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Annual Appeal Priorities

"The Annual Appeal is the barometer of our School’s philanthropic potential; it is a foundational element of our financial sustainability as an organization of stature and longevity." (Adrienne Davidson, Director of Advancement & Campaigns)

Wellness

‘Mens sana in corpore sano’ (a healthy mind in a healthy body) was the original motto for University School in 1906, and it is a reminder today more than ever of the need for us to prioritize mental and physical health and wellbeing for all of our students.

Outdoor Education Program

Goal: $75,000

Time spent outdoors is proven to contribute to better mental health and happiness in children at the K-12 level. Academic and social engagement are directly and positively impacted when children live and play outdoors. The disconnection from an electronic world and the physical satisfaction of skills acquisition in nature is a large part of the concept of ‘environment-based education.’

Our SMUS program for outdoor education was expanded last year and includes outdoor activities for all students K-12; this remains a significant commitment by the school to resources including expert trainers, busing, overnight camps and equipment for activities. At the Junior School, all students K-5 regularly participate in out of class programs which are both linked to the curriculum, and foster deeper connections with nature and experiential learning. At the Middle and Senior Schools hiking, kayaking, SUP and rock climbing are available. At the senior level 3-day cohort ‘outtrips’ are offered by expert guides, and similarly outdoor leadership courses for Grade 11 and 12 students, involving sea kayaking courses, VHF radio certification, wilderness first aid and avalanche training and certification, are taught in greater depth.

Our Progress:

3%

Personal Counselling and Mental Health Support and Resources

Goal: $50,000

At SMUS, we believe mental health is at the core of a student's capacity for learning. Through presentations at grade meetings, classroom lessons and individual sessions, counsellors address the issues that affect all our students – including sleep, anxiety and stress. Alongside our pastoral care team and our Director of Health and Wellness, the counsellors work to create a healthy school culture where self-care is valued and practiced daily. From this will come learning, advocacy, confidence and competence.

Thank You!

100%

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

St. Michaels University School defines Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in the broadest sense, including but not limited to sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, ability, appearance, ethnicity, culture, race, beliefs, and socio-economic background. In addressing equity, diversity and inclusion at SMUS, we are guided by our core Values: respect, courage, honesty, and service. Respect is a core Value of our community. When we’re at our best, it is alive in every interaction and decision. At the same time, we know that we have much to learn, including what it means to be a fully equitable, diverse and inclusive community.

Indigenous Scholar Program

Goal: $100,000

A new and innovative educational program will begin in the September 2021 term at all three campuses and will continue annually with a different master scholar. Our inaugural Scholar is artist, Dylan Thomas, the carver of our newly commissioned “Spindle Whorls” to display the school’s four core values, which will be unveiled in September. Throughout the year Dylan will work with students and faculty to demonstrate and engage students in hands on carving. One key project for this innovative program will be the design and carving of a 12’ Welcome Post to be erected at Richmond Road in the fall of 2022. The project will require support for the artist, tools, wood, the carving pole (Island old growth red cedar), and a temporary structure for students to work in for the year; at the Middle and Junior schools students will participate with Dylan on a print-based approach with history and education on the art forms and working with metal, stone and wood.

Thank You!

100%

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Awareness and Training

Goal: $50,000

SMUS’s commitment to EDI is evidenced in school-wide training for faculty and staff, the creation of a representative and expert advisory committee, and student centred programs such as the Intercultural Council and Pride Alliance at Senior School. Multiple events in all schools bring awareness to a variety of issues – Orange Shirt Day and International Women’s Day are two such examples. In much of our work around EDI we continue to be guided by Dr. Moussa Magassa, a renowned specialist in EDI, intercultural capacity development and anti-racism education. With his assistance we are gathering survey data to learn from our community, and benefit from Dr. Magassa’s workshops.

Thank You!

100%

Women in Coaching

Goal: $15,000

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.

Thank You!

100%

Heritage and Facilities

"Some spaces require modernization, others need preservation. We must act as faithful stewards in sustaining our campus." (Floreat 2030)

Jubilee Gates

Goal: $75,000

As part of our ongoing campus security and beautification initiatives, we will be installing continuous fencing and automated gates, along with lighting and landscaping at the entranceway to the Richmond Campus. Marking the occasion of our Jubilee year, we will recognize the donor(s) who help facilitate this project, along with the 50th anniversary “Jubilee Gates” designation. The gates will be a symbol of our history for many decades to come, while allowing us to control out of hours vehicle access and security.

Our Progress:

0%

Wenman Pavilion Renovations

Goal: $200,000

The Wenman Pavilion dates to 1986 and the statue of long-time and legendary cricketer and Master, W.R.G. Wenman (US 1912–1971), was erected on the field in his honour in 2009. The sports Pavilion has fallen into disrepair over the past decade, and parts of the building were dangerous or unfit for use. This renovation project will see a new and expanded viewing deck for spectators, improved access to the building, and renovated washroom and change facilities. It will also be in regular use for events, meetings and alumni celebrations.

Our Progress:

51%

Archival Displays & Projects

Goal: $20,000

In time for our Jubilee year celebrations, we are creating new locations to more publicly display some of our extensive archives collection to visiting alumni and other guests, while also celebrating what Jubilee means to us all. These displays will be located at both Richmond Road and Victoria Avenue to bring to life our rich history and traditions for students today. A book is soon to be published by the school, called “50 Treasures from our Archives,” which will commemorate the Jubilee, and shine a spotlight on some of the most significant and memorable elements of our shared history over 115 years.

Our Progress:

3%

Junior School Pilot Classroom Project

Goal: $250,000

An exciting and innovative classroom project at the Junior School will see SMUS testing the latest designs and pedagogical thinking relating to how children learn best. Building on a similar initiative in the Grade 4 classrooms, we will use our own Junior students to ‘road test’ 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 project will inform our educational philosophy related to new facilities in the next few years. (See also Junior School Pilot Project – Technology).

Our Progress:

5%

Arts and Athletics

"…we will continue to harness the strength of our arts program… while exploring new ways to shine a light on our artists and performers. We will increase participation in our athletics program across all grades and empower students to excel by identifying performance sports." (Floreat 2030)

A Musical Year at SMUS

Goal: $50,000

Music is alive and well at SMUS, offering strings orchestra, band, and choir, even during the challenges of COVID-19. 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, 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.

Our Progress:

3%

Sports Training Equipment

Goal: $16,000

Ball Machines 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.

This year our broken squash and basketball machines need replacing. Both were previously donated and will be available for use by both MS and SS students.

Our Progress:

6%

Women in Coaching

Goal: $15,000

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.

Thank You!

100%

Branded Team Sporting Uniforms

Goal: $40,000

We have all witnessed successful sports team players kissing their jerseys after a successful game and wearing their uniforms with great pride. Team spirit and energy is very much aligned with wearing quality uniforms, marking connections to the school and to each other. Coaches will also be identified by the same uniforms, and this initiative will apply across all three schools. The uniforms are provided to our teams at no charge and have a life span of approximately three years.

Our Progress:

0%

Sustainability

"Recognizing we have a shared future on the planet, we will make our decision based on maximizing our educational impact while decreasing our environmental footprint." (Floreat 2030)

Environmental Sustainability for Students

Goal: $75,000

In conjunction with the recent formation of an Environmental Sustainability Committee of the Board, our focus is also on creating opportunities for learning and student input to a program that will align with Floreat 2030. A Sustainability Council has been added for all students, and opportunities will be explored with humanities and science curriculums to provide expert speakers, trips, events and support for the Green Team. In addition, we will need to undertake an Energy Study to help us understand our current situation, and how to gather and measure data to inform our planning and programs for the years ahead. This is a major priority for the school, and one which our students will be increasingly engaged in helping us address.

Our Progress:

0%

Head of School Fund

Goal: $150,000

This fund of unrestricted donations has been extraordinarily useful to the Head of School in responding to unanticipated and urgent needs during the school year. The flexibility inherent to this fund allows for immediate response to unbudgeted items and has proven invaluable to ensuring the best possible learning opportunities for our students across both campuses.

Our Progress:

12%

Financial Aid

Goal: $300,000

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.

Our Progress:

25%

Technology

"We structure our education as a continuous 13-year journey that positions students for a lifetime of learning. We will raise the profile of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) programming across all grades." (Floreat 2030)

Junior School Pilot Project – Technology

Goal: $45,000

Building on the facilities side of our Junior School Pilot project detailed above, the Junior School faculty and students will have the opportunity this coming year to test new, large-scale interactive monitors, video equipment, sound bars, and other related technology to experiment with multiple opportunities for technology integration aimed at K-5 students. Personalized learning, early acquisition of lifetime skills, AI and Smart Classrooms will all be explored by students and teachers alike, in advance of future technology decisions impacting the Junior School (see also Junior School Pilot Classroom project).

Our Progress:

0%

STEAM Expansion and Test Classrooms

Goal: $100,000

Renovations already underway at Senior School in the Crothall building and the Science block will create large computer science, robotics and electronics laboratories. A digital media room is being designed with industry capable media workstations. These spaces and programs are also accessed by our Middle School students. A new Media Design 10 course is being added to focus on visual communication skills through graphic design and film. In the science building over the summer we have transformed one of the physics classrooms into a dynamic and STEAM-focused learning environment that will enable teachers and students to interact with new hardware and software, including interactive large monitors to collaborate, display and communicate this teaching and learning. We know this will be a great test classroom to inform us about potential new projects and learning spaces for the future. In conjunction with this, a new smaller learning space downstairs in the building is also being renovated.

Additional items that have been identified by our faculty include an industrial grade laser cutter, high quality camera equipment for the design production and media design programs, and much-needed robotics supplies and equipment, which will allow students to be more competitive in this field.

Thank You!

100%

Wi-Fi Upgrades

Goal: $75,000

Our student learning needs are changing, and our technology must change to meet those needs. All students on campus using all devices need access to high-speed internet, particularly with an increase in the use of video and web-based streaming. An investment in our online connectivity will bring the world to our campus. The current year priority is for dormitory and science program upgrades.

Our Progress:

3%

Middle School Laptops For All

Goal: $75,000

All students in the Middle School are provided with laptop computers as an annual requitement 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.

Thank You!

100%

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