January 22, 2020

Daily Announcements

January 22nd, 2020                             

  • CAFETERIA – Butter Chicken, Pakoras, Samosas


The University of Calgary will be in the Career Centre at lunch on Monday Jan. 27th for anyone interested in learning more about the university or to follow with next steps if you’ve already applied.

Senior Barbs Rugby will have a meeting in Mr. Atkinson’s room at lunch on Friday, January 24th  to go over sizing for the team kit this year.

There will be a kick-off meeting for the Girls Rugby Team on Monday, January 27th in room 302 at lunch. If you are interested in playing girls rugby this year, make sure you are there and bring a friend!

This weeks student of the week is Ethan Dippie.  If staff or students would like to nominate a student look for a  green box in the office or cafeteria.

The January Creative Writing Contest is now running until January 24th.  The challenge is to write a 400 word short story beginning with “Marley was dead to begin with.”  See your English teacher or a blue poster for details..

Evening Presentation – Making the Transition to University – Understanding the pressures of your first year at university  The presentation is geared towards students and parents/guardians and “will explore how to build positive coping skills that will change the course of a student’s academic journey and particularly their experience of first year university”.  Presented by Rebecca Gagan, Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of English and founder of UVic Bounce.   Thursday, January 23, 2020, 6:30pm – 7:30pm in the Oak Bay High School Theatre.

Mathletes!  Contest time for grades 9 to 11 is fast approaching!!
If you are interested in writing one of the Pascal, Cayley or Fermat contests on Feb. 25th, do the following AS SOON AS POSSIBLE:
**Tell your Math teacher of your interest
**Bring in a loonie ($1) to help cover the cost of the contest
**Pick up an old contest (or two) to practice on and get practicing!!
Further details will be given as the contest date draws nearer.”

 SD61 and Viking Air are offering an Aviation Springboard on Friday February 14th.  Students will have the opportunity to explore the world of aviation at Viking Air through interactive and hands-on activities.  This takes place on a pro d day, so students will not miss any classes, but will be committing to this Springboard on their day off.  Applications are in the Career Centre and are due into Mrs. Giesbrecht as soon as possible.  Seating is limited so don’t delay.

Are you a young woman interested in trades?  There will be a Women in Trades and Technology (WITT) event on Wednesday February 26th in partnership with Camosun College at the Interurban Campus.  Lunch and transportation will be provided to and from Camosun College Interurban Campus. Each student will take part in two trades and two technologies throughout the day.  Group 1 will explore Electrical, Carpentry, Computer Science, and Civil Engineering.  Group 2 will explore Sheet Metal, Automotive, Electronics, and Mechanical Engineering.   Seats are limited so don’t delay.  Get your application in the Career Centre and hand it in to Mrs. Giesbrecht by February 18th.

Evening of Dance tickets on sale now in the office.  Students and Seniors $8 each, Adults $10 each.  Final performance tonight at 7:00pm in the Theatre.  You can purchase tickets at school cash on line.

Grade 10 Numeracy Assessment
All grade 10s, some 11s and some 12s are scheduled to write the Ministry of Education’s Grade 10 Numeracy Assessment on Thursday, January 23rd. Please see the list posted in the front office window taking note of your scheduled room and time. Students should arrive 15 minutes BEFORE the scheduled start time to find their assessment desk and get logged in to a computer/Chromebook (this exam is mostly completed electronically with 2 small written portions).
Students will need to bring:
– pens
– pencils
– erasers
– a scientific calculator (non-graphing one)
No other materials will be permitted into the exam.  Scrap paper will be provided. Backpacks, binders, textbooks and electronic devices (e.g. phones and apple watches) will need to be left in your locker or at the designated place in each classroom.
For more information regarding the assessment itself, including samples, please visit https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/assessment/grade-10-numeracy-assessment.
This assessment is scored on a proficiency scale out of 4 which means that students will NOT receive a percentage or letter grade, but instead will receive a 1, 2, 3 or 4.  There are not any course credits associated with this exam; instead, transcripts will show RM (Requirements Met) and a score out of 4. Please check with the university or college that you are applying to to determine the entrance standards regarding this assessment. If you need assistance with this, please see Ms. Giesbrecht in the Careers office or any of our counsellors at Oak Bay High. If a student determines that they would like or require a higher score after they have written the assessment, they will have the opportunity to re-write in future years.

Previous Announcements

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s first photo contest. Please take a moment to check out the 14 finalists and winners posted outside the Art room. Top Prize goes to Elizabeth Kuegler, second place, Jack Sacilotto and third Steven Yu. Please see Mr. Worsley to collect your prizes. Honourable mentions, Lucas Spak-Walsworth and Naomi Robertson. Next contest to be announced soon!!

The Fairmont Empress is having its annual hiring fair on January 23rd from 9:00am to 1:00pm.  They are hiring for several different positions with pay ranges of $14.65 to $23.84.  Please see the poster outside the Career Centre or join the Career Centre Instagram page.  Search oakbaycareecentre

Grad Yearbook Write-ups are due at the end of January.  Here is the link: http://bit.ly/ob2020grad

St. Michaels University School is offering a SAT Preparation Course Feb. 29th – Apr. 30th for the May 2, 2020 Exam.  This includes 9 classes and 3 practice tests for $899+GST+shipping = $957.59.  If you are interested please register by Feb. 25th at https://www.smus.ca/programs/extenstion/workshops  For more information on the SAT Prep course visit:  www.PrincetonReview.com


Attention, young innovators! The Science Fair Foundation BC is looking to help you showcase your innovative solutions to industry, academia and investors at the 2020 Youth Innovation Showcase! If you’re a young innovator who resides in the province of BC or the Yukon and are between the ages of 12 to 24, we want to hear from you!

From innovative, new medical devices to a new, sustainable 3D printing process, youth from all areas of BC and the Yukon are invited to pitch their innovative solutions at the Youth Innovation Showcase!  Please register and learn more about the 2020 Youth Innovation Showcase at www.youthinnovation.ca if you are interested or go to the OakBayCareerCentre Instagram page to see the poster

Outside the Timetable Courses, please click on the link below

Job Opportunities



BY YOUTH FOR YOUTH – The Canadian Francophone Games will be held in Victoria this summer, July 14 -18, and they are looking for volunteers.  Go to their website: www.jeuxfc.ca and sign up to become a volunteer.  They are also looking to create a Youth Ambassador Program of 40 – 60 French immersion  and francophone schools in the province of BC.  These ambassadors will be involved in the planning and hosting of events.