April 13, 2021

Daily Announcements

April 13th, 2021


Graduation Literacy 10 and Numeracy 10 Assessment on Friday, April 16th 9:30 AM.
Students will be scheduled to write the Numeracy or Literacy 10 assessments if:

  • They have a Math 10 or English 10 in Q3
  • They have already taken Math 10 or English 10 this year and have yet to write the assessment.
  • They are in grade 11 or 12 and have NOT written the Numeracy 10 assessment
  • They are in grade 11 and have NOT written the Literacy 10 assessment

A list of which students are scheduled to write the assessment including the room that they are assigned to that day, has been posted on the front office window and all Grade 10 block G teachers have a copy.

A reminder that April 16th is a Curriculum Completion Day and therefore, students will NOT be attending regular classes.  If you have been asked to attend Curriculum Completion by one of your current teachers, you will need to see them in the afternoon on that day.

More about the assessments:

  • Students should arrive at 9:15 AM to login and settle in.
  • Students will have 3 hours to write this assessment.
  • This assessment is completely electronic and a device will be provided to each student.
  • Students should bring:
  • a water bottle, if desired,
  • 2 pencils,
  • 1 eraser,
  • Numeracy only – A scientific calculator (there is an electronic calculator if a student forgets)
  • No other materials are permitted into the assessment room including internet watches (ie apple watch).
  • Scrap paper will be made available for students who need it

Students have been scheduled into rooms where there is enough space to have 6 foot distance between students.  Students will be required to wear a mask while writing the assessment. Please do complete the daily health check the morning of and IF you are not feeling well, STAY HOME.  There will be future opportunities to write this assessment.

These assessments are 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 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.  Results typically take about 2 months to be finalized and can be found by the student logging into their MyEd account.

Literacy 10 specific information:
Thank you to Ms. Gilbert for providing a short orientation to the assessment.  It is of significant value for students to view this orientation AND to work through a sample assessment or two.
Orientation Video found here:
Ministry of Education link which includes samples:

Numeracy 10 specific information:
For more information regarding the assessment itself, including samples, please visit the Ministry of Education website at:  https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/assessment/grade-10-numeracy-assessment.
If you have any questions, please do reach out.
Melanie Paas (Vice Principal at Oak Bay High)

2021 District Authority Scholarships ~ The Ministry of Education has allocated to Oak Bay High School 31 awards this year worth $1250 each.
These awards will be given to students who demonstrate excellence in one of the following specialty areas:

  • Business
  • Foods/Textiles
  • Technology
  • Physical Activity
  • Community Service
  • Creative Writing
  • Performing Arts (Drama, Music, Dance)
  • Visual Arts (Includes Media Arts)
  • Indigenous Languages and Culture
  • Languages
  • Technical and Trades Training

Here are the links for the applications and criteria:
2021 Criteria for District Authority Awards District Authority Award Application 2021
Applications must be received by Mr. Alexander by Friday, May 14th, by the end of the day.
This year, ALL applications need to be sent digitally through Classroom – ‘turn in’ the application to my Scholarship Prep on Classroom (class code:  l6vlvx7 – letter l, not #1)

Are you interested in Cyber Security as a career?  Please join the Cyber Security Conference is being held on April 29th from 5:00-8:00pm.
Inspiring Careers in Cyber Security: The Future of Work in Technology
Hear from the Private & Public Sector Speakers, Career Advisors and Professionals on:
Career Paths
Job Opportunities
Required Skillsets
How To Get There
Click for more information and to register.  https://oakbaycareercentre.weebly.com/news–events

Evalesco presents “Speaking up & Speaking Out: Everyday Assertive Communication” in collarboration with HighTechU, Uvic.  The presentation will be on Wednesday April 14th at 4pm on Twitch.  To learn more and get the link go to www.hightechu.ca

Do you want to be an ENGINEER but don’t quite have the grades for a large post-secondary institution?  Our admission requirements are 67% or higher in:  ENGL 12, Pre-Calc 12, CHEM 11, PHYSICS 11 (only).
TRU’s BEng in Software Engineering Program may be exactly what they are looking for!
Our BEng in Software Engineering Program offers small cohorts, an achievable admission requirement package, the ONLY SENG program outside the lower mainland and an Engineering Degree at an affordable cost.
Application deadline is April 30th
It’s a competitive program so STUDENTS MUST APPLY NOW!

 Second Photo contest 2020 2021 details!!

Please see the information for this upcoming event for Mandarin and Cantonese students/families.
“Higher Education Options in the United States” webinar
Hosted by U.S. Consulate Vancouver and EducationUS
Tuesday, April 20 at 5 pm – 6:30 PT – Cantonese – Register here
The U.S. Consulate in Vancouver is pleased to invite your students to a virtual seminar in either Mandarin (April 6) or Cantonese (April 20) with EducationUSA about higher education options in the United States. The session will begin with a 15-minute presentation in either Mandarin or Cantonese, followed by a Q&A session with EducationUSA adviser Jenika Heim. Translators will assist with the Q&A session.

The Career Centre coordinates and promotes events focusing on exploration for student’s possible career paths.  Please take a minute to fill out the form on the Career Centre Home page https://oakbaycareercentre.weebly.com/ to let us know pathways you want to explore and we will keep you up to date on relevant events through email.

Previous Announcements

Are you in grade 9-11 and looking for something exciting to do over the summer?  Apply to the “Seed the City” summer work experience program.
Grow Food-Gain Skills-Earn Gr. 12 Credits
Learn how to grow, harvest and sell and cook local food
Learn to make your own pickles, jams, herbal teas and natural body care products.
Earn you Foodsafe Level 1 certificate
Become part of the local food movement that is improving the health of people and the planet
WHEN: July 6-August 26 (8 weeks)
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
WHERE: Reynolds Secondary – school garden & micro-farm
Apply by May 3rd at  https://lifecyclesproject.ca/our-projects/growing-schools/seed-the-city/
For more info, visit Ms. Giesbrecht in the Career Centre or contact: Lean@lifecyclesproject.ca

 FREE SAT Boot Camp
The EducationUSA SAT Boot Camp is a five-session intensive for Canadian students who are preparing to take the SAT exam (ideally in Grades 10 or 11). These sessions are free of charge.
REGISTER HERE for the April SAT Boot Camp, April 12-16, 2021, 1 pm ET

  • Session 1 (4 hours): Full-length Practice Test – this will be a live, proctored practice test
  • Session 2 (2 hours): The SAT in admissions – general information about the SAT, registration, and time management tips
  • Session 3 (2 hours): Reading Comprehension strategies
  • Session 4 (2 hours): Math and Writing strategies
  • Session 5 (3.5 hours): Full-length Practice Test – another practice test and a chance to practice your new skills!

It is best to attend all sessions, but it is okay to just come to the ones that you can. All sessions will be recorded, in case you are unable to make it. All registered attendees will receive a recording via email after the event.

For all the latest information and regular updates from the Career Centre please click https://oakbaycareercentre.weebly.com/whats-going-on

UVic – upcoming events to watch for – https://www.uvic.ca/undergraduate/tours-events/events/index.php

Volunteering Opportunities

Moss St. Farmers Market is looking for volunteers on Saturdays starting in May.  Here is the link to sign up if you are interested.  https://oakbaycareercentre.weebly.com/work–volunteer

Youth Volunteer Opportunities
Athlete Registrar – Special Olympics BC, Victoria For more details View
Casual & Regular Volunteer Drivers – Canadian Cancer Society. For more details View
ReStore Volunteer (Westshore and Uptown) – Habitat for Humanity Victoria. For more details View
Volunteer Tutor – Adult Basic Computer Literacy Program – Victoria Literacy Connection. For more details View
KidStart Volunteer Mentor – John Howard Society of Victoria.  For more details View
To view more relevant volunteer positions for youth Click

Job Opportunities

Do you want to work for the Government of Canada? The Federal Student Work Experience program job application and information can be found in the link.  https://emploisfp-psjobs.cfp-psc.gc.ca/srs-sre/page01.htm?poster=1&lang=en

Summer Employment Opportunity!

Are you looking for a well paid summer job with a fun group of young people? Student Works Painting in Oak Bay is currently seeking hardworking, motivated individuals for our upcoming summer painting season. No experience necessary as full training is provided!

Benefits and pay

  • $16-22 /hr
  • A fun and challenging work environment
  • Full training on how to paint exteriors and interiors of buildings.
  • Work locally & FULL TIME
  • Apply with a Friend Today

To apply or find out more about the position, please email a resume to William Hancock @ williamh@studentworks.ca

Home Hardware in Fairfield Plaza is hiring full and part-time enthusiastic students who are motivated and have good customer service skills.  Please email your cover letter and resume to rossbay@telus.net

Beacon Drive in is hiring counter attendants.  Please click either link for more details.  Beacon Drive-In Restaurant Application