February “Share the Love”

Important Dates:

  • February 15 – Family Day (stat holiday)
  • February 15-19 – Gr. 10-12 Course Selection
  • February 24 – Pink Shirt Day
  • February 25 – Scholarship Info Night #2
  • March 4 – Lockdown Drill 10am & 2pm
  • March 5 – Semester 5 Ends
  • March 6 – Semester 6 Starts
  • March 8 – International Women’s Day
  • March 9 – PAC Mtg. 7pm – MS Teams
  • March 12 – Report Cards Published
February – “Share the Love”

Belmont Leadership class has organized “Share the Love” project. Each student and staff have been given a cut-out paper heart to decorate as they wish, and write something they love on it. Once finished, they will be put up on all the school entrances for everyone to enjoy.

Scholarship Info Night #2

Grade 12 grads and parents, please feel free to attend the meeting below for information on applications and deadlines for SD62 Scholarships, Elementary and Middle School PAC Bursaries, and Belmont Scholarship Society Scholarships 

Date: Thursday, February 25th  

Time: 6:00PM-7:00PM

Click the link below to join (make sure you have MS Teams app!)”

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School & Grad Clothing Sales Update

The Entrepreneurship 12 class, Mr. Grainger, Mrs. Cleland and Mrs. Fenn would like to thank everyone for being so accommodating with our move to online-only ordering for school and grad clothing in this unique school year! We hope to have orders to students by spring break and will keep everyone informed with updates. As a reminder, we are unable to accommodate order changes after February 16th so please check your receipts carefully. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Grainger. Thank you!

Scholarship Support

Ms. Hoskins is available for scholarship support.  Students can book appointment times or email her directly for virtual support: choskins@sd62.bc.ca  or choskins@sd62learns.org  

Important upcoming deadlines include: 

  1. Sooke Teachers Association Scholarship – Due March 12th  
  2. SD62 District Authority Awards – Due April 7th (Waiting on applications) 

Applications and Deadlines are posted on the Scholarship Website and Grad Google Classroom – please have grads check back regularly to both for updates! 

Gr. 9 Immunizations

Due to the ongoing pandemic and initial rollout of COVID vaccine, public health has postponed some Grade 6 and 9 immunizations originally planned for January and February. This delay is temporary and follows the B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) guidelines for the school age immunization program. Immunizations will resume in the coming weeks and continue until the end of the school year, resulting in immunizations being offered to all Grade 9 students before the end of June. If you have any questions, please contact your local public health unit at 250-519-3490 and ask to speak to a School Nurse.

Parenting in a Pandemic

Parenting in a Pandemic
Parenting at any time can be challenging; parenting during COVID-19 can be even more stressful. Both you and your children may be feeling worried and overwhelmed. It can be hard to know how to talk to your child about COVID-19; how to best support your child as we all navigate disrupted routines and changes to home, school, and work life; and how to make sure you are taking care of yourself during this difficult time.

On this page you will find some information and strategies for parents and caregivers, as well as some links to resources you might find helpful. You can also contact the Kelty Centre if you are a parent or caregiver looking for mental health information, resources, or peer support related to your child’s mental health.

“Growing up in a pandemic: health and resilience in kids” Webinar

Parents and caregivers are essential to helping young people navigate change and build resilience, which supports physical and mental health and development. Join three UBC experts from the Faculty of Medicine as they share their insights for how to guide the children and teens in your family to thrive in the abnormal world of the pandemic.

Stress strategies for teens (and the rest of us)

According to a 2018 survey of SD62 grade 7-12 students, 34% report experiencing quite a bit or extreme stress and I suspect if youth are like us, they too are feeling even more stressed during this crazy time. While stress can be a helpful thing, its effects can add up and take their toll. Check out this page that has tips and strategies geared to helping teens (et al) learn how to manage life’s inevitable ups and downs. And remember, basics like eating well, getting some activity, managing screen time and getting enough sleep are also great stress management strategies.

The Teenage Experience – what to expect and how to help your teen (and them you!)

Teen Mental Health, a world leader in helping provide evidence-based resources for educators and parents, has developed two great resources that help parents and teens gain more insight in to adolescent development, including their mental health. Check them out here.  

Helping Kids Cope with Disappointment

While most young people are coping pretty well with this crazy COVID time, it’s hard not to feel disappointed with what’s not happening that typically is. So, what can you do to help your children deal with their disappointment? How can you turn these situations into learning experiences that help foster resilience so that your children are better able to cope with life’s challenges? This article provides helpful, evidence-backed, practical tips specific to the times we’re living in.

Talking about Mental Health

Finding accurate information and appropriate resources can be hard. Jack.org, School Mental Health Ontario and Kids Help Phone have partnered to bring you all the information needed in one easy-to-access hub so that youth mental health remains top of mind, and our communities are able to easily access the education, tools, support and reliable information they need.

Asking for help is a really good thing!

It is a crazy time and with the help of some SD62 youth, we’ve created this poster that connects readers to available (and free) resources that exist in our community, nearby and online. This poster is plastered on our school’s walls, please help extend the sharing.

Looking forward to Spring!

Important Dates:
  • February 1 – Semester 4 End
  • February 2 – Semester 5 Start
  • February 3 – Gr. 8 Student & Family Info Night 6pm MS Teams
  • February 8 – Report Cards Published
  • February 9 – PAC Mtg. 7pm MS Teams
  • February 12 – Pro-D (school not in session)
  • February 12 – Chinese New Year (year of the ox)
  • February 15 – Family Day (stat holiday)
  • February 24 – Pink Shirt Day
Student Inspiration…

Recently Jasmine R., a grade 11 student was awarded the Distinguished Honorable Mention Award in the Multimedia category in the 2020 Ocean Awareness Contest, a global arts competition sponsored by Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs that engages youth in creatively raising awareness of environmental issues impacting our blue planet. Jasmine was selected from approximately 5,300 participants from around the world! Please click here for more details!

An Inspiring Morning!

On January 26, I had the pleasure of joining Ms. Christ-Rowling’s Outdoor Ed class on a hike up to the peak of nearby Mt. Wells. It was an incredible way to spend the morning and to see first hand how the activities and experiences Ms. Christ-Rowling provides for our students impacts their lives. – J. Lamond

Student Learning Survey 2020/2021

The Provincial Student Learning Survey is unique in its scope, size and usefulness to schools. It gathers information from parents/guardians/caregivers, teachers and students on topics related to school environment, safety, and achievement. The information is used for planning in individual schools and provides a district and provincial perspective.

Early in 2021 the Student Learning Survey will be administered to students in grades 10 and 12, their parents/guardians/caregivers, and all school staff. We encourage parents/guardians/caregivers to participate in this survey, as the results are important in identifying and celebrating current strengths, as well as determining where the school needs to focus improvement. The surveys contain standard questions for the Province – in addition, questions from the school and/or district that focus on local conditions or issues may be included.

The survey can be completed electronically and can be accessed on the Internet at http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/sat_survey. Any computer with an Internet connection can be used, and access to the e-survey is simple and secure. The survey can be accessed through the link with or without an anonymous logon code by selecting the school district and school name where your child attends school. Provincial, District and School Reports for previous years can be viewed at the same site under the Results section.

The e-survey site will be open until April 30th.

If you have any questions, please contact the school at 250-478-5501.

Transition to Semester 5

Hello Belmont Families,

Next week Tuesday, 2nd February 2021, we will transition to Semester 5 (S5)!

Last week students received their S5 schedules; today they reviewed the following links in class in preparation for next week’s transition:

Semester 5 Schedules:

Route: Belmont Home Page > Students > Semester 5 Schedules

Web: http://belmont.web.sd62.bc.ca/students/class-schedules-am-vs-pm-cohorts/

School Entrance and Exit Zones:

Route: Belmont Home Page > Students > School Entrance & Exit Zones

Web: http://belmont.web.sd62.bc.ca/students/return-to-school-entrances-exits/

Activating/Accessing MyEd Student Portals:

Route: Belmont Home Page > Students > MyEd Student Portal

Web: http://belmont.web.sd62.bc.ca/students/myed-student-portal-information/

Bell Schedule:

Route: Belmont Home Page > About > Bell Schedule

Web: http://belmont.web.sd62.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2020/08/Belmont-Class-Schedule-20-21-v2.pdf

School Calendar:

Route: Belmont Home Page > About > School Calendar

Web: http://belmont.web.sd62.bc.ca/about/calendar-2/

Scholarship Information & Updates

For anyone who was unable to attend the scholarship info night via MSTeams, the presentation was recorded, and the link is attached below for anyone who is interested. 

Meeting Link: https://web.microsoftstream.com/video/53e65379-5a1f-480b-a852-231d38d0ca49

Presentation link:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1wfZNZGosQWMOCQdmmBjnkovSUVrPmLu15EHtusBBfdI/edit?usp=sharing

SCHOLARSHIPS AT BELMONT SCHOLARSHIPS AT BELMONT docs.google.com

And the Belmont Scholarship website link is listed here for anyone who has not yet familiarized themselves with it:

https://belmontscholarships.weebly.com/

WELCOME TO BELMONT’S SCHOLARSHIP WEBSITE – Home PREPARING TO APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS AND BURSARIES Most scholarships and bursaries require a scholarship resume. Use this template to get started – Click Here Some of you may have already created a scholarship resume in your Careers 12 class. belmontscholarships.weebly.com

Please email Ms. Hoskins with any questions – choskins@sd62.bc.ca“.

Grade 8 Info Night

If you are interested in attending Belmont next year as a Grade 9 student, please join us for the Belmont Grade 8 Student and Family Information Night on Feb. 3 at 6pm. You can join by clicking on this link: https://jump.sd62.bc.ca/BelmontGrade8StudentAndFamilyInfoNight

If you are unable to attend, a recorded version will be available later that week on the Belmont website

A few of our departments will also be offering information/Q & A sessions that evening from approximately 7-8pm. Links will be available on the Belmont website on Feb. 3. More information about all of our departments and programs is available on the Belmont website, under Programs. 

Belmont & Grad Wear

Our Entrepreneurship 12 class is selling Belmont and Grad Wear commencing today.  Visit the Belmont Clothing website created by the class at http://bit.ly/belmontstyle to see the full collection including high quality sweatpants, dry fit pants, hoodies and t-shirts.  As well, the class has posted it on Instagram so visit @belmontstyle21.    All sales are online only.  Act quick as sales will only run until February 5th for delivery before Spring Break.

To purchase, please go to your School Cash Online account at https://sd62.schoolcashonline.com/.  If you have not yet set up an account, please consent first at https://consent.sd62.bc.ca/ before creating an account.  It will take 24hrs. after consenting before you can register for School Cash Online.

We DO NOT accept returns or exchanges so please carefully review the Belmont Clothing website before purchasing. (all prices include tax).

School, Students & Families – All Working Together to Prevent the Spread

We are all working together to keep each other and our families healthy and safe, and we need everyone to keep reminding our students to wear a mask and stay six feet apart when visiting outside. We have been receiving a number of calls from concerned community members who see our students congregating closely when on the nearby paths and in neighbourhoods.

Island Health continues to remind people to double down on their efforts to help stop the spread of the virus. COVID-19 is in all of our communities and everyone must continue to follow the steps we know are effective in reducing the risk of transmission.

Thank you to everyone who has been keeping students who are feeling unwell at home, and for completing daily health checks to ensure our schools remains a safe place for everyone: https://www.sd62.bc.ca/covid-19/resources-parents/daily-health-check

Careers News:

Family Resources:

Online Parent Meeting: Self Harm, how to help your child.Date: Wednesday, January 27th at 4:00 PM (Other dates available) Registration: www.familysmart.ca/itk Discussion facilitated by FamilySmart Parent in Residence. Watch a video with us and come together with other families for a facilitated discussion. (see poster attached to share)

Parenting Teens, support group: Topics include: Attachment and relationship-based practices, Communication and 6 critical messages, Developmental changes in pre-adolescence, Adolescent brain development, Boundaries, and turning over responsibility as appropriate Self-care – taking back your life, Adolescent mental health

  • Substance use and teens Time:  Tuesdays at 12-1:30 pm zoom Registration: Lisa Hoffman lhoffmanbgcvic.org  /   250 217 4929  please include your contact information and when you can be reached.
Youth Resilience in the Digital Age Virtual Conference (Free Online Event)

The Canadian Teachers Federations and Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada are  pleased to be co-chairing the national Youth Resilience in the Digital Age Virtual Conference, in partnership with:

  • Employment and Social Development Canada
  • Canadian Teachers’ Federation
  • Kids Help Phone
  • MediaSmart
  • TakingITGlobal
  • Indspire
  • Actua
  • Mentoring Canada
  • Variety Ontario
  • Canadian Centre for Child Protection
  • Respect Inc.
  • Kids Boost Immunity
  • Jays Care

Join us for the Youth Resilience in the Digital Age Virtual Conference, Feb 8 – 12! Experts from across the country will show how to create safe, equitable, accessible online environments for kids and teens. Register: http://digitalresilience.ca #DigitalResilience2021 @BGCCAN @CTFFCE

This is a free event, and all webinars will be recorded and housed on a resource page after the conference. This conference is open to all and parents are encouraged to attend. Check out the full webinar descriptions on the registration link.

Christian Caillé Nature Based Programs Supervisor Pronouns: He/him Boys and Girls Club of Greater Victoria 3900 Metchosin Road, Victoria BC, V9C 4A5 (250) 661-7438 | ccaille@bgcvic.org   http://www.bgcvic.org   

A NEW YEAR!

Important Dates:
  • January 21 – Gr. 12 Scholarship Info Session 3:30-5:00pm – MS Teams
  • January 25-27- Grad Photo Retakes
  • January 25-29 – Graduation Literacy & Numeracy Assessments
  • February 1 – Semester 4 End
  • February 2 – Semester 5 Start
  • February 8 – Report Cards Published
  • February 9 – PAC Mtg. 7pm MS Teams
  • February 12 – Pro-D (school not in session)
  • February 12 – Chinese New Year (year of the ox)
  • February 15 – Family Day (stat holiday)
Gr. 12 Scholarship Info Session

Ms. Hoskins will host a virtual scholarship info session through MS Teams for grade 12 students and parents on January 21st, 2021 at 3:30-5:00pm.  Please feel free to attend, see a short presentation, and ask any questions you may have about the scholarship process.

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Coming Soon…Grad & Belmont Wear
2021 Vancouver Island Post Secondary Virtual Tour

Learn more about post-secondary options on Vancouver Island, BC!

This virtual presentation will be hosted in collaboration by UVic, VIU, NIC and Camosun College. Together they will present information and resources that will help inform your post-secondary decisions.

Topics covered in the presentation include:

  • Introduction to Vancouver Island post-secondary institutions
  • Pathways, partnerships and information on transfer options
  • Resources and tips to support program, school and career exploration in BC
  • Information on post-secondary during COVID
  • Q&A

Who: All interested Grade 10-12 students and parents are welcome to attend

When: January 19 from 6:30-7:30pm

Where: Zoom –

https://uvic.zoom.us/j/88684194746

Canadian Universities Event

The Canadian Universities Event (CUE) will be hosting its first ever winter event next week. On Wednesday, January 20th and Thursday, January 21st between 4:00 and 7:00 PM (PST), 48 post-secondaries from across Canada will be available to BC high school students to answer questions and provide information. These sessions are Q&A style – presentations will not be offered. Students are encouraged to drop in and ask questions to representatives from institutions.

In order to access the event, students must register at cuebc.org. Students who registered for CUE in Fall 2020 can continue to use the same login information to access CUE in winter through cuebc.org.

Belmont Music Department Promo

Check out what courses the Belmont Music department has to offer by clicking on the promo video . What a great overview of the musical opportunities Mr. Chan, Ms. Dawson, and Mr. Rivollier provide for all students.

Drama & Improv Club

Looking for a way to meet new friends and get involved with something at school? Belmont’s very own Drama & Improv club starts on January 15th! EVERYONE is welcome. Fridays 2.15-3.15 in the Theatre D101. Join us for fun on and off the stage. Email Danny on damartin@sd62learns.org or join the Google Classroom code wtzpb3h to find out more or ask questions. Can’t wait to see you! – Danny Martin

Advertisement – Noon Hour Supervision Assistants On-Call

School District No.62 (Sooke) requires Noon Hour Supervision Assistants to
work on-call immediately. These are school district paid positions, whereby adults are hired to
assist schools in supervising students. Qualified candidates must be a holder of a valid Occupation First Aid Level 1 Certificate or be willing to get it at their earliest possible convenience. The hourly rate of pay is $24.42.

For more information about our District, please refer to our website at http://www.sd62.bc.ca.

Qualified individuals are invited to submit their cover letter and resume, including the names and telephone numbers of at least two references to:

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We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those candidates
selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Let the Holidays begin!

Important Dates:
  • December 19-January 3 – Winter Holidays
  • January 4 – School Re-opens & semester 4/block D begins
  • January 8 – Semester 3 Report Cards published
  • January 11-15 – Spirit Week (Grads only)
  • January 21 – Gr. 12 Scholarship Info Session 3:30-5:00pm – MS Teams
  • January 25-27- Grad Photo Retakes
  • January 25-29 – Graduation Literacy & Numeracy Assessments
Holiday Wishes

As we prepare to say goodbye to 2020 and look forward to the coming year, we felt it was important to acknowledge many things we have learned and accomplished as a school community during the global pandemic. To begin with, no one ever dreamed back in March that school as we had always known it, would change in a moment of time forcing students, staff, and families to begin our “remote” experience which saw students and teachers shift to online learning to complete the school year. The Graduates of 2020 had their celebrations (Prom & Dry Grad) cancelled, but still made the most of our humble school based Commencement as we welcomed students in groups of 25 to “walk the stage” as we recognized their accomplishments and completion of grade 12. Despite the disappointment, our Grads demonstrated resilience, care and compassion in making the most of what we could. They will never forget those times…

At the end of July we learned we would be returning to school in September but under different guidelines and protocols that had all of wondering how it would look. With the support of our District and the Ministry of Education Belmont, Royal Bay, and Edward Milne embarked on our current journey which has students completing one course at a time. With our 1/8th model, we focused on creating the safest possible opportunity for students and staff. Our students have demonstrated great understanding of the safety protocols and incredible care for each other. Their resilience and commitment is inspiring to say the least! Our Belmont Music Department as well as our Athletics Department continue to create opportunities.

Although our holiday celebrations are different this year, our Leadership class has hosted a Holiday Spirit week this week in addition to a door decorating competition. In addition our Leadership class in conjunction with EMCS & Royal Bay has once again organized and promoted 10,000 Tonight as an annual Food Bank drive is in support of the local Goldstream Foodbank.  This year’s efforts suffered a last minute set back as VIHA updated their protocols which caused us to have to cancel classroom hampers, local door to door collection as well as a planned drive thru drop off.  Our resilient and service minded Leadership students stayed positive and have continued to promote online and cash donations! To date, the 10,000 Tonight Food Drive has raised over $18,000 in cash and online donations.

A special thanks to our awesome custodial team for their efforts in keeping our school clean and safe during these unprecedented times. And lastly, the students and Admin team at Belmont want to thank all of our staff for their amazing dedication, commitment to safety and protocols, and the care for all students demonstrated through the past 9 months.  Thanks to all of you for making Belmont such an amazing place to learn and work in.

To all our students and their families, have a wonderful holiday and all the best for the New Year!

Some of our staff dressed for the holidays!

Transition to Semester 4 in January 2021

Upon our return in the New Year we will transition to Semester 4!

Today, students received copies of their schedule and they reviewed the following links in class in preparation for our January 2021 transition:

Semester 4 Schedules:

Route: Belmont Home Page > Students > Semester 4 Schedules

Web: http://belmont.web.sd62.bc.ca/students/class-schedules-am-vs-pm-cohorts/

School Entrance and Exit Zones:

Route: Belmont Home Page > Students > School Entrance & Exit Zones

Web: http://belmont.web.sd62.bc.ca/students/return-to-school-entrances-exits/

Activating/Accessing MyEd Student Portals:

Route: Belmont Home Page > Students > MyEd Student Portal

Web: http://belmont.web.sd62.bc.ca/students/myed-student-portal-information/

Bell Schedule:

Route: Belmont Home Page > About > Bell Schedule

Web: http://belmont.web.sd62.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2020/08/Belmont-Class-Schedule-20-21-v2.pdf

School Calendar:

Route: Belmont Home Page > About > School Calendar

Web: http://belmont.web.sd62.bc.ca/about/calendar-2/

All the best for a safe holiday season,

Your Belmont Team!


Salish Weave Gallery Walk

This week students and staff had the opportunity to participate in the Salish Weave Galley Walk. This was hosted in the Learning Commons and included 27 Coast Salish prints that were gifted to our School District. Students learned how to identify Coast Salish design elements, colors, style, and stories while becoming more familiar with Coast Salish artists like Dylan Thomas, lessLIE, Susan Point, and Chris Paul. Hych’ka to all classes who participated and staff who spent time in the gallery learning about this ancient art style. Hych’ka to Ms. Doyle, Ms. Court, Mrs. Mackenzie, Mrs. Irving, Elder Henry Chipps, and role model Alana Johnson for setup and support!


Food Studies

Food studies class competed in a cake baking and decorating challenge this week! Please see samples of the amazing work below.


Door Decorating

Belmont Leadership organized a door decorating contest to get everyone in the festive spirit!  Here are the contenders.


Drama & Improv Club

Looking for a way to meet new friends and get involved with something at school? Belmont’s very own Drama & Improv club starts on January 15th! EVERYONE is welcome. Fridays 2.15-3.15 in the Theatre D101. Join us for fun on and off the stage. Email Danny on damartin@sd62learns.org or join the Google Classroom code wtzpb3h to find out more or ask questions. Can’t wait to see you!


City of Langford donates podium!

A huge thanks to the City of Langford for donating a podium from the Council Chambers to Belmont. Below is a picture of Ms. Robertson & Mr. Hill showing off the new podium.


Capstone 12

As our semester 3 grade 12 Career Life Connections class finished their Capstone presentations this past week, the wonderful painting below done by Jess M. is an awesome example of the projects and learning journeys experienced by our grads. Thanks to Ms. Sandberg for sharing this with us!

A proud Grade 12 Jess M. shows a recent painting she completed for her Capstone project.

Belmont Music Department’s holiday video

Thanks to Ms. Dawson, Mr. Chan., Mr. Rivollier, and Ms. Spencer for their efforts in helping our students make this awesome video performance.

“Covid Chronicles: Music in the Key of Covid” –


Gr. 12 Scholarship Info Session

Ms. Hoskins will host a virtual scholarship info session through MS Teams for grade 12 students and parents on January 21st, 2021 at 3:30-5:00pm.  Please feel free to attend, see a short presentation, and ask any questions you may have about the scholarship process.

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CUPE 459 Donates $500

A huge thanks to our CUPE Staff of local 459 for their generous $500 donation to the Goldstream Foodbank. Pictured below is Ms. Court, our Library/Learning Commons clerical team member presenting Ida S. from our Leadership class with the cheque for $500.


Booking a Counselling appointment

Belmont Volleyball Programs

A big shout out to the Belmont Volleyball programs as they raised over $570 in lieu of food items for the Goldstream Food Bank.  These student-athletes are what makes coaching so rewarding.  Well done team!  


PACE “At Home for the Holidays” Presentation

Tickets for the show are officially available for purchase. After over 3 decades of selling thousands of tickets per year for a performance at Spencer’s Isabelle Reader Theatre, we’re releasing the show on the internet for families and friends to watch safely from home. Please see attached link to order tickets https://bit.ly/39zXSuh and use one of the attached images for posting on social media or to text to someone you would like to invite to the show. 


Camosun Updates E-newsletter
Happy holidays from the Recruitment & Admissions team!

While this will likely be a very different holiday season for most of us, we hope it is still filled with virtual holiday hang outs, cookies, stuffing and memories.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHT: Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant

What is it?

A fast pace 10 month certificate program that offers guaranteed practicums at local facilities.

What is a Medical Laboratory Assistant?

Not everyone you see in scrubs is a nurse or a doctor.  There are many exciting careers in health care and the medical laboratory assistant is the public face of the laboratory.

What will you learn?

The Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant program prepares you for employment in the health care field. You’ll learn about specimen collection and safety, laboratory procedures and techniques, legal and ethical guidelines, human anatomy and physiology, as well as customer service and patient management with emphasis on the human and cultural diversity encountered in the Canadian Healthcare System.  One of the main specimen collection practices you will learn is phlebotomy, the procedure of collecting blood samples from patients.

What it means to be a Medical Laboratory Assistant?

MLAs are in high demand right now. This 10 month program provides a fast track into an entry level health care position. There are opportunities available in many different fields, patient based labs, hospitals, specimen analysis, microbiology, and more.

Who would like this career?

Do you like people, enjoy customer service, and a fast pace, diverse workplace?  Are you a critical thinker that enjoys a challenge and new and dynamic environments?  Are you looking to enter the work force quickly with minimal patient level care?  Are you able to follow processes and procedures and have an eye for details?  Are you physically able to be on your feet most of the day and have a reasonable level of physical dexterity and special awareness? 

Upcoming Information Sessions

The Victoria Conservatory of Music will be hosting a virtual information session on January 25th, 2020 to talk about the Music Programs that Camosun College and the VCM offer in partnership.

Did you know that we are offering virtual information sessions for almost all of our programs? It’s a chance for students and their families to learn about the programs we offer and ask questions.

REMINDERS
CamWeek 2021 – Virtual Info

In lieu of our yearly Info Night event, we are pleased to be hosting CamWeek 2021; a series of virtual information sessions on February 23rd, 24th and 25th from 4:00pm-8:00pm. The event will start with a presentation from Admissions followed by Financial Aid. Over the 3-nights there will be presentations from the Centre for Sport & Exercise Education, School of Access, School of Arts & Science, School of Business, School of Health & Human Services and School of Trades & Technology. The schedule will vary each night so that students have the option to attend multiple sessions.

 Provisional admission

Students enrolled in grade 12 in a BC secondary school, and working toward meeting graduation requirements, can qualify for this special admission category from September 15th to May 15th. This conditional admission is tied to the student meeting the necessary program admission requirements with their interim and final grades. A few programs may have separate deadlines and processes – check with an Admissions Advisor. The student will need to include their Personal Education Number.

The Recruitment & Admissions Team

We are currently working remotely but can be reached via email and phone (250-370-3550/1-877-554-7555). Our phones are answered Monday – Friday, 9am-4pm, excluding stat holidays. Students can also book virtual appointments and get the direct emails of specific admissions advisors.






10,000 Tonight – Food Drive!

IMPORTANT DATES

  • November 23 – December 4 – Grad Photos in Room B217
  • December 4 – Registration deadline for Jan 2021 Graduation Assessments
  • December 8 – PAC Mtg. 7pm – MS Teams
  • December 18 – Semester 3 End
  • December 21 – January 1 -Winter Vacation
  • January 4 – Semester 4 Start
  • January 8 – Semester 3/Block C Report Cards Published via MyEd

It’s hard to believe December is upon us and 2020 is almost in our rear view mirror. This year has truly been one like no other however we continue to be amazed at the efforts of our students and staff. On November 19 students began their third course of the school year and by all accounts the transition into new classes with new teachers went extremely well.

Our smaller class sizes (no more than 15 students) in the am/pm learning groups is really unique to our District and a few others in the province. We are really thankful for this as teachers and students suggest they have more time for “deeper learning” and supportive conversations due to the smaller class sizes and the lengthened periods. In addition to that, the most important factor in our decision to host the 1/8 model was to make school as safe as possible for students and staff.

Although we may not experience the usual holiday events such as the annual Winter Concert, Santa’s Breakfast, and decoration contests, I’m certain the Belmont Music Department will surprise us with virtual performances to help us celebrate the coming holiday.

Our December PAC meeting will take place on December 8 at 7pm via MS teams. If you’d like to join us, please email the school’s general email at Belmont@sd62.bc.ca and leave your name and preferred email address for us to send an invite to you.

10,000 Tonight

Does your family want to help the community this holiday season?  Belmont Leadership class is once again supporting our annual 10 000 TONIGHT FOOD DRIVE in partnership with Royal Bay secondary school from November 30th – December 11th. 

Food insecurities are a big problem in our community. 2020 has been a difficult year for everyone, but especially those in need. All cash donations will go to the Goldstream Food Bank. Belmont Leadership is hoping this event will connect the school to our community in these uncertain times. Together we can make a difference!

Unfortunately due to last minute VIHA direction, we will not be able to participate in our annual activities such as door to door community collections and classrooms contests, but will continue to support the Goldstream Foodbank by supporting and promoting on-line donations.

You can donate through:

  • SCHOOL CASH ONLINE – You can also donate through the following link.  Click on the white “donation link” in the image below. Make sure to select “10,000 Tonight Food Drive – Belmont Families”. 
Counselling News

With the intention of being more accessible and providing our students and families with a consistent way of booking appointments, our Counselling team has created a new on-line booking system. You can find the new booking system on our school’s website found under the Resource tab.

Career Life Connections 12 – Capstone Projects

Grade 12s have been busy creating and presenting their Capstone Projects. Below is Hamish B. and the electric bike he built! Also a big thank you to those teachers, and parents that have joined in to watch and support our grade 12 students complete their projects.

Two more groups will be presenting the last week before winter break.

The Careers Team

ATHLETICS
Belmont Girls Volleyball – Return to Play

            On Oct. 7 volleyball practices returned to Belmont, following a carefully put together plan to ensure that the players and coaches would be in a Covid safe environment. There has been an emphasis on keeping the Seniors and more experienced Juniors  together to provide a higher level of instruction, while the remaining Juniors have had the opportunity to receive basic skill development. At all levels there is a great deal of enthusiasm at being back and playing again. It also is clear that if/when Belmont is able to compete against other local schools they will do well as there is a lot of athleticism being displayed in this group! Practices continue on Mondays and Wednesdays after school.

FOOTBALL NEWS

Congratulations to Riley S. as he is the recipient of a Scholarship to the University of British Columbia. Check out the attached link on the newspaper article from the Goldstream News Gazette.

Community News