Upcoming Important Dates:
- March 17th – Last Day of School before Spring Break
- March 20th – March 31st Spring Break
- April 3rd – Return to School
- April 7th – Good Friday – no school in session
- April 10th – Easter Monday – no school in session
Spring Break is upon us: Reminder to please clean out lockers of any food or drinks before you leave on Friday. Please also pop by the Lost and Found if you are missing any items.
Grads: An Important reminder that Commencement Ceremony fees are due this Friday, March 17th. if you have not yet done this, please do so as soon as possible. Fees and forms are available on School Cash Online or payment can be made in the office.
Looking for Easter Gift Ideas? Check out the poster below for more information on ordering Purdy’s Easter Treats, help support our Belmont Dry Grad 2023 fundraiser.
Upcoming Report Cards and Learning Conferences: Upon return from Spring Break information will be sent out to families regarding Parent Teacher Learning Conferences that will be on April 20th. Report cards will be distributed in that time frame as well.
Reminder Yearbook Purchases: Limited supply! Get yours today. Yearbook purchases are available on School Cash Online or payment can be made in the Office. See Scan Me below for Online information.
Improvements are coming! A huge shout out to the SD62 facilities crew who are transforming the area near our bus loop. You will soon see an area that includes a paved waiting area, new garden beds and seating for over 30 people!
Congratulations to the cast and crew of Belmont’s Theatre Company for putting together a hugely successful run of “Once Upon a Mattress”! The Company put on select performances for our neighbouring middle schools and a series of performances for the public. A special thank you to Mx. Warner and all the teachers who helped to support our students in what is sure to be a memorable and valuable experience.
Belmont Grad Scholarship Update:
District Authority Scholarship Awards are out:
The Google Classroom Code for these Awards is: 2jgukt4
Students can apply in multiple categories and are encouraged to do so. There is usually only a certain number of awards given out per category, per school so this gives a better chance to ensure winning!
Categories students can apply in any of the following categories:
•Fine Arts – visual, drama, music, dance, performing arts/musical theater, media arts/film, creative writing
•Applied Design, Skills, and Technology – Business Ed, Technology Ed, Home Economics, Information Communication Technology, Media Arts, Tourism, Trades are included in this this year as well
•Physical Activity and Health – Athletics, Fitness, Outdoor Education, Dance, Gymnastics, not limited to Physical Education, sportsmanship, leadership, attitude, and dedication
•International Languages – must also include a video or audio proficiency
•Community Service – school and community volunteer, includes awareness of local, global and cultural issues
•Technical and Trades Training- Robotics, Coding, Carpentry, Automotive, Mechanics, Cook Training, Culinary Arts)
•Indigenous Languages and Culture- demonstrated at school or in the community
To apply students must follow the application criteria in the District Google Classroom (and attached for your reference). Students need two references for these awards. They can be reference letters or reference forms. The reference has the OPTION to be confidential but it is not required. If confidential, the reference needs to be given to Christine Hoskins to be sent to the district office. If not confidential, they can be uploaded to applications.These awards are $1250 and are deferrable for up to 5 years. Perfect for a GAP year! There are over 110 in the district and students are STRONGLY encouraged to apply. Students do NOT need to be pursuing these categories in post-secondary, they simply need to say how they will be a part of their life going forward as a hobby, volunteer service, or further education.
Other district awards available to grads:
Mosaic Forest Management – students pursuing environmental studies or science, resource management or related fields.
Monk Office Supply Co. – Students entering environmental studies
Ron Warder Memorial Scholarship – Students who have excelled in community and/or school service
Victor Chen Memorial Engineering – students pursuing engineering at a BC Post-Secondary Institution
PAC Bursaries are also out!
Elementary and Middle School PAC Bursaries are available for graduating students to apply for. Some only require one year of attendance at the school. Some require all elementary or middle school years to have been completed there. These awards are cheques issues directly to students, which is great for textbooks etc.
All grads are encouraged to apply in the Grad 2023 Google Classroom.
Criteria for most include:
•Unofficial Transcript – some require Honour Roll
•Reference Letters (2) – some do not require this
•Proof of enrollment in Post-Secondary
Belmont Bursaries are out! They are posted in the Grad 2023 Google Classroom for students to apply.
Westshore Rotary Club – Community and school service, pursuing trades or academics
Delaney Dunlop Memorial – headed to UVic, preference for students in Metchosin
Gaetz Designs Arts Scholarship – students who have excelled in arts, preference for photography
Gaetz Designs Women in Business Award – students who identify as female and are heading to business in post-secondary
Howard East AVID 12 Memorial Bursary – AVID 12 students
Gesslein Mini Excavating Trades Bursary – students pursuing trades
Power to the Peach Bursary – students identifying as BIPOC, female, and interested in beauty, trades, or creativity – pending
Belmont Scholarship Society Application:
Iris Reiss Memorial: strong academics, financial need, preference for students who attended Colwood or Dunsmuir (split between Belmont and Royal Bay as of 2020)
Juan de Fuca Veterinary Clinic: student pursuing a career in biology, sciences or animal sciences in particular
Langford Women’s Institute: female students pursuing studies in agriculture, home economics, dietetics, nutrition, culinary arts, fashion, textiles, social work, health care, child care, women’s studies or trades – financial need considered before academic excellence
Lifetouch Canada: student must be in good academic standing and demonstrate good citizenship
Lorna Eberle: Studentsinvolved in theatre program
Royal Roads Running Club: student involved in sports, but not necessarily a top athlete
Spotswood Memorial: female student who excels in academics and sports, especially basketball, and has excellent character
Westshore Lions Club Lion H. Ralph Day Bursaries: three awards for strong academic students with significant financial need
West Shore Developers Association: two awards for students who will be pursuing careers in the construction trades
Other upcoming deadlines include:
Sarah Gaulin Memorial Scholarship – Deadline: April 1st, 2023
For students with mental health concerns headed to post-secondary school.
Link to Apply: https://gaulin.foundation/en/scholarship_apply.php
Jim Hebden Chemistry Bursary – Deadline: April 1st, 2023
Students applying must have:
1) performed service for his/her school or community
2) demonstrated a proficiency in Chemistry
3) can show significant financial need
4) must have Chem 12 completed by the end of June of graduating year
5) planning to continue the study of chemistry as part of his/her post-secondary program e.g. a chemistry degree OR a degree in a field involving chemistry e.g. nursing, engineering…
Students can email your application as a single pdf to Wendy@WesternCampus.ca
Link to Apply: https://westerncampus.ca/exclusive-to-wcr/hebden-chemistry/
Colwood Firefighters Association Scholarship – Deadline: April 1st, 2023 at 4:30PM
This scholarship is open to any grade 12 student graduating from a secondary school, or person under the age of 21, who has resided within the City of Colwood for at least five years at the time of graduation. The candidate must have performed Volunteer service within the past five years at date of application. Preference may be given to immediate family of a Colwood Volunteer Firefighters Association member.
Students can access the application in the Grad 2023 Google Classroom
Catholic Health Association of BC Bursary – Deadline April 7th, 2023
This year, the Catholic Health Association of BC will grant a $500 Bursary to a graduating student in the class of 2022 who is enrolled in a Catholic secondary school, or a member of a BC or Yukon parish and enrolled in a public secondary school, or home-schooled. To apply for this bursary, students are invited to submit a 500-word essay that demonstrates an awareness and understanding of the significance of Spirituality in Health Care.
As always, if students require support they are encouraged to reach out