Behind every goal, every performance, every adventure and every opportunity is the power of participation.
Our signature academic programs, extracurricular activities, student financial aid and facilities enhancements that make the SMUS experience unique are all powered by your participation in the Annual Fund.
Year after year, we seek support to cover the cost of educating each child who walks through the doors of our school. Whether large of small, everything counts when it comes to financial support, and we are grateful for every gift.
Our goal this year is to raise a minimum of $1.2 million in support of our Annual Fund with at least 750 donors in support of our campaigns.
See the power of your participation, and add your name to our donor list by making your Annual Fund contribution today.
2022-23 Annual Fund Progress
Goal: $1.2 M
Participation across all campaigns
Goal: 750 Donors
2022-23 Annual Fund Priorities
This undesignated fund allows our Head of School and the directors to direct your gift to fund areas of highest need. If you aren’t sure where to give this year, consider powering up a range of programs and facilities with this fund.
Following the success of our first year, we are excited to continue the Indigenous Scholar program and welcome artist Dylan Thomas back into our classrooms to work with students. These funds will support his role in our school and provide supplies and tools for student art and experiences. Additional funds will support our Indigenous Peoples Within Canada Award.
Music is alive and well at SMUS, offering strings orchestra, band, and choir. We value the depth and breadth of our music programs, offering opportunities to perform and grow as musicians, and gain deep appreciation for various musical genres. Our various musical directors share a goal of building on the existing strength of music at SMUS by having access to new instruments, recording equipment, teaching tools and capital upgrades to music facilities affecting all students in all grades. At SMUS, we continue to expand our music program, believing it to be a cornerstone of not only artistic expression but also personal growth and discipline.
This fund supports outdoor education across all grades and this year includes outdoor education equipment for the Junior School. Our SMUS program for outdoor education was expanded last year and includes outdoor activities and programs which are both linked to the curriculum and foster deeper connections with nature and experiential learning. Find out more about our Junior School Outdoor Education program.
Help our athletes look and feel their best when they compete with updated uniforms and equipment that show the competition who’s going to win long before the game begins. Many of our teams need new uniforms to travel and compete. We would like to outfit all of our Senior School and Middle School competitive teams with new gear and purchase ball machines which have a proven advantage for sports training, including the ability to ‘groove’ strokes/movements through consistent repetition. This is a considerably cheaper and more flexible option for personalized training.
Rowing is a life-changing sport and one of the few Senior School sports where everyone who wants to play plays. With more athletes each year and a growing reputation for being the best, we are looking to replicate our 2022 regatta wins with new, lighter boats over the next couple of years with Annual Fund gifts. Our boat replacement plan includes two new 4s for our rowing team.
Our Junior School kiln is in its last year of use and will be replaced as we move into the Junior School Annex. This fund will ensure equipment and supplies for an amazing year of creativity for the youngest members of our SMUS community.
Meeting students where they are, at any stage of their learning, and helping them step up to the next level is the work of our dedicated Education Assistants in Learning Resources. Our students know they will never be left behind, and never go unchallenged, with a team that is focused on their unique learning journey. This personalized learning is enhanced with spaces designed to meet the individual needs of our diverse school community, and these funds will ensure that our students have both the people and the places they need to thrive at SMUS.
Mental health is more important now than ever, and we’ve taken action to support our students and our commitment to developing the whole child with a dedicated counsellor at the Junior School as well as two additional staff for the Middle and Senior School teams. Available for personal sessions as well as classroom lessons and developing tools and resources for our students, these staff address the issues that affect all our students. Help us ensure every child is supported in every need with a gift to ensure we continue to offer these enhanced resources.
Our gym floor is in need of significant repair and upgrade. Our single gym is our competitive gym for all basketball and volleyball games. This critical space allows our athletes to compete and our P.E. students to learn and build on their skills. The upgraded floors provide a safe environment for our athletes. We also use our single gym as a whole-school gathering place for both Middle and Senior School students.
It’s time to update our student rooms. Each room will receive a renovated bathroom, new furniture and flooring with a social space to create a better boarding experience. Upgraded heating and lighting will bring more efficiency to the buildings and reduce our energy footprint. Want to support a specific house? Let our team know!
SMUS continues to go green and we are thrilled at the possibility of purchasing our first electric bus and the infrastructure to grow the fleet by 2025. We want to put our commitment to sustainability into action by building an electric bus fleet. These funds will purchase our first electric bus and the infrastructure to charge it. Improve air quality, decrease maintenance costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions with a donation to this exciting project that will create a better experience for everyone.
We are thrilled to be building our Junior School Annex as the first project in our Journey For Life Capital Campaign. We are raising funds to help us outfit these beautiful new spaces with new furnishings, display systems and cabinets for student work, and group and independent furniture configurations, all of which have been shown to impact the learning environment and facilitate different strategies for teaching.
This fund allows us to help current SMUS families in financial need to continue being part of our community. Keep your classmates in the classroom and your community connected with a donation to provide financial aid to those who need it most. St. Michaels University School students receiving financial aid come to us with a wide diversity of backgrounds, and all with a strong commitment to school culture and excellence. A commitment to the importance of philanthropic support for this diversity and excellence is entrenched in our Strategic Plan under the sustainability of our school, now and in the future.
|The Alumni Endowment Fund (General Endowment)
The Bateman Family Fund
The Beeston Family Fund
The Chmiel Scholarship Fund
The Considine Fund
The Indigenous Scholarship Fund
The JJ Timmis Fund
The Jessiman Fund
The Paul And Carol Hill Family Fund
The Pollen Jawl Fund
The Nativity Fund
The Nelson Arthur Hyland Fund
The Robert Wilson Fund
|The Michael Walsh Fund
The Reg Wenman Fund
The Symons Fund
The Timmis Fund
Quails Rock Fund
Parents Auxiliary Fund
The Class of 2023 Fund
The Class of 2013 Fund
The Class of 2008 Fund
The Class of 2003 - Stephanie Shergold Fund
The Class of 1998 Fund
The Class of 1993 Fund
The Class of 1988 Fund
Middle School is where everybody belongs and that includes ensuring every student has equal access to technology for completing schoolwork. Students are growing up in a digital world that is constantly changing, so we equip students with the technology and digital skills they’ll need to successfully navigate their time in Middle School and beyond. All students in the Middle School are provided with laptop computers as an annual requirement within our technology plan. At the end of their time at Middle School students keep their individual laptops, ready for the next step in their journey. Giving students the right tools to allow for flexible learning modalities was crucial during the challenges of COVID-19 and will be an ongoing focus to maintain progress for students in Grades 6-8.
This initiative for specialized girls’ coaching and mentoring allows for effective role modelling while delivering quality, on-call coaching expertise to our female students. Coaches at all levels exert great influence on their players/athletes.
SMUS teachers are at the top of their field, and Professional Development helps ensure they stay there, benefitting all of our students with each opportunity. Although we offer a robust Pro-D program for our faculty each year, the focus of this year's fundraising is on Junior School and Middle School, in particular for building capacity in literacy, numeracy and differentiated instruction.
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