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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

 

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

 

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

 

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)
The cast rehearsing the finale of We Will Rock You being performed by students at Edward Milne Community School on April 21 to 23. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Sooke students step on stage for first time since 2019

The last play EMCS musical theatre students performed was in 2019

The cast rehearsing the finale of We Will Rock You being performed by students at Edward Milne Community School on April 21 to 23. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Grade 7 students at Ecole John Stubbs Memorial School in Colwood hold posters and flowers made for a fundraiser for Ukrainian relief efforts. (Courtesy of John Stubbs Memorial School)

Colwood students raise a sweet $4,400 for Ukraine in four days

Campaign has special meaning for those with family still in the embattled country

Grade 7 students at Ecole John Stubbs Memorial School in Colwood hold posters and flowers made for a fundraiser for Ukrainian relief efforts. (Courtesy of John Stubbs Memorial School)
Dominique Jacobs is worried about her daughter, Jade, being bullied in school because she’s Black. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

West Shore moms press for anti-racism bias training in schools

Comments on story of complaint against Sooke School District teacher shock parents

Dominique Jacobs is worried about her daughter, Jade, being bullied in school because she’s Black. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Xyrena Medrano and her dad, material management technician Josh Ofiaza. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Xyrena Medrano and her dad, material management technician Jose Ofiaza. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Crystal View student lands Langford’s highest-ever finish in B.C. Legion contest

Xyrena Medrano, 8, was inspired by her father’s role in the Canadian military

Xyrena Medrano and her dad, material management technician Josh Ofiaza. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Xyrena Medrano and her dad, material management technician Jose Ofiaza. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
A complaint has been filed against a Sooke School District teacher about the reading aloud of a derogatory word contained in a novel aimed at young readers, during Black History Month in February. (Black Press Media file photo)

Complaint filed against Sooke School District teacher for reading ‘derogatory word’ aloud

Verbatim reading was from widely-used book; SD62 crafts plan to help ‘unlearn unconscious bias’

A complaint has been filed against a Sooke School District teacher about the reading aloud of a derogatory word contained in a novel aimed at young readers, during Black History Month in February. (Black Press Media file photo)
Beatrice Carnell (red shoes) wrestling in a competition. Carnell only started wrestling in November of last year. (Courtesy of Steve Rennalls)

Greater Victoria wrestling program rebuilding after quiet years

Starting in November two students won 1st place at the Island Championships in February

Beatrice Carnell (red shoes) wrestling in a competition. Carnell only started wrestling in November of last year. (Courtesy of Steve Rennalls)
Students will learn bouldering techinques three times a week at the BoulderHouse in Langford. (Courtesy of SD62)

SD62 holding class on a climbing wall

Lessons will be hosted three times a week at the BoulderHouse in Langford

Students will learn bouldering techinques three times a week at the BoulderHouse in Langford. (Courtesy of SD62)
The Sooke School District 62 said provincial guidelines don’t require them to upgrade the ventilation systems to MERV 13, despite claims made by the Sooke Teacher’s Association last week. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Sooke School District addresses teachers’ substandard ventilation claim

Given choice, SD62 opted to improve air change in schools rather than install finer filters

The Sooke School District 62 said provincial guidelines don’t require them to upgrade the ventilation systems to MERV 13, despite claims made by the Sooke Teacher’s Association last week. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Sooke School District board chair Ravi Parmar announced a vaccine mandate for new SD62 hires in December, and followed that up Monday (Jan. 31) with an announcement that a full-staff mandate would be put in place as of March 7. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sooke School District declares vaccine mandate for all staff

SD62 started preparing for mandate in December, staff have until March 7 to comply

Sooke School District board chair Ravi Parmar announced a vaccine mandate for new SD62 hires in December, and followed that up Monday (Jan. 31) with an announcement that a full-staff mandate would be put in place as of March 7. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sooke School District 62 is asking the province for funding to conduct seismic upgrades at several of its Sooke and Port Renfrew schools. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Sooke School District seeking funds for seismic upgrades

The district has asked the province for funding

Sooke School District 62 is asking the province for funding to conduct seismic upgrades at several of its Sooke and Port Renfrew schools. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Tristan (left) and Max with mom Allison, who set up a home school when she felt her boys weren’t getting the support they needed in the public school system. (Photo submitted)

Langford mom starts own school amid lack of support for neurodivergent sons

Initially supported by multiple families, mother of two sons on autism spectrum foots bill herself

Tristan (left) and Max with mom Allison, who set up a home school when she felt her boys weren’t getting the support they needed in the public school system. (Photo submitted)