May 21, 2019

Daily Announcements

May 21st, 2019  

  • CAFETERIA – Pizza
    • Thursday – Camosun Food Truck here
  • NUTTY’S LOCKER – Closed


Tennis team, please bring your money to tspray tommorrow in focus block or before 12:15 in His room.  The bus is leaving from the bike locker at the back of the school at 12:45.  Wedesnday for the BCs.

Please excuse the Junior and Senior Boys Rugby Sevens teams on Tuesday for the City Championships.  Come out and support the Barbs rugby team on Thursday in the Island Final against Shawnigan at UVic’s Wallace field at 4pm.

If you are applying for a gap year through Lattitude and hoping to depart in 2019, your application is due by May 31st.  Space is limited. Students can use a promo code to receive a $100 discount off their program fees.  See Mrs. Giesbrecht if you would like the code. 

Reminder: 2019 District Authority Scholarshipsdue Friday, May 24th by the end of the school day.
Email to Mr. Alexander or hand in to the Career Center.  For all electronic portfolios, Google Slides is the preferred format ~ add you files to your SD61Learn drive and share away.
Here are the links for the applications and criteria (paper copies in the Career Center):
2019 Criteria for District Authority Awards
District Authority Award Application 2019

Graduation Numeracy Assessment
All grade 10 AND 11 students are expected to write the Ministry of Education’s Graduation Numeracy Assessment (GNA) this school year.  This assessment will take place on June 21st with two sittings (8:30 AM or 12:30 PM).  Students will be scheduled to one of those two sittings shortly (schedule to be posted shortly).
Assessment info:
– the GNA typically takes two hours to complete; however, students may use additional time if needed.
– assessment questions are delivered online but require both computer-based and hand-written responses.
– the GNA is NOT tied to a specific math course.  Rather, it evaluates a student’s numeracy skills developed over the course of their education
– results will be reported using a proficiency scale out of 4 which means that students will not receive a percentage nor a letter grade, but instead will receive a 1, 2, 3 or 4.  There are not any credits associated with this REQUIRED assessment – transcripts will show RM (Requirements Met) and a score out of 4.
– For more information regarding the assessment itself, including samples as well as a parent brochure

Saanich Summer Internship Opportunities (16 – 18 yrs) – Gain work experience.  Mentored part-time and full-time placements are available in summer camps and community settings.  Interns receive up to $500 for completing the program.  Application deadline is May 15th.  Apply be sending an email to explaining why you want to be a summer intern.  Call Alana at 250-475-7624 for more information.

Workplace Alternative Trades Training
WATT is a Free Pre-Apprenticeship Electrical Training Program which includes 3 weeks of hands-on-electrical training, paid work experience, Apprenticeship sponsorship, ongoing mentorship and support, breakfast and lunch provided on classroom days and basic toolkit and Steel-Toe-Boots.   Students will earn several certificates, including Occupational First Aid Level 1, Fall Protection, Elevated Work Platform, WHMIS 2015, and Construction Safety Training Systems 09.  Please email for more information or call 250-418-0984.

Oak Bay Short Film Fest – The Oak Bay Annual Short Film Fest is on Friday, June 7 during Focus this year. We are welcoming short films under 5 minutes. Films should be submitted by Monday, June 3 to Mr. Laird.

Ocean Science Symposium – May 24th & 25th at UVic.  Two days of engaging and experimental educational activities focused on marine science and technology.  Please see Mr. Shrubsole for more information.

Previous Announcements 

Congrats to our tennis team, OB won it 5th straight Island Title.  Tspray and Robyn are very proud of all players.  A special thanks to team captains Olivia Wien and Victor “Vic City” Stepanov. Congrats to all team members:  Andy Z, Chris H, Devin Z, Ethan L, Ian C, Kanta M, Lauro T, Nathanael B, Victor S, Zibran, Aina N, ANouk D, Chiho M, Katharina S, Maaya O, Nicole M, Olivia W and Robin B.  The team will be away next week Wednesday til Saturday to compete at the BC Championships.

Traffic Control (Flagperson Training) through Camosun College
Minimum Age is 16.
Course Description
Traffic Controllers are responsible for public and construction traffic safety. Learn about the Industrial Health and Safety regulations and safe positions and procedures in this Government approved training course. Includes both theory and practical field sessions with practical and written exams.
Upon successful completion, a three-year certificate will be issued by the BC Construction Safety Alliance.  If you are interested please go to the link to register for the course.

Camosun College Interurban Campus offers an Explorations in Technology (TEAC 105) course Fridays from 3:00pm to 6:00pm September to February for students (gr. 10-12) interested in exploring Mechanical Engineering, Electronics, Civil Engineering and Computer Science. Students are responsible for paying the application fee $41.82 and there are no prerequisites.   If you are interested please see Mrs. Giesbrecht in the Career Centre for an application.  Don’t delay! Seating is limited.  The link attached shows last year’s dates but fall 2019 will start on September 13th.

In partnership with several other school districts in southwestern British Columbia, secondary schools throughout the Greater Victoria School District are offering a fantastic opportunity for up to 40 female secondary students (ages 15 to 18) to participate in the Ocean Literacy & Leadership Academy/Camp for Young Women, taking place for a week this summer at the Tribune Bay Outdoor Education Centre on Hornby Island!

Please see the attached poster and go online – at to find out more about this camp/academy along with registration information/forms/etc.  As space is limited, interested students are encouraged to complete and submit the registration forms ASAP.  If you have any questions please see Mr. Shrubsole.

Job Opportunities

Compass Canada is hiring Food Service Workers at the Royal Jubilee Hospital, Vic. General Hospital, Priory Hospital, Queen Alexandra Centre, Aberdeen Hospital and Mt. Tolmie Hospital. Duties: prep work such as washing, peeling, cutting and seeding fruits & vegetables. Compensation is $15.50 to $15.90 during probationary period ($16 to $17+ after probationary period) Apply online at

Pedalheads Bike Camps in Victoria is currently hiring bike instructors for their summer camps!  Here is the link for the applications:

Barb’s Fish & Chips is hiring.  $15/hour, fulltime, part time, flexible work days and shifts.  Please pick up the application information in the Career Centre.–volunteer


Volunteers are needed June 4-8 for the Community Foundations of Canada Conference at which 600+ philanthropic leaders from Canada & around the world will gather to discuss community development! There are evening and weekend shifts available that can work with your school schedule. This is a great way to earn some volunteer hours while staying engaged in the philanthropic movement! If interested, please email Anna at

Pedalheads is looking for volunteers.  Apply today at:

I Can Bike Camp is looking for volunteers from July 8-12 at Pearkes Arena.  Please email if you are interested.

Volunteer at Culture Day 2019 at Centennial Square on Saturday May 25th from 12-4pm.  They need help with set up/ tear down, guiding/leading.  If you are interested email

Need volunteer hours? Like working with kids? Live close to Margaret Jenkins Elementary? EMJS PAC is looking for reliable babysitters that can child mind during PAC meetings at the school, about two hours 7-9 pm on the last Thursday of each month. Contact for more info.