Heading into the Final Stretch…

Important Dates

  • May 5 – Track & Field Practice 10am @ RBSS
  • May 5-12 – Emergency Preparedness Week
  • May 6-12 – Canadian Mental Health Week
  • May 6 – Music Monday Q Centre
  • May 7 – Salmon Bake Prep Foods Classes
  • May 7 – National Child & Youth Mental Health Day
  • May 7 – Golf City Championships @ Highland Pacific
  • May 7 – “Consider the Consequences” Parent Info Session on the dangers of                         vaping and cannabis use in teens 6:30-8:30pm @ Royal Bay
  • May 7 – PAC Mtg. 7pm/Dry Grad 8pm
  • May 8 – Math Catcher’s guest from SFU
  • May 8 – Student input on acceptable cell phone guidelines – Focus Blk room tba
  • May 8 – UVic Lower Island Championships (all day)
  • May 8 – Important Grade 12 Assembly in the Theatre      May 22 Focus Blk
  • May 9 – Salmon Bake Foods Classes (outside beside garden)
  • May 10-12 – Con Brio Sun Peaks Music Festival & Trip
  • May 10 – Pro-D (students not in session)
  • May 11 – Track & Field Practice 10 am @ RBSS
  • May 15 – O’Canada/Grad Song Auditions @ lunch in the CRM
  • May 15-16 – Track & Field Island Championships @ UVic (all day)
  • May 16 – Gr. 12 Capstone Exit Interviews
  • May 20 – Victoria Day (school not in session)
  • May 22 – Grade 12 assembly during Focus Blk
  • May 22-25 – Belmont’s Theatre on the Edge presents “Rosencrantz &                                    Guildenstern are Dead” 7pm. Matinee on the 25th @ 2pm
  • May 30 – Commencement Rehearsal at UVic 9:00am
  • May 30 – Elements Dance Competition
  • May 31-June 1 – Dance Show 7pm


Cultural Week is coming!!  GISP students and the Cafeteria have come together to celebrate the various cultures in our school by offering amazing food and activities during lunch hour. Come down to the cafeteria to enjoy the many options available for our Belmont students and staff.  Please see link attached for more info.  https://belmontgisp.weebly.com/cultural-week.html

Mon., May 6 – Mexico, Tues., May 7 – Korean, Wed.,  May 8 – French

Thurs., May 9 – Euro Days

Physicists in Training!

Five of our Physics 11 and 12 students were part of the UVic-ATLAS Masterclass on Saturday, April 13.  These students learned about particle physics and data analysis and worked the under the supervision of UVic-ATLAS researchers to analyze real ATLAS data collected at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, near Geneva.  At the end of the afternoon, these students shared their results with peers at SFU and TRIUMF UBC in a video conference.

Representing Belmont were: Isaac B., Zaki A., Rosalee G., Hannah F., and Connie J.

It is a pleasure to announce that Belmont student Navya P. has been selected to receive the 2019 Flying Musicians Association SOLO Scholarship.  She is one of three recipients in North America to receive this award.  Congratulations Navya!!  Please see link attached for more info http://flyingmusicians.org/members/page.php?49.

Sustainability 9-12

Last week our students and staff completed the creation of a living roof on one of our sheds in the garden. Future projects include installing irrigation and constructing a shelter for Raven Dancer.

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Students first cultivated seedlings in Mme. Grenier’s room.

Belmont/SD62/VIHA Wellness Centre 

Check out this short video about the Belmont Wellness Centre. We are one of the only school Districts to have a medical clinic inside one of our secondary schools.

How did we get this? Our progressive Board of Education – advocating for healthy students and healthy schools! Open for ALL youth in SD62. More information, contact and times: http://belmont.web.sd62.bc.ca/n…/wellness-centre-at-belmont/

Our Leadership students’ promoting social activism

The 2019 Spring Out of Hunger Food Drive was a great success!  Thank you to everyone that came out to support the Belmont students and our community.  Unfortunately, we ran out of volunteer drivers and daylight, so if you want to donate food items, but we were unable to get to your house, please take them to the Goldstream Food Bank (9:30am to 2:30pm) the first three Tuesdays and Wednesdays of each month.


Special thanks to the lead planners:  Jon B. and Keagan T., and to MP Alistair MacGregor for coming to support our event.


Thank you to all the students, family, and teachers that came out to collect food and drive volunteers around the area.

Post Secondary news

Gr. 12 students heading to UVic for September: Destination UVic is on May 25 where students will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with an academic advisor, visit the info fair and connect with student services on campus and take an in-depth campus tour.  There will also be Reg 101 workshops to attend on campus that day.  Students who attend Destination UVic will be eligible to win a tuition credit towards their first year at UVic – one of two $500 prizes and one grand prize of $1000.  Students can register to attend online.

Also, any students who are unable to attend this event, we will be hosting a Reg 101 workshop here at Belmont on Wednesday, May 29 during Focus block in room B205.

“Spring It On” Cheerleading Showcase

The first ever Spring It On! Cheerleading showcase was a huge success.  Many of our students were on multiple teams, and a huge crowd from the community was there to support them.  The Belmont team represented like rock stars, and hit all their stunts.

A special thanks to Jon B. and Savannah S. for helping out with set up and sound.

Here’s a couple links I’ve found on social media.



Belmont Mock Trial Team…

In mid April Belmont sent two teams to the Provincial Mock Trial competition at the Law Courts in downtown Victoria. In addition to Ms. Davis’s support our team was happy to have volunteer community lawyer coaches Ron Dumonceaux from Dinning Hunter in Langford and Emily Drown from NestLaw in Sooke. A shout to Al B. for being recognized as the “Best Under Pressure” and to Bhreagh J. for being the “Top Witness.”

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Fine Arts

The Belmont Dance Department took 75 dancers to compete in the 2nd annual Elements Dance Competition at UVic May 2nd.  The dancers competed in a variety of dances including several student choreographed pieces.  All the students performed their best and left it all out on the dance floor.  They were very supportive of all dancers on stage and were so great at cheering for everyone, Belmont won the School Spirit award, which is given to the school that shows the most spirit for all dances and dancers regardless of what school they come from!  Go Belmont!



Belmont Ultimate Frisbee

The Belmont Ultimate Dawgs Team played its first two games of the inaugural season of Senior High School Ultimate in the province of BC.  Playing at GNS in Victoria on a Friday afternoon (5 April), against the host team and a very strong Oak Bay High team, as well as blustery winds, the 12 team members played with great spirit and energy.  Although they came up short on the scoreboard, each and every member of the team and the coaches were very happy and proud with the effort; we were all most impressed with the incredible fortitude of the three lady team members who played every minute of both games.  The team’s next games are on Monday, May 15th at Beckwith Park, and will be practicing every Monday and Wednesday through the middle of May … everyone is welcome to join them … come one, come all, and toss a disc!! Go Dawgs!!

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Mr. Dudzik, Ms. Christ-Rowling, Mr. Stee and the team!

Girls’ Rugby – The Islands

The girls played two round robin games going undefeated in April and then played Brentwood in the semi finals and won yet again. The girls play kept getting better and better as the day progressed. We faced Shawnigan Lake in the finals and held them to a 12-5 score at half. Unfortunately, Shawnigan kept the pressure on and we eventually gave up a few more scores before the game ended.

The ladies represented Belmont very well, and even missing key components of the team still placed second on the Islands, amazing! We were super impressed with their toughness and unwillingness to quit.  The senior girls travelled to North Vancouver to compete in the seven aside rugby Provincials. The girls battled hard and we had enough talent to fight for a repeat championship. Unfortunately, injuries and a lack of experienced depth prevented us from reaching our goal of competing for the final prize. We were so impressed by their grit and determination. Even with the injuries we managed a 10th place finish in the province!  Great job ladies!

Congratulations to the 2019 Belmont Rugby Raffle Winners.
1st prize – Janna Lamontagne
2nd prize – Ray Tomana
3rd prize – Sophia Cote
Thanks to all who support Belmont Rugby!

Track & Field

Over the past 5 weeks, the following students made it up to UVIC’s Centennial stadium after school on Wednesdays to compete against local high schools.  Huge congratulations to the following athletes!

Julianne S. 3rd in 80m Hurdles, 3rd in 200m, 3rd in 300m Hurdles
Louisa K. 3rd in 100m, 3rd in 200m, 5th in 400m
Macaila M. 13th in 100m
Tanisha V. 16th in 100m
Hailey S. 5th in Discus, 2nd in Shot Put, 5th in Javelin
Isabella W. 2nd in 100m, 5th in Long Jump
Daryana M. 7th in Discus, 4th in Shot Put
Sophia L. 3rd in 1500m Steeplechase
Cole B. 19th in 1500m, 6th in Javelin
Liam S. 7th in Discus, 14th in Shot Put, 3rd in Hammer
Beau L. 14th in 100m
Brayden L. 15th in 100m
Beau N. 6th in 100m
Riley B. 7th in 100m
Josh B. 16th in 100m, 12th in 200m
Jordan R. 17th in 100m
Victor B. 19th in 100m

Please wish all of these athletes luck for the Lower Island Championships on Wednesday, May 8th during the day.

Island Championships will take place on May 15th and 16th.  The athletes who make it on to this event will be communicating directly with teachers regarding missed classes.


Congrats to Catriona B. and her partner for winning bronze for the Gorge Narrows U-17 Doubles Rowing team at the recent Brentwood International Regatta.

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Community Forums

SD62 presents an opportunity for parents, students, and staff to learn more about the health risks associated with vaping, smoking, and drug use.

“The speaker on vaping is from VIHA,  Dr. John K. Reid, Site Chief & Division Head Respirology, Island Health, South Island  and will be educating parents on youth vaping and the dangers of high nicotine juicing. 
The speaker on cannabis, is Dave Hepburn,  a national specialist on cannabis research.  He will be discussing the dangers of cannabis use in teens with regards to brain development and early usage.  He is one of the leading authorities on medicinal cannabis and is a bit of a celebrity in the medical world.  He had a show on CBC called “Wisequacks” and has made Oprah appearances and worked with high level athletes throughout his career.  Currently….
“One of Canada’s foremost medical cannabis educator of physicians and the scientific and lay communities. He is a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians (SCC), International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines (IACM),The International Cannabis Research Society (ICRS), Physicians for Medical Cannabis (PMC) and the American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine (AACM).”  
Constable Don McIntosh from the RCMP will also be present with legal information for parents on both Vaping and Cannabis possession in youth.”

Parent info session

Belmont hosts the Relay for Life!  May 24th


School clubs…

Dungeons and Dragons

Community Forums


FamilySmart Foundry- Marijuana                     FamilySmart Start With Strengths


A new Culinary Program & Turf!

Important Dates

  • April 12 – 13 – Victoria Music Festival @ Oak Bay High
  • April 13 – “Spring It On” Westshore Cheerleading Showcase
  • April 13 – Sarah Beckett Memorial Run @ Belmont
  • April 16 – Law & Criminology classes visit Victoria Courthouse
  • April 16 – SPEAC & SD62 present Parenting in the Digital Age 6:30pm
  • April 17 – Track practice @ UVic 4 – 6pm (leave Belmont at 2:50)
  • April 17 – Skills Canada Provincial Competition at Tradex Centre in Abbotsford
  • April 19 – Good Friday (school not in session
  • April 22 – Easter Monday (school not in session)
  • April 21 – April 27 – Earth Week
  • April 24 – Track Practice @ UVic 4-6pm (leave Belmont at 2:50)
  • April 25 – EN 12 Prov. Exam AM/Comm. 12 Prov. Exam PM (Learning Commons)
  • April 26 – SD62 PAC Bursaries application deadline
  • April 27 – Victoria Jazz Festival
  • April 29 –  May 1 – Gr. Victoria Performing Arts Festival (School Dance)
  • April 30 – May 1 – West Coast Jazz Festival

Celebrating the official opening…

On April 9th, we hosted the official opening for our new culinary program and in addition we celebrated the opening of our new turf field.  Members of our SD62 Board of Trustees, Sr. Leadership Team, Aboriginal Ed. Team, City of Langord Council Members,  District and City Facilities staff, students and staff took the time to recognize the tremendous generosity of both the City of Langford for our new turf, and to our District for their support in constructing the teaching kitchen for our future chefs.  Our students and staff are truly grateful and fortunate for the resources we have access to.  Thank You!

Elder Henry, Brother Rick, and Chief Russ Chipps share song, SD62 Board Chair and Belmont Grad Ravi Parmar, Mayor Stu Young and the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Our students with the support of Chef Harvey and Chef Letts have been making & serving great options for students and staff.  Here they share a celebration cake!

Provincial Competition – Trades

Veronica A. and Isha C. both won Gold Medals at the Skills Canada Regional Competition and will be moving on to the Provincial Competition at the Tradex Centre in Abbotsford, BC on April 17th.  We wish them all the best as they compete with other students across the province.

Careers 10 students

Reminder for Careers 10 students to get in assignments #1-6.  Resumes are due by April 26th.  Any questions come see the Careers team in room B210 for help. This course is mandatory for graduation.

The Canada Youth Summit Video Challenge is an opportunity for students to share their service stories and enter for a chance to participate in the first-ever Canada Youth Summit. All cost associated with travel, accommodations and hospitality will be covered.

Students are invited to share a 1-minute video on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram using the hashtag #InspireToServe. The video must answer the following question:

What does service mean to you? How has service benefited you personally and professionally, as well as your community?

The Canada Youth Summit Video Challenge will start accepting entries via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram on April 2, 2019, at 12:00 PM (ET) and will close on April 14, 2019, at 11:59 PM (PT). To be considered for participation in the Canada Youth Summit, students must also complete this Entry Form

The Canada Youth Summit will bring 300 youth from across the country to Ottawa on May 2-3, 2019 to celebrate the launch of Canada’s first youth policy, continue discussions on key issues that matter most to young Canadians, and inspire young Canadians to serve their communities. Four (4) Video Challenge entrants will be selected to attend this event and all costs associated with travel, accommodations, and hospitality will be covered for the duration of the trip.

For more information, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions and Rules and Regulations.


Check out the Career Centre Webpage for many opportunities for employment, volunteering and career events.  Click on the tabs (jobs, volunteering, events) at the top of the webpage http://bsscareercentre.weebly.com/

Langford Fire Rescue

Langford Fire Rescue if offering the opportunity to attend a program, Camp Ignite Mentorship program in the Lower Mainland.  The goal is to empower young women and promote the Fire Service.  The camp runs from Aug. 8 to 11, 2019 and participants will be staying at Simon Fraser University, but the camp will take place in a number of places across the lower mainland (North Vancouver, Vancouver, Maple Ridge and Port Moody).  It’s open to young women entering into Grade 11 or 12 (ages 16 to 18).  There is no registration fees and they can help to cover transportation cost to SFU.  To complete an application, go to http://campignite.com/ or visit the Career Centre at Belmont for more information.  Deadline to register is June 1st, 2019.

France Exchange 2019

Students participating in the France Exchange are home after a very successful month in France. Below is an Instagram post from a European fan!

France Exchange

Athletics – Belmont Golf Team

Belmont Golf team will begin their season at the annual Victoria Police Tournament.

Dates are April 30 and May 1st at Olympic View.

City Championships are May 7th at Highland Pacific.

Any student interested in joining the team, please see Mr. Lowe in the gym.

Girls Rugby

Just before Spring Break, our Sr. Girls Rugby team began the season with the annual SD62 7s Tournament.  The picture says it all!


Bali Service Trip – BELMONT GISP

A group of 13 Belmont students participated in a service trip for 2 weeks during spring break in Bali, Indonesia. They attended Green Camp for a 9 day adventure filled experience where they practiced mindfulness, did yoga, learned about the Balinese culture by participating in ceremonies, drumming, dancing and singing. They went on Rice field walks, visited an organic farm, created a garden community, built bamboo railings for the camp, planted coral, discussed sustainability at length, explored mangroves, cleaned up the beaches and streets of trash, taught at a middle school about Canadian culture and so much more.

Huge congratulations to all 13 students who were great ambassadors to Canada and Belmont. (Josie S., Derek D., Anna W., Shae S., Emma B., Kim S., Kyla K., Riley M., Caitlin W., Emily C., Akshay B., Jacob T., Spencer L.)

Please take a look at the pictures showing our many adventures. Please encourage them to share their learning with you as it may suit your course.


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Spring has sprung as we wave goodbye to Winter!

Important Dates

  • March 18 – 29 – Spring Break
  • April 1 – School Reopens
  • April 2 – PAC Mtg. 7pm/Dry Grad 8pm
  • April 9 – Welcome Wellness morning offering hot chocolate to Belmont Stude 8:15 – 9:00am
  • April  10 – Report Cards Published
  • April 10 – Gr. Victoria Performing Arts Festival (Choir)
  • April 11 – Early Dismissal Learning Conferences
  • April 12 – Pro-D (school not in session)
  • April 12 – 13 – Victoria Music Festival @ Oak Bay High
  • April 19 – Good Friday (school not in session)
  • April 22 – Easter Monday (school not in session)
  • April 21 – April 27 – Earth Week
  • April 27 – Victoria Jazz Festival

Belmont Bytes advances to the semi-finals at the FIRST Robotics Regionals…

Belmont Bytes with Education Minister Rob Fleming and Premier John Horgan.

Our mighty Belmont Bytes Robotics team advanced to the semi-finals of the FIRST Robotics Regional competition this past weekend at the Save-On Foods Memorial Arena. A shootout to the team for the great work competing against world class international teams from as far away as New Zealand, Hawaii, US.

Congratulations to Angelo B. who was interviewed by “Skills Ready”.  Skills Ready supports youth as they explore and prepare for jobs in skilled trades and technologies.

Angelo completed the Welding Foundation Program at Camosun College while he was in Grade 11.   Please click on the following link to see his interview.


Items due by March 15th for Grads

Commencement, UVIC Ceremony Tickets & Cap & Gown Orders

Grad Quote for yearbook

Scientists in action…

Below are some pictures of Ms. Wilkie’s Science 10 class doing an acid/base lab. Their job was to use HCl (hydrochloric acid) and NaOH (sodium hydroxide – base) as a comparison when testing the pH of household items to determine whether they are acids or bases. Some of the household items they used were: vinegar, buttermilk, tea, CO2, soap, milk of magnesia…etc.

Super cool hands on learning!



Congratulations to the following Belmont students who won medals at the Skills Canada Regional Competition on March 8, 2019.  Skills Canada promotes and celebrates the skilled trades & technologies in positive hands-on competitions similar to the Olympics.  Students compete with other students from Lower Vancouver Island  for Gold, Silver and Bronze medal standings.  This year Belmont Secondary School won Gold as the most winningest school with a score of 14 points.

Automotive Competition: 

Veronica A. – Gold

Morgan T. – Silver

The Automotive competition included a written exam and  students were judged at five different stations.  Students had to identify various car components,  build an electrical lighting circuit, check diagnostic trouble codes and a fault code using ProDemand and Consulab, remove brake caliper, inspect and measure runout, correctly test starting, charging & battery systems and inspect and measure engine block cylinder bores.

Parkland (bronze) Veronica (gold) Morgan (silver)

Welding Competition:

William M. – Silver

The Welding Competition tested the students ability  to read blueprints, interpret welding symbols, have a working knowledge of electrode classification and identification and to demonstrate their skills in welding processes including shielded metal arc, gas metal arc and flux core arc.


Public Speaking:

Isha C. – Gold

Haley H. – Silver

In the Public Speaking Competition, the students must present their thoughts in a clear, coherent and well-constructed format, capture and hold the attention of the audience, speak easily with confidence, use non-verbal skills and be expressive when delivering their topic.


Hairdressing Beginners Competition:

Brenn A. – Gold

Cyanea L. – Silver

Neha B. – Bronze

Students in the Hairdressing Competition had to create a bridal up do with visible, upward movement in the nape and best displays their artistic ability and would be suitable for a “traditional” bride.



Congratulations to the Rugby Canada Development Academy who won the Western Championships in Edmonton in February.  The team defeated teams from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and BC.  Well done on an excellent performance!

Rugby Canada Girls

Belmont Cheer Team

The Belmont Cheer Team represented Belmont at the annual UVic Island Cheer Showcase this weekend.  They did amazing!!!  If they are in your class, please congratulate them.

If you’d like to see the performance in person, we are hosting the “Spring It On! Westshore Cheer Showcase” at Belmont on Saturday April 13th (@ 6:30pm).  Admission by donation.

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This winter for the BMD has been packed full of fun and excitement! With a few months under our belt, we really hit our stride and started off the holidays with a bang! Our winter concert on December 6th was a huge success, with all of our ensembles taking the stage. It was great to see everyone doing their part to make this year’s concert amazing! Our next performance was our Santa’s Breakfast on the last day of school before Christmas! We had a great time performing and “Santa” even made a special guest appearance!  Our Drumline welcomed 2019 by working with expert clinicians on January 26th, coming in on the weekend for a great, musical day! Days later we welcomed grade eight students from all of our feeder schools for a musical performance alongside our drama, film, and dance colleagues! Cabin fever can strike in these winter months, so we packed up the BMD and went on the road! The entire music department performed at both Millstream and David Cameron Elementary Schools where we shared the stage with (hopefully) future Belmont musicians from for the John Stubbs Middle School Band and Grade 5 Choir students at David Cameron Elementary. Those were wonderful moments, as one of our values here in the BMD is an appreciation for the musical work of other music students. A great example of this philosophy come to life took place on Saturday Feb. 23rd at the Second Annual Choral Collaboration. Over 200 choir members from Oak Bay, Reynolds, Mt.Doug and Esquimalt learned from Indigenous guests and clinicians, performed for each other, and were treated to a performance from our guest group Ensemble Laude.  A special shout out goes to everyone who made this collaboration amazing! The upcoming few weeks will be very busy! Kicking off the Regional Music Festival season is UVIC Bandfest for Senior Winds and Concert Band 9 (side trip to the Royal BC Museum!). Festivals will follow for Concert Choir, Drumline, Vocal Jazz, and Jazz Band. On Thursday, March 7, we had our Evening of Jazz consisting of our Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Band, and R&B Band, as well as a few student-run combos along with special guest the NADEN Jazz Band!

We’ve had a productive winter, and hope to see you at the first concert of the spring! We are so excited to share our music that we have worked so hard on with the community!

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Salish Sea Science Program on Hornby Island  – Youth Opportunity

Are you a passionate youth committed to the conservation of aquatic life? If so, we have an opportunity for you to join us on Hornby Island at the Tribune Bay Outdoor Education Centre for the 3-day/2-night Salish Sea Science Program!

Participating youth (30) will learn about the seven ocean literacy principles, the history of the area and traditional knowledge through outdoor activities. Students will then work in teams to develop an online learning resource to be uploaded to Ocean Wise’s online learning environment. The resources will be a reflection of their experience at the Salish Sea program, and will provide teachers with a tool to guide their class through the fundamentals of ocean literacy. To fully engage youth in ocean leadership, participants will challenge themselves in a ropes course, explore the coast in kayaks (weather permitting) and discover intertidal creatures while tide pooling.

Program details:  Date: April 26th – 28th 2019 Age: Grade 10 – 12 Cost: $50.00

Drop-off & Pick-up location: Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal OR Departure Bay Ferry Terminal

How to apply:

Please respond to the application questions available on education.ocean.org/youth and email your responses to hailey.renaud@ocean.org before March 15th 2019. All applicants will be notified as to whether they are accepted or not by March 29th.

Information for Parents & Guardians:

Staff from the Ocean Wise education team will supervise youth attending this program. A full schedule, packing list, waivers and transport information will be sent out to successful applicants.

For more details, please contact: Hailey Renaud

Manager, Children & Youth Programs



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Semester 2 in Full Swing!

Important Dates

  • February 1 – Report Cards Published at noon
  • February 1 – Belmont Music Dept. – Elementary School Tour
  • February 4 – Chinese New Year Party 4-6pm
  • February 5 – PAC Mtg. 7pm/Dry Grad Mtg. 8pm
  • February 7 – BMD Middle School Performance
  • February 9 – Belmont Bulldogs Senior Rugby Bottle Drive Fundraiser
  • February 13 – Grad Assembly
  • February 14 – Last Day to order Grad Wear
  • February 15 – Pro-D Tri-District (students not in session)
  • February 18 – Family Day (school not in session)

Semester 2 Start Up

As we begin the 2nd semester of the 2018/19 school year, we need to thank all of our students and staff for making the semester change go so smoothly.  During the assessment/exam week we successfully provided students with the opportunity to write the Graduation Numeracy Assessment as well as English 12, Francais Langue 12, and Communications 12.  A reminder we will be acknowledging students efforts through our honour roll as this is tabulated at the end of the course. This past week we began our Grade 8 transition by hosting a Middle Schools Fine Arts Performance and a Grade 8 Parent Night on January 30.  Thanks to all of the students and staff for making the first formal introduction so memorable and positive for our future Bulldogs and their families.

Currently our AbEd staff are also hosting WEXES Wellness Week: Belmont is very excited to be partnering with First Nations Health Authority through their Wellness Grant and also thrilled to be working alongside Island Health, Camosun College, Saanich Native Plants, One Love Consulting and WZ Latin Party Fitness and, most of all, our amazing Role Models and Elders.  We are celebrating Wellness by connecting with WEXES the moon of the frog (February to March). In the SENĆOŦEN calendar the WEXES moon is the time when Mother Earth warms up and the hibernating frogs wake from their winter sleep to announce the coming of spring. It is a time of rebirth and rejuvenation. WEXES (frog) is a witness and a messenger.

1st Semester Final Report Cards

A reminder to all families that as of November 2018, we electronically publish report cards through the MyEd BC student portal and in addition will complete the upcoming 2019/20 course selection process using the same student portal.  Instructions can be found on our website or through our school App under information. The 1st semester final report card will be available (published) on February 1st at 12pm.

Your feedback is wanted: Draft SD62 calendars for 2019-2022 The school district has posted draft calendars for the next three years. Please provide any feedback you might have to info@sd62.bc.ca. Feedback will be open until Friday, February 22, 2019. The SD62 Board of Education must submit a Board-approved calendar to the government by the end of March. Check out the calendars here: http://www.sd62.bc.ca/schools/calendar/

Red River Carts come alive…

In December before the holiday, Ms. Bronson’s SS9 class participated in an awesome project where her students created “Red River” carts out of items such as Popsicle sticks, small wooden dowels, glue, and other such materials. Not only were the students challenged to create these historical replicas, but Ms. Bronson and her husband spent hours working out every detail with blueprints, creating detailed instructions, and actually drilling the holes that each spoke of the wheel would need to go into. Red River Carts.jpg

ISP Farewell Party  




Congratulations to one of our grade 10 students Thomas C.,  who was awarded Top Male Biathlete in the Vancouver Island Zone Biathlon Competition, held at Mount Washington on January 13.  He is the only South Island Biathlete who will be competing at the Provincial Cadet Winter Biathlon Competition on Feb. 9 & 10th.  Please see link from the Sooke Mirror https://www.sookenewsmirror.com/sports/langford-cadets-top-podium-in-regional-biathlon-competition/.

The Belmont Bytes prepare for another season of Robotics competition!

Belmont Bytes Robotics team competed on January 18/19 at Oak Bay High School and finished 2nd.

Team members in the photos are: Sierra I., Manon M., Veronica C.,  Antonio L. and Coaches Mr. & Ms. Samousevitch. Robotics Jan. 19.jpg

University of King’s College Information Session The University of King’s College has an Information Session in Victoria on Tuesday, February 5th. The session will take place from 7-8 p.m. at the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort (in the Cowichan Room) – 100 Harbour Rd., Victoria B.C. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.).  This event is a great opportunity to learn about King’s programs, campus life, clubs, societies, athletics programs, and living in coastal Halifax. Grade 12 students who attend the event are entitled to a free application to King’s in the month of February. Students can learn more or RSVP online.

VMUN – Vancouver Model UN Belmont sent five students to VMUN, the preeminent annual Model UN conference for high school students, with 1400 students from around North America attending this Vancouver event January 25 – 27. William H., Isha C., Keemia A., Cassandra C. and Morgana A. enjoyed great success, with two students even earning recognition awards for their skills in research and diplomacy. Congratulations to Cassandra (the delegate of the Democratic Republic of Congo in the African Union committee) and Morgana (the delegate of the United States in the Security Council) for their awards and to all the students for representing Belmont so well. Any student interested in learning more about Model UN is invited to join us Mondays at lunch in room B205. vmun 3

Congratulations to Christine C.  and Isha C. who participated in the BC Youth Parliament  on  December 27 to 31, 2018 at the Legislative Chambers in Victoria.  Christine and Isha met with 95 other students from across BC to learn about parliamentary process, to debate resolutions pertaining to local, national, and international issues and to plan activities for the coming year.  


Belmont School Salon The Belmont School Salon is open to the public, students and staff.  Hours are 9am to 12pm Wednesday to Friday.  Rates are posted on the salon door.

Doors Open to Technology (DOT) is a free conference for students who are interested in having the opportunity to go behind the doors of local tech companies.  The conference includes tours of tech companies, innovations talks, panel discussions from Vancouver Island tech companies, networking, learning what it takes to get into the tech field and discovering the options for tech careers on the island. When: Tuesday, February 5, 2019 Where:  St. Ann Academy  A bus will leave Cineplex Odeon at WestShore Town Centre at 8:00am and return by 3:45pm Please see Mrs. Nicholson in the Career Centre for the permission forms.  Seats are limited.  Lunch will be provided by Subway.


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Senior’s Night – (L-R) Maddy G., Lina Y., Laya M., Ashanti W., Nafeesa A., Rina H.

Sr. Girls Basketball

On January 22nd this year’s grade 12s were honoured on “Sr Night for their dedication and commitments to our girls basketball program. To make the celebration even more memorable our Sr. Girls came away with a great win over Pacific Christian in league play.

Girls Soccer Girls Soccer is commencing this Spring.  We are looking for Junior and Senior girls to join our teams.  Sign up with Ms. Gaetz (room B112).  Games and practices will be Tuesdays and Thursdays now through the beginning of May.  No experience necessary – Come out and have fun! Badminton Attention badminton players!  The Belmont competitive badminton team is starting up in the next few weeks.  See Mr. Willing in B310 for details. Belmont Ultimate Frisbee General meeting for Jrs. & Srs. on February 4th in room B102 at lunch.  Season begins week of February 18th to May 10th.  No experience necessary!  Learn how to throw some DISCgusting tosses and sky your opponents in a fast-paced sport this Spring. belmont ultimate frisbee

Lattitude Info Night

Students/parents are asked to register online through the their website. lattitude info night

Keep Calm & Finish Strong!

Important Dates

  • January 18 – Copernican Bell Schedule A/C
  • January 20 – Dance Show Tech Rehearsal
  • January 21 – Copernican Bell Schedule B/D
  • January 22/23 – Teachers may offer “I” days for students to catch up
  • January 22/23 – Numeracy Assessment
  • January 23 – Dance Show Dress Rehearsal
  • January 24/25 – Provincial Exams
  • January 25-26 – Dance Show Performance 7:30pm
  • January 30 – Semester 2 begins ABCD
  • January 30 – Fine Arts Show for Middle Schools @ Belmont
  • January 30 – Gr. 8 Parent Night 7pm

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Women in Trades & Technology Exploration Event at Camosun Are you interested in exploring a variety of Trades and Technologies at Camosun?  This one day event is free for  female students and participants will be able  to experience hands-on activities in  electrical, carpentry, civil engineering, computer science, sheet metal, automotive, electronics and mechanical engineering.  See Mrs. Nicholson in the Career Centre for an application, parent permission form and agenda. Lunch will be provided.  Seats are limited.  The  deadline is February 5, 2019.
Livres par la classe de 10e annee immersion francaise/Books written by the FRAL 10 class.  They are children’s stories to be donated to Ecole John Stubbs grades 2 and 3 so little ones can see what the big ones are doing.
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Congratulations to Lucas S., Braydon B., Tanner P. and Derek P. who each won a Youth Work in Trades Award valued at $1,000.  These students worked in a trade recognized by Industry Training Authority (ITA), completed a minimum of 900  work-based training hours, graduated with a minimum of C+ average in their Grade 12 courses and were registered as an apprentice with ITA.
Yearbook Purchases & Grad Quote Submissions Extended to March 15th/19
Grad Blood Drive Are you 17 or older? If so, you may be eligible to donate for the upcoming Grad Blood Drive. On January 28th, from 3-5pm, take one hour of your day to make a donation that has the potential to save up to three lives. Sign up starts this week at the booth in front of the Learning Commons at lunch, where you can take the test to see if you are eligible and find out more info. All eligible students and staff are welcome! Contact Christine C. or Cassandra C. for more info.
Belmont Dance Presents “Dem Beats!” January 25th & 26th 7:30pm (Doors open at 7pm) Entrance will be $2 per person at the door. Come out and support the dancers in their first show of the year.
Jasmine R., a grade 9 Art student, created this beautiful mural as her final project for her art class. She spent weeks creating a very intricate and elaborate stencil, which she then mounted onto the wall with removable glue. Next, she sprayed the wall and stencil with removable chalk spray paint, waited for it to dry, and repeated this process with multiple stencils and layers.  She also applied a mixture of crushed chalk pastels with water to add more detail and adjust the colour tones and intensity.  Her piece came to life beautifully, receiving many positive comments from the school community. Through this piece, Jasmine’s message to the world is, “it’s not what the world holds for you; it’s what you bring to it.”

Animal Logic Work Experience Animal Logic is one of the world’s most creative digital studios, producing award winning, ground breaking animation, visual effects and design. They have made films such as “The Lego Movie 2” and “Peter Rabbit”.   Animal Logic is offering 10 successful Grade 11 applicants  an opportunity to participate in their Work Experience Week.  You will be working in a feature animation studio in Vancouver, BC and learn about the roles related to a career in Animation & Visual Effects workplace. Work Experience Week will be take place in Spring Break Monday 18th March 2019 to Friday 22nd March 2019 in Vancouver, BC. The deadline for applications  is Monday 4th March 2019 and can be applied for via an online application form on their website – www.animallogic.com Although it is free to participate with lunches provided, students  are responsible for their own travel to and from the Studio in downtown Vancouver and their accommodation. Please see Mrs. Nicholson for more information.
Congratulations to the winners of the Royal Canadian Legion Poster and Literary Contest. Anthony B. –  Grade 12 Angie S. –  Grade 11 Cassandra O. –  Grade 10 Bria B. –  Grade 9 The students will be honored at an awards ceremony held in the auditorium of the Royal Canadian Legion, Prince Edward Branch #91, 761 Station Avenue on Sunday, January 27th at 11:30 am.
SD62 Youth Work in Trades Program Is your Son/Daughter a Hidden Apprentice? Sooke School District is currently looking for hidden apprentices in our schools.   A Hidden Apprentice is any student that is currently working, or has previous work experience, in a recognized Red Seal trade (carpentry, cooking, electrical, baking and many more, see itabc.ca). These students can earn up to 16 school credits and a possible $1000 scholarship. The Youth Work in Trades program (YWT) is a career program jointly sponsored by the Ministry of education and the Industry Training Authority (ITA). The program is open to any students 14 years + and enables them to receive “time in trade” or apprenticeship hours through practical, hands-on work experience.  Students will be registered with the ITA and begin accumulating hours towards a trade certification while in secondary school.  Students will also be signed up for Youth Work in Trades courses and gain school credits for work experience.   Successful completion of the program earns students 16 credits towards graduation. Some may also qualify for the YWT Scholarship – a $1000 award given to students that complete all four YWT courses, graduate with a C+ average and complete 900 work based training hours by Aug 31st the year the student turns 19. If you are a high school student already working in a trade, or interested in the program, please contact Mr. John Mennie for more information. John Mennie SD62 Youth Work in Trades Coordinator jmennie@sd62.bc.ca 250-514-7038

Dual Credit Programs – Camosun College South Island Partnership (SIP)

While students are enrolled in high school, they can have their tuition paid by the School District for our partnership programs (SIP)  with Camosun College. Students who meet the requirements can earn high school credits towards graduation, be enrolled as a Camosun College student and earn their first year of college where appropriate. Students typically go to Camosun in their Grade 12 year but can apply in Grade 11. Please see Mrs. Nicholson in the Career Centre for more information and to pick up an application. Tuition Free SIP Partnership Programs:
   Automotive Service Technology  Electrical  Medical Office Assistant
 Carpentry  Health Care Assistant  Metal Fabrication & Sheet Metal
 Community Support & Education Assistant  Heavy Mechanical Trades  Office Administrator
 Computer Network Electronics Technician  Horticulture  Plumbing & Piping
 Cook  Information & Computer Systems  Refrigeration & Air ConditioningMechanic
 Electronics & Computer EngineeringTechnology-Renewable Resources  Joinery/Cabinet Making  Technologies Exploration (TEAC)
 Legal Office Assistant  Welding
All these programs take place at Camosun College and range from 16 to 32 high school credits depending on the program. Grade 10 and Grade 11 is the ideal time to plan for a Partnership Program so that prerequisites for the program and credits for graduation are met. For more detailed information go to: http://camosun.ca/learn/south-island-partnership/
Bio 103 Sending compliments to our Biology 103 students who just completed their final university lecture and lab exams and the end of the course before holidays.  SUPERB EFFORT!  Special acknowledgements to the following students: Silken T. and Susan Y. achieving 100% on their first university lecture exam—wow!  Sheryn B., Isha C., Rina H., Kodi J., Layla M. D., Silken and Susan for exemplary final 103 course marks of A+!  The rest of the class marks ranged from A- to B+.  The 103 experience was appreciated by all in completing a post-secondary lab, learning new lab skills, handling new equipment and models, completing experiments and working in a collaborative setting along with the Camosun instructor, 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 an early registered student at Camosun, were exposed to university style lectures & exams, completed 14 labs (8 at Belmont, 6 at Landsdowne campus) and did NOT have to pay tuition for the course!  If you are interested, please see your counsellor or Mrs. Hyde in the Careers Centre or speak to Ms. Choma in room A304. Camosun Lab for Bio 103   Here are a couple of pictures of our Bio 103 students performing their last lab on Human Anatomy at one of the Camosun laboratory classrooms.
Grad Photos Once again, the website is ready for grads to go on line and sign up for your Grad photos.  Appointments available from January 30 to February 1, 2019 at Belmont School.  To book an appointment please go to the link provided www.lifetouch.ca/victoria or call 250-744-4100 if you require assistance.
My Blueprint & Google Classroom Reminder to all parents:  Please be sure to give online consent for your student to have access to My Blueprint and Google Classroom.  Both these websites are used for the Career Life Education and Career Life Connections courses that are required to graduate. Here’s how to do that:

1.      Go to https://consent.sd62.bc.ca

2.      Click “allow” or “consent given” for Google APPs for Education (GAFE) and My Blueprint

Belmont Psychology students traveled to the University of Victoria on Friday December 7th to participate in the Pacific Psychology Conference for High School students. Forty students spent the day in lectures and seminars learning about counselling therapy techniques, statistics and research, environmental psychology and the different degree options available to students wishing to continue their education in Psychology at the post-secondary level. It was a tremendous learning experience and an opportunity to hear their first university lectures from pre-eminent experts in psychological research.


Belmont Senior Girls Volleyball – 2018 season summary After graduating 7 players who had helped lead the team to two consecutive AAAA B.C. championships this year the Senior Girls Volleyball Team “re-tooled” and almost immediately climbed back to the top the provincial rankings. They compiled a record of 61-4 for the year, winning several big tournaments including the prestigious Red Serge Tournament hosted by the RCMP in Coquitlam. After capturing the City League Championship, the Lower Island Championship and the Island Championship the girls headed to the B.C. Championships in Penticton with the #1 ranking. After winning their pool and three straight play-off wins the team made their third consecutive provincial championship final, but this time were denied by a very strong Kelowna team. It was another stellar year in which the school was not only represented extremely well on the court, but also off the court where the team was noted for its comradery and love of the game.
Belmont Bulldogs TC10km team Set out your New Year’s Resolutions yet? Why not consider running or walking the TC 10km this year? Where?  Downtown Victoria When?   Sunday, April 28th, 2019 Race starts at 8am so best to be downtown around 7:15 – 7:30 as parking and getting to the start line can be challenging at times. How to register? Go to https://raceroster.com/registration/20153/9eqpf3dhyyc5q5xz/registrant/1 Register as a “registrant” and make sure to add that you are part of team Belmont Bulldogs! Have fun training!
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