Keep Calm & Finish Strong!

Important Dates

  • January 18 – Copernican Bell Schedule A/C
  • January 20 – Dance Show Tech Rehearsal
  • January 21 – Copernican Bell Schedule B/D
  • January 22/23 – Teachers may offer “I” days for students to catch up
  • January 22/23 – Numeracy Assessment
  • January 23 – Dance Show Dress Rehearsal
  • January 24/25 – Provincial Exams
  • January 25-26 – Dance Show Performance 7:30pm
  • January 30 – Semester 2 begins ABCD
  • January 30 – Fine Arts Show for Middle Schools @ Belmont
  • January 30 – Gr. 8 Parent Night 7pm

january bell schedule

Women in Trades & Technology Exploration Event at Camosun Are you interested in exploring a variety of Trades and Technologies at Camosun?  This one day event is free for  female students and participants will be able  to experience hands-on activities in  electrical, carpentry, civil engineering, computer science, sheet metal, automotive, electronics and mechanical engineering.  See Mrs. Nicholson in the Career Centre for an application, parent permission form and agenda. Lunch will be provided.  Seats are limited.  The  deadline is February 5, 2019.
Livres par la classe de 10e annee immersion francaise/Books written by the FRAL 10 class.  They are children’s stories to be donated to Ecole John Stubbs grades 2 and 3 so little ones can see what the big ones are doing.
books livres

Congratulations to Lucas S., Braydon B., Tanner P. and Derek P. who each won a Youth Work in Trades Award valued at $1,000.  These students worked in a trade recognized by Industry Training Authority (ITA), completed a minimum of 900  work-based training hours, graduated with a minimum of C+ average in their Grade 12 courses and were registered as an apprentice with ITA.
Yearbook Purchases & Grad Quote Submissions Extended to March 15th/19
Grad Blood Drive Are you 17 or older? If so, you may be eligible to donate for the upcoming Grad Blood Drive. On January 28th, from 3-5pm, take one hour of your day to make a donation that has the potential to save up to three lives. Sign up starts this week at the booth in front of the Learning Commons at lunch, where you can take the test to see if you are eligible and find out more info. All eligible students and staff are welcome! Contact Christine C. or Cassandra C. for more info.
Belmont Dance Presents “Dem Beats!” January 25th & 26th 7:30pm (Doors open at 7pm) Entrance will be $2 per person at the door. Come out and support the dancers in their first show of the year.
Jasmine R., a grade 9 Art student, created this beautiful mural as her final project for her art class. She spent weeks creating a very intricate and elaborate stencil, which she then mounted onto the wall with removable glue. Next, she sprayed the wall and stencil with removable chalk spray paint, waited for it to dry, and repeated this process with multiple stencils and layers.  She also applied a mixture of crushed chalk pastels with water to add more detail and adjust the colour tones and intensity.  Her piece came to life beautifully, receiving many positive comments from the school community. Through this piece, Jasmine’s message to the world is, “it’s not what the world holds for you; it’s what you bring to it.”

Animal Logic Work Experience Animal Logic is one of the world’s most creative digital studios, producing award winning, ground breaking animation, visual effects and design. They have made films such as “The Lego Movie 2” and “Peter Rabbit”.   Animal Logic is offering 10 successful Grade 11 applicants  an opportunity to participate in their Work Experience Week.  You will be working in a feature animation studio in Vancouver, BC and learn about the roles related to a career in Animation & Visual Effects workplace. Work Experience Week will be take place in Spring Break Monday 18th March 2019 to Friday 22nd March 2019 in Vancouver, BC. The deadline for applications  is Monday 4th March 2019 and can be applied for via an online application form on their website – Although it is free to participate with lunches provided, students  are responsible for their own travel to and from the Studio in downtown Vancouver and their accommodation. Please see Mrs. Nicholson for more information.
Congratulations to the winners of the Royal Canadian Legion Poster and Literary Contest. Anthony B. –  Grade 12 Angie S. –  Grade 11 Cassandra O. –  Grade 10 Bria B. –  Grade 9 The students will be honored at an awards ceremony held in the auditorium of the Royal Canadian Legion, Prince Edward Branch #91, 761 Station Avenue on Sunday, January 27th at 11:30 am.
SD62 Youth Work in Trades Program Is your Son/Daughter a Hidden Apprentice? Sooke School District is currently looking for hidden apprentices in our schools.   A Hidden Apprentice is any student that is currently working, or has previous work experience, in a recognized Red Seal trade (carpentry, cooking, electrical, baking and many more, see These students can earn up to 16 school credits and a possible $1000 scholarship. The Youth Work in Trades program (YWT) is a career program jointly sponsored by the Ministry of education and the Industry Training Authority (ITA). The program is open to any students 14 years + and enables them to receive “time in trade” or apprenticeship hours through practical, hands-on work experience.  Students will be registered with the ITA and begin accumulating hours towards a trade certification while in secondary school.  Students will also be signed up for Youth Work in Trades courses and gain school credits for work experience.   Successful completion of the program earns students 16 credits towards graduation. Some may also qualify for the YWT Scholarship – a $1000 award given to students that complete all four YWT courses, graduate with a C+ average and complete 900 work based training hours by Aug 31st the year the student turns 19. If you are a high school student already working in a trade, or interested in the program, please contact Mr. John Mennie for more information. John Mennie SD62 Youth Work in Trades Coordinator 250-514-7038

Dual Credit Programs – Camosun College South Island Partnership (SIP)

While students are enrolled in high school, they can have their tuition paid by the School District for our partnership programs (SIP)  with Camosun College. Students who meet the requirements can earn high school credits towards graduation, be enrolled as a Camosun College student and earn their first year of college where appropriate. Students typically go to Camosun in their Grade 12 year but can apply in Grade 11. Please see Mrs. Nicholson in the Career Centre for more information and to pick up an application. Tuition Free SIP Partnership Programs:
   Automotive Service Technology  Electrical  Medical Office Assistant
 Carpentry  Health Care Assistant  Metal Fabrication & Sheet Metal
 Community Support & Education Assistant  Heavy Mechanical Trades  Office Administrator
 Computer Network Electronics Technician  Horticulture  Plumbing & Piping
 Cook  Information & Computer Systems  Refrigeration & Air ConditioningMechanic
 Electronics & Computer EngineeringTechnology-Renewable Resources  Joinery/Cabinet Making  Technologies Exploration (TEAC)
 Legal Office Assistant  Welding
All these programs take place at Camosun College and range from 16 to 32 high school credits depending on the program. Grade 10 and Grade 11 is the ideal time to plan for a Partnership Program so that prerequisites for the program and credits for graduation are met. For more detailed information go to:
Bio 103 Sending compliments to our Biology 103 students who just completed their final university lecture and lab exams and the end of the course before holidays.  SUPERB EFFORT!  Special acknowledgements to the following students: Silken T. and Susan Y. achieving 100% on their first university lecture exam—wow!  Sheryn B., Isha C., Rina H., Kodi J., Layla M. D., Silken and Susan for exemplary final 103 course marks of A+!  The rest of the class marks ranged from A- to B+.  The 103 experience was appreciated by all in completing a post-secondary lab, learning new lab skills, handling new equipment and models, completing experiments and working in a collaborative setting along with the Camosun instructor, Laura Biggs. This is one of the Dual Credit courses offered at Belmont during Semester 1, whereby students receive 8 grad credits and a transferable university credit. They become an early registered student at Camosun, were exposed to university style lectures & exams, completed 14 labs (8 at Belmont, 6 at Landsdowne campus) and did NOT have to pay tuition for the course!  If you are interested, please see your counsellor or Mrs. Hyde in the Careers Centre or speak to Ms. Choma in room A304. Camosun Lab for Bio 103   Here are a couple of pictures of our Bio 103 students performing their last lab on Human Anatomy at one of the Camosun laboratory classrooms.
Grad Photos Once again, the website is ready for grads to go on line and sign up for your Grad photos.  Appointments available from January 30 to February 1, 2019 at Belmont School.  To book an appointment please go to the link provided or call 250-744-4100 if you require assistance.
My Blueprint & Google Classroom Reminder to all parents:  Please be sure to give online consent for your student to have access to My Blueprint and Google Classroom.  Both these websites are used for the Career Life Education and Career Life Connections courses that are required to graduate. Here’s how to do that:

1.      Go to

2.      Click “allow” or “consent given” for Google APPs for Education (GAFE) and My Blueprint

Belmont Psychology students traveled to the University of Victoria on Friday December 7th to participate in the Pacific Psychology Conference for High School students. Forty students spent the day in lectures and seminars learning about counselling therapy techniques, statistics and research, environmental psychology and the different degree options available to students wishing to continue their education in Psychology at the post-secondary level. It was a tremendous learning experience and an opportunity to hear their first university lectures from pre-eminent experts in psychological research.


Belmont Senior Girls Volleyball – 2018 season summary After graduating 7 players who had helped lead the team to two consecutive AAAA B.C. championships this year the Senior Girls Volleyball Team “re-tooled” and almost immediately climbed back to the top the provincial rankings. They compiled a record of 61-4 for the year, winning several big tournaments including the prestigious Red Serge Tournament hosted by the RCMP in Coquitlam. After capturing the City League Championship, the Lower Island Championship and the Island Championship the girls headed to the B.C. Championships in Penticton with the #1 ranking. After winning their pool and three straight play-off wins the team made their third consecutive provincial championship final, but this time were denied by a very strong Kelowna team. It was another stellar year in which the school was not only represented extremely well on the court, but also off the court where the team was noted for its comradery and love of the game.
Belmont Bulldogs TC10km team Set out your New Year’s Resolutions yet? Why not consider running or walking the TC 10km this year? Where?  Downtown Victoria When?   Sunday, April 28th, 2019 Race starts at 8am so best to be downtown around 7:15 – 7:30 as parking and getting to the start line can be challenging at times. How to register? Go to Register as a “registrant” and make sure to add that you are part of team Belmont Bulldogs! Have fun training!
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