SD62

Due to construction delays, Centre Mountain Lellum Middle School won’t open in time for the new school year. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

New Langford middle school opening pushed back to November

Students will instead start the school year at other schools

 

Greater Victoria communities want SD61 to use municipal funds for crosswalk programs. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria councils push to fund SD61 crossing guards as absence looms

Crossing guard association folding in June makes September return uncertain

 

Spencer Middle School in Langford is part of SD62. (Black Press Media file photo)

West Shore parents forced to settle for vouchers for cancelled 2020 school trip

Parents refunded $1,600 of the $2,900 spent for Spencer Middle School students’ trip to Disneyland

 

Sooke School District superintendent Scott Stinson (from left), Beecher Bay First Nation Chief Russ Chipps, Songhees First Nation elder Butch Dick, and SD62 trustee Ravi Parmar, broke ground on two new Langford schools in November 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)

SD62 capital plan includes seismic upgrades for Port Renfrew, 3 new West Shore schools

Upgrades will cut down on 3-hour bus rides for Port Renfrew students

Sooke School District superintendent Scott Stinson (from left), Beecher Bay First Nation Chief Russ Chipps, Songhees First Nation elder Butch Dick, and SD62 trustee Ravi Parmar, broke ground on two new Langford schools in November 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)
A letter sent to parents of students at Dunsmuir Middle School said police visited a student’s home and a BB gun was turned in following a safety tip made to the school. (Google Streetview/Screenshot)

BB gun turned in after Colwood school receives safety tip

RCMP visited a student’s home where the BB gun was turned in

A letter sent to parents of students at Dunsmuir Middle School said police visited a student’s home and a BB gun was turned in following a safety tip made to the school. (Google Streetview/Screenshot)
The Sooke School District 62 sent out to an email to parents warning them their children could be prevented from enrolling in school if they regularly miss class to go to private learning during school hours. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Parents sending kids to private lessons during school hours risk future enrolment, SD62 says

School district said repeat absences becoming a problem among middle school students

The Sooke School District 62 sent out to an email to parents warning them their children could be prevented from enrolling in school if they regularly miss class to go to private learning during school hours. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Hudson and Kristina Judas outside their home on the Royal Roads campus in Colwood. Hudson was struck by a car while walking off his bus on campus. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Colwood mom raises alarm over inaction by bus driver, school district after son hit by SUV

Kristina Judas is concerned by a lack of action by a school bus driver after the incident

Hudson and Kristina Judas outside their home on the Royal Roads campus in Colwood. Hudson was struck by a car while walking off his bus on campus. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
The Sooke School District 62 had to deal with complaints after a teacher read a derogatory word from a book in class. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

In B.C., who chooses what your child reads in class?

The province does the curriculum, district develops guidelines, but teachers choose the resources

The Sooke School District 62 had to deal with complaints after a teacher read a derogatory word from a book in class. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Stavros Chrysoulis, Grade 12, Jay Lausman, Grade 11, Rachel Nordby, Grade 12 are preparing for the year-end concert at Belmont Secondary School. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

First-time jitters and final hurrahs: Belmont’s year-end concert

Some students have yet to perform in a year-end concert during their time at school

Stavros Chrysoulis, Grade 12, Jay Lausman, Grade 11, Rachel Nordby, Grade 12 are preparing for the year-end concert at Belmont Secondary School. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
A rider makes their way down the trail during the 2022 B.C. School Sports High School Mountain Biking Provincial Championships at the Jordie Lunn Bike Park in Langford on May 27. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: High school mountain bikers flock to Langford trails

Jordie Lunn Bike Park hosts its first provincial championship competition

A rider makes their way down the trail during the 2022 B.C. School Sports High School Mountain Biking Provincial Championships at the Jordie Lunn Bike Park in Langford on May 27. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Dunsmuir middle school teacher Sue Duvall organized a 1950s themed car show for the school May 26 as part of her class project on novel The Outsiders, and as a last hurrah before her retirement at the end of the school year. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Retiring middle school teacher in Colwood gives Dunsmuir the ‘50s treatment

Event part of students’ book study and helps mark teacher Sue Duvall’s retirement

Dunsmuir middle school teacher Sue Duvall organized a 1950s themed car show for the school May 26 as part of her class project on novel The Outsiders, and as a last hurrah before her retirement at the end of the school year. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
During a Thursday (May 19) planting blitz, a student from Eagleview elementary helps take a riparian plant out of its pot to plant it on the hillside near Craigflower Creek in View Royal. The creek is being realigned to run behind the new BC Transit handyDART centre. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

PHOTOS: New handyDART centre in View Royal tackling bus capacity, creek challenges

Eagleview elementary students help plant greenery along realigned Craigflower Creek

During a Thursday (May 19) planting blitz, a student from Eagleview elementary helps take a riparian plant out of its pot to plant it on the hillside near Craigflower Creek in View Royal. The creek is being realigned to run behind the new BC Transit handyDART centre. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Riota Vangenne, a Grade 12 student at Royal Bay Secondary, demonstrates a rocket stove he built in welding class. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

New welding equipment at Colwood, Sooke high schools part of SD62 trades training

CWB Welding Foundation grant purchases equipment for Royal Bay, Edward Milne

Riota Vangenne, a Grade 12 student at Royal Bay Secondary, demonstrates a rocket stove he built in welding class. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Megan Omran and Ariah Cummings (right) have each been named winners of $40,000 scholarships from the Cmolik Foundation. (Courtesy of the Cmolik Foundation)

Belmont students win $40K scholarships

Award goes to students for achievements in overcoming adversity and excelling in their studies

Megan Omran and Ariah Cummings (right) have each been named winners of $40,000 scholarships from the Cmolik Foundation. (Courtesy of the Cmolik Foundation)
Lorraine Van Dyk has been a part of the Sooke Sports Council, which organizes sports activities for Grade 2 to 5 students at SD62 schools, for 33 years. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Retirement won’t slow down Sooke Sports Council president

Lorraine Van Dyk has been organizing community sporting events for 33 years

Lorraine Van Dyk has been a part of the Sooke Sports Council, which organizes sports activities for Grade 2 to 5 students at SD62 schools, for 33 years. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
The Sooke School District has announced Beacon Community Services will be providing childcare services at the soon to open Pexsisen Elementary School in Langford with 10 per cent of spaces reserved for district staff. (Black Press Media file photo)

Childcare provider announced for new Langford elementary school

Beacon Community Services will provide services at Pexsisen Elementary School

The Sooke School District has announced Beacon Community Services will be providing childcare services at the soon to open Pexsisen Elementary School in Langford with 10 per cent of spaces reserved for district staff. (Black Press Media file photo)
Langford firefighters stop by Happy Valley Elementary to surprise provincial contest winners Willa Roueche (left) and Tova Maguire. (Courtesy of Sooke School District)

Langford firefighters surprise Happy Valley Elementary students

Willa Roueche, Tova Maguire honoured in provincial fire prevention poster contest

Langford firefighters stop by Happy Valley Elementary to surprise provincial contest winners Willa Roueche (left) and Tova Maguire. (Courtesy of Sooke School District)
Dunsmuir middle school Grade 8 students Taylor Funk and Avery Snook are being praised after turning in a diamond ring they found last month, in the hope it could be reunited with its rightful owner. (Photo courtesy of Dunsmuir middle school)

B.C. teens sparkle after finding ring with multiple diamonds on their way to school

Two Vancouver Island middle school students found the ring on their way to school last month

Dunsmuir middle school Grade 8 students Taylor Funk and Avery Snook are being praised after turning in a diamond ring they found last month, in the hope it could be reunited with its rightful owner. (Photo courtesy of Dunsmuir middle school)
Dunsmuir middle school Grade 8 students Taylor Funk and Avery Snook are being praised after turning in a diamond ring they found last month, in the hope it could be reunited with its rightful owner. (Photo courtesy of Dunsmuir middle school)

Colwood students praised after turning in lost diamond ring

Dunsmuir middle school Grade 8 students found the ring on their way to school last month

Dunsmuir middle school Grade 8 students Taylor Funk and Avery Snook are being praised after turning in a diamond ring they found last month, in the hope it could be reunited with its rightful owner. (Photo courtesy of Dunsmuir middle school)
Sooke School District board chair Ravi Parmar said systemic racism continues to exist in the district and the wider community, and acknowledged more must be done to make SD62 more diverse and inclusive. (Photo courtesy Ravi Parmar)

Sooke School District board chair commits to end systemic racism in schools

But Ravi Parmar says mandatory anti-racism training, curriculum changes up to province

Sooke School District board chair Ravi Parmar said systemic racism continues to exist in the district and the wider community, and acknowledged more must be done to make SD62 more diverse and inclusive. (Photo courtesy Ravi Parmar)