In this community, we stand by each other!

It was been a busy weekend with checking travel details, last minute holiday shopping, and sporting events. There is much anticipation going into our final week of school and a noticeable countdown is on!

Student run daily message board

During the school week, Ryan W enjoyed some popcorn provided by his awesome homeroom teachers Mr. Steed and Sra. Calderon.

Ryan approves!

Ernest has been a duty machine this weekend, as he was first on Friday night then kindly offered to cover for Malte who had a volleyball game Saturday. He was right on time Saturday morning to greet everyone as they checked in between 10-10:30 AM.

Ernest dutifully on duty!

Many of the Bolton boys were either competing in volleyball provincials or various basketball tournaments and games. Below, you can see Oscar, LeRoy, Leo, Simon, Malik, Malte and Chris hard at work!

Congratulations to LeRoy who was named 1st Team Allstar at his basketball tournament this weekend!

What a trophy it is, too!

Bolton is hosting this weekend’s boarders chapel and everyone, who didn’t have a sporting conflict, got together in the chapel for some practice first. After some very quiet initial singing of “Stand By Me”, Mr. Fryer was able to coax out some volume and it was sounding great.

Morning practice before Sunday’s chapel service hosted by Bolton

There is a large contingent of people who support our students in boarding and every year, and the Winter Break marks a nice opportunity to show our thanks. Students will be populating a large set of cards with messages and the cards will be delivered in the coming days. There is an impressive array of recipients, from Laundry Services, Campus Security, Grounds and Maintenance, Directors of the school, Boarding Support Staff, Admissions, and many more who make the lives of our students more enjoyable and help keep things running smoothly.

Holiday greeting cards from Bolton and Timmis

We had some super low temperatures this week as well, with this morning being a particularly frosty one!

On Saturday evening, we hosted a FIFA tournament in the common room. After a few upsets and dramatic victories along the way, Louis eventually took home the title. For Seb, Josh, Harun and Dylan who participated but came up a tad short, consolation came in the form of pepperoni pizza on the house.

And finally, after much anticipation, a week delay, and some intense practicing, the Bolton chapel finally arrived. Built around the theme of community, it truly required a full house effort. Here is the final practice run through of the song…

Final run through… looking, and sounding, good!

Without a doubt, one of the best chapels in recent memory with the video (edited, filmed and produced by Jason) getting special mention from reverend Fletcher and Mr. Driscoll. The Reverend was quoted as saying” that was the best video I have seen in 16 years of chapels!” Wow! Special shout out to Leo and Simon for their speeches, Savo, Marcus, Josh, Seb, and Adam K for their contributions in various forms. Louis and Adam L were especially brave to lead the song and the enthusiasm of every boy in the singing was outstanding! A special thank you to Mr. Butterfield (a former Bolton houseparent) for his musical prowess!

Some of the Bolton welcome committee

Here is the chapel in various pieces, but in the order it was presented.

Mr. Butterfield is a one-man-band!
Opening Breaths and our reflection question
Simon!

The best movie ever!

The Song, Leo’s speech and closing breaths

A worthy cheer to finish it all off!

GO BO!!

And finally, after 4 months of outstanding leadership, amazing contributions to the Bolton, boarding and SMUS community, positive energy, support and just general awesomeness, Adam L was awarded his boarding colours, the highest honour for a member of the boarding community. It was well deserved and we would like to thank Adam for all of his work in making this such a great year.

Congratulations Adam!

This will be our last post until the new year. We wish all of the Bolton boys and their families a very safe and restful holiday season. We are so proud of all they have accomplished in the 4 months that we have been back and look forward to more amazing things in 2022. Thank you to all our families for their support and encouragement, we couldn’t do it without you.

End of Term Farewells and Seasons Greeting to all!

The Bolton boys enjoyed a pizza party to celebrate a job well done in term two!

Kenneth, Rentaro, Wataru, Lucas and Alan taking in each other company before the feist begins
Ryan and Mujtaba straight cheesing
All smiles for Adam, Subaig and LeRoy
Ryan, Oscar, and Malik give it a thumbs up!
Harun, Seb, Michael, Joshua and Kaz chomping down

The arts council at the school got in on the fun by transporting the Sun Center Commons into a Winter Wonderland

While the sun is still out and before the frost came in, Jero and Ai took to the field!

We had a semi-formal winter holiday community dinner to end the weekend. Bolton house was also joined by Barnacle and Winslow houses. It was great to get part of the community together to enjoy a meal!

Seb and Nokia enjoying their sparkling juice
Jason and Leo

A super week!

Check out this super interview with Bolton’s very own Digvijay as part of the Best School Year Ever campaign. Interview with Digvijay

Evan, Naashkii and Digvijay

This Thursday SMUS was host to a massive flu vaccination for over 250 students and staff. It was a super slick operation with 3 pharmacists, 2 nurses and a lot of brave students!

The room clean for this week had a new trophy up for grabs, “The Super Bowl” for cleanest toilet. There were some incredible efforts made to clean inside and out. The Thursday night winners really went above and beyond!

Now this is getting serious!!
And the winner is…
Congratulations to Lucas and Noah!

Friday night saw a large crew head to the local arena for a super exciting hockey game. The local team, the Victoria Royals, came from behind to win the game in overtime 4-3. The SMUS students got a special shout out and were featured many times on the jumbotron!

Digvijay in the background looking excited!
Noah looking even more excited!
Jero and his friends enjoying the evening
Go Royals!
Sorry about the poor filming, but you can still see how much fun was being had, even sideways!
And the Royals tie it up with a couple minutes left….
I thought they would be a bit bigger and faster…
And the Royals win!!

Teigan helping to keep the house tidy. Sometimes getting up on time on a Saturday morning can be super tough!

Despite the holiday season being just around the corner, Rentaro and Lucas braved a haunted escape room on Saturday morning. It was a super tough day with no one successfully escaping, but fun was still had!

Savo, Hanson, Teigan, and Kenneth braved the super wet and cold weather to help clean a local beach. Great to see the boys thinking about others and pushing themselves out of their comfort zones.

Savo with the find of the day!
Cold and wet, but super proud!

Students from Theatre 12 put on a play called “12 Angry Jurors” at the Langham Court Theatre. A busload of boarding students travelled down to support the superb performance! From Bolton House, Malik and Louis were on stage and, by all accounts, stole the show!

A very fancy poster by all accounts..! Can you find Louis and Malik?

We now look ahead to the beginning of Term 3 this coming week. With lots of assessments and project deadlines coming up, the Bolton crew will be busy but we are also looking forward to the fun and laughter that the new week will bring!

Spike, Sweep and Skate! Bolton Students Showed Off Their Competitive Spirit!

Nothing gets the competitive juices going more than a little room clean challenge! Cyrus and Eric and Noah and Lucas are the winners of the Timmis Trophy this week!

Chris, Malte, LeRoy and the rest of the Senior Boys Volleyball team came back from Nanaimo with a bronze medal around their neck and a berth into the Provincials after a successful weekend battling at the Island Championship! Go Boys Go!

Jason and Louis cheer on the Senior Girls Volleyball team as they battle for the top seed in the Island

Not only do we have great athletes in the house but we have some of the best team spirit from the side lines! Bolton Cheer Squad???

Subaig and LeRoy keeping the vibes high during the girls island final!

No skunking today! Alan and Cyrus battle each other to the bitter end in a game of cribbage!

Our next competition might just have to be Boarding Idol! The Bolton boys show off their vocal range signing a lovely rendition of Happy Birthday to Ai and Jason who celebrated their birthdays on the same day!

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Jason and Ai, Happy Birthday to you!

A break from your regular scheduled competition with a glimpse of sun and fresh air! Teagan and Ai had a great time exploring Fort Rodd Hill over the weekend!

And to end the week, the Bolton crew competed hard at another installment of House Games. This month, it was Floor Hockey and many fun (and challenging) minute-to-win-it challenges!

Check out the photos/videos below!

Rain, Remembrance, and Random Fun

About half of the boys stayed on campus this weekend as the school shut down for the Remembrance Day weekend. They were kept busy in a variety of ways with all sorts of activities, both planned and unplanned, taking place.

On Thursday morning the Senior School was once more able to join as a full community in the double gym to honour the fallen students and staff who fought in the First and Second World Wars from St. Michaels School and University School. As always, it was a powerful experience.

Malik and prefects handing out poppies before the service.

Here is the link to the full service if you wish to see what the boys saw.

Remembrance Day Service

Hanson singing in the Senior School Choir

On Thursday night, a big crew went downtown to watch the newest installment of the James Bond series. Here are Ryan and Mujtaba settling in for the show with their popcorn and nacho dinners!

…and Rentaro and Lucas on the light meal plan!

Ai spent Friday morning perfecting the art of macaron making at a local patisserie, Bon Macaron, in downtown Victoria.

On Friday afternoon, Mr. Driscoll recruited a number of the Bolton boys to help him rescue the Bolton-Timmis duty desks that had been put into storage when the pandemic first began and the school was looking to eliminate areas where people might gather. A big thank you to Ai, Seb, Nokia, Michael, Digvijay and Malte for their help!

Easy does it!
Almost there!
That’s one way to do it!
And now the hard part, back to Bolton!
At least it wasn’t raining!
Success!!

Friday night also had a special treat in the dining hall with a dessert smorgasbord! It was hard to pick just one, so most people tried them all!

Here are a couple of shots from last week’s regatta at Elk Lake. Malik, Ernest, and Ryan were all very successful in their races with nothing but 1st and 2nd place finishes all weekend!

I wonder if Diego’s hair slows the boat down at all?
Malik in the zone!
Never in doubt!

There was a board games night in the Sun Centre on Friday night. Below, you can see Seb engaged in an intense chess battle against ex-Bolton member Hanson.

Seb’s Gambit!

On Saturday, Ms. Baghat hosted an advanced sushi-making class for the boarders. From Bolton, Alan and Jero took on the challenge of making some fancy sushi art! Photos below:

Alan and Jero, fresh off their sushi-making pursuits, decided to challenge themselves further with Korean Fire Noodles from Fairway Market. They handled it quite well, much to the surprise of Mr. Kim..!

Ernest, Ai, Hanson and Wataru headed off to Farmer Jim’s for a very wet afternoon of wheelbarrowing!

After such an eventful day, everyone benefitted from some delicious pizza for dinner.

Not to be outdone by the Saturday slate of activities, Sunday had Mrs. Kim run a soap-making activity in the Sun Centre Commons where each student had the chance to pour, and take home, three bars of handmade soap! Malte showed off his Salt Bae skills.

In a similar vein of artistic prowess, Wataru and Hanson created a couple of functional and decorative(?) boxes…

Just getting started…
Almost done…
Voila!

Later that night, Alan and Jero wandered through downtown learning about the many hauntings and ghosts that call Victoria home! The torrential downpour added to the overall effect!

Here’s Justin getting ready to do some work in his room but making sure to stay dry just in case!

Lucas, Rentaro and Ai made the big trip across the water to visit a giant shopping mall in Tsawwassen. The ferry ride was very rough given the stormy weather, but they returned safely and with matching sweaters!

While there was much merriment and fun to be had, there was also some time for work, especially with the Grade 12’s who are still working on university applications.

And so ends the last long weekend of 2021. There are just under 3 weeks to go in term 2 and only 23 days of classes left before we depart for winter break! We are so proud of all the work each and every boy has put into making this year a success.

FALLing Back (Into Routines)

The clocks fell back last night with the end of Daylights Savings Time in British Columbia, giving the Bolton boarders a chance to get an additional hour of sleep! Never before have the Bolton students arrived so early for morning check-in time 🙂

This weekend also marks the completion of two weeks of Term 2. With report cards finally released on Friday, conversations of reflection are happening with the students about their academic strengths and areas for improvement. Students are now back into the swing of things, academically, and creating new routines to set themselves up for success.

At the Senior School, students celebrated Day of the Dead (or Dia De Los Muertos).

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Day of the Dead Display in the Spanish Classroom

Dia De Los Muertos is a two day holiday that reunites the living and dead. Families create ofrendas (Offerings) to honor their departed family members that have passed. These altars are decorated with bright yellow marigold flowers, photos of the departed, and the favorite foods and drinks of the one being honored. The offerings are believed to encourage visits from the land of the dead as the departed souls hear their prayers, smell their foods and join in the celebrations! https://dayofthedead.holiday/

In the boarding house, Ai got his photo from one of his previous Saturday activities printed on canvas for the Bolton hallway. Pretty Awesome!

Students also participated in another round of wonderful Saturday Activities.

One group went to the BC Legislature and then an IMAX movie called “Sea Lions: Life in a Whisker”. The group was taken on a magical journey as they were offered a fascinating glimpse inside the world of Australian sea lions in the riveting nature documentary.

Digvijay and Teigan joined a group on a tour of the World Famous Butchart Gardens! Although it was a little rainy at first, the skies turned blue and they had a wonderful time!

Here are some other random shots from around the house and campus, including a few of Mr. Danskin’s and Ms. Hanna’s dog Chips. There is also one photo of an actual bag of Chips! 🙂

Meet our newest Bolton Brother, Mujtaba!

Where are you from and what are you looking forward to this year?

I am from Oman and I am looking forward to having great social interactions, good marks and overall self improvement!

What are some of your favourite things to do?

I love watching movies and reading books in my spare time. I especially like fantasy and sci-fi movies. My favourite movie (at the moment) is Interstellar!

What do you most value in your friends?

  1. Loyalty
  2. Appreciation
  3. Fun to be around!

When and where are you happiest?

Obviously, I am happiest when I am with my family but I am pretty happy when I achieve a goal or finish a task I have been working on!

What your personal motto?

“One who can not abandon everything, can not achieve anything”

It is great to have you in the house Mujtaba!

This is a big one so settle in!

It has been a very busy week in boarding and around the school for the boys of Bolton House so grab a cup of coffee, settle in and enjoy the pictures and videos.

First up, we have housegames from last Sunday. Outdoor soccer, indoor soccer, and Cardio Pictionnary rounded out the day. The boys played with passion and skill in the soccer games and the enthusiasm for Pictionary and charades was outstanding!! The end result was that Bolton House is very much in the lead in the House Cup standings with 71.5 points!

Senior outdoor soccer
Junior outdoor soccer
Indoor soccer
Pictionary Team 1
Pictionary Team 2
Pictionary Team 3
And the other broken piece of Team 3!
Ernest and Boris rounding out Team 2

And some live action videos…

Post games cheer
So fun to see live sports!
Savo on fire!
Wind…waves…wind…current, wind current? WINDY!!
The psychic connection of the Wippell brothers!
Ryan in his element!
singing… shower… singing in the shower!!
It was intense down to the wire!
Check out the hard foul at on Malte at 23 seconds which resulted in…
Nice shiner Malte!!

The rest of the week seemed to pass in blur with the anticipation of Halloween looming on Friday. The energy and excitement did not disappoint and neither did the costumes as many of the boys jumped into the spirit of things as you can see from the photos below…