December 6, 2019

Daily Announcements

December 6th, 2019      

  • CAFETERIA – Pizza


​​Would the following students please see Ms. Taggart in Room 304 at lunch today.
Yasmina Ugas
Matthew Sweeney
Catherine Palfy
Sophie Elbers

DECEMBER 13th is the deadline for your RESEARCH REVIEW AND PRESENTATION PLAN for your Capstone Project.
In attempt to have all grade 12s compete this step before Christmas, Capstone Advisors are holding meetings according to your Advisory #.    Please come prepared with your documentation and be patient.
TAGGART’S Advisories:  Room 304 – FOCUS BLOCK
Advisories 1 – 10                 December 9
Advisories 11 – 20               December 10
Advisories 21 – 30               December 16
BUCKINGHAM’S Advisories:  Room 219 – FOCUS BLOCK
Advisories 31 – 40                December 9
Advisories 41- 50                 December 10
Advisories ​51 – 58                December 16
Details and deadlines regarding Capstone are located on the Career Education website  —

New Course Opportunity: Yoga for Mindfulness
Ms. Baker and Ms. Alana would like to welcome students to join a new course: Yoga for Mindfulness!  The course runs outside of the timetable but is 100% flexible, so that it suits students’ busy schedules!  If you missed out during Term 1, don’t worry Term 2 will be fresh start!  If you would like to incorporate more scheduled downtime into your life, Yoga for Mindfulness may be the perfect fit for you!  Please see either Ms. Alana or Ms. Baker for more information 🙂

The Grinch once said “Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more.”  Make a difference this holiday season and bring in a NEW pair of socks for someone in need.  Collection box is outside the Office.

GRAD PHOTO RETAKES – DECEMBER 12th, 2019 at Oak Bay Rec Centre.  Go to to book an appointment.  $10 sitting fee.

Lost and Found items will be on display in the main foyer until December 13th.  Anything left behind will be donated.

Hello Oak Bayers, this is breaking news!  “Where’s Nutty?”  He has been captured and hidden in a secret location.  The clue we have is: “Multicultural foods I see, placed in the mechanism next to me.”

Previous Announcements

Do we need 4 Focus block at Oak Bay
History: Focus Block is 5 years old.  Goal to give students TIME IN SCHOOL to do what they need to do.  (Could be academic or non-academic).  Prior to that, students had 1 hour a week first thing Friday morning.
SIGN IN DATA OCTOBER:  Gr 9: 54%, Gr 10: 41%, GR 11: 49%, GR 12: 29%
Question:  Do students value 4 focus blocks per week?  What letter grade would you attach to our focus Block attendance results?
Possible Suggestion:  Reduce the number of focus blocks to align with student values
Timetable Impact:  As there would not be as many focus blocks, classes would get about 10 minutes longer on days without focus blocks.  IE 70min classes would increase  to 80 min “ish”.
Action Required:  If you VALUE 4 focus blocks, ATTEND and SIGN IN.
This message is from a teacher that wants to see OB have as many focus blocks as students need.​

Get ready for TECHNOVATIONBC 2020, an international, all-girls tech entrepreneurship challenge. Simon Fraser University is the official Regional Ambassador for TechnovationBC. Please follow us on twitter @TechnovationBC and Facebook: TechnovationChallengeBC for news and updates!   Technovation is a 12-week event where you and your team will create mobile apps using App Inventor to address real-world problems. NO PROGRAMMING EXPERIENCE NEEDED! You will be paired up with a mentor who will connect with you once a week to guide you through this process. SFU will provide monthly workshops on ideation, App Inventor and business pitching to set you up for success. In May 2020, you will compete with teams all over BC for a chance to advance to Semifinals in Silicon Valley!
Eligibility Criteria: Girls ages 10 – 18 living in BC.
We strongly encourage students to join us for one of the info sessions to learn more about the competition.
See Mr. Simonson for information about the info sessions…

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 if you are interested or go to the OakBayCareerCentre Instagram page to see the poster

Fire Camp for teens (15-18 yrs.) from March 16 – 21, 2020.  This is a great opportunity for our students who are considering firefighting as a career.   Information and applications can be found at either or .   ALL APPLICATION’S ARE DUE INTO MRS. GIESBRECHT BY 4:00 PM DECEMBER 18, 2019.  The physical exam does not need to be completed until the student is shortlisted but if you can get one easily and with no charge it would be best to get it done early.  The $200 fee does not have to be paid until the student has been offered a seat in the program.  There are 20 seats available and not all applications will receive interviews.

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: 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.  Volunteer opportunity with the Downtown Victoria Business Association.  This year we are organizing “Lights of Wonder”,  Downtown Victoria’s first outdoor holiday light display and we are in need of volunteers and we thought highschool students would be a great fit.  Here is a link to the Facebook event in case you would like to see what the event is about:  Email:  Gabriela Rivera at  if you are interested.