January 10, 2020

Daily Announcements

January 10th, 2020                             

  • CAFETERIA – Pizza


All students interested in joining the Oak Bay Olympic Weightlifting Team please meet Mr. Turner in room 302 TODAY at Lunch

 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.

Barbs Rugby start practices the week of January 13th after school on the track.
Monday (13th) – Forwards
Tuesday (14th) – Backs
Thursday (16th) – Everybody
Bring running shoes in case of bad weather.

Water is Life Netherlands Exchange, if you are interested in the exchange and want to hear more, there will be a meeting on Tuesday, January 21st at LUNCH in room 233.

Evening of Dance tickets on sale now in the office.  Students and Seniors $8 each, Adults $10 each.  Performances are on January 21st and 22nd at 7:00pm in the Theatre.  You can purchase tickets at school cash on line.

Yearbook needs photos for winter student life.  Please send them to the Oak Leaves Instagram to be featured in the yearbook.

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..

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

Do you want to learn more about Cornell University (New York State)?  It is an Ivy League Education and has a Beautiful Campus. With 14 prestigious schools and colleges, Cornell is the most educationally diverse university in the Ivy League and one of the most elite colleges in the world.  Cornell University Glee Club & Chorus – January 14  Both the Cornell Glee Club and Chorus will be performing in our theatre during FOCUS BLOCK on Tuesday, January 14.  

The Canadian Coast Guard will be in the Career Centre at lunch on January 14th.   Is Marine Engineering or Marine Navigation for you? Why CCGC? As a public servant of Canada, and during your four years at the College, you will receive:
Paid education and a monthly allowance
Accommodations and meals
Textbooks and uniforms
Medical and dental plan coverage
Up to four weeks paid vacation leave every year

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.

Previous Announcements

Attn: Grade 11 students…  Boarding UAlberta is your chance to test drive one of Canada’s Top 5 universities.  Your ticket includes flights, accommodation, and a whirlwind weekend of exciting events May 29-31, 2020.  But don’t delay, this trip only has 20 seats!  www.uab.ca/boarding

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

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 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.