The benefits of an active lifestyle

Our academic programs are supported by a variety of experiential programs designed to engage students in learning beyond the classroom and provide them with opportunities to apply their knowledge in real-life situations. These programs offer meaningful, hands-on experiences that allow for trial and error and empower students to tackle new challenges. Through these experiences, our students gain awareness of other cultures; develop leadership and teamwork skills; learn to care for others, their community and their environment; and become open to new experiences.



Physical Education

The primary Physical Education Program is focused on developing skills for locomotor and non-locomotor movements, and acquiring manipulative skills for the use of small and large equipment. Children develop physical literacy through a variety of movement experiences including gymnastics, folk dancing, parachute activities, fitness, minor games and relays. As the Program advances from Kindergarten to Grade 3, more emphasis is placed on playing modified team games using the fundamental skills learned. Students are introduced to a wide variety of activities and sports, including Tennis, Golf, Swimming, Squash and Cycling.

The Physical Education Program includes:

  • PE classes are mandatory until Grade 11 and offered as an elective in Grades 11 and 12.
  • All Grade 11 and 12 students must document 150 minutes of instructional or non-instructional physical activity each week as part of the Graduation Transitions Program.
  • Students also participate in athletics teams, club sports, intramurals, house challenges and outdoor recreation, as well as community and events like the TC 10K and the Victoria Marathon.

Athletic Teams

Girls’ sports do not take a back seat here. Girls are our star athletes and our most valuable players. They captain every team, they get the best equipment, they win all the trophies, and they get all the glory.

We believe the independent pursuit and involvement in sport outside of class is key to developing girls who will be active for life. It is important for students to learn to choose to be physically active rather than participating only in mandatory physical activity, and they are far more likely to make this choice if their experience is a positive one. If they enjoy playing, they will stay in the game longer. Extracurricular sports are held during after school hours and are grouped according to age and ability. The divisions are Elementary (Grades 3-5), Middle School (Grades 6-8) and Junior/Senior (Grades 9-12).

SMS competes in the Victoria Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA), the Independent Schools Association (ISA), the Lower Island Middle School Athletic Association (LIMSSA), the Lower Vancouver Island School Sport Association (LVISSA), Independent Schools Elementary Association (ISEA) and BC School Sports (BCSS). Students in Grades 8-12 compete at Island and BC level competitions.

Fall Season (September – December)

  • Elementary X-Country – Grades 3-5
  • Middle School X-Country – Grades 6-8
  • Senior X-Country – Grades 9-12
  • Middle School Basketball – Grades 6-8
  • Middle School Soccer – Grades 6-8
  • Senior Volleyball – Grades 10-12
  • Senior Swimming – Grades 8-12
  • Senior Rowing – Grades 8-12

Winter Season (January – March)

  • Elementary Swimming – Grades 3-5
  • Middle School Swimming – Grades 6-8
  • Middle School Volleyball – Grades 6-8
  • Junior Basketball – Grades 8-10
  • Senior Basketball – Grades 10-12

Spring Season (April – June)

  • Elementary Track and Field – Grades 3-5
  • Middle School Track and Field – Grades 6-8
  • Senior Track and Field – Grades 9-12
  • Junior Soccer – Grades 8-10
  • Senior Soccer – Grades 10-12
  • Junior Badminton – Grades 8-10

Athletic News

Athletics update

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SMS Athletes Shine at BC Summer Games

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Athletic Awards Honours SMS Athletes

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Physical Education (PE) contributes to both the physical and emotional growth and development of our students. Students are encouraged to take risks, try new activities, work with others cooperatively, and achieve a personal functional level of fitness.