It's different for parents of boarders, but if you are a parent of a day student, there are ample opportunities for involvement at the school. I wish I lived closer to become more involved. However, the parents who organize events such as the Christmas Gala and the Graduation Gala are good about sending out information as needed and if you have any questions the parents are responsive. The school is involved in many community activities, and the students are encouraged to pursue volunteer experiences in a variety of places.
Most of our direct experience with the extended SMUS community has been virtual, because we live far away in New Brunswick. That said, the communications with us is always excellent and we are made to feel part of the community regardless of the distance. When we have been in town there have been several offers from local families to stay or share a meal. They have also opened their homes to our son and treated him like family on weekends where he was hosted off campus. There are many invitations and opportunities to input to the school and directly participate as parents so we are very positive about this aspect of the school. The parental education offered is also excellent and appears to have excellent speakers and content. As a parent living remotely, it would be nice if the school could contemplate a little more live streaming of some events so we could actually feel closer and more involved. We would participate in these if available, and while still an imperfect medium, it would help us feel a little closer.
In terms of boarding, they always send out weekly emails to the parents to keep us appraised of all the different activities that occurred in the house that week. We cherished the house parent’s personal child update and regular photos of their activities. It was also good that we could call house parents easily to ask any questions and discuss our kids…most of the time, it was a great relief talking to them. Since each student is assigned a boarding advisor, they also send update emails about any concerns that have arisen with our child or simply to update us with more specific information. There are many opportunities for parents to get involved such as planning the Christmas Gala or on Teacher Appreciation Day. If we were located in Victoria, we would have liked to take advantage of some of these opportunities to get involved in the parent community. But from what I know, I feel that SMUS provides enough opportunities for parents to get involved in the goings on of the school.