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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Election Fever

The Federal Canadian Election is going to be held this coming Monday. At the school, we all participate in a mock student election which involved the actual MP Candidates visiting and speaking at SMUS. Logan, our Head of House, was one of the main organizers and was busy around the school making sure people participated in the vote! He even spoke in front of the full, all-grade assembly.
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Fabi, Ryan and Benny headed to Gyro Park today, a local beach to engage in a service activity and clean up the beach. Despite the rainy weather, they were still enthusiastic. Every Saturday, we offer a different service activity for the Bolton Boys to sign-up for. Not only does volunteering feel good, but they can also use the hours towards the graduation portfolios. For more information about SMUS Service visit, the Leadership and Service blog at https://news.smus.ca/leadership-and-service/#.Ulcd3VCsiG4
Other activities this week included a visit to the breakwater, cooking, all you can eat sushi and a trip to the Butterfly Gardens.

We celebrated the birthdays of Jason and Alex this past week.

Harry has been hard at work designing the menu for the restaurant he is running out of the common room kitchen for charity. His feature meal this week was seared king crab with an avocado puree and green grape topping followed by scallops in a pea puree with orange juice gelatin.

Matt also provided a delicious carbonara pasta with bruschetta. The kitchen has brought many boys together we have seen some fabulous meals.

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Leaves and Hair Falling

The sunny and warm weather has held for another week as we head into the fall, but the signs are showing that winter is not far off.  The sun is setting earlier and rising later, the temperature is dropping and the dark skies are looming on the horizon. That hasn’t stopped our boys from getting out and getting active though, and it is such a pleasure to see them piling out of the house after school on their way to rugby, soccer, volleyball, rowing, karate, the weight room and many more.

The Junior Boys’ Soccer Team had a solid 3rd place finish at the ISA tournament last weekend in Vancouver and were pleased to come home with some hardware.

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Also getting some hardware in the house were Adam and Kevin, one of the 4 rooms to win the coveted Timmis Trophy for cleanest room this week, well done boys!

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We also marked Orange Shirt Day this week. At the Senior School, Elder Doreen Spence with the Saddle Lake Cree Nation and Songhees Elder Dr. Skip Dick spoke to students about indigenous rights and their personal experiences.

On Thursday, SMUS was once again a stop on the annual Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock bike ride. This event, raising funds and awareness around cancer research, especially for children, is an emotional visit that has been a long running tradition at our school.  Over the lunchtime break students volunteered to have their heads shaved and legs waxed as a fundraiser to support the cause. Houseparent (and former rider with the Tour de Rock) Mr. Slavin had his head shaved and Matt helped out on the other end shaving off Will’s hair.

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We also celebrated Josh’s birthday with some delicious cake and a rousing (if somewhat off-key) rendition of happy birthday.

Friday afternoon saw a busy common room kitchen as a group of students prepared gnocchi with a butternut squash and walnut sauce from scratch! Xavier, looking sharp in his #1 uniform wasn’t afraid to get involved and managed to keep his tie out of the sauce!

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And finally, Saturday had another full slate of activities including some farming, where we finished off the work started two weeks ago by the grade 9 boys…

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..some board games (complete with costumes purchased last night while downtown!)..

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Next week is a short one with the Thanksgiving long weekend finally arriving and I’m sure every boy will enjoy a well deserved rest after a fantastic start to the 2019-2020 school year.

Here is a final shot from the Grade 11 out trip with Parsa.

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SMUS OutTrips – Getting Out There

This last week has been busy at SMUS, but not only in pursuit of academics in the classroom. In particular, our Grade 10 students ventured into the wilderness last week and traveled across our beautiful province of British Columbia to take in the great outdoors.

Each grade, from Grade 8 to Grade 11, participates in a 5-day outdoor trip — or “outtrip”— at some point during the school year. The goals of the trips include the following: Learn and develop general outdoor and camping skills, Make new friends, Visit new areas of British Columbia, Spending time outdoors in nature, Develop specific activity skills (surfing, kayaking…).

Here are some of the highlights from the Grade 10 Bolton Boys:

Leo: taking a nap on the bowsprit of his tall ship sailing boat and watching all the stars in the night sky during his night watch.

Fabian: was similarly impressed by the trip and said swimming in the ocean was by far the highlight for him, though not being woken for his final night shift was also rather enjoyable as everyone fell asleep!

Frank: found the climb to the top of the main mast exhilarating

Eric: thoroughly enjoyed rowing to one of the small islands to pick apples.

Malik: loved the third day of his rock-climbing trip as he zip-lined, free climbed and rappelled his way through caverns and along rock faces.

Pablo: also on the rock climbing trip, claims there were some near-death experiences as he contemplated the rope that held him suspended high above the ground!

Jason: was chef supreme as he partook in the Island Sampler and managed to avoid having his food and tent raided by the raccoons (a fate not spared some of his companions).

Adam: enjoyed relaxing at the Eco Village and didn’t even mind participating in the compostable out house.

Gavin: was very pleased to make some new connections with his group while surfing as he felt he was able to really get to know some of his fellow grade 10’s.

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Our Grade 11 students are currently off on outtrips right now – we can’t wait to hear the tales from their adventures. For more information about the SMUS Outdoor Education program, you can check out the website at www.smusoutdoor.com.

In Bolton House, we had some other activities this week.

For Saturday Activities, Ryan ventured outside to help rid a local eco-system of the invasive species called “Broom”. It was hard work, but it makes such a difference to the community. PLUS it was a beautiful day today in Victoria.

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Harry sharpened his culinary talents tonight by cooking a Pan Seared Tenderloin, with a side of puréed potatoes and radishes covered in mustard and mayo sauce. Unlike Mr. Danskin last week, Mr. Fryer was jealous that there were not enough plates to go around. Harry’s cooking is a hot commodity in Bolton House.

Sebastian, Gavin, and Pablo returned back from Fraser Academy in Vancouver where the the Junior Boys Soccer Team competed in the Independent Schools Association finals. They won a game against Shawnigan Lake school, which was the highlight of their tournament.

Upon their return, Pablo and Gavin lost a bet to each other and some of the girls from Timmis House promptly brought out their straightening irons to the common room. I think they liked the new style!

Sometimes it is great on a Saturday night to just laugh and hang out in the common room in an effort to pause and find balance with all of the endeavours at SMUS. After our first full month, I would say that Bolton is starting to feel like a second home for our new students.

It has been a full and rewarding September and we can’t wait to see what’s in store this Fall!

Just another week of running, rugby, farming and some political debate…

The week began with the annual Terry Fox Run on Sunday. This event is a nation-wide run that raises money and awareness for cancer research and has been held annually for over 30 years. The run in Victoria is held along the beautiful and scenic Beach Drive and the weather cooperated this year with cool temperatures, but no rain. The boys walked, jogged and ran, with Flavius finishing the 5K run so quickly that he had to ask the police motorcycle leading the race to move out of the way! We also had some boys volunteering to keep the runners safe.

Thursday was an important day as the Politics Club, led by Head of House Logan, hosted an all candidates forum in preparation for the upcoming federal election.  Candidates from the Liberal, Green and New Democratic Parties attended and shared their views and ideas on topics ranging from climate change to post secondary education. It was well attended, and very well mediated by Logan.

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Speaking of Heads of House, there is an excellent article written by Bolton Houseparent Mr. Slavin featuring Logan.  Here is the link to the article: https://news.smus.ca/2019/09/13/building-a-student-community-in-boarding/

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Thursday was also a very exciting day for the Grade 9 rugby team as they played their first game of the season.  Benny, Jason and MudMee all featured prominently in the game with thundering runs, crushing tackles and excellent attitudes. The team went 1-1 with a big win over Brentwood and close loss to Shawnigan.  Here are the Bolton boys post game, the smiles say it all!

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There were also lots of moments of individual creativity like Harry cooking up some superb steak sandwiches in the common room kitchen (Mr. Danskin was obviously a big fan!)…

…and some moments of relaxation and fun.

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Finally, Saturday morning found the grade 9 boys heading out into nature to do some service work helping a local farmer with some of his heavy lifting.  Xavier jumped in to join as well and enjoyed the fresh apple juice and picking apples and tomatoes fresh from the vine. Nokia and Sebastian had a chance to help with the beehive and learned lots about these amazing little creatures. This was by far the hardest working group to have attended the farm and the before and after photo will give you an idea of how much was done in a short period time.  Well done boys!

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The Grade 10 out trips were a huge success by all accounts. Each boy had their own highlight, but the overall report was that every trip was fabulous and fun, and that the guys feel connected to their groups in a way that they had not expected. Pictures to come in next week’s blog post.

The grade 11’s are off on Wednesday for their own adventures so check back next week for some more highlights.

The first full week

The first week flew by and the boys in the house have started settling into their own routines at the school. The annual Club and Council Fair was held on Friday at lunch where everyone was given the opportunity to sign up for things that interested them. There is always something there for everyone and we are confident that the boys will be very involved in school life this year. We are excited to witness all their accomplishments. There was also a volunteer fair on campus this past Wednesday which offered up even more opportunities for the boys to get involved.

This year’s international trips include a boy’s rugby trip to Argentina, a girl’s rugby trip to Australia, and service trips to Mexico and Nepal. There is also a Model UN trip to Thailand and Cambodia. Stay tuned for more information if you are interested in sending your kid on an exciting trip.

University visits have begun and the University of San Diego was presenting this past Friday.

The Sr boy’s soccer team had an impressive win over Collingwood this week. Alex had a strong presence on the field and Efosa was able to sneak a goal past the keeper. The team is looking very strong and we are looking forward to the rest of the season.

Saturday activities this week included a trip to Fisherman’s Wharf for a tour and some fresh seafood, a beach cleanup at the Gorge Waterway, a trip downtown to the arcade, a trip to the world-famous Butchart Gardens and “do it yourself” nachos.

Sunday marked the first House Games competition of the year and already the other houses are scheming to take the House Cup from Bolton. We have such a strong house this year that I would say it will be next to impossible for them to win.