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Special Events

Whether it’s at Homecoming or Advent in the Courtyard, the St. Michael’s College School community has countless opportunities to connect with each other through many special events held both in-person and online.

Check our calendar to find upcoming events for students, parents, alumni, and our community.

Community Events

General events hosted by SMCS for students, staff, parents, and alumni.

Advent in the Courtyard

SMCS Advent in the Courtyard in 2019

What started as a Student Government initiative in 2001 has grown to a community-wide event welcoming students, staff, parents, alumni, and friends to celebrate the beginning of Advent. The event includes a prayer service, readings, musical performances, seasonal refreshments, carolling, and the annual tree lighting and blessing.

Due to COVID-19, Advent in the Courtyard has temporarily been moved to a virtual event to adhere to public health restrictions.

Annual Golf Tournament

Special Events - SMCS Annual Golf Tournament golfers in 2021

The Annual Golf Tournament plays a significant role in raising funds for the SMCS Financial Assistance Programme, which enables qualified students to receive a St. Michael’s College School education. Participants enjoy a day of golf, lunch and snacks provided by our sponsors, and prizes awarded for winning teams.

The Big Blue Benefit & Lottery

Special Events - The SMCS Big Blue Benefit & Lottery in 2019

The Big Blue Benefit & Lottery celebrates community in an evening featuring live entertainment by students, alumni, and guests, a variety of restaurant stations, and culminating with the Big M Lottery draw. Proceeds from the event support the SMCS Financial Assistance Programme.

Fall Drama and Spring Musical

Special Events - SMCS Fall Drama production

Annually, the SMCS Dramatic Arts Department produces a play in the fall and a Broadway-style musical in the spring, featuring SMCS actors, musicians, and backstage crew.

Homecoming

Special Events - Drumline at Homecoming in 2019

Over 1,000 students, parents, alumni, and friends come together each fall to celebrate the spirit of the St. Michael’s community. Spectators can enjoy watching a variety of sports and activities such as football, soccer, volleyball, family skating, hockey, musical performances, Grade 7 and 8 competitions, and a BBQ.

Music Concerts

Special Events - SMCS Christmas Music Concert

Each winter and spring, the Music Department at SMCS hosts a concert to showcase the talent and hard work of various school bands for the enjoyment of family and friends in the community.

Student Events

Events intended for current and prospective students.

Grade 11 Career Day

Grade 11 Career Day at SMCS

Annually, Grade 11 SMCS students participate in Career Day where they’ll hear from and interact with professionals from the SMCS community working in a wide array of industries.

During COVID-19, Career Day was held virtually for the first time.

Mass

Advent Mass at SMCS in December 2021

All-school Masses are celebrated with our staff and students many times throughout the year. The formal celebrations include: Feast of St. Michael, Advent, Ash Wednesday, and Easter.

Mass is typically held in-person and livestreamed for the rest of our community to celebrate with us. During the pandemic, Mass was streamed online, and when permitted in-person in multiple locations.

Open House for Prospective Families

SMCS Open House

St. Michael’s College School hosts various Open Houses for prospective students and parents interested in learning more about our all-boys university preparatory, Liberal Arts education, including academic and co-curricular programming, facilities, and more.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Open Houses have been held virtually.

University Information Night

SMCS University Information Night

Each year, the SMCS Student Affairs Department presents the University Information Night for current students in Grades 11 and 12 to provide families with the necessary information and resources to make informed decisions about selecting and applying to university.

This event has been held virtually since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Welcome Days for Prospective Students

SMCS Welcome Days

All new students are invited to attend one of our annual Welcome Days held in June. Current faculty, Student Leaders, and Student Ambassadors will introduce incoming students to SMCS student life and all of the diverse opportunities available to them in the upcoming year.

Parent Events

Events for parents and guardians of current SMCS students.

Father & Son BBQ

SMCS Father & Son BBQ

St. Michael’s College School welcomes current SMCS students and their fathers or a significant male in their life to enjoy friendly games of bocce, football, basketball, chess, table tennis, foosball, ball hockey, a BBQ, and more.

Mother & Son Mass and Brunch

SMCS Mother & Son Mass and Brunch

The St. Michael’s College School Mother & Son Mass and Brunch is a formal event held twice a year: one for Grades 7-11 students and one for graduating Grade 12 students and their mothers or a significant female in their life.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Grades 7-11 event has been put on hold, while the graduating students’ event has been held virtually.

ParenTalks

SMCS ParenTalks logo

The SMCS Student Affairs Department and Community & Learning Partnerships Programme present ParenTalks, a series of conversations for parents and guardians of current students.

While the pandemic has put a hold on live ParenTalks events, they continue to run throughout the year in a webinar format.

Learn more about our ParenTalks events.

Alumni Events

Events for alumni of St. Michael’s College School.

Alumni Information Series

Special Events - SMCS Alumni Information Series - Majors and Buzzers Evening

The Alumni Association launched the Alumni Information Series in May 2020. Alumni can register to attend these informative and educational webinars and virtual workshops on interesting and relevant topics and connect with former students online.

Learn more and watch past Alumni Information Series events.

Alumni Networking Event

Special Events - SMCS Alumni Networking Event

These bi-annual events help connect alumni and provide networking opportunities for recent SMCS graduates. These events focus on general networking, job opportunities, school applications, and career advice. Alumni also have the opportunity to listen to keynote presentations and participate in industry-led discussions with mentors working in various fields.

During the pandemic, Alumni Networking Events have been put on hold.

Read more about past Alumni Networking Events.

Archangel’s Den Alumni Entrepreneur Contest

SMCS Archangel's Den Alumni Entrepreneur Contest in-person

Each year, SMCS alumni entrepreneurs are invited to submit their business plans to the Archangel’s Den Alumni Entrepreneur Contest and compete for a chance to win the top prize of $10,000 to jumpstart their business or startup.

Due to the pandemic, the event has transitioned online and allowed for alumni all over the world to participate.

Learn more about the Archangel’s Den Alumni Entrepreneur Contest.

Evans Tannis Alumni Soccer Showdown

Special Events - SMCS Evans Tannis Alumni Soccer Showdown

Each year, alumni and friends compete in a friendly soccer tournament on the Eugene Melnyk Sports Field with proceeds supporting the SMCS Varsity Azzurri Soccer Team. The event was founded by alumni in 2015 in memory of Evans Tannis, a former SMCS teacher and soccer coach who began teaching at SMCS in 1968.

The tournament has been put on hold since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Spring BBQ & Reunion

SMCS Spring Reunion and BBQ

Each spring, the SMCS Alumni Association hosts the Annual Spring BBQ & Reunion for the last 10 graduation classes. The most recent graduating class is invited for a reception to celebrate their first ‘official’ alumni event and is presented with an exclusive alumni gift. The barbecue is held in the courtyard and provides graduates with the opportunity to catch-up and re-visit with classmates and faculty.

Due to the pandemic, the Spring Reunion & BBQ events have been postponed.

Turkey Roll & Reunion

SMCS Turkey Roll and Reunion

The Alumni Association hosts the Turkey Roll & Reunion on the last Friday in November each year. Alumni of all ages are welcomed back to SMCS where they can reconnect with our Basilian Fathers, faculty and staff, and fellow alumni.

Beginning with Mass, this featured alumni event offers food and games and attracts alumni of all generations. Each year the classes celebrating their 50th, 30th, 25th, and 10th anniversaries are honoured.

Throughout the pandemic, the Turkey Roll & Reunion has taken the form of a virtual alumni Mass.

Learn more about the Turkey Roll & Reunion.