The Graduating Class of 2024 toss their caps in the air as a twilight sky passes over them.

In a few hours, the graduating class of 2024 will gather for one last celebration before school officially closes for the summer. I am sure that it will be a fantastic evening and I look forward to sharing in the excitement as the graduates walk the red carpet onto campus to celebrate with their family, friends and school community.  As we heard during the graduation ceremony yesterday, they have achieved much in their time as students at our school and we wish them well as they take their first steps into their post-SMUS life.

At this time of year, it is natural that our thoughts often turn to our Grade 12 graduating students, but we should also be mindful of the transitions that all of our students are making in one way or another. Our Grade 5 classes are very excited to make their move from the Junior School to the Richmond Road campus and our Grade 8s will begin their foray into the Senior School when September arrives. These moments are significant rites of passage and I hope that everyone is able to take a moment to consider the involvement, achievements and development that have taken place over this past year and in the years leading to today.

Acting Head of School Eliot Anderson shakes a Grade 8 students' hand at the Middle School Closing Ceremonies.

Upon reflection, it is incredible to think about the sheer volume of events that have taken place across all three divisions.  From the opening notes of the cross campus strings concert to “Something Rotten”, “Annie Jr.” and our inaugural Arts Banquet in April; our musicians, artists and actors have given us so many opportunities to appreciate their craft.

Our athletes have also been busy on the water and fields, in gyms and courts and on the track or course.  Whether taking their first tentative first steps in a brand new sport or competing at the highest level possible as a senior student-athlete, they have demonstrated resilience, determination and learned the value of hard work.  

This year, we also opened a brand new facility. The amazing Trottier-Morgan Annex has transformed the Junior School and is providing much needed breathing room for our youngest learners.  Thank you to everyone who showed patience with the construction project and also to those who made it possible with generous support.  The Junior School also bore witness to the unveiling and dedication of our first Coast Salish Welcome Post in a moving, traditionally-inspired ceremony in the fall. 

An exterior view of the Trottier-Morgan Annex at the Junior School with Golden trees in the foreground.
Trottier-Morgan Annex.

As we begin to look towards September, we are excited to see the development of the addition to the Middle School.  If you have visited the Richmond Road campus recently, you will have seen the construction site beginning to take shape and like the Junior School Annex, this project promises to redefine life at the Middle School.  Additionally, we will also be installing the Welcome Pole for the Senior and Middle Schools in the new school year.

So, with a busy and successful year behind us, we should pause, take a breath and enjoy the summer so that we return rested and excited for everything the 2024-2025 school year will bring.