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Belmont Secondary students Chris Nix (left to right), Markus Meyer and Jon Bel, along with other volunteers will be taking part in the Spring Out of Hunger Food Drive, in which students head out into the community and collect non-perishable food items for the Goldtream Food Bank on Thursday, May 24. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)

Help West Shore residents spring out of hunger

Fundraiser collecting food for Goldstream Food Bank

Belmont Secondary students Chris Nix (left to right), Markus Meyer and Jon Bel, along with other volunteers will be taking part in the Spring Out of Hunger Food Drive, in which students head out into the community and collect non-perishable food items for the Goldtream Food Bank on Thursday, May 24. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)
Premiere John Horgan stopped at Lakewood Elementary to make an announcement for land purchase of a site that will benefit future students of Langford. (Lindsey Horsting/News Gazette staff)

Land purchased for new elementary school in north Langford

John Horgan and Rob Fleming make announcement

Premiere John Horgan stopped at Lakewood Elementary to make an announcement for land purchase of a site that will benefit future students of Langford. (Lindsey Horsting/News Gazette staff)
WestShore Centre for Learning students Bravyn Wright, Brett Cunard and Joel Windrum show off some of the plants for sale during the school’s second annual plant sale this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)

Get into the growing season with a plant sale this weekend

Proceeds benefit the WestShore Centre for Learning’s community garden

WestShore Centre for Learning students Bravyn Wright, Brett Cunard and Joel Windrum show off some of the plants for sale during the school’s second annual plant sale this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)
Belmont Girl’s Sevens rugby team won the Island Championships this past weekend, beating Shawnigan Lake 22-5 in the final. (Photo courtesy of Michael Haley)

Belmont wins girls’ rugby Island championship

The Bulldogs head to provincials this weekend

Belmont Girl’s Sevens rugby team won the Island Championships this past weekend, beating Shawnigan Lake 22-5 in the final. (Photo courtesy of Michael Haley)
MUSIC MONDAY                                Students in the Sooke School District play the ukelele at The Q Centre in Colwood as part of Music Monday earlier this week. Roughly 2,300 SD62 students filled the arena to sing songs with communities across the country as a way to celebrate music in schools. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)

WATCH: Students celebrate Music Monday

More than 2,300 students filled The Q Centre yesterday

MUSIC MONDAY                                Students in the Sooke School District play the ukelele at The Q Centre in Colwood as part of Music Monday earlier this week. Roughly 2,300 SD62 students filled the arena to sing songs with communities across the country as a way to celebrate music in schools. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)
Spencer Middle school student Trinity Dentoom shows off some of the new inspirational sayings that adorn the boys and girls bathrooms. All six of the school’s washrooms have been decorated with messages to promote positivity. (Kendra Wong/
News Gazette staff)

Messages promote positivity in Spencer Middle school washrooms

All six of the school’s washrooms have been ‘bedazzled’

Spencer Middle school student Trinity Dentoom shows off some of the new inspirational sayings that adorn the boys and girls bathrooms. All six of the school’s washrooms have been decorated with messages to promote positivity. (Kendra Wong/
News Gazette staff)
Standardized tests results are in for schools on the West Shore

Standardized tests results are in for schools on the West Shore

Ranking numbers are low, but there are upward trends in some schools

Standardized tests results are in for schools on the West Shore
Dexter Rud (left) and Nathaniel Exley play con artist Frank Abagnale and FBI agent Carl Hanratty in Royal Bay Secondary school’s version of Catch Me 
If You Can. The musical hits 
the stage at the Teechamitsa Theatre this week. 
(Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)

Catch Me If You Can comes to Royal Bay Secondary

Musical tells the tale of con artist Frank Abagnale

Dexter Rud (left) and Nathaniel Exley play con artist Frank Abagnale and FBI agent Carl Hanratty in Royal Bay Secondary school’s version of Catch Me 
If You Can. The musical hits 
the stage at the Teechamitsa Theatre this week. 
(Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)
Members of Spencer Middle School’s percussion ensemble Emily Hanna (left to right), Trinity Dentoom, Evanne Fisher and Ayna Ralph show off the trophies the ensemble won during the Worldstride’s dance and music festival earlier this month. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)

Spencer Middle School students redefining percussion

Students win hardware at international festival

Members of Spencer Middle School’s percussion ensemble Emily Hanna (left to right), Trinity Dentoom, Evanne Fisher and Ayna Ralph show off the trophies the ensemble won during the Worldstride’s dance and music festival earlier this month. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)
Mataya Dorland-Meagher (left to right), Dominique Kozyn, Fiona Black, Naiya Dowker and Ida Shams have been selected to compete at a provincial French speech competition at Simon Fraser University’s Surrey campus on May 5. (Kirsten Young Photography)

Women’s rights, global warming among topics at French speech competition

Five finalists selected to compete at the provincial level next month

Mataya Dorland-Meagher (left to right), Dominique Kozyn, Fiona Black, Naiya Dowker and Ida Shams have been selected to compete at a provincial French speech competition at Simon Fraser University’s Surrey campus on May 5. (Kirsten Young Photography)
Grade 12 actors with the school district’s Program for Academic and Creative Enrichment (PACE) strike a pose at the Isabelle Reader Theatre. Roughly 300 students are getting set to hit the stage for the annual spring show called The Greatest Show beginning this weekend.                                 (Kendra Wong                                /News Gazette staff)

PACE spring show fun for all ages

Performance a learning experience for students

Grade 12 actors with the school district’s Program for Academic and Creative Enrichment (PACE) strike a pose at the Isabelle Reader Theatre. Roughly 300 students are getting set to hit the stage for the annual spring show called The Greatest Show beginning this weekend.                                 (Kendra Wong                                /News Gazette staff)
A three-inch gas line has been struck on Goldstream Avenue near Leigh Road forcing a closure between Leigh and Spencer roads. (Lindsey Horsting/News Gazette staff)

Gas leak on Goldstream Avenue forces temporary road closure, school evacuation

Goldstream Avenue has reopened to traffic, students back in class at Spencer Middle School

A three-inch gas line has been struck on Goldstream Avenue near Leigh Road forcing a closure between Leigh and Spencer roads. (Lindsey Horsting/News Gazette staff)
Some schools in SD62 do not have basic emergency supplies for major earthquakes or other serious incidents. (Pixabay photo)

Some SD62 schools without emergency supplies

PACs want province to step up with funding

Some schools in SD62 do not have basic emergency supplies for major earthquakes or other serious incidents. (Pixabay photo)
Royal Bay teachers Anthony Coppens (left to right), Danielle Huculak, Michelle Glanfield and John Mennie during the school’s inaugural career fair last Wednesday. As part of the event, more than 72 people from various fields gave presentations to the school’s roughly 1,100 students on their career paths. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)

Career fair inspires Royal Bay students

Inaugural event brought together 72 workers from various fields

Royal Bay teachers Anthony Coppens (left to right), Danielle Huculak, Michelle Glanfield and John Mennie during the school’s inaugural career fair last Wednesday. As part of the event, more than 72 people from various fields gave presentations to the school’s roughly 1,100 students on their career paths. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)
Coaches with Spencer Middle School’s athletics program. The program has seen a jump in student enrolment in recent years. (Contributed photo)

Spencer Middle School enjoys jumps in sports enrolment numbers

Program gives students a sense of belonging, school pride

Coaches with Spencer Middle School’s athletics program. The program has seen a jump in student enrolment in recent years. (Contributed photo)
Royal Bay Ravens junior boys team pose after they beat the Claremont Spartans 11-10 in the championship game at Dr. Charles Best Secondary. (Photo courtesy Michelle Mahovlich)

Royal Bay junior boys bring back lacrosse banner

The Ravens sent three teams to the provincial championships

Royal Bay Ravens junior boys team pose after they beat the Claremont Spartans 11-10 in the championship game at Dr. Charles Best Secondary. (Photo courtesy Michelle Mahovlich)
Major expansion coming to Royal Bay Secondary

Major expansion coming to Royal Bay Secondary

Province will build space for 600 more students on same site

Major expansion coming to Royal Bay Secondary
Belmont Bulldogs’ Adrian Vicente (left) drives to the hoop against a Kelowna Owls player at the Langely Events Centre in the second round of the B.C. junior boys provincials. (Gino Nichele photo)

Belmont junior boys’ basketball team finishes the season on a high note

Curt Spaven thinks this team was one of the best he’s ever coached.

Belmont Bulldogs’ Adrian Vicente (left) drives to the hoop against a Kelowna Owls player at the Langely Events Centre in the second round of the B.C. junior boys provincials. (Gino Nichele photo)
(From left) Grade 11 students Cassandra Campbell, Isha Chemma, Keemia Alizadeh-Borji, Morgana Adby and Christine Camaso are prepping for their next Model UN conference in April. (Katherine Engqvist/News Gazette staff)

Belmont’s model UN students shine with diplomacy

High school club preps for next big conference

(From left) Grade 11 students Cassandra Campbell, Isha Chemma, Keemia Alizadeh-Borji, Morgana Adby and Christine Camaso are prepping for their next Model UN conference in April. (Katherine Engqvist/News Gazette staff)
School District 62 practices emergency preparedness drills every school year. (Pixabay photo)

SD62 keeps up with emergency preparedness procedures

The preparation for violence threats in schools is similar to fire and earthquake drills

School District 62 practices emergency preparedness drills every school year. (Pixabay photo)
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