February 3, 2020

Daily Announcements

February 3rd, 2020                             

  • CAFETERIA – Soft Tacos


Grade photos for the yearbook are happening the first week of February!  Please come to the following locations at the BEGINNING of FOCUS:
Grade 9: Monday, February 3rd in front of the Big Gym
Grade 10: Tuesday, February 4th on the Social Staircase
Grade 11: Wednesday, February 5th in the front entrance
Grade 12: Thursday, February 6th in the Grad area

There will be a boys rugby practice for all FORWARDS after school TODAY.

Girls rugby practice will be starting after school Monday and Tuesday on the Oval.

Open to anyone, Digital Photo Contest. Theme is “RETRO”
P.S. the deadline for submissions will be end of Feb so if you could repost each week that would be great. Please and thanks!!!

Tennis Team Try Outs begin Feb 7th after school is 3 court bubble at 2pm.  The team is open to all skill levels.  If you like tennis, please come.
Please sign up for google classroom code    j26k6k3
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Sea of Cortez Trip (November 2020)– Information meeting, Monday, February 10th at 6:30pm in room 233.

All grade 9 students interested in trying out for this year’s MathChallengers team please be in room 307 at lunch on Thursday. A “pretest” will likely be needed to decide on the 5 team members, and any alternates. The contest takes place on Friday, Feb. 21st at Camosun College Interurban Campus…all afternoon, so you would miss 2 classes.

Mathletes please remember to let your Math teacher know if you are planning to writing one of the Pascal, Cayley or Fermat Math contests and bring $1 to him or her. We will need firm numbers soon to order the contests!

Congratulation to the Speech & Debate class which hosted the Commonwealth Conference this Saturday and special recognition goes to Olivier Shafonsky who will represent the Island at the Nationals in Ottawa.

Opera:  Dove’s Flight
Tuesday, February 18th at 7:00pm.  Tickets are $15.  See Manjit in room 213 after school.

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.

Previous Announcements

McGill Summer Academy 2020!
From July 5-18 and July 19-August 1, students in grades 10 and 11 from across the world will have the opportunity to participate in classes, workshops, and social activities introducing them to university life, McGill, and Montréal – all while being hosted in a McGill Residence!  The application deadline is February 6, 2020.  Those interested in learning more about the McGill Summer Academy can refer to our website and join our mailing list to receive updates on the 2020 program!

Grade 11 & 12’s – Are you interested in getting a behind the scenes look at how The Royal BC Museum works?  SD61 and The Royal BC Museum have coordinated a day on Tuesday March 3rd from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm to give students an opportunity to learn the career paths and meet the people who make the Museum function successfully.  Careers of interest are Archivists, Curators, Conservationalists, Carpenters, Exhibit Designers, Graphic Designers and Marketers. There will be interactive hands on activities to enhance the learning.  Application can be picked up in the Career Centre and must be handed back in to Mrs. Giesbrecht as soon as possible, no later that February 20th.  Seating is very limited so don’t delay.

Mini Med School 2020 – Victoria
Grades 10-12 are invited to attend Mini Med School on April 2 from 8:30-3:30pm at the Royal BC Museum.  Students will have the opportunity to engage with world-class researchers and health professionals, learn about the latest medical research, explore the diverse careers available in science and medicine while networking with like-minded students.   Admission is FREE.  Student registration will be available online on Monday, February 10 at 4 p.m. at www.minimedschoolbc.ca.  Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited, so we encourage students to register as soon as registration opens.

TALE – Tourism And Leadership Exploitation Program is being offered again this summer.  Students will gain knowledge in wilderness first aid, risk management, trip planning and survival skills.  Upon completion of the program students will acquire 8 high school credits and an invaluable connection with a local tourism company through a 4-week work experience placement.  The program takes place Mon-Fri for July and August.  Please see Mrs. Giesbrecht to learn more and to pick up an application.  Applications are due by April 2nd.

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

Butchart Gardens is hiring and there is a Job Fair on Wednesday February 12th.  There will be an exclusive gate opening from 6-8pm.  Complimentary admission/no garden access.

 Are you looking for work over the spring break?  St. Michaels is looking for Cultural Ambassadors to work with Japanese students during spring break.  You must be between 13 and 18 year of age, have an interest in Japanese culture, be able to reach out and make connections with students whose first language is not English. For more information on specifics please see the poster outside the Career Centre. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd4kWvfoRNlSKxcOY4QZ7xu4d_EuT_IRX23GNKW09BcT4nkzg/viewform?usp=sf_link   The deadline to submit applications is 4:00 pm on Friday January 31, 2020.


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.