others. This year also saw the highest number of participants to date and the most amount of guys going in past their waist; several were even seen having a casual little swim! Well done boys!

The Arrival:

 

The preparation:

 

The Moment of Truth:

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The Winners:

Some Final Thoughts:

Christmas Fever Begins

By Mr. Shaw

The stress levels have dropped in the house since the release of report cards and the guys are anticipating the Christmas break.

The senior boys volleyball team returned from Provincials with an 11th place finish overall. Joel said the trip was a lot of fun. It was the first time the boys have made it to the Provincial Tournament and we were very excited to be there.

Interview with Neme

Mr. Shaw – How is your year so far?

Neme – Good! Everything is going really well for me.

Mr. Shaw – How do you like living in Bolton House

Neme – I love the atmosphere. It is very comfortable here. Mostly because of the great Houseparents.

Mr. Shaw – What has been the highlight of the year so far?

Neme – My grades because I have been studying more. I also scored three goals in soccer this year.

Mr. Shaw – What do you enjoy the most about living in Victoria

Neme – Probably the food. The Keg is my favourite restaurant.

Mr. Shaw – Are you excited for the Holiday?

Neme – Yes, I am! I’m going to Mexico and to Whistler

Mr. Shaw – What are your goals for the New Year

Neme – Get accepted to University first. I would also like to start working for my dad.

Mr. Shaw – What will your focus be in University

Neme – Engineering if my grades are good enough

Mr. Shaw – Why are you interested in engineering?

Neme – I like it. I’m not sure what I want to do yet, but I would like to own my own business.

Mr. Shaw – If you could meet a celebrity who would it be?

Neme – Bill Gates because he is rich and a smart business man. I would like him to give me some business tips.

Interview with Jesus

Mr. Shaw – What do you like most about living in Bolton House

Jesus – The people! The atmosphere is really good.

Mr. Shaw – How was your first term overall?

Jesus – It was really good. My highlight was making several really good saves during the soccer season.

Mr. Shaw – What do you enjoy most about living in Victoria?

Jesus – It is very clean and there is no pollution here.

Mr. Shaw – Are you excited for the break?

Jesus – I’m going back to Mexico to spend time with my friends and family.

Mr. Shaw – What is your favourite class this year?

Jesus – Math because that was my best grade.

Mr. Shaw – What are your goals for the new year?

Jesus – Improve my grades

Mr. Shaw – If you could be one type of food what would it be and why?

Jesus – Pizza because the box is square, the pizza is round, and the slices are triangles.

Last night, was the annual Christmas Gala and the boys looked fantastic in their formal wear! Mr. Fryer commented that all of the boys looked SO GOOD. It was a fun night of food, friends, fun, dancing and Santa. We don’t think any Bolton Boys will be on his naughty list this year.