Finding Balance during Exam Week

We are well into the Second Term on campus, and there have been many activities that have happened for the Bolton Boys. The days are starting to get a little bit longer with more day light, which means that Spring Break will be here in no time. Here are a few shots of a Sunset from this week!


It was nice to pause and watch this sunset, especially as the Grade 11 and 12 students were busy preparing for their Midterm Assessment Week. This weekend marked the end of that period, and students are now enjoying their well-deserved break.



Since the Christmas Break we have also put a a series of puzzles in the Bolton / Timmis foyer. Here are a few snaps from that!



Antonio, our head of house, had an awesome idea. Xavier from Grade 10 decided to put his idea into action and organize a Chess Tournament for the house. It was the perfect mind warm-up before exams!


During the day, our Grade 9 students participated in an Egg Drop to develop some of their teamwork skills.



On Monday night, Iker’s family decided to throw a pizza party for Bolton House to celebrate his birthday. There was pizza and cake for everyone, and it felt like a Friday night in Bolton. There was even enough to share with some of the girls too!

Of course, amidst the busy academic schedule, keeping the boys’ rooms clean sometimes is forgotten about. However, thankfully, we had our new head of school, Mr. Mark Turner, do a duty shift in Bolton House and give the white glove approval to our boys. Such a good photo below!


Needless to say, our house was extremely clean last week!

Tomorrow is a big day for Bolton House. During our first HouseGames of 2019, we took the lead in the running for House Cup. In order to maintain (and grow) this lead, the boys decided to organize a training session in floor hockey! Here are some photos from the training session:

Hopefully we stand a chance against our rivals Harvey and Barnacle tomorrow afternoon. Stay tuned for an update with the new standings in the next blog post!

Although we don’t have too many pictures of the boys’ academic pursuits, they are working very hard in the classroom. We hope this blog highlights some of the “lighter” activities on campus that allow the Bolton Boys to find balance in their days and lives. We hope to keep sharing these photos with you every Saturday! Don’t forget to check back every Sunday morning for a new post!




Basketball, Skiing and Skating

Basketball was a popular pastime this past week with the Jr boys developmental basketball team at a tournament in Courtney and the Sr boys team in a tournament at Vancouver College. Justin said that the team worked hard and he was proud of the wins they were able to pull out. He personally went 5 for 6 from the foul line. Great work boys!

The Jr boys basketball team had a successful tournament on Friday and Saturday. They finished 3rd place! Finn was happy with his performance and got some key points for the team. Overall he was very proud of their near win against St Georges, who are on of the best teams in the league.


The outdoor leadership winter camp was this weekend. Jack and others spent 4 nights in Manning Park testing their outdoor skills and roughing it in the cold near the Cambie Creek Trailhead.


The boys have been working hard and studying furiously for their mid term exams, which take place this week. So hard in fact that they needed to take a bit of a break!  Jerry and Vincent are the proud owners of a table top hockey rink. Here are Vincent and Mikhail reliving the 1972 Summit Series!


We hit the ice as a house this Saturday for our yearly Bolton Timmis skate at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. We saw a wide range of abilities and everyone had a great time.

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And some video of the action live!

A little time lapse of the fun…

In this final clip, Justin miraculously wins the speed race between Mr. Shaw, Adam, Xavier and Will, despite Will’s heroic dive at the end!

Basketball, Headmasters and Fun

Saturday Activities were many and varied again this week. Xavier and Dat served hot chocolate at one of the local homeless shelters…

…Garret and Pine went old school at the new arcade that just opened in downtown Victoria with Garret setting a new high score!

Many boys took in the basketball action at the SMUS annual Police Tournament. Justin “The Juice” was in fine form setting up baskets and even taking a few shots himself as you can see from the video below. Unfortunately the team finished 1 point shy of first place losing a very exciting final game in the last few seconds.


Adam L, Leo and Finn were away in Vancouver for various basketball tournaments.  Finn and the Junior Boys returned as ISA champions!


Earlier in the week, Xavier and Toby were energetically engaged in a heated debate in Mr. Daum’s Social Studies 10 class on the importance of the various causes of World War Two….

… and Javier took some quiet time out to work on his art project in Mr. Bateman’s class.


Mr. Mark Turner, the school Headmaster, featured prominently in the world of Bolton House this week as he shared lunch with Toby in the Sun Center and then was on duty in the house on Wednesday night with his lovely wife, Elizabeth. Jerry and Vincent were the proud recipients of the Turner Title for the cleanest room of the evening. Antonio and Said did not hesitate to take advantage of the photo op with the famous visitors!


House meeting was rowdy after the housegames last week as the boys had much to be happy about!

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This past week also saw the third installment of the grade 10 Experiential day. Photos from the various expeditions can be found here: and will be updated regularly so check back often.  Here is one of Kevin from his day with the Fashion Design and Industry group.


Bolton Flys to the Top!

It was with great excitement that the standings of the House Cup challenge were revealed earlier this week.  Bolton House had once more regained its rightful place atop the standings! A big congratulations to all the boys for their skill, sportsmanship, teamwork and positive attitudes as they participated in the first House Games of the year.

It started with Stanley trying to get some extra points with his accurate serving…

…and lead into an intense 12 round, multi game series of badminton games in which Bolton emerged the winner in the seniors, thanks in part to a desperation last second serve by Garry that resulted in a tie and an extra half point for the win!  The juniors fought valiantly to a second place finish with several of the boys participating in their first ever game of badminton!

Meanwhile, two teams were using their brains and their teamwork skills to solve two challenges.  Needless to say, the boys were successful in both feats and were the first to be done!


In the end it was the perfect start to the year for Bolton House and we look forward to more of the same in the coming weeks as our next House Games are on February 3rd!

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.


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:

The aftermath:

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The Winners:

Some Final Thoughts:

Happy Holidays

Just a quick final post to wish all of the Bolton Boys a very restful and happy holiday season.  As they travel home or to other exotic destinations, we hope they have safe travels, lots of good sleep-ins, tons of delicious food and some time to reflect back on what was by all accounts a tremendous start to the year.  We are excited to have them back for the first day of classes on January 7th and look forward to another six months of academic, athletic, artistic and social successes.


To finish off our updates, here are some photos form the final Christmas assembly.  The video does not do justice to the enthusiasm of every student in the gym when it came time to sing the “12 Days of Christmas”, but at least it helps explain some of the distorted faces from a couple of the pictures.  Believe it or not, they were having fun and not screaming in part of some violent protest!

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One special stand out deserving of his own section was Xavier who performed as one of the Three Kings. His solo was spectacular and fully deserving of the cheer that followed, as you can see in the video.  We hope to see more of him on the stage in the coming years!


Thank you to all the parents for your support and trust in allowing us to work and live with your sons, it is an honor.  To the Bolton Boys, enjoy the break, get lots of rest and come back ready to prove your honor by jumping into the ocean on January 12th!!

The Final Week

As we head into the last few days of school, there is a lot to be thankful for – we have had an exciting year so far and it has been truly wonderful getting to know the new boys from around the World, and welcoming them to SMUS and our Bolton Family. With the enthusiasm of the returning Bolton students, we have really accomplished a lot this year!

However, there are still a few days left of school that include: chapter tests, Christmas hampers, the Shergold Pancake Breakfast, as well as the All-School Christmas Assembly.

Here are some shots from some of the different Christmas celebrations around Bolton and Timmis in the last week. Our students organized a Secret Santa event in our brand new Student Commons Area, and it was such a success – and the baking was also very tasty!

In the midst of all the Christmas Action, a few of our boys (and Timmis Houseparent and coach Mr. Robinson) led the U18 rugby team to a Provincial Victory on Saturday Afternoon. Toby even scored a very important try to contribute to the winning result. Although Jack and Garrett were injured, they helped the team get to the final. Well done boys!

Thanks to all Bolton Boys and Houseparents for a wonderful 2018! We hope everyone has a chance over the Winter Break to spend some quality time with their friends and family, and we look forward to welcoming them all back in 2019!

From all of us here in Bolton, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!