Middle School Activities, Councils and Clubs

Our SMUS Leadership Program is designed to provide opportunities for all students to develop their leadership skills through active engagement in our community. This web page summarizes many of these opportunities. Our hope is that all Middle School students will consider ways in which they can develop their leadership skills and be involved in activities over the year. Additional opportunities will be announced during the school year, and we are always eager to discuss ideas students have to develop their own leadership activity.

To find out more about each of the activities, get in touch with the listed advisor(s).

Middle School Activities, Councils and Clubs 2019-20

Club/Activity Description and Advisor
Art Club

To provide an opportunity for students to pursue more art projects beyond what they do in their art classes. Students will work on instructed and self-directed projects using media such as clay, glass work, paints or pencil, all under the guidance of the art teacher.

Contact: Ms. Leanne Wilkins

Book Lovers Anonymous

To read, discuss and promote the newest books coming into the library! Students will help plan special events such as the annual Book Battle, monthly Jeopardy Games, host author visits and much more. Students in this club will also participate in Kids Lit quiz activities in preparation of the annual provincial competition. This is a flexible club, so drop in anytime throughout the year to share your love of literature.

Contact: Ms. Sarah Bailey

CAIS National Middle School Leadership Conference

To further strengthen the school's leadership program, 10-12 Grade 8 applicants are selected to travel to Camp Onondaga and Toronto late in September for leadership training. Students build indelible bonds with each other as they travel across the county and discover new things about themselves as well as their peers. The students join 140 students from other CAIS independent schools across Canada. Upon return, they are expected to share what they have learned by immersing themselves in the life of the school and practicing the leadership skills they learned at camp.

Contact: Mr. Zyoji Jackson and Mrs. Shannon Williams

Eco-Warriors

Action and education about the environment.

Contact: Mr. Richard DeMerchant and Ms. Valerie Pike

First Lego League and Techonology Club

To explore new computer technologies through a variety of activities including field trips, visiting speakers, installing and testing new hardware and software. FIRST LEGO League is the most accessible, guided, global robotics competition, helping students and teachers to build a better future together. The program is built around theme-based Challenges to engage children ages 9 to 16* in research, problem solving, coding, and engineering. The foundation of the program is the FIRST Core Values, which emphasize teamwork, discovery, and innovation.

Contact: Mr. George Floyd and Ms. Maureen Hann

Garden Club

To explore how to care for a working garden. Students are involved in the  design, planting, and maintenance of the various plants and flowers that are grown including harvest  for eating and preservation. We also experiment with planting from seed and each year the garden takes on a life of its own when new ideas are developed.

Contact: Mrs. Shannon Williams

Grade 6 Club

With the help of the adult advisor the Grade 8 leaders plan and lead various activities that are of interest to the Grade 6 students. Activities in the past have included sports, activities and games (e.g. gym games, board games, crafts, baking and scavenger hunts). All Grade 6s are welcome to join in. All Grade 8s interested in leading the group should discuss their interest with the adult advisor at the start of the school year. This group is an opportunity for the Grade 6s to have fun and make friends while also giving the Grade 8s an opportunity to build their leadership skills.

Contact: Ms. Allison Peace

Grade 8 Leadership Conference

Every winter SMUS hosts an Annual Leadership Conference for students from Independent schools in Victoria and the Lower Mainland. This conference is organized by Grade 8 SMUS students. Some past themes are Passion to Action and Accepting 2 Connecting.

Contact: Mrs. Tanya Lee

ISABC Leadership

This two-day leadership camp is open to grade 7 and 8 students who are interested in starting an initiative within our school and developing their skills as leaders. Over the course of the two-day residential program at Keats Camp, students and teachers will work collaboratively to design and then implement a program for our school. Throughout the process, students will learn key leadership skills such as active listening, self-awareness, human-centered design, empathy, reflection, giving and receiving good advice, developing and pitching ideas, and public speaking.

Contact: Mrs. Sarah Donatelli

Jazz Band

A fun opportunity for extra rehearsal time and students will learn improvisation.

Mr. Contact: Mr. David Enns

Leadership Opportunities

To provide additional leadership opportunities to Grade 7 and 8 students as they arise throughout the year. Students will be notified of opportunities throughout the year at our weekly assemblies. Prior opportunities have included CAIS Leadership Conference, Grade 8 Leadership Conference and a variety of other leadership opportunities.

Contact: Mrs. Susan Vachon

Math Challengers

To prepare for Mathematics contests and competitions, especially the Grade 8/9 Math Challengers Contest.

Contact: Mr. Richard DeMerchant

Model UN

Students will gain a deeper understanding of the role and operation of the United Nations in an experiential way.

Contact: Ms. Catherine Cade

Outdoor Club

To grow our skills and appreciation for nature through a variety or outdoor sports, activities and service initiatives. A leadership executive group will help make decisions about what activities will be offered throughout the year.

Contact: Mr. Zyoji Jackson

Peer Support

Grade 8 Leaders will learn peer support strategies to help Grade 6 students.  In addition to planning Grade 6 club these select students will offer smaller  group care and support to our younger Middle School students. This is a great introduction for students interested in pursuing peer counselling at the Senior School.

Contact: Ms. Allison Peace

Salmon Club

Help us to raise 200 salmon eggs! You will observe the salmon, measure the temperature of the water, feed the fry, and go on a field trip to release the salmon into the wild. Through this club, you get to learn about the salmon, the ecosystem that they support, and make a difference in your local ecosystem. 

Contact: Mrs. Sarah Donatelli

Sports Teams

SMUS Middle School participates in the Lower Island Middle School Sports Association (LIMSSA) which includes Middle Schools from the Victoria, Saanich and Sooke school districts. We also take part in some independent school leagues, jamborees and tournaments throughout the year.

For more information about available sports and practice times, please check out the Sports Board outside Reception, the Athletic Notice Board outside the PE office, or see the calendar online. Announcements will also be made for students to hear.

Contact: Mrs. Jackie Cunningham

Student Council
  1. To provide leadership opportunities for MS students through the planning of activities in one of 4 councils: Service, Social, Athletics and Arts
  2. Service Council will organize and coordinate all service activities such as Service Days, school tours, Portrait of a Learner promotions, and more.
  3. Social Council will organize and coordinate all social activities such as theme days, holiday celebrations, and Portrait of a Learner assembly promotions.
  4. Athletic Council will organize and coordinate all athletic activities such as intramurals, house games, and staff vs. student tournaments.  
  5. Arts Council will support and encourage art endeavours throughout the school.

Contact: Mrs. Tanya Lee,  Mrs. Sarah Donatelli, Ms. Amy Stark, Ms. Shannon Williams, Ms. Leanne Wilkins, Ms. Jackie Cunningham

WE Schools

WE Schools is a service group that works in conjunction with the Senior School to raise awareness about global and local issues. We begin the year with a trip to WE Day in Vancouver, where we get inspired by speakers from around the world. Then, we take on a service initiative each term that supports local charities and draws attention to global issues. Students interested in the planning process will have the opportunity to join the Exploratory in Session 1. Join our group and make a difference!

Contact: Mrs. Riley Doland and Ms. Jennifer Poole

WEB (Where Everybody Belongs)

WEB is a transition program that welcomes Grade 6 students and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first year in Middle School. WEB is built on the belief that students want to and can help other students succeed. The WEB program trains members of the Grade 8 class to be WEB Leaders: positive role models who act as motivators, leaders and teachers, and guide new students to success in the Middle School.

Contact: Mrs. Tanya Lee and Mrs. Sarah Donatelli