Nov 10 2015

Belmont Community Open House – Nov. 21

Last month more than 400 people toured through Royal Bay. Belmont is sure to bring in more community members to tour its beautiful school. See you there!

Belmont Open House Poster


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Oct 06 2015

Royal Bay Community Open House – October 17

The SD62 Board of Education invites everyone to come tour the school and learn about the great educational spaces and features of the school. See you then!

Stay tuned for Belmont’s open house coming in November.

Royal Bay Facebook

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Sep 14 2015

Settling back into school


With the first week of the 2015/2016 school year behind us, we now focus on settling in and really getting down to business…aka teaching and learning. From the bell times and schedules, classrooms and supplies to making new friends and meeting new teachers, the first week is always a bit hectic for everyone, including all of us behind the scenes.

This is the week that things start to become a bit more normal and routines form. Here are a few resources families can look to for good tips to getting the entire family back into the school day ritual. After all, happy, well-rested students make for happy schools and great learning!

Helping kids settle into school – for younger kids

Settling In

Helping your teenager settle into a new school

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Sep 08 2015

Welcome back!

first-day-schoolThe first day of the school year is always really busy and exciting. Today was no exception! In fact, I would say that it was even more exciting as we also opened our two brand new secondary schools! I have never experienced something like this in my career so far, and no doubt will again. It’s been a crazy three years of designs, building and logistics, but wow was it worth it just to see the faces of staff and students as they walked in to their new schools.

Of course every school had their share of new students – there was definitely a great “buzz” happening at each of our 26 schools from Sooke to the West Shore. Tomorrow is our first full day of school across the district and I know it will ride today’s wave of smiles and excitement!

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Jun 26 2015

Have a Great Summer!

summer break

Since it’s summer, I will be taking a short break from regularly blogging. Please check back in August when I will resume posting. Don’t forget! We have two brand new amazing secondary schools opening, so it will be a busy time in August as we move in and decorate the schools.

Reception at the School Board Office will be closed from Monday, July 6 and will re-open on Monday, August 24. Please email the office with any general inquiries. Email will be monitored throughout the summer.

For updates and information about the new Belmont and Royal Bay schools, please visit our New Schools website.

Have an amazing summer with friends and family!

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Jun 21 2015

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 17 2015

SD62 Alumni Wins UVic’s Jubilee Medal

Huge congratulations to Andrea Brown, a former French Immersion student in SD62 and grad from Belmont. Andrea just completed a BA with a major in French at the University of Victoria. She plans on attending Simon Fraser University in September to enter into their French Immersion teaching program.

What makes this extra great is that Andrea was awarded with this year’s Jubilee Medal from Uvic for having the highest GPA of all students in the Faculty of Humanities!

See Andrea accept her medal and hear the great things that the Dean had to say about her.

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Jun 15 2015

New Schools: Full Steam Ahead

If you have driven past our new Belmont or Royal Bay secondary schools, there’s no doubt you saw a lot of trucks and workers around each site. With just three months to go, work on the two sites is at full speed. Most of the siding is up and classrooms are starting to set up. Exciting! Take a look at the latest round of our new school photo updates:

Royal Bay                                                               Belmont


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Jun 09 2015

Celebrating 25 years of French Immersion

It’s hard to believe that French Immersion has reached its 25th year in our District. What began as a program with only a couple of classes has blossomed into a k-12 program of more than 1000 students.

One of the great things about being a smaller school district is that we are able to retain teachers for quite a long time. Helen Moranville is a perfect example of this. Not only was she the first French Immersion teacher hired in the District, but she continues to teach French in SD62 25 years later!

Here is a great article in the Goldstream Gazette about Helen and the success of the French Immersion program in SD62.

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Jun 04 2015

Our Vision for Powerful Learning

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