May 24, 2019

Daily Announcements

May 24th, 2019       

  • CAFETERIA – Pizza
  • NUTTY’S LOCKER – Closed


Attention GRADS:  If you are headed to UVic next year please attend the UVic Registration 101 session in the Cafeteria during focus block on Friday May 31st.  You will learn how to navigate the system to pick you course.

First meeting for Cops for Cancer will be this Monday in the big gym at lunch. All grades of course are welcome.

Congratulations to contest participants and winners of the 7th annual Rebalance Youth Art Contest. Oak Bay students took top prizes and over $1100 in awards.

Oak Bay Short Film Fest – The Oak Bay Annual Short Film Fest is on Friday, June 7 during Focus this year. We are welcoming short films under 5 minutes. Films should be submitted by Monday, June 3 to Mr. Laird. 

We are collecting personal hygiene products for our needy, shelterless people living in Victoria.  There is a box available at the office 

If you are applying for a gap year through Lattitude and hoping to depart in 2019, your application is due by May 31st.  Space is limited. Students can use a promo code to receive a $100 discount off their program fees.  See Mrs. Giesbrecht if you would like the code. 

Reminder: 2019 District Authority Scholarshipsdue Friday, May 24th by the end of the school day.  |
Email to Mr. Alexander or hand in to the Career Center.  For all electronic portfolios, Google Slides is the preferred format ~ add you files to your SD61Learn drive and share away.
Here are the links for the applications and criteria (paper copies in the Career Center):
2019 Criteria for District Authority Awards
District Authority Award Application 2019

Graduation Numeracy Assessment
All grade 10 AND 11 students are expected to write the Ministry of Education’s Graduation Numeracy Assessment (GNA) this school year.  This assessment will take place on June 21st with two sittings (8:30 AM or 12:30 PM).  Students will be scheduled to one of those two sittings shortly (schedule to be posted shortly).
Assessment info:
– the GNA typically takes two hours to complete; however, students may use additional time if needed.
– assessment questions are delivered online but require both computer-based and hand-written responses.
– the GNA is NOT tied to a specific math course.  Rather, it evaluates a student’s numeracy skills developed over the course of their education
– results will be reported using a proficiency scale out of 4 which means that students will not receive a percentage nor a letter grade, but instead will receive a 1, 2, 3 or 4.  There are not any credits associated with this REQUIRED assessment – transcripts will show RM (Requirements Met) and a score out of 4.
– For more information regarding the assessment itself, including samples as well as a parent brochure

Workplace Alternative Trades Training
WATT is a Free Pre-Apprenticeship Electrical Training Program which includes 3 weeks of hands-on-electrical training, paid work experience, Apprenticeship sponsorship, ongoing mentorship and support, breakfast and lunch provided on classroom days and basic toolkit and Steel-Toe-Boots.   Students will earn several certificates, including Occupational First Aid Level 1, Fall Protection, Elevated Work Platform, WHMIS 2015, and Construction Safety Training Systems 09.  Please email for more information or call 250-418-0984.

Previous Announcements

Congratulations to the junior boys rugby team as they defended their city sevens title.

Traffic Control (Flagperson Training) through Camosun College
Minimum Age is 16.
Course Description
Traffic Controllers are responsible for public and construction traffic safety. Learn about the Industrial Health and Safety regulations and safe positions and procedures in this Government approved training course. Includes both theory and practical field sessions with practical and written exams.
Upon successful completion, a three-year certificate will be issued by the BC Construction Safety Alliance.  If you are interested please go to the link to register for the course.

Camosun College Interurban Campus offers an Explorations in Technology (TEAC 105) course Fridays from 3:00pm to 6:00pm September to February for students (gr. 10-12) interested in exploring Mechanical Engineering, Electronics, Civil Engineering and Computer Science. Students are responsible for paying the application fee $41.82 and there are no prerequisites.   If you are interested please see Mrs. Giesbrecht in the Career Centre for an application.  Don’t delay! Seating is limited.  The link attached shows last year’s dates but fall 2019 will start on September 13th. 

In partnership with several other school districts in southwestern British Columbia, secondary schools throughout the Greater Victoria School District are offering a fantastic opportunity for up to 40 female secondary students (ages 15 to 18) to participate in the Ocean Literacy & Leadership Academy/Camp for Young Women, taking place for a week this summer at the Tribune Bay Outdoor Education Centre on Hornby Island!

Please see the attached poster and go online – at to find out more about this camp/academy along with registration information/forms/etc.  As space is limited, interested students are encouraged to complete and submit the registration forms ASAP.  If you have any questions please see Mr. Shrubsole.

Job Opportunities

Ryan Vending is hiring. Two main roles are Customer Service Rep and Route Drivers and Warehouse/Operation Support Associate.  For more information reach out to or see the poster outside the Career Centre.

Camp Pringle Counsellor in Training (CIT) program focuses on team leadership and builds the skills needed to work with children in the outdoor recreation or camping industry. Participants are paired with a Camp Pringle staff member to co-lead a group of children at summer camp. CIT is for teens aged 16 to 18 who are interested in outdoor recreation and working with children. All CITs are expected to participate in training from July 2-5, and co-lead for four to six camp sessions from July 7 to August 16, 2019 (participants may choose the weeks that work best for them). CITs work from Sunday evenings until Friday afternoons. Participants receive free meals and accommodations while at camp as well as a weekly honorarium of $150.00. All participants will also receive a reference letter documenting their success in the program and service hours to the camp. For more information on the CIT program or other volunteer opportunities please contact  check out our website, or find us on Facebook and Instagram.

Compass Canada is hiring Food Service Workers at the Royal Jubilee Hospital, Vic. General Hospital, Priory Hospital, Queen Alexandra Centre, Aberdeen Hospital and Mt. Tolmie Hospital.  Duties: prep work such as washing, peeling, cutting and seeding fruits & vegetables. Compensation is $15.50 to $15.90 during probationary period ($16 to $17+ after probationary period) Apply online at

Pedalheads Bike Camps in Victoria is currently hiring bike instructors for their summer camps!
Here is the link for the applications:

Barb’s Fish & Chips is hiring.  $15/hour, fulltime, part time, flexible work days and shifts.  Please pick up the application information in the Career Centre.–volunteer


Government House Volunteer Opportunity
The Cary Castle Mews Tea Room is looking for volunteers to greet guests, take food and beverage orders, clear table and wash dishes.  There is a minimum of 4 hours required per week from May 21st to August 30th.  If you are interested in joining the dynamic team of dedicated volunteers contact Cynthia Vance at 250-387-2080.

Engineering for Kids – Volunteering Opportunities for Summer 2019

Volunteers assist camp leaders in delivering fun hands-on learning activates at week long camps building catapults, launch rockets, solve engineering challenges in Minecraft, program LEGO robots to explore the moon, and more.  Camp weeks: July 2 – August 30. Learn more on how to apply at 

Volunteers are needed June 4-8 for the Community Foundations of Canada Conference at which 600+ philanthropic leaders from Canada & around the world will gather to discuss community development! There are evening and weekend shifts available that can work with your school schedule. This is a great way to earn some volunteer hours while staying engaged in the philanthropic movement! If interested, please email Anna at 

Pedalheads is looking for volunteers.  Apply today at:

I Can Bike Camp is looking for volunteers from July 8-12 at Pearkes Arena.  Please email if you are interested.

Volunteer at Culture Day 2019 at Centennial Square on Saturday May 25th from 12-4pm.  They need help with set up/ tear down, guiding/leading.  If you are interested email

Need volunteer hours? Like working with kids? Live close to Margaret Jenkins Elementary? EMJS PAC is looking for reliable babysitters that can child mind during PAC meetings at the school, about two hours 7-9 pm on the last Thursday of each month. Contact for more info.