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The addition of portables at several sites in the Sooke School District has prompted SD62 to add custodians. Another district in the region has cut back on cleaning services. (Gazette file photo)

Unlike other districts, SD62 not cutting back on carpet cleaning

Sooke School District adds more custodians because of portables

  • Nov 19, 2017
The addition of portables at several sites in the Sooke School District has prompted SD62 to add custodians. Another district in the region has cut back on cleaning services. (Gazette file photo)
The Sooke School District is currently waiting on word from the province’s treasury board to approve or deny funding for the expansion of Royal Bay Secondary school. If approved, the district said shovels would be in the ground at the end of 2018. (Gazette file photo)

Royal Bay expansion could begin as early as next year

District waiting on provincial approval for between $15 to $25 million in capital funding

The Sooke School District is currently waiting on word from the province’s treasury board to approve or deny funding for the expansion of Royal Bay Secondary school. If approved, the district said shovels would be in the ground at the end of 2018. (Gazette file photo)
Trudy Court, library assistant at Belmont Secondary school, shows off the Victory Medal. The medal was found by a Sooke resident years ago and now Court hopes to find the owner of the long-lost World War One medal.                                (Kendra Wong                                /News Gazette staff)

Belmont High School seeks owner of long-lost medal

Victory medal belongs to a Pt. G.A. Doty who served in WWI

Trudy Court, library assistant at Belmont Secondary school, shows off the Victory Medal. The medal was found by a Sooke resident years ago and now Court hopes to find the owner of the long-lost World War One medal.                                (Kendra Wong                                /News Gazette staff)
Belmont Secondary principal Ray Miller is set to retire at the end of this year. Rounding out years in the school system, Miller was also the recipient of an outstanding administrator award from the B.C. Music Educator’s Association. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)

Belmont Secondary principal getting set to retire at end of year

Ray Miller is also the recipient of an outstanding administrator award

Belmont Secondary principal Ray Miller is set to retire at the end of this year. Rounding out years in the school system, Miller was also the recipient of an outstanding administrator award from the B.C. Music Educator’s Association. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)
Grade 12 Belmont Secondary student Benjamin Clarke is one of 32 Canadians who have been selected to take part in the RCMP Youth Engagement Week Nov. 6 to 10 in Regina. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)

Langford teen to experience life as RCMP officer

Benjamin Clarke will take part in youth engagement week Nov. 6 to 10

Grade 12 Belmont Secondary student Benjamin Clarke is one of 32 Canadians who have been selected to take part in the RCMP Youth Engagement Week Nov. 6 to 10 in Regina. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)
Belmont students help runner in distress

Belmont students help runner in distress

Sacha Watson-Deegan and Wilma Heitmann received a DNF for the race

Belmont students help runner in distress
Hundreds of French books coming to Millstream Elementary

Hundreds of French books coming to Millstream Elementary

Government awards Sooke School District $16,000 grant

Hundreds of French books coming to Millstream Elementary
Dunsmuir Middle School teacher Jordan Whyte prepares the student-built rocket for launch at the Allandale Gravel Quarry Monday afternoon. The class launched two rockets that reached 2,500 and 3,000 feet high and peak speeds of roughly 1,200 kilometres an hour, before eventually crashing down to the ground. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)

Dunsmuir students get out-of-this-world experience

Grade 7s launch rockets, reaching speeds of 1,200 km/hr

Dunsmuir Middle School teacher Jordan Whyte prepares the student-built rocket for launch at the Allandale Gravel Quarry Monday afternoon. The class launched two rockets that reached 2,500 and 3,000 feet high and peak speeds of roughly 1,200 kilometres an hour, before eventually crashing down to the ground. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)
The Belmont senior girls volleyball team continued their tournament dominance with undefeated wins at Vancouver Island Univeristy and the Camosun college tournament. (Photo courtesy of Dean Purdy)

Belmont volleyball teams continue to impress

Senior girls recently captured triple crown by winning UBC, VIU and Camosun College tournaments

The Belmont senior girls volleyball team continued their tournament dominance with undefeated wins at Vancouver Island Univeristy and the Camosun college tournament. (Photo courtesy of Dean Purdy)
Royal Bay Secondary students walk up a path on their way to the high school Wednesday morning. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)

Royal Bay releases map to encourage alternative modes of transporation

Officials hope map will help ease congestion in area

Royal Bay Secondary students walk up a path on their way to the high school Wednesday morning. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)
Belinda LeBlanc announces one of the winners at the Langford Legion’s Easter meat draw. Proceeds from the draw go into the Legion’s gaming fund, which is distributed to support youth cadet programs, local schools, and other groups. (Gazette file photo)

Langford Legion gives back to local schools

Ruth King and Savory receive funds for supplies

Belinda LeBlanc announces one of the winners at the Langford Legion’s Easter meat draw. Proceeds from the draw go into the Legion’s gaming fund, which is distributed to support youth cadet programs, local schools, and other groups. (Gazette file photo)
The Sooke School District saw roughly 340 new students this year. (Stock photo)

Sooke School District sees more than 300 new students

Numbers are on track with district’s long-range facilities plan

The Sooke School District saw roughly 340 new students this year. (Stock photo)
Led by principal Mark Kaercher, who had the hair on his legs removed, several staff members and students had their locks chopped off by a team of stylists from Kharma Design Studio. (Video courtesy of Kharma Design Studio)

WATCH: Ruth King students and staff raise awareness for childhood cancer

Langford elementary school donates hair

  • Oct 5, 2017
Led by principal Mark Kaercher, who had the hair on his legs removed, several staff members and students had their locks chopped off by a team of stylists from Kharma Design Studio. (Video courtesy of Kharma Design Studio)
West Shore RCMP Cpl. Sean French ‘arrested’ SD62 superintendent Jim Cambridge as part of the Cops for Cancer Jail and Bail fundraiser. (Katherine Engqvist/News Gazette staff)

SD62 superintendent and View Royal mayor thrown in the slammer

Cops for Cancer Jail and Bail fundraiser takes place today at Hillside Shopping Centre

West Shore RCMP Cpl. Sean French ‘arrested’ SD62 superintendent Jim Cambridge as part of the Cops for Cancer Jail and Bail fundraiser. (Katherine Engqvist/News Gazette staff)
The Sooke School District may look to sell the Metchosin School, which now hosts community arts and seniors groups. (Gazette file photo)

Residents in favour of Metchosin school purchase

Negotiations still ongoing between municipality, school district to purchase elementary school

The Sooke School District may look to sell the Metchosin School, which now hosts community arts and seniors groups. (Gazette file photo)
Two West Shore residents are trying to teach your kids how to be safe online. (Pixabay)

Have you talked to your kids about staying safe online?

Local social media expert offers tips on teaching children to become good digital citizens

Two West Shore residents are trying to teach your kids how to be safe online. (Pixabay)
(Black Press file photo)

West Shore learning centres on flexibility

Cultural focus a key element in programming

  • Sep 10, 2017
(Black Press file photo)
Teachers are using technology to update parents on their child’s progress throughout the year. (Pixabay)

Tech used to track West Shore students’ progress

More teachers turning to software to update parents

Teachers are using technology to update parents on their child’s progress throughout the year. (Pixabay)
Andrea Brown was recently awarded one of two 2017 Canadian Parents for French B.C. & Yukon teacher awards, valued at $2,000. Contributed photo                                Andrea Brown was recently awarded one of two 2017 Canadian Parents for French B.C. & Yukon teacher awards, valued at $2,000. (Contributed photo)

Former Colwood resident wins French immersion award

Andrea Brown will be teaching in the Vancouver school system in the fall.

Andrea Brown was recently awarded one of two 2017 Canadian Parents for French B.C. & Yukon teacher awards, valued at $2,000. Contributed photo                                Andrea Brown was recently awarded one of two 2017 Canadian Parents for French B.C. & Yukon teacher awards, valued at $2,000. (Contributed photo)
From left, Fiona Black, Grade 6 late French Immersion qualifier; Mataya Dorland-Meagher, Grade 7 late French Immersion qualifier; Linnea Sly, Grade 6 early French Immersion qualifier; Shaan Brar, Grade 8 French Immersion qualifier; Emily Priebe, Grade 7 early French Immersion qualifier, show off their medals won during a concours competition. (Photo courtesy of Canadian Parents for French Sooke District Chapter)

French Immersion grows at record pace in Sooke School District

The number of students learning French in SD62 continues to increase in leaps and bounds

  • Sep 3, 2017
From left, Fiona Black, Grade 6 late French Immersion qualifier; Mataya Dorland-Meagher, Grade 7 late French Immersion qualifier; Linnea Sly, Grade 6 early French Immersion qualifier; Shaan Brar, Grade 8 French Immersion qualifier; Emily Priebe, Grade 7 early French Immersion qualifier, show off their medals won during a concours competition. (Photo courtesy of Canadian Parents for French Sooke District Chapter)
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