Kindness Changes Everything!

In support of our Careers Department’s focus for Grade 10s, today we hosted an ‘Acts of Kindness’ School Wide Assembly supported by Live Different.  Live Different is a trusted youth empowerment organization that has partnered with over 3500 schools over the past 18 years.  This year’s theme is ‘Kindness Changes Everything”.

This year, their presentation is all about the incredible impact of kindness and helping students to recognize just how important of a role it plays in each of our lives.  From what it does for each of us individually, to the impact it has on our schools and communities, and even on a global level, kindness has a unique opportunity to see significant change.

Important Dates

October 15 – ‘Acts of Kindness’ School Wide Assembly in block B

October 18 – The Great BC Shakeout – Nation wide Earthquake drill at 10:18am           

October 19 – Provincial Pro D Day (classes not in session)

October 25 – Camosun & UVic Info Evening at 6:30pm in Theatre

October 25 – Block A “Halloween Howl” – ISP, GISP, AVID 12 pumpkin carving

October 26 – Photo Retakes

November 1 – Post Secondary/Scholarship Info Evening 6:30pm

November 6 – PAC Meeting 7pm



Belmont Hosts the Cops For Cancer Tour De Rock!

On October 3 Mr. Chan’s and Ms. Sandberg’s Leadership classes once again hosted a fund raising BBQ to support this great charity event. In total we raised $1314.95 and were very honoured to serve the cyclists as they completed their Island tour. A huge thanks to Ryan’s Vending for their donation of liquid refreshments!


“The biggest piece of advice to kids at Belmont is get involved in your community. I remember when I was in high school, I didn’t care about anything. It was just about myself. And now, getting older and we’ve been through all the schools all over the island, over 100 schools, it’s amazing to see students getting involved, at any age. Get involved in your community- you will get a lot more out of it then you think.” (Tony LaBlanc, Tour de Rock 2018)

The Belmont Leadership Class is off to a GREAT start with our class of Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 students.  They meet outside of the timetable on Mondays (3:30-4:45pm) and Wednesdays (8-8:45am) in the Learning Commons with Ms. Sandberg & Mr. Chan.

Mr. Chan, along with Grade 11 students Navya P., Keagan T., Emma K., and Salisha T., travelled to Edmonton to the Canadian Student Leadership Conference, hosted by the Canadian Student Leadership Association and Edmonton Public Schools.  There, along with over 700 student delegates and 150 teacher advisors, they learned more about Volunteerism & Service, School Spirit, Team Building, and Leadership!  This has inspired them to work with our Leadership class about raising our school spirit!  The Leadership Class’ first event was the Cops for Cancer/Tour de Rock BBQ, and what a success it was!  Big thanks to Belmont for raising over $1300 towards this GREAT foundation!

Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for some new initiatives from your Belmont Leadership Class!

Scholarship News

For our grade 12s as they look towards post-secondary, the Belmont scholarship website is now live and is found under the Student tab of our school website or by clicking on the link above. Ms. Davis offers scholarship support in B205 during A block, Focus blocks, and by appointment outside of school hours.

Yearbook Information

Yes! It is already time to start thinking about buying your yearbook! Yearbooks will be $55 and can be purchased at the office with cash or online. Sales begin now and will go ONLY UNTIL December 21– so get your order in early! There will be no extra copies available for sale this year, so make sure you pre-order!

Belmont Music

The Belmont Music Department (BMD) recently had their fall retreat of 2018 over the Thanksgiving weekend! The Concert Choir, along with Ms. Dawson and Ms. Fortin (our Student Teacher) had a wonderful day of choral clinics and games with Mrs. Sally Murphy, former Choral Director of Oak Bay High School.  They spent their day singing together, learning, and laughing, while being hosted by the Royal Canadian Legion (Branch no. 91 – Prince Edward).  All music students converged back to Belmont on Friday evening for a night of games, dinner, and karaoke!  Special shout out goes to Ms. Gaetz for catering our Spaghetti Dinner, to the BMD Alumni for helping us with the dinner, and to our Music Executive for organizing such a FUN night of games!  The Saturday saw our Concert Band 9 and Senior Winds members in clinics with musicians from the Victoria Symphony, followed by a wonderful workshop with Mr. Parker Joliffe, Director of Bands at Spectrum Community School.   Want to listen to our ensembles?  Our Choir will be performing at our Remembrance Day assembly, while the Senior Winds will be performing along with three other community bands at our Evolution of Band Concert.  Both events will be in November!

GISP Global Intercultural Studies Program

Grade 12 Belmont student Anna T. is currently in Japan on an exchange for 6 months. You might recognize her exchange partner in the picture, Rion, her partner from the last academic year.  Anna is having an incredible time experiencing the Japanese culture and travelling around various parts of Japan We look forward to hearing all about her adventures when Anna returns in January.


Careers News

Aviation & Design Program

 The Aviation and Design Program is for students who are interested in exploring the aviation and aerospace industry.

The semester long program is located at Mt. Doug Secondary School for second semester (February to June 2019).  Students will receive Transport Canada’s Ground School Certificate, Co-pilot two flights, work with a local aviation company and earn 20 high school credits.

Please see Mrs. Nicholson in the Career Centre for an application and for more information.

Application deadline is November 15, 2018.

British Columbia Youth Parliament

BC Youth Parliament is a youth organization for students who want to learn about the parliamentary process, debate topics of interest, and plan numerous activities for the upcoming year.  The proposed activities, usually in the form of community service projects, are presented in the form of government bills; once passed they must be put into effect.

The Parliamentary Session is from December 27 to 31, 2018.  Application deadline is Tuesday, October 23, 2018.

Please see Mrs. Nicholson in the Career Centre for an application and for more information or go to


Are you a grade 11 or 12 student considering taking a gap year after you graduate from high school? A representative from Latitude Global Volunteering will be at Belmont on Monday, October 22 during A block. If you are interested in attending and can afford to miss your A block class, sign up in the counselling suite before Thursday, October 18th. The number of participants will determine where we meet for the presentation.

Motivational Day 2018

GRADUATING IN 2019? This message is for you!

Grads 2019! Now is time to start thinking about your Yearbook Grad Quote! All quotes must be submitted by December 21st! Please note: all Grad quotes will be submitted AS IS- please make sure your quotes are edited (spelling, punctuation or grammatical errors WILL NOT BE CHANGED by Yearbook staff). Any inappropriate content will not be accepted, and your quote will be automatically replaced with a standard inspirational message. Please email your quote to:


Girls Basketball Tryouts Senior and Junior A/B

Monday Oct 15th 7-8pm

Tuesday Oct 16th- 5:30-7pm

Weds Oct 17th- 5:30 -7pm

Monday Oct 22nd- 6:30-8pm

Weds Oct 24th- 5:30- 7pm

Senior Girls Volleyball

Another wonderful performance from the Senior Girls Volleyball Team recently, going undefeated and capturing the Camosun College Tournament championship in thrilling fashion with a big win over cross-town rivals Oak Bay. Taylee P. and Gracie M. were selected to the tournament all-star team, while Jocelyn S. was named MVP. Belmont has now been ranked the #1 AAAA team in B.C.! Well done girls – you’ve made us all proud!

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Girls Rugby News

Sierra G. is away in Marcoussis France with the Women’s Rugby 7s Maple Leafs Team.  She will be competing in a pre-season tournament with the team.

Maggie M., Madison G. and Kendra C. (pictured below) are representing Canada at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires with the Rugby 7s.  Belmont grads Carmen Izyk and Olivia De Couvreur are also on the team.   Go Canada Go!

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And just as we were about to press “publish,” news comes in that Canada’s 7s finish the Junior Olympics with a Bronze medal.  Congratulations from all of us!

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Belmont Bulldog Junior Varsity Football

Check out the recent highlights from our JV Football victory over Mount Doug 34-8.  Our JV team is having a great season and looking incredibly strong. Well done fellas!

Grade 9 Immunizations – A message from the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA)

Recently immunization consent packages for grade 9 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.

Although a child may be immunized with the consent of a parent/guardian or representative, a grade 9 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:

SD62 Halloween Reminder

The following message was emailed to all parents recently:

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Halloween is nearly here! Please take a moment to read the following costume guidelines. Teachers will go through these points with students and if you could also do the same with your child, it would be very much appreciated.

Costume guidelines:

  • No Full-face paint
  • No Masks (including half and full-face)
  • No Imitation weapons of any kind

If anyone shows up in a related costume or brandishing a fake weapon, they will be asked to change/remove the item(s) or be sent home.

These guidelines are in place so that students can be easily identified. Please use your discretion when sending your child to school in an appropriate costume. We do our best to create comfortable and safe environments in our schools and we thank you for helping us to do so. Halloween is a very fun time of year and we want to continue to be able to offer that to our students in the years to come.

Thank you for your continued support and diligence in keeping our students safe.


Scott Stinson

Superintendent of Schools, Sooke School District #62

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To access the links in the Healthy Schools Newsletter please click on the link below.

Healthy Schools Healthy People Newsletter Sept 2018 FV

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