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

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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,, contains information on first day start-up times. Bus times and schedules are available at 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Aug 12 2014

Every Kid Needs a Champion

An educator since 1972, Rita F. Pierson says teacher-student connections are the key to keeping kids on track.


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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 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

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