October has arrived!

Our Ab Ed Staff provided these canvases

On another note, our District has recently finalized the Strategic Plan 2018-2021 which will help anchor the direction of schools and our community in the coming years.  Parents are invited to review the plan and know that as a school, Belmont students and staff will be using the Strategic Plan to help define a focus of inquiry this year.

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AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) News

AVID 9 student workshop

On Thursday September 27th our AVID 9 cohort collaborated with members of our Ab Ed staff participating in a workshop focused on the meaning behind Orange Shirt Day. What a great “cross-curricular” opportunity!

International Student Program

Our ISP program hosted a “meet greet, and welcome” activity with our AVID 12, Geography 12 and GISP (Global Intercultural Studies Program) students this past Friday where they collaborated on designing clothing out of newsprint in addition to using the colour orange.  Their efforts were celebrated with a fun fashion show judged by select staff and students. What a cool event for all our students!

ISP Newsprint Fashion Design Project!

Careers news:

Check out the upcoming volunteer opportunities, jobs and career events at http://bsscareercentre.weebly.com/.

Click on the tabs at the top of the webpage to select ‘volunteer’, ‘jobs’, ‘career events’, and ‘successes’.

Careers 10:

Students will participate in Career Life Education 10 through a blended model of face-to-face instruction complimented by a G Suite (Google) classroom. Assignments 1A, 1B, 1C are due October 5, 2018.  If you still need to join the google classroom here are the codes:

French Immersion:  7rv4jz

Avid:  w4mnesO

All others: Od7xmfi

Any questions come see Mr. Dube, Miss Rachael or Mrs. Robertson in room B210.

Grad Transitions:

Be sure to follow:

‘Grad Transitions 12’ on the Belmont App; and join the ‘Belmont Grad Transitions’ Google Classroom – Code: ar773or


Yes! It is already time to start thinking about buying your yearbook! Yearbooks will be $50 and can be purchased at the office with cash or online. Sales begin now and will go ONLY UNTIL December 21– so get your order in early! There will be no extra copies available for sale this year, so make sure you pre-order!

GRADUATING IN 2019? This message is for you!

Grads 2019! Now is time to start thinking about your Yearbook Grad Quote! All quotes must be submitted by December 21st! Please note: all Grad quotes will be submitted AS IS- please make sure your quotes are edited (spelling, punctuation or grammatical errors WILL NOT BE CHANGED by Yearbook staff). Any inappropriate content will not be accepted, and your quote will be automatically replaced with a standard inspirational message. Please email your quote to:


Students who are enrolled in the following Dual Credit Courses, must attend an orientation/registration session.

Accounting 110 and Marketing 110 -Thursday, October the 4 at lunch time in Room B222, (Mr. Grainger’s classroom).

Psychology 154 and Math 100 – Wednesday, October 17 during Focus Block  in the Learning Commons.

Information and registration packages will be distributed at these meetings do not miss the opportunity to have High School and Camosun College credits while you are still in High School. The college tuition is covered by the School District. Students however, will be expected to pay a nonrefundable application fee of $41.82.

See Mrs. Hyde for more information in the Career Centre.

Camosun Bio 103 Lab

Here are a few pictures of our Bio 103 students performing a sophisticated lab at one of the Camosun laboratory classrooms last Thursday.  They did very well testing for lipids, proteins, sugars and starch on 4 unknown milk samples.  Everyone enjoyed themselves and appreciated the lab skills learned at a post-secondary institution.  The students were successful in correctly identifying the samples based on their observations and conclusions.

Camosun instructor, Laura Biggs is shown below helping one group; 2 other group pics showing students testing for macromolecules.


Athletics News

Senior Girls Volleyball

Congrats to the Senior Girls Volleyball Team after their championship performance at the 29 team VIU Tournament this weekend in Nanaimo! After going undefeated in their Pool play, the girls defeated Brentwood College, Oak Bay and St. Thomas Aquinas from Vancouver to claim the VIU trophy. Everyone played well and First Team All-Stars were awarded to Taylee P. and Jocelyn S., while Gracie M. was named tournament MVP. This coming weekend the girls are playing in the local Camosun Tournament and would love some Belmont student support!

Upcoming Basketball tryouts…

Sr boys:

Thursday Oct 11: 3:30-5:30pm, Friday Oct 12:  2:25-4:30pm, Monday Oct 15: 7:00-8:30pm

Jr boys:

Monday Oct 8: 6:30-8:00pm, Thursday Oct 11: 6:30-8:00pm, Friday Oct 12: 2:25-4:30pm

Monday Oct 15: 7:00-8:30pm

South Gulf Island Fire/Rescue Youth Camp

Do you want to know what it takes to be a firefighter?  The Fire Rescue Camp on Pender Island from March 18-23, 2019 will challenge you in the basic elements of firefighting, search & rescue, medical first response and rope rescue.  There will be a strong emphasis on teamwork, physical fitness and community service.  Applicants must be 15-18 years of age.  For more information and an application, please see the Career Centre.  Deadline for applications is November 8, 2018.

Imagining Possibilities Conference 2018

Do you want to meet women in different career pathways, be able to take charge of your own future?  Do you want to learn about Personality Strengths, Finding your Heart’s Inner Wisdom, Self Defence, Job Search Boot Camp, the Real World of Money and Healthy Relationships?  These are some of the workshops offered at the full-day “Imagining Possibilities” Conference sponsored by the Soroptimist Club.  This free conference is on Thursday, November 1, 2018 for female students 15 years or older.  Pick up field trip permission forms and a conference description from the Career Centre.  Space is limited to 30 students on a “first come first served’ basis.  Deadline for forms is Thursday, October 18, 2018.

 Community News

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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.


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.

Focus Block FAQ

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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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


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.

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


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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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.