Welcome & Orientation to Boarding

Bolton and Timmis students

Current Grade 12 boarding students ensure a warm welcome
Ian, a current parent, talks about how his family found Orientation to BoardingWe found orientation at SMUS to be very welcoming. As a parent, it was great to be able to meet other parents from around the world as well as some of the current students that were welcoming my son into their community. The orientation activities were full of good information and we were able to get all of the more practical tasks done too like paperwork, banking and the uniform.
Ian (Parent)
Bainbridge Island, WA

So you’ve packed your suitcase and you’re ready to begin the next chapter of your life as a student at boarding school.

But if it’s your first time living away from your family, you may be worried about how you will settle in to your second home. At SMUS, we know it’s a big step and a big change for you, and we promise a big, warm welcome to our community.

The Admissions team runs a full schedule of events for both you and your parents (should they accompany you on ‘move-in’ day) and it’s not all boring PowerPoint presentations...

Student-led Orientation

Who better to introduce you to the school than current Grade 12 students?

As a new boarder you will get a chance to settle in before all the other students return, which will include a special welcome from current students, House Prefects and the Head of House. In addition, there are students called “Link Leaders” that will orient you to the school with tours, games and activities.

You will also have several one-on-one meetings. These will be with your new houseparents, academic advisors and the school’s medical staff, so everyone at SMUS can get to know you a little better.

And here are just some of the other ways we make the transition easier:

  • You can pre-order room supplies like bedding so that it’s ready for you before you move in
  • You can also pre-order school supplies so you don’t have to worry about shopping for pens and notebooks when you arrive
  • There are special dinners to give you a chance to meet people from the boarding community
  • We’ll take you on tours of the beautiful city of Victoria
  • There are separate events for your parents so they can meet school staff and (hopefully) not embarrass you too much

Watch current students receive orientation training and hear why they feel orientation is important: