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!

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.


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.

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

May Celebrations

Important Dates
  • May 31-June 4 – Spring Dance Show TBD
  • June 1 – Commencement Rehearsal
  • June 7 – ISP Year-End Celebration
  • June 8 – French Immersion Recognition
  • June 9 – Year-End Concert, 7pm
  • June 11 – Dry Grad, 3-9pm
  • June 12 – Commencement Ceremonies
Belmont is Growing!

As the fastest growing school district in British Columbia, many of our schools are at or nearing capacity. Belmont Secondary School is now at capacity for the 2022-23 school year. New or waitlisted student registrations for the Belmont Secondary School catchment area will be moved to Royal Bay Secondary School. Families whose registrations to Belmont have not been finalized should fill out a School Change Request for Royal Bay. For students that require transportation to Royal Bay Secondary School, please register immediately as it is provided on a first come, first serve basis.

Leadership’s Vital Youth Committee

Leadership’s Vital Youth Committee wrapped up the year last night at a year end celebration where students, teachers, Victoria Foundation members, and grant recipients got together to reflect on the year and share gratitude for being able to give back to the community.

Here is a link to a news article that Belmont student Adele J. was in this week!


Circles for Reconciliation

Circles for Reconciliation has come to South Vancouver Island! This is a fantastic opportunity available to staff, students and parents! Participation is via Zoom.  5 Indigenous & 5 Non-Indigenous participate in the Circle. We are seeking community members to help us to continue the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s – Calls to Action. More information attached. Registration and information at this link: Pre-Registration Information – Circles for Reconciliation.

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.

YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange (SWSE)

The YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange (SWSE) is a six-week summer program for 16-and 17-year-old youth.  In Ontario, each English-speaking participant is matched with a French-speaking participant from Québec, and the two youth are hosted in one another’s homes to deepen their cultural experience. Youth are also provided with a full-time summer job in the non-profit sector where they will be paid the provincial minimum wage. During weekends and some evenings, the youth will join their Local YMCA Coordinator in group activities to explore their new community and form lasting friendships. 

Does this sound like something that you would be interested in? Please see Ms. Tiffany Evans for more information.


Belmont Sports Banquet

Belmont Sports Banquet will be Wed. June 15th at 6pm at Belmont. All athletes who have paid their athletic fee are invited to attend. Please let Mr. Lowe know you plan to attend.

MTB Provincials

Belmont and Royal Bay are co-hosting the MTB Provincials at the Jordie Lunn bike park on Friday, May 28th. We should have over 200 students representing schools from all over the province competing for individual and team championships. We have about 9 riders from Belmont who will be representing us. Join us to cheer these students on!

Track and Field

The Belmont Bulldogs had an incredible Lower Island Championships at UVic’s centennial stadium last week. Many of the athletes came in the top 5 and qualified for island championships.

HUGE congrats to Sophie V. for qualifying in the 80mHurdles, 300mhurdles (Gold), and the triple jump (5th place).  Sophie also broke a city record in the 300m hurdles.

Kevin W. also had a fantastic performance in the senior boys 100m with a 5th place finish. (12.19s)

Marley B. won GOLD the Shot Put for the senior girls competition.

Clarissa M. received the silver medal in the high jump.

Kiyora W was 6th in the 800m.

Julianne S. was 7th in the 200m, and 5th in the Steeplechase.

Mariane U. was 6th in the Javelin.

Paula H. was amazing in the 1500m with a 6th place finish;  4th in the 3000m.

The Senior girls relay team (Sophie, Paula, Kiyora, Julianne) were 9th in the 4 x 100m relay.

The  Junior Boys received a BRONZE medal in the 4 x 100m.  

The Senior Boys received a SILVER medal in the 4 x 100m.

HUGE congrats to all the athletes!

Belmont Golf Team

Congratulations to the Belmont Golf Team as they placed third out of 25 teams at the Police Tournament this past Wed and Thurs.  The team will be heading towards their playoff season on Monday for the City Championships at Cordova Bay.

Notable finish was Preston L. who won the overall low gross with scores of 74-76 = 150 total.  Well done!

April Showers bring May Flowers

Important Dates
  • May 4 – Fire Drill 1:30pm
  • May 10 – PAC Mtg. 7pm
  • May 13 – Pro-D (school not in session)
  • May 17 – Gr. 9 catch-up Immunizations
  • May 18 – O’Canada/Grad Song auditions @ lunch
Earth Day Activities

These are all our Belmont Outdoor Ed 9-12, Environmental Science 11, Social Justice 12 students. The educators that I have the privilege of partnering with are Megan Bondurant, Brechan Bird and Georgina Tran. We are all working hard to help educate and do action in support of all living things with the goal of creating biodiversity to sustain life. We spent the entire day today and removing invasive species and planting native trees donated by Langford Parks. Shelby Newcombe provided the expertise and support for our student to work hard all day long. We are all grateful for the donation of resources and time. 

We are currently working on a native grass, trees, and plants reclamation project of hillside adjacent to Belmont. We have an ongoing invasive species removal program. If anyone is interested in making native plant donations please contact me.


Prom tickets are now sale on School Cash Online.  Forms will also be available in the office.  This is a formal night of dinner, dancing, and photo booth for the graduating student and their guest the the Crystal Gardens, 713 Douglas St.  Tickets on sale $145.00 each until June 3rd.  Hours are 5:30-10:00pm.  Optional Prom photo prior to the Prom at the BC Legislative Building at 4:30pm.

Dry Grad

Will take place on Sat. June 11th, 3:00-9:00pm at Belmont School. This is a grad only event. No guests permitted. Cost is $5 and tickets are available on School Cash Online or forms can be picked up in the office.

Culinary Arts

We are proud of all our students who participated in cake decorating in Culinary Arts class. Attached is a photo of Angelina C. & Sarah Q. who made a buttercream vanilla cake with buttercream roses and real roses.

Superb learning happening in Culinary

Belmont staff and students working together to solve limited parking challenges.

Fine Arts

It’s music festival season here in the Belmont Music Department! After a two year hiatus, it’s pretty exciting to get on a bus and head out to perform and listen to live music, and learn from respected adjudicators. On April 13th, our Concert band 9/10 and Sr. Wind Ensemble travelled to Port Alberni to participate in the Vancouver Island Concert band festival. It was a fantastic day that ended with pizza in the park 😊. Our Jazz Band spent April 26th in Nanaimo at the West Coast Jazz Festival where they heard lots of great music and were awarded Silver for their polished performance.

Our Vocal Jazz Ensemble will have its turn on April 30 at the Oak bay Vocal Jazz Festival in the company of other local high school groups. They’ll share the stage with Soundsation, a college Vocal Jazz group from Edmonds, WA. That concert is open to the public and takes place at Oak Bay High School at 7:00 pm. Our amazing Drumline is off to Abbotsford for the Canadian Drumline Competition on May 5/6, where they will try to beat last years’ second place finish. Last but not least is the West Coast Choir Festival on May 11, where our Concert Choir will showcase their work.

Great to return to a busy April!

Dance Company

Congratulations to Dance Company! They performed at the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival last week, and had three pieces selected to be performed in the “Highlights” performance at the end of the festival. This event is open to the public, and takes place on Wednesday, May 11 at the Farquhar Auditorium at UVIC at 7:00 pm. Please come support Belmont’s dancers! Tickets are available on the Farquhar Auditorium website https://tickets.uvic.ca/TheatreManager/1/tmEvent/tmEvent3042.html.

Come join the dance program! The final audition to join Dance Company for next year will be on Wednesday, May 18 in the Theatre from 4:30-6:00 pm! If you feel passionate about dance, want to develop your dance skills and creativity, and find a fun community where you can build friendships, then come audition! Some previous dance experience in any style(s) is preferred, but everyone is welcome to audition! Visit the dance studio or email Ms. Narciso (mnarciso@sd62.bc.ca) or Ms. Kaupas (lkaupas@sd62.bc.ca) if you have questions!

Belmont Sports Banquet

Belmont Sports Banquet will be Wed June 15th at 6 PM.  All athletes who have paid their athletic fee are invited but must let Mr. Lowe know they plan to attend.  If you are uncertain if you have paid your fees or not, there are posted lists in the gym. 

Belmont Ultimate Frisbee

Congratulations to the Belmont Ultimate Frisbee team who is qualified for the Island Championship games for next Monday and Tuesday afternoons. Good luck to the team!

Belmont Badminton

Congratulations to the Belmont Badminton Team who finished 3rd yesterday at the City Championships.  It was a great season and we look forward to next year.

Women in Trades Conference at Camosun College

Last week, our girls in Metalwork classes attended the Women in Trades Conference at Camosun College. The hands-on activities were amazing and the day was a wonderful event.

Emily H. (on left) at the Women in Trades Conference at Camosun
Homestay Families Needed

The school district’s International Program is looking for great host families who are interested in welcoming an international student into their home next school year. Students come from many different countries (Germany, Mexico, Thailand, Spain, Brazil, Japan, Italy, China, and more), and typically stay for 5 or 10 months, attending one of the high schools in the district. If you are interested in learning more, contact homestay@sd62.bc.ca. Families are encouraged to apply now, as placements are currently being made for September. To apply directly, use the QR code in the image below or visit http://www.sookeschoolsvictoria.com/homestay/