March 9, 2018

Daily Announcements

March 9th, 2018    

  • CAFETERIA – Pizza/Fresh Baked Goodies


Reminder to Mr. Ross’ block 4 class to pick up their Social text prior to the weekend.  Librarian will assist.

SD61 is having a Career Fair on April 19th.  Stay tuned for bus information and details on how to attend.  There will be approximately 80 exhibitors attending and more committing to the event each day.  All Oak Bay students are welcome to attend.

Any hockey students interested in playing a friendly game of hockey with the Oak Bay Police and Fire Department, please meet Mr. Fast in the Big Gym on Monday, March 12th at lunch.

Golfers…it is time to get signed up so we can do tryouts after Spring Break. If you are a serious golfer with an official BCGA handicap, you are asked to please be at a meeting in room 307 at lunch on Monday. It will be brief, so please be prompt! If you are unable to make that meeting, please see Mr. Carter as soon as you can to get the necessary forms and information.

Congratulations to the Oak Bay Ski and Snowboard Team for coming FIFTH in BC.  They spent the last three days racing with 300 students from around the province at Sun Peaks in Kamloops.  The team represented Oak Bay proudly and can’t wait to qualify and compete in Smithers next year.  Way to go skiers and boarders!

Individuals results:  Logan Rampton came in 14th, Marcus Forrester-Hougaard in 19th, Adam Whittaker in 32nd, Christopher Horwood in 42nd, John Horwood in 45th and Grayson Gammon in 62nd in boys’ skiing.  Molly Pearce came in 36th, Jane Illman in 37th, Julia Morgan in 41st, Lara Hollingsworth in 52nd, Shelby Cain in 62nd in girls’ skiing.  Jack Boden was 15th in boys’ snowboard and Brie Neufeld in 14th.”

Secondary Springboard Victoria Police Department
On Tuesday, April 10th, SD61 is partnering with The Victoria Police Department to allow 16 of our students to explore and experience Policing through hands-on, scenario-based activities, demonstrations, and discussions with Victoria Police Department members:
Grade 11 & 12 students are welcome to apply to participate.
Student applications are due on or before Friday, March 16th
Don’t delay!  Seats fill up fast.  See Mrs. Giesbrecht for an application.

“Water is Life” Netherlands Exchange
Oak Bay High School (Canada) &
Maurick College (Netherlands)
What are the perks of the ‘Water is Life’ exchange?
To develop practical scientific field skills
To engage in a local, relevant, real-world research project
Chance to earn 4 credits through ‘Directed Studies’ Course
To develop friendship and collaborative networks through exchange with Maurick College in The Netherlands
To visit and experience the culture of The Netherlands, including a chance to visit Amsterdam
Interested?  Time to apply for the program now!
Application deadline Fri March 16th.
Questions? Email


The Victoria Foundation is hosting a Youth Mental Health Vital Conversation event with a moderated panel, as well as refreshments to follow.
Date:  March 14th, 2018
Time:  4:30-6:30pm
Location:  Camosun College, Lansdowne Campus, Gibson Auditorium (Young Building)
Register at:

Camosun College has a Trades Exploration program (TEAC105) which embraces learning about Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electronics and Computer Science Technology. The program is very useful to help students determine which discipline they may want to consider after high school.  Applications are now open for September 2018.  If you are interested in applying please see Mrs. Giesbrecht in the Career Centre.
Camosun College Interurban Campus is hosting an information night on March 15th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.  Business, Sport & Exercise and Trades & Technologies.

 Sea of Cortez Trip – Spring Break 2019
​16 spots available
March 16th – 23rd, 2019
Trip sign-up form link
Sign-up beforeFriday March 9th
Successful participants will be contacted after this date
Snorkeling every day from our live-aboard boat!
Desert Island Nature Hikes
Marine Life Encounters (dolphins and whale sharks) & Wildlife Conservation (whale shark research)
Cultural Interactions & Baja Gifts program
Questions: please contact Mr. Shrubsole ( or Mr. Atkinson (
​Check out the Panterra website for more details and our trip last year!

Marine TASK Spring & Summer Program
South Island Partnership (SIP) would like to offer a new and exciting program to our secondary students: Marine TASK.  This program centers on several trades through a marine lens.  Four safety certifications will also be achieved through the program.  Below, you will see that this has two parts:
an online course (TACC 109 – Trades Access Common Core) from April to June face to face, hands on instruction at Camosun Interurban in July and August.
Applications are due by March 16, 2018.  Grade 11 or 12 students who are interested in completing the TACC 109 course by distance, and are willing to invest their summer months into this unique and valuable opportunity, please pick up an application in the Career Centre.  Click the link for more information.


Prior Castle Inn (B&B -7 rooms) in Oak Bay has openings for part-time (or full-time in summer) student cleaners and a breakfast cook/relief cook. Because it is a small operation, a high school student would love the experience! Hourly rate starts at $12/hour.  See Mrs. Giesbrecht for application details.

Opportunities for students entering Grade 11 and 12 in September 2018 to be paid members of our Youth Get It Interns. They work as community ambassadors and as Member Service Representatives helping our members in our branches.  Being a Youth Get It Intern is a job that requires professionalism and a friendly and helpful attitude. Students will gain skills like leadership, community relations and financial literacy that prepare them for their future endeavours.
Represent Coast Capital Savings at community events
Work part-time after school or on weekends during the school year
Work full-time in the summer, 5 days per week
Work as a Member Service Representative helping our members in one of our branches
Complete 25 volunteer hours focusing on teaching financial literacy
Take part in a team building camp
Apply here deadline is April 11th.

Volunteer Opportunity

Canadian Blood Services is looking for volunteers.  Earn your 30 hours by supporting the community.  Contact if you are interested.

Swiftsure Volunteering
The 75th Swiftsure International Yacht Race is looking for volunteers from May 24-28, 2018.

Queen Alexander Centre for Children’s Health is looking for volunteers.  Please see the posting outside the Career Centre or online here for more information

Grad 2018 News

TRANSCRIPT Information:  You can access your transcript online now, to see information for yourself or for picking post-secondary institutions to order and send to.  No need to have a paper copy now J.  Go to the Ministry of Education’s Transcripts and Certificate website at  If you have any questions go and see Mr. Alexander or Mrs. Giesbrecht.