Fall Spark Open House

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SMUS Fall Spark Open House

An Open Day of Discovery at SMUS

You are invited to the reinvention of the school open house. Visit the SMUS Junior, Middle & Senior Schools on Friday, October 20. You'll have the opportunity to meet students, talk to staff, take a tour with a student ambassador and – at the Middle and Senior Schools – spend time hands-on learning with our exceptional teachers.

Find out first-hand why SMUS has such an outstanding reputation.

Friday, October 20 2017

Junior: 9:00 am - 11:00 am & 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Middle & Senior: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

​Junior School (Grades K - 5)

820 Victoria Avenue (Google Map)

Middle School (Grades 6 - 8)

Senior School (Grades 9 - 12)

3400 Richmond Road (Google Map)

Registering for Open House

It’s not necessary to register for Open House but knowing you plan to attend helps us to prepare for your visit that much more.

If you are unable to attend Open House, email [email protected] or call us at 250-370-6170 to arrange a personal tour.

Note about Parking

If you are intending to drive to Open House, we ask that Junior School visitors park only on Victoria Ave. Middle and Senior School visitors should find plentiful parking in front of School House - look for signs.

Open House - Registration Form

The following sessions are your opportunity to participate in a short class with one of our talented faculty members and – in some cases – our current students. After a sampler class, go on a student-led tour of our campus and be sure to tell your tour guide if there’s something you’d like to see that isn’t in our sampler schedule.

All Spark sessions are optional, go to one or several - it's up to you! They all take place either at the Senior or Middle School on the Richmond Road campus. We'll point you in the right direction when you arrive.

Time Session Location
(Richmond Road campus)
10:00am-10:30am Getting the Most Out of Your Fall Spark Visit Copeland Lecture Theatre

Acting Head of School Andy Rodford welcomes our Fall Spark guests with some tips for getting beyond the glossy surface of our brochures and discovering the real St. Michaels University School during your visit.

Teacher: Mr. Andy Rodford

11:00am-11:30am Fall Leaves Art Project Middle School Art Room 101

Fall can be an inspiring time of the year for budding young artists. Middle School art teacher Ms. Devon Bottomley will show you how to express your creative side using natural materials.

Teacher: Ms. Devon Bottomley

Time for Slime Science Building Room 202

Chemistry is indispensable for making many useful products and a few things you can have fun with as well. Join chemistry teacher Beth Johnston and some of her Chemistry 11 students for a useful lesson about making slime and some of the chemistry principles of what makes it fun. You will be making your own batch of slime to take home.

Teacher: Mrs. Beth Johnston

12:00pm-12:30pm How does Dry Ice Work? Middle School Room 307

We’ve all seen the entertaining effects of dry ice to produce a dramatic fog, but how does it work? Middle School Science teacher Mr. Jim Williams will teach you the process of sublimation using dry ice to demonstrate.

Teacher: Mr. Jim Williams

Whitewater Kayaking Rescue Skills Outside Copeland Lecture Theatre

No matter the activity, safety is an important part of our outdoor education program. Join our student outdoor leaders and Mr. Pete McLeod to learn skills that will keep you and others safe when whitewater kayaking.

Teacher: Mr. Pete McLeod

12:30pm-1:00pm Converting Vehicles to Electric Motors Chapel

In Grade 10, time is set aside over the school year for students to pursue hands-on learning experiences in areas that interest them. Join program director Mr. Mat Geddes and some of our students for a case study of one of these experiences in which a group of students learned how to convert first a go-kart then a Volkswagen Beetle to run on an electric motor.

Teacher: Mr. Mat Geddes

1:00pm-1:30pm Migration Theory Library Classroom

Patterns of human migration are becoming increasingly relevant to today’s social and political events. Ms. Kirsten Davel will take you through an exercise to help you understand the push and pull factors that spark migration.

Teacher: Ms. Kirsten Davel

Scared of Singing? Middle School Strings Room 103

With Halloween just around the corner, Mr. Duncan Frater will teach you to sing a fun and frightening song that introduces you to the choral skills of diction and sight reading.

Teacher: Mr. Duncan Frater

2:00pm-2:30pm Q&A with the Head of School Snowden Library

To wrap up our fall event, Acting Head of School Andy Rodford takes your questions on any topic.

Teacher: Mr. Andy Rodford

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