Welcome to Winter

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Upcoming Important Dates

  • Dec 2 Grade 9 Immunizations Forms must be returned
  • Dec 2 Poinsettia and Purdie’s Pick up from 2:30-4 pm
  • Dec. 8 Winter Concert 
  • Dec. 12-16 Spirit Week
  • Dec. 16 Winter Warm -Up Breakfast 
  • Dec. 16 Last Day of School before Winter Break
  • Jan.3 Welcome Back to School
  • Jan. 5-6 Grade 9 Immunizations


Grad Winter Formal Reminder See link below for all information

:https://belmontbulletin.files.wordpress.com/2022/12/winter-formal-letter-2022-002-002.pd


Student and Family Affordability Fund

We know that there are Belmont families who are feeling the burden of rising costs on a daily basis. This pressure will continue as we head into the Winter Break. As you are aware, we have access to one-time funding focused on easing financial struggles. Families facing hardship are encouraged to reach out to their child’s Counsellor or Vice Principal to discuss supporting your child.


Keeping Young Drivers Safe

As some of our senior students earn their driver’s licenses, we want to ensure that they take this responsibility seriously. At our recent grade 12 assembly, Constable Mark Hall (School Liaison Officer) highlighted the importance of following all driving laws, including travelling at a safe speed and not overloading vehicles. He shared that in addition to fines and point penalties, students who overload are personally liable (not covered by ICBC) for passengers. RCMP will be watching out for dangerous driving in the community and ticketing as needed. Please make sure that you are speaking with your child about staying safe on the roads.


Belmont Pep Rally

We started off this week with a PEP Rally, a great time was had by all, introducing, clubs, teams, etc. ending with a Staff and Student tug of war.


Scholarship Info Night

Any grade 12 parents, guardians or students who missed the scholarship info night on November 30th, 2022 can access the presentation here.  Feel free to contact Mrs. Hoskins (choskins@sd62.bc.ca) if you have any questions.   Stay tuned for the second info night in the new year!


Newcomer Families Night

The Intercultural Association of Victoria has organized a Newcomer Families Night for families in Sooke and the Westshore. It will be held on Wednesday, December 14th, at Spencer Middle School, and all Newcomer families in our school district are invited to attend! Poster attached.


The Governor General’s Award has been presented since 1873 and has become one of the most prestigious awards a Canadian student can receive. Each year, Belmont is honoured to present this award to the graduating student who earns the highest average on all combined grade 11 and 12 courses upon graduation and final grade submissions.

It is with great pleasure that we announce graduate Jim Wheen as the 2022 recipient! In addition to excelling in the full range of courses at Belmont, Jim is a top ranked mountain biker and coach, skilled outdoorsperson, and kind individual. Jim will be attending the University of Victoria to study Engineering.


Belmont wear and grad hoodies are on sale now!

Belmont sweatpants, t-shirts, hoodies and grad hoodies are on sale now for a limited time! Sales are online-only. Visit bit.ly/Belmont2023 for all the details! Students can also come check out the try-on station in the school foyer at lunch to see sample sizes! Brought to you by Belmont’s Entrepreneurship 12 class. Act quick sales have been extended until December 12th.


Belmont Boys Soccer

It is with immense pride and gratitude that we (coach Gant, coach Pags and Ms. Gaetz) announce that Belmont Boys Soccer are champions of the Colonist Shield!! The boys fought hard at Hampton field and that hard work paid off. This is the first time that Belmont’s name will be on the shield since 1995, and previously 1978,77,76. If you see one of the players in the hall or in your class, please make sure to congratulate them on a job well done!!


Fall in the BMD – November 2022

Welcome back to another year in the Belmont Music Department. As always, we have the pleasure of seeing many new and old faces as we strive for another year of musicianship and improvement. Though we are sad to see Mr Chan go, we are delighted to have Ms. Fortin return, and to welcome back Ms Spencer as the new director of Senior Winds. 

Starting off the 2022/2023 year with our annual Meet the BMD gathering in September, music students of all grades attended this amazing welcome event full of games and treats. To end the evening, we held a delicious pizza party to feed all of our musicians. 

Shaking off the summer cobwebs, both literally and figuratively, clinics were held for concert band members of all grades. Featuring personal lessons within sections as well as a mass band rehearsal with several UVic students, we thank all our clinicians for spending a Saturday afternoon with us. 

Congratulations go to Drumline, directed by Mr Rivollier, with tremendous support from Lachlan and Alex. Drumline performed at Belmont football games for the first time in six years! Special thanks to the Belmont Athletics department for their support in making this possible

The Concert Choir, directed by Mrs Dawson, performed live for Remembrance Day. On November 10th, everyone was welcome to join us in the Learning Commons, in honor of all veterans.

This year the BMD has had many fundraising opportunities for the recent, overnight trip to Comox, as well as for the upcoming Con Brio Whistler and Abbotsford trips. Besides the usual Purdy’s and Poinsettias, we also held our very first BMD Bottle Drive. Special thanks to Ms Spencer for coming up with the idea and our directors and Music Executive for organizing the event.

Dates to look forward to as we get closer to the holidays: November 28th, a Pep Rally will be held for the whole school featuring both Drumline and R&B performances. Show your Belmont spirit! Carolers will be singing in Millstream Village on Saturday December 3 and 10 to spread that holiday cheer! 

And last but not least, we host our annual Winter Concert on Thursday, December 8th,  All performing groups this semester, as well as solos and student combos, have been working hard for this event. The concert will begin at 7pm, with admission by cash donation. Food Bank donations are also gratefully received. We would love to see you there!

Belmont Music Department

Scholarship Deadlines Approaching

UBC Entrance Awards Application Students who have applied to UBC can apply for the Centennial Scholars Entrance Award.  These awards are based on student’s financial need and a separate application from other automatic entrance award considerations is required. 

Eligibility Requirements:

– You must be a strong academic student

 -You must meet all UBC entrance requirements 

 – Open to first time undergraduate students

 – You must be a Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, or protected person living in Canada

For more information see the link below:

Deadline: December 1st, 2022

RBC Future Launch Indigenous Youth Scholarship

This award is for Indigenous students to help them complete their post-secondary education.  There are 20 scholarships available valued up to $10,000 each year for up to 4 years.  These are available to First Nations, Métis and Inuit students across Canada.  Students should demonstrate strong academic achievement and community involvement. 

Deadline: December 1st, 2022

West Kelowna Orthodontics Scholarship

This award is $500 and involves writing an essay on the ways that orthodontics can improve a person’s life.  

Student Eligibility:

 – BC Resident

 – Planning to attend college/university for full/part-time studies in September 2023

 – GPA of 2.5 or higher

To apply or for more information see the link below:

https://westkelownaorthodontists.ca/orthodontics.php

Deadline: December 31st, 2022

Association of School Transportation Services of BC Commercial Heavy Duty Mechanic Scholarship

The ASTSBC will award 4 scholarship annually to eligible students attedning a BC educations facility for the expressed purpose of attaining certification as a Commercial Heavy Duty Mechanic

For more information and application see the link below:

Deadline: December 31st, 2022

Parents/Guardians and graduating students please also see the Belmont Scholarship link for other December deadlines (below) or see Mrs. Hoskins for support – choskins@sd62.bc.ca

https://belmontscholarships.weebly.com/december.html


Scholarship Deadlines Approaching

  1. Schulich Leaders Scholarships

Applications to be the Belmont nominee for this prestigious award are open now.   They offer at least 20 undergraduate scholarships valued at $60,000-$80,000.  They are available to students in Canada planning to enroll in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Mathematics) programs at specific Canadian universities.  Each secondary school may nominate ONE student.  If you would like to be the Belmont nominee please fill out the nomination form in the Grad 2023 Google Classroom by January 6th, 2023 (that is the first Friday back after winter break so please think about this sooner rather than later!)

  1. Beedie Luminaries Scholarship

Beedie Luminaries offer 105 scholarships to Grade 12 students in BC who are applying to any BC post-secondary institution.  They offer $15,000 awards for 2 year programs and $40,000 awards for 4 year programs.  They are looking for resilient students who have faced significant adversity.  Students must have demonstrated grit, desire, and potential to create positive change.

Deadline: January 12th, 2023

For more information: click the link below, check out the scholarship website or contact Mrs. Hoskins for support: 

  1. Cmolik Foundation Scholarships

Belmont is able to nominate one student for these scholarships of up to $35,000.  The foundation is looking specifically for students who have faced significant adversity, but through hard work and determination have been successful in achieving their goals.  These awards are awarded to students who have demonstrated a good work ethic, tenacity, and commitment.  It needs to be proven that without financial assistance, these students would not be able to attend post-secondary school.  If you would like to be the Belmont Nominee for this award, please complete the nomination form in the Grad 2023 Google Classroom by January 20th, 2023.

  1. For more information please click the link below, check out the scholarship website and/or reach out to Mrs. Hoskins for support:




Fall Feelings

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Upcoming Important Dates

  • November 11 – Remembrance Day – No School
  • November 14-1h – Comox Music Festival
  • November 14-23 – Parent Teacher Learning Conferences Bookings open (see link below)
  • November 18 – Report Cards published
  • November 22-23 – Grad Assemblies (block A)
  • November 24 – Parent Teacher Learning Conferences 2-4 & 5-7pm (early dismissal)
  • November 25 -Pro D Day – no school in session
  • November 21- Dec 2 – Grad Photo sessions – Learning Commons
  • November 30 – Scholarship Info. Evening

Learning Conferences

Learning Conferences will take place on Nov. 24 from 2-4 and 5-7 pm please see post on website for more information and instructions on how to book an appointment.


Is your student graduating this year?

Please see information on website on how to book an appointment for Graduation Photos which will take place Nov 21-Dec 2, in the Learning Commons at Belmont

Message from Learning Commons
In an effort to maintain our current resources, we respectfully request that all students return their materials to the learning commons when they are due. Novels/Graphic novels have a 2-week due date (they can be renewed). Semester 1 textbooks are due back by January 27th, 2023.  This year, when Semester 2 textbooks are being distributed, if students have overdue or lost materials, they will not be issued textbooks or other materials. Materials need to be returned or paid for prior to textbooks being distributed. If you have any questions, or concerns – please email sbaas@sd62.bc.ca Librarian.


There has been a lot going on around Belmont the last two weeks

Spanish Class – Day of the Dead celebrations

Here is some quick info about this holiday:

Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated on November 1st and 2nd. It originated in Mexico and is now celebrated in many Latin-American countries, all with various customs. The Mexican costume combines an indigenous Aztec ritual with Catholicism, which includes the use of colourful sugar skulls, marigold flowers (“cempasuchil”), papel picado, and an altar dedicated to the dead. 


Climbing Academy

Ollie is working on sending a purple tape on the vertical wall. This wall requires good balance and precise footwork. She has her right foot placed delicately on a tiny foot chip so all her following movements must be controlled and calculated.  Her arms are spread wide, and her feet are closer together – this forms a triangle for maximum stability. 


Remembrance Day

Ceremonies were in full swing, with an amazing performance from the BMD choir.



Reminder:  Purdies Fundraiser our quest is to help our students raise money for spring travel! All orders are due this Friday, Nov. 18. Orders must be picked up (and delivered to customers) on Friday, Dec. 2.

If you click  Fall Fundraising and scroll down you will find instructions to participate in this simple and popular fundraiser. 


Over the past two weeks, Leadership students ran a Fall Food Drive that concluded with a community drop off night. Thank you for all of your support!

Tripta our EA is very excited the Class puzzle is complete.

Elder Henry once again came in to assist us with our Annual Salmon Bake.

Lest We Forget

Remembrance Day 2022: Wishes, Messages, Captions and Quotes

Upcoming Important Dates

  • Oct 31st – Happy Halloween
  • Oct 31- Nov 4th – Graduation Assessments/Spirit Week
  • Nov. 8th – PAC Meeting 7:00 pm – Learning Commons
  • Nov. 10th – Belmont Remembrance Assemblies
  • Nov 11th – Remembrance Day – School not in session

Reminder: Wednesday November 30th from 5:30 to 7:00 PM, join us for the Scholarship Info Night in Room A 109

BC X-Country Championships

Several of our students will be both competing and volunteering at the BC X-Country Championships at Royal Roads on Nov. 5th. Wishing them all good luck.

Purdies Fundraiser
We’ve launched our Purdies Fundraiser in our quest to help our students raise money for spring travel! All orders are due by Friday, Nov. 18. Orders must be picked up (and delivered to customers) on Friday, Dec. 2.
If you click Fall Fundraising and scroll down, you will find instructions to participate in this simple and popular fundraiser.

The Fall Food Drive

The Fall Food Drive will be happening for October 31st to November 10th. We are accepting non-perishable items and canned foods, please do not bring any homemade items or items that have been opened. . This Food Drive is for all A block classes, and will have a pizza party for the winning class. 

Orange halloween banner with pumpkin spider and bats

Upcoming Important Dates

  • Oct. 17th – Poinsettias and Purdie’s Launch
  • Oct. 20th – Great BC Shakeout
  • Oct. 21st – Pro D Day – No school in session
  • Oct. 26th – UVIC and Camosun Parent Info Evening
  • Oct. 27th – Photo retake day/ISP- Leadership Pumpkin Carving
  • Oct. 31st-Nov 4th – Grad Assessments – Spirit Week
A huge shout out to the amazing Belmont drumline!
This award-winning group makes our day brighter every time they play.

Dear Belmont Students and Families,

We hope that everyone has been enjoying our sunny fall! We would like to acknowledge the incredibly hard-working staff and kind students who make our school a wonderful place to be! Please see our most recent Belmont Bulletin for recent news and upcoming events. We value student success and are hoping you will partner with us in reinforcing a few key messages to ensure that all students are reaching their potential:

  • We ask that parents do not contact students during class time unless it is an emergency. During instruction, we encourage students to keep cellphones in their locker or backpack so that they can be fully attentive to their schoolwork. Our front office is always available during school hours and can contact your child in class if you need to urgently reach them.
  • Student employment can be an important part of a young person’s learning and growth. However, after school jobs need to be balanced with schoolwork. Students should ensure that they are scheduling work shifts well after the school day has ended, as we need students to be in attendance until the end of the day. We also encourage students and families to continue discussing how to strike the right balance between personal wellness, homework and commitments outside of school.
  • Please note that we are a scent-free environment. Perfumes and other fragrances can trigger asthma attacks and allergies in other individuals.
  • Now that we are well over a quarter of the way through semester 1, students should have a clear idea of how they are progressing in their courses and a sense of how they can meet their learning goals. If they have any questions, we encourage them to connect with their teachers. Parents also do not need to wait for report cards or learning conferences to check on progress – please reach out to teachers for updates as needed.

It has been a wonderful start to a ‘normal’ year! We look forward to continuing to work with you in keeping our community strong.

Sincerely,

Your Team at Belmont

UVIC & Camosun College Info. Night Oct. 26th in the Belmont Theatre from 6:00-7:00 pm. Join us in the Learning Commons for our Parent/Guardian Student Information Evening.

Student Photos

If your student had their photos taken, during school photo day on Sept. 15th, proofs have been delivered to their A block teacher. Please check with your student to see if they have received them. You can order through the information received with the proof or online at mylifetouch.ca using your student ID # and process payment through Lifetouch. Please note that Photo Retake Day is October 27th, 2022.

Purdies Fundraiser

We’ve launched our Purdie’s Fundraiser in our quest to help our students raise money for spring travel!

All orders are due by Friday, Nov. 18. Orders must be picked up (and delivered to customers) on Friday, Dec. 2.

If you click   Fall Fundraising and scroll down, you will find instructions to participate in this simple and popular fundraiser. 

Thanks for the support 😊

Welcome Back!

Important Dates
  • Sept. 15th – Picture Day was held in the Gym
    • Sept. 17th – Belmont Music Dept. Instrumental Clinics
  • Sept. 19th – National Day of Mourning for Queen Elizabeth
  • Sept. 29th – Orange Shirt Day – Meet the BMD event
  • Sept. 30th – National Day for Truth & Reconciliation – School not in Session
The Belmont Music Department has started up and are ready to play!

Students are making great use of our new Careers area in the Learning Commons

In Need of Noon Hour Supervision Assistants On-Call

The Sooke School District is in need of Noon Hour Supervision Assistants On-Call. Please contact the School Board Office at 250-474-9800 for further information.

Grade 12 Scholarship Information:

Mrs. Hoskins (choskins@sd62.bc.ca or choskins@sd62learns.org) is available for scholarship support all year.  First semester she is available for direct support in A and B block in the library mezzanine or by email.  Grade 12s – if you are curious about what awards are available and what you may be eligible to apply for please read the attached poster for details and connect sooner rather than later.  Make sure you are in the Grad 2023 Google Classroom as important updates will be posted there as well as in the Belmont Bulletin and school communication.    

Important Upcoming Scholarship Applications:

LORAN Scholars Belmont Nomination Application (we can nominate up to 3 students)

 – Due Wednesday, September 28th, 2022

 – Applications will be posted in the 2023 Grad Google Classroom at the beginning of the school year

LORAN Scholars Official Application

 – Due Wednesday October 12th, 2022 

 – Belmont nominees will be informed by Wednesday, October 5th, 2022 if they have been nominated

 – Applications are completed through the LORAN Scholars website

If you are curious about this award and whether or not you qualify please see Mrs. Hoskins or check out the LORAN Scholars website: https://loranscholar.ca/becoming-a-scholar/faqs/  

FAQs | Loran Scholars Foundation – Fondation Boursiers Loran Independence is an important character trait possessed by Loran Scholars. As a way to develop this and to broaden their perspectives, Loran Scholars have been encouraged to study outside of their home region. Many have learned and grown a great deal from that experience, however we appreciate that there are other ways to develop independence. loranscholar.ca

Belmont Scholarship Website:

Grads! Please review the Belmont Scholarship Website (linked below) for your reference.  Due dates and instructions for applications will be updated as they become available (but due dates are generally similar to years previous): https://belmontscholarships.weebly.com/september.html

September – WELCOME TO BELMONT’S SCHOLARSHIP WEBSITE September Storwell’s Foster Children Bursary Program Storwell offers an annual bursary of $2,000 in support of foster children to help them attend post-secondary schools and to offer a hand up as they make their way forward in life. belmontscholarships.weebly.com