So long for now…

We are at the final weekend of the school year with only a handful of days remaining. This week had the start of goodbyes and many events for the grads and those who will be returning. We want to thank everyone in Bolton House for a wonderful year, hope everyone has a great summer and returns fresh in the Fall.

Everything has been winding down including many sports that are coming to their conclusion.

Krissh and Dylan in the mix

Krissh and Dylan went with the tennis team to Vancouver for the provincial championship. SMUS had a challenging tournament, but finished with a bronze!

The rowing team headed to St. Catherines, Ontario for nationals. Malik was there representing Bolton House and won two national championships!

We had a meeting on Monday night to say goodbye to two from Bolton, Adam who has served us well as our head of house over this year, and Eric who were both given Bolton mugs as a gift for joining us over the recent years.

A great group picture after our house meeting!

Monday also saw Mr. Turner host all the athletes who had played in a provincial tournament in terms 2 or 3 for a pizza lunch. It was great to see so many Bolton boys in the mix, what a year!

It’s like 2021 all over again!

If pizza wasn’t enough, Monday was also the annual ice cream day started by Mr. Symons back in 1931! Read about the history of this fun event here

Mr. Symons (not the original) handing out the treats.

It was also Spirit week at the Senior School with Keep the Beat, fun activities and great outfits on display.

Nokia selling Keep the Beat t-shirts to fundraise for local charities.
Subaig announcing all the fun at assembly.
Joshua and Louis rocking out in assembly!
Fun in the sun!

Tuesday night was the Athletics Banquet featuring all the senior teams from the year. Congrats to all the athletes on a fantastic year of athletics and sportsmanship.

The Grade 12 rugby players were also presented with an Alumni jersey as a final wrap up to the season. It was great having them sacrifice so much time and energy to support the program, especially Louis who started back in grade 8!

This Saturday we celebrated the annual tradition of setting up a giant slip n’ slide down the hill in front of the Wenman Pavilion. There was a little apprehension at first, but nearly the entire house took a chance to experience the big slide.

Rugby training! A bit of work to be done yet…
14 Penguins!!
Safety first! What a finish by Teigan!!
There it is!
What a crew!

Also, there were volleyball nets and spikeball set up to have fun on the field. The weather finally cooperated for everyone to enjoy the day outside.

Is there anything this guy can’t do?!

Later that night we had a BBQ and everyone got an ice cream from an ice cream truck which was a big hit. Jason especially enjoyed his as you can see below.

Reunited by ice cream!

As people began cleaning their rooms it was amazing the things that were found. Kenneth found himself stuck in the office when the face masks came out and like the good sport he is he agreed to try it out.

Having second thoughts…? Nah!

Amid all the celebrations and packing, there were still academic courses taking place with many final exams and projects. Here is some proof!

Justin and Ernest hard at work in class with Mr. Young.

The final weekend wrapped up with the Bolton House farewell speeches and the final Boarding Chapel. This year we say goodbye to Malte and Noah heading back to Germany, Jeronimo going home to Mexico and Kaz heading back to the USA. We have 14 grads heading off to schools all over North America and we wish them all our very best. We know that they are destined for great things and look forward to hearing of their exploits and to hopefully seeing them again on campus when they come back to visit.

Congratulations to Malik for winning the Robert Common Award for Honour…

Leo for winning the Rob Cameron Award for Brotherhood…

and to Chris for winning the Chuck and Wendy Shergold Award for Strength.

What a year!

A special thank you to all the houseparents and Bolton boys and their families for making my last 11 years in Bolton such a delight. I will dearly miss the community and people who make this such a special place. I’m glad to know that my desire to “sweep the sheds” has resonated so well! Thank you.

Sweep the Sheds!!
The Bolton Grads

Before saying goodbye and thank you to all the parents, grandparents, siblings, guardians, aunts, uncles and anyone else who helped make this year such a great success for every Bolton boy, we leave you with this remarkable musical performance by Marcus during chapel. Wow.

Amazing Marcus!

We wish all the Bolton boys and their families a safe and happy summer wherever they might be. To those graduating best of luck in your next adventures and to those returning next year we look forward to welcoming you back to Bolton in September for another year of learning and fun. Goodbye for now.

On The Hunt For Provincial Glory!

This week at SMUS is a sports-heavy one, with several teams off to various locations to compete in provincial championships. Bolton was well-represented at several of these tournaments, including rugby!

Seb and Nokia fuel up for an upcoming game.
Both Adams (Liu and King) need to work on making eye contact with the camera..!!
Leo, Jason, and honorary Bolton Brothers Richard and Robbie enjoying their premium-quality Tim Hortons wraps!
A bit of light pool recovery work to round off the day from Savo, Jason and friends.

Elsewhere on campus, students from an Entrepreneurship class got their business minds in action (and blenders too!) to set up a juice stand in front of the lecture theatre.

Digvijay, Noah and Jero showing off their product!

On Saturday afternoon, several Bolton juniors had the opportunity to visit an age-old Victoria tradition, the Oak Bay Tea Party! Lots of fair games were played, tons of junk food was eaten, and rumours have it that Kenneth did a fair bit of screaming on the rides..!

Lucas, Kenneth and Rentaro catching a break between rides!
Thanks for the close-up guys!

Introducing our new head of Bolton house for the 2022 – 2023 year, Joshua Kim!

Back in May the grade 11 students who were interested in running for leadership in Bolton house had the opportunity to give speeches to sway the votes of the house. Josh Kim was the winning candidate! Here is a quick interview with Josh:

Why did you want to be the Bolton Head of House?

I joined SMUS in gr 9 and was quite nervous. There were so many upper classmate Bolton brothers that helped me when I was younger. I wanted to repay them, by giving back to my new brothers and being supportive.

What makes you House of House material?

I have a strong work ethic and good time management. I believe I will get things started easily.

What are you most looking forward to about being the head of Bolton House?

Organizing annual downtown trips at the beginning of the year and getting to know my new Bolton brothers.

What is one unique fact about yourself that the other Bolton people might not know?

Everyone know I love music, but my favourite music genre is RnB like Frank Ocean and Weeknd.

Thank you, Josh and congratulations on your new role!

The week concluded with the beginning of packing up rooms and getting ready to leave for the summer. There is much to do over these final weeks of the year, a lot of excitement and goodbyes!

Bolton brings the fire to the final house games… AND BRINGS HOME THE HOUSE CUP!

With the lead going into the final house games, Bolton fought hard and came out victorious!

Look at the teamwork!! That’s how you win the Cup!!
And the winner is!

The House Cup is back to it’s rightful home in the Bolton House!

Head of House Adam being award the House cup

The Champs!

While we had the chance to celebrate the win, we also had the chance to celebrate this wonderful year at the 2022 SMOSCAR Awards. The Bolton Brothers were dressed to the 9s!

Michael and Nokia were the winners of the Style award!
Adam made it all the way to the front of the room without hurting himself to accept the Glass Jaguar award for most (outrageous) injuries!
Hey now! You’re an all star – The Friday Night Prep All Star! Malik was award the FNP All star for never being assigned Friday Night Prep

Celebrating Sport and Remembering Simon Ibell

Joshua, Sebastian, Ryan, Louis, Malte and Cyrus lead our school’s grade 3 and 4 students in super fun activities during the Junior School’s Right to Play day! This was an event to celebrate and remember alumnus Simon Ibell (’96) by enjoying a morning of fun sports and games in Simon’s honour.

Thumbs up for great food, great friends and great… rubik’s cube competitions?

Mujtaba enjoying the return of boarder snacks
Can’t beat 4 bolton brothers on a two person couch!
Seb and Nokia getting ready for house games!

Dylan and Krissh went to tennis provincials on the mainland and come back with some hardware! The boys came back to the boarding house with bronze medals around their neck! Well done boys!

Krissh isn’t someone to be messed with on the court!

The Bolton Brothers are becoming powerful members of the SMUS community!

Malik spoke at SMUS Talks for the theme “Food for Thought”
Our new Head of House, Joshua Kim, address the boys at a recent house meeting about the future plans for the house!

Try Given! The Senior Boys rugby team are ramping up for their provincials next week!

The Last Long Weekend

May is almost over and we have arrived at the final long weekend of the year. Many of the boys chose to head home or to spend the weekend away from the school, but a hearty crew stuck around to enjoy what turned out to be an absolutely outstanding weekend of sunshine, delicious food, and lots of fun.

Eric enjoying the Friday night BBQ!
Nokia hitting up the ice cream desserts
Wataru, Ai, and Rentaro kicking back for a quiet dinner in the Sun Center Commons

Ai, Rentaro, Jero, Mujtaba, Nokia, Noah and Digvijay went to Paintball over the long weekend!

We also managed to get a full house photo in the sun on Monday night. Unfortunately the Head of House was away so we will need to add him later, but what a crew!

Look at that crew!

And here are the grads!

It was also a busy week for athletics. Here is LeRoy with his many ribbons after cleaning up at the Track and Field Island competition. He and his brother are headed to the provincial meet in a few weeks.


The tennis team qualified for provincials as well winning the Island trophy, way to go Krissh and Dylan!

The Senior Boys rugby qualified for the provincial tournament as well despite a tough fought loss to Oak Bay in the City Final.

Final vs Oak Bay

Malik will also be off with the Rowing team to Ontario next week to round out an impressive year of athletics from the Bolton boys that saw various Boltonites playing on 6 different varsity senior teams! Well done to all.

While no Provincial tournament was on the line for chair lifting, Mujtaba and Ryan B. gave their best shot at an almost impossible task. Try it out at home, it’s almost impossible!

Also this week, all of the bands from across Middle School and Senior School performed their pieces at the University of Victoria’s Farqhuar Auditorium. In the video recording below, you can catch a percussion masterpiece from our very own Ai, some lovely clarinet work from Louis and Josh, and strong trumpet sounds from Leupold.

One of the agenda items at the end of the year for us in Bolton House is to listen to speeches from those Grade 11 students who are interested in running for the official leadership position of Head of House. From a very strong pool of candidates, the votes eventually swayed in favour of Joshua Kim as Head of House and Nokia Higurashi as Boarding Prefect!

Nokia’s Boarding Prefect Interview:

Why did you want to be a Bolton Prefect?

I wanted to be like a brother to everyone in the house.

What makes you prefect material?

I think my main strength when it comes to this role will be my level of responsibility.

What role do you see yourself playing for the Bolton community?

I think it’ll be really important for me to be a good “second-in-command” for Josh, who will do a great job as Head of House. It will be useful for both of us to recognize our own strengths and weaknesses, and to help each other when the need arises.

What is one unique fact about yourself that the other Bolton members might not know?

I’ve actually been “in boarding” since Grade 7! I was living at Ms. McGee’s house but attending all of the boarding events like prep at the middle school and house events.

Thanks Nokia, and congratulations on your new role!

We hope you enjoyed that quick interview with Nokia, and stay tuned for next week’s entry when we sit down with our new Head of House – Josh Kim!

This next week is a big one with the final House Games taking place on Sunday followed by an exciting evening of awards and dinner for the annual SMOSCARS – lots of photos to come next week. Hopefully the boys can hang on to their lead and bring the cup home!

5 Steps to Get the Most out of Boarding!

While every boarding student that arrives at SMUS has their own unique identity and culture, there are some general steps to follow if you want to get the most out of your boarding experience!

Step #1: Study Hard!

Okay…maybe not too hard – the pictures below don’t necessarily look like the traditional classroom, though they were still getting the work done. Teigan catching some sun while studying and Josh and Harun were assigned homework that consisted of cooking a Chinese meal for Ms. Mao! Delicious!

Step #2: Get Off Campus on the Weekend

Some awesome shots below of the Bolton students at the Mini Golf Course. Mr. Donatelli said that he would buy ice cream to any student that got a lower score than him…in the end, the only ice cream Mr. Donatelli bought was his own!

A few other Bolton students decided to check out one of Canada’s National Historic Sites closeby!

Colwood is home to historic Fort Rodd Hill, a Canadian National Historic Site. Built by the British in the 1890’s, this coast artillery fort was designed to defend Victoria and the Esquimalt Naval Base. Visitors come to explore the three gun batteries, underground magazines, command posts, guardhouses, barracks and searchlight emplacements that are the vestiges of a bygone era.

Set on a beautiful wide open waterfront park, our students enjoyed the spectacular sea and mountain views as they bird watch and investigated the tide pools along the shoreline. The iconic Fisgard Lighthouse was their reward after a short walk.

Teigan getting a couple reps in!

Step #3: Take On Some Leadership Roles

Malik and Subaig make regular appearances at whole-school assemblies on Monday. This last week was tons of fun and featured a competition between siblings. Make sure you check out Leupold and LeRoy’s win in the video below! Way to represent Bolton House!

Step #4: Stay Fit

There is no short of activities and sports to sign-up for at SMUS. We are deep into the rugby season currently and it is awesome watching the growth of the Bolton students on the field. Check out more of the action below!

and Step #5: Leave room in your schedule for spontaneous hangouts with your friends

Quiet hour in Bolton last week turned into a spontaneous game of baseball on the field which lasted until the sun set. What a great way to spend some time in the evening, now that the days have daylight for longer!

Heading Into the Final Term!

And just like that, May has arrived and along with it, the end of term 5.

The Bolton boys are now finished half of their classes for the year with many final exams, presentations, projects, and a few celebrations filling the past week. Some of the senior students still have AP exams to write this week, but there is a sense of relief from all as we head into the final 6-week session of classes.

Teigan finishing up his Mandarin 9 exam
Oscar enjoying some bubble tea to finish up the year with Ms. Mao.

It was also a very busy week for sports with Rowing, Tennis, Rugby, Badminton, and Track and Field in full swing. Malik was rowing in the prestigious Brentwood regatta and, along with 2 silvers and a bronze, qualified for the National Championship later this month in Ontario!

Congratulations Malik!!

Leupold and LeRoy were flying high at the track and field meet. Leupold captured both the junior high jump (1.7 m) and long jump (5.2 m) titles, with LeRoy claiming gold in the senior high jump (1.8 m). Nice work boys!

Track and Field Superstars!

Savo played up with the Sr. Rugby team on Friday as they beat Robert Bateman from Abbotsford in an exciting game. The seniors are set to play 2 games this week including the City Final on Friday while the Juniors travel to Shawnigan Lake for the Island semi-finals. Here is an action shot from last weekend at the Alumni game that captures the work of the Bolton boys on the field this week

Great tackle Teigan!

Here are a couple of photos and a wonderful video from Alumni weekend that features a couple of Bolton Boys in action, what a great time it was!

Congratulations to all the grads!!
What a day!

Oscar has wrapped up his initiative to raise food for the local food bank. Here he is with all of the donations brought in last week. What a wonderful way to give back to the community and exemplify the school’s value of Service.

Saturday was full of the usual array of activities. Teigan and Ai enjoyed a 3D IMAX movie about dinosaurs but were most excited about their dipped cones from Chocolats Favoris!

What a ridiculous treat!

Subaig gave his younger brother, Sam, a tour of the house when he came to visit on Saturday. A future Boltonite?

He looks very comfortable with the Bolton mascot, Boris, like he is meant to be here!

Always thinking of winning the House Cup, the Bolton Boys were busy in the fitness center and honing their basketball skills late into the evening on Saturday night.

Digvijay in his finest workout attire!
They call him Simon “Fadeaway” Shen!

Good luck to all students in their final semester of classes. We continue to be so proud of each Bolton boy and look forward to celebrating their successes.

The stars came out for Alumni Weekend!

The week’s competitive tone was set with House Games! Batters up!

That’s one way to get on base!

After a tremendous performance, we needed to celebrate with a house dinner at Red Robin where the endless french fries made for some very happy and very full boys!

Before the Alumni Weekend, our senior boys and girls rugby teams broke bread at the Victoria Golf Course. This annual event is hosted by former SMUS rugby players who presented the players with a jersey and shared many stories of their time at SMUS and their later success at the Provincial, National and International level. This was the first time the girls’ team had joined us and it was so great to finally share the event with all rugby players.

What a team! 8 Bolton boys!