The Terry Fox Run

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Last Sunday the SMUS boarding community went to mile 0 on the Victoria waterfront to participate in one of Canada’s largest fundraisers for cancer research, the Terry Fox Run. The day started cloudy but quickly into the run the skies began to clear up to a beautiful day.

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To those outside of Canada who never heard of Terry Fox, he is a national hero of Canada; a young man who was diagnosed with cancer while studying in university. Instead of giving up hope, he made it his goal to run east to west across Canada to raise money and awareness to help protect others against cancer. The Terry Fox Run happens everywhere throughout Canada on the same day and we took part last Sunday in the largest Terry Fox Run on Vancouver Island.

 

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00100dPORTRAIT_00100_BURST20180916105434042_COVERIt was a major event with numerous amounts of people lining up to run, walk, cycle, etc. the 5km course. Max Zhang finished first out of Barnacle House. But no matter how we did the course, fast or slow, everyone in the house took part. Every year the SMUS boarding community makes a donation to the Terry Fox Foundation on behalf of all of us who participated. The donation goes to fund cancer research in the hope that one day cancer may be cured.

 

 

 

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That’s all for this post, until next time!
Deon Lam
Barnacle 2014-2019

 

Images supplied by Rashid Al Abri

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Opening Week

The first week of school has finally ended and school has begun to come at full speed. In the first week the grade 12s moved back into SMUS on September 2nd. We enjoyed our time in the house alone before the new boarders moved into Barnacle two days later.

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Slow Grind

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On Tuesday September 4th we helped move in the new boarders. We helped everyone move into the residence and came together for ice-breakers. It’s amazing to see how much energy is put into the first few days of boarding. School had not started yet and we were already hyping up the new students.

 

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Icebreakers! 😀

Our head of house, Spencer Dearborn, spearheaded the charge for the icebreakers with the help of the rest of us grade 12s. With 18 new students, it was a tall order attempting to integrate everyone into the house. Personally I found that our amazing Head of House did a great job in the ice breakers.

 

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Settling down after the amazing icebreakers.

 

The next day, Wednesday the 5th, all of the new students in the senior school went through the school’s Link Crew program where they were given an orientation by Grade 12 volunteers that include myself, Max, Alex and Wilson to name those from Barnacle.

 

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That Wednesday night, after everyone in the house finally settled back in, Barnacle house went on our annual tour of Victoria. We stopped by stops such as Mt Tolmie, Cattle Point Beach and our final stop, Chocolat Favoris where we all got an ice cream dipped in some variation out of many different variations of chocolate.

 

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Not my brightest idea. But still an idea.

 

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Games courtesy of Max Zhang

With the next day marking the first day of classes, it seems as if the hype of the first week was finally beginning to end. But that weekend had more in store for us. On Saturday we went with our Winslow sisters to Willows Beach and got to know our Winslow sisters. Max Zhang, who loves microwaves, led the charge on Barnacle’s behalf for the small games.

 

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GET HYPED

On Sunday we had our first House Games of the year. It may not have been for house points but we still showed our best and showed our pride as a house. And like that, the first week hype train has finally ended. But we have a long year ahead of us and I can say with as much bias as possible, we are the best house.

 

 

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With our Winslow sisters! 

That’s all for this post, until next time!
Deon Lam
Barnacle 2014-2019

 

 

Saying goodbye.

This time of the year is full of excitement. The boys can look back upon the successes of the year with a sense of accomplishment and pride. Each boy has been involved in many areas of school life and fully embraced life in Barnacle House. Indeed, there is much to celebrate.

For many of us the end of the year is bittersweet as we have to say goodbye to friends that we won’t see for some weeks, or longer in the case of those that are not returning or are graduating. This year we say goodbye to many wonderful young men. To each of you, we hope that you can bring the lessons learned here at SMUS with you and continue your growth. We wish that you will return to visit and you will always be welcome to return to Barnacle.

To our graduates, I am so grateful to know you. You have been the lifeblood of Barnacle house for a collective 29 years! We will miss you tremendously. To the Grade 12s, we wish you a world of success, happiness, love, and good fortune. We also wish you a life full of surprises that challenge you in just the right ways, that push you to find your true self, your deep passions, and to go beyond what you think you are capable of. You are an extremely talented group of young men poised to do great things. So don’t hold back!

Of course, it won’t be easy and there is a life of learning, turbulence and change ahead. Remember the lessons that you learned when you first arrived at SMUS. Remember the lessons that you learned this past September when welcoming new people to this community. Be patient with yourself as these transitions take time. It takes time to make new friends. It takes time to learn about a new city, a new school and your new life. As you shed your old skins and grow into your new selves also remember that we are always just a phone call, a skype call, a text or an email away.

Welcome to the world of SMUS Alumni! As your graduation year ends in an 8 and mine ends in a 3, we will forever be linked to the major celebrations which occur every 5 years or so. For instance, your 25th reunion will be my 50th!

Finally, to those returning next year, enjoy your summers! We will miss you and wish you a summer of fun, relaxation and new adventures. See you in September!

Images below (Top left: this year’s Barnacle House Outstanding Citizens – Gr. 8 Eric Xiong, Gr. 10 Mark Finamore, Gr. 11 Rashid al Abri, Gr. 12 Sean Finamore, Top right:  Virtuoso Award – Boris Li, Bottom Left: Jock Award – Duc Khuong, Right side: Barnacle Graduates – Hank, George, Yingnuo, Kelvin, Duc, Peter, Charles, Mark and Sean, Bottom Right: the Future – our grade 8 graduates Joshua, Emilio, Eric (Louis too!)

House Olympics

The final house games of the year was this past Sunday, which seems hard to believe!  By all accounts nobody could remember the last time there was a rainy day during the House Olympics, and this year was no different.  Much was at stake, the house cup could potentially still be won by Barnacle House with a very strong showing.  It would take a bit of luck and some competitive spirit.

The House Olympics features 6 different minor games, in which each house competes to earn a maximum of 30 points at each station.  These games are an opportunity to catch up to the houses in the lead, as more points are awarded during these games then any other.  This was a good thing for the Barnacle boys, as we trailed both Harvey and Bolton house in the cup standings.

The boys gave it their all, and enjoyed the experience regardless of the outcome.  In fact, when all points were tallied, Barnacle House was on top of the house Olympics!  However, despite a very impressive effort, the gains made on the day were not enough to catch Bolton House, who hoisted the house cup for the second year in a row.

Here are some incredible shots of the day:

 

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Grade 11 Leadership Day

This past Saturday all of the grade 11’s in Barnacle house spent time together with the aim of uniting the group, and having the boys consider what leadership roles they would like to take on in the house next year.  It was the first time that house parents worked with the group to formally begin the process of looking ahead to the next school year, and having the boys see themselves guiding the direction of the house.

The day began with some fun and challenge.  The boys paid a visit to a local indoor climbing gym to test out their strength and push their physical limits- as well as their comfort zones.  They had a great time and cheered each other up the walls.  To a boy, each loved the experience, and many are looking forward to returning at some point soon.

After lunch, the group went to Mt. Tolmie where they spent some time in solitude considering what special skills they are bringing to the leadership team next year, as well as what qualities they have appreciated about past leaders they had in the house.  After 45 minutes of time to journal alone and enjoy the beautiful surroundings, we came back together to share out what each had written.

We returned to the school chapel to give each boy an opportunity to speak and share their thoughts.  It was a supportive environment, and every grade 11 spoke with passion and detail about past leaders in Barnacle House who supported and welcomed them when they arrived to SMUS.  There were many touching moments, and the house parents enjoyed hearing these stories.

It was a fantastic day, and we look forward to each of the boys developing their leadership skills as we look ahead to the next school year.

 

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The Boulder House Logo

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Getting some brief instruction 

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Tristan getting after it on the steep wall.

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Senior House Parent Mat Geddes showing some strength.

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The group getting behind Tristan

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Almost getting to the top.

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Deon showing some skills. 

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Rashid getting some pointers as Alex cruises up. 

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Lunch!

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Looks good!

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Solo time.

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House Bowling Activity

This past Saturday the entire house went down to the local bowling alley for some excitement at the lanes.  With many of the boys having little to no bowling experience, there was a broad range in the number of pins knocked down…with many balls ending up in the gutter.  However, the aim of the day was to simply have fun as a group and spend some time away from campus trying something new.

In the end, six of the boys in the house broke the 100 barrier to join the “century club”, receiving a small prize and a huge round of applause on the bus home.  However, nobody could beat Barnacle senior house parent Mat Geddes, who strung together a series of strikes and spares to put together a score of 170 to top all bowlers.

 

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Kenzo using the heaviest ball on offer at Langford Lanes.

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Alex getting low on the release.

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The boys…looking colour coordinated!

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Ken forgetting to keep and eye on the pins.

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Charles ended up as one of the members of the “century club” after this round.

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A packed house.

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Blake lines them up…

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…and knocks ’em down.

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Bowling champ Geddes gets ready to take care of business.

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Grade 11 student, Spencer getting ready to launch.

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Tracking nicely.

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William with some nice form.

Saturday activities

Every Saturday there are a wide range of activities on and off-campus that our students can sign-up for. Here are some pictures from yesterday’s adventures (entry by Mr Henderson).

 

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Eric, Joshua and Emilio enjoy the Victoria Royals in action in the Western Hockey League

 

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Jonathan making ice cream by hand.

 

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William and friends getting ready to set a crab trap.

 

 

 

 

 

Coldest Night of the Year

Michael (front row, second from left) taking part in Coldest Night of the Year, a fundraising activity for the Mustard Seed charity. The group raised awareness and donated $100 towards homeless action in Victoria.