Leadership and Service at the Middle School
Middle School students have many opportunities to take on leadership roles. Through an array of clubs and their Exploratory classes, older students can take on mentorship of younger schoolmates.
Formal leadership opportunities can be found in Student and House Council, and Grade 8 students can participate in the Where Everybody Belongs (WEB) program.
Student Council members plan and carry out activities throughout the year, including social activities (dances) and service events. The Student Council also provides a voice for students at the Middle School.
House Council members foster and sustain school spirit through house activities such as sports day, Valentine's activities, and seasonal spirit activities.
Students on Library Council read and review the newest books coming in to the library. Members also plan special events such as a Twilight Tea Party, book-buying trips, movie events and more.
Where Everybody Belongs (WEB)
WEB is a transition program that welcomes Grade 6 and new Grade 7 students.WEB is built on the belief that students want to and can help other students succeed. Grade 8 students train to be WEB Leaders: they become motivators, leaders and teachers who guide other students to success at the Middle School.
The service program at the Middle School has a core goal of making a difference by improving the quality of life and the environment in our local and global communities. The aim is to foster a culture of service, citizenship and responsibility in all members of the SMUS community.
Community is a major focus at the Middle School and within the Student Council. The Middle School's strong sense of community has made our students value respect, kindness and understanding.
A number of service events are planned by the Student Council, or within the Middle School as a whole. These include:
- service days
- fundraising dances
- Christmas hampers
- the Peanut Butter Blitz
Middle School students also participate in larger community events, including:
- Run for the Cure (Breast Cancer Foundation)
- the Terry Fox Run
- the Cops for Cancer head shave (Canadian Cancer Society)
- UNICEF collection at Halloween
- the St. Patrick’s Day Fun Run (Big Brothers and Big Sisters Victoria)
- Jeans Day (BC Children’s Hospital)
- Swimathon (Victoria Hospice Society)
- the World Partnership Walk (Aga Khan Foundation)
Student Sustainability Projects
- The e-team promotes proper use of the recycling and composting bins.
- Exploratory students built the Middle School garden in 2009.
- Students maintain the Middle School greenhouse and garden, starting plants in the greenhouse, transplanting them and tending to them over the summer.
- The Middle School has a comprehensive recycling and composting system where everything from plastic bags to apple cores can be recycled or composted.
- The whole school is working on making lunches garbage-free.
- Exploratory students work on various environmental projects over the course of the year.
- Students explore renewable energy projects through designing and building solar pop can heaters.
Global responsibility is closely tied to service at the Middle School level. Service activities have students learning about issues both local and international, as well as empowering them to take positive action.
Through humanities courses, students learn about human rights, politics, and history. From novel studies to cultural studies, students take part in an array of activities that allow them to better understand the world around them and the perspectives of people all across the globe.