Jan 9 – CLC12 students presenting Capstone Projects
Jan 19 – Dance Show Tech Rehearsal
Jan 21 – Copernican Day Blks A/C (2:20 pm dismissal)
Jan 22 – Copernican Day Blks B/D (2:20 pm dismissal)
Jan 22 – English 12 & English First Peoples Exams 1-3pm
Jan 22 – Dance Show Tech Rehearsal 3:30-9:00pm
Jan 23 – Comm. 12 & FRAL 12 Exams 1-3pm
Jan 23 – Dance Show Dress Rehearsal 3:30-9:00pm
Jan 24 – FRALP 12 Exam 9-11am
Jan 23 24 – No Scheduled Classes
Jan 24 – Dance Show Performance 7pm
Jan 25 – Dance Show Performance 7pm
Jan 25 – Chinese New Year – Year of the Rat
Jan 27 – Semester 2 Begins ABCD
Hello Belmont Families and Students.
As we’ve come to the end of another decade and usher in 2020, on behalf of our entire staff, we hope you have had a happy holiday!
The weeks leading up to the winter break were very busy at Belmont as we hosted our annual Winter Concert, ISP Gingerbread House competition, the annual 10,000 Tonight Food Bank Drive, our Grad Winter Formal at Bear Mountain, and this morning’s Santa’s Pancake Breakfast.
We look forward to school re-opening on January 6 as we finish off the first semester on January 22. A huge shout out to our PAC for their continued support and to all the parents and volunteers who make our school such a great place to live and learn. Below are some pics of 10,000 tonight with grade 12 students Zak, Mat, Jon, and Keagan and Jim from MOD pizza delivering a cheque to the Goldstream Food Bank for $2500. These proceeds were donated by MOD pizza from their opening day sales at their new location at Belmont Market.
Jim from MOD Pizza, Zak, Mat, Jon, & Keagan present the Goldstream Food Bank with a cheque for $2500!
On December 20th we hosted our annual pancake breakfast and had a surprise visit from Santa Claus (who looked a lot like Assoc. Superintendent Dave Strange).
And to top off today’s events, we hosted our 1st annual RCMP & Staff vs. Student Dodge Ball match at lunch. The students defeated the RCMP & Staff in a close match 2 games to 1. Thanks to our local WestShore RCMP for organizing this match and also brining pizza to share!
ISP Gingerbread House Contest
On December 17, our International Student Program hosted the annual gingerbread house contest. It was awesome!
Gr. 11 Students
Boarding U of Alberta is an exclusive event open to Gr 11 students from across Canada. Twenty lucky students will be chosen to visit our North Campus in Edmonton for the weekend of May 29-31, 2020. This is their chance to test-drive a Top 5 Canadian University, and to see first hand if Edmonton and the University of Alberta are the right fit for them. If selected, their ticket will include flights, accommodations and a whirlwind weekend of exciting events both on campus and in Edmonton. For more information, including a video from previous years, see https://www.ualberta.ca/admissions/undergraduate/tours-and-events/boarding-ualberta Applications will be accepted until end of day on February 17, 2020.
At the beginning of December, our ISP cohorts were so lucky to have Christine, June and Jack Jack visit our classes, work with our students and teach us about Nuu-chah-nulth culture. Student learned about the importance of traditional weaving practices and knit their own woolen pouches. Students also enjoyed traditional tea and smoked salmon. Many thanks to our Aboriginal Department for organizing this amazing experience for us!
Winter Warmies Drive
Gr. 12 student Austin T. organized a Winter Warmie Drive collecting mittens, scarves, coats and toques, etc. to donate to West Shore families in need. The Metchosin Firefighters came to the school to receive the donations from Austin. Thanks to families who donated items for this important cause.
Any girls, with or without experience, interested in playing rugby in the new year come see Mr. Barrick in the PE office for information.
Oct 31 – Halloween
Nov 1 – 3 – Belmont Music Retreat
Nov 1 – Fire Drill 11:55am
Nov 4 – PAC Mtg. 7pm
Nov 4 – Dry Grad Mtg. 8pm
Nov 5 – 8 – Numeracy 10 & Literacy 10 Assessments
Nov 6 – Gr. 9 Take Your Kids to Work Day
Nov 7 – Salmon Bake with Foods classes
Nov 7 – Metis Dancing
Nov 8 – Remembrance Day Assemblies
Nov 8 – University of Alberta Admissions presentation 9 – 10am, Room A208
Nov 8 – Mid-Term Report Cards Published via MyEd family & student portal
Nov 11 – Remembrance Day (school not in session)
Nov 13 – Camosun College Info session for Aboriginal Students, Focus Block, A109
Nov 13 – University of Calgary Info Session, Focus Block, B205
Nov 18 – Nov 29 – Grad Photos
Mid Term Report Cards
On November 8th we will be publishing mid-term report cards via the MyEd student and family portal. A reminder to ensure you have access by knowing your log in information. Instructions on how to reset your password can be found through our website under the Parentsmenu
Happy Halloween from our Students & Staff!
On November 8 we will be hosting our annual Remembrance Day assemblies in-lieu of the official ceremonies hosted on November 11 across Canada. Our students and staff do a wonderful job of hosting this event. Some quick info on Remembrance Day can be found at 10 Quick Facts on Remembrance Day.
Thanks to Mr. Huck & Ms. Hyde! As this week comes to a close, we want say goodbye to Mr. Huck (Vice Principal) as he begins a new journey as the Principal at Royal Bay and Ms. Hyde (Career Coordinator Clerk) who is looking forward to retirement. In both of their roles, they have made incredible contributions to our school and community and leave our school a better place. On behalf of our entire community, thanks for all you have done! Always a Bulldog!
Our Family Grows… We have 4 new chicks that have joined our Belmont family! They all hatched on Oct. 23 and are happy and healthy. We congratulate the proud parents (Ms. Allen’s SCN9 class 🙂 They can be visited by the back window of Ms. Mitchell’s classroom B312.
Career & Counselling Department News
Some upcoming informational dates for our students to be aware of:
November 5 – PSI tour @ Belmont 10:30am – 12pm
November 6 – Grade 9 Take Your Kid to Work Day
November 19 – UBC @ Belmont 9am -10:20am
Belmont will be hosting our annual BCPSI (Post-Secondary Institution) tour next Tuesday, November 5, in the theatre. In this fair-style forum, students will have the opportunity to talk to admissions staff, collect brochures (and swag!), and ask questions about programs, campus life, varsity opportunities, support resources, etc. 14 institutions will be attending; please see the list below.
List of attending institutions:
Royal Roads University, BCIT, Thompson River University, Coast Mountain College, Camosun College, Canadian Armed Forces – Royal Military College, UVic, Quest, SFU, Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, Capilano University, UBC, Vancouver Island University, and Vancouver Community College
Parent Night @ UVic
Parent Night is for the parents! Join us to hear the same information we provide to students when we visit local schools, including admission requirements for our programs, scholarships, and upcoming application deadlines. We’ll also offer some advice on helping your student transition successfully to life in university. If you have any questions about the event, please contact the Vancouver Island Student Recruitment Officer, Stephanie Parker, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free parking is provided for all attendees (register to receive instructions).
Date: Thursday, November 28, 2019
Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m. (check-in opens at 6:30 p.m.)
Grad Photos will be taken at Belmont School in the Learning Commons from Monday, November 18th to Friday, November 29th. To reserve a sitting time, please visit schedule.prestigeportraits.ca. Sitting fee is $25 (cash or cheques only), and due at the time of the appointment. Students, you are welcome to be creative and bring something you are passionate about. Examples, soccer ball, hockey stick and gloves, cheerleading pom, poms, ballet shoes, a hobby, etc. Please note: The Grad Photo will be used in the yearbook, so if you choose not to get Grad photos done please notify the school and we will need to put the school photo in its place.
The Wellness Centre hosts a student lead Youth Action Team (YAT) at lunch time on Tuesdays. This is for youth who are interested in health and wellness outreach. Some of our topics they are currently focused on incude LGBTQ health education, environmental action, mental wellness, and equality for women. Students are invited to attend if interested.
This past weekend, our Sr. Girls Volleyball team hosted their annual 16 team tournament with some of our Province’s best teams. Our Girls finished 4th through hard work and determination. Coach Toakley shared the weekend was also a celebration on “Seniors Night” as we recognized the grade 12s who are competing in their last year of high school volleyball.
Grade 12s in the top row are: Daryana, Abbey, Jasmyn, Anna, Luisa , and Carolina
Sr. Girls’ Volleyball Team members on Sr’s night.
Congratulations to Julianne S., Jadyn T. (Junior Girls); Louisa K. (Senior Girls); Cole B. and Jo S. (Senior Boys)! These five Cross Country Athletes raced at the Island Championships hosted at Beban Park in Nanaimo on October 23rd. Over the past month, Belmont had twelve Cross Country Athletes race in the Lower Island. Great work to all of those who came out, as it takes immense courage to compete and exert every ounce of energy on the race course.
Our school’s Mountain Bike Club began the school year with 5 rides at Bear Mountain, Upper Thetis (Scafe Hill), and at Hartland. We’ll look to start our weekly rides after Spring Break when the time changes back to DST. We will look to compete again in May at the BCSS Provincial Championships in Pemberton, BC. If any students are interested, please speak to Mr. Lamond.
These are exciting times for young innovators! The Science Fair Foundation of British Columbia would like to extend an invitation to youth in your community to participate in the 2020 Youth Innovation Showcase.
Who can participate?
Any young person between the ages of 12 to 24 who resides in BC or the Yukon.
Youth to create & submit a 30-second video stating; their name, age, where they are from, the School they attend, if applicable, and their innovative idea.
Submission Deadline April 30, 2020
Semi-finalists will be invited to interview with a panel of industry members
Mentorship will provide constructive feedback, Q&A and Go-To-Market feasibility analysis.
Finalists will be invited to Vancouver to pitch their innovations at a #BCTECH industry event to industry, post-secondary academia and investors.
Why Youth Should Participate?
Learn how to pitch their idea and speak in public
Engage with #BCTECH industry leaders
Learn about #BCTECH jobs of today and the future
About the Science Fair Foundation of British Columbia (SFFBC)
The Science Fair Foundation BC has been supporting youth science and technology education in British Columbia and the Yukon since 1983. With over 1,500 STEAM educators and professionals volunteering as mentors, judges and science fair hosts each year, SFFBC is the largest volunteer science outreach network in the province. SFFBC’s Science Fair Program is recognized as one of the most successful in Canada.
Contact us at email@example.com or visit youthinnovation.ca for more details.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Theatre on the Edge news…
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!
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!
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
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.
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.
September 18-21 – Grad 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.
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!
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.
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!
If you are interested, please see your counsellor or Mrs. Hyde in the Careers Centre or speak to Ms. Choma in room A304.
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
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.
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.
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.