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.

View the list of clubs and activities for term two. 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.

Contact: Ms. Leanne WilkinsMs. Jennifer Poole

Book Lovers Club

Chat about favourite authors, share books, read or write together.

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 JacksonMrs. Shannon Williams


Action and education about the environment.

Contact: Mr. Richard DeMerchantMs. Valerie Pike, Mrs. Darlene DeMerchant, Ms. Jennifer Poole

FIRST LEGO League and Technology 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 FloydMs. 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: Ms. Joan Gaines

Grade 6 Girls and Boys Club

This group is an opportunity for the Grade 6s to have fun and make friends.

Contact: Ms. Allison Peace

Grade 6 Girls and Boys Club Planning

A leadership opportunity to plan lunch time activities for the Grade 6 students.

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

Homework Club

A chance for students to work on homework under a teacher's supervision.

Contact: Mrs. Darlene DeMerchant, Ms. Sarah Bailey, Ms. Amy Stark

ISABC Student Leaders

A meeting for the students who attended the ISABC Leadership Camp.

Contact: Ms. Allison Peace

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.

Contact: Mrs. Susan Vachon

Marine Science Club

Discuss and research local marine species, participate in local shoreline clean-ups and help maintain the aquarium.

Contact: Mrs. Joan Gaines, Matias Totz (Gr 12)

Math Challengers

To prepare for Mathematics contests and competitions.

Contact: Mr. Richard DeMerchant, Mrs. Darlene DeMerchant, Mrs. Joan Gaines

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 Education Club

Collaboratively plan and take part in a variety of outdoor sports and activities.

Contact: Mr. Zyoji Jackson, Ms. Katie Marti

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! Learn about the salmon and the ecosystem.

Contact: Mrs. Sarah Donatelli, Mrs. Joan Gaines

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 Ambassadors

This is a program that welcomes new Grade 7 and 8 students and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first year in Middle School. Student Ambassadors also act as tour guides for open house events. Student Ambassadors train members of the Grade 8 class to be leaders and positive role models, who can help new students adjust to our school community.

Contact: Ms. Amy Stark

Student Council

To provide leadership opportunities for MS students through the planning of activities in one of 4 councils: Service, Social, Athletics and Arts

  • Service Council will organize and coordinate all service activities such as Service Days, school tours, Orange Shirt Day, Portrait of a Learner promotions, and more.
  • Social Council will organize and coordinate all social activities such as theme days, holiday celebrations, and Portrait of a Learner assembly promotions.
  • Athletic Council will organize and coordinate all athletic activities such as intramurals, house games, and staff vs. student tournaments.
  • Arts Council will support and encourage art endeavours throughout the school.

Contact: Service: Mrs. Shannon Williams; Social: Mrs. Tanya Lee, Ms. Jane Rees, Ms. Katie Marti; Athletics: Ms. Amy StarkMs. Jackie Cunningham; Arts: Ms. Leanne WilkinsMs. Jennifer Poole

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. Darlene DeMerchant and Ms. Jennifer Poole

WEB (Where Everybody Belongs)

WEB leaders will plan activities for the Grade 6s.

Contact: Mrs. Tanya Lee, Mrs. Sarah Donatelli

Middle School Clubs and Activities, Term 2, 2019-20

Middle School Clubs and Activities, Term 2, 2019-20

Middle School Clubs and Activities, Term 2, 2019-20

Published: January, 2020

A list of term two clubs and activities for the 2019-20 year. 

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