Just when we thought Spring was on the way…

Important Dates

  • February 19 – Badminton Team practice after school Jrs. & Srs. welcome
  • February 19 – Sewing & Craft Club mtg. in Mrs. Marier’s roomA101 @ lunch
  • February 20 – All gr. 12’s must attend an important Grad mtg. during Focus Block
  • February 21 – Badminton Team practice after school Jrs. & Srs. welcome
  • February 21 – Mandatory Girls Soccer Mtg. @ lunch room B112
  • February 23 – Choral Collaboration Day
  • February 27 – Pink Shirt Day
  • February 28 – Counsellors visit Spencer
  • February 28 – Camosun Info Night 2019 5:30 – 8pm Lansdowne Campus
  • February 28 – WorkBC:  Find Your Fit (student 9-3:20/parents 4:30 – 7)
  • March 1 – WorkBC:  Find Your Fit
  • March 1 – UVIC Band Fest – Concert Band 9 & Sr. Winds 10-12
  • March 7 – Evening of Jazz 7pm Belmont Theatre
  • March 8 – International Women’s Day

First Semester Honour Roll

As we completed the first semester, we tabulated final marks and the following students in grades 9 through 12 are recognized for their achievements.  To note is 39% of Grade 9s, 40% of grade 10s, 41% of grade 11s, and 33% of our grade 12s earned honour roll status including an average of 14% of all students earning honour roll with distinction status (90% or above average in their courses).  The lists below provide a snapshot of students’ first name and last initial.

As a staff we continue to discuss ways to honour our students’ academic efforts and achievements.  Congratulations to all of our students for a successful first semester.

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Our Culinary Program begins…

Teaching Chef Ms. Andrea Harvey and Culinary Assistant Mr. Steve Letts have joined our staff at the beginning of the second semester and are continuing to work with a dedicated group of students in preparing to open the Belmont Bistro and Lakeside Cafe in the coming weeks; an incredible task to bring this vision to life.  Ms. Harvey and Mr. Letts both bring great experience and training to our community as we look forward to providing many students with skills that will last a lifetime.  Our entire school looks forward to the opening and can’t wait to taste some great food.

Below our students learn about food preparation, safety, and choice cuts of beef as an example of the theory behind the culinary arts.

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Belmont Grad of 2018 meets Royalty

This past week we received news that Sydney Waddington, a Grad of 2018, had the opportunity to meet Princess Anne (HRH The Princess Royal) in Worcester, UK.  Sydney is participating in the Lattitude International’s oversees volunteer program.  Each year, Lattitude International volunteers provide support for the secondary school and college’s blind and visually impaired students during the school day as well as in the residential housing and extracurricular activities. The picture below comes from the Worcester News and shows Sydney and Her Royal Highness greeting each other.

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Girls’ STEM Leadership Conference: Sustaining Our Future

Female students from Grades 7-10 are invited to the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) conference on April 25 & 26 at St. Margaret’s School in Victoria BC.

The purpose of the conference is to  inspire young leaders by sharing stories of integrity, environmental stewardship and green innovation solutions to help our communities from the threat of plastics and extreme weather events.  Women  from a variety of careers  such as Physical Oceanography Research, Software Developer, National Geographic Explorer, Ocean Networks, Mechanical Engineer, Microsoft Developer, etc will presenting.

Please see Mrs. Nicholson in the Career Centre if you are interested in attending this conference.  Seats are limited.


Spring is early at Belmont.  Well… then it snowed!

 

 


Belmont Bytes Gear Up for First Robotics International Competition

Our School Robotics Team Belmont Bytes, shared this video of our team preparing for the upcoming First Robotics Regional Competition hosted at the Save On Foods Memorial Centre March 7-9.  The event is free and open to the public so come out and cheer on our team and two robots, JUNO and Rusty!

 

 

 


Find Your Fit and Career Fair

SD62 and Find Your Fit are collaboratively hosting hands on learning explorations for grades 5-10, a Community Night, and Secondary Career Fair and hands-on exploration sessions. General information for all events are below.

 

Feb. 28th 9:00am- 3:20pm

Secondary Career Fair and Find Your Fit

Find Your Fit and community partners have paired up to offer our grade 11 students a great day of hands on activities and career exploration opportunities. Students will explore careers, engage with community partners, explore apprenticeship opportunities, meet local business owners and learn about Work BC and all they have to offer.

 Feb. 28th 4:30- 7:00pm

Community Night for all community members and students

This evening event will encompass a variety of hands on and learning opportunities for Middle and Secondary years, plus adults. The event will host vendors such as Work BC, currently industry employers, Health and Wellness businesses, the BC Construction Foundation, the technology sector and more.

Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in: career activity stations, a career technology zone, labour market information stations, as well as learn about career tool kits, career profiles, and careers treks.

Parents, friends and families – everyone welcome.

March 1st 9:00am- 2:15pm

Grades 8-9 Students: Belmont, RBSS, Spencer and John Stubbs (this year).

Grade 8 and 9 students will visit career activity stations and labour market information stations where they can take part in hands-on activities related to specific careers. These activities will help students uncover their strengths and interests, giving them the knowledge they need to get started with their careers planning.

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Theatre on the Edge news…

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Belmont Art

Congratulations to A.J.  (Grade 12) for winning first place in the black and white poster category and Angie  (Grade 11) for finishing first place in the colour poster category in the Royal Canadian Legion Poster Contest. The students were honored with an awards ceremony at the Royal Canadian Legion #91 Prince Edward Branch on January 27th and were each presented with a certificate, pin, and $100 cash prize.  Exceptional work A.J. and Angie! Congratulations again to you both!

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Belmont Music (BMD)

The Music Department beat the snow by a day with a hugely successful mini-tour of two elementary schools in our district. We packed up two school buses and a one tonne truck and left Belmont at 7:00 am on Thursday Feb 7 to showcase seven performing ensembles in shows for Millstream and David Cameron Elementary. Belmont students were roadies, stage crew, and musicians, as well as excellent ambassadors. We shared the stage with the grade 8 band from Ecole John Stubbs and sang together with grade 5 students at David Cameron. It was fantastic!


Athletics

Rugby Canada Development Academy

  • Congratulations to the team on going undefeated at the Abbotsford Elite 7’s. The Academy scored 150 points for and only allowed 10 points against. Day one of the tournament was an opportunity to perform and put all of our practice in to game play, there were many executions highlights both offensively and defensively. Day two was a big learning day, the team had to adapt to adverse and freezing conditions and after a tough first game the girls bounced back with a strong performance in the second game. Another highlight was playing with Academy Alumni and Senior Team members. Carmen Izyk and Olivia DeCouvreur. Well done ladies!
  • Good luck to the girls this Family Day weekend.  The Academy will be competing in the Western Canadian Championships against Alberta, BC, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.

Belmont Girls Rugby

  • February practice: Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30pm-5:00pm in the gym
  • March practice: Monday, Wednesday 3:30pm-5:30pm & Friday 2:30pm-4:30pm on the field

 

VI Parent Conference

A Great Start – the 2018/19 school year begins!

On September 4th we welcomed this year’s grade 9s, the graduating class of 2022, to school by hosting a welcome assembly followed by a morning highlighted by opening lockers and finding classes.  Our grade 9s had the chance to rotate through their classes and meet their teachers in addition to be assigned their lockers.

On September 5th we welcomed back our grade 10-12 students lead by the graduating class of 2019. Our Clerical, Custodial, and Counselling teams worked diligently on preparing our school for the school year start up.  As of today, our student enrolment is 1436.

On September 7th we hosted a Pep Rally where we celebrated the beginning of the school year by highlighting many of the great things happening at Belmont.

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It’s always incredible to have all of our students together as we truly realize our school is very much like a small town…

On September 11th we hosted the first PAC meeting of the year.  Our new President Ms. Pritchard and new Treasurer Ms. Waller hosted in addition to welcoming the parents who attended.  To note, we are looking for 2 more parents to volunteer to complete the Executive in the positions of Secretary and Vice President.  All parents are welcome to attend our monthly PAC meetings to support many of our school programs as well as collaborate with our Admin team.

We expect the 2 portables we received over the summer to be ready for occupancy near the beginning of October and in addition, the Belmont Bistro/Lakeside Cafe renovations have begun.  A reminder to all students and their families to continue to bring snacks and a lunch until further notice.  Some clubs and teams are hosting lunch time sales as minor fundraising opportunities.


Important Dates

September 18-21Grad Spirit Week: Tuesday Tacky Tourist/Tropical Shirt, Wednesday    Belmont Blackout, Thursday Back to the 90s, Friday is PJ Day.

September 26 – Family Open House: On Wednesday September 26 we host our annual    Family Open House at 6:30pm.  We will send more info via email through School Messenger.

September 24-28 – Awareness Week: see more details below.

October 2 – PAC Meeting 7pm

October 3 – Belmont hosts Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock BBQ


Focus Blocks – FAQ

This year at Belmont we are supporting students with an hour of “Focus” time every Wednesday between blocks A and B.  This also occurs at Royal Bay and Edward Milne.  Focus or Flex blocks, as they are commonly known, are used throughout school and Districts across Canada.  The link below is to a “FAQ” or frequently asked questions memo regarding our approach.  It is expected all students will participate and use this time to support their learning and passions.

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Leadership Class hosts Awareness Week

Hello Belmont!

The last week of September (September 24-28) will be our first school-wide SPIRIT WEEK!  Along with a daily theme, we will have lunch-time booths in the foyer to bring awareness of different clubs, services, and awareness in our community!

Monday 24 Sept – PURPLE DAY! Purple Day for INCLUSION!  Our very own GSA will be out at lunch, come check them out!

Tuesday 25 Sept – GREEN DAY! (No, we don’t mean the Band!) Green Day for THE ENVIRONMENT!  A booth and representative from the CRD will be out, talking about the 3Rs!  There might be some prizes!

Wednesday 26 Sept – RED DAY! Red Day for MILITARY APPRECIATION!  We live near the Pacific Fleet of the Royal Canadian Navy and many of our students are in Military Families!  A booth and representative from the Military Family Resource Centre will be out at Lunch!  Come say hi!

Thursday 27 Sept – BLUE AND WHITE DAY! Why Blue and White?  Because it’s our SCHOOL COLOURS! Our Jr. Varsity Football team has a HOME GAME that afternoon, so show some school pride!!

Friday 28 Sept – ORANGE SHIRT DAY! “The annual Orange Shirt Day (on 30 Sept) opens the door to global conversation about all of the aspects of Residential Schools.”  Let’s have a discussion about the aftermath of Residential Schools and to help survivors in their reconciliation.

Show your school spirit and your awareness of what’s going on in our community by wearing these colours!

Hosted by the Belmont Leadership Class!


News from GISP (Global and Intercultural Skills Program)

Congratulations to Morgana A. and Christine C.who were awarded a 5 week bursary to study French in Quebec this past summer. Both students improved their French language acquisition skills as well as experiencing the French culture. Morgana and Christine enjoyed meeting Canadian students from various cities across Canada as well as experiencing different community events and local activities. Félicitations les filles!

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Upcoming:  The First meeting for GISP (Global and Intercultural Skills Program) is Tuesday, September 18th with Ms. Evans at lunch in room B309.

Interested in a Service Trip to the Green School in Bali?  Meeting on Thursday, September 20, at lunch with Ms. Evans in room B309.


AVID Study Tip

Effective studying involves more than re-reading your textbook or notes. Instead, try explaining your notes aloud, in your own words. Visit the material in as many ways as possible—visually, auditorily, conversationally, and kinesthetically. Draw it out. Explain it to a sibling, friend, or parent. Move your fingers when you identify or recite specific points to remember. These tips can help you turn passive review into effective active study sessions.

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Biology 103 – Our Grade 12 Dual Credit Cohort

Sending compliments to our Biology 103 students who just completed their first university lab after school on Thurs.  WELL DONE!  The experience was appreciated by all in completing a post-secondary lab, learning new lab skills, handling new equipment and models, completing an experiment and working in a collaborative setting along with the Camosun instructor, Ms. Laura Biggs.

This is one of the Dual Credit courses offered at Belmont during Semester 1, whereby students receive 8 grad credits and a transferable university credit. They become early registrants at Camosun College, get exposed to university style lectures exams,  complete 14 labs (8 at Belmont, 6 at the Landsdowne Camosun campus) and do NOT pay tuition for the course!

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Some of our Bio 103 students
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Dual Credit Bio 12

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are interested, please see your counsellor or Mrs. Hyde in the Careers Centre or speak to Ms. Choma in room A304.


Athletics News

Basketball

All girls (Gr. 9-12)  interested in playing basketball are invited to attend free drop in open gym on Mondays from 7-9pm in our gym

Volleyball

The Belmont Volleyball Programs are well under way with a total of 5 teams this year.  We will have:

2 Junior Girls Teams  (Monday Games)

 1 Junior Boys Team  (Thursday Games)

1 Senior Boys Team  (Wednesday Games)

1 Senior Girls Team (2 Time defending BC AAAA Champions) Tuesday Games

With about 50 athletes going this promises to be another exciting season.

Sr. Boys Volleyball Schedule

All matches start at 6:00pm. Team members are reminded to be there by 5:30 pm.

Sept 19th Reynolds, SMUS @OAK BAY
Sept 26th PCS, Oak Bay @SPECTRUM
Oct 3rd PCS, Esq, Reynolds @BELMONT
Oct 10th Royal Bay, Stellys @OAK BAY
Oct 17th Royal Bay, Lambrick @REYNOLDS
Oct 24th Claremont, Oak Bay @MT DOUG
Oct 31st Royal Bay, PCS, Esq @BELMONT

Sr. Boys Tournament Schedule

Sept. 21-22 Camosun @PISE, Oct. 5-6- Nanaimo VIU Tourney

Oct. 19-20 Junior Boys Tourney (ALL SENIORS MUST ATTEND ALL DAY EACH DAY)

Nov. TBA- Duncan Christian Tourney

Nov. 5th – PLAYOFFS @TBA                                 Nov. 16/17- Islands @ TBA

Sr. Girls Volleyball

The Senior Girls Volleyball Team got their 2018 season off to a strong start in Nanaimo at the Dover Bay Invitational Tournament. The girls posted a 5-1 record, their only loss coming in a tie-breaker. This coming weekend they travel to UBC to take on some of the best teams in the province. The team is: Taylee P., Gracie M., Jocelyn S., Aspen N., Jordyn W., Jasmyn L., Abbey N., Elise G., Daryana M., Sierra C., Kylie K., and Maggie M.  The team is once again coached by Mr. Toakley.

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Badminton

There is Club Badminton every Wednesday from 7-8:30pm in our gym.  The cost is $10 for September to Christmas and the money covers the cost of the birdies.  Badminton will be cancelled September 26 due to a volleyball game.  See Mr. Willing in room B312 for more details.