Spring Break is here!

Important Dates
  • March 18 – Last Day of school before Spring Break
  • March 21-April 1 – Spring Break
  • April 4 – Welcome Back!
  • April 6 – Track & Field Competition #1 @ UVIC
  • April 7 – Early Dismissal at 12:05pm
  • April 7 – Learning Conferences on MS Teams, 2-4pm and 5-7pm
  • April 12 – PAC Mtg. 7pm
  • April 8 – Pro-D (students not in session)
  • April 13 – VI Concert Band Festival
  • April 14 – Report Cards Published
  • April 15 – Stat – Good Friday
  • April 18 – Stat – Easter Monday
  • April 26- West Coast Jazz Festival
Learning Conferences – April 7th (on MS Teams)

Dear Belmont Families,

While we encourage you to connect with your child’s teachers at any point in the year, we have set aside Thursday, April 7th for dedicated semester 2 learning conferences. 

To book an appointment, please go to link provided The MS Bookings site is now open for you to book a virtual conference with your child’s teachers.  We will keep the booking system open until Wednesday, April 6th at 12:00 pm.  Interviews will be held on Thursday, April 7th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm & 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  If you prefer a phone call or in person meeting to online, please contact your child’s teacher.

To book an appointment, please go to link provided below at

https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/BelmontSecondarySchool@sd62.bc.ca/bookings/

If you are unable to book online, please call our front office at 250-478-5501 beginning April 7th at 9:00 am.  If you are unable to book an appointment with a teacher due to availability, please contact the teacher to set an alternate time.  Teacher contacts can be found here

Schedule for Thursday, April 7th – Early Dismissal
  • Block B – 9:00-9:40
  • Block A – 9:45-10:25
  • Break – 10:25-10:40
  • Block D – 10:40-11:20
  • Block C – 11:25-12:05
Graduation Events

We are very excited that our Graduation events are back at their usual places this year and that guests will be permitted!

  • May 26 – Commencement Rehearsal at UVIC Farquhar Theatre, buses leaving Belmont at 9am (for students in the 11am ceremony) and 10:30am (for students in the 3pm ceremony)
  • June 12 – Commencement Ceremonies, UVIC Farquhar Theatre, at 11am and 3pm
  • June 24 – Prom, at Crystal Gardens, 5:30-9:00pm (Will confirm at later date-Grad photo taken at Legislative Building front steps, 4:30-5:30pm)
Student Accomplishments

Congratulations to Jacob V.L. who came in first place in all of Canada in the national student stock market challenge yesterday. A pretty cool accomplishment when he’s representing our school on the leaderboard and there’s over 1000 teams participating!

As well, congratulations to Jaiden B. who came in first place nationally for a period of time last semester.

Please congratulate Erin Y. (Gold) and Shiloh P. (Bronze) for doing an excellent job representing Belmont in the 2022 South Island Regional Skills BC – Hairdressing – competition 😊  Sarah T., Jack and Autumn R. also competed and placed well up in the field. 

Congratulations to Miko competed at BC Skills Canada Welding at Camosun College and was successful in placing third in the region. This allowed him to collect his Bronze medal and other welding goodies.

Miko T.

Congratulations to all of our competitors, and a huge THANK YOU

to our school, district and college staff for another great year!

Careers and Trades

A lot is happening in the world of Careers and Trades. For information on the latest programs, jobs and other opportunities check out the Career Centre weebly http://bsscareercentre.weebly.com/

South Island Partnership: Youth Train In Trades

The Belmont Career Centre would like to congratulate Matthew B. (pictured below) and Caden A. on their tremendous success in the Electrical Foundations program at Camosun College. These young men spent 28 weeks of their grade 12 year at Camosun Interurban training to be Electricians. They have returned to Belmont this month as Level 1 Electrician Apprentice’s before graduating high school! It is a great achievement to complete this rigorous program at such a young age.

Matthew B.
District Scholarships are open!

Check out the Belmont scholarship weebly: https://belmontscholarships.weebly.com/april.html

Join the District Scholarship Google classroom using the class code: 6n232hk

District/Authority Scholarships – 98 scholarships @ $1,250 each.

  • Available to only sd62 grads
  • Fine Arts – visual, drama, music, dance, performing arts/musical theater, media arts/film, creative writing
  • Applied Design, Skills, and Technology – Business Ed, Technology Ed, Home Economics, Information Communication Technology, Media Arts, Tourism
  • Physical Activity and Health –  Athletics, Fitness, Outdoor Education, Dance, Gymnastics, not limited to Physical Education, sportsmanship, leadership, attitude, and dedication
  • International Languages – must also include a video or audio
  • Community Service – school and community volunteer, includes awareness of local, global and cultural issues
  • Technical and Trades Training-  Robotics, Coding, Carpentry, Automotive, Mechanics, Cook Training, Culinary Arts
  • Indigenous Languages and Culture- demonstrated at school or in the community 

Sooke School District Awards

Coast Capital Savings – Standing Tall  Awards 2x$3500 awarded to students who have faced adversity, and plan to go to post-secondary

Monk Office Supply Scholarship – awarded to a student who displays good citizenship and social responsibility at school and in the community, and plans to enter the field of environmental studies.

Victor Chen Memorial – awards to a student planning to complete engineering, especially at BCIT or Camosun, with good grades, service within the school & community, and financial need.

Mosiac Forest Management Scholarship – awards to a student entering the field of forestry, fisheries or resource management.

Ron Warder Memorial Scholarship – awarded to a minimum C+ student who participated in clubs, school teams, and/or community activities and displayed dedication, leadership and a positive impact on the school/community through service.  

Due April 14th, 2022 by noon

Clubs
Ultimate Frisbee

The season starts right after spring break. Games are mostly on Wednesdays or Fridays and practices are on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Athletics

Check out the Athletics website at https://sites.google.com/sd62learns.org/belmont-athletics-page

Senior A Girls Soccer

Congratulations to the Senior A Girls Soccer team for defeating GNS on our home turf on March 15th! 

Track & Field

Track and Field season is upon us. Any Belmont Bulldog interested in joining the track and field team, please contact Ms. Evans to sign up. Running practices are Monday and Wednesday.  Throwing practices are at lunch on Tuesday and Thursdays.  Saturday practices start after March break at Royal Bat Secondary.  Competitions are at UVic’s centennial stadium.

  • April 6 – Competition #1 @ UVIC
  • April 13 – Competition #2 @ UVIC
  • April 20 – Competition #3 @ UVIC
  • April 27 – Competition #4 @ UVIC
  • May 4 – Competition #5 @ UVIC
  • May 11 – Lower Island Championships @ UVIC
  • May 18 and 19 – Island Championships @ UVIC
Youth Group Loss & Grief Counselling Programs

Please see attached link for information on no cost Youth Group Loss and Grief Counselling programs.

Spring is Near!

Important Dates
  • March 7 – International Women’s Day
  • March 8 – PAC Mtg. 7pm
  • March 9 – Vocal Jazz Group perform at lunch in the Library
  • March 13 – Daylight Saving
  • March 14-18 – Belmont Spirit Week
  • March 15 – Lockdown Drill 12:40pm
  • March 16 – Games Day at lunch in the Library
  • March 17 – Evening of Jazz 7pm
  • March 17 – Saint Patrick’s Day
  • March 18 – Last Day of school before Spring Break
  • March 21-April 1 – Spring Break
Student Job Opportunities

Job opportunities can be found on the Career Google Classrooms as well as the Belmont Career Centre Weebly http://bsscareercentre.weebly.com/.

Interested in joining Belmont’s Dance Company next year?

It’s not too late! See Ms. Narciso or Ms. Kaupas in the dance studio (D111) or A119 for more information about the program or to sign up for auditions! Auditions will be held March 14 and 17 from 4:30-6:00 in the gym.

Drama Club

GOOD NEWS: Improv Relaunches THIS FRIDAY! Belmont’s very own Drama club is the most fun you will have at school. Join us in the Theatre (D101) after school on Fridays (2.15-4.30 pm) Guaranteed you will find friends, laugh a lot, and experience good vibes. No experience needed! 

Athletics
Belmont Div. 2 Jr. Girls Basketball

Undefeated!! City Championships!!!

Congratulations to the Belmont Junior Girls team on winning the Div. 2 City Championships.  The team came back from a 5-19 deficit to beat Oak Bay 47-27.  Well done team!

Island High School Gymnastic Championships for Belmont

Congratulations to Shayna R. for placing second overall at the Island High School Gymnastic Championships for Belmont.  Shayna has earned a berth to BC’s.  Good luck Shayna!

Mountain Bike Club

Interested in Mountain Biking? Open to grades 9 – 12. We will host weekly “club” rides on Mondays starting after Spring break leading up to hosting the Provincial High School Championships on May 27th at the Jordie Lunn Bike Park right here in Belmont’s back yard. Belmont & Royal Bay schools are co-hosting the provincials.

Track & Field

Track and Field season is upon us. Any Belmont Bulldog interested in joining the track and field team, please contact Ms. Evans to sign up. Running practices are Monday and Wednesday.  Throwing practices are at lunch on Tuesday and Thursdays.  Saturday practices start after March break at Royal Bat Secondary.  Competitions are at UVic’s centennial stadium.

  • April 6 – Competition #1 @ UVIC
  • April 13 – Competition #2 @ UVIC
  • April 20 – Competition #3 @ UVIC
  • April 27 – Competition #4 @ UVIC
  • May 4 – Competition #5 @ UVIC
  • May 11 – Lower Island Championships @ UVIC
  • May 18 and 19 – Island Championships @ UVIC
Gr. 12 Scholarships

Grads please remember to check out the Belmont scholarship Weebly https://belmontscholarships.weebly.com/march.html, and Grad google classroom.  Awards are being added weekly. If you have questions come see me in A119 or email jrobertson@sd62.bc.ca.

Examples:

Power Pioneers Community Service Award
The BC Hydro Power Pioneers are recognizing youth who have excelled in community service. There are twenty $500 awards available throughout British Columbia. We’re looking for students who have made outstanding contributions in their local community for a considerable amount of time or have initiated, organized or contributed significantly to a one–time project. Due March 31, 2022

Sooke Teachers’ Association Scholarships 
Six scholarships of $1000 each are available to students of the Sooke School District who are planning to attend full-time post-secondary school. In addition to an application form, students must also submit a resume and their transcript.   Please note that three of the six awards are reserved for students whose parents are members of the Sooke Teachers’ Association and one of the six scholarships is reserved for an Indigenous student. See the application for more detail.  Shortlisted students will be interviewed in May to assist with making the final selection of winners.  
Deadline:   March 11th, 2022 

Island Social Trends Journalism Scholarship Are you thinking about entering a career in journalism? Then considering applying for this scholarship.
Criteria:
-pursuing post-secondary
-must outline your future goals in journalism
-500 word essay about the role of journalism in a democratic society Due April 29th, 2022

Reid Kyfiuk Memorial Scholarships
These $1,000 scholarships are offered to honor the memory of Saanich student Reid Kyfiuk. To meet the requirements, the successful student will have maintained a ‘B’ average or better, participated in, or tried out/auditioned for curricular classes or clubs or school teams, and/or community activities, and be an active member of a faith group. 
Deadline: April 14th, 2022 at noon   

Application  https://belmontscholarships.weebly.com/april.html

Submit application to scholarships22@sd62.bc.ca  

Rocky Point Bird Observatory Award 
Three scholarships of $500.00 will be presented to graduating, full-time high school students of School Districts 61, 62 and 63 who intend to pursue a career that supports bird and/or environmental conservation. Please note that use of these funds is not restricted to post-secondary costs and may be used to further learning in a conservation-related activity.
Deadline: March 31st, 2022   

To Apply  https://belmontscholarships.weebly.com/march.html

Community Info

In the Spirit of Kindness!

Important Dates
  • February 21 – Family Day (school not in session)
  • February 22 – Course Selection Gr. 10 – 12 Deadline
  • February 23 – Pink Shirt Day
  • February 24-25 – Gr. 9 Immunizations
  • March 2 – Fire Drill 12:40pm
  • March 3-4 – BandFest
  • March 7 – International Women’s Day
  • March 8 – PAC Mtg. 7pm
  • March 15 – Lockdown Drill 12:40pm
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.

Pink Shirt Day this year is on Wednesday, February 23rd. Please remember to wear pink in support of anti-bullying and creating a more kind, inclusive world.

Our Belmont Music Department choir recorded this piece “Secret For the Mad” in the spirit of kindness for Pink Shirt Day. Enjoy!

Belmont & Grad Wear Update

The volunteers from the Entrepreneurship 12 class are thrilled to announce that the Belmont & Class of 2022 clothing orders have arrived! The students delivered as many orders to students and staff last week as they could. Please contact Mr. Grainger at tgrainger@sd62.bc.ca to arrange pickup if you haven’t received yours yet or if you have any questions!

University of Victoria Information

Any grade 10 or 11 students interested in a possible pathway to UVIC after high school are welcome to register for a Discover UVic presentation or book a Zoom meeting with our UVIC liaison recruitment officer, Stephanie Parker. You can send her an email at stephanieparker@uvic.ca.

Athletics
Golf

Anyone interested in playing for the Belmont golf team, please see Mr. Lowe in the gym to register and get more info.  Available to all grades and is coed.

Sr. Girls’ AA Basketball

On behalf of the Sr Girls AA basketball team, we are proud to announce we have qualified for the Provincial Championships Mar 1-5 in Langley. 

We fought hard this past weekend and came second overall on the Island after a tough loss to Claremont.  Announced MVPs of the tournament: Mikayla E., Jordyn R., Halena M. and Nicola S. 

WAY TO GO GIRLS !!!!!

Jr. Girls’ Basketball Div. 2

The Jr. Girls B Basketball team has finished their regular season play undefeated and seeded #1 in the league! Their hard work and determination to be successful has paid off. Facing injuries, concussions and the departure of Pauline F. back to Germany, they have continued to push through. When you see them in the halls, wish them luck during their playoffs. Congratulations team!

Community Workshops
Community Sports

February is the Border between Winter & Spring

Important Dates
  • February 2 – Semester 2 start
  • February 3 – Grade 8 Information Evening, 6-7pm (livestreamed)
  • February 4 – Boys Rugby 7s Information Mtg., Rm B314 at lunch
  • February 4-5 – BMD Drumline Retreat
  • February 11 – PAC Mtg. 7pm – MS Teams
  • February 12 – Choral Collaboration Day
  • February 14-22 – Course Selection Window for Grades 9-11
Course Selections 2022-23

Course selections for the 2022-23 school year will be taking place February 14-22. Students and parents, please refer to our website for the the updated Course Selection Booklet as well as instructions on how to select classes through the MyEdBC Portal Gr 10-12 Course Selection.

Grade 8 Family Information Evening

Our grade 8 information night will be livestreamed on February 3rd from 6-7pm. Throughout February, there will be virtual and in-person visits as well as counsellors and grade 8 teachers will assist students with course selections, and instruction on how select classes through the MyEdBC Portal.

Governor General’s Award

The Governor General’s Award has been presented since 1873 and has become one of the most prestigious awards a Canadian student can receive. Each year, Belmont is honored to present this award to the graduating student who earns the highest average on all combined grade 11 and 12 courses upon graduation and final grade submissions.

It is with great pleasure that we announce Louisa K. as the 2021 recipient, and Jacklyn H. as the 2020 recipient!

Métis beading

Ms. Marier’s class took part in a virtual Métis beading class last week with local Métis Elder Jo Ina Young! Attached is a picture of the beginning of their work.

Ultimate Frisbee

Interested in playing on the Belmont Ultimate Frisbee team this spring? Please come and see Ms. Sano in B311 at lunch or email rsano@sd62learns.org. It’s co-ed and everyone is welcome! A meeting day will be scheduled in early February. 

Athletics
Climbing Academy

Belmont is excited to announce that we will be offering a rock climbing academy next year. Everyone is welcome and no experience is required. If you are interested in participating, register online when completing your course selections for next year. For more information, please go to our website at Climbing Academy.

Rugby

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Important Dates
  • December 17 – Last Day of Classes before Winter Break
  • January 4 – Welcome Back!
  • January 10-14 – Coast Salish Weave Display in Learning Commons
  • January 11 – PAC Mtg. 7pm – Virtual
  • January 24-28 – Graduation Assessments
Dual Credit Biology Class

Congratulations to the students of the Dual Credit Biology class who wrote their 3 hours Final Exam for their Camosun Biology 103 course. They have worked incredibly hard this term and we are tremendously proud of them. Danny B., Simar B., Jessy B., Stavros C., Alex C., Ariah C., Lily D.L., Colby G., Hannah K., Emma L., Gia L., Emma N., Nolan P., Anya R., Sydney S., Julianne S., Katie T., Marissa T., Brooklyn W.

Simar B.
Cosmetology

Congratulations to the winners of the Winter Wonderland/Holiday Themed Hairstyle Competition (Introduction to Hairstyling class).

Winners: Madison S., Yvette G., Avery D., Shiloh P.

Scholarship Information

Congratulations to Gia L. who was awarded a Loran Provincial Finalist Scholarship for $5,000.

Congratulations to Jasmine R. who has earned the amazing accomplishment of becoming a 2021 National Geographic Young Explorer! Check out the National Geographic website to explore how Jasmine, and the other explorers, are raising awareness to protect our Earth. 

The link for the PowerPoint info from the evening of December 7th is on the Belmont Scholarship weebly: https://belmontscholarships.weebly.com/.

Here are some Ministry scholarship opportunities to share with grade 12 students:

BC Excellence Scholarship – Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca)

Pathway to Teacher Education Scholarship – Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca)

Belmont Garden

While winter is upon us, our garden us still in full swing! We had nasturtiums blooming up until December, students have been busy building our compost & saving seeds!

Gingerbread Decorating at Belmont

A huge thank you to Ms. Boyte, Ms. Evans, Mr. Feser and Mr. Martin for bringing joy of gingerbread decorating to Belmont!

Door Decorating

Thank you so much to all the staff and students for their hard work creating beautiful doors! It has brought cheer and joy to the school!

A big thank you to our fabulous Admin Team as well for being our judges! They put a lot of thought and work into their assessment and even went to the trouble of commenting on each door and awarding some special mentions! I’ve attached a few special mentions here…

  • Happiest Gingerbread Person Award – C102
  • Most Creative Non-creative Award – B313
  • All Wrapped Up Award – A312
  • Fa (La)3 Award – A301
  • Best International Design! – A207
  • Best Shameless Self-Promotion! – A214
  • Best Use of Draco! – B204
  • Curie-tivity Award! – B312

Now, drum roll please, the winners are…..

2nd Place – B311 (Origami) Ryoko Sano

TIE FOR FIRST PLACE

B213 (Ski Hill) Shannon Bornhodlt (Fisher)

D102 (ART) Annilee Guy

Prizes are given for 1st & 2nd place:

1st Place – A Safe Pizza Party

2nd Place – A Sweet Surprise

Athletics

Congratulations to the junior girls’ basketball team who finished with a record of 2 wins and 2 losses at this weekend’s Tip-Off tournament despite only having 7 players for the final three games of the tournament. Alison T., Ida S., and Chelsea T. led the Bulldogs in scoring, while Ida and Elena H. were top rebounders.  Savannah S. anchored the defense and led the team in steals, and Ida and Keira B. recorded the most assists. McKenna J. also played well and contributed some key baskets and rebounds. The girls will be in action again this weekend with a home tournament. 

Junior Girls B Basketball Team

Congrats to the Junior Girls B team for their opening game win vs Brookes on Monday night. The girls competed well in an “A” tournament last weekend and will compete in another  “A” tournament this weekend with games at Spectrum and Belmont.

Fine Arts – Winter Concert
New Year Parenting Programs
Community Events