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Sooke School District students who go on trips abroad won’t be able to return to the classroom for 14 days after their return. (Black Press Media file photo)

No virtual learning for SD62 unvaccinated students isolating after international travel

Sooke School District recommends making arrangements with teachers before travelling

 

Teachers Gillian Le Rose and Rick Fabris hold a canoe that’s part of a unique reconciliation project at Westshore Colwood School. (Photo courtesy of Sooke School District)

Colwood school, Sooke School District promote healing, reconciliation education

Unique canoe project sees students paddle together

 

A single mom in Sooke is frustrated with the Sooke School District’s new catchment-only bus strategy. (Black Press Media file photo)

School bus priority change leaves working single mom in Sooke without options

‘My oldest kid literally passes Sooke Elementary on her way to EMCS:’ Tania Phillips

  • Sep 8, 2021

 

Principal Mike Bobbitt is thrilled to be back in the thick of things at Edward Milne Community School, such as in the garden where a wily gardener can spot hops, persimmon, corn, potatoes and quince. And that’s just in this photo. (Zoe Ducklow - Sooke News Mirror)

Former Sooke teacher and vice-principal returns to EMCS bursting with excitement

Mike Bobbitt got promoted and sent back to his first school

Principal Mike Bobbitt is thrilled to be back in the thick of things at Edward Milne Community School, such as in the garden where a wily gardener can spot hops, persimmon, corn, potatoes and quince. And that’s just in this photo. (Zoe Ducklow - Sooke News Mirror)
A change in Sooke School District bus services is leaving kids who go to school out of their catchment areas in limbo for at least the first month. (File - Black Press Media)

Out-of-catchment bus change leaving parents scrambling in Sooke, West Shore

Students who choose schools out of their catchment might not get a ride this year

A change in Sooke School District bus services is leaving kids who go to school out of their catchment areas in limbo for at least the first month. (File - Black Press Media)
Sooke School District superintendent Scott Stinson is optimistic about the 2021-22 school year. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sooke School District superintendent Scott Stinson is optimistic about the 2021-22 school year. (Black Press Media file photo)
With no word from the province on how schools will handle COVID-19 health protocols this year in the midst of increasing case numbers, some Greater Victoria teachers and parents are feeling anxious about the return. (Black Press Media file photo)

Back to school: Greater Victoria parents, teachers concerned with lack of COVID-19 plan

No cohorts, masks not mandatory; existing scenario making people nervous

With no word from the province on how schools will handle COVID-19 health protocols this year in the midst of increasing case numbers, some Greater Victoria teachers and parents are feeling anxious about the return. (Black Press Media file photo)
Royal Bay Secondary School valedictorian Aasmita Sharma has set her sights on pursuing a career in medicine. (Photo contributed by Aasmita Sharma)

A career in medicine beckons for 2021 grad of Royal Bay in Colwood

Aasmita Sharma was inspired by the role modelling of her grandfather in India

Royal Bay Secondary School valedictorian Aasmita Sharma has set her sights on pursuing a career in medicine. (Photo contributed by Aasmita Sharma)
Megan McCool, Indigenous valedictorian for Royal Bay Secondary, plans to work toward a career in theatre. (Photo courtesy of Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreational Council)

Colwood school’s Indigenous valedictorian targets career as a playwright

Megan McCool plans to take a year off before tackling further studies in theatre

Megan McCool, Indigenous valedictorian for Royal Bay Secondary, plans to work toward a career in theatre. (Photo courtesy of Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreational Council)
Belmont Secondary School valedictorian Jack Strom is working toward pursuing a hockey scholarship. (Photo contributed by Jack Strom)

From centre ice to centre stage in Langford

Belmont valedictorian a marks man

Belmont Secondary School valedictorian Jack Strom is working toward pursuing a hockey scholarship. (Photo contributed by Jack Strom)
SD62 has cancelled its buses for the second day in a row Tuesday, as heat warnings continue. (Black Press Media file photo)

SD62 cancels buses on last day of school due to ongoing heat

Heat warning and lack of air conditioning push decision

SD62 has cancelled its buses for the second day in a row Tuesday, as heat warnings continue. (Black Press Media file photo)
Jeannie Chipps is the Indigenous Valedictorian or the graduating class of 2021 at Belmont Secondary School. (Photo contributed by Jeannie Chipps)

Belmont valedictorian embraces inclusive culture

Indigenous valedictorians part of Sooke School District since 2014

Jeannie Chipps is the Indigenous Valedictorian or the graduating class of 2021 at Belmont Secondary School. (Photo contributed by Jeannie Chipps)
No bus service in the Sooke School District on Monday due to heat warning. (Black Press Media file photo)

The wheels on the bus will not go ‘round Monday as SD62 warns about high heat

The buses do not have air-conditioning, and will not transport students June 28

No bus service in the Sooke School District on Monday due to heat warning. (Black Press Media file photo)
Royal Bay Secondary learning commons teacher Tanya Phillips (left), Grade 12 student Izzy Kroll and principal Mike Huck show off their hoodies with the school’s new crest. Behind them is supportive art sent by elementary students in the district after the school’s rainbow crosswalk was vandalized in May. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Royal Bay students embody Colwood school’s new motto: Together We Are More

School crest and motto project led by students, was two years in the making

Royal Bay Secondary learning commons teacher Tanya Phillips (left), Grade 12 student Izzy Kroll and principal Mike Huck show off their hoodies with the school’s new crest. Behind them is supportive art sent by elementary students in the district after the school’s rainbow crosswalk was vandalized in May. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
Crossing guard Sarah Ferrier waves to a bus driver as she guards the crosswalk outside Saseenos Elementary School on March 5. (File - Black Press Media)

Board OK’s $154M budget for Sooke School District

Budget priorities include mental health, early education

Crossing guard Sarah Ferrier waves to a bus driver as she guards the crosswalk outside Saseenos Elementary School on March 5. (File - Black Press Media)
Al Kowalko drives Sooke School District’s first electric bus that began operation in May. The board decided on June 15 that all future buses will be electric, asking the province for more funding to support the program. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Sooke school board agrees to make all future buses electric

Board to ask province to increase funding to cover the extra up front cost

Al Kowalko drives Sooke School District’s first electric bus that began operation in May. The board decided on June 15 that all future buses will be electric, asking the province for more funding to support the program. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
EMCS Concert Band performing last year at Band Fest at the University of Victoria. (Neal Beattie photo)

Sooke youth bands hit high notes at MusicFest

Gold standard music coming out of Sooke schools, according to national judges

EMCS Concert Band performing last year at Band Fest at the University of Victoria. (Neal Beattie photo)
Lake Forgie, left, and Tyson Robinson play Mrs. and Mr. Jabinksy the parents of the groom in Scenes from a Wedding, in which Kinsey D’Archangelo is the bride, Lizzie Wellington. (Zoe Ducklow - Sooke News Mirror)

Lights, camera, COVID compliance

How Sooke high school students staged a musical during a pandemic

Lake Forgie, left, and Tyson Robinson play Mrs. and Mr. Jabinksy the parents of the groom in Scenes from a Wedding, in which Kinsey D’Archangelo is the bride, Lizzie Wellington. (Zoe Ducklow - Sooke News Mirror)
Langford’s Spencer Middle School will receive a $1 million HVAC upgrade as part of the Sooke School District’s $2.5 million in capital funding from the province. (Black Press Media file photo)

West Shore schools to receive infrastructure upgrades

Provincial funding will cover cost of school bus as well as roofing, HVAC improvements

Langford’s Spencer Middle School will receive a $1 million HVAC upgrade as part of the Sooke School District’s $2.5 million in capital funding from the province. (Black Press Media file photo)
Colwood’s Royal Bay Secondary School. SD62 has entered into an agreement with Colwood, Langford and Sooke to improve community planning for shared-use facilities. (Black Press Media file photo)

SD62, Langford, Colwood and Sooke work towards expanded development

Agreement will increase collaboration between the school district and municipalities on public works

Colwood’s Royal Bay Secondary School. SD62 has entered into an agreement with Colwood, Langford and Sooke to improve community planning for shared-use facilities. (Black Press Media file photo)