March 5, 2020

Daily Announcements

March 5th, 2020

  • CAFETERIA – Hot Dogs


Camosun Food Truck will be here TODAY.

Badminton tryouts will be after school TODAY.  Please wear your gym strip.

One of our graduating students is hosting a firefighter information session TODAY in the Career Centre for any students interested in hearing about becoming a firefighter.  He has worked through the process and can share details on requirements and much more.

Ultimate Frisbee practice will be this Friday at 3pm at Windsor Park and then 7:15 AM at the Indoor Sports Field at Oak Bay Rec next Tuesday.

Please join us for the 8th district-wide Career Fair on April 23rd from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm at Archie Browning Sports Centre – Curling Arena.  Oak Bay students will have an opportunity to take a bus from Oak Bay to the Fair.  Stay tuned, more details to follow.

The Victoria Electric Vehicle Club is looking for youth(s) with an interest in electric vehicles and environmental issues. Possible ways to be involved:
– Assist with ’Electric Avenue’ during the Oak Bay Car Show this August (EV owners will be there with their vehicles to provide patrons with info on their vehicle and experiences – students could be ambassadors and assist patrons with their questions and direct them to the appropriate EV owner)
– Help with the annual Plug-In Challenge Event in May, Canada’s FIRST all-electric car rally
– Interested students could also obtain all their needed volunteer hours with the club if they wished, by helping at monthly meetings, attending board meetings, and providing ideas to engage more youth to help create interest in and awareness of electric vehicles.
EV Club Board members are happy to arrange to present to a group of interested students at the school, or to the leadership class, and/or environmental club (or wherever you suggest is best). Just let us know what can work and when. The club’s website is:  The Club endeavours to create awareness of and interest in electric vehicles, by connecting with members, the public, corporations, and governments so that EVs and charging become more abundant and accessible in Oak Bay, Greater Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC and beyond!  If you are interested in becoming involved with this club please see Mrs. Giesbrecht in the Career Centre.

Coast Capital is currently accepting applications for our Youth Intern Program.
The Coast Capital Youth Intern Program gives students entering Grade 11 and 12 in September 2020 a unique, paid work experience opportunity to work at a Coast Capital branch, and in the community. They will also participate in meaningful volunteer experiences, and participate in a top-notch training program. Youth Interns work full time during July and August, as well as every Saturday once they’re back in school.  The Youth Intern Program is a one-year commitment, from July 1, 2020 to July 1, 2021. This year we will be hiring 12 students to represent the Mainland, and 8 students to represent Vancouver Island.  We are accepting online applications until Friday, April 10th at 11:59pm*. Students can find more information about our program and the link to the application at
To be eligible to apply, students must be:
Entering Grade 11 or 12 in September 2020
Must be available to work full-time during July and August
Must be able to work every Saturday during the school year
Must be able to attend monthly meetings after school

The “Girls and Women: Making a Difference for our Environment” event to celebrate International Women’s Day is March 8th at St. Margaret’s School.  The event is being organized by the Canadian Federation of University Women.  The focus of the day is on what we can do as individuals to address the urgency of climate change .  Tickets for students are FREE!  Tickets are available here through EventBrite, as well as at Ivy’s, Tanner’s and Munro’s bookstores.  Elizabeth May is the keynote speaker, and panelists include Larisa Hutcheson (General Manager, CRD Parks & Environmental Services), Vicki Husband (forest and marine conservation advocate), Megan Humchitt (Heiltsuk Nation, Bella Bella) and Ines Khouider (local Grade 11 student).  More bio and event information available here   March 8 event:  Try the FORCE Fitness Test – International Women’s Day

Canucks Autism Network is looking for volunteers.
Canucks Autism Network provides year-round sports and recreation programs for individuals with autism.  Our volunteers work in a fun and fast-paced sports and recreation environment offering high levels of support to our participants (most programs offer 1-1 support). Volunteers do not need any prior experience to be part of our programs – a training as well as hands-on training during the program will be provided. We run a number of different sports and recreation programs, social and other programs in Victoria. Programs take place on weekday evenings and weekends and last for one to three hours, depending on the selected program. Volunteers would be asked to support a program, once per week, for one season. Alternatively, volunteers can join our substitute lists to step in and lend a hand when needed! Students interested in volunteering can visit or send an email to with any questions.  Please note that volunteers must be 16 years or older.

The Canadian Armed Forces is conducting an event with a focus on females (although anybody is allowed to attend).
“Try the FORCE Fitness Test”
March 8 2020 – International Women’s Day
10:00-14:00 hrs at Ashton Armouries, 724 Vanalman Ave
We will demonstrate our fitness test and actually open the floor to the public to run the test as well!
Female military keynote speakers will describe some of the unique rewards and challenges offered by part time or full time employment in the Canadian Armed Forces.
We will have Recruiters on site to discuss our exciting in-demand career opportunities and help prepare people to write our entrance exam, the Canadian Forces Aptitude Test.

Kids For A Cause is doing a hygiene product drive!  Please bring any NEW and unused donations to the boxes outside the office.

School Musical “Fiddler on the Roof” – Tickets can be purchased at the school, online here, or Ivy’s Bookstore.  Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.

Previous Announcements

National Association for College Admission Counselling
The fifth annual NACAC fair is taking place in Vancouver on Sunday, April 19th, from 1-4pm at the Vancouver Convention Centre East Building.   Over 100 universities from Canada, the US, the UK, Australia and beyond will be at this fair. The event format is a large university fair with multiple break-out sessions offered during the afternoon. A few examples of session topics includes applying for scholarships, NCAA athletics, and tips for writing a university application essay.  You must sign up with Mrs. Giesbrecht by March 12th in order to secure a spot on the bus.  Students will need to walk on the Swartz Bay 9:00 am ferry and will be taken to the event by a bus on the Tsawwassen side and picked up at the event by bus and taken back to the catch the 6:00 pm ferry to Swartz Bay.

Youth Ambassadors Program – The program with Canada is a 3-week leadership exchange program in the United States for teenagers ages 15-18 and adult mentors.  The program runs from July 16 – August 3.  See the website for more information and to apply.  The application deadline is March 20th.

University of Alberta is hosting a Registration 101 workshop in Victoria on April 2, 2020. Students can learn how to navigate the BearTracks systems for course selections and create their first-year schedule. This is a free event. Students can register at (They’ll need to scroll down to Victoria under “Off-campus sessions.”) 

Work Experience over Spring Break
We have a great opportunity for Oak Bay students to do a one or two day work experience over spring break in the following areas:
Estimating – job site – cost for project
Project Management – on site
Sales & Design – of building / project
Drafting – drawings of projects
Graphic Design – putting together pictures
If you are interested in testing out one of these career options over spring break please see Mrs. Giesbrecht to sign up.  Once you are accepted there will be a Meet & Greet on March 12 in the Career Centre from 4:00 – 5:00 pm.

Job Opportunities

Seed the City – Urban Farming & Gardening Program – earn high  school credits through this outdoor summer work experience. Learn how to grow, harvest, and sell local food.  The program will take place from July 7th to August 27 on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at Reynolds Secondary.  For more information visit the Career Centre or contact


Youth Volunteer | Youth 2020 Can
If you are between 15 and 29 you’re invited to join Youth 20/20 Can! Volunteers meet regularly to share ideas about projects, events, or activities that matter to them they want to lead and manage in community. Once youth have identified projects, the volunteers partner with community members to plan and host events, activities, or projects – everything from learning about food security issues, to creating murals, and hosting activities at festivals and conferences. Volunteers are supported by Youth Engagement Workers who help coordinate events and activities and meet with youth to make sure their needs are being met.
Benefit to Volunteer:  Volunteers are invited to participate in 3 free training sessions over the course of the year on topics that are chosen by youth to help them build skills and learn.
Time Commitment:  Participate in planning, volunteering, and/or training events for an average of 10 hours per month.
Contact:  Meghan Soutar at

Environmental Volunteer | Greater Victoria Green Team
Join the Greater Victoria Green Team and help restore habitat throughout the Capital Regional District. We post upcoming volunteer activities on our Meet-up page ( We have about 60 activities per year ranging from 3-5 hours long. The program is very flexible to join – you can sign up for as many activities as you would like! Activities range from removing invasive plants, planting native vegetation, cleaning up the shoreline and helping out on local farms!
English Language Comprehension:  Working proficiency.
Benefit To Volunteer:  There are many benefits to volunteering with our Team:
Learn about local parks
Help restore ecosystems!
Learn about different ecological restoration techniques
Learn how to identify plants in a hands-on way
Get exercise outdoors
Develop team-work and leadership skills
Great volunteer references letters provided!
Time Commitment:  Start anytime! We run 60 activities per year that take place all year long!  Join our Meet-up team here (no volunteer application necessary):
Contact:  Amanda Evans (Program Manager of the Greater Victoria Green Team):, 778-677-9078,

Multiple positions | The Mustard Seed 
We have volunteer positions available to be filled throughout the entire organization, but currently the biggest need would be saving food at the Food Rescue Distribution Centre in Esquimalt.
Time Commitment:  These positions are 9 am – noon shifts available Monday through Saturday.
Description Of Volunteer Position:  This position handles cleaning and gleaning of produce and foodstuffs brought in from around Victoria. Through the work of these folks thousands of pounds of good fresh produce stays out of the landfills each week, providing food for thousands of local families and individuals.
Benefits To Volunteer:  Besides helping thousands of folks and the environment, this position also develops many transferable interpersonal, management and leadership work skills. Come join the community serving community to help balance out social, economic and the gaps which exist locally.
English Language Comprehension:  Working proficiency.
Contact:  Please let us know if you’re interested in this or other volunteer opportunities with us by email or ask for Ted at 250.220.6991.

Leisure Assistant Volunteer | Recreation Integration Victoria
Recreation Integration Victoria is looking for volunteers to help individuals with disabilities become more active and involved in their communities. Participate in recreational and leisure activities you enjoy while providing companionship for others. No experience required.
English Language Comprehension:  Working proficiency
Benefit To Volunteer:  You will gain knowledge and skills in supporting a persons with a disability and as well will have a major role in improving inclusion for peoples with disabilities.
Time Commitment:  Flexible time commitments.  Let us know what your schedule is like.
Contact:  Contact Katie the Leisure Assistance Coordinator at 250-477-6314 ext. 205 or