- 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
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!
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
School Entrance and Exit Zones:
Route: Belmont Home Page > Students > School Entrance & Exit Zones
Activating/Accessing MyEd Student Portals:
Route: Belmont Home Page > Students > MyEd Student Portal
Route: Belmont Home Page > About > Bell Schedule
Route: Belmont Home Page > About > School Calendar
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 class competed in a cake baking and decorating challenge this week! Please see samples of the amazing work below.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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!
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.
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.
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.