It’s that time of year again and whether you are a new, returning or prospective student, we look forward to sharing the upcoming year with you. A new school year can bring lots of questions and we want to help guide you through what to expect in the first few weeks at SMS.

First day details:

The first day of school looks a little bit different for everyone as we run a modified schedule.

All students should bring their PE strip in an SMS gym bag for the first day of school.

Schedule by grade as follows:

JK3 / JK4: 9:00am-10:00am or 11:00am—12:00pm.
Refer to your Welcome Letter from your Junior Kindergarten teachers for your scheduled time.

Kindergarten: 9:00am-10:00am or 11:00am—12:00pm.
Refer to Mrs. Kaukinen’s Welcome Letter for your scheduled time.

Grades 1 – 4: Full Day, 8:30am—3:00pm
Please meet on the Tennis Courts between 8:00 – 8:25am.

Grades 5 – 8: Full Day, 8:30am—3:30pm
Please go to your Homerooms at 8:30am. If you do not know who your Homeroom Teacher is, please go to the MY Administration Office in the Junior Building.

Grades 9 – 12: Full Day, 8:30am—3:30pm
Upon arrival, please refer to the Homeroom class lists and locations posted in the SY Administration Office and the Creative Commons. Students will begin their day in Homeroom at 8:30am, where timetables will be distributed and lockers will be assigned.

Welcome Back BBQ & Meet the Teacher night:

Every year we host a meet the teacher evening and a welcome back BBQ. This is a great opportunity for families to come out and get acquainted with all things SMS. There will also be a Strathcona and Camp Barnard meeting for new families following the BBQ.

Thursday, September 13:

3:45pmFY parents and students to meet in MPR (FY principal’s address followed by time in class rooms)
4:00 – 5:00pmMeet the Teachers
5:00 – 6:00pmWelcome Back Barbecue 6:00pm Head of School Address by Ms. Thornicroft
6:30pmStrathcona and Camp Barnard meeting for new families (Gr. 6-12)

Student Life: Outweek

In late September of each year you will participate in a variety of experiential learning activities. Integral to Outweek’s success is the school’s 30-year partnership with Strathcona Park Lodge. Strathcona’s outdoor education programs will challenge, inspire, and enlighten you in a positive and exciting environment. Through a combination of teamwork initiatives, outdoor sports, and engaging instruction, shy students shine, new leaders emerge, accomplishments bolster confidence, and bonds form.

  • Kindergarten to Grade 5 will have daily on-campus activities and out trips
  • Grade 4 and Grade 5 adventures include an overnight trip to a local campground
  • Grades 6 – 12 will be adventuring at Strathcona Park and an information meeting for parents, students and new staff is held in mid-September

What to wear?

Great news, at SMS you never have to think too hard about what to wear or if you’re up to date on the latest fashion trends.

All students are expected to adhere to the uniform requirements and wear the uniform appropriately. There is a wide variety of optional uniform items available to students, but every student must have the complete Number One Uniform, black shoes and a navy-blue or black coat or jacket (no additional colours or logos) for outerwear.

The Number One uniform is mandatory on Wednesdays, as specified by the School and for assemblies and important events.


Our Admissions office is always available to help parents as they enter the school. Please feel free to contact the Admissions office at any time with questions or concerns.

Meg Foote, Director of Admissions: