In the Spirit of Kindness!

Important Dates
  • February 21 – Family Day (school not in session)
  • February 22 – Course Selection Gr. 10 – 12 Deadline
  • February 23 – Pink Shirt Day
  • February 24-25 – Gr. 9 Immunizations
  • March 2 – Fire Drill 12:40pm
  • March 3-4 – BandFest
  • March 7 – International Women’s Day
  • March 8 – PAC Mtg. 7pm
  • March 15 – Lockdown Drill 12:40pm
Pink Shirt Day

In 2007 in Nova Scotia, Grade 12 students David Shepherd, Travis Price and a few friends saw that a Grade 9 student was being bullied for wearing a pink shirt on the first day of school.

They knew they had to do something to show that this kind of behavior was not OK.

They decided to go out and buy a bunch of pink shirts and hand them out to other students to wear.

By the end of that week, most of the students in the school were wearing pink shirts to show support for the Grade 9 student who was bullied.

Pink Shirt Day this year is on Wednesday, February 23rd. Please remember to wear pink in support of anti-bullying and creating a more kind, inclusive world.

Our Belmont Music Department choir recorded this piece “Secret For the Mad” in the spirit of kindness for Pink Shirt Day. Enjoy!

Belmont & Grad Wear Update

The volunteers from the Entrepreneurship 12 class are thrilled to announce that the Belmont & Class of 2022 clothing orders have arrived! The students delivered as many orders to students and staff last week as they could. Please contact Mr. Grainger at tgrainger@sd62.bc.ca to arrange pickup if you haven’t received yours yet or if you have any questions!

University of Victoria Information

Any grade 10 or 11 students interested in a possible pathway to UVIC after high school are welcome to register for a Discover UVic presentation or book a Zoom meeting with our UVIC liaison recruitment officer, Stephanie Parker. You can send her an email at stephanieparker@uvic.ca.

Athletics
Golf

Anyone interested in playing for the Belmont golf team, please see Mr. Lowe in the gym to register and get more info.  Available to all grades and is coed.

Sr. Girls’ AA Basketball

On behalf of the Sr Girls AA basketball team, we are proud to announce we have qualified for the Provincial Championships Mar 1-5 in Langley. 

We fought hard this past weekend and came second overall on the Island after a tough loss to Claremont.  Announced MVPs of the tournament: Mikayla E., Jordyn R., Halena M. and Nicola S. 

WAY TO GO GIRLS !!!!!

Jr. Girls’ Basketball Div. 2

The Jr. Girls B Basketball team has finished their regular season play undefeated and seeded #1 in the league! Their hard work and determination to be successful has paid off. Facing injuries, concussions and the departure of Pauline F. back to Germany, they have continued to push through. When you see them in the halls, wish them luck during their playoffs. Congratulations team!

Community Workshops
Community Sports

February is the Border between Winter & Spring

Important Dates
  • February 2 – Semester 2 start
  • February 3 – Grade 8 Information Evening, 6-7pm (livestreamed)
  • February 4 – Boys Rugby 7s Information Mtg., Rm B314 at lunch
  • February 4-5 – BMD Drumline Retreat
  • February 11 – PAC Mtg. 7pm – MS Teams
  • February 12 – Choral Collaboration Day
  • February 14-22 – Course Selection Window for Grades 9-11
Course Selections 2022-23

Course selections for the 2022-23 school year will be taking place February 14-22. Students and parents, please refer to our website for the the updated Course Selection Booklet as well as instructions on how to select classes through the MyEdBC Portal Gr 10-12 Course Selection.

Grade 8 Family Information Evening

Our grade 8 information night will be livestreamed on February 3rd from 6-7pm. Throughout February, there will be virtual and in-person visits as well as counsellors and grade 8 teachers will assist students with course selections, and instruction on how select classes through the MyEdBC Portal.

Governor General’s Award

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

It is with great pleasure that we announce Louisa K. as the 2021 recipient, and Jacklyn H. as the 2020 recipient!

Métis beading

Ms. Marier’s class took part in a virtual Métis beading class last week with local Métis Elder Jo Ina Young! Attached is a picture of the beginning of their work.

Ultimate Frisbee

Interested in playing on the Belmont Ultimate Frisbee team this spring? Please come and see Ms. Sano in B311 at lunch or email rsano@sd62learns.org. It’s co-ed and everyone is welcome! A meeting day will be scheduled in early February. 

Athletics
Climbing Academy

Belmont is excited to announce that we will be offering a rock climbing academy next year. Everyone is welcome and no experience is required. If you are interested in participating, register online when completing your course selections for next year. For more information, please go to our website at Climbing Academy.

Rugby

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Important Dates
  • December 17 – Last Day of Classes before Winter Break
  • January 4 – Welcome Back!
  • January 10-14 – Coast Salish Weave Display in Learning Commons
  • January 11 – PAC Mtg. 7pm – Virtual
  • January 24-28 – Graduation Assessments
Dual Credit Biology Class

Congratulations to the students of the Dual Credit Biology class who wrote their 3 hours Final Exam for their Camosun Biology 103 course. They have worked incredibly hard this term and we are tremendously proud of them. Danny B., Simar B., Jessy B., Stavros C., Alex C., Ariah C., Lily D.L., Colby G., Hannah K., Emma L., Gia L., Emma N., Nolan P., Anya R., Sydney S., Julianne S., Katie T., Marissa T., Brooklyn W.

Simar B.
Cosmetology

Congratulations to the winners of the Winter Wonderland/Holiday Themed Hairstyle Competition (Introduction to Hairstyling class).

Winners: Madison S., Yvette G., Avery D., Shiloh P.

Scholarship Information

Congratulations to Gia L. who was awarded a Loran Provincial Finalist Scholarship for $5,000.

Congratulations to Jasmine R. who has earned the amazing accomplishment of becoming a 2021 National Geographic Young Explorer! Check out the National Geographic website to explore how Jasmine, and the other explorers, are raising awareness to protect our Earth. 

The link for the PowerPoint info from the evening of December 7th is on the Belmont Scholarship weebly: https://belmontscholarships.weebly.com/.

Here are some Ministry scholarship opportunities to share with grade 12 students:

BC Excellence Scholarship – Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca)

Pathway to Teacher Education Scholarship – Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca)

Belmont Garden

While winter is upon us, our garden us still in full swing! We had nasturtiums blooming up until December, students have been busy building our compost & saving seeds!

Gingerbread Decorating at Belmont

A huge thank you to Ms. Boyte, Ms. Evans, Mr. Feser and Mr. Martin for bringing joy of gingerbread decorating to Belmont!

Door Decorating

Thank you so much to all the staff and students for their hard work creating beautiful doors! It has brought cheer and joy to the school!

A big thank you to our fabulous Admin Team as well for being our judges! They put a lot of thought and work into their assessment and even went to the trouble of commenting on each door and awarding some special mentions! I’ve attached a few special mentions here…

  • Happiest Gingerbread Person Award – C102
  • Most Creative Non-creative Award – B313
  • All Wrapped Up Award – A312
  • Fa (La)3 Award – A301
  • Best International Design! – A207
  • Best Shameless Self-Promotion! – A214
  • Best Use of Draco! – B204
  • Curie-tivity Award! – B312

Now, drum roll please, the winners are…..

2nd Place – B311 (Origami) Ryoko Sano

TIE FOR FIRST PLACE

B213 (Ski Hill) Shannon Bornhodlt (Fisher)

D102 (ART) Annilee Guy

Prizes are given for 1st & 2nd place:

1st Place – A Safe Pizza Party

2nd Place – A Sweet Surprise

Athletics

Congratulations to the junior girls’ basketball team who finished with a record of 2 wins and 2 losses at this weekend’s Tip-Off tournament despite only having 7 players for the final three games of the tournament. Alison T., Ida S., and Chelsea T. led the Bulldogs in scoring, while Ida and Elena H. were top rebounders.  Savannah S. anchored the defense and led the team in steals, and Ida and Keira B. recorded the most assists. McKenna J. also played well and contributed some key baskets and rebounds. The girls will be in action again this weekend with a home tournament. 

Junior Girls B Basketball Team

Congrats to the Junior Girls B team for their opening game win vs Brookes on Monday night. The girls competed well in an “A” tournament last weekend and will compete in another  “A” tournament this weekend with games at Spectrum and Belmont.

Fine Arts – Winter Concert
New Year Parenting Programs
Community Events

‘Tis the Season

Important Dates
  • December – February – Warm Clothes Drive
  • December 6-10 – Door Decorating Event
  • December 7 – Virtual Grad Scholarship Info Night, 7-7:45pm
  • December 8 – Winter Concert 7pm
  • December 9 – Holiday Movie Night
  • December 9 – Belmont and Grad Wear Orders Due
  • December 13-17 – Spirit Week
  • December 14 – ISP/ELL/GISP/Leadership Gingerbread House Decorating Activity
  • December 16 – “Starry Winter Night” for Grads, 6-9pm @ Belmont
  • December 17 – Santa’s Breakfast
  • December 17 – Last Day of Classes before Winter Break
10,000 Tonight

Leadership is working with Royal Bay and EMCS this year to raise money and food donations for the Goldstream foodbank during the annual 10,000 Tonight event. Please consider donating nonperishable items or cash donations for families in need.  If you would like to donate cash, please use the QR code on the poster below.  A tax receipt will be issued to you.  Thank you!

We will be raising money and collecting community food donations on the following dates:

Wednesday, Dec. 8th from 5pm – 8pm @ Belmont School (Glenlake Road side in the Bus Loop).

Royal Bay will also be collecting community donations on Tuesdays & Thursdays over then next 2 weeks!

Please support in any way that you can! Thank you!

Grade 12 Information

Attention Grade 12 students in CLC – The Camosun College Business program is coming to Belmont to present on December 2 during blocks A & D in the theatre. If you are interested please connect with Mrs Robertson in A119 or jrobertson@sd62.bc.ca.

Post Secondary Institution Selections on the Student Transcripts Service (STS) Website: Post-secondary institution selections for upcoming graduates are now available through the STS website. Please share this information with your students.

“Starry Winter Night” – at Belmont, Dec. 16, 6-9pm

Belmont Grade 12s only event, no guests

Tickets $25 – on sale from Dec. 1 – Dec. 8 (must have 100 tickets sold for event to run)
Tickets sold online only: https://sd62.schoolcashonline.com/

Important: When you buy a ticket, you will need to select a group (1, 2, 3, 4). Grads, please plan with your friends to pick the same group number so you are together the night of the event. Groups will be rotating through game and food stations.

Tickets include: food and drinks, games, activities, and fun with your fellow Grads!
Suggested dress: semi-formal to formal – while some students may choose to dress formally, it is not a requirement, and everyone is welcome! We want it to feel a little special, but dressing nicely with what you have is great. 
*Some people may want to buy clothes, but we recommend not buying any clothing for the event until it’s confirmed that 100 tickets have been sold.

General expectations: students are inside for the evening; if you leave, you can’t come back in – for example, no vaping, no going out to your car. School code of conduct will be in effect, as is COVID safety precautions. Students who don’t adhere to the behavior expectations of the event may lose the ability to attend future Grad events (such as Prom).

Virtual Grad Scholarship Info Night

Jodi Robertson is the Scholarship Coordinator at Belmont. She is available via email to answer any questions you or graduating students may have about: what scholarships are available, the application process, and important deadlines at Belmont. Students can also email me to book times to meet in person.

Through the Belmont Scholarship Weebly,

https://belmontscholarships.weebly.com/, you will find: templates for scholarship resumes, information about different Canadian colleges and universities, links and application forms for scholarships, and more. Deadline dates are updated as they become available from organizations, the Ministry of Education, and the School District so checking regularly is best.

Jodi’s advice is to start now, as peak scholarship season is in February – June and it can become very overwhelming. Starting now with scholarship resumes and obtaining reference letters can help make the process easier and less daunting.

In addition, Jodi will be hosting a virtual Scholarship Info Night On Tuesday December 7th at 7:00 pm. The info session will run from 7:00-7:30 pm, followed by 15 minutes for questions & answers. A link will be sent out closer to the date.

Please RSVP to jrobertson@sd62.bc.ca if you plan to attend.

Honouring Indigenous Service Members during Remembrance Day Week

During Remembrance Day week, the Learning Commons commemorated Indigenous service members in WWI and WWII. The Aboriginal Veterans Honour List, which included 6600 Indigenous combat veterans, was displayed on the large sliding glass doors of the Learning Commons. Beside this list is a display of the “Cree Code Talkers,” who were a small, elite unit in the second World War tasked with relaying radio transmissions in the Cree language, which would become an encrypted code that was never broken. Their efforts were majorly important for the war effort; however, their efforts were only brought to light recently, due to the code talkers being sworn to secrecy. Displayed on the outer windows are a series of white crosses, each with a service member’s name, their Nation, and the territory they represented, so that passersby can read their names and show respect. 

Health & Safety

We want to take a quick minute to remind all families about SD62’s Communicable Disease Prevention Plan for parents. Please make sure you continue to:

  • Conduct daily health check each morning;
  • Keep student(s) home if they are ill;
  • Provide students with non-medical masks to wear while indoors; and
  • Wash hands before sending your children to school.
Belmont & Grad Wear Collection

Belmont Wear and Grad Hoodies are on sale now!

Belmont sweatpants, t-shirts, hoodies and grad hoodies are on sale now for a limited time! Sales are online-only. Visit bit.ly/belmontstyle for all the details! Brought to you by Belmont’s Entrepreneurship 12 class. Act quick as sales end December 9th! You can also scan this QR code below.

Simar B. is investigating leukemia cells in her dual credit Biology class. We are thrilled
to be partnered with Camosun and offer student advanced standing in their sciences!
Getting into the Spirit of the Season

Many thanks to Rachel N. (shown in picture below) and Daelyn S. for turning our office windows into a winter wonderland!

10,000 Tonight Food Drive
Games Day at Belmont
Fine Arts
Greetings from the BMD – November 2021

After last year, the Music Department is happy to be back to a normal school schedule, with masks of course! As we return to our normal ABCD schedules this year, we’re happy to finally announce that we’re back to our full ensemble classes. All of our music ensembles are off to a great start as we prepare for our upcoming events.

To start our year off with a bang, we were able to host our fall Meet the BMD event. Music students of all grades attended this event, making for a welcoming atmosphere to start the year. That evening we enjoyed many games and stations led and hosted by our lovely BMD Executive members. We also enjoyed a safely distanced pizza party to feed all of our musicians. To end this amazing event, we held a karaoke performance in the theatre.

To start our musicians off strong this year, the BMD hosted not one, but three music clinics! Our first clinic was held for our concert band players of all grades, featuring lessons from several talented UVIC music students. Our second and third clinics were held for all our drumline members, hosted by Mr. Rivollier, featuring other amazing clinicians who worked with our drummers. We’d like to thank our many clinicians for giving their time to help all of our student musicians!

Concert Choir members were treated to a visit from Mrs. Johnson, as one of SD62’s Indigenous Role Models. The drumming circle Mrs. Johnson facilitated created a very safe space for us to learn and ask questions.

As we progressed through these first few months, we also welcomed a new student teacher from VIU, Mr. Bradley! Mr. Bradley now teaches our guitar class and piano class, as well as conducting a piece for our concert band 9/10 ensemble. We welcome Mr. Bradley to the BMD!

This November, our concert choir performed live for Remembrance Day. On November 10th, several classes joined us in the Learning Commons, in honor of all veterans.

We’re very excited to announce the return of our annual Winter Concert on Wednesday, December 8th. All of our music ensembles, including Senior Winds, Concert Choir, Concert band 9/10, Jazz Band, Vocal Jazz, R&B, Drumline, and student combos will be performing at this fully masked event! Our event will begin at 7:00pm, with admission by donation. We hope to see you there!

School District 62 (Sooke) Hiring

Dear Families,

We are asked by our School District’s Human Resources Department to forward the following message to you:

School District No.62 (Sooke) requires Noon Hour Supervision Assistants to work on-call immediately.  These are school district paid positions, whereby adults are hired to assist schools in supervising students. Qualified candidates must be a holder of a valid Occupation First Aid Level 1 Certificate or be willing to get it at their earliest possible convenience. The hourly rate of pay is $24.91. Please see job description attached.

For more information about our District, please refer to our website at www.sd62.bc.ca.

Qualified individuals are invited to submit their cover letter and resume, including the names and telephone numbers of at least two references to the Human Resources Department at hr@sd62.bc.ca or www.makeafuture.ca.

Lest We Forget

Important Dates
  • November 10 – Remembrance Day Assemblies
  • November 11 – Remembrance Day (school not in session)
  • November 17 – BMD Purdy’s orders due
  • November 18 – Early Dismissal – Classes dismissed 12:05pm
  • November 18 – Learning Conferences – 2-4pm and 5-7pm
  • November 19 – Pro-D (student not in session)
  • November 22-December 3 – Grad Photos
  • November 26 – Mid-Term Report Cards Published
Remembrance Day Assembly

In honor of Remembrance Day, students and staff remember the fallen through a virtual assembly shown Wednesday morning. Please see attached link at https://youtu.be/DG13-qnACUw. Many thanks to Mr. Chan for his work on this video!

As well, Ms. Dawson and our Concert Choir hosted three small live performances in the Learning Commons. Performing “After the War”, a Canadian composition, to a live audience after a year of only making recordings was an absolute joy! See attached video of the live performance.

At 11:00 am, teachers lead their classes in a minute of silence

Grad Photos

Dear Grads and families,

Grad photos are taking place in the Belmont Learning Commons from Nov. 22 – Dec. 3. Photos are by appointment only. Appointments may be booked online at Prestige Portraits: https://schedule.prestigeportraits.ca/schedule/home.html

Online booking is open now and appointments should be booked 48 hours prior to photo day.

Please search for school under Province: British Columbia, City: Victoria

There is a free Yearbook only option so we can make sure all Grads are included in the Yearbook.

If you have any problems booking your appointment, please call: 1-604-294-1005

“Draco” the Service Dog

Draco dressed up as a “rufferee” this Halloween. No penalties were issued, just greetings and tail wags.

Family Studies 10 & 11

Family Studies 10 and 11 class, leading the kids from the Belmont Early Learning Center through a Halloween Story Walk. They planned it out, including writing the story and coming up with interactive pieces for the infant’s, toddlers, and preschoolers to work through. 

Immunization consent packages for grade 9 students will be sent home shortly. Follow the instructions inside the consent package and return the signed consent form to the school. Students in grade 9 will be offered immunizations in school-based clinics. Please discuss the information in the consent package with your child and include them in the decision to provide consent for immunization. This is an opportunity for adolescents to start making decisions about their own health.

Immunizations will be provided at the school for grade 9 students on January 20th & 21st, 2022.

A grade 9 student can make an informed decision about immunization regardless of their parent/guardian/representative decision to consent or refuse immunization.
For more information visit HealthLinkBC: The Infants Act, Mature Minor Consent and Immunization.

Contact the local Health Unit at 250-519-3490 if you have any questions.

Raising Digitally Responsible Youth – Informational Videos for Parents and Caregivers

Gain digital awareness and learn about ways to help teach your child about online safety. Videos – Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca)

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