Senior School Departments

Senior School Departments

Senior School Departments

At the Senior School level, the breadth of course offerings is considerable. For information on the different departments and the courses, make a selection from the list below. For a complete guide to course requirements and detailed descriptions, see the Course Handbook, also below.

Theatre offers a flexible creative outlet. At SMUS, theatre classes are process-driven and geared towards improving individual ability. In Grade 9, the classes focus on improvisation, body skills and performance basics rather than script work. By Grades 11 and 12, students prepare audition pieces, present polished scene work and produce a full-fledged class production.

Theatre activities include:

  • skill games;
  • voice and speech exercises;
  • improvisations; and
  • scripted work.

Though courses focus on acting, students also take part in backstage work and senior students can gain directing experience. Individual and group work builds students' confidence and collaborative skills. Classes also visit local theatre performances to better appreciate the performing arts.

Extra Opportunities

Musical at the Mac

Every year, SMUS stages a full-scale musical at the McPherson Theatre in downtown Victoria. A team of more than 100 students take part as performing onstage, managing backstage, creating costumes, filming the performance and playing instruments in the orchestra pit. In past years, students have performed Mamma Mia!, Catch Me If You Can, Ragtime and The Phantom of the Opera.


Title Grade
Fine Arts 9 9
Acting 11 11
Drama 10 10
Acting 12 12
Directing and Script Development 12 12

Senior School Course Handbook 2019-20

Senior School Course Handbook cover

Senior School Course Handbook 2019-20

Published: March, 2019

A guide to Senior School courses with descriptions to help our students plan an optimal school year.

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