Apr 28 2015

Farewell to Belmont – May 9

Say farewell to the old Belmont Secondary School building! Alumni, students and the entire community is invited to an all-day open house on Saturday May 9th from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. to say one last goodbye to the old building.


Saturday, May 9 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

49866_originalThe day kicks off with a pancake breakfast in the morning and ends with a ceremonial torch passing in the evening. During the day, “decade rooms” will be open for former students to re-unite, a time capsule will be unearthed and other activities will be available as everyone has one final chance to walk through the old building and reminisce.

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Nov 26 2014

10,000 Tonight Dec. 3rd 2014

The last annual 10,000 Tonight at the original Belmont will be taking place on Wednesday December 3rd in the schools North Gym from 5pm-9pm. Please spread the word about this event We really hope that This will be the biggest event ever! Please support our fantastic students reach their goal.

Permanent link to this article: http://jimcambridge.sd62.bc.ca/2014/11/26/10000-tonight-dec-3rd-2014/

Oct 08 2014

International Walk to School Day

“For many parents around the world, the car has become the main means of transporting children to and from school. The proportion of journeys to school made by car has increased considerably in the last several years, with the knock-off effect being a gradual decline in the numbers of children walking and wheeling to and from school on a regular basis. The general themes that are promoted during IWALK include: increasing daily physical activity, improving safety, enhancing the environment, reducing levels of crime, developing community cohesion, promoting social interaction and reducing traffic congestion, pollution and speed near schools.”




Permanent link to this article: http://jimcambridge.sd62.bc.ca/2014/10/08/international-walk-to-school-day/

Oct 06 2014

SD62 Welcomes Tour de Rock Cyclists

Tour 3

Last week the Tour de Rock cycled through SD62 visiting nine schools in total! Students lined the streets outside their schools while cheering on the riders with handmade signs. The tour started its visit at Lakewood Elementary, then stopped at Ruth King Elementary, passing Belmont Secondary and the School Board Office on their way to Happy Valley elementary, and then continued out to Sooke where they visited EMCS, Saseenos Elementary, Sooke Elementary, and Journey Middle School.

Happy Valley elementary in particular had a very special day welcoming Hannah Day, a new kindergarten student and junior rider who is a two time cancer survivor. Hannah received a special school tour from school principal Karen DeCicco, and was warmly welcomed into her new class by her classmates.




Permanent link to this article: http://jimcambridge.sd62.bc.ca/2014/10/06/tour-de-rock-cyclists-visit-nine-schools/

Sep 22 2014

Back to School Speed Zones


Welcome back students, teachers and support staff! From the Board of Education and everyone at SD62, here is to a  new year of fantastic learning opportunities!

Tips for Drivers

  • Every school day, unless otherwise posted, a 30-km/hr speed limit is in effect in school zones from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • When you’re dropping off your children in school zones, allow them to exit the car on the side closest to the sidewalk. Never allow a child to cross mid-block.
  • If a vehicle’s stopped in front of you or in the lane next to you, they may be yielding to a pedestrian, so be prepared to stop.
  • Watch for school buses. Vehicles approaching from both directions must stop for school buses when their lights are flashing.
  • Before getting into your vehicle, walk around your vehicle to make sure no small children are behind it. Always look for pedestrians when you’re backing up

Permanent link to this article: http://jimcambridge.sd62.bc.ca/2014/09/22/back-to-school-speed-zones/

Sep 19 2014

First Day Back to School

Dear Parents/Guardians:

We are very excited that teachers and students will be back to school this Monday, September 22, 2014! The District website, www.sd62.bc.ca, contains information on first day start-up times. Bus times and schedules are available at www.sd62.bc.ca/Departments/Transportation.aspx. Please check your school website for more detailed information.

Information on adjustments regarding the balancing of the semesters, busing, and school and academy fees will follow towards the end of next week.

We will be endeavouring to balance classes quickly and have students with their teachers as soon as possible. However, since school has not been in session since mid-June, some adjustments will be required for families that have moved in and out of our communities.

Once again, I would like to thank families for their patience. We are thrilled to have teachers and students back in our schools, and are looking forward to a great school year!

Yours truly,

Jim Cambridge

Superintendent of Schools

Permanent link to this article: http://jimcambridge.sd62.bc.ca/2014/09/19/first-day-back-to-school/

Sep 16 2014

Teacher Job Action and Tentative Agreement



Dear Parents/Guardians:

Re:  Update on Teacher Job Action

As you are likely aware, the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) and the British Columbia Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) reached a tentative agreement early this morning. This welcome news brings us much closer to having students return to school!

The next steps include ratification of the agreement by the two parties. Teachers will be voting this Thursday across the province, while Boards of Education are meeting to ratify the agreement by Friday.

If the ratifications pass, we are hopeful that teachers will be available to work starting next Monday, September 22.  Should this occur, Monday will be the first day of the 2014-15 school year as was planned for Sept. 2.  Each school will have its own start-up hours and schedule, which will be posted on their websites. For example, Monday will be a half-day at all schools; secondary schools may have different grades report on different days and kindergarten students will have a phase-in period.

Although students have been away from school for awhile, it is important that we ensure their return to school is well planned and deliberate.

I am very excited by today’s news, but am tempering my enthusiasm realizing that there are a number of steps that must happen prior to the return to school. Parents are advised to monitor the media and check back frequently to District and school websites.


Yours truly,

Jim Cambridge

Superintendent of Schools

Permanent link to this article: http://jimcambridge.sd62.bc.ca/2014/09/16/teacher-job-action-and-tentative-agreement/

Sep 16 2014

2014 Trustee Elections

In 2014, BC municipalities will be holding general elections to elect mayors, councillors, regional district electoral area directors, school board trustees and Islands Trust trustees. In the Sooke School District, there are two zones: Belmont and Milne’s Landing.

SD62 will be electing the following from each zone:

  • 4 trustees in the Belmont Zone
  • 3 trustees in the Milne’s Landing Zone

Pursuant to the Local Government Act, local general voting day is always the third Saturday in November. This year, general voting day falls on November 15, 2014 and will be held at Millstream and Ruth King Elementary Schools.

The Nomination period will run from September 30 to October 10, 2014. Nomination packages can be picked up and returned to Joanne Kimm at the School Board Office. Please note that packages cannot be accepted after October 10, 2014.

Should you have questions, or require more details about the upcoming election, you may call Tom Moore, Chief Election Officer, at 250-472-0059.

For more information, please visit http://www.cscd.gov.bc.ca/lgd/2014elections/

Permanent link to this article: http://jimcambridge.sd62.bc.ca/2014/09/16/2014-trustee-elections/

Aug 27 2014

10 Back to School Tips for Parents!


As a parent, educator and now the superintendent of SD62, I thought it was important to share some back to school tips as we approach a new school year. Whether your child is returning to school, or just starting school – the process can be time of joy and also anxiety. I discovered a website that provides some tips to help children begin school with a positive mindset, while supporting their transition into a new school year, and preparing them for fall learning.

1. Familiarize Them With the Surroundings

2. Be Prepared

3. Get the Timings Right

4. Help Out With Friend-Making

5. Take a Step Back

6. Grant Them Independence

7. Help Out With Homework

8. Be Positive

9. After-School Clubs

10. In it Together


To view the full article click here 

School start times can be found on the district website

Permanent link to this article: http://jimcambridge.sd62.bc.ca/2014/08/27/10-back-to-school-tips-for-parents/

Aug 21 2014

SD62 Student Achievement Plan 2014-2017

The 2014-2017 Student Achievement Plan is now available. Inside is information regarding student success, along with plans and goals for our District. See where we are now and find out how we are going to ensure a great future for students in SD62. Click the image to open the entire document.

SD62 Achievement Contract 2014_17_Page_01

Permanent link to this article: http://jimcambridge.sd62.bc.ca/2014/08/21/sd62-student-achievement-plan-2014-2017/

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