Remembrance

Important Dates

  • November 17 – PAC meeting 7pm via MS Teams
  • November 18 – Semester 2/Block B ends
  • November 19 – Semester 3/Block C begins
  • November 19 – Student/Parent/Teacher interviews via MS Teams 1:30 – 3:30pm
  • November 20 – Pro D Day (no classes in session)
  • November 23 to December 4 – Grad Photos by Life Touch room B217
  • November 25 – Report cards published (MyEd)
Remembrance Day Assembly Virtually

Although this week were not able to host our annual school wide Remembrance Day assembly, Mr. Chan and our student hosts provided classes with a video

Youtube – https://youtu.be/j7MUINdr8es

Student MCs – Kyla K., Steven M., Ida S., &  Aisha A.

Student bugler – Alexa B.

Belmont Concert Choir – with Glynis Dawson directing

Our guest speakers this year are Elder Henry Chipps, Jim Lamond, and Officer Cadet Jeffery Corney (Royal Military College, Belmont Alumnus)

Memorial Window
Post-Secondary Information
  1. Post-Secondary BC (PSBC) events are happening, regionally, for students throughout the fall, and UVic will be offering four virtual presentations at each of these events. The upcoming PSBC events are as follows:
  • Victoria and South Island: November 16 (2-6pm) and November 17 (3-7pm)
  • North/Mid-Island and the Sunshine Coast: November 18 (2-6pm) and November 19 (3-7pm)

Registration is available, here: https://postsecondarybcvirtualfair.easyvirtualfair.com/prefair/

  1. Parent Nights will provide parents/guardians/supporters the opportunity to learn more about UVic. Attendees will  enjoy a presentation by the amazing Dr. Lisa Surridge, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, with some helpful tips on being successful in post-secondary studies. The focus of the talk is helping parents (and students) navigate the transition from high school to university.  The upcoming Parent Night is as follows:
  • November 22 at 5pm

Gr 12 students and parents are invited to join a virtual information presentation by UVic and Camosun on applying to post-secondary programs, Tuesday, Nov 24, 6:30 – 7:30 with a question and answer period to follow. A link to the Zoom event will be provided closer to the day of the event.

Parent/Teacher Interviews

Interviews will be held on Thursday, November 19th online from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Here is how you book an appointment:

  1. Go to: http://belmont.schoolappointments.com/
  2. Register under login
  3. Follow registration prompts
  4. Book the appointment time
  5. Click view appointments to access virtual link during meeting time
  6. You may have to wait in the virtual lobby

If you are unable to book on-line please call our front office at 250-478-5501 beginning Friday, November 13th, at 10.00 am.

If you are unable to book an appointment with a teacher due to availability, please contact him/her to set an alternate time or book a phone conference. 

http://belmont.web.sd62.bc.ca/parents/teacher-contact-info/

Thank you for taking the time to meet with your son/daughters and their teachers.

Transportation

Next Thursday, November 19 is an early dismissal day across SD62. This means that school will end early for secondary schools, please see schedule below. 
 
If your child takes school bus transportation, please note that pick up and drop off times may be different for that day only. Please see below.

REMINDER: Please follow the current bus schedule which ends on November 20. The new schedule begins Monday, November 23.

Belmont

Morning CohortAfternoon Cohort
School 9 – 11 a.m.11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
AM Pick up as per usualPick Up (from stop) 1 hour early
Dismissal and bus home at 11 a.m.Dismissal and bus home at 1:30 p.m.

For bus pick up times, please see here and adjust accordingly as noted above, particularly for students who attend class in the afternoon.

Questions, please feel free to email our Transportation Department: bussing@sd62.bc.ca

Thank you for your attention to this.

Spanish Classes – Altar de Muertos Competition

Miss Pampin’s Spanish classes have been working on a Day of the Dead project / competition. Congratulations to # 1: In Honor of Dr. Seuss who received the most votes with #3: In Honor of Ant #7 being a close second. Honorable mention goes to the others. Well done students! See photos below.

Students had to build an “Altar de Muertos” (altar for the dead) which is a shrine-like surface in honor of someone that has passed.  An “Altar de Muertos” typically contains decorative elements such as festive tissue paper designs and flowers, as well as symbolic elements that were believed to serve a purpose. These include food, water, salt, candles, a photo of the deceased, and sugar skulls, to name a few. (Did you know that sugar skulls replaced real skulls which is what the Aztecs originally used?). 

Message from Elder Henry Chipps

Dear Students,
It’s an honor for me to be in your class with you. O’Siem Siam. I hope that this 2020 school year you will complete all your work and have a successful time in each class. I hope you excel in all your subjects that you are doing this year.
I am the Elder in Residence for Belmont Secondary which means that I will be here on Mondays throughout the rest of the school year. I will be doing various classroom activities with you and your teachers in certain subject matters and I really enjoy supporting these activities.
A lot of students talk to me in the hallway or in their classrooms. This summer I saw students at various stores and coffee shops in our Community and it is always great when students wave or stop to say hi! Please feel free to say ‘hi’ when you see me out there! It is important because Every Child Does Matter. It really doesn’t matter what culture or ethnicity one is, in the senses that each of you are children of the world and are important. You are in this school and I am too and it is good to open dialogue and talk with each other in a good way.
Always appreciate your teachers when you are in the school. Remember, one time they were students just like you. In fact, in my cultural way teachers are like Elders, they are knowledge keepers. In my culture too they are held in high esteem which means they respected. In old ways nothing was written down, it was all oral communication from one generation to another, now in the 21st century we write things down and your teachers who have studied these things are able to communicate their learning to you!
Sometimes we have special guests and role models in our school and they teach you special skills. I have met a lot of amazing people with unique talents and you can learn something from each person who comes into your life. Last year, for example, a role model showed students in Ms. Rachael’s class how to make roses of cedar bark for hair style accessories. It was quite something. The students really enjoyed it.
When I was young I attended Metchosin Elementary, Dunsmuir Middle School, and Belmont Secondary (in the old building). I graduated grade 12 in 1971. I wouldn’t have graduated without the help of some of the teachers. There was a teacher in my life, his name was Leo Beinder. In fact, he has an award in his name here at Belmont. He knew I was a good student from September to December. From January to the end of June I used to go off the grades! In March, he used to come to me and say “it’s time to pull up your socks”, so that I would be motivated to pass!
In ’71 I went to Kelowna and took pre-op Carpentry, I got my Red Seal, and worked all over Canada. When I came back here in ’87 I moved back to Beecher Bay and was on Council from ’87-2003. I also got into Treaty Negotiations for my Nation. We have been in Treaty
Negotiations 25 years. Soon we will have the Te’mexw Treaty Passed into Legislation by both
the Provincial and Federal Government.
In 1999 I went back to school, to University of Victoria. At the ripe old age of 35…hahaha. I took
Indigenous Governance Degree and Public Administration. I graduated in 2006! I was the first
Graduate of Indigenous Governance. It’s never too late to achieve your goals in life. Take up the
initiative to complete your dreams.
Please feel free to talk to me when you see me! If you would like to talk one-on-one please ask
your school Counselor or Natasha Parrish and they can arrange a meet up! I hope you have a
great year at Belmont Ecole Secondary, I looking forward to spending time with you this year.
Elder Henry
hchipps@sd62.bc.ca

“10,000 Tonight – Food Drive!

Food insecurities are a big problem in our community. 2020 has been a difficult year for everyone, but especially those in need. All food and cash donations will go to the Gold Stream Food Bank. Belmont Leadership is hoping this event will connect the school to our community in these uncertain times. Together we can make a difference!

Does your family want to help the community this holiday season?  Belmont Leadership class is excited to announce that we are holding our annual 10 000 TONIGHT FOOD DRIVE in partnership with Royal Bay and EMCS secondary schools from November 30th – December 11th. 

There are two ways to donate:

  1. Classroom Hampers – Each classroom will have a box for non-perishable food donations.* Teachers will have envelopes to collect cash donations. 

There will be PRIZES!  For every item donated, students will receive one prize entry, and multiple entries are encouraged. Prizes will be drawn at the end of the food drive. 

  •  – As we are unable to do our normal house-to-house pick up, there will be four DRIVE THROUGH DROP-OFF EVENINGS. Student volunteers will be at Belmont and Royal Bay schools on Tuesday, December 1st and 8th and Thursday, December 3rd and 10th from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. The drop-off process will be fast and contactless! We hope to see you there!   

*All donations will be quarantined at the school before sent to the food bank. All volunteers will be following strict COVID-19 protocols.

Thank you in advance from Belmont Leadership!”

Safe & Healthy Schools

Program for Parents with preteens: Boys and Girls Club is offering a daytime group for parents with preteens. It will cover topics like Parenting and families, communication, self care, and more. Please share with your families. See attached called PWPS Wednesdays.

November Parent Meeting: Connecting with our Kids when Anxiety Leads to Social Isolation. The Victoria area date is Tuesday, November 24th at 4:00 pm. Please feel free to register for a date that works best for you. Registration Required for all communities: www.familysmart.ca/itk Date for Victoria: Tuesday, November 24 at 4:00 pm  Cost: Free of Charge  

Fall Back… time change

Important Dates:

  • November 1 – Clocks “fall back” – don’t forget to change your clocks!
  • November 3 to 5 – Graduation Literacy/Numeracy Assessments
  • November 10 – Remembrance Day video assembly
  • November 11 – Remembrance Day – no classes in session
  • November 17 – PAC meeting via MS teams 7pm
  • November 18 – Last day of semester 2/block B
  • November 19 – First day of semester 3/block C
  • November 19 – Student/Parent/Teacher interviews via MS team 1:30-3:30pm

The Belmont leadership team (Mr. Lamond, Mr. Dube, Ms. Horner, Mr. McHugh) is very grateful to our students, staff and families for the all the support you’ve shown during the September start up and through our first 2 months of classes.  As you know, the year has been divided up into eighths.   Each class in your child’s scheduled represents one eighth – A block/semester 1, B block/semester 2 and so on.  Reports for A block were published through the MyEd student/family portal on October 22.  As a school and district we have had to re-plan all of our schedules and daily routines so that we can follow the strictest safety guidelines.  I cannot express enough how proud we are of the students’ understanding of the safety protocols and their  ownership of responsibility in the school. 

By all accounts, A block/semester 1 was very successful.  Like you, we weren’t really sure what to expect, but the results are very encouraging and positive.

Attendance  Through reflecting on attendance data for the months of September and  October, our overall student attendance has been better than ever. This is in comparison to data collected in the same time frame from 2018 & 2019.

Course Completion More than 98% of our students successfully completed their course. After speaking with numerous students, staff and parents/guardians we have compiled some anecdotal information that we would also like to share.

Although students, staff and parents/guardians are feeling many different emotions about school at the moment, below are some of the consistent themes.

Student Feedback

  • A sense of great focus with only one class at a time to focus on
  • Increased understanding and engagement; increased support from teachers (individual time 1 on 1); greater sense of success
  • Easier to stay organized
  • Social and educational anxiety is down
  • Enjoying smaller classes
  • In some cases, increased sense of safety (socially as well as feeling they are in a calm school environment)

Teacher Feedback

  • Students have greater focus
  • Building relationships with students & families more than they have in the past
  • Negative classroom behaviours dramatically decreased
  • Experimenting with new forms of assessment
  • Sense of satisfaction in being able to assist students 
  • Enjoying smaller class sizes

Parent/Guardian Feedback

  • Pleased with the smaller classes sizes in terms of safety and H&S measures
  • Encouraged by the engagement and focus of their students
  • Pleased that extra-curricular activities are coming back line through a clear H&S protocol
  • Positive and grateful seeing their students back in school

While we recognize that this certainly isn’t a perfect situation, we are thrilled with how it is progressing.  Having the students back at school and breathing life back into the building has been incredible. 

Please make sure that you stay in close contact with teachers and have an ongoing sense of your student’s strengths, areas for growth, and ways that your student can be supported in their learning.

As we go through the year, we will keep you all updated.  It has been an exceptional year, but we have exceptional students, staff and community to rely on.

Pexsisen Elementary School & Centre Mountain Lellum Middle School

The busy site of our District’s new schools which will join the Belmont family of schools.

As many of you are aware, our District’s newest schools are currently under construction and will b ready for opening in September of 2022. It is incredible to see the transformation of the WestShores newest community.

Belmont Music Department:

Ms. Dawson leading choir in the Learning Commons…

Although our return to school plan has provided many challenges for all teachers, Ms. Dawson, Mr. Chan, and Mr. Rivollier have continued to find ways to offer great learning opportunties for our many talendted Belmont student musicians. In recognizing our teacher’s efforts to maintain our music program aliging with all of the health & safety protocols, they recenlty were featured on the cover of the BC Music Educators Journal.

A definite shout out our teacher’s efforts!

Grad Updates:
Graduation events are an opportunity for students, their families, staff, and the community to come together to celebrate our graduating students’ accomplishments and the transition from K-12 education. We want to recognize and celebrate our graduates in a way that keeps everyone safe. Last year illustrated that we can do this in our current context, as long as we are following the guidelines and are thoughtful in our approach.

In following the current guidelines regarding events and gatherings from our Provincial Health Officer, we will not be able to proceed with a Winter Formal celebration this year. We can, however, think ahead for Commencement and other grad activities and celebrations. We are looking to hear from students about what their hopes and dreams for graduation celebrations are. Graduates are encouraged to watch the Grad Google Classroom for opportunities to share their thinking and to ask questions.

Please contact Ms. Horner, mhorner@sd62.bc.ca, if you have any questions. 

Scholarship News:

Recently we received news from the University of Victoria that last year 27 of graduates received a variety of entrance scholarships totalling $143, 023.00. An incredible testament to the efforts of our graduates from just one post-secondary of many our grads are currently attending. A special shout out to Ms. Davis and Ms. Hoskins for their work supporting last year’s grads with their scholarship applications and awareness!

District News:

Our ThoughtExchange platform for families to contribute feedback is now LIVE! Here’s the link: https://my.thoughtexchange.com/407499254 The survey will remain open for two weeks and close on November 13 at 9 p.m. From there, we will share some of the common thoughts and opinions with families and staff in SD62 (by the end of November). Feedback will be presented to the Board for their consideration at their monthly Board meeting on December 15. All results will be presented to the SD62 community early in the new year.

Complete information about the Catchment proposals can be found on the SD62 website here: https://www.sd62.bc.ca/our-district/district-growth/catchment-review. There is a large list of FAQ as well. This list will inevitably change and grown as we start to see patterns and frequent questions. 

There is also an email address dedicated to the catchment review: catch62@sd62.bc.ca

PAC Meeting Nov. 17th:

Our next PAC meeting is on Nov. 17th at 7pm. If you are interested in attending the meeting on MS Teams please email your name and email address to belmont@sd62.bc.ca.

Yearbook Club:

Athletics:

Congratulations to Belmont grade 12 student and football player Riley Scheffer who commits to UBC!

Welcome Back Bulldogs!

A heart felt “welcome back” from all of our staff to our students and families as we begin a school year like no other. Our apologies this post is the 1st since spring break however we chose to use direct email for the information we needed to get to families as it unfolded through April, May, and June. Moving forward, we will continue to use this blog as our bi-monthly newsletter to share news and celebrations, direct email to parents for important reminders, and our school App and website for all other information. Our website will be the main source of reference for everyone.

Since the back to school plan was unveiled in late July by the Ministry of Education, the BC Centre for Disease Control, and the Provincial Health Officer, we have been working hard to create a plan that would ensure the safest possible learning environments for students and staff. In addition to these resources, families can get up to date info on COVID exposures in schools from the Island Health website.

We feel very fortunate our District has supported the “1/8th model” for our students and staff as this plan has provided the organizational structure which supports keeping learning groups well below the 120 student maximum as outlined by the back to school plan. Although, from a historical “time” perspective we have all experienced being in school where we attended 4-8 classes at a time, this model is far different. We truly believe taking one course at a time over a 5 week period (similar to summer school) will provide students and staff time to focus, reduce class size by using an AM/PM division, reduce the anxiety for students of having to take 4 classes at a time, and give students flexibility during the rest of their day to study and enjoy other interests or family commitments. This is the same model our neighbours Royal Bay Secondary and Edward Milne Community School are also using.

The 1st day…

On Thursday September 10, we welcomed our grade 9s in for their first full day of school in more than 5 months. Considering they had no orientation, school tour, or spring activities as they would have usually, the 355 grade 9s showed up ready to learn and easily found their way to their block A class. Wearing masks in common areas and hand sanitizing upon entry, collectively they sure seemed confident and aware of protocols. It was so incredible to finally have students back and our staff was extremely relieved that processes and protocols worked well so they could focus on welcoming the students.

Our teachers took the time to provide the grade 9s with guided tours of the various areas of our school while also discussing protocols we have to adhere to in order to maintain a safe and healthy environment. The grade 10s, then 11s and 12s followed on September 11 & 14 respectively and also demonstrated an understanding for how we have reorganized zones and entrance and exit protocols.

Overall, considering new organization, processes, and protocols, our students and staff started off the school year very smoothly. We really appreciate the patience and support from families and students.

2020/21 Course Schedule

Below is the finalized course schedule for the remainder of this year. Please note we will not be entertaining course changes. This is the same as in any school year. Any students with grad credit questions, please contact their Counsellor.

**Approved by our District on September 16, 2020

Scholarship Info

As in past years, we are happy to support all students, especially our grade 12s with Scholarship support. Ms Hoskins is our go to Scholarship lead and is always happy to help students. For more info see the info below.

Parking Lot Reminders

As we welcome students back, some reminders for families to consider in order to help ease traffic congestion:

  • If you must drop your daughter or son off or pick them up from school, please arrange to have a meeting spot off of campus. This will ease frustrations and congestion.
  • Please do not stop at D wing or Zone 1 entry to let you child out as this causes back up for other people entering the lot.
  • If the driver of a vehicle has a handicapped designation but does not need to leave their car as they wait for a student, please don’t park in the handicapped/accessible spots as those are used for students requiring the use of a wheelchair or crutches. If we ask you to move, please understand why:)

Safe and Healthy Schools Info

Healthy Schools, Healthy People Newsletter

Family Smart Webinar Opportunity for Parents: September Topic: Parenting when Anxiety Shows Up as Anger

Join us as we answer questions families have asked about the relationship between anger and anxiety.  We’ll share experiences and strategies that can help in hard moments and focus on strengthening our relationship with our children and youth when those have passed.  Connect and learn with other families for this online discussion. 

Video Guest Speaker: Karen Peters, MA, RCC, (Registered Clinical Counsellor)

Follow up Discussion facilitated by Lisa Tate & Wendy Safruik Parent’s in Residence  

Cost: Free of Charge – Date: September 29, 2020 – Time: 7pm -8:30pm

Registration Required: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1134168643535377165

Happy New Year!

Important Dates

  • Dec 23-Jan 3 – Winter Vacation
  • Jan 6 – Welcome Back
  • 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.

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!

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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.


ISP Weaving

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!

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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.


2020 Francophone Games


Fine Arts

Evo of Band 2020 Poster FINAL


Athletics

Girls’ Rugby

Any girls, with or without experience, interested in playing rugby in the new year come see Mr. Barrick in the PE office for information.

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Community News

Mind-Fit-WH-Fall

Important Dates

  • 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 Parents menu


Happy Halloween from our Students & Staff!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Their names are Beauté, Coco, Ming Ming,  & Egon


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

BCPSI

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

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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 stephanieparker@uvic.ca.

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.)
  • LocationBob Wright Centre, University of Victoria

Register now


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.

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Wellness Centre

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.


Athletics

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

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Sr. Girls’ Volleyball Team members on Sr’s night.

Cross Country

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.

MTB Club

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.

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Jim, Connor, Jimi, & Myles on top of Scafe Hill prior to a nice descent!


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.

The Details

  • Direct youth to register online at youthinnovation.ca
  • 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?

  • Win prizes!
  • Mentorship
  • 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 info@youthinnovation.ca or visit youthinnovation.ca for more details.