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School buses in the Sooke School District are cleaned twice a day as part of SD62’s COVID-19 protocols. (Black Press Media file photo)

COVID protocols working well in SD62

Daily health checks essential to success

School buses in the Sooke School District are cleaned twice a day as part of SD62’s COVID-19 protocols. (Black Press Media file photo)
A new short film festival called MORVENFEST is encouraging B.C. secondary students to step into the world of film during their Christmas break. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

New film festival gives Victoria students exciting opportunity

MORVENFEST is open to all B.C. secondary students over Christmas break

A new short film festival called MORVENFEST is encouraging B.C. secondary students to step into the world of film during their Christmas break. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
NEW CUTLINE SD 62 is considering assessing fees for school bus services.

Students unload the bus heading toward the high school, Jr. high, and intermediate school, classes.

Sooke School District consideres bus fees for students

Public feedback taken now, for consideration in January

NEW CUTLINE SD 62 is considering assessing fees for school bus services.

Students unload the bus heading toward the high school, Jr. high, and intermediate school, classes.
Sooke School District superintendent, Scott Stinson (from left to right), 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 Nov. 5. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Sooke School District breaks ground on two new Langford schools

The middle and elementary schools are expected to open in September 2022

Sooke School District superintendent, Scott Stinson (from left to right), 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 Nov. 5. (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
Royal Bay Secondary School was evacuated Tuesday morning due to a gas smell in the building. Emergency services has been notified. (Black Press Media file photo)

UPDATE: Classes resume at Colwood’s Royal Bay Secondary following brief evacuation

Colwood Fire determine pipes leaking sewage smell Tuesday morning

Royal Bay Secondary School was evacuated Tuesday morning due to a gas smell in the building. Emergency services has been notified. (Black Press Media file photo)
A brief power outage delayed classes at Ecole John Stubbs Monday morning. (Google Maps)
A brief power outage delayed classes at Ecole John Stubbs Monday morning. (Google Maps)
Sooke School District No. 62 superintendent Scott Stinson explains that most block classes at Belmont Secondary will be halved. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

Sooke School District opens conversation on catchment boundary changes

Feedback solicited at virtual town hall Oct. 28

Sooke School District No. 62 superintendent Scott Stinson explains that most block classes at Belmont Secondary will be halved. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
The Sooke School District will be hiring more bus drivers after it was overwhelmed by 450 last-minute bus route registrations before resuming service on Monday. (Black Press Media file photo)

School bus delays after SD62 overwhelmed by last-minute registrations

450 students signed up Friday alone, district to hire more drivers

The Sooke School District will be hiring more bus drivers after it was overwhelmed by 450 last-minute bus route registrations before resuming service on Monday. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sooke School District superintendent Scott Stinson explains most block classes at Belmont Secondary will be halved. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

PHOTOS: An inside look at one of SD62’s schools before students welcomed back

Approximately 1,400 students expected at Belmont Secondary

Sooke School District superintendent Scott Stinson explains most block classes at Belmont Secondary will be halved. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
The Sooke School District has awarded a $55.2 million contract to build two new schools to Farmer Construction Ltd. The 500-seat elementary school and 700-seat middle school are set to be completed by September 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sooke School District announces contractor for two new Langford schools

Farmer Construction Ltd. will utilize SD62 students to work on the $55.2 million project

The Sooke School District has awarded a $55.2 million contract to build two new schools to Farmer Construction Ltd. The 500-seat elementary school and 700-seat middle school are set to be completed by September 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Sooke School District is preparing to welcome back students as 82 per cent of families say they will return to in-class instruction on Sept. 10. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sooke School District to welcome back over 80 per cent of students in-person

82 per cent of families say they will return to in-class instruction on Sept. 10

The Sooke School District is preparing to welcome back students as 82 per cent of families say they will return to in-class instruction on Sept. 10. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sooke School District is asking families of students to fill out two surveys about how they can improve their back-to-school plans before September rolls around. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sooke School District asks families for feedback in back-to-school surveys

Survey asks which back-to-school option parents, students prefer

Sooke School District is asking families of students to fill out two surveys about how they can improve their back-to-school plans before September rolls around. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sooke School District 62 Trustee Ravi Parmar says the district will release plans on Aug. 25 for what students can expect when school re-opens on Sept. 10. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sooke School District set to unveil back-to-school plans on Tuesday

Parents invited to attend online SD62 committee meeting on Aug. 25

Sooke School District 62 Trustee Ravi Parmar says the district will release plans on Aug. 25 for what students can expect when school re-opens on Sept. 10. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sooke School District is set to welcome back all students from kindergarten to Grade 12 on Sept. 8 for the 2020-2021 school year. (File – Press Media)

School district set to welcome back students Sept. 8

‘There’s a lot of anxiety out there for parents,’ says school board chair

Sooke School District is set to welcome back all students from kindergarten to Grade 12 on Sept. 8 for the 2020-2021 school year. (File – Press Media)
The province and the Sooke School District purchased a six-acre plot of land along Latoria Road in south Langford for a new 500-seat elementary school. SD62 Trustee and Board of Education Chair Ravi Parmar said the new school site is welcomed as the neighbourhood expands. (Black Press Media file photo)

Province, SD62 purchase six acres in Langford for new 500-seat elementary school

New school site in south Langford, along Latoria Road

The province and the Sooke School District purchased a six-acre plot of land along Latoria Road in south Langford for a new 500-seat elementary school. SD62 Trustee and Board of Education Chair Ravi Parmar said the new school site is welcomed as the neighbourhood expands. (Black Press Media file photo)
Belmont 2020 graduate, Keagan Tait, moves to Ottawa in August to work as a page in the House of Commons. He’s one of 40 students selected from across the country. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

Belmont grad to work at Ottawa’s House of Commons

Keagan Tait is one of 40 students chosen from across the country

Belmont 2020 graduate, Keagan Tait, moves to Ottawa in August to work as a page in the House of Commons. He’s one of 40 students selected from across the country. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Spencer Middle student Kylee Booth is making free masks for teaching staff and frontline workers on the West Shore. She’s made over 100 masks since March. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

Langford teen sews free masks for middle school staff

Grade 7 student generously makes over 100 masks

Spencer Middle student Kylee Booth is making free masks for teaching staff and frontline workers on the West Shore. She’s made over 100 masks since March. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Grade 3 teacher Michelle Bevan was one of the first staff members that proposed the idea to host a drive-by celebration outside Wishart Elementary. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

Wishart Elementary staff say goodbye to students with drive-by farewell

Car horns, cheers and signs ring in the end of school year

Grade 3 teacher Michelle Bevan was one of the first staff members that proposed the idea to host a drive-by celebration outside Wishart Elementary. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Sooke School District will face a $2 million drop in funding due to lack of international students planning to attend this fall. In a usual year, the school district sees around 300 international students, this fall there are about 60 planning to come. (Twitter/Scott Stinson)

Sooke School District loses $2 million due to lack of international students

Loss of funding not expected to affect classrooms, thanks to reserve funds

Sooke School District will face a $2 million drop in funding due to lack of international students planning to attend this fall. In a usual year, the school district sees around 300 international students, this fall there are about 60 planning to come. (Twitter/Scott Stinson)
Belmont Secondary graduates Jasmyn Loo, Jacklyn Halaburda, Ashley Bilachand Isabella Wheaton celebrate the end of their high school careers. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)

Belmont Secondary grads celebrate the end of high school

Graduating class attends small group ceremonies on June 23 and 24

Belmont Secondary graduates Jasmyn Loo, Jacklyn Halaburda, Ashley Bilachand Isabella Wheaton celebrate the end of their high school careers. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)