- 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…
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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