SD62

The Sooke School District sent a letter to parents Friday about a possible child abduction attempt. (iStock photo)
The Sooke School District sent a letter to parents Friday about a possible child abduction attempt. (iStock photo)
Two new faces on the Sooke School Board

Two new faces on the Sooke School Board

Bob Beckett and Allison Watson become SD62 trustees

Two new faces on the Sooke School Board
Officials, members of the community and Colwood Elementary School students gathered at Colwood Elementary School to celebrate the Sway Fun, a piece of playground equipment that is accessible for people in wheelchairs. (Lindsey Horsting/News staff)

Colwood Elementary gets new inclusive and accessible playground equipment

Parks and playgrounds on the West Shore have equipment for everyone

Officials, members of the community and Colwood Elementary School students gathered at Colwood Elementary School to celebrate the Sway Fun, a piece of playground equipment that is accessible for people in wheelchairs. (Lindsey Horsting/News staff)
The portable at Wishart Elementary school is one of five new ones being installed throughout the Sooke School District to accommodate the influx of students. A portable has already been installed at David Cameron Elementary school, and two new portables will be installed in the coming weeks at Belmont Secondary and Journey Middle school in Sooke. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)

New portables installed throughout SD62

District says portables just temporary solutions

  • Aug 9, 2018
The portable at Wishart Elementary school is one of five new ones being installed throughout the Sooke School District to accommodate the influx of students. A portable has already been installed at David Cameron Elementary school, and two new portables will be installed in the coming weeks at Belmont Secondary and Journey Middle school in Sooke. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)
Sooke School District superintendent Jim Cambridge has led the district through a period of unprecedented growth. After 36 years with the school district, Cambridge will be hanging up his hat in August. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)

SD62 superintendent bids farewell

After 36 years, Jim Cambridge to hang up his hat

Sooke School District superintendent Jim Cambridge has led the district through a period of unprecedented growth. After 36 years with the school district, Cambridge will be hanging up his hat in August. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)
David Cameron Elementary school, along side Wishart elementary, Belmont Secondary and Journey Middle school in Sooke will be getting new portables, which will be ready for use in September. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)

Sooke School District braces for influx of new students

Five portables to be added at Belmont, Wishart, David Cameron and Journey

David Cameron Elementary school, along side Wishart elementary, Belmont Secondary and Journey Middle school in Sooke will be getting new portables, which will be ready for use in September. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)
West Shore students said they would talk to their parents about marijuana but not necessarily other drugs. (Pexels stock photo)

Drug Use: High school students comfortable talking about marijuana but not other drugs

Teens not always willing to make the first move to get help

West Shore students said they would talk to their parents about marijuana but not necessarily other drugs. (Pexels stock photo)
Premiere John Horgan stopped at Lakewood Elementary to make an announcement for land purchase of a site that will benefit future students of Langford. (Lindsey Horsting/News Gazette staff)

Land purchased for new elementary school in north Langford

John Horgan and Rob Fleming make announcement

Premiere John Horgan stopped at Lakewood Elementary to make an announcement for land purchase of a site that will benefit future students of Langford. (Lindsey Horsting/News Gazette staff)
MUSIC MONDAY                                Students in the Sooke School District play the ukelele at The Q Centre in Colwood as part of Music Monday earlier this week. Roughly 2,300 SD62 students filled the arena to sing songs with communities across the country as a way to celebrate music in schools. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)

WATCH: Students celebrate Music Monday

More than 2,300 students filled The Q Centre yesterday

MUSIC MONDAY                                Students in the Sooke School District play the ukelele at The Q Centre in Colwood as part of Music Monday earlier this week. Roughly 2,300 SD62 students filled the arena to sing songs with communities across the country as a way to celebrate music in schools. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)
Some schools in SD62 do not have basic emergency supplies for major earthquakes or other serious incidents. (Pixabay photo)

Some SD62 schools without emergency supplies

PACs want province to step up with funding

Some schools in SD62 do not have basic emergency supplies for major earthquakes or other serious incidents. (Pixabay photo)
Major expansion coming to Royal Bay Secondary

Major expansion coming to Royal Bay Secondary

Province will build space for 600 more students on same site

Major expansion coming to Royal Bay Secondary
School District 62 practices emergency preparedness drills every school year. (Pixabay photo)

SD62 keeps up with emergency preparedness procedures

The preparation for violence threats in schools is similar to fire and earthquake drills

School District 62 practices emergency preparedness drills every school year. (Pixabay photo)
Currently, there are 25 students on the wait list for Ecole John Stubbs and there are 158 students registered for French immersion kindergarten in the Sooke School District. (iStock photo)

French immersion programs ‘overcrowded’ in SD62

School district continues to juggle issues of enrolment

Currently, there are 25 students on the wait list for Ecole John Stubbs and there are 158 students registered for French immersion kindergarten in the Sooke School District. (iStock photo)
Kindergarten registration down in Sooke School District

Kindergarten registration down in Sooke School District

Numbers down slightly compared to 2017 but still early

Kindergarten registration down in Sooke School District
Two new schools coming to Sooke School District

Two new schools coming to Sooke School District

Province provides $23.3 million for land purchase in Langford

Two new schools coming to Sooke School District
Volunteers Carly Groot (left) and Wendy Sneddon, stop for a quick photo before readying a tree for another customer during the Westshore Centre for Learning’s Christmas Tree Fundraiser. This year’s fundraiser runs from Dec. 1 to 17. (Photo contributed)

Westshore Centre tree fundraiser supports local students

Fundraiser helps Grade 12s attend graduation

Volunteers Carly Groot (left) and Wendy Sneddon, stop for a quick photo before readying a tree for another customer during the Westshore Centre for Learning’s Christmas Tree Fundraiser. This year’s fundraiser runs from Dec. 1 to 17. (Photo contributed)
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)
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