For the first term of school, volleyball players in the Barnacle house have been representing SMUS on the court playing at various tournaments and league games. Barnacle student-athletes Mark Finamore, Karter Fry and Edward Kim have been leading the senior boy’s volleyball team thus far competing in the Camosun tournament finishing 3-3. Mark sparked the team with his precise blocking while Karter leads the offense with powerful hits. The libero, Edward Kim had some amazing digs, saving the team many points during each of the games. This week the barnacle boys played against two strong AAA teams Claremont and Reynolds where they competed convincingly, however, they ended up losing both games by small margins. Mark Finamore showed his drastic spiking improvements by hitting over top of the Reynolds defense while Karter Fry recorded a personal senior year high of 13 kills.
This year the junior boys volleyball team has only one Barnacle house representative, Louis Chang. Louis has been leading his team as the setter with his skillful sets and leadership skills. Recently Louis had been asked to play up alongside the senior volleyball team as their setter in three league games where he showed off his versatile skill set and courage as he was able to help the team achieve wins against Reynolds and Esquimalt. The Senior boys have been practicing hard and improving drastically over the past weeks and are well prepared for the prestigious Argyle tournament this weekend.
Welcome to the first week of the 2019-2020 year at SMUS!
The Grade 12s came in early to prepare to welcome the new boarders. We savoured our time alone in the house (to be honest, it was just mostly unpacking!).
On Tuesday the 3rd September, all the grade 12s helped all the new boarders in each of their house move in. It was amazing to see all the new faces of the new Barnacle Boys!
Later that day we played icebreaker games with the new Barnacle Boys, the activities were led by Mark Finamore and Johnathan Wang. After the icebreaker games we went on to play some soccer.
On Wednesday the 4th of September Karter, Yunus, and I, as a part of the Link Leader program and led by the one and only Barnacle Senior houseparent Mr. Reagan Daly. We took on our roles as this year’s Link Leaders, we had our Link Leader orientation and met all the new students at SMUS.
On Saturday, Barnacle went to play some icebreaker games with Winslow house at the park! The games were led by Karter Fry and fellow Winslow Sister, Emma Boyes. Afterwards, we played some soccer at the park’s fields.
On Sunday the 7th, we had our first house Olympics. Even though the first house Olympics did not count for any points, we all tried our best. There were a variety of challenges – ranging from ring tosses to recycling challenges.
Hello to all! My name is Karter Fry and I am a grade 11 student in the Barnacle house.
This past week at SMUS has been very exciting featuring “Pride Week”, many sport highlights and a cross campus strings session! Pride week went extremely well this past week at SMUS, students all around campus dressed in many colours to help support the LGBTQ+ community. It was a proud moment for our school coming together as a community to celebrate.
The junior boys rugby team had a 7’s tournament in St. George’s on Friday and came 6th in a hard fought last game against Brentwood. Highlights of the game featured Barnacle boys, Paul Mueller’s accurate kicks and Eric Xiong’s powerful tackles. The Sr. Girls rugby team traveled to Toronto on Thursday to participate in the CAIS girls national rugby tournament winning all of their games during the first day. While participating in the tournament the girls have been traveling throughout Ontario visiting university’s and the infamous Niagara Falls. On Tuesday the senior girls soccer team played St. Andrews and won 4:0. This past Friday they played Shawnigan in their first game of ISA’s tying at the end of regulation 0:0 but unfortunately lost in a penalty shootout. Their second game of the tournament was against WPGA where they won 2:1.
On Thursday junior, middle and senior school students joined together for a wonderful strings performance hosted by UVIC at the Farquhar. It was a night of impressive music and heartfelt celebrations for Mrs. Mary Smith, who will be retiring after working 33 years at SMUS!
Next week we will be looking forward to the Boot games which will feature Barnacle talents, Tristan Kuhn, Mark Finnamore, Eric Xiong, Paul Miller, Edward Kim and Louis Chang.
Message from the editor: Hello! It’s me Deon again, I hope you enjoyed this update by Karter Fry. Last week we also had the opportunity to debate with the Head of School Mark Turner and we also had our grade 12 Barnacle Boy Max Zhang go to Vancouver to compete in Hullabaloo, a spoken word competition, where he and his team got first place.
Hello all! I am this week’s blogger, my name is Paul Mueller and I am in Grade 10 boarder in Barnacle.
This week was rather a quiet week. From Monday to Friday several events for Health and Wellness Week took place, like yoga during lunch or a talk from guest speaker Dr. Greg Wells during assembly. The best of the Wellness Week were probably the therapy dogs that visited during lunch. The dogs visited the Junior, Middle and Senior School.
On Monday, the Junior and Senior Rugby team played against Eastdale, a team from Ontario, with a total of eight Barnacle boys on the two teams. Due to the poor weather conditions they were close games but Eastdale managed to win both of them. Eric Xiong was honored with Man of the Match for the Junior Team. On thursday, five Barnacle boys played for the Junior Rugby team against Brentwood. After coming back in the second half the highly competitive game ended in a tie.
On the weekend, Ryan Cheng took part in ShawMUN. As a member of ADHOG, the committee of crisis, he contributed to the directory of a debate on the events of 9-11.
In two weeks the Grade 10 Experiential Program will have its next Expedition day. I am in the Sports Analytics cohort. We work on combining sports with math and numbers to better predict future performance by analyzing game statistics. Last time we travelled to SFU in Vancouver and talked to professionals about their knowledge of Sports Analytics. I think that the Experiential Program is a great opportunity to get to know a specific field and helps you determine what you want to do in University and after. Although there is tons of work packed in a day, the Experiential Program is a lot of fun and the cohort members get to grow even closer together.
A message from the Editor (Deon Lam)
We’ve started an initiative to have more members from the house post updates, so that we can have more frequent updates. You’ll still receive the sporadic updates that I’ve done in the past but we will also have more constant material driven by the other members of Barnacle. I hope that you will enjoy this new initiative.
The first week back felt rather long to most of us Barnacle Brothers, and the weekend could not have come sooner. The first weekend back we went to the Best of Queen, performed by the Victoria Symphony with hits such as Radio Ga Ga, Bohemian Rhapsody, and We Will Rock You.
On Sunday we had House Games: Ultimate Frisbee, California Kickball and Family Feud. At the end of the day we won 2 games in Senior Ultimate Frisbee and 2 games in Kickball and lost 2 games in Junior Ultimate Frisbee and lost 2 matches in Family Feud.
After House Games we hosted the Barnacle Community Dinner, themed Spring. People dressed in their most floral outfits. Before we got up to get our food, we had everyone (300~ people) sing happy birthday for someone special to me. Me! Deon Lam. After singing, we had food such as BBQ Ribs, Corn on the Cob, bread, salad, salmon and others. After our meal each house had 2 people step up to perform a Spring-themed rap that they were preparing during the meal.
The weeks are coming by fast and the future is exciting. The points between the 3 boys houses are close and we can clinch a victory through the last house games, the house olympics. But until then, since always, for always, as always, Vivat!
The Spring Break has ended, and we are reaching the home stretch for the school year. Roughly 2 and a half months remain until the Summer Break. Us Barnacle Boys have been to many places during this break. Some went home to Hong Kong or Saskatchewan, some went on school trips, such as the music trip in Europe and the Costa Rica trip.
I went to the music trip in Europe with 3 fellow Barnacle boys, Boris, Eric and Joshua. The music trip is a school run trip to Europe that is available to those in the St. Michaels University School music program (Band, Choir, Strings Ensemble). We went to Eisenach, Winchester, London, Rome and Trevignano. We performed for 3 International Schools during our trip, saw the Bach museum in Eisenach, view sights such as Stonehenge and watch two musicals (Hamilton/Everyone’s talking about Jamie and Come From Away) among other activities.
For the first weekend back we’ll be enjoying “The Best of Queen” by the Victoria Symphony on Saturday and on Sunday we will be having House Games, Community Dinner and Chapel.
It’s the home stretch, hold your breath and count the days Summer is coming soon.