Sunny Long Weekend!

After several weeks of rain, the sun finally came out for our long weekend. The weekend was full of exciting activities for the boarders who stayed on campus. The activities ranged from a trip to the outlet mall, baking, paintball, yoga, a trip to Fisherman’s Warf and an evening at the ballet. Barnacle and Winslow House ended the last evening of the weekend with a cozy outdoor campfire.

Here Comes The Sun…

It’s been a really great weekend here at SMUS with tons of options and activities to get folks out of the house for a break between studying. There were field trips to Fisherman’s Wharf and Craigdarroch Castle, cooking classes and a food-lover’s tour of Victoria, a movie night to see Doctor Strange, a visit to the Butterfly Gardens, and an exciting couple of days cheering on our Senior Girls’ Soccer Team as they hosted (and won!) ISA provincials.

Today, we capped it off with highly competitive house games featuring basketball, kickball and Family Feud, and then a fantastic boarders’ chapel hosted by our neighbours in Timmis House.

This week will be a busy one with lots of exams and projects coming up for the end of Term 5, but there is definitely a light at the end of the tunnel and it’s only getting brighter!

April showers bring May flowers

Our Winslow students are back in the full swing of the semester. Many of them are already thinking ahead to next year- the grade 12s with an eye towards their university entrance exams or visiting prospective campuses; the grade 11s about how they want to step into the role of new leaders; and everyone balancing their workload with the better weather and school activities.

This week, some of those activities that Winslow students will be participating in include the Art show set up in Brown Hall (Monday- Thursday), the SMUS Strings Concert, the ‘Boot Game’, and the Youth Voices Victoria Poetry Slam (Monday and Wednesday at the Roxy Theatre).

Meanwhile, this past week all of Winslow House went skating, and participated in Saturday activities which included needle felting, a trip to Bouchard Gardens, and Easter Decorations making.

The Awesome start to April

We arrived back from Spring Break just one week ago, but life here at SMUS is in FULL swing! For our Seniors, many more College acceptances and planning for post-graduation. For our Grade 11s, it is the season of leadership prep for next year. They went on a retreat this weekend that involved Wild Play high ropes challenges, team building activities, and lots of fun and reflection. They did an incredible job! We are in Term 5 now, and spring sports have started, including our amazing rugby program. Today we also had House games that involved badminton and some amazing building challenges — we worked well with our Barnacle Family! It looks like the rest of this year is going to fly by and we are in this together until the end — next up, skating!

Pre-House Games Hype :)!!!
Badminton Fun!

Singing into Spring

What a week :)! We kicked off March with a bang, preparing for our Chapel performances and speeches about standards and practices in boarding. This week, many Winslow students participated in the Senior School Musical, “Revue”, and did a SMASHING job performing popular Broadway tracks, an ode to past SMUS Musical performances. There was a sense of Spring spirit in the air, and even a few sunshine-y days. This made it easier for our rowers to compete at their regatta with much success and led to some fun outdoor activities on Saturday. These included hikes, walks, and beach time at Willows Beach, and Dallas Road!

Our House games have been postponed until after the holidays to continue our efforts in keeping the community safe. Our House has been really committed to keeping one another safe, happy and healthy, and everyone should be so proud of their efforts as we wrap up the term! Cheers to a restful, and joyful spring break!

Goodbye, February!

It’s hard to believe that we’re staring down the beginning of March already, but I guess time flies when you’re working hard and having fun 🙂

Everyone came back after the long weekend full of stories and smiles. There were kids up at Whistler on a ski trip, another crew at Camp Pringle for a leadership camp, and lots of home-stays in and around Victoria. By all accounts, the weekend was just what everyone needed to get over the hump.

This weekend has been full-throttle between dress rehearsals for the musical, championship sports, and Saturday activities all over town. Spring is definitely in the air!

Sunny Days!

A beautiful sunny weekend in February was met with cheer and smiles from Winslow!

This past week, the students participated in Service Day where students were encouraged to wear fun and colourful sports jerseys to raise funds for the Vancouver Island Circle Literacy Circle. The program is an opportunity for Indigenous Elders, Residential School Survivors, and Day School Survivors to learn literacy and life skills in a supportive, safe and self-paced environment. The turn out was excellent and we are very grateful to our Winslow boarders for participating.

Saturday Activities this weekend included Valentines Day Baking, a historical ‘Ghost Walk’ in downtown Victoria, a trip to Uptown Mall, a laser cutting lesson and yoga.

Laser cutting craft making!

A trip to Uptown Mall with blue-bird skies!

Valentines Day cookie making!

…The students are now gearing up for a short, sweet and busy week prior to leaving for the long weekend. Many students will depart to Whistler, some to sports tournaments, other to Vancouver and surrounding area home-stays. We hope they (and you) have a restful week and weekend.

A taste of Spring!

Midterm exams are done and the sun is out. Many boarders have taken advantage of the nice weather today. The rowers were out on the water today, we had some venture up the hill to play some tennis and many were out playing various sports on the field.

A couple of our seniors helped pack up and organize our donation bin.

Outdoor Ed camp happened this weekend up island. Back country skiing and sleeping in tents.

The start to term 4 has gone well and many are looking forward to the long weekend. We have a big group going to Whistler, which should be a blast.

Welcome Back, Winslow!

What a treat it has been to see so many of our favourite faces back at SMUS this week! As we unpack, settle back in, and set a course for the months ahead, we have much to look forward to. This week, folks spent quality time reconnecting with friends and roommates, picking up where they left off in class, and exploring a wide range of sports and extracurricular activities. There were tennis tryouts, rowing practices, and a misty local hike. It’s been so nice to feel the energy return to the halls of Winslow House!

Winter hiking in Victoria

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