The new Belmont secondary is expected to open on Sept. 8

BACK TO SCHOOL: High school plan in place for student moves

Belmont and Royal Bay gearing up for exciting new start

After two years of construction, nearly 1,200 Belmont students and 800 Royal Bay students will walk through the doors of their two new schools on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

“We know students and the community are as excited as we are to open and celebrate these brand new schools,” says Wendy Hobbs, SD62 board chair. “We have been working very hard and as promised, both Belmont and Royal Bay will welcome students come Sept. 8.”

As with all new builds, students may see construction crews around the schools as they work on the finishing touches and complete last minute changes.

“We want to assure families that student learning and educational programs will not be disrupted by any continuing work,” says Jim Cambridge, SD62 Superintendent.”

In an effort to reduce wait times and due to the amount of secondary students in both Royal Bay and Belmont, SD62 has decided to stagger timetable pick-up, changes and new registration dates according to school.

In order to minimize disruption to crews and staff at both  schools, the old Belmont will be used for new registrations and timetable changes. The schedule for the timetable and new registration weeks are as follows:

Belmont Students

Date: Aug. 25 to 28

Time: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Location: Old Belmont secondary school (3067 Jacklin Rd.)

Royal Bay Students

Date: Aug. 31 to Sept. 4

Time: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (1 to 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 3 only)

Location: Old Belmont secondary school (3067 Jacklin Rd.)

Public Tours & Open House Events

The SD62 Board of Education is currently planning large community events for both new schools that will take place in late October or early November. In order to allow enough time for students and staff to settle into the new schools, school tours will not be available for parents, family and other community members until the open house events take place. Parents and students are encouraged to check out photos, timelines and more information about the building of Belmont and Royal Bay secondary schools by visiting the SD62 New Schools website.

What’s ready and what’s not at Belmont?

The majority of learning spaces will be ready to go once students walk through the doors at Belmont, such as all academic and adapted learning classrooms, the Aboriginal Education Gathering Place and all three gyms. A few more technical areas still need finishing. They are (with temporary classroom) Auto Shop (A136), Wood Shop (B102), Art Room (A101), Band Room (A111), Choral Room (A111), Drama Space (A109), Dance Studio (A130), Lecture Theatre (N/A) and Back Field (to be determined).

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