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September 29, 2015

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Each year we remind parents about the dangers of allergies and anaphylaxis. To ensure the safety of students and staff, all SD62 schools are allergy awareness schools. In accordance with the British Columbia Anaphylaxis Protection Order, parents, students, all school staff and the school community must be made aware of, and comply with, the District’s C-429 Anaphylaxis Policy and Regulations.

If your child has severe allergies and/or anaphylaxis, please contact your child’s principal to fill out an
action form.

Anaphylaxis is a sudden, severe and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction that can be caused by a number of different foods, perfumes, medications, insect stings and other environmental substances. An anaphylactic reaction can be rapid and deadly, developing within seconds of exposure.

The safety of anaphylactic children in a school setting depends on the cooperation of the entire school community. As the occurrence of serious allergies continues to increase, it is essential that schools enter into a partnership with parents and medical professionals to protect anaphylactic children from potential tragedy.

We ask that parents respect that various students attending our schools have potentially fatal reactions to numerous foods and other products, and ask that you kindly consider this when sending certain foods to school in your child/children’s lunch. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions related to the type of products to which students in your son/daughter’s class may have an anaphylactic response.

We hope to be able to strike a balance between the right and convenience of all students to eat what they like and the allergic child’s right to relative safety in the school setting. Please join us this Wednesday at an Anaphylaxis Awareness event sponsored by SPEAC.

Date: Wednesday, September 30 Time: 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: Belmont Secondary School, 3041 Langford Lake Rd.

Jim Cambridge Superintendent of Schools


Back to school message from Board Chair

September 2015

Another school year is here! On behalf of the Board of Education, welcome to all new students, staff and families to the 2015-2016 school year. To returning students and staff, welcome to a new school year; it’s great to have you back.

This is a very different and exciting school year as we open the doors to two new high schools. Joining the ranks of our Edward Milne Community School in Sooke, these two schools will be home to West Shore students for decades to come. With large upgrades taking place at Dunsmuir Middle School and the construction of new Facilities and Transportation buildings, great developments are happening in SD62.

A special thank you to all district staff for pulling together to make the start of this school year one of the best yet. To parents and our school communities, thank you in advance for your patience as we undergo many changes this year. We know that a lot of schools and students need to adjust to these changes and we want to ensure you that your child’s education is our number one priority.

As trustees, our role is to guide the district by understanding the needs of our community; to establish district policies; to inform our community through public consultations like Education Committee of the Whole (ECOW) and Board meetings; and to make sure that each one of our students has the opportunity to succeed.

On behalf of the Board of Education, we look forward to collaborating with you this year as we enter into another era filled with positive changes in SD62.


Wendy Hobbs,
Chair, Board of Education
Sooke School District

Trustees:  Ravi Parmar, Bob Phillips, Neil Poirier, Denise Riley, Dianna Seaton, Margot Swinburnson


All 2015-2016 Continuing Education courses have now been updated and dates have been posted. Please see the Continuing Education portion of the Programs tab above for more information.


FAST Track DL Summer Learning:

For assignment access, please click here.

Any questions – please call our friendly clerical staff at (250) 391-9002

Courses offered with the understanding that any course may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.

July 6 to August 6th – Monday to Thursday

Morning Sessions– 9:30am – 12 noon

Chemistry 11
English 10
English 12
Foundations of Math& Pre-Calculus 10
Social Studies 11

 Afternoon Sessions– 12:30pm – 3:00pm

Science 10
English 12
Pre-Calculus 11

Social Studies 10
Apprenticeship & Workplace Math 10
Apprenticeship & Workplace Math 11

Evening Sessions – 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Biology 12
Communications 12
English 12
Pre-Calculus Math 11
Pre-Calculus Math 12

Online courses & Paper Based DL courses:

Over the summer months, students currently enrolled in online courses or paper based courses at the WestShore Centre for Learning and Training may access their course work and teacher support to continue working towards course completion.

Online assignments can be completed and submitted as per normal. Teachers (not necessarily the current teacher) will be in place over the summer months to mark and provide on-going support. Paper based assignments can be picked up or completed assignments submitted at the WestShore Centre for Learning and Training.

WestShore Centre’s Storefront Classroom will be open on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 8:30am to 4:30pm for face to face support with online or paper-based courses. The Storefront classroom will be accessible on Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 7th to August 13th, 2015.

For more information, please call 250 391-9002


Aboriginal Graduation Recognition Ceremony – May 30th

The Aboriginal graduation ceremony took place on May 30th and was a great success. Thank you to all of our families, students, dignitaries and local community members for joining us for a great day of celebration!

If you and your student had family photos taken at the ceremony, the photos will be available soon. We will send these home with your child in the next week.

Congratulations Aboriginal grads of 2015!!

Photo Courtesy: Times Colonist


Monday, June 15th to Thursday, June 18th storefront will be open for the regular scheduled hours.

Monday, June 22nd: Storefront is open 9:00am to 3:00pm
*Closed 3:00pm-7:30pm

Tuesday, June 23nd: Storefront is open 9:00am to 3:00pm
*Closed 3:00pm-7:30pm

Wednesday, June 24 – Closed
Thursday, June 25 – Closed
Monday, June 29 to Thursday, July 2 – Closed


Changes to Ministry of Education Funding for Graduated Adults

Frequently Asked Questions
I have NOT graduated from high school. Will it cost me to take courses to graduate?

  • No! All courses are free.
  • All courses are free if you have not received a graduation diploma from BC, another province or another country.
  • You may have to purchase a workbook or provide a deposit to borrow a text book.

I am a graduate, do I have to pay for upgrading? It depends on your age.

Are you a graduate under 19 years of age on July 1 of the current school


  • All courses are still free.
  • You may have to purchase a workbook or provide a deposit to borrow a text book.

Are you a graduate and 19 years or older on July 1 of the current school year?

  • You will have to pay $550 per course unless the course is a Literacy Foundations course.
  • You may have to purchase a workbook or provide a deposit to borrow a text book.

What are the Literacy Foundation courses that are free for graduates?

  • Math Foundations 10‐Level 7‐ You will need a graphing calculator. The course includes measurement (sine, cosine), algebra, relations and functions. This course is similar to Foundations of Math and Pre‐Calculus 10 and would be considered a pre‐requisite for Pre‐Calculus 11.
  • Information and Communications Technology 10 – The course teaches computer skills using MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • You may have to purchase a workbook or provide a deposit to borrow a text book.

School Age Graduates

Take High School Courses for Free!

  • Are you graduating from high school this June?
  • Are you 18 or younger as of July 1, 2015?

If you answer yes to both of these questions then you are a school age graduate for the 2015/16 school year.

School Age Graduates are funded by the Ministry of Education to take high school upgrading courses. This means that you can upgrade your English, Math, Science or other high school courses at WestShore Centre for Learning in SD 62 without paying for tuition or student fees.  We encourage you to take advantage of this great opportunity to improve your high school marks and/or take the prerequisite courses you will need for post-secondary before it’s too late.

For more information or to book appointments with our academic advisor please call 250-391-9002.

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