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Notice: The Storefront Classroom is closed Thursday evening, February 18, 2016. Regular hours resume the following week.


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BC’s new curriculum

Do you know that the way our children will be educated is changing?  The Ministry of Education has changed the curriculum for education in BC.  Do you know how this will impact your child, as a student in SD62?  Do you want to learn more about it?

SPEAC (Sooke Parents’ Education Advisory Council) is working with SD62 to host a community conversation where parents can learn more about how the new curriculum will be implemented in the district and what this means for students, parents, and teachers.  The tentative date and time is March 2, 2016 at 7 p.m.

To ensure your topics of interest, questions, and concerns are addressed, SPEAC has developed a survey.  There are 2 questions, followed by your top 3 topics of interest, and an opportunity to write any additional comments.  We respectfully request you complete the survey ASAP by February 16 in order to prepare for the March 2 meeting.

Please complete our survey – CLICK HERE

BC’s new curriculum – website
Nancy Walt, MOE, ppt presentation at the 2015 PAC Summit and Celebration
FAQ on BC’s new curriculum

Brena Robinson
SPEAC – Sooke Parents’ Education Advisory Councils, SD 62
Promoting Parent Involvement, Education, and Meaningful District-Wide Collaboration


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2016 VIPC Interactive Poster



The University of Victoria presents a compelling line-up of free, youth-friendly events at Ideafest: March 7-12 2016

Join UVic thinkers, innovators and artists from across campus as they explore ideas that can change everything at the university’s fifth annual Ideafest. With over fifty panels, workshops, exhibits, performances, open mics, screenings and tours, Ideafest showcases the incredible range of research at UVic in an accessible and engaging format.

Middle school and high school students will find inspiration in the dozen youth-friendly events on offer, on topics ranging from coral reefs and videogames, to renewable energy and mushroom science.

All events are free and, unless indicated, registration is not required. The full festival event lineup will be announced February 1st on our website: www.uvic.ca/ideafest/.

Sample youth-friendly events- see full list attached:

·         Megawatts & Marbles: A playful approach to understanding power systems (presented by the Institute for Integrated Energy Systems; Thu, March 10, 5:30-7PM). Join a fun, interactive game with marbles where you are the power plant and must work with other participants to meet the demand. Researchers will support the activity and draw parallels to real-world challenges.

·         That Chemistry Show (presented by the Dept. of Chemistry; Fri, March 11, 3-4PM). With lights, colours, smoke and even shrinking cups, That Chemistry Show illustrates modern chemistry research with cool tricks to delight kids of all ages.

·         Games Without Frontiers 2.0: The social power of video (& other) games (presented by Technology and Society Interdisciplinary Academic Program; Sat, March 12, 12-5PM). This pop-up idea arcade unites gamers of all ages to discover and debate the social and educational power of digital and analog games with demos, talks, and much more.

·         From Papyrus to Pixels: The (Ongoing) History of the Book (presented by the Dept. of English; Sat, March 12, 11AM-3PM). With a range of activities for people of all ages, you can see 1000-year-old manuscripts, make your own ink, and explore the history of the book—from Egyptian apyrus to the pixels of today’s e-readers.

We hope to see you and your students at this year’s Ideafest!


End of Semester Events & Timelines

A quick note to remind you that Monday, January 18th is a Non-Instructional Day in SD#62 Sooke. Schools will reopen on Tuesday, January 19th.

Please find below a quick note from our WestShore Advisory Council President, Crystal Andrews about the upcoming meeting next week.

Semester #1 ends on Friday, January 22nd (last day of classes for Semester #1). Please contact teachers via email or phone (both available on our website) for updates on progress or to request a face to face meeting.

Provincial Exams take place from Monday, January 25th to Thursday, January 28th. Friday, January 29th is semester turn around day for staff. There are no classes for students during the week of January 25th to January 29th.  Students may be requested by their teacher to attend Monday (25th) or Tuesday (26th) to address incomplete work, otherwise there are no classes or programming for students during exam week.

A Provincial Exam schedule for both campuses appears on our school website at: www.westshorecentre.com

Our Storefront Classroom at the Langford Campus remains open for students from Monday, January 25th to Thursday, January 28th from 9:00am to 7:00pm.

Our target date for distribution of Semester #1 report cards is Thursday, February 4, 2016.

The first day of Semester #2 classes is Monday, February 1st.  Enrolled students are currently meeting with our Academic Advisors to review course selection and schedules for Semester #2. Students and families are encouraged to make an appointment with an Academic Advisor to review or make changes to course selection or review plans for graduation at any time by calling our office at 250 391 9002 to make an appointment with an advisor.

If you have questions do not hesitate to contact our office or you can email myself at: pblock@sd62.bc.ca

Thank you,

Paul Block – Principal – WestShore Centre’s Family of Schools


January 2016 – Westshore Centre for Learning & Training

Advisory Committee Meeting

January 19, 2016
#101 –  814 Goldstream Ave

Langford campus

We have had a new parent step up to be our President!

Crystal A a grade 9 parent, has filled this role, we also currently have Lynda W, as Treasurer and Haleen R, as Past President. Thank you to these great volunteers we appreciate our hard work!   We have 2 tickets that will go up for raffle at the January 19th meeting to the next Vancouver Island Parent Conference. Held at Royal Bay Feb 27th for info on the speakers and more go to www.vipc.ca   We encourage you to attend our next meeting, we are always looking for more parents and students to participate. We are currently looking for a Secretary and Vice President as well if you’re interested in learning more please contact us.


Here is the Provincial Exam Schedule for the Langford Campus:

January 2016 Exam Schedule – Langford Campus

Here is the Provincial Exam Schedule for the Colwood Campus:

January 2016 Exam Schedule – Colwood Campus

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