April Showers Bring May Flowers!

Important Dates:
  • April 19 – Pro-D (school not in session)
  • April 22 – Earth Day
  • April 23 – Valedictorian applications due
  • April 23 – Semester 6 End
  • April 26 – Semester 7 Start
  • April 28 – Administrative Professional Day
  • April 28 – Day of Mourning
  • April 30 – Semester 6 Report Cards Published

Hello Belmont students and families!

With Spring Break in the rear view mirror, we set our sights on the “finish line” at the end of June as we do every year. This year, similar to 2020, has not been what our staff or parents had hoped for for our students, especially our grade 12s who would usually be looking forward to Prom and Commencement as the completion of their K to 12 journey. Our student and staff Grad Committee continues to meet to discuss what we can possibly do to celebrate this year’s graduates and our hope is that we can at the very least, offer a school based Commencement which we have scheduled for June 12 & 13. A reminder all grade 12s and their parents have access to our school’s Grad Google Classroom.

We are very proud of all of our students and staff for demonstrating the resilience, care, and compassion for each other as we navigated the recent COVID exposures which have affected many of the schools across the Island and Province. We realize the anxiety and stress these exposures, and the communication that follows can cause, however please know Belmont continues to be a safe place to learn and grow especially due to the efforts of our Custodial Team who disinfect and clean our school at least 2x a day.

Recently many families would have observed the Easter holiday and as Belmont continues to be a diverse and inclusive school community, I’d like to acknowledge our Muslim students and families who will be observing Ramadan beginning April 13 and to our Sikh students and families who will be observing Vaisakhi on April 13/14. We truly value the multicultural mosaic our school and community has become!

Mr. Lamond


New Elementary & Middle School Site in Westhills
This recent photo shows the progress of the new Pexsisen Elementary School and Center Mountain Lellum Middle School scheduled to be open in September 2022.

Culinary Students

We would like to share the wonderful work the culinary students have accomplished. Thanks to Chef Andrea & Chef Jamie for all their efforts in helping our students learn to create wonderful dishes. We’re hopeful we can get back to serving students in September!

Phyllo Pastry Cup Salad

Athletics

Track & Field

The Track and Field Season is going to start the week of April 20th.  If any students are interested, please join Google Classroom code kgyfh5b for all the information and schedule of events this year. Please note that COVID protocols will be strictly followed to ensure a safe season.  Track & Field will begin on Tuesday for students who have signed up and filled out the proper forms for practice and competitions. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Tiffany Evans  tevans@sd62.bc.ca.

Belmont Golf Team

Any student interested in joining the Belmont golf team for the virtual challenge against other local schools, please send Mr. Lowe an email for more info.  Klowe@sd62.bc.ca

Challenge is 9 holes at Highland Pacific and 9 holes at Cedar Hill in the month of May.


Drum-Making Project

Natasha Parrish, ABED teacher & Annilee Guy, Art teacher along with students from art and music classes participated in the Belmont Secondary drum-making project. The project encompasses both First Peoples’ principles of learning and the new B.C. curriculum outcomes for art and music.  This long-awaited drum-making project at Belmont school is teaching students about various aspects of Coast Salish culture through music and art.

The attached article from Indiginews is written by Catherine Lafferty.


Cosmetology 9 & Hairstyling 11/12

The Cosmetology 9 and Hairstyling 11/12 classes have been showing great potential with their braiding, updos, and haircutting skills.  If you are interested in adding Hairstyling or Esthetics courses to your timetable, contact Ms. Rachael at rsandberg@sd62.bc.ca or check out our website https://belmont.web.sd62.bc.ca/programs/cosmetology/.


Outdoor Education

The Outdoor Education Belmont Students partnered with Shelby Newcombe and the Langford Parks and Recreation Department to clear invasive species on the hill in front of Belmont’s forest.  The day long event was very successful and everyone involved learned why invasive species of Scotch Broom and Gorse are very problematic for the native species of our forest. Thanks so much to the Langford Parks and Recreation for lending us the necessary tools to make this day such a success. There was an article posted in the Goldstream Gazette over Spring Break at https://www.goldstreamgazette.com/community/langford-students-banish-broom-from-forest-at-belmont-secondary-school/.


Belmont Wear Updates

Belmont & Grad Wear have been distributed to students in their classes on Wednesday April 14th. Due to health and safety regulations, students can only receive their orders via their classroom teacher. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Grainger at tgrainger@sd62.bc.ca . Our volunteer team appreciates everyone’s patience with supplier delays and a longer delivery process to keep everyone healthy.


Belmont Grade 11’s (Class of 2022)

Grade 11 students, please check the “Belmont Grade 11s (Class of 2022)” google classroom this week. Ms. Sandberg has started the process of deciding what color you want for your grad pinnies next year.


Scholarship Information

Now that SD62 award deadlines have come and gone we are moving forward to our Belmont based Scholarships and Elementary and Middle School PAC Bursary deadlines.  The following scholarship applications are due APRIL 30TH, 2021 AT MIDNIGHT – NO LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. 

  1. BELMONT SCHOLARSHIP SOCIETY SCHOLARSHIPS – Students pursuing trades, academics, have financial need, are athletes, basketball players, are pursuing sciences or health science next year, have shown community or school service/spirit.
  2. WESTSHORE ROTARY CLUB SCHOLARSHIP – Students who are headed into academic post-secondary programs OR trades next year and have community/school service.
  3. MYLES MANSELL SCHOLARSHIP – Students in reserves or cadets and are headed to post-secondary in September
  4. GAETZ DESIGNS SCHOLARSHIP – Students who have excelled in visual or media arts and are headed to post-secondary in September
  5. AVID 12 MEMORIAL BURSARY – Graduating students in AVID 12 
  6. METCHOSIN FIRE DELANEY DUNLOP MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP – Students graduating from Belmont, preference given to those headed to Uvic, studying poli-sci, and/or live in Metchosin    
  7. WESTSHORE BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP – Graduating students who have been involved in school and/or Westshore basketball either as player or volunteer 
  8. ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL PAC BURSARIES – Students who have attended any of the following schools for varying number of years – application requirements vary (Colwood, Crystal View, David Cameron, Dunsmuir, Ecole John Stubbs, Hans Helgesen, Happy Valley, Lakewood, Millstream, Ruth King, Sangster, Savory, Spencer, Willway, Wishart)

All of these applications are in the grad google classroom and on the Belmont Scholarship Website https://belmontscholarships.weebly.com/.  They are to be turned in via grad google classroom, OR emailed to Ms. Hoskins (choskins@sd62.bc.ca), OR paper based applications can be dropped off to Ms. Hoskins in Room B112.  Please make sure all necessary attachments are included and have open sharing settings before submitting.  As always, if there are questions, or if support is needed please contact Ms. Hoskins.  

WELCOME TO BELMONT’S SCHOLARSHIP WEBSITE – Home PREPARING TO APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS AND BURSARIES Most scholarships and bursaries require a scholarship resume. Use this template to get started – Click Here Some of you may have already created a scholarship resume in your Careers 12 class. belmontscholarships.weebly.com

Other important scholarship deadlines (not applications run through the school) can be found on the scholarship website https://belmontscholarships.weebly.com/.


“Relay for Life” Virtual Event

Belmont Leadership is excited to announce that we will be hosting our annual Relay for Life fundraiser. What is Relay for Life you might ask? Relay for Life is a fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society and hosts events at schools across the country. This year it looks a lot different than in years prior but we are ready to bring you a week of fun! 

We are hosting a week-long virtual Relay for Life Event, May 17 – 21 2021. Each day there will be a different 10-20 minute video presented to classes who are signed up to participate. Videos include guest speakers, music performances and a luminary ceremony. In-person activities will also take place within your cohort! 

Our goal is to help support the Canadian Cancer Society and fundraise to make a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer. Please use the link below to create an account and donate to the Belmont Relay for Life. https://support.cancer.ca/site/TR?fr_id=27440&pg=entry&s_locale=en_CA&utm_source=vaf-brand-um&utm_campaign=relayforlife2021&s_src=vaf-brand-um&s_subsrc=vaf-brand-um_relayforlife2021&utm_content=belmontesecondaryschool.



Spring Break!

Important Dates:

  • March 15-26 – Spring Break
  • March 29 – Welcome Back!
  • April 2 – Good Friday
  • April 5 – Easter Monday
  • April 12-16 – Graduation Assessments
  • April 19 – Pro-D (school not in session)
  • April 22 – Earth Day
  • April 23 – Semester 6 End
  • April 26 – Semester 7 Start

Aboriginal Territorial Acknowledgement

This past week we had an Aboriginal Territorial Acknowledgement mounted as a center piece in our cafeteria. We will be hosting an “official” unveiling on National Indigenous Peoples Day which falls on June 21st this year.

Harmonius by Connie Watts is now a focal center piece in our cafeteria. Thanks to our PAC for their support as well as our District Ab Ed team for their insight.
Grade 9 Immunizations

Our school hosted the annual VIHA Grade 9 Vaccinations.  For reference, the annual vaccinations are for Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis, Polio, and Meningococcal depending on the needs of individual students.  Permission slips were sent home in the fall.  VIHA (Vancouver Island Health Authority) was not able to complete all of the vaccinations and will look to complete any remaining ones after Spring Break.

If you have any questions, please contact VIHA through our Wellness Centre at 250-519-3580.

A New Staff Member…

On Wednesdays starting March 31, our newest staff member Draco will be joining our Learning Support Team. Draco is a retired service dog who will call room B204 home. We’re very excited to have him join our team!

Belmont Coast Salish Inspired Drum Project

The Belmont Drum Project is a legacy project for our school. Students in music and art worked together with the Aboriginal department to create 30 beautiful hand drums to be used in our classrooms. We began with tanned elk hides, sinew, and drum rings and ended with 30 exceptional pieces of functional art! Mandart’s Choir 9 students cut out and pulled the drums together on the frames. After drying and curing the drums, Ms. Guy’s art class painted a drum by drawing inspiration from the 13 Coast Salish Moons. Each art student selected a moon that spoke to them and created their master piece to reflect the time of the year. This legacy project celebrates the beauty of Coast Salish culture and students have generously gifted their time and Eyēʔ Sqȃ’lewen (good mind, feelings, and intention) to future students! Hych’ka to the Learning Commons team for holding a Gallery Walk to share the students finished drums!

Hych’ka to our Role Models for their knowledge and support, specifically Elder Henry, Brother Rick, Alana & Layla Johnson, and Knowledge Keeper Jeff Welch. These drums will be with us for the next 20-30 years!

“This collaboration between many departments, working together towards a common goal – to make drums – through this students have been able to be creative, participate in and recognize the beauty of Salish culture. They have done an amazing job. The Belmont music department will have 30 beautiful drums and be able to learn Coast Salish songs that have been gifted to our school. It shows a lot of respect. I can’t think of the words to express what they have done here together. I was glad to participate in most steps of the process. HYCH’KA!” — Elder Henry

Skills Canada Competitions

Skills Canada B.C. is an organization that leads and coordinates youth engagement in trades and technology careers in our province, including organizing and supporting regional and provincial competitions for students in trades.

We are proud to have a number of our talented Belmont students participating this year. For carpentry, the two Belmont students who participated were Mitch B, and Matheus DT. Both students came very prepared on the competition day and both completed the mini-greenhouse in the challenging 6 hour time period. Mat and Mitch advanced to the regional finals and their projects were judged alongside the top projects from districts 61 and 63. In welding, Miko T worked hard all day and showed incredible perseverance and growth in his welding and oxyacetylene torch cutting abilities.

Congratulations to all the participants and a big thank you to the teachers who supported them, and we look forward to having our students compete again next year!

Belmont Leadership

Belmont Leadership has had a busy couple of months since returning from winter break!   The students participated in beach clean ups in our school community around Glen and Langford Lake in an effort to keep our community clean! 

They also organized a “Share the Love” campaign where leadership students delivered hearts to classes and students shared something they loved on them!  If you missed them on the entrances, check out the photos below! It was nice to see some love around the school during this time! 

Scholarship Information

All SD62 District Authority Awards, SD62 Awards, Elementary and Middle school PAC Bursary, and Belmont Scholarship Society Scholarship are now up on the Belmont Scholarship website and in the grad google classroom for grads to apply! 

https://belmontscholarships.weebly.com/

All of these applications are to be either:

  • 1. Turned into Grad google classroom 
  • 2. Emailed to Ms. Hoskins 
  • OR 
  • 3. Paper based applications can be dropped off to Ms. Hoskins in room B112

Deadlines are:

  • 1. Sd62 District Authority – April 13th, midnight 
  • 2. Sd62 Awards – April 13th, midnight 
  • 3. Elementary and Middle School PAC Bursaries – April 30th, midnight 
  • 4. Belmont scholarship society awards – April 30th, midnight 

Please note these deadlines are strict and no late applications will be accepted. Make sure all necessary attachments are added before submitting – double check! 

Email Ms. Hoskins at choskins@sd62.bc.ca if there are questions throughout the process. 

Belmont & Grad Clothing Update

Thanks again to everyone who participated in our school and grad wear sales last month! Our local suppliers will be working over spring break to put all of the orders together and we look forward to getting orders out to everyone in early April. Have a wonderful spring break!

Attention Badminton Players!

The team will begin practicing after spring break.  Juniors and Seniors welcome.  Please contact Mr. Willing at bwilling@sd62.bc.ca for more information.

Metro Vancouver Japanese Bowl

For the first time ever, Belmont has 3 teams participating in the Metro Vancouver Japanese Bowl where high school students are challenged on language and culture. Good luck to the three teams who are Team 1:  Bach N., Dasol K., Chompoonake P.  Team 2:  Andrea-Marie O., Ela E., Gabriel L.  Team 3:  Abby I., Dakota K., Jeremy H.  This full day event will take place on Saturday, March 13. Good luck to all our teams.

Spring Break Resources

Camosun College Criminal Justice Info…

In the Know…

HELLO MARCH….LET SPRING BEGIN!

Important Dates:

  • March 4 – Lockdown Drill 10am & 2pm
  • March 5 – Semester 5 Ends
  • March 8 – Semester 6 Starts
  • March 8 – Student Gr. 10-12 Learning Surveys Start
  • March 8 – International Women’s Day
  • March 9 – PAC Mtg. 7pm – MS Teams
  • March 10 – Gr. 9 Immunizations
  • March 12 – Report Cards Published
  • March 12 – Sooke Teachers Association Scholarship – Due
  • March 15-26 – Spring Break
Pink Shirt Day

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

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

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

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

“You Will be Found” was created by our Belmont Concert Choir to promote Pink Shirt Day. Check it out!

Graduation Assessments

Assessment dates:

Mon 12th – Fri 16th April 2021: http://belmont.web.sd62.bc.ca/students/graduation-assessments/

Registration Deadline:

12 noon, Tuesday 10th March 2021

  • See our website for details regarding how to register, linked above

The following students will be registered:

  • All students in Semester 5 and Semester 6, English 10 and Math 10 classes.
  • Grade 11 or 12 students who require the Numeracy 10 to complete their graduation requirements however, these students need to contact Mrs. Gunn at agunn@sd62.bc.ca by noon, Tuesday 9th March 2021 to be registered for the April assessment session.
Grad Song & “O’Canada” Auditions

Dear Grads, 

Anyone who is considering auditioning for the Grad song, please contact Ms. Dawson no later than March 12.

“O Canada” auditions will take place on May 19 – please contact Ms. Dawson at gdawson@sd62.bc.cac.ca no later than March 12.

Gr. 9 Immunizations

Grade 9 Immunizations will be resuming at the school. If you did not complete a consent form for immunization in the fall or have question’s regarding immunizations for your child please call West Shore Health Unit and ask to speak to a school nurse. You can complete telephone consent with a nurse at this time as well. 250-519-3490.

Although a child may be immunized with the consent of a parent/guardian or representative, a grade 9 student can make an informed decision regarding immunization regardless of parental consent or refusal. This is referred to as “mature minor consent.”

For more information:

Optional: Immunizations will be provided at the school for grade 9 students on Wednesday, March 10th.

Scholarship Info Night Presentation

Scholarship info night presentation! Important info on how to access applications and upcoming deadlines below:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1gm5Qbd3NsmYARsWBn4POGS_M4ADBndWC4ndqQgf1mPU/edit

Belmont in the News:

West Shore students put best foot forward for creative writing class. Belmont assignment explores empathy through a stranger’s shoes. Check out the attached article below from the Goldstream Gazette.

Fine Arts

The video below is to a project by our students in the Visual Media Design classes 10-12, and in collaboration with our Belmont Concert Choir classes that was inspired by Black History Month. Enjoy!

Visual Arts

Ms. Guy’s Senior Visual Art classes have been learning about Coast Salish culture, and were visited by Knowledge Keeper and role model Jeff Welch earlier this week. The Belmont Music Department built Elk hide drums, which the Art classes had the opportunity to paint as a legacy piece to be used by students for the next 20-30 years! The school community is invited to enjoy a ‘gallery walk’ in the Learning Commons on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Due to COVID-19, Gallery walks have been divided by the following zones/days:

TUESDAY- FIRST FLOOR

WEDNESDAY- SECOND FLOOR

FRIDAY- THIRD FLOOR

Thanks for your support!

Athletics

Football

Please see link below to an article in the Times Colonist of 5 players from the Belmont Bulldogs who have been recruited to various teams post graduation. Congrats to Riley S., Hayden T., Sterling M., Riley B., and Gerren H!

https://www.timescolonist.com/sports/high-school-class-of-2021-looks-to-overcome-loss-of-sports-seasons-1.24284595.

The EMCSS is offering a pretty are some opportunity for kids this spring break. This program is being heavily subsidized (I think kids will only pay approx. .1/3 of the cost). We have about 7 registered, but have 12 places. Could you please share – either with your schools at large, or with students who would benefit?

February “Share the Love”

Important Dates:

  • February 15 – Family Day (stat holiday)
  • February 15-19 – Gr. 10-12 Course Selection
  • February 24 – Pink Shirt Day
  • February 25 – Scholarship Info Night #2
  • March 4 – Lockdown Drill 10am & 2pm
  • March 5 – Semester 5 Ends
  • March 6 – Semester 6 Starts
  • March 8 – International Women’s Day
  • March 9 – PAC Mtg. 7pm – MS Teams
  • March 12 – Report Cards Published
February – “Share the Love”

Belmont Leadership class has organized “Share the Love” project. Each student and staff have been given a cut-out paper heart to decorate as they wish, and write something they love on it. Once finished, they will be put up on all the school entrances for everyone to enjoy.

Scholarship Info Night #2

Grade 12 grads and parents, please feel free to attend the meeting below for information on applications and deadlines for SD62 Scholarships, Elementary and Middle School PAC Bursaries, and Belmont Scholarship Society Scholarships 

Date: Thursday, February 25th  

Time: 6:00PM-7:00PM

Click the link below to join (make sure you have MS Teams app!)”

https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_MjM2OTg1NzQtZGU0Yy00YjIzLWJhYTctMDZjMzhkYmE5MjMz%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22f7c5b01f-413e-4ee8-9788-ce578108cd30%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%22bd76af64-9391-498e-bce8-b179626ee0f3%22%7d

Join conversation teams.microsoft.com
School & Grad Clothing Sales Update

The Entrepreneurship 12 class, Mr. Grainger, Mrs. Cleland and Mrs. Fenn would like to thank everyone for being so accommodating with our move to online-only ordering for school and grad clothing in this unique school year! We hope to have orders to students by spring break and will keep everyone informed with updates. As a reminder, we are unable to accommodate order changes after February 16th so please check your receipts carefully. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Grainger. Thank you!

Scholarship Support

Ms. Hoskins is available for scholarship support.  Students can book appointment times or email her directly for virtual support: choskins@sd62.bc.ca  or choskins@sd62learns.org  

Important upcoming deadlines include: 

  1. Sooke Teachers Association Scholarship – Due March 12th  
  2. SD62 District Authority Awards – Due April 7th (Waiting on applications) 

Applications and Deadlines are posted on the Scholarship Website and Grad Google Classroom – please have grads check back regularly to both for updates! 

Gr. 9 Immunizations

Due to the ongoing pandemic and initial rollout of COVID vaccine, public health has postponed some Grade 6 and 9 immunizations originally planned for January and February. This delay is temporary and follows the B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) guidelines for the school age immunization program. Immunizations will resume in the coming weeks and continue until the end of the school year, resulting in immunizations being offered to all Grade 9 students before the end of June. If you have any questions, please contact your local public health unit at 250-519-3490 and ask to speak to a School Nurse.

Parenting in a Pandemic

Parenting in a Pandemic
Parenting at any time can be challenging; parenting during COVID-19 can be even more stressful. Both you and your children may be feeling worried and overwhelmed. It can be hard to know how to talk to your child about COVID-19; how to best support your child as we all navigate disrupted routines and changes to home, school, and work life; and how to make sure you are taking care of yourself during this difficult time.

On this page you will find some information and strategies for parents and caregivers, as well as some links to resources you might find helpful. You can also contact the Kelty Centre if you are a parent or caregiver looking for mental health information, resources, or peer support related to your child’s mental health.

“Growing up in a pandemic: health and resilience in kids” Webinar

Parents and caregivers are essential to helping young people navigate change and build resilience, which supports physical and mental health and development. Join three UBC experts from the Faculty of Medicine as they share their insights for how to guide the children and teens in your family to thrive in the abnormal world of the pandemic.

Stress strategies for teens (and the rest of us)

According to a 2018 survey of SD62 grade 7-12 students, 34% report experiencing quite a bit or extreme stress and I suspect if youth are like us, they too are feeling even more stressed during this crazy time. While stress can be a helpful thing, its effects can add up and take their toll. Check out this page that has tips and strategies geared to helping teens (et al) learn how to manage life’s inevitable ups and downs. And remember, basics like eating well, getting some activity, managing screen time and getting enough sleep are also great stress management strategies.

The Teenage Experience – what to expect and how to help your teen (and them you!)

Teen Mental Health, a world leader in helping provide evidence-based resources for educators and parents, has developed two great resources that help parents and teens gain more insight in to adolescent development, including their mental health. Check them out here.  

Helping Kids Cope with Disappointment

While most young people are coping pretty well with this crazy COVID time, it’s hard not to feel disappointed with what’s not happening that typically is. So, what can you do to help your children deal with their disappointment? How can you turn these situations into learning experiences that help foster resilience so that your children are better able to cope with life’s challenges? This article provides helpful, evidence-backed, practical tips specific to the times we’re living in.

Talking about Mental Health

Finding accurate information and appropriate resources can be hard. Jack.org, School Mental Health Ontario and Kids Help Phone have partnered to bring you all the information needed in one easy-to-access hub so that youth mental health remains top of mind, and our communities are able to easily access the education, tools, support and reliable information they need.

Asking for help is a really good thing!

It is a crazy time and with the help of some SD62 youth, we’ve created this poster that connects readers to available (and free) resources that exist in our community, nearby and online. This poster is plastered on our school’s walls, please help extend the sharing.

Looking forward to Spring!

Important Dates:
  • February 1 – Semester 4 End
  • February 2 – Semester 5 Start
  • February 3 – Gr. 8 Student & Family Info Night 6pm MS Teams
  • February 8 – Report Cards Published
  • February 9 – PAC Mtg. 7pm MS Teams
  • February 12 – Pro-D (school not in session)
  • February 12 – Chinese New Year (year of the ox)
  • February 15 – Family Day (stat holiday)
  • February 24 – Pink Shirt Day
Student Inspiration…

Recently Jasmine R., a grade 11 student was awarded the Distinguished Honorable Mention Award in the Multimedia category in the 2020 Ocean Awareness Contest, a global arts competition sponsored by Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs that engages youth in creatively raising awareness of environmental issues impacting our blue planet. Jasmine was selected from approximately 5,300 participants from around the world! Please click here for more details!

An Inspiring Morning!

On January 26, I had the pleasure of joining Ms. Christ-Rowling’s Outdoor Ed class on a hike up to the peak of nearby Mt. Wells. It was an incredible way to spend the morning and to see first hand how the activities and experiences Ms. Christ-Rowling provides for our students impacts their lives. – J. Lamond

Student Learning Survey 2020/2021

The Provincial Student Learning Survey is unique in its scope, size and usefulness to schools. It gathers information from parents/guardians/caregivers, teachers and students on topics related to school environment, safety, and achievement. The information is used for planning in individual schools and provides a district and provincial perspective.

Early in 2021 the Student Learning Survey will be administered to students in grades 10 and 12, their parents/guardians/caregivers, and all school staff. We encourage parents/guardians/caregivers to participate in this survey, as the results are important in identifying and celebrating current strengths, as well as determining where the school needs to focus improvement. The surveys contain standard questions for the Province – in addition, questions from the school and/or district that focus on local conditions or issues may be included.

The survey can be completed electronically and can be accessed on the Internet at http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/sat_survey. Any computer with an Internet connection can be used, and access to the e-survey is simple and secure. The survey can be accessed through the link with or without an anonymous logon code by selecting the school district and school name where your child attends school. Provincial, District and School Reports for previous years can be viewed at the same site under the Results section.

The e-survey site will be open until April 30th.

If you have any questions, please contact the school at 250-478-5501.

Transition to Semester 5

Hello Belmont Families,

Next week Tuesday, 2nd February 2021, we will transition to Semester 5 (S5)!

Last week students received their S5 schedules; today they reviewed the following links in class in preparation for next week’s transition:

Semester 5 Schedules:

Route: Belmont Home Page > Students > Semester 5 Schedules

Web: http://belmont.web.sd62.bc.ca/students/class-schedules-am-vs-pm-cohorts/

School Entrance and Exit Zones:

Route: Belmont Home Page > Students > School Entrance & Exit Zones

Web: http://belmont.web.sd62.bc.ca/students/return-to-school-entrances-exits/

Activating/Accessing MyEd Student Portals:

Route: Belmont Home Page > Students > MyEd Student Portal

Web: http://belmont.web.sd62.bc.ca/students/myed-student-portal-information/

Bell Schedule:

Route: Belmont Home Page > About > Bell Schedule

Web: http://belmont.web.sd62.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2020/08/Belmont-Class-Schedule-20-21-v2.pdf

School Calendar:

Route: Belmont Home Page > About > School Calendar

Web: http://belmont.web.sd62.bc.ca/about/calendar-2/

Scholarship Information & Updates

For anyone who was unable to attend the scholarship info night via MSTeams, the presentation was recorded, and the link is attached below for anyone who is interested. 

Meeting Link: https://web.microsoftstream.com/video/53e65379-5a1f-480b-a852-231d38d0ca49

Presentation link:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1wfZNZGosQWMOCQdmmBjnkovSUVrPmLu15EHtusBBfdI/edit?usp=sharing

SCHOLARSHIPS AT BELMONT SCHOLARSHIPS AT BELMONT docs.google.com

And the Belmont Scholarship website link is listed here for anyone who has not yet familiarized themselves with it:

https://belmontscholarships.weebly.com/

WELCOME TO BELMONT’S SCHOLARSHIP WEBSITE – Home PREPARING TO APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS AND BURSARIES Most scholarships and bursaries require a scholarship resume. Use this template to get started – Click Here Some of you may have already created a scholarship resume in your Careers 12 class. belmontscholarships.weebly.com

Please email Ms. Hoskins with any questions – choskins@sd62.bc.ca“.

Grade 8 Info Night

If you are interested in attending Belmont next year as a Grade 9 student, please join us for the Belmont Grade 8 Student and Family Information Night on Feb. 3 at 6pm. You can join by clicking on this link: https://jump.sd62.bc.ca/BelmontGrade8StudentAndFamilyInfoNight

If you are unable to attend, a recorded version will be available later that week on the Belmont website

A few of our departments will also be offering information/Q & A sessions that evening from approximately 7-8pm. Links will be available on the Belmont website on Feb. 3. More information about all of our departments and programs is available on the Belmont website, under Programs. 

Belmont & Grad Wear

Our Entrepreneurship 12 class is selling Belmont and Grad Wear commencing today.  Visit the Belmont Clothing website created by the class at http://bit.ly/belmontstyle to see the full collection including high quality sweatpants, dry fit pants, hoodies and t-shirts.  As well, the class has posted it on Instagram so visit @belmontstyle21.    All sales are online only.  Act quick as sales will only run until February 5th for delivery before Spring Break.

To purchase, please go to your School Cash Online account at https://sd62.schoolcashonline.com/.  If you have not yet set up an account, please consent first at https://consent.sd62.bc.ca/ before creating an account.  It will take 24hrs. after consenting before you can register for School Cash Online.

We DO NOT accept returns or exchanges so please carefully review the Belmont Clothing website before purchasing. (all prices include tax).

School, Students & Families – All Working Together to Prevent the Spread

We are all working together to keep each other and our families healthy and safe, and we need everyone to keep reminding our students to wear a mask and stay six feet apart when visiting outside. We have been receiving a number of calls from concerned community members who see our students congregating closely when on the nearby paths and in neighbourhoods.

Island Health continues to remind people to double down on their efforts to help stop the spread of the virus. COVID-19 is in all of our communities and everyone must continue to follow the steps we know are effective in reducing the risk of transmission.

Thank you to everyone who has been keeping students who are feeling unwell at home, and for completing daily health checks to ensure our schools remains a safe place for everyone: https://www.sd62.bc.ca/covid-19/resources-parents/daily-health-check

Careers News:

Family Resources:

Online Parent Meeting: Self Harm, how to help your child.Date: Wednesday, January 27th at 4:00 PM (Other dates available) Registration: www.familysmart.ca/itk Discussion facilitated by FamilySmart Parent in Residence. Watch a video with us and come together with other families for a facilitated discussion. (see poster attached to share)

Parenting Teens, support group: Topics include: Attachment and relationship-based practices, Communication and 6 critical messages, Developmental changes in pre-adolescence, Adolescent brain development, Boundaries, and turning over responsibility as appropriate Self-care – taking back your life, Adolescent mental health

  • Substance use and teens Time:  Tuesdays at 12-1:30 pm zoom Registration: Lisa Hoffman lhoffmanbgcvic.org  /   250 217 4929  please include your contact information and when you can be reached.
Youth Resilience in the Digital Age Virtual Conference (Free Online Event)

The Canadian Teachers Federations and Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada are  pleased to be co-chairing the national Youth Resilience in the Digital Age Virtual Conference, in partnership with:

  • Employment and Social Development Canada
  • Canadian Teachers’ Federation
  • Kids Help Phone
  • MediaSmart
  • TakingITGlobal
  • Indspire
  • Actua
  • Mentoring Canada
  • Variety Ontario
  • Canadian Centre for Child Protection
  • Respect Inc.
  • Kids Boost Immunity
  • Jays Care

Join us for the Youth Resilience in the Digital Age Virtual Conference, Feb 8 – 12! Experts from across the country will show how to create safe, equitable, accessible online environments for kids and teens. Register: http://digitalresilience.ca #DigitalResilience2021 @BGCCAN @CTFFCE

This is a free event, and all webinars will be recorded and housed on a resource page after the conference. This conference is open to all and parents are encouraged to attend. Check out the full webinar descriptions on the registration link.

Christian Caillé Nature Based Programs Supervisor Pronouns: He/him Boys and Girls Club of Greater Victoria 3900 Metchosin Road, Victoria BC, V9C 4A5 (250) 661-7438 | ccaille@bgcvic.org   http://www.bgcvic.org