Fall is in the air!

Important Dates

  • Oct 2 – Cops for Cancer/Tour de Rock Visit & BBQ 12:30pm
  • Oct 5 – World Teachers’ Day
  • Oct 7 – PAC Mtg 7pm
  • Oct 9 – Grad Assembly (during Focus Block)
  • Oct 14 – Thanksgiving Day (school not in session)
  • Oct 15 – “Parents as Education & Career Coaches” in the evening
  • Oct 16 – “Live Different” for Gr. 9 & 10’s, 10:15-11:15am
  • Oct 17 – Great BC Shakeout 10:17am
  • Oct 18 – Photo Retakes
  • Oct 18 – Football Home Game 5pm

Career Department News

Some upcoming informational dates for our students to be aware of:

  • October 16 – UVic presentation during Focus block in B205
  • October 18 – TVR seminar in Belmont theatre
  • October 29, Belmont International students visit UVic – 10am – 2pm
  • October 30, Western University @ Belmont A block in A208
  • October 30th – Focus Block Grade 12 Assembly: How to survive your first year at post-secondary
  • November 5 – PSI tour @ Belmont  10:30am – 12pm
  • November 6 – Grade 9 Take Your Kid to Work Day
  • November 19 – UBC @ Belmont 9am -10:20am

Parents as Education and Career Coaches – October 15, 2019 6pm Belmont Theatre: EdPlannerBC workshop flyer

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Home Economics

Miss Hoskins & Ms. Evan’s foods classes made orange shirt day cookies on Sept. 30th.  The students worked hard and powered through a difficult lab to spread the “Orange Shirt Day” message to the school.

 


International Student Program (ISP)

Our ISP department hosted a “Meet, Greet and Welcome” activity which brought together students from GISP, AVID 10 and AVID 12 to welcome our International students to our school community. Students engaged in a team building exercise that asked them to create an outfit using only newspaper and one strip of masking tape. They were also asked to include the colour orange to highlight the importance of Orange Shirt Day in our District and across the Canada. The event ended with a fashion show. More than 200 students participated in this event and everyone had a great time!

 

 


Belmont Music Department Fall Bulletin

Belmont Music Department Fall 2019 Bulletin (2)


Athletics

Boys Soccer

The Belmont boys soccer season kicked off this week with a win against Brooks Westshore and an unfortunate loss against Parkland Secondary. The team is looking forward to the next three games at home Tuesday Oct 1 v Vic High, Oct 3 v Lambrick Park and Oct 8 v St Andrews. Come and cheer from the sidelines. Kick off at 3:30pm.


Community and Parent Resources

Brain Injury and Mental Health Oct 9 2019


 

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Dr. Allison Rees - Parent Workshop


 

Westshore Basketball Fall 2019


 

A Great Start to the School Year!

Important Dates

  • Sept 23 – District-Wide School Planning (school not in session)
  • Sept 24-28 – Canadian Student Leadership Conference
  • Sept 30 – Orange Shirt Day
  • Oct 1 – Belmont Music Dept. (BMD) Retreat/Parent Mtg.
  • Oct 1 – PAC Mtg 7pm/Dry Grad Mtg. 8pm
  • Oct 2 – Cops for Cancer/Tour de Rock Visit & BBQ 12:30pm

On September 3rd we welcomed this year’s grade 9s, the graduating class of 2023, to school by hosting a welcome assembly followed by a morning highlighted by opening lockers and finding classes.  Our grade 9s had the chance to rotate through their classes and meet their teachers in addition to be assigned their lockers.

On September 4th we welcomed back our grade 10-12 students lead by the graduating class of 2020. Our Clerical, Custodial, and Counselling teams worked diligently on preparing our school for the school year start up.  As of today, our student enrolment is 1428.

On September 11th we hosted a school wide assembly where we celebrated the beginning of the school year by highlighting many of the great things happening at Belmont.

It’s always incredible to have all of our students together as we truly realize our school is very much like a small town where all feel welcome, safe, and cared for.

On September 17th we hosted the first PAC meeting of the year.  Our past President Ms. Pritchard hosted in addition to welcoming the parents who attended.  The 2019/20 Executive Elections where held and we welcome and thank this year’s executive:

  • President – Ms. Alexander
  • Vice President – Ms. Hill
  • Treasurer – Ms. Elder
  • Secretary – Ms. Tutak

All parents are welcome to attend our monthly PAC meetings to support many of our school programs as well as collaborate with our Admin team.

A reminder to all families to access the MyEd Family portal to review your child’s attendance as well as their report cards when we publish them.


Science in action…

In Ms. Wilkie’s Science 10 class, students were learning about Darwin’s finches and were each given a different ‘beak’ (clothes pin, tweezers, tongs, scoopula and a spoon) and they competed for various ‘food’ (rice, worms aka pipe cleaners, nuts, seeds etc). Just another example of some of the engaging activities our students and staff learn from!

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Career Department News

Some upcoming informational dates for our students to be aware of:

  • Wednesday, October 16 – UVic presentation during Focus block in B205
  • Friday, October 18 – TVR seminar in Belmont theatre (to be confirmed)
  • Tuesday, October 29, Belmont International students visit UVic – 10am – 2pm
  • Wednesday, October 30, Western University @ Belmont A block in A208
  • Tuesday, November 5 – PSI tour @ Belmont  10:30am – 12pm
  • Tuesday, Nov 19 – UBC @ Belmont 9am -10:20am

Careers 9

November 6 is our annual Take Our Kids to Work Day across Canada!

Parents/Guardians please watch for a registration form being brought home from your Grade 9 child. On November 6th adults across Canada will be taking children in Grade 9 to work for the day. Your child will be given a yellow registration form which we need you to sign and have returned to the school by Monday October 21st. If this form goes missing, please contact Ms. Oliva Hyde (ohyde@sd62.bc.ca) in the Counselling suite and we will get another one to you.

Thank you for helping us make this fun and exciting day a success for our students! All Grade 9s should be participating.

Careers 10

All parents of grade 10 students, please ensure you have given consent for your student to access Google Classroom and MyBlueprint websites.    Both platforms are used for the Career Life Education 10 course required to graduate.   Go to http://belmont.web.sd62.bc.ca/parents/online-consent-and-payments/.


Galapagos Islands Spring Break 2020

Come to the Galapagos Islands for Spring Break 2020. Info night on Wednesday, September 25th at 7 pm in the Learning Commons. Email Mr. Wilson for more details swilson@sd62.bc.ca.


LORAN Scholars Award

These national awards of up to $100,000 seek applicants of outstanding character with significant service and leadership experience.  Belmont may nominate three students.  Visit the Belmont Scholarship website (under the “Students” tab) for details on how to apply.  Nomination forms due to Mrs. Hyde in the counselling suite by Oct. 1st.


Scholarship Support

Check the Belmont Scholarship website (under the “Students” tab) for scholarship opportunities and deadlines.  Begin by preparing a scholarship resume (see the “Home” page of the scholarship website).  See your Careers 12 teacher or counsellor for assistance.


Athletics News…

Consolation Champions!

Unable to field a Senior Boys team this season, Belmont entered a Junior Boys group and surprised almost every team they played, with their improvement in each set matching their energy and enthusiasm. After a close first set against the Mark Isfeld’s 11s squad, our boys turned up the serving “heat” and pulled off a sweep to claim the title of Consolation Champs.

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You may notice some familiar faces above as our Grads continue to support current students with their gift of time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 


 

UVic’s School of Health Information Science Open House

The School of Health Information Science is hosting its Fall Open House on Wednesday, October 16th 4:30-6:00pm at the University of Victoria’s Cornett Building room A125. We invite students to learn more about this exciting field by talking with our faculty and students. please join us for pizza while learning about the rapidly expanding field of information technology in healthcare!

The world is becoming increasingly reliant on the use of information technology in health care delivery. The School of Health Information Science has the most comprehensive and established undergraduate program in the study of health informatics in Canada, offering two programs including a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Science and a Combined Major in Computer Science and Health Information Science. Students may enter directly from high school or transfer from college or other undergraduate programs.  Individuals graduate with a BSc degree, and benefit from virtually 100% employment with starting salaries typically above $55,000 per year.

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Belmont is Bustling!

Important Dates

  • June 4 – Athletics Banquet 6pm
  • June 4 – PAC Mtg. 7pm/Dry Grad Mtg. 8pm
  • June 5 – French Immersion Grad 6-7pm
  • June 5 – School-wide Assembly during Focus Block
  • June 5 – Cap & Gown distribution to gr. 12’s after Assembly
  • June 6 – Year-end Concert 7pm
  • June 8 – ISP Year-end Celebration 1:30pm
  • June 8 – Taste of Millstream (Millstream Village)
  • June 9 – Commencement Ceremonies 11am & 3pm
  • June 15 – Prom @ Crystal Gardens 5:00pm – 3:00am
  • June 18 – Yearbook distribution @ lunch in Gym A
  • June 19 – Locker clean out 3:10pm
  • June 20 – Awards Ceremony 6:30pm
  • June 20 – Blocks A/C Copernican (Fri. bell schedule)
  • June 21 – Blocks B/D Copernican
  • June 21 – Last day of classes
  • June 24-27 Numeracy Assessment (TBA)
  • June 24 – English 12 Provincial Exam 9am
  • June 25 – FRAL 12 Provincial Exam 9am
  • June 26 – Communications 12 Provincial Exam 9am
  • June 26 – Report Cards published

Commencement Rehearsal – May 30

Last week our Grads traveled to UVic’s Farquhar Theatre for their Commencement rehearsal.  We look forward to the 2 ceremonies on June 9 at 11am and 3pm.

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Grad song rehearsal while students take their seats on May 30.

Congratulations to this year’s Valedictorian for the Grad Class of 2019!

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YMCA Summer Work Exchange program

Congratulations to Brenn A. who was accepted into the YMCA Summer Work Exchange program.  Brenn will represent Belmont and BC by participating in a 6 week work program in Quebec this summer along with other students from high schools in BC. Félicitations Brenn!

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The Royal Canadian Military Display will be visiting Belmont on Friday May 31,  2019.  The bus showcases a lot of what the Royal Canadian Military does both here in Canada and all over the world.   It has  interactive displays and a theatre onboard.  This is also a great opportunity for high school students to learn more about job opportunities and careers in the Canadian Military both Full-Time and Part-time.  The bus will be available at lunch and during C and D blocks.   Come down and visit the bus and look at their many displays.


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Belmont harvested pac choi and pomegranate crunch lettuce.

 


Belmont Robotics

The Belmont Bytes robotics team was invited to attend a robotics demo and a provincial funding announcement at Reynold’s Secondary on May 21st.  The BC Government announced a $250k contribution to support growth of FIRST Robotics programs in BC.

A quote from the BC Premier, “I always like it when I get to visit my old high school, Reynolds Secondary. Even better when there’s robots and I get to announce an additional $250k in funding for FIRST Robotics.

Investing in these programs creates more opportunities for students who are passionate about science, technology, engineering and math, and helps prepare them for a career in BC’s thriving tech sector.”

 


Congratulations to Jessica M. on her recent acceptance into the Spanish Exchange Program 2019 – 2020.  Jessica will host a student in August for 3 months and then her 3 month experience will commence in January.  Felicidates!!

https://belmontgisp.weebly.com/spain.html


Fine Arts

School District 62 Visual Arts Show

Congratulations to our Coast Collective 2019 prize winning Visual Artists!

2nd Prize Painting:  Theo L.

3rd Prize Painting:   Kiera K.

1st Prize Sculpture:  Antonia A.

2nd Prize Sculpture: Miyu S.

1st Prize Indigenous Art:  AJ B.

2nd Prize Indigenous Art:  Mekayla W.

2nd Prize Mixed Media:  Morgana A.

Congratulations to all Art Show Participants.

Collective Voices 2019 runs until June 9th:  Coast Collective Gallery, 318 Wale Rd., Colwood

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Just 1 of the many student exhibits from across our District at the Coast Collective.

Taste of Millstream (Millstream Village) – Saturday, June 8th

 

 


BMD Year-End Concert 2 2019


Athletics

Sierra G. has recently been featured on CBC for her success with RBC Training Ground and Rugby Canada.  Sierra was nominated by Rugby Canada for funding from RBC Training Ground as a result of her testing.  She has been excelling in the Rugby Canada Development Academy and on track to be identified as a potential 2024 Olympian in Paris.

https://www.cbc.ca/olympics/trainingground/#/videos


Belmont Ultimate Frisbee

Belmont Ultimate Dawgs go to BC Provincals!!

Belmont Ultimate Frisbee

The Belmont Ultimate team went to the Provincial Championships May 23 & 24 in Surrey, BC, and represented Belmont well with incredible determination and herculean effort.

The field was fierce and playing against the top teams in the province, including the first seed and eventual champions, this was the first time in BC High School Sports history that a banner was presented to the top AAA and AA high schools for Ultimate.

The Dawgs, Cole B., Devin B., Hamish B., Andrew C., Mykenzy G., Razel H., Peter M., Kayle M., Niklaus R., and Lina Y., as well as coaches Sano and Stee, were very, very happy to have been able to participate in such a historic occasion, to give their all during all six matches played, and to learn an incredible amount about the spirit, the sportsmanship, and the strategies and skill sets associated with Ultimate.

We say farewell to the grade 12’s who are graduating and wish them well in their future, hopefully continuing to play Ultimate at post-secondary institutions and in the community … and the rest of us, who are staying, are looking forward to next year, helping to increase interest in the sport, and wearing the Belmont colours with pride.

We also say a special thank you to Coach Dudzik and Dayna, without whose dedicated coaching and efforts to support the team, we would not be where we are … a BC Provincial Championships team!!

Belmont Mountain Bike Team

On May 24th Connor H., Liam S., Jim W. competed on behalf of Belmont at the BC Secondary School MTB Championships in Squamish.  Jim & Liam finished a combined 4th in the team category (X Country, Enduro) in the Gr. 9 division and Connor finished an impressive 7th overall for the Gr. 10 division.  As a school, our 3 athletes helped Belmont finish 15th out of 27 schools in our first provincials.

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Jim & Liam after a muddy XC course

 

 

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A well deserved post race meal!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Belmont has Spirit!

Important Dates

  • May 17 – Spirit Day (Tropical Day)
  • May 20 – Victoria Day (school not in session)
  • May 22 – Grade 12 assembly during Focus Blk
  • May 22 – Aboriginal Grad at Camosun
  • May 22-25 – Belmont’s Theatre on the Edge presents “Rosencrantz &                       Guildenstern are Dead” 7pm. Matinee on the 25th @ 2pm
  • May 29 – Destination UVic – Gr. 12 campus tour
  • May 30 – Commencement Rehearsal at UVic 9:00am
  • May 30 – Elements Dance Competition
  • May 31-June 1 – Dance Show 7pm
  • June 4 – Sports Banquet 6pm
  • June 5 – French Immersion Grad 6-7pm
  • June 6 – Year-end Concert 7pm
  • June 8 – ISP Year-end Celebration 1:30pm
  • June 9 – Commencment Ceremonies 11am & 3pm

Encounters With Canada

Encounters With Canada is a unique opportunity for Canadian teens (ages 14 – 17 years old) to meet other young people from across the country. Spend an adventure-filled week in your nation’s capital! Check out future career options, discover your country, share your hopes and dreams. For 37 years, EWC has delivered a rich and varied, bilingual program. To date, more than 113,000 youth have lived the EWC experience… now it’s your turn!  Please see Mr. Chan (Music Rooms – D Wing) or at https://www.ewc-rdc.ca/pub/en for more information!

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Destination UVic

Gr 12 students heading to UVic for September: Destination UVic is on May 25 where students will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with an academic advisor, visit the info fair and connect with student services on campus and take an in-depth campus tour.  There will also be Reg 101 workshops to attend on campus that day.  Students who attend Destination UVic will be eligible to win a tuition credit towards their first year at UVic – one of two $500 prizes and one grand prize of $1000.  Students can register to attend online.

Also, any students who are unable to attend this event, we will be hosting a Reg 101 workshop here at Belmont on Wednesday, May 29 during Focus block in room B205.


Careers

All students who have requested Biology 103 Dual Credit Course for September 2019, meet on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at lunch time in room B222 (Mr. Grainger’s classroom).  The application package will be distributed along with Instructions on how to apply.  You must attend this orientation/registration meeting to receive the BIO 103 Dual Credit package.

Careers 10 – All assignments for Career Life Education 10 have been delivered to the grade 10 students and are due by May 31st.  This course is mandatory for graduation.  Any questions can be directed to jrobertson@sd62.bc.ca or students can come to B210 for help.

*Last call for Grade 11 & 12 students who still need to complete Planning 10/Career Life Education 10. All assignments are posted in the Google classroom and are due by May31, 2019. Any questions can be directed to jrobertson@sd62.bc.ca or students can come to B210 for help.


Ms. Allen’s Science Class

We’ve had a happy few days in a Science class as we watched 4 ducklings hatch.  Meet Willy Honka, Farley,  Jose, and Benedict.  They will be staying at school for the next couple of weeks, so come take a look through the window of room B312 and welcome them.

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Congratulations to Shaan B., a Belmont French Immersion Gr. 10 student, who was a Provincial Finalist this year at the SFU public speaking competition.

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Island Health

Recently, Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) immunization consent packages for select grade 10-12 students were sent home from the school. If you have not already done so, please review the information with your child as an opportunity for them to start making decisions about their own health. Please complete the consent form and return it to the school in a sealed envelope as soon as possible. If your consent package indicated that we have no or incomplete immunization records for your child, please attach this information to the consent form.

Although a child may be immunized with the consent of a parent/guardian or representative, a high school student can make an informed decision regarding immunization regardless of parental consent or refusal. This is referred to as “mature minor consent.”

For more information:


Belmont Leadership

The Belmont Leadership Class has been involved with the Victoria Foundation’s “Vital Youth” program for the past several years.  Josie S. (Gr 12) along her her colleagues met a few times this year to decide on which charity would receive a $1500 grant.  Here is their report:

“We decided to give $1500 to the Anawim Society, which provides compassion, resources and a home for those living in poverty who want to improve their lives. The money will go towards buying groceries, running programs and other areas of need. We also gave Community Living Victoria $1000 to support the programs that enrich the lives of differently-abled youth. Everyone was very happy to donate to these two organizations as they make a big impact in supporting our community. ”

 


Cultural Exchange Spring Break 2020Flag

Current grade 9,10, and 11 Sooke School District French Immersion and French students are invited to learn more about an opportunity to participate in a 7 week student exchange and cultural immersion program to France for the 2019-2020 school year. This exciting opportunity includes both an educational exchange component and experience living in a French environment. For more information, please attend a meeting at lunch on Friday, May 17th in the French Department.


Summer Learning Registration

Summer Learning registration is open and online this year.  To register, please visit the Westshore Centre for Learning & Training website at link attached.

http://www.westshorecentre.com/langford-campus/summer-learning/summer-program/


Galapagos Trip – Spring Break 2020

Info session for interested students & families in Belmont Learning Commons on Weds, May 29th @ 7 pm

Email Steve Wilson swilson@sd62.bc.ca or Christine DoSouto cdosouto@sd62.bc.ca for more info.


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Athletics

Lower Island Championships took place at Uvic’s Centennial Stadium. Coach Cam Smith and T Evans were impressed with the days results. Please congratulate the following athletes:

Julianne S. = 4th in 80m Hurdles, 2nd in 200m

Louisa K. = 2nd in 100m, 4th in 400m, 200m champion

Macaila M. – 2nd in 200m

Tanisha V. – 3rd in 200m

Hailey S. – 2nd in Discus, 1st in Shot Put, 3rd in Javelin

Isabella W. – 2nd in 100m Hurdles, 4th in Long jump

Daryana M. – 6th in Discus, Champion in SP

Sophia L. – 2nd in 1500m Steeplechase, 2nd in 400mH

Liam S. – 5th in Discus, 8th in Shot Put, 2nd in Hammer

Beau L. (N.) – 4th in 200m

Riley B. – 8th 100m

Josh B. – 5th in 200m

Daniel Mielecki 6th in 3000m

Junior Girls Relay team (4 x 100) 2nd place

Junior Boys Relay team (4 x 100) 4th place

Island Championships will take place on May 15th and 16th for these incredible athletes.

 


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Heading into the Final Stretch…

Important Dates

  • May 5 – Track & Field Practice 10am @ RBSS
  • May 5-12 – Emergency Preparedness Week
  • May 6-12 – Canadian Mental Health Week
  • May 6 – Music Monday Q Centre
  • May 7 – Salmon Bake Prep Foods Classes
  • May 7 – National Child & Youth Mental Health Day
  • May 7 – Golf City Championships @ Highland Pacific
  • May 7 – “Consider the Consequences” Parent Info Session on the dangers of                         vaping and cannabis use in teens 6:30-8:30pm @ Royal Bay
  • May 7 – PAC Mtg. 7pm/Dry Grad 8pm
  • May 8 – Math Catcher’s guest from SFU
  • May 8 – Student input on acceptable cell phone guidelines – Focus Blk room tba
  • May 8 – UVic Lower Island Championships (all day)
  • May 8 – Important Grade 12 Assembly in the Theatre      May 22 Focus Blk
  • May 9 – Salmon Bake Foods Classes (outside beside garden)
  • May 10-12 – Con Brio Sun Peaks Music Festival & Trip
  • May 10 – Pro-D (students not in session)
  • May 11 – Track & Field Practice 10 am @ RBSS
  • May 15 – O’Canada/Grad Song Auditions @ lunch in the CRM
  • May 15-16 – Track & Field Island Championships @ UVic (all day)
  • May 16 – Gr. 12 Capstone Exit Interviews
  • May 20 – Victoria Day (school not in session)
  • May 22 – Grade 12 assembly during Focus Blk
  • May 22-25 – Belmont’s Theatre on the Edge presents “Rosencrantz &                                    Guildenstern are Dead” 7pm. Matinee on the 25th @ 2pm
  • May 30 – Commencement Rehearsal at UVic 9:00am
  • May 30 – Elements Dance Competition
  • May 31-June 1 – Dance Show 7pm

GISP

Cultural Week is coming!!  GISP students and the Cafeteria have come together to celebrate the various cultures in our school by offering amazing food and activities during lunch hour. Come down to the cafeteria to enjoy the many options available for our Belmont students and staff.  Please see link attached for more info.  https://belmontgisp.weebly.com/cultural-week.html

Mon., May 6 – Mexico, Tues., May 7 – Korean, Wed.,  May 8 – French

Thurs., May 9 – Euro Days


Physicists in Training!

Five of our Physics 11 and 12 students were part of the UVic-ATLAS Masterclass on Saturday, April 13.  These students learned about particle physics and data analysis and worked the under the supervision of UVic-ATLAS researchers to analyze real ATLAS data collected at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, near Geneva.  At the end of the afternoon, these students shared their results with peers at SFU and TRIUMF UBC in a video conference.

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Representing Belmont were: Isaac B., Zaki A., Rosalee G., Hannah F., and Connie J.

It is a pleasure to announce that Belmont student Navya P. has been selected to receive the 2019 Flying Musicians Association SOLO Scholarship.  She is one of three recipients in North America to receive this award.  Congratulations Navya!!  Please see link attached for more info http://flyingmusicians.org/members/page.php?49.


Sustainability 9-12

Last week our students and staff completed the creation of a living roof on one of our sheds in the garden. Future projects include installing irrigation and constructing a shelter for Raven Dancer.

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Students first cultivated seedlings in Mme. Grenier’s room.

Belmont/SD62/VIHA Wellness Centre 

Check out this short video about the Belmont Wellness Centre. We are one of the only school Districts to have a medical clinic inside one of our secondary schools.

How did we get this? Our progressive Board of Education – advocating for healthy students and healthy schools! Open for ALL youth in SD62. More information, contact and times: http://belmont.web.sd62.bc.ca/n…/wellness-centre-at-belmont/


Our Leadership students’ promoting social activism

The 2019 Spring Out of Hunger Food Drive was a great success!  Thank you to everyone that came out to support the Belmont students and our community.  Unfortunately, we ran out of volunteer drivers and daylight, so if you want to donate food items, but we were unable to get to your house, please take them to the Goldstream Food Bank (9:30am to 2:30pm) the first three Tuesdays and Wednesdays of each month.

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Special thanks to the lead planners:  Jon B. and Keagan T., and to MP Alistair MacGregor for coming to support our event.

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Thank you to all the students, family, and teachers that came out to collect food and drive volunteers around the area.


Post Secondary news

Gr. 12 students heading to UVic for September: Destination UVic is on May 25 where students will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with an academic advisor, visit the info fair and connect with student services on campus and take an in-depth campus tour.  There will also be Reg 101 workshops to attend on campus that day.  Students who attend Destination UVic will be eligible to win a tuition credit towards their first year at UVic – one of two $500 prizes and one grand prize of $1000.  Students can register to attend online.

Also, any students who are unable to attend this event, we will be hosting a Reg 101 workshop here at Belmont on Wednesday, May 29 during Focus block in room B205.


“Spring It On” Cheerleading Showcase

The first ever Spring It On! Cheerleading showcase was a huge success.  Many of our students were on multiple teams, and a huge crowd from the community was there to support them.  The Belmont team represented like rock stars, and hit all their stunts.

A special thanks to Jon B. and Savannah S. for helping out with set up and sound.

Here’s a couple links I’ve found on social media.

https://www.facebook.com/GoldstreamNewsGazette/videos/2396737093678099/

https://twitter.com/sookenews/status/1117271084401692672?s=12


Belmont Mock Trial Team…

In mid April Belmont sent two teams to the Provincial Mock Trial competition at the Law Courts in downtown Victoria. In addition to Ms. Davis’s support our team was happy to have volunteer community lawyer coaches Ron Dumonceaux from Dinning Hunter in Langford and Emily Drown from NestLaw in Sooke. A shout to Al B. for being recognized as the “Best Under Pressure” and to Bhreagh J. for being the “Top Witness.”

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Fine Arts

The Belmont Dance Department took 75 dancers to compete in the 2nd annual Elements Dance Competition at UVic May 2nd.  The dancers competed in a variety of dances including several student choreographed pieces.  All the students performed their best and left it all out on the dance floor.  They were very supportive of all dancers on stage and were so great at cheering for everyone, Belmont won the School Spirit award, which is given to the school that shows the most spirit for all dances and dancers regardless of what school they come from!  Go Belmont!

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Athletics

Belmont Ultimate Frisbee

The Belmont Ultimate Dawgs Team played its first two games of the inaugural season of Senior High School Ultimate in the province of BC.  Playing at GNS in Victoria on a Friday afternoon (5 April), against the host team and a very strong Oak Bay High team, as well as blustery winds, the 12 team members played with great spirit and energy.  Although they came up short on the scoreboard, each and every member of the team and the coaches were very happy and proud with the effort; we were all most impressed with the incredible fortitude of the three lady team members who played every minute of both games.  The team’s next games are on Monday, May 15th at Beckwith Park, and will be practicing every Monday and Wednesday through the middle of May … everyone is welcome to join them … come one, come all, and toss a disc!! Go Dawgs!!

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Mr. Dudzik, Ms. Christ-Rowling, Mr. Stee and the team!

Girls’ Rugby – The Islands

The girls played two round robin games going undefeated in April and then played Brentwood in the semi finals and won yet again. The girls play kept getting better and better as the day progressed. We faced Shawnigan Lake in the finals and held them to a 12-5 score at half. Unfortunately, Shawnigan kept the pressure on and we eventually gave up a few more scores before the game ended.

The ladies represented Belmont very well, and even missing key components of the team still placed second on the Islands, amazing! We were super impressed with their toughness and unwillingness to quit.  The senior girls travelled to North Vancouver to compete in the seven aside rugby Provincials. The girls battled hard and we had enough talent to fight for a repeat championship. Unfortunately, injuries and a lack of experienced depth prevented us from reaching our goal of competing for the final prize. We were so impressed by their grit and determination. Even with the injuries we managed a 10th place finish in the province!  Great job ladies!

Congratulations to the 2019 Belmont Rugby Raffle Winners.
1st prize – Janna Lamontagne
2nd prize – Ray Tomana
3rd prize – Sophia Cote
Thanks to all who support Belmont Rugby!

Track & Field

Over the past 5 weeks, the following students made it up to UVIC’s Centennial stadium after school on Wednesdays to compete against local high schools.  Huge congratulations to the following athletes!

Julianne S. 3rd in 80m Hurdles, 3rd in 200m, 3rd in 300m Hurdles
Louisa K. 3rd in 100m, 3rd in 200m, 5th in 400m
Macaila M. 13th in 100m
Tanisha V. 16th in 100m
Hailey S. 5th in Discus, 2nd in Shot Put, 5th in Javelin
Isabella W. 2nd in 100m, 5th in Long Jump
Daryana M. 7th in Discus, 4th in Shot Put
Sophia L. 3rd in 1500m Steeplechase
Cole B. 19th in 1500m, 6th in Javelin
Liam S. 7th in Discus, 14th in Shot Put, 3rd in Hammer
Beau L. 14th in 100m
Brayden L. 15th in 100m
Beau N. 6th in 100m
Riley B. 7th in 100m
Josh B. 16th in 100m, 12th in 200m
Jordan R. 17th in 100m
Victor B. 19th in 100m

Please wish all of these athletes luck for the Lower Island Championships on Wednesday, May 8th during the day.

Island Championships will take place on May 15th and 16th.  The athletes who make it on to this event will be communicating directly with teachers regarding missed classes.

Rowing

Congrats to Catriona B. and her partner for winning bronze for the Gorge Narrows U-17 Doubles Rowing team at the recent Brentwood International Regatta.

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Community Forums

SD62 presents an opportunity for parents, students, and staff to learn more about the health risks associated with vaping, smoking, and drug use.

“The speaker on vaping is from VIHA,  Dr. John K. Reid, Site Chief & Division Head Respirology, Island Health, South Island  and will be educating parents on youth vaping and the dangers of high nicotine juicing. 
 
The speaker on cannabis, is Dave Hepburn,  a national specialist on cannabis research.  He will be discussing the dangers of cannabis use in teens with regards to brain development and early usage.  He is one of the leading authorities on medicinal cannabis and is a bit of a celebrity in the medical world.  He had a show on CBC called “Wisequacks” and has made Oprah appearances and worked with high level athletes throughout his career.  Currently….
 
“One of Canada’s foremost medical cannabis educator of physicians and the scientific and lay communities. He is a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians (SCC), International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines (IACM),The International Cannabis Research Society (ICRS), Physicians for Medical Cannabis (PMC) and the American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine (AACM).”  
 
Constable Don McIntosh from the RCMP will also be present with legal information for parents on both Vaping and Cannabis possession in youth.”

Parent info session


Belmont hosts the Relay for Life!  May 24th

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School clubs…

Dungeons and Dragons


Community Forums

 

FamilySmart Foundry- Marijuana                     FamilySmart Start With Strengths

 

A new Culinary Program & Turf!

Important Dates

  • April 12 – 13 – Victoria Music Festival @ Oak Bay High
  • April 13 – “Spring It On” Westshore Cheerleading Showcase
  • April 13 – Sarah Beckett Memorial Run @ Belmont
  • April 16 – Law & Criminology classes visit Victoria Courthouse
  • April 16 – SPEAC & SD62 present Parenting in the Digital Age 6:30pm
  • April 17 – Track practice @ UVic 4 – 6pm (leave Belmont at 2:50)
  • April 17 – Skills Canada Provincial Competition at Tradex Centre in Abbotsford
  • April 19 – Good Friday (school not in session
  • April 22 – Easter Monday (school not in session)
  • April 21 – April 27 – Earth Week
  • April 24 – Track Practice @ UVic 4-6pm (leave Belmont at 2:50)
  • April 25 – EN 12 Prov. Exam AM/Comm. 12 Prov. Exam PM (Learning Commons)
  • April 26 – SD62 PAC Bursaries application deadline
  • April 27 – Victoria Jazz Festival
  • April 29 –  May 1 – Gr. Victoria Performing Arts Festival (School Dance)
  • April 30 – May 1 – West Coast Jazz Festival

Celebrating the official opening…

On April 9th, we hosted the official opening for our new culinary program and in addition we celebrated the opening of our new turf field.  Members of our SD62 Board of Trustees, Sr. Leadership Team, Aboriginal Ed. Team, City of Langord Council Members,  District and City Facilities staff, students and staff took the time to recognize the tremendous generosity of both the City of Langford for our new turf, and to our District for their support in constructing the teaching kitchen for our future chefs.  Our students and staff are truly grateful and fortunate for the resources we have access to.  Thank You!

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Elder Henry, Brother Rick, and Chief Russ Chipps share song, SD62 Board Chair and Belmont Grad Ravi Parmar, Mayor Stu Young and the ribbon cutting ceremony.
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Our students with the support of Chef Harvey and Chef Letts have been making & serving great options for students and staff.  Here they share a celebration cake!

Provincial Competition – Trades

Veronica A. and Isha C. both won Gold Medals at the Skills Canada Regional Competition and will be moving on to the Provincial Competition at the Tradex Centre in Abbotsford, BC on April 17th.  We wish them all the best as they compete with other students across the province.


Careers 10 students

Reminder for Careers 10 students to get in assignments #1-6.  Resumes are due by April 26th.  Any questions come see the Careers team in room B210 for help. This course is mandatory for graduation.


The Canada Youth Summit Video Challenge is an opportunity for students to share their service stories and enter for a chance to participate in the first-ever Canada Youth Summit. All cost associated with travel, accommodations and hospitality will be covered.

Students are invited to share a 1-minute video on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram using the hashtag #InspireToServe. The video must answer the following question:

What does service mean to you? How has service benefited you personally and professionally, as well as your community?

The Canada Youth Summit Video Challenge will start accepting entries via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram on April 2, 2019, at 12:00 PM (ET) and will close on April 14, 2019, at 11:59 PM (PT). To be considered for participation in the Canada Youth Summit, students must also complete this Entry Form

The Canada Youth Summit will bring 300 youth from across the country to Ottawa on May 2-3, 2019 to celebrate the launch of Canada’s first youth policy, continue discussions on key issues that matter most to young Canadians, and inspire young Canadians to serve their communities. Four (4) Video Challenge entrants will be selected to attend this event and all costs associated with travel, accommodations, and hospitality will be covered for the duration of the trip.

For more information, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions and Rules and Regulations.


Careers

Check out the Career Centre Webpage for many opportunities for employment, volunteering and career events.  Click on the tabs (jobs, volunteering, events) at the top of the webpage http://bsscareercentre.weebly.com/


Langford Fire Rescue

Langford Fire Rescue if offering the opportunity to attend a program, Camp Ignite Mentorship program in the Lower Mainland.  The goal is to empower young women and promote the Fire Service.  The camp runs from Aug. 8 to 11, 2019 and participants will be staying at Simon Fraser University, but the camp will take place in a number of places across the lower mainland (North Vancouver, Vancouver, Maple Ridge and Port Moody).  It’s open to young women entering into Grade 11 or 12 (ages 16 to 18).  There is no registration fees and they can help to cover transportation cost to SFU.  To complete an application, go to http://campignite.com/ or visit the Career Centre at Belmont for more information.  Deadline to register is June 1st, 2019.


France Exchange 2019

Students participating in the France Exchange are home after a very successful month in France. Below is an Instagram post from a European fan!

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Athletics – Belmont Golf Team

Belmont Golf team will begin their season at the annual Victoria Police Tournament.

Dates are April 30 and May 1st at Olympic View.

City Championships are May 7th at Highland Pacific.

Any student interested in joining the team, please see Mr. Lowe in the gym.

Girls Rugby

Just before Spring Break, our Sr. Girls Rugby team began the season with the annual SD62 7s Tournament.  The picture says it all!

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Bali Service Trip – BELMONT GISP

A group of 13 Belmont students participated in a service trip for 2 weeks during spring break in Bali, Indonesia. They attended Green Camp for a 9 day adventure filled experience where they practiced mindfulness, did yoga, learned about the Balinese culture by participating in ceremonies, drumming, dancing and singing. They went on Rice field walks, visited an organic farm, created a garden community, built bamboo railings for the camp, planted coral, discussed sustainability at length, explored mangroves, cleaned up the beaches and streets of trash, taught at a middle school about Canadian culture and so much more.

Huge congratulations to all 13 students who were great ambassadors to Canada and Belmont. (Josie S., Derek D., Anna W., Shae S., Emma B., Kim S., Kyla K., Riley M., Caitlin W., Emily C., Akshay B., Jacob T., Spencer L.)

Please take a look at the pictures showing our many adventures. Please encourage them to share their learning with you as it may suit your course.

https://belmontgisp.weebly.com/bali-service-trip.html


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Spring has sprung as we wave goodbye to Winter!

Important Dates

  • March 18 – 29 – Spring Break
  • April 1 – School Reopens
  • April 2 – PAC Mtg. 7pm/Dry Grad 8pm
  • April 9 – Welcome Wellness morning offering hot chocolate to Belmont Stude 8:15 – 9:00am
  • April  10 – Report Cards Published
  • April 10 – Gr. Victoria Performing Arts Festival (Choir)
  • April 11 – Early Dismissal Learning Conferences
  • April 12 – Pro-D (school not in session)
  • April 12 – 13 – Victoria Music Festival @ Oak Bay High
  • April 19 – Good Friday (school not in session)
  • April 22 – Easter Monday (school not in session)
  • April 21 – April 27 – Earth Week
  • April 27 – Victoria Jazz Festival

Belmont Bytes advances to the semi-finals at the FIRST Robotics Regionals…

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Belmont Bytes with Education Minister Rob Fleming and Premier John Horgan.

Our mighty Belmont Bytes Robotics team advanced to the semi-finals of the FIRST Robotics Regional competition this past weekend at the Save-On Foods Memorial Arena. A shootout to the team for the great work competing against world class international teams from as far away as New Zealand, Hawaii, US.


Congratulations to Angelo B. who was interviewed by “Skills Ready”.  Skills Ready supports youth as they explore and prepare for jobs in skilled trades and technologies.

Angelo completed the Welding Foundation Program at Camosun College while he was in Grade 11.   Please click on the following link to see his interview.

https://skillsready.ca/2018/02/14/the-student-perspective-angelo-blackwell/


Items due by March 15th for Grads

Commencement, UVIC Ceremony Tickets & Cap & Gown Orders

Grad Quote for yearbook


Scientists in action…

Below are some pictures of Ms. Wilkie’s Science 10 class doing an acid/base lab. Their job was to use HCl (hydrochloric acid) and NaOH (sodium hydroxide – base) as a comparison when testing the pH of household items to determine whether they are acids or bases. Some of the household items they used were: vinegar, buttermilk, tea, CO2, soap, milk of magnesia…etc.

Super cool hands on learning!

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CAREER CENTRE NEWS

Congratulations to the following Belmont students who won medals at the Skills Canada Regional Competition on March 8, 2019.  Skills Canada promotes and celebrates the skilled trades & technologies in positive hands-on competitions similar to the Olympics.  Students compete with other students from Lower Vancouver Island  for Gold, Silver and Bronze medal standings.  This year Belmont Secondary School won Gold as the most winningest school with a score of 14 points.

Automotive Competition: 

Veronica A. – Gold

Morgan T. – Silver

The Automotive competition included a written exam and  students were judged at five different stations.  Students had to identify various car components,  build an electrical lighting circuit, check diagnostic trouble codes and a fault code using ProDemand and Consulab, remove brake caliper, inspect and measure runout, correctly test starting, charging & battery systems and inspect and measure engine block cylinder bores.

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Welding Competition:

William M. – Silver

The Welding Competition tested the students ability  to read blueprints, interpret welding symbols, have a working knowledge of electrode classification and identification and to demonstrate their skills in welding processes including shielded metal arc, gas metal arc and flux core arc.

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Public Speaking:

Isha C. – Gold

Haley H. – Silver

In the Public Speaking Competition, the students must present their thoughts in a clear, coherent and well-constructed format, capture and hold the attention of the audience, speak easily with confidence, use non-verbal skills and be expressive when delivering their topic.

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Hairdressing Beginners Competition:

Brenn A. – Gold

Cyanea L. – Silver

Neha B. – Bronze

Students in the Hairdressing Competition had to create a bridal up do with visible, upward movement in the nape and best displays their artistic ability and would be suitable for a “traditional” bride.

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Athletics

Congratulations to the Rugby Canada Development Academy who won the Western Championships in Edmonton in February.  The team defeated teams from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and BC.  Well done on an excellent performance!

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Belmont Cheer Team

The Belmont Cheer Team represented Belmont at the annual UVic Island Cheer Showcase this weekend.  They did amazing!!!  If they are in your class, please congratulate them.

If you’d like to see the performance in person, we are hosting the “Spring It On! Westshore Cheer Showcase” at Belmont on Saturday April 13th (@ 6:30pm).  Admission by donation.

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BELMONT MUSIC (BMD)

This winter for the BMD has been packed full of fun and excitement! With a few months under our belt, we really hit our stride and started off the holidays with a bang! Our winter concert on December 6th was a huge success, with all of our ensembles taking the stage. It was great to see everyone doing their part to make this year’s concert amazing! Our next performance was our Santa’s Breakfast on the last day of school before Christmas! We had a great time performing and “Santa” even made a special guest appearance!  Our Drumline welcomed 2019 by working with expert clinicians on January 26th, coming in on the weekend for a great, musical day! Days later we welcomed grade eight students from all of our feeder schools for a musical performance alongside our drama, film, and dance colleagues! Cabin fever can strike in these winter months, so we packed up the BMD and went on the road! The entire music department performed at both Millstream and David Cameron Elementary Schools where we shared the stage with (hopefully) future Belmont musicians from for the John Stubbs Middle School Band and Grade 5 Choir students at David Cameron Elementary. Those were wonderful moments, as one of our values here in the BMD is an appreciation for the musical work of other music students. A great example of this philosophy come to life took place on Saturday Feb. 23rd at the Second Annual Choral Collaboration. Over 200 choir members from Oak Bay, Reynolds, Mt.Doug and Esquimalt learned from Indigenous guests and clinicians, performed for each other, and were treated to a performance from our guest group Ensemble Laude.  A special shout out goes to everyone who made this collaboration amazing! The upcoming few weeks will be very busy! Kicking off the Regional Music Festival season is UVIC Bandfest for Senior Winds and Concert Band 9 (side trip to the Royal BC Museum!). Festivals will follow for Concert Choir, Drumline, Vocal Jazz, and Jazz Band. On Thursday, March 7, we had our Evening of Jazz consisting of our Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Band, and R&B Band, as well as a few student-run combos along with special guest the NADEN Jazz Band!

We’ve had a productive winter, and hope to see you at the first concert of the spring! We are so excited to share our music that we have worked so hard on with the community!


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Salish Sea Science Program on Hornby Island  – Youth Opportunity

Are you a passionate youth committed to the conservation of aquatic life? If so, we have an opportunity for you to join us on Hornby Island at the Tribune Bay Outdoor Education Centre for the 3-day/2-night Salish Sea Science Program!

Participating youth (30) will learn about the seven ocean literacy principles, the history of the area and traditional knowledge through outdoor activities. Students will then work in teams to develop an online learning resource to be uploaded to Ocean Wise’s online learning environment. The resources will be a reflection of their experience at the Salish Sea program, and will provide teachers with a tool to guide their class through the fundamentals of ocean literacy. To fully engage youth in ocean leadership, participants will challenge themselves in a ropes course, explore the coast in kayaks (weather permitting) and discover intertidal creatures while tide pooling.

Program details:  Date: April 26th – 28th 2019 Age: Grade 10 – 12 Cost: $50.00

Drop-off & Pick-up location: Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal OR Departure Bay Ferry Terminal

How to apply:

Please respond to the application questions available on education.ocean.org/youth and email your responses to hailey.renaud@ocean.org before March 15th 2019. All applicants will be notified as to whether they are accepted or not by March 29th.

Information for Parents & Guardians:

Staff from the Ocean Wise education team will supervise youth attending this program. A full schedule, packing list, waivers and transport information will be sent out to successful applicants.

For more details, please contact: Hailey Renaud

Manager, Children & Youth Programs

604-659-3493

hailey.renaud@ocean.org


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