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

 

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