Lest We Forget

Remembrance Day 2022: Wishes, Messages, Captions and Quotes

Upcoming Important Dates

  • Oct 31st – Happy Halloween
  • Oct 31- Nov 4th – Graduation Assessments/Spirit Week
  • Nov. 8th – PAC Meeting 7:00 pm – Learning Commons
  • Nov. 10th – Belmont Remembrance Assemblies
  • Nov 11th – Remembrance Day – School not in session

Reminder: Wednesday November 30th from 5:30 to 7:00 PM, join us for the Scholarship Info Night in Room A 109

BC X-Country Championships

Several of our students will be both competing and volunteering at the BC X-Country Championships at Royal Roads on Nov. 5th. Wishing them all good luck.

Purdies Fundraiser
We’ve launched our Purdies Fundraiser in our quest to help our students raise money for spring travel! All orders are due by Friday, Nov. 18. Orders must be picked up (and delivered to customers) on Friday, Dec. 2.
If you click Fall Fundraising and scroll down, you will find instructions to participate in this simple and popular fundraiser.

The Fall Food Drive

The Fall Food Drive will be happening for October 31st to November 10th. We are accepting non-perishable items and canned foods, please do not bring any homemade items or items that have been opened. . This Food Drive is for all A block classes, and will have a pizza party for the winning class. 

Orange halloween banner with pumpkin spider and bats

Upcoming Important Dates

  • Oct. 17th – Poinsettias and Purdie’s Launch
  • Oct. 20th – Great BC Shakeout
  • Oct. 21st – Pro D Day – No school in session
  • Oct. 26th – UVIC and Camosun Parent Info Evening
  • Oct. 27th – Photo retake day/ISP- Leadership Pumpkin Carving
  • Oct. 31st-Nov 4th – Grad Assessments – Spirit Week
A huge shout out to the amazing Belmont drumline!
This award-winning group makes our day brighter every time they play.

Dear Belmont Students and Families,

We hope that everyone has been enjoying our sunny fall! We would like to acknowledge the incredibly hard-working staff and kind students who make our school a wonderful place to be! Please see our most recent Belmont Bulletin for recent news and upcoming events. We value student success and are hoping you will partner with us in reinforcing a few key messages to ensure that all students are reaching their potential:

  • We ask that parents do not contact students during class time unless it is an emergency. During instruction, we encourage students to keep cellphones in their locker or backpack so that they can be fully attentive to their schoolwork. Our front office is always available during school hours and can contact your child in class if you need to urgently reach them.
  • Student employment can be an important part of a young person’s learning and growth. However, after school jobs need to be balanced with schoolwork. Students should ensure that they are scheduling work shifts well after the school day has ended, as we need students to be in attendance until the end of the day. We also encourage students and families to continue discussing how to strike the right balance between personal wellness, homework and commitments outside of school.
  • Please note that we are a scent-free environment. Perfumes and other fragrances can trigger asthma attacks and allergies in other individuals.
  • Now that we are well over a quarter of the way through semester 1, students should have a clear idea of how they are progressing in their courses and a sense of how they can meet their learning goals. If they have any questions, we encourage them to connect with their teachers. Parents also do not need to wait for report cards or learning conferences to check on progress – please reach out to teachers for updates as needed.

It has been a wonderful start to a ‘normal’ year! We look forward to continuing to work with you in keeping our community strong.

Sincerely,

Your Team at Belmont

UVIC & Camosun College Info. Night Oct. 26th in the Belmont Theatre from 6:00-7:00 pm. Join us in the Learning Commons for our Parent/Guardian Student Information Evening.

Student Photos

If your student had their photos taken, during school photo day on Sept. 15th, proofs have been delivered to their A block teacher. Please check with your student to see if they have received them. You can order through the information received with the proof or online at mylifetouch.ca using your student ID # and process payment through Lifetouch. Please note that Photo Retake Day is October 27th, 2022.

Purdies Fundraiser

We’ve launched our Purdie’s Fundraiser in our quest to help our students raise money for spring travel!

All orders are due by Friday, Nov. 18. Orders must be picked up (and delivered to customers) on Friday, Dec. 2.

If you click   Fall Fundraising and scroll down, you will find instructions to participate in this simple and popular fundraiser. 

Thanks for the support 😊

Welcome Back!

Important Dates
  • Sept. 15th – Picture Day was held in the Gym
    • Sept. 17th – Belmont Music Dept. Instrumental Clinics
  • Sept. 19th – National Day of Mourning for Queen Elizabeth
  • Sept. 29th – Orange Shirt Day – Meet the BMD event
  • Sept. 30th – National Day for Truth & Reconciliation – School not in Session
The Belmont Music Department has started up and are ready to play!

Students are making great use of our new Careers area in the Learning Commons

In Need of Noon Hour Supervision Assistants On-Call

The Sooke School District is in need of Noon Hour Supervision Assistants On-Call. Please contact the School Board Office at 250-474-9800 for further information.

Grade 12 Scholarship Information:

Mrs. Hoskins (choskins@sd62.bc.ca or choskins@sd62learns.org) is available for scholarship support all year.  First semester she is available for direct support in A and B block in the library mezzanine or by email.  Grade 12s – if you are curious about what awards are available and what you may be eligible to apply for please read the attached poster for details and connect sooner rather than later.  Make sure you are in the Grad 2023 Google Classroom as important updates will be posted there as well as in the Belmont Bulletin and school communication.    

Important Upcoming Scholarship Applications:

LORAN Scholars Belmont Nomination Application (we can nominate up to 3 students)

 – Due Wednesday, September 28th, 2022

 – Applications will be posted in the 2023 Grad Google Classroom at the beginning of the school year

LORAN Scholars Official Application

 – Due Wednesday October 12th, 2022 

 – Belmont nominees will be informed by Wednesday, October 5th, 2022 if they have been nominated

 – Applications are completed through the LORAN Scholars website

If you are curious about this award and whether or not you qualify please see Mrs. Hoskins or check out the LORAN Scholars website: https://loranscholar.ca/becoming-a-scholar/faqs/  

FAQs | Loran Scholars Foundation – Fondation Boursiers Loran Independence is an important character trait possessed by Loran Scholars. As a way to develop this and to broaden their perspectives, Loran Scholars have been encouraged to study outside of their home region. Many have learned and grown a great deal from that experience, however we appreciate that there are other ways to develop independence. loranscholar.ca

Belmont Scholarship Website:

Grads! Please review the Belmont Scholarship Website (linked below) for your reference.  Due dates and instructions for applications will be updated as they become available (but due dates are generally similar to years previous): https://belmontscholarships.weebly.com/september.html

September – WELCOME TO BELMONT’S SCHOLARSHIP WEBSITE September Storwell’s Foster Children Bursary Program Storwell offers an annual bursary of $2,000 in support of foster children to help them attend post-secondary schools and to offer a hand up as they make their way forward in life. belmontscholarships.weebly.com

June Celebrations

Important Dates
  • June 22 – National Indigenous Peoples Day
  • June 24 – Prom, Crystal Gardens, 5:30-9:30pm
  • June 27 – Semester 2 End
  • June 28-29 – “I” Days
  • June 29 – Report Cards Published
  • June 29 – Last Day of Classes
Graduation Celebrations
Commencement Ceremonies

Congratulations to our Gr. 12 Graduates! They celebrated their accomplishments on Sunday, June 12 at UVIC. Take a sneak peek on the link below of the grade 12 Grad song arranged by grads, Rachel N., Anya R., Stavros C., Danny B., and Katie T.

Grad Song.

Dry Grad

Dry Grad Thank You

A huge shout out to Debbie Jarvie, Lacey Donaldson, the 78 parent volunteers, the City of Langford and all of the local businesses who made Dry Grad a success on Saturday! There were activities on the back field, in the gym, upstairs, and in the theatre, a prize wheel that did not stop spinning all day (every student received at least one prize), and tons of great food and treats to eat. Over 200 students attended, and they were all happy, full, and exhausted by the end 🙂 

National Ambassador Youth Forum

Félicitations/Congratulations to Jacey S. who was selected to become an Ambassador at the next National Ambassador Youth Forum taking place in Saskatchewan! She will be one of 33 youth across Canada whose mission is to promote the French language and official bilingualism in their schools throughout the year.  

Cosmetology Awards

Congratulations to the following students who received awards in Cosmetology.

Cosmetology-Hairdressing 2022WinnerGrade
Outstanding Overall Stylist – Cosmetology 9Raeana G.9
Outstanding Overall Stylist – Hairstyling A (Introduction to Cosmetology)Shayna R.11
Outstanding Overall Stylist – Hairstyling B (Intermediate Cosmetology)Shiloh P. (Also won BRONZE medal in South Island Skills BC – Hairdressing Competition)12
Outstanding Overall Stylist – Hairstyling C (Advanced Cosmetology)Autumn R.12
Outstanding Overall in EstheticsAverie C.11
Athletic Banquet

On Wednesday, June 15th we recognized our Athletes and their accomplishments this year in Belmont Sports. Congrats to all our Athletes!

Belmont Leadership

Thank you to our Belmont Leadership students and sponsor teachers who were responsible for all our fun activities this year.

Grad v. Staff Softball Game

Grad vs. Staff Softball game was Friday at lunch with a 3-2 win for Staff over grade 12’s.

Legion T-Shirt Logo Design Contest

Most recently, Wendy T. from Belmont Secondary (Art Class teachers: Ms. Shafer and Ms. Robinson) won the T-Shirt Logo Design Contest and was awarded the $100 prize. The design will likely be seen on new Langford Legion shirts in 2023. Congratulations to Wendy!

Belmont Drumline

Belmont’s Drumline has won the National Championships. Over the past 4 years, the drumline has been cementing its status as a premier Drumline in Canada. This Monday, the drumline’s passion and hard work has finally paid off. Congratulations to the BMD Drumline, for adding a National Championship to the school’s long list of accolades.  Congrats Belmont Drumline participants!

Athletics
Belmont Golf Team

Congratulations to the Belmont Golf Team for placing 10th at the BCHS Golf Championships June 5-7th in Agassiz.  Players are (left to right):

Mr. Lowe, Jace M, Preston L, Brayden B. and Arav P.

PAC Meetings 2022/23

The first meeting will be on Tuesday, September 13th at 7pm on MS Teams. Subsequent meetings will take place on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7pm.

Our amazing 2022/23 PAC will be:

  • President: Lacey Donaldson
  • VP: Debbie Jarvie
  • Secretary: Mary-Anne Showers
  • Treasurer: Laura Shaner-Gale
  • SPEAC Rep: Pam Miller
  • Directors at Large: Sandra Arnold, Ayo Akinradewo, Janet Harrington, Krista Levant
Summer Learning

Summer Learning at Belmont is a great opportunity to get ahead, lighten your load for next year, or make up a class. Classes are half days over five weeks. They will only run if there is enough enrollment, so register soon through WestShore Learning Centre!

South Langford School Announcement

We want to share the good news that was announced by the Ministry of Education and Child Care this morning regarding a new elementary school in South Langford (Latoria Road).  While we continue to try to move the project forward quickly, we anticipate that this school will open in September of 2025.  Please see the government announcement here:  South Langford families look forward to new elementary school | BC Gov News

Welcome to June!

Important Dates
  • June 1 – Commencement Rehearsal
  • June 3-4 – Belmont Spring Dance Show, 7pm
  • June 6 – Spirit Week – Beach Day
  • June 7 – ISP/ELL Year-End Celebration, 10am – 1pm
  • June 7 – Fire Drill 9:30am
  • June 7 – Spirit Week – Sports Day
  • June 7 – Belmont Backyard Olympics, lunch
  • June 8 – French Immersion Recognition, 5-6pm
  • June 8 – Spirit Week – Grade Color Day (Gr. 9 RED, Gr. 10 GREEN, Gr. 11 BLUE, Gr. 12 PURPLE)
  • June 9 – Year-End Concert, 7pm
  • June 9 – Staff vs. 12s Softball Game, lunch
  • June 11 – Dry Grad, 3-9pm
  • June 12 – Commencement Ceremonies, 11am & 3pm
  • June 13-17 – Graduation Assessments
  • June 14 – Belmont Music Dept. Photo Shoot
  • June 15 – Athletic Banquet, 6-8pm
  • June 15-18 – Belmont Spring Drama Production
  • June 22 – National Indigenous Peoples Day
  • June 24 – Prom, Crystal Gardens, 5:30-9:30pm
  • June 27 – Semester 2 End
  • June 28-29 – “I” Days
  • June 29 – Report Cards Published
  • June 29 – Last Day of Classes
National Indigenous Peoples Day – June 22nd

We will be hosting an Indigenous Peoples Day Event on June 22 at Belmont. Stay tuned for more information.

2022-2023 School Calendars

Please see attached school calendars for next year.

Yearbooks

Online sales for Belmont Yearbooks is now closed. Yearbooks will be available for purchase on day of distribution but there is a limited supply. It will be first come, first serve. Please listen for announcements for distribution day. 

Scholarship Winners

To date our grads have earned over $202 000 in scholarships and bursaries!!! Congratulations to the winners! Check out this article on Megan and Ariah : https://www.goldstreamgazette.com/community/belmont-students-win-40k-scholarships/.

2023 Grad Pinnie Orders

2023 Grad Pinnie Ordering starts MONDAY MAY 16TH.    Deadline to place order is Friday JUNE 3, 2022.

More information in the “Belmont Grade 11s” google classroom.

Order using the School Cash Online system https://sd62.schoolcashonline.com  (When it asks for your student number – it means your PEN number)
Pinnies are $40 each.  You can view sample sizes in the outside window of the hair salon room next to entrance #4

*** Can’t guarantee a second order in September, or the current price, so strongly recommend ordering this round.
ABSOLUTE FINAL DEADLINE to place and pay for order is FRIDAY JUNE 3, 2022.

Work Experience

Do you have a part-time JOB or are you planning to work over the summer? Do you want to earn 4 credits towards graduation? Work Experience is a 4-credit course, where you work 100 hours at a job, fill out log sheets to prove your hours, and complete a self-evaluation and reflection questions. If you are interested please email Mrs. Robertson jrobertson@sd62.bc.ca or go to A119 to sign up.

*An application form and a few additional documents must be in place PRIOR to students beginning to log their work-based hours. As well, students are not able to use previous hours, the only hours that may be considered are those hours gained AFTER the Work Experience contract has been signed by the WEX Teacher, application documents are submitted, and a Worksite inspection has been completed.

Media & Youth

Sometimes the media will interview students or ask for comments “off-school property.” The media consents that you sign or decline at the start of the school year only apply to anything happening school property or at a school endorsed event (like a field trip). There are no consent requirements to protect students who are approached by media “off-school property” for comments or interview. Please consider having a discussion with your child(ren) about media, your expectations and their comfort level. We encourage anyone that is uncomfortable to decline comments or interviews and to let us know if they need assistance or felt pressured by the media outlet.

Outdoor Education

Gr. 9 and 10 Outdoor Education class at Camp Bernard.

Gr. 11 & 12 Outdoor Education class in Galiano.

Athletics
Sr. Boys Rugby

Our Sr. Boys Rugby 7s team finished 1st in the city this season with a record of 5 – 1; they scored points 178 for and only 24 against. This earned them a spot in the Island Finals where they won the Island Championship last week. They are off to the Provincial Championships June 1, 2, and 3. Good luck Team!

Update: The boys rugby team has made it to the quarterfinals of the BC 7’s Championships. Kickoff is at 12:25 today. Here is the link to the livestream. https://bcss.tv/2022-rugby-7s-championships/.

Belmont Golf Team

Congratulations to the Belmont Golf team as they finished second at the Citys, third at the Islands and have qualified for the BC’s June 5-7th in Agassiz, BC.  Team members are:

Preston L.

Arav P.

Brayden B.

Jace M.

Good luck team!

Fine Arts
Belmont Spring Dance Show

Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4 at 7:00 pm (doors at 6:30 pm) LIVE in the Belmont Theatre! Tickets are now on sale at  https://sd62.schoolcashonline.com/Fee/Details/13052/137/False/True or tickets can be purchased at the door. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults. 

Belmont Spring Drama Production

Tickets for Belmont’s “Little Shop of Horrors” are now on sale at lunch in the theatre and at the door.  Show times:

June 15th         5:00 pm (doors open at 4:30 pm)

June 16th –       5:00 pm (doors open at 4:30 pm)

June 17th         7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)

June 18th         7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)

Cost is $5 for students, $10 for adults. Tickets can also be purchased at the door or on school cash online.

Langford Mosaic Mural

Belmont students participated with other local artists and West Shore Arts Council in creating a new mural as part of a nationwide project, with the aim of creating connections between Canadians from coast to coast. See attached article in the Victoria News https://www.vicnews.com/entertainment/photos-new-langford-mosaic-mural-represents-true-north/.

Youth Action Team

The Youth Action Team hosted Naloxone training at Belmont on May 11th, . part of their Youth In Action Grant project, that aims to bring youth voice to the conversation around substance use education in schools and the community.  This was  It was a huge success!! 120 youth came through to be trained and receive a naloxone kit or certification. Teachers also took part to be trained and receive a kit! As part of the YIA grant project, the youth participated in an anonymous survey asking them about their knowledge around using substances safely and their ideas or requests about how they would like to see substance use education shared with them. The YAT team shared that they really enjoyed hosting this event and training their fellow students in using Naloxone. They also recruited a number of new members that are interested in joining the YAT to work on projects that facilitate health and wellbeing in their school and community.

Summer Learning
Parenting Programs