April 24, 2019

Daily Announcements

April 24th, 2019   

  • CAFETERIA – Indian Cuisine
  • NUTTY’S LOCKER – Closed


Grade 11 breakfast is Thursday April 25th at 8:25 in the Cafeteria.  Come enjoy cinnamon buns and fresh fruit.

Junior boys rugby has a lunchtime meeting in Mr. Atkinson’s room (231) TODAY.  Please let the players out for Block G today.

ALL girls in grades 9, 10, and 11 who are interested in playing basketball next year. There will be a meeting in the small gym this Friday at lunchtime.

Ulitmate Frisbee – Friday, April 26th players meet on the turf at 2:45.  Game starts at 3:30.

FREE CONCERT – An evening of Vocal Jazz featuring “The Soundsations” from Washington State.  This will be a fantastic concert!  Saturday night in the Oak Bay Dave Dunnet Theatre at 7pm.

Calling all SINGERS (and others)!  There are FREE MUSIC WORKSHOPS available this Saturday at the school from 12:30 until 1:30pm.  Choose from a variety of cool options:
Authenticity Workshop:  The goal of this session is to help singers become less afraid of being their genuine, authentic selves on stage while they are performing, whether it’s with their group or a solo. Letting nerves manifest physically during a performance can make or break how you sound, and how you present yourself to the audience as a person and a musician.
Vocal Techniques for Singers:   This workshop is geared to singers who struggle to maintain good vocal technique as they maneuver through singing both traditional vocal repertoire and jazz/contemporary styles.
Listening Workshop for Singers:  In this workshop, we will explore some of the tools and ideas that I have gathered from listening to a variety of different jazz singers. More specifically, we will look for specific skills and characteristics in a singer including their tone, that makes them special or unique and then take those ideas and apply it to your singing.
Drum Workshop:  This session is geared toward drummers.  We’ll explore ‘grids’ and how they apply to jazz.
Improvisation Master Class:  This session, geared to both singers and players, will explore tools and exercises to help break down the myths and fears of jazz improvisation.
Sound System 101:  This session is specifically meant for student sound technicians, directors, or anyone else who is interested in how sound reinforcement works.
Any questions, please feel free to come by the choir room!

OpWall Mexico 2020 meeting, please  see Mr. Ashurst in room 227 at lunch for an update- on Thursday

Cultural Connection will be hosting a European cooking night on Thursday in the Foods room from 5pm to 8pm. Any people interested in learning how to cook different European foods are welcome to attend.

Submissions for the April Creative Writing Contest are due in to the library by 3:00pm TODAY.  See your English teacher for details

Wednesday(24) – Bring your own cup to school and get free coffee. The idea is to reduce the student body’s consumption of single-use coffee cups.
Thursday(25) – Alternative protein sources. Veggie dogs will be on sale in the cafeteria.
Friday(26) – Earth Week Kahoot in the cafeteria at lunch. There is a prize for the winner and the top five. 

The Fairmont Empress is have one last Career Fair on April 29th from 3pm to 6pm in the Crystal Ballroom.  Meet with leaders from the hotel for an on the spot interview and see what The Empress has to offer!  Bring your resume with you.

The UVic Pre-Medical Club is having a Medical Symposium on April 25th from 6-8pm at the University of Victoria, Elliot building room 168.  Attend for a night of presentations by local professionals outlining their various careers.

Volunteers are still needed for the Career Fair on April 25th.  Please see Mrs. Giesbrecht if you are interested.

Attention all Oak Bayers!  We have received word that Christopher Tang rescued Nutty from the evil squirrels by finding him in Bram Stoker’s Dracula in the library.  Congrats!  But, Nutty has gone missing again!  We received the following message from Nutty “It’s dark, cold and I don’t understand all these numbers!”  Good Luck Oak Bay!  #findingnutty

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.

Grad 2019 Block Party – Friday, May 10th, 4:00-6:00pm at Willows Park Beach Drive.  Friends and family welcome!

Previous Announcements

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 https://www.tribunebayoutdoored.ca/index.php/leadership-academies/ 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.

On Friday, May 17th Pro-D Day GNS is hosting an event with a non-for profit organization called Fast and Female for girls ages 8 to 18.

Fast and Female Ambassadors are Olympians, World Champs, Elite and Varsity athletes and they will spend a morning at Glenlyon Norfolk School empowering and inspiring girls to stay active and healthy in sports throughout their teens. What is Fast and Female?  Event registration page here

SD61 and Pacific Design Academy are offering Summer Graphic Design Program again this summer.  This is an 8 week program including a foundation of graphic design knowledge, connection to local industry, advance soft skills and work experience.  Students will earn 4 credits for skills and development and 4 credits for work experience.  Application can be pick up in the Career Centre and are due into Mrs. Giesbrecht by end of day April 26th.

SD61 and Westcoast Adventure College have teamed up again this year to offer TALE, Tourism And Leadership Exploration.  Gain knowledge in wilderness, first aid, navigation, leadership and communication skills while enjoying the outdoors.  Students will earn 4 credits for coursework and 4 credits for work experience.  Applications can be picked up in the Career Centre and are due into Mrs. Giesbrecht by end of day April 26th.

Job Opportunities

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.



Earn volunteer hours towards your graduation.  Victoria Grandmothers for Africa Dinner and Silent Auction Fundraiser – May 4th, 2019.  Volunteers are needed to serve food, clear plates and help with the silent auction.  As a volunteer you will need to be at The Da Vinci Centre at 5:00pm and would likely be finished by 9:00pm.  If you are interested please see Mrs. Giesbrecht as soon as possible.

Volunteers are still needed for the Career Fair on April 25th.  Please see Mrs. Giesbrecht if you are interested.

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 jmcdiarmid@sd61.bc.ca for more info.

Victoria Highland Games is looking for volunteers.  The 156th Victoria Highland Games &Celtic Festival will be held in Victoria on May 18-20, 2019.  Volunteer opportunities include: selling tickets, providing info to visitors, helping with fun competitions and activities, helping out in the Celtic Music tent and so much more! Shifts are about 4 hours each and you can do as many as you wish!  Please see the link below if you are interestedhttp://victoriahighlandgames.com/games/participate/volunteers/

Youth volunteer opportunities available to students.