April Showers bring May Flowers

Important Dates
  • May 4 – Fire Drill 1:30pm
  • May 10 – PAC Mtg. 7pm
  • May 13 – Pro-D (school not in session)
  • May 17 – Gr. 9 catch-up Immunizations
  • May 18 – O’Canada/Grad Song auditions @ lunch
Earth Day Activities

These are all our Belmont Outdoor Ed 9-12, Environmental Science 11, Social Justice 12 students. The educators that I have the privilege of partnering with are Megan Bondurant, Brechan Bird and Georgina Tran. We are all working hard to help educate and do action in support of all living things with the goal of creating biodiversity to sustain life. We spent the entire day today and removing invasive species and planting native trees donated by Langford Parks. Shelby Newcombe provided the expertise and support for our student to work hard all day long. We are all grateful for the donation of resources and time. 

We are currently working on a native grass, trees, and plants reclamation project of hillside adjacent to Belmont. We have an ongoing invasive species removal program. If anyone is interested in making native plant donations please contact me.

Prom

Prom tickets are now sale on School Cash Online.  Forms will also be available in the office.  This is a formal night of dinner, dancing, and photo booth for the graduating student and their guest the the Crystal Gardens, 713 Douglas St.  Tickets on sale $145.00 each until June 3rd.  Hours are 5:30-10:00pm.  Optional Prom photo prior to the Prom at the BC Legislative Building at 4:30pm.

Dry Grad

Will take place on Sat. June 11th, 3:00-9:00pm at Belmont School. This is a grad only event. No guests permitted. Cost is $5 and tickets are available on School Cash Online or forms can be picked up in the office.

Culinary Arts

We are proud of all our students who participated in cake decorating in Culinary Arts class. Attached is a photo of Angelina C. & Sarah Q. who made a buttercream vanilla cake with buttercream roses and real roses.

Superb learning happening in Culinary

Belmont staff and students working together to solve limited parking challenges.

Fine Arts

It’s music festival season here in the Belmont Music Department! After a two year hiatus, it’s pretty exciting to get on a bus and head out to perform and listen to live music, and learn from respected adjudicators. On April 13th, our Concert band 9/10 and Sr. Wind Ensemble travelled to Port Alberni to participate in the Vancouver Island Concert band festival. It was a fantastic day that ended with pizza in the park 😊. Our Jazz Band spent April 26th in Nanaimo at the West Coast Jazz Festival where they heard lots of great music and were awarded Silver for their polished performance.

Our Vocal Jazz Ensemble will have its turn on April 30 at the Oak bay Vocal Jazz Festival in the company of other local high school groups. They’ll share the stage with Soundsation, a college Vocal Jazz group from Edmonds, WA. That concert is open to the public and takes place at Oak Bay High School at 7:00 pm. Our amazing Drumline is off to Abbotsford for the Canadian Drumline Competition on May 5/6, where they will try to beat last years’ second place finish. Last but not least is the West Coast Choir Festival on May 11, where our Concert Choir will showcase their work.

Great to return to a busy April!

Dance Company

Congratulations to Dance Company! They performed at the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival last week, and had three pieces selected to be performed in the “Highlights” performance at the end of the festival. This event is open to the public, and takes place on Wednesday, May 11 at the Farquhar Auditorium at UVIC at 7:00 pm. Please come support Belmont’s dancers! Tickets are available on the Farquhar Auditorium website https://tickets.uvic.ca/TheatreManager/1/tmEvent/tmEvent3042.html.

Come join the dance program! The final audition to join Dance Company for next year will be on Wednesday, May 18 in the Theatre from 4:30-6:00 pm! If you feel passionate about dance, want to develop your dance skills and creativity, and find a fun community where you can build friendships, then come audition! Some previous dance experience in any style(s) is preferred, but everyone is welcome to audition! Visit the dance studio or email Ms. Narciso (mnarciso@sd62.bc.ca) or Ms. Kaupas (lkaupas@sd62.bc.ca) if you have questions!

Athletics
Belmont Sports Banquet

Belmont Sports Banquet will be Wed June 15th at 6 PM.  All athletes who have paid their athletic fee are invited but must let Mr. Lowe know they plan to attend.  If you are uncertain if you have paid your fees or not, there are posted lists in the gym. 

Belmont Ultimate Frisbee

Congratulations to the Belmont Ultimate Frisbee team who is qualified for the Island Championship games for next Monday and Tuesday afternoons. Good luck to the team!

Belmont Badminton

Congratulations to the Belmont Badminton Team who finished 3rd yesterday at the City Championships.  It was a great season and we look forward to next year.

Careers
Women in Trades Conference at Camosun College

Last week, our girls in Metalwork classes attended the Women in Trades Conference at Camosun College. The hands-on activities were amazing and the day was a wonderful event.

Emily H. (on left) at the Women in Trades Conference at Camosun
Homestay Families Needed

The school district’s International Program is looking for great host families who are interested in welcoming an international student into their home next school year. Students come from many different countries (Germany, Mexico, Thailand, Spain, Brazil, Japan, Italy, China, and more), and typically stay for 5 or 10 months, attending one of the high schools in the district. If you are interested in learning more, contact homestay@sd62.bc.ca. Families are encouraged to apply now, as placements are currently being made for September. To apply directly, use the QR code in the image below or visit http://www.sookeschoolsvictoria.com/homestay/

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