Pride (noun) – “a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated…”
As of late, it has been obvious that Belmont pride is truly alive and thriving. Whether through the actions of our students at our annual Cultural Night or by our Dance Co. in their participation in Santa’s Parade or through the student led Belmont UN conference and the efforts of staff and students in the Belmont CBC Food Drive.
The pride we share was also on display this past weekend as our AAA JV Football team and our Cheer Team (seen below) supported by bus loads of fans and our AAAA Girls Volleyball team as they advanced to the Provincial Championship game in their respective sports. Although in both games, we lost to a well deserving Kelowna Secondary School, our teams faced defeat with grace and dignity
Although losing never feels good, the resilience we develop through those moments lasts a lifetime and can have a tremendously positive affect on how we approach future challenges on the court, on the field and in life.
A special thanks to our staff and parents for all the time and commitment they give to our students in volunteering as activity sponsors, event organizers, coaches, drivers, and as fans of the opportunities our students participate in. The pride our students, staff and parents take in making Belmont such a great school, is definitely real!
December 3 – Curriculum Implementation Day (students not in session)
December 4 – Gr. 9 Immunizations
December 4 – Clubs Event at lunch in foyer
December 4 – PAC Mtg 7pm/Dry Grad 8pm
December 6 – Winter Concert 7pm
December 7 – CBC Belmont Food Drive
December 12 – GTP/Gr. 12 Capstone Exit Interviews
December 13 – Winter Formal 6pm (Bear Mt. Resort)
December 21 – Santa’s Breakfast
December 24 – January 4 – Winter Break (school not in session)
Belmont CBC Leadership Food Drive
Leadership class has started preparing for our annual winter food drive. We are doing things a little different this year by getting the whole school involved. Our wish is to encourage students to bring nonperishable food items / toiletries / cash to fill the boxes kept in each classroom. Our donations will be added to the collective food drive on Fri Dec 7th at the Langford Legion (in partnership with CBC’s Food Bank Day).
Suggested item could be:
- Pasta (canned or dry) and pasta sauces
- Canned meats and fish
- Peanut butter, soy, assorted nuts
- Canned goods (beans, soups, and stews)
- Canned vegetables and fruit
- Whole grain cereals
- Infant foods and baby formula
- Bathroom tissue and diapers
- Personal hygiene products (tooth paste, tooth brush, soap, shampoo/conditioner, feminine hygiene products, etc)
- If any students are considering applying to the University of Alberta in Edmonton, please note that there will be an admissions rep here on Friday, Nov 30, during A block in room A214. UofA offers amazing scholarship opportunities. Please sign-up in the counselling suite; you must see your A block teacher to gain permission to attend.
- Any gr 12 students who have not yet picked up their Transcript Verification Report to see if they are in grad status or not, or would like help with signing up for the BCeID (giving electronic release of your marks to post-secondary institutions… a MUST do if you are applying anywhere after high school), please meet in the computer lab B220 during Focus block this week. You can sign up with Mr Taft. 30 spots available.
- Students who are interested in the study of psychology please see the following link for a student-founded local conference. Attendees of the Pacific Psychology Conference will have the opportunity to listen to lectures by professionals in the field, ask questions and synthesize new ideas with their peers, participate in discussion with a panel of psychology students and experts, and explore the many career paths a psychologist can take. The cost is $5 to attend and students are responsible for their own transportation and must be able to manage the absence from classes for the day. http://www.pacificpsychologyconference.ca/ Follow the link to register.
The Prime Minister’s Youth Council is receiving applications until November 30, 2018. If you are a Canadian youth between the ages of 16 and 24 and are interested in contributing your perspective to our Federal government through meetings and events please apply online. For more details go to https://www.canada.ca/en/campaign/prime-ministers-youth-council.html. Travel expenses are covered for all accepted members. Please see Mrs. Nicholson in the Career Centre if you have questions.
Imagining Possibilities Conference
On November 1st, 18 Belmont students attended the annual one day Imagining Possibilities Conference hosted by the Soroptimist International Victoria WestShore chapter. Students were able to speak one-on-one with over 50 women exhibitors who have made successful careers in the arts, science, health care, technology, personal care, business, law and many other areas. Students also participated in three dynamite workshops ranging from finding and following your dream, strategies for job hunting, healthy relationships and budgeting.
Grade 9 Take Our Kids to Work
Congratulations to all the 171 Grade 9 students who participated in the national Take Our Kids to Work Day on November 14, 2018.
Thank you to all the parents, businesses and community for giving our students the opportunity to spend a day in the life of a working adult and to understand the skills required in today’s workplace.
Some of the students job shadowing included the Department of National Defence, government ministries, retail stores, schools, restaurants, grocery stores, health services, law firms, IT companies, financial institutions, hotels and colleges/universities. A special thank you to WestShore RCMP, Langford Fire & Rescue, SPCA, Glenview Animal Hospital and Kal-Tire for taking special requests from our students.
Belmont Dance Company
Our Belmont Dance Co. performed in Santa’s Lights Parade on Sat. Nov. 24th and gave it their all through the parade dancing the entire time!
Recently our Geography 12 students participated in orienteering activities learning how to use compasses.
International Student Program
Our Grade 12 ISP students spent some time together recently as an ISP family showing their Belmont pride and care for each other.
Once again our annual Cultural Night was a huge success with students and families sharing food from all over the world.
Jr. Girls Basketball
Shout out to our Jr. Girls Basketball team who won the Victoria Tip-Off Tournament this past weekend defeating Parkland Secondary in the final.
Sr. Girls’ Volleyball
This past weekend our girls and their families travelled to Penticton to defend their Provincial Championship from last year. Going into the championship tournament the girls where ranked number 1. Unfortunately the girls fell short loosing to a well deserving team from Kelowna. We are so very proud of their accomplishments! A special thanks to Coaches Toakley and Waller for all their dedication and time as well as to all the parents and families for their ongoing support.
Jr Varsity Football Team
Belmont’s AAA Junior Varsity Football team lost in the Provincial Championship game to a talented Kelowna team on Saturday afternoon. The “Dawgs” enjoyed their best season ever going undefeated until the final game. Thanks to Coach Sanschagrin and all our coaches for their time and commitment. In addition, thanks to all our dedicated families for making the trip over to cheer on the boys. Although not the outcome we had envisioned, we’re very proud of our team.