School Ties

The St. Michaels University School alumni magazine, School Ties is sent out twice a year to over 5000 alumni, parents and friends of the school.

School Ties features updates from alumni around the world, in-depth articles on various topics, photos from alumni events and so much more.

All issues of School Ties are available online and we encourage you to share your thoughts with us using the form on this page.

Alumni can also submit their own stories to the alumni updates section by sending in an alumni update.

Latest Issue: Fall, 2017

School Ties, Fall 2017
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Past Issues of School Ties

School Ties: 2017, Fall Issue

School Ties: 2017, Fall Issue

Published: December, 2017

The legacy of recently retired Head of School, Bob Snowden is featured in this issue of School Ties. We also introduce the new Head of School, Mark Turner; honour our Distinguished Alumnus for 2017, Kenneth Oppel; say goodbye to four long-term staff members; celebrate the life of Simon Ibell; and catch up on school news and alumni updates.

5.49 MB
School Ties: 2017, Spring Issue

School Ties: 2017, Spring Issue

Published: March, 2017

In this issue, School Ties rides the wave from the latest school news and updates from around campus. "The Rare Birds of China Come Home" tells the wild story of Sir David Newbigging '45 commissioning world-renowned artist J. Fenwick Landsdowne '52 to paint a series of portraits. Zach Zwicky '17 seeks career and life advice from lawyer and former top advisor to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Rachel Curran '90. We celebrate the best in SMUS literature with recent Scotiabank Giller Prize nominees Steven Price '94 and Andrew Battershill '06 as well. Our feature focuses on the Waves of Disruption conference recently held at SMUS where nine former students presented their thoughts on the unpredictable future of 21st Century learning. All that, plus the SMUS Roll of Honour 2.0, a special From the Archives feature, the Vivat Awards and, of course, several pages of Alumni Updates.

4.74 MB
School Ties: 2016, Summer Issue

School Ties: 2016, Summer Issue

Published: September, 2016

This is an issue of Olympic proportions as we delve into more than 100 years of St. Michaels Olympic history. We feature Junior School teacher Gary Barber's curriculum work with the International Olympic Committee as well as telling the stories of 10 SMUS Olympians from 1922 to the present. With a full recap of School News and Alumni Weekend you'll be caught up on campus news. We also check in with alumni doing amazing work all around the world, including Jessica Harvey '10, Danny Singer '64, and six pages of updates on alumni.

4.1 MB
School Ties: 2015, Winter Issue

School Ties: 2015, Winter Issue

Published: February, 2016

We're hands-on in this issue with stories about experiential learning. Caitlin Farquharson '10 looks back on her Grade 10 experiential program and we focus in on the newest experiential offerings. Lawyer Sarah Hudson '00 makes the case for our 2015 Distinguished Alumnus, the Honourable Michael Code '67. Dr. Curran Crawford '96 talks experimentation and renewable energy with Head Boy Jasper Johnston, and Ian Hyde-Lay recaps the amazing career of basketball superstar Steve Nash '92. You will also learn how Simon Ibell '96 and his family are giving back to SMUS with an endowed scholarship, get your field guide to the upcoming Alumni Weekend, and read an excerpt from Ian Mugridge's history of the school. Of course, there are alumni updates from around the world and around the block, along with interesting photography from the community.

7.82 MB
School Ties: 2015, Summer Issue

School Ties: 2015, Summer Issue

Published: June, 2015

Inside: All in the Family - we take a look at multiple-generation families that have passed through the school doors. We also feature a conversation between Troy Young `05 and Justin Tse `15, an excerpt from Claire Battershill`s award-winning book and bid farewell to retirees Anna Forbes and Virginia Ronning.

4.98 MB
School Ties: 35 Years of Girls

School Ties: 2014, Winter Issue

Published: February, 2015

Inside: We celebrate some of the SMUS women who are having a profound impact on the world: Alicia Pawluk '10, Jelena Mrdjenovich '00, Sharon Janzen '93, Liz Fenje '09, Elizabeth McLeish '86, Krystal Cullen (O'Byrne) '99, Britt Martin '08, Catherine Sas '80, Meggan Oliver '96, Melissa Sawyer '94, Kaylynn Purdy ’10, Caryn Dooner '10, Laura Bradbury '90 and Sarah Kerr '84.

Also available on Issuu, an online magazine reader.

5.83 MB
School Ties: The Music Issue

School Ties: 2014, Spring Issue

Published: May, 2014

Inside: Three career musicians (Ashley Wey '00, Lorien Hart '86, Hugh Fraser '76), four recent grads (Emily Reid '09, Brian Christensen '11, Ian Chen '07 and Jayne Hammond '08), one rock star (Bryce Soderberg '98) and one retiring band director (John Reid) talk about the triumphs and challenges found in a life dedicated to music.

Also available on Issuu, an online magazine reader.

14.71 MB
School Ties: 2013, Summer Issue

School Ties: 2013, Summer Issue

Published: October, 2013

Inside: Technology, including alumni on the edge (Octavio Marquez '84, Chris Noel '96, Luke Seeley '03), fashion online (Shannen Ko '06, Hayley Gibson '97, Shun Kinoshita '08) and optical technology (Patrick Gill '97 and Michael Wale '85).

13.13 MB
School Ties: 2011, Winter Issue

School Ties: 2011, Winter Issue

Published: December, 2011

Inside: Alumni abroad (Jasmine Yan '09, Ema Batey '95, Richard Cox '57, Dan Fill '91 and Melissa Sawyer '94), the online archive launch and remembering John Schaffter.

8.77 MB
School Ties: 2011, Summer Issue

School Ties: 2011, Summer Issue

Published: June, 2011

Inside: SMUS authors (Kenneth Oppel '85, Kate Jacobs '91, Terence Young and Gary Barber) and the W.W. Bolton legacy.

6.89 MB
School Ties: 2010, Winter Issue

School Ties: 2010, Winter Issue

Published: December, 2010

Inside: profiles of alumni involved in post-secondary education, distinguished alumnus Tim Williams '83 and the St. Michael's School centennial.

6.09 MB
School Ties: 2010, Spring Issue

School Ties: 2010, Spring Issue

Published: April, 2010

Inside: SMUS connections to the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and Hugh McGillivray ’64 on the joy of giving.

5.33 MB
School Ties: 2009, Fall Issue

School Ties: 2009, Fall Issue

Published: October, 2009

Inside: building a sustainable school, environmental entrepreneurs and alumni weekend reunions.

7.66 MB
School Ties: 2009, Spring Issue

School Ties: 2009, Spring Issue

Published: April, 2009

Inside: the school unveils its new vision, we remember Fenwick Lansdowne ’52 and hear from alumni Marvin Nicholson ’89, Marianne Anderson ’80 and Colin Yong ’76.

6.4 MB
School Ties: 2008, Fall Issue

School Ties: 2008, Fall Issue

Published: October, 2008

Inside: the experiential program, the history of Advanced Placement at SMUS and Jennifer Blumberg ’03 advises our newest alumni.

7.05 MB
School Ties: 2008, Spring Issue

School Ties: 2008, Spring Issue

Published: April, 2008

Inside: the pillars of leadership, diplomatic alumni and Sam Witt ’07 shares his experience with SALTS.

6.91 MB
School Ties: 2007, Fall Issue

School Ties: 2007, Fall Issue

Published: October, 2007

Inside: global responsibility, Michael Code ’67, and a profile on Peter Gardiner.

6.41 MB
School Ties: 2007, Spring Issue

School Ties: 2007, Spring Issue

Published: April, 2007

Inside: Kevin Cook describes the service program, Jim Wenman ’66 talks cricket and Ian Hyde-Lay recalls the history of the Boot Game.

6.54 MB
School Ties: 2006, Fall Issue

School Ties: 2006, Fall Issue

Published: October, 2006

Inside: SMUS celebrates 100 years.

5.4 MB
School Ties: 2006, Spring Issue

School Ties: 2006, Spring Issue

Published: April, 2006

Inside: a tribute to Stephanie and Chuck Shergold, our rugby legacy, and Jelena Mrdjenovich '00 wins world boxing title.

3.74 MB
School Ties: 2005, Fall Issue

School Ties: 2005, Fall Issue

Published: October, 2005

Inside: Ian Farish '89 remembers life in boarding, an interview with Bob Snowden, and the history of the Parents’ Auxiliary.

3.46 MB
School Ties: 2005, Spring Issue

School Ties: 2005, Spring Issue

Published: April, 2005

Inside: The Middle School presents Africa, Eliot and Becky Anderson teach in Kenya and Rob Wilson reports on the 1964 rugby tour.

1.22 MB
School Ties: 2004, Fall Issue

School Ties: 2004, Fall Issue

Published: October, 2004

Inside: the opening of John & Anne Schaffter Hall Music Centre, evolutionary teaching and the return of the king’s kilt.

2.19 MB
School Ties: 2004, Spring Issue

School Ties: 2004, Spring Issue

Published: April, 2004

Inside: Creative alumni in creative careers, K.C. Symons and a tribute to Takoski and Thompson.

1.38 MB
School Ties: 2003, Fall Issue

School Ties: 2003, Fall Issue

Published: November, 2003

Inside: remembering Colin Skinner, endowment, and Brad Forth '82.

1.4 MB
School Ties: 2003, Spring Issue

School Ties: 2003, Spring Issue

Published: April, 2003

Inside: boarding house namesakes and the history of boarding.

1.96 MB
School Ties: 2002, Fall Issue

School Ties: 2002, Fall Issue

Published: November, 2002

Inside: archival look at 1932,  diplomat Nicholas Etheridge ’61.

1.68 MB
School Ties: 2002, Spring Issue

School Ties: 2002, Spring Issue

Published: April, 2002

Inside: advanced placement at SMUS, geotechnology and a visit with Mary Timmis.

1.48 MB
School Ties: 2000, Fall Issue

School Ties: 2000, Fall Issue

Published: November, 2001

Inside: classroom innovation, the history of the school's bell and Rob Wilson's recollections of his longtime colleagues.

1.02 MB
School Ties: 2001, Fall Issue

School Ties: 2001, Fall Issue

Published: November, 2001

Inside: Tom Rigos '61's chapel speech, the history of co-education with St. Margeret's and Norfolk House in the 1950s.

1.95 MB
School Ties: 2001, Spring Issue

School Ties: 2001, Spring Issue

Published: April, 2001

Inside: former Olympiad Jennifer Walinga on coaching, Streamkeepers environmental protection work, and the history of cricket.

1.51 MB