Chapel performance and Saturday Activities

There has been a variety of Saturday activities offered since students have returned from the winter break. Students have enjoyed trips to the museum, walks at local parks, arts and crafts, and more.

Barnacle student Ethan Lin performed in Chapel this past week, playing the violin beautifully in front of a group of his peers and teachers. Here is a link to his performance.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nRVnpdCSl3r68CPPLOBAohrzgfbr8VOq/view?usp=sharing

Student Performances and Rainy Day Activities

This week was filled with student performances and indoor activities to escape the rainy weather.

Kin had a fantastic solo singing performance in chapel this week. You can watch the video here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1BOJyK0wgYen-d4sAfxKvGf5EUFVi2111/view?usp=sharing 

Steven performed in the play, 12 Angry Jurors. See a picture of Steven in action here: https://twitter.com/yourSMUS/status/1464640301675560961 

Activities this week included a beach clean-up, cookies for charity, a hockey game, an escape room, and more.

Barnacle Chapel, Remembrance Day, and the Long Weekend

Last week Barnacle house hosted the first house-run chapel of the year. With performances by many of our students including a solo musical piece by Ryan Cheng a speech by Ryan So, it was great that all of our students were involved in the production in some capacity.

This week, we honoured Remembrance Day as a community. The ceremony was sombre but beautiful, as always. Several other boarders sang in the choir or played in the orchestra.

SMUS Remembers

The long weekend brought a lot of rain, but also a lot of time to relax, rejoice and rejuvenate! There were lots of activities on offer, including karaoke, cooking classes, and a visit to a local craft market. With just over a month to go before the winter break, we can feel the energy starting to shift and we look forward to celebrating the holiday season in the weeks to come!

Sushi Night!

As well as students braving the rain to find crabs to cook!

All in all, the Barnacle students had a lovely weekend and appreciated the chance to take a break from school work, rest and rejuvenate.

Out-trips, Activities, and More

Our students enjoyed a fun filled week this week, jam packed with activities, studying, out-trips and laughter.

Our grade 10 students participated in out-trips. They went kayaking, surfing, hiking, paddle boarding, and learned about gardening. Many had the opportunity to go camping overnight. More information and pictures can be found here: https://www.smusoutdoor.com/senior 

On Thursday our school acknowledged National Truth and Reconciliation Day in which we learned about the history of Indigenous People in Canada and the residential schools. This day was honoured through assemblies and guest speakers and reflected on in classes throughout the week. More information can be found here:
https://news.smus.ca/2021/09/30/honouring-national-day-for-truth-and-reconciliation/ 

On Friday evening our grade 12 Head of Houses hosted an open mic night for all the boarders. Barnacle’s talent was well represented and students had lots of fun!



Activities this weekend included a trip to Fisherman’s Wharf, baking cookies and crafting, and a seafood linguine cooking class in our common room! Good food was enjoyed by all this weekend!



Welcome Barnacle 2021-2022!

Welcome to Barnacle House! Our first week together has been a busy one full with  outdoor movies, our first Community Dinner and Chapel, classes resuming, sports starting up, and House Games. 

During House Games we competed against the other boarding houses as students rotated through six stations. Check out the photos and the Barnacle House cheer video below! 

House Cheer: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SRYzFqPIe5qHh4LyVvMobex5wcqvxEF_/view?usp=sharing

Experiential Activities and the Spring Break

March was a month filled with activities. Grade 10s enjoyed the Experiential Education program where they participated in guitar building, cooking, sea kayaking, rock climbing, music producing, and more!

Please see the following links for additional pictures and blog posts about their experiences. 

Student Photos

https://photos.app.goo.gl/gDUczmHQvL37AC2t5

Blog Post

https://smusexperiential.com/blog-1

For those who stayed over the spring break, each day included an activity of their choice. A few options included cooking classes, a ski trip to Mount Washington, and local hikes. 

We’re excited to welcome back our boys who have spent some time away from the house and are looking forward to more outdoor opportunities in the spring as the weather warms. 

February Activates

The boys have enjoyed a fun filled February! 

We were treated to an unexpected snowfall over the long weekend which brought sledding, snowmen, and other outdoor activities to our campus.

Along with these unplanned activities, our boys had many organized activities to choose from including chocolate making, yoga, pickleball, baking, carpentry, a movie night, and a ping pong tournament.
Recently our boys participated in house games, a fun competition amongst the boarding houses which included a badminton tournament and pictionary. 

A Warm Welcome Back

It was great to see all the boarders smiling faces back on campus after the Winter Break. We also got to welcome 7 new Barnacle boys to the house, which made it feel like a mini version of orientation week. 

Everyone has settled in and is doing a great job at making the new boys feel welcome. The first weekend back boarders participated in badminton and ping pong tournaments as well as a movie night. This past weekend there was a baking marathon in the common room, a movie night in the lecture theatre and a beach sunset walk. The weekend was capped off with House Games. Boarders played basketball and minute to win it games. 

This upcoming week grade 10 boarders will prepare for their Experiential Education trips.

Holiday Cheer!

Holiday celebrations were in full swing this past weekend! A highlight was the gingerbread house competition. Each Barnacle and Winslow member teamed up with their roommate to build a gingerbread house. During the challenge, one of the roommates was blindfolded and the other roommate had to describe what to build. It was a true exercise of communication.

Other community events this past week included  a door decorating competition, Christmas tree decorating, Christmas cookie decorating, and more. 

We hope everyone has an enjoyable and safe holiday break and we look forward to seeing the boys when they return in January.