Jun 23 2014

Blogging Break for Summer

I will be taking a break from regularly blogging this summer and will be resuming stories and news starting in August. Have an excellent summer and see you in the new school year!

Reception at the SBO will be closed June 17 and re-open August 22 if the BCTF and Government come to a contractual agreement. Human Resources, Facilities and Accounts can be reached in the regular manner during this time.

Construction on the new schools will continue throughout the summer. Visit newschools.sd62.bc.ca for construction updates and the latest news.

Jim Cambridge


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Jun 20 2014

National Aboriginal Day



National Aboriginal Day is celebrated every June 21. It is a time for all Canadians to recognize the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of first Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples.

June 21 was chosen for National Aboriginal Day because it is the day of the summer solstice, which is the longest day of the year. For generations, many Aboriginal peoples have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day.

This year, in honour of the day, we would like to recognize the traditional territories of the Coast Salish and Nuu-chah-nulth peoples including Pacheedaht, SC’IANEW and T’Sou-ke First Nations, where we live today.

We recognize those who lived here originally, the First Nations peoples, and thank them for sharing this beautiful land.


Thank you                 EnglishNational Aboriginal Day 2014
Hych’ka Coash        Salish
Kleco Kelco              Nuu-chah-nulth
Gilakasla                   Kwakwaka’wakw





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Jun 19 2014

Trade Students Help Build New High Schools

Trades Awareness Skills and Knowledge students, left, Jeff Smith, middle, Will Clearwater, and right, Brennan McEwan, are working on the construction of the Royal Bay Secondary School in Colwood.

Trades Awareness Skills and Knowledge students, left, Jeff Smith, middle, Will Clearwater, and right, Brennan McEwan, are working on the construction of the Royal Bay Secondary School in Colwood.

Trades training is a critical component of the high school experience. The Sooke School district has put a lot of energy and resources into making the trades programs some of the most efficient and forward thinking programs in the province.

T.A.S.K – Trades Awareness Skills and Knowledge – is an educational partnership between SD62 and Camosun College. The program allows students to explore a variety of trades including: Form Work, Framing, Floor Construction, Roof Construction, Plumbing, Sheet Metal and Electrical. The credits go towards high school graduation and can also be transferred to a trades training certificate.

Recent graduates and students of the T.A.S.K. and Belmont Residential Construction programs are working on the sites of the new Royal Bay and Belmont secondary schools. Seven students in total are busy learning new skills and sharpening old ones at the Royal Bay site. Students are working for Pitt Meadows Plumbing, Glenco Electric, DGS Construction, and Imperial Welding. There are two students working with Yellowridge Construction at the new Belmont site.

Royal Bay is looking to model the trade success Belmont has had by creating shop space and possibly trade academies. Royal Bay has a unique opportunity being located in a new housing development that has yet to be built. The school is currently working on creating partnerships with the developer, which would eventually see students working in apprenticeships with the builders.

All students in the program receive their OFA Level 1, Fall Protection, CSTS, and Hilti certifications while in the program.

Watch CTV’s story

Read the Times Colonist’s article

Permanent link to this article: http://jimcambridge.sd62.bc.ca/2014/06/19/trade-students-help-build-new-high-schools/

Jun 17 2014

BCTF Strike and Provincial Exams

Here is the latest information our district has regarding the planned strike by the BCTF.


Despite marathon bargaining over the weekend and late into the evening on Sunday night it appears that there are significant differences between the BCTF and BCPSEA regarding a settlement offer. What this means is that there is a full scale strike on for Tuesday, June 17th.

Provincial Exams:

Provincial exams are proceeding as scheduled.  Please check the Ministry website for schedules.  Belmont has a slightly different schedule which has been emailed out to parents.  Contact the school if you have any questions regarding scheduling of provincial exams.

For the convenience of parents and community members, here are the links to both the BCPSEA and BCTF websites in order to get the latest updates.

Permanent link to this article: http://jimcambridge.sd62.bc.ca/2014/06/17/bctf-strike-and-provincial-exams/

Jun 12 2014

Letter to Parents Regarding Full Strike

June 12, 2014


Dear Parents/Guardians:

Although we remain hopeful that a negotiated settlement can be reached over the weekend,  the BCTF has provided notice that there will be a one day rotating strike in all school districts on Monday, June 16, 2014 and that there will be a full withdrawal strike starting on Tuesday, June 17, 2014.  We are unable to provide students with instruction or appropriate supervision during the strike.  We are therefore requesting that parents make alternate arrangements for the care of their children.

Information for parents of Grades 10, 11 and 12 students:

Provincial exams will proceed as scheduled.  Click the following link for the exam schedule:

https://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/exams/handbook/1314/june_2014_exams_revised_public_schools.pdf .  The local union will provide unrestricted access and egress for students who are writing provincial exams.

Nicole Greengoe, President of the BC Registrar’s Association, issued the following statement below regarding the BCTF work stoppage and its effects on grade 12 students:

 ”In the event of a work stoppage affecting BCTF membership, BC’s public and private post-secondary institutions who are members of the British Columbia Registrar’s Association, will work with impacted secondary school students to ensure their admission to our programs is not negatively affected.  This may include extending deadlines for receipt of final grades, or possibly accepting self-declared or interim grades on a temporary basis until official final grades are available.”

We are awaiting a Labour Relations Board ruling on the submission of marks and report cards.

Our understanding is that bargaining continues throughout this weekend.  Parents are advised to listen to media announcements and/or go to the School District’s website, www.sd62.bc.ca for updates on this matter.


Yours truly,


Jim Cambridge

Superintendent of



Click here for a pdf version of this letter


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Jun 10 2014

Success! Highlights from the 2013-14 School Year



Many of you might read my articles in What’s Up magazine. For the June/July issue I highlight the fantastic work our students have accomplished throughout the school year. The full article can be found on page 8 & 9 and continues onto page 21.

Permanent link to this article: http://jimcambridge.sd62.bc.ca/2014/06/10/success-highlights-from-the-2013-14-school-year/

Jun 10 2014

Belmont Sends Seven to Team BC Selection Camp



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Jun 09 2014

Sooke Elementary Schools Receive Rotary Donation


Rotary of Sooke Presentation to SD62

Sooke Elementary students along with District Librarian Dale Morrison and Rotary Club of Sooke President Elect Trevor Colley.

The Rotary Club of Sooke donated $1,400 to our Sooke elementary schools, which will go a long way in helping support literacy! District Librarian, Dale Morrison met with incoming Sooke Rotary President Elect, Trevor Colley to accept the donation.

The students expressed how much they love spending time in their libraries reading.

The Rotary Club of Sooke made the same generous donation to our district in January, 2013. You can read the story on their website.


Permanent link to this article: http://jimcambridge.sd62.bc.ca/2014/06/09/sooke-elementary-schools-receive-rotary-donation/

Jun 09 2014

Job Action: June 11 District Closure and Full Strike Possibility

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Unfortunately, we continue to be in a labour dispute involving teachers. The impact on students and families is significant. The District receives information regarding the action from provincial bodies and the media. The purpose of this letter is to keep parents up-to-date.

We were informed by the BCTF that:

  • The Sooke School District will be on strike Wednesday, June 11, 2014.  All schools will be closed.
  • Teachers across the province will be voting on Monday, June 9 and Tuesday, June 10 on calling a full strike.
  • The first possible day for a full province-wide strike could be Monday, June 16, 2014.


While school facilities will remain open on June 11 under the supervision of school district staff, we will be unable to provide students with instruction or appropriate supervision during this period of job action.

We are therefore requesting that parents keep their children at home on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. StrongStart and before and after school programs will be cancelled for the day.

Hopefully we will see a resolution soon and will not experience a full scale strike. The District will endeavour to keep parents informed as soon as information becomes available. Further updates will be available through the media and on the school district’s website www.sd62.bc.ca.

Yours sincerely,


Jim Cambridge

Superintendent of Schools


Permanent link to this article: http://jimcambridge.sd62.bc.ca/2014/06/09/job-action-june-11-district-closure-and-full-strike-possibility/

Jun 03 2014

SD62 Celebrates 98 Aboriginal Graduates!

On Saturday, May 31, 98 Aboriginal graduates gathered at the Aboriginal gathering place Na’tsa’maht at Camsoun College to celebrate the completion of their grade 12 education. The ceremony included a traditional walk around the fire pit, drumming, and blessings from Elder Shirley Alphonse. Keynote speakers this year included six students and a graduate address from Trustee, Bob Phillips. It was incredible to hear first-hand how these students  used the power of choice to overcome difficult challenges. A lunch of Pacheedaht crab, salmon, chicken, and roasted vegetables were served to students and guests.

SD62 has one of the highest aboriginal graduation rates in the province!

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Pacheedaht First Nation Graduates

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