Rain, Rain Go Away!

It has been a soggy week in Victoria with grey skies and heavy rain almost every day.  Friday morning, however, saw a brilliant rainbow over the city that lifted everyone’s spirits. The boys have been busy with sport and school, and certainly look forward to the weekend.

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Here are some shots of Justin and Matt from the SMUS Police Basketball Tournament.

Justin also helped coordinate the Intercultural Council’s Lunar New Year Chapel on Wednesday and Thursday.  Xavier presented via video and Justin helped with the opening breathes.

While there were no major events during the week, the boys were in good spirits and kept busy with ping pong, studying and hanging out. Not even the rain can get their spirits down!

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Saturday Activities saw MudMee, Ryan, Eric and Josh working hard to help our local farmer friend to move an impressive 110 wheel barrows of manure to help fertilize his apple trees.  It was neat to see their hard work come full circle as they were delighted to enjoy some tasty apple cider from those very trees and saw their garlic bulbs that were planted and mulched before Christmas starting to pop out!  They also found a small snake to hold and discovered that Brussels sprout and chard plants look a lot like palm trees!

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The chickens were also very intrigued by our visit.

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Here is a time lapse of some of those wheel barrows

Adam and Ken volunteered to help clean up the beach where we do our Penguin Swim, thanks boys!

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It is Sunday and the sun is shining! Let’s hope it is a sign of weather to come 😉

Snow Day!!

This week we had blizzard conditions and SMUS shut down for a day. It was a welcomed break for students and teachers alike. It was great seeing the boys having fun in the snow; for a few, it was the first time. Our new brother Hugo arrived just in time for the excitement. A group of boarders took to the streets to help residents shovel their sidewalks and driveways.

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The boys took part in house games this past Sunday where they played badminton and took part in team challenges.

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The Sr boy’s basketball team placed 5th in the Police Tournament this weekend. Matt said that the team played well and gave a special shout out to Justin for his efforts

Saturday activities this week included a trip to a downtown arcade, cookie baking, basketball and hockey watching.

A New Decade Begins

It is great to have the house filled up again after what sounded like a lovely break for the boys. Many amazing trips were taken and Malik even managed to fly around the world!

Today saw the fourth annual Bolton House Penguin Swim. The event is a spin off of the well known Polar Bear Swim that is considered to be 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 with this year’s theme of brotherhood, the event is a great fit. Today’s event saw six intrepid brothers: Ryan S., Alex, MudMee, Xavier, Matt, and Toby, able to outlast all others. We also saw for the first time, every single guy get in the water, even if it was just a dip of the feet. As per tradition, there was hot chocolate and timbits waiting to help warm everyone up post swim. Well done boys!

As is also tradition, there was pizza in the common room as a little penguin swim celebration. Fabi was particularly excited about the post Penguin Swim pizza party!

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So excited in fact, that Fabi and Flavius treated us to a little concert.

There was a thrilling new addition to the common room this weekend. After a broken net kept the ping pong table off the pool table for a while, it was time to bring it back. To the joy of many of the guys, it is now fully up and running.

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Bolton welcomed a new brother to the fold this week. Hugo joined our crew and is rooming with Minh. Hugo is from Hong Kong and his kind gentle demeanor is already fitting in well.

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Malik worked his magic to create a DNA structure out of candy. It was the tastiest DNA strand he has every eaten.

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There is a lot of great energy in the house right now and with snow in the forecast there is also some excited anticipation. Stay tuned!

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A couple of quick videos from the year end assembly for your viewing pleasure.  Well done to King Ryan on his bravery to sing in front of the whole school.

The 12 days of Christmas song just never gets old!

Jimmy also got in on a bit of prank action in Mr. Anderson’s (the Director of the Senior School) office.  He helped set up a variety of inflatable Christmas ornaments including a 12 foot tall reindeer.  A great way top say goodbye to boarding!

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Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

It seems hard to believe, but we have arrived at the Christmas break and the boys are packing their bags to head home.  The excitement is palpable and the last week has been full of festive fun.

Here are Toby and Jack kicking things off at assembly testing their Christmas trivia knowledge.

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Sunday was a big day with the Bolton Chapel and Boarding Christmas Dinner.

The (almost) full chapel video is here if you would like to watch the boys in action.

The theme was the “Joy of Giving” and the importance of not getting caught up in the materialistic aspect of the holiday season. Special kudos to Ryan S and Fabi for their musical talents, Dat and Ken for their best Men in Black impersonation, Malik, Logan, Garret and Neekan for their heartfelt messages during their speeches, Justin and Said for the lighthearted finish and an extra big thank you to Parsa for stepping up last minute to create the short video.  Of course, no chapel is complete without a song, and it was wonderful to see Matt take on the challenge and join Xavier in their fabulous rendition of Mistletoe.  By all accounts an excellent chapel.

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The festivities continued immediately after with a walk up the stairs to the Sun Center dinning hall where each house had their decorated tree to light the way. A special thanks to Efosa for his work in getting the Bolton tree decorated.

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Dinner was delicious and included a fabulous seafood platter and tasty prime rib.  No one left hungry and a good time was had by all!

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After dinner we connected with our sister house Timmis for a Secret Santa exchange.  Each boy had been tasked with finding the perfect gift for one of the Timmis girls and vise versa.  As you can see everyone stepped up and there were lots of happy elves as Christmas came early to boarding.

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In addition to all the festive fun, the daily routines continued and classes and sport carried on. Chess has become popular and the weekend was spent in deep concentration for some…

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… while others were a bit more relaxed and social (and hungry)…

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… and still others, active and happy!

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Here are Adam and Leo connecting in their basketball game last night…

… and Jack and Fabi connecting on the piano!

We wish all the boys a relaxing and fun holiday break and look forward to their return in the new year and the new decade!  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of the Bolton families.

Two for One! – Sorry we missed last weekend’s post

It was a busy past two weeks, so I apologize for the missing blog update from this past weekend. A few of the highlights included Xavier introducing world famous Indigenous artist Roy Henry Vickers who spoke at chapel about reconciliation and the need for new perspectives in how we look at and treat one another.

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On Wednesday night Logan and houseparent Mr. Slavin spoke at the SMUS Talks event with the theme of Epiphany.

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Ryan volunteered to be a line judge at the Senior Boys’ Volleyball island tournament.

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And the boys had a great time practicing their teamwork in preparation for housegames.

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On Saturday, Xavier organized a paintball adventure for the boys and a great time was had by all. Kudos to him for organizing and to the boys for braving the cold weather.

Sunday was a big day with the second round of Housegames taking place.  It was basketball and some Minute to Win it challenges which are always entertaining.  The Junior boys basketball won both games and the seniors won one and then just barely lost to a very strong Barnacle team in their second game.  Both teams played very well and showed good athleticism, teamwork and sportsmanship.  Justin earned us 3 extra points with his basketball skills during the challenge round which also helped keep us securely in second place in the standings. Here are some videos of the boys in action.

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And some photos of the action too…

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The community dinner that followed was also quite animated as the boys cheered for the best dressed model (which happened to be Said for our house) to see who got to eat first.  Needless to say Bolton House won!

This week had the grade 10’s out on their second experiential adventures, the website has links to all the action so feel free to explore http://www.smusexperiential.com. Here are Eric and Frank selling coffee they roasted at parent teacher interviews as part of their experiential cohort.

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We celebrated Patt’s birthday with a giant cake.

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Said and Xavier attended the Climate Crisis Protests in downtown Victoria. It is great to see so many young people making their voices heard.

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Friday was exciting with almost the entire house signing out to go shopping at various locations.  Jason and Malik took advantage of some very high quality women’s basketball as Stanford took on Syracuse in the NCAA Victoria Invitational tournament.  The action was fast paced and very exciting.

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Toby and Adam gave up part of their evening to help set up the Christmas tree for the upcoming Christmas dinner.  A big thank you to them.

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Logan was one of the delegates at the Model UN conference this weekend.He was part of the security council and by all accounts part of a top notch team!  Here he is in action:

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Saturday was again busy with an array of activities.  MudMee and Ryan spent the morning on the farm helping Farmer Jim.  The time lapse shows you how hard they were working!

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Ryan also claimed that using hands would be faster than using the pitchfork so we put it to the test.  The results are below.

Leo was part of the knitting activity today and the houseparents are all hoping for knitted toques under the tree this Christmas!

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Skating was also a big hit this weekend, as everyone was feeling the winter wonderland vibe through the recent drop in temperature.

Remembering, Celebrating, Competing, Bowling, & Gardening

Last week our school community gathered for two poignant services to mark Remembrance Day and to honour those who fought for our country and have served in the military. For details of the service and full video please follow the link below:

Remembrance Day: ‘Today We Remember Them All’

Over the long weekend, Garret and Ryan competed in the Vancouver Island regional power-lifting competition. Both did extremely well and qualified for the provincial championships in the new year. Perhaps diet had something to do with it because they were also seen as the poster boys for the Sun Centre Digital Menu!

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The grade 9 crew took a break from prep this week and put their baking skills to the test. They cooked up a batch of delicious cookies and by all accounts they were a hit!

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The Senior Boys Soccer Team, coached by Bolton’s Evan Fryer, is off to the provincial championship tournament this week. If you would like to follow their progress, please use the link below:

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Bowling was a big hit this weekend for Saturday Activity goers. Many Boltons boys worked the lanes and although there were no turkeys, several strikes were reported!

Ryan was working hard in the gardens again and officially has the greenest thumb of whole the house!

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