Welcome to Winter

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Upcoming Important Dates

  • Dec 2 Grade 9 Immunizations Forms must be returned
  • Dec 2 Poinsettia and Purdie’s Pick up from 2:30-4 pm
  • Dec. 8 Winter Concert 
  • Dec. 12-16 Spirit Week
  • Dec. 16 Winter Warm -Up Breakfast 
  • Dec. 16 Last Day of School before Winter Break
  • Jan.3 Welcome Back to School
  • Jan. 5-6 Grade 9 Immunizations


Grad Winter Formal Reminder See link below for all information

:https://belmontbulletin.files.wordpress.com/2022/12/winter-formal-letter-2022-002-002.pd


Student and Family Affordability Fund

We know that there are Belmont families who are feeling the burden of rising costs on a daily basis. This pressure will continue as we head into the Winter Break. As you are aware, we have access to one-time funding focused on easing financial struggles. Families facing hardship are encouraged to reach out to their child’s Counsellor or Vice Principal to discuss supporting your child.


Keeping Young Drivers Safe

As some of our senior students earn their driver’s licenses, we want to ensure that they take this responsibility seriously. At our recent grade 12 assembly, Constable Mark Hall (School Liaison Officer) highlighted the importance of following all driving laws, including travelling at a safe speed and not overloading vehicles. He shared that in addition to fines and point penalties, students who overload are personally liable (not covered by ICBC) for passengers. RCMP will be watching out for dangerous driving in the community and ticketing as needed. Please make sure that you are speaking with your child about staying safe on the roads.


Belmont Pep Rally

We started off this week with a PEP Rally, a great time was had by all, introducing, clubs, teams, etc. ending with a Staff and Student tug of war.


Scholarship Info Night

Any grade 12 parents, guardians or students who missed the scholarship info night on November 30th, 2022 can access the presentation here.  Feel free to contact Mrs. Hoskins (choskins@sd62.bc.ca) if you have any questions.   Stay tuned for the second info night in the new year!


Newcomer Families Night

The Intercultural Association of Victoria has organized a Newcomer Families Night for families in Sooke and the Westshore. It will be held on Wednesday, December 14th, at Spencer Middle School, and all Newcomer families in our school district are invited to attend! Poster attached.


The Governor General’s Award has been presented since 1873 and has become one of the most prestigious awards a Canadian student can receive. Each year, Belmont is honoured to present this award to the graduating student who earns the highest average on all combined grade 11 and 12 courses upon graduation and final grade submissions.

It is with great pleasure that we announce graduate Jim Wheen as the 2022 recipient! In addition to excelling in the full range of courses at Belmont, Jim is a top ranked mountain biker and coach, skilled outdoorsperson, and kind individual. Jim will be attending the University of Victoria to study Engineering.


Belmont wear and grad hoodies are on sale now!

Belmont sweatpants, t-shirts, hoodies and grad hoodies are on sale now for a limited time! Sales are online-only. Visit bit.ly/Belmont2023 for all the details! Students can also come check out the try-on station in the school foyer at lunch to see sample sizes! Brought to you by Belmont’s Entrepreneurship 12 class. Act quick sales have been extended until December 12th.


Belmont Boys Soccer

It is with immense pride and gratitude that we (coach Gant, coach Pags and Ms. Gaetz) announce that Belmont Boys Soccer are champions of the Colonist Shield!! The boys fought hard at Hampton field and that hard work paid off. This is the first time that Belmont’s name will be on the shield since 1995, and previously 1978,77,76. If you see one of the players in the hall or in your class, please make sure to congratulate them on a job well done!!


Fall in the BMD – November 2022

Welcome back to another year in the Belmont Music Department. As always, we have the pleasure of seeing many new and old faces as we strive for another year of musicianship and improvement. Though we are sad to see Mr Chan go, we are delighted to have Ms. Fortin return, and to welcome back Ms Spencer as the new director of Senior Winds. 

Starting off the 2022/2023 year with our annual Meet the BMD gathering in September, music students of all grades attended this amazing welcome event full of games and treats. To end the evening, we held a delicious pizza party to feed all of our musicians. 

Shaking off the summer cobwebs, both literally and figuratively, clinics were held for concert band members of all grades. Featuring personal lessons within sections as well as a mass band rehearsal with several UVic students, we thank all our clinicians for spending a Saturday afternoon with us. 

Congratulations go to Drumline, directed by Mr Rivollier, with tremendous support from Lachlan and Alex. Drumline performed at Belmont football games for the first time in six years! Special thanks to the Belmont Athletics department for their support in making this possible

The Concert Choir, directed by Mrs Dawson, performed live for Remembrance Day. On November 10th, everyone was welcome to join us in the Learning Commons, in honor of all veterans.

This year the BMD has had many fundraising opportunities for the recent, overnight trip to Comox, as well as for the upcoming Con Brio Whistler and Abbotsford trips. Besides the usual Purdy’s and Poinsettias, we also held our very first BMD Bottle Drive. Special thanks to Ms Spencer for coming up with the idea and our directors and Music Executive for organizing the event.

Dates to look forward to as we get closer to the holidays: November 28th, a Pep Rally will be held for the whole school featuring both Drumline and R&B performances. Show your Belmont spirit! Carolers will be singing in Millstream Village on Saturday December 3 and 10 to spread that holiday cheer! 

And last but not least, we host our annual Winter Concert on Thursday, December 8th,  All performing groups this semester, as well as solos and student combos, have been working hard for this event. The concert will begin at 7pm, with admission by cash donation. Food Bank donations are also gratefully received. We would love to see you there!

Belmont Music Department

Scholarship Deadlines Approaching

UBC Entrance Awards Application Students who have applied to UBC can apply for the Centennial Scholars Entrance Award.  These awards are based on student’s financial need and a separate application from other automatic entrance award considerations is required. 

Eligibility Requirements:

– You must be a strong academic student

 -You must meet all UBC entrance requirements 

 – Open to first time undergraduate students

 – You must be a Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, or protected person living in Canada

For more information see the link below:

Deadline: December 1st, 2022

RBC Future Launch Indigenous Youth Scholarship

This award is for Indigenous students to help them complete their post-secondary education.  There are 20 scholarships available valued up to $10,000 each year for up to 4 years.  These are available to First Nations, Métis and Inuit students across Canada.  Students should demonstrate strong academic achievement and community involvement. 

Deadline: December 1st, 2022

West Kelowna Orthodontics Scholarship

This award is $500 and involves writing an essay on the ways that orthodontics can improve a person’s life.  

Student Eligibility:

 – BC Resident

 – Planning to attend college/university for full/part-time studies in September 2023

 – GPA of 2.5 or higher

To apply or for more information see the link below:

https://westkelownaorthodontists.ca/orthodontics.php

Deadline: December 31st, 2022

Association of School Transportation Services of BC Commercial Heavy Duty Mechanic Scholarship

The ASTSBC will award 4 scholarship annually to eligible students attedning a BC educations facility for the expressed purpose of attaining certification as a Commercial Heavy Duty Mechanic

For more information and application see the link below:

Deadline: December 31st, 2022

Parents/Guardians and graduating students please also see the Belmont Scholarship link for other December deadlines (below) or see Mrs. Hoskins for support – choskins@sd62.bc.ca

https://belmontscholarships.weebly.com/december.html


Scholarship Deadlines Approaching

  1. Schulich Leaders Scholarships

Applications to be the Belmont nominee for this prestigious award are open now.   They offer at least 20 undergraduate scholarships valued at $60,000-$80,000.  They are available to students in Canada planning to enroll in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Mathematics) programs at specific Canadian universities.  Each secondary school may nominate ONE student.  If you would like to be the Belmont nominee please fill out the nomination form in the Grad 2023 Google Classroom by January 6th, 2023 (that is the first Friday back after winter break so please think about this sooner rather than later!)

  1. Beedie Luminaries Scholarship

Beedie Luminaries offer 105 scholarships to Grade 12 students in BC who are applying to any BC post-secondary institution.  They offer $15,000 awards for 2 year programs and $40,000 awards for 4 year programs.  They are looking for resilient students who have faced significant adversity.  Students must have demonstrated grit, desire, and potential to create positive change.

Deadline: January 12th, 2023

For more information: click the link below, check out the scholarship website or contact Mrs. Hoskins for support: 

  1. Cmolik Foundation Scholarships

Belmont is able to nominate one student for these scholarships of up to $35,000.  The foundation is looking specifically for students who have faced significant adversity, but through hard work and determination have been successful in achieving their goals.  These awards are awarded to students who have demonstrated a good work ethic, tenacity, and commitment.  It needs to be proven that without financial assistance, these students would not be able to attend post-secondary school.  If you would like to be the Belmont Nominee for this award, please complete the nomination form in the Grad 2023 Google Classroom by January 20th, 2023.

  1. For more information please click the link below, check out the scholarship website and/or reach out to Mrs. Hoskins for support:




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