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April 4

Daily News - April 4


Tuesday April 4, 2023



Presentation Follow-up – April 5

A reminder to all grade 9 and 10 students:  our guest speaker that visited Claremont just before the break, Doctor Gunderson, will be here in the theatre TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) at lunchtime, if anyone would like to speak with her further regarding the information contained in her presentation, "A Look At Racism in Our Community."  This is an opportunity to engage in more in-depth discussion; feel free to drop-in Wednesday at lunch if you are interested!


Lost & Found

Two Invisalign mouth retainers, a pair of eye glasses with purple frames, and a silver-tone ring were found yesterday. Please come to the office to claim them.


Semester 1 FoodSafe Certificates

If you went through FoodSafe training last semester with Ms. Robertson, Mr. Harper or

Mr. Bowd, please come to the Foods office to collect your FoodSafe certificate.


Bus #11: Change in Departure Time After School

Reminder for all students who ride bus #11 in the afternoons: starting this week, Bus #11 will leave Claremont earlier (at 3:30) on WEDNESDAYS and FRIDAYS. If you have any questions, please ask the driver.


Spartan Element Winners - March

We are very excited to announce our March Element Winners!  Congratulations to Tereza FUCIKOVA from the Fire Element, Osman KALAY & Conor DILLON from the Earth Element, Quinn McCOY from the Water Element, and Cooper ALEXANDER  from the Air Element. Each of these students have gone above and beyond in a variety of ways to showcase their Spartan spirit. This month:

Tereza is being acknowledged for overall kindness and inclusivity. 

Osman is nominated for his role in the International Program and volunteerism.

Quinn and Conor are nominated for achieving Team BC Bronze Level Carding in rowing!

Cooper is nominated for the kindness he shows others in class as well as his involvement in the new recycling program at Claremont.

Keep up the good work students. Way to go SPARTANS!!!


Encourage kids to READ

Come to the Learning Commons, grab a bookmark and colour them - then we'll send them to Lochside and Cordova Bay Elementary students. Choose from a variety of designs.


After School Homework Club

For all students who would like extra help in academic classes, help from Education Assistants is available four days a week (MONDAY-THURSDAY) for one hour after school in room 235. All academic subjects are welcome, but especially if you are struggling in Math & Science. This is open to all students in all grades.



Choir Rehearsals

Reminder to all Choir members to rehearse at lunch TODAY.




On the last Friday before Spring Break, Claremont took 4 rugby teams to the Westshore Sevens Tournament.  All of our teams played strong and made the finals. The results were:

Senior Boys - Gold

Senior Girls - Gold

Junior Boys - Silver

Junior Girls – Silver

Go Spartans!!



TODAY is the last chance to sign up to participate on the Claremont Tennis Team.  All interested players, please see Mr. Gardner TODAY at lunch in room 327.



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¬ GRAD 2023

Mandatory Grad Assembly – April 13

This is an early reminder that all grade 12's are required to attend a grad assembly on THURSDAY April 13 in block 1. Mark your calendars!!  This assembly will provide all details about graduation: how to know if you are eligible to cross the stage, criteria for completion of courses at SIDES or ILC, grad ceremony, grad dinner/dance, how to get TICKETS (and how many tickets), deadlines, plus you will be provided with all of the necessary paperwork. If you have a spare or if you are not usually at Claremont for block 1, please make arrangements to attend this important assembly.


Grad Fundraising Flower Baskets Ends TODAY At Noon!

Order beautiful baskets from Hilltop Nursey and support grads at the same time. 

Orders and payments for families with a student at Claremont can be made through the online payment system on the District website at  

For people wishing to support this fundraiser who do not have children at Claremont, please use this LINK  for online ordering. For assistance with orders and payment, please contact Belinda Waller at (250) 658-6672.

Baskets and planters will be delivered directly to the school and available for pick up on WEDNESDAY, May 10th from 3:00 – 4:30 pm in the staff parking lot behind the gym.


Grad Fundraiser:  Ongoing Bottle Drive

An easy way to support the 2023 Grad Class is by donating empty bottles and beverage containers throughout the school year until June at the Bottle Depot location at Glanford/Quadra.  Account name is “Claremont Grad 2023.” Thank you for supporting the grad class of 2023.



Women in Trades & Technology – April 20

Students, find out about trades and tech opportunities by joining in on Camosun's Women in Trades and Technology Exploration Day!  This interactive event runs on THURSDAY, April 20th from 9:30-2:15.  Deadline to sign up: FRIDAY, April 14.  See Mr. Bussoli in Block 3 or 4, (room 217) for more info and to sign up.


Island Camp Ignite: July 7-9

Island Ignite Camp is happening this summer in Victoria, July 7-9th!  This FREE camp is an amazing mentorship opportunity for young women (grades 11 & 12), regardless if they are interested in a career in emergency services, or not.  The program focuses on challenging and empowering participants with team building activities and fire ground tasks, skills and drills, led by an amazing group of volunteers from across the fire-fighting service. Applications are due May 1st.  Applications are available on the website -


SD63 Hairstylist Program

Did you know School District 63 has its own Hair Salon?  You can book your haircuts, styles, and scalp massages starting on April 11, at Studio 63, where students from the SD63/VIU Hairstylist Program perform their skills and services.  For more information, see Mrs. Watson in room 222 or email her at  Please see Mr. Bussoli if you're interested in enrolling in the Hairstylist Program.  Studio info.


Job Opportunities

Local book publisher, Robert Thomson (of Godwin Books), is looking for a student with computer skills to help with formatting his next book. This is a paid position, and the work could be done at the public library or other computer desks.  For more information, see Mrs. Watson in room 222 or email her at


Mt. Douglas Golf Course is hiring for summer employment for a groundskeeper/gardener!  Work can start as soon as possible, but the main hours will be in the summer (20-40 hours per week).  See Mrs. Watson in room 222 or email her for more information.  HERE are a few more details.


Student Volunteer Opportunities

Here is a last-minute FUN volunteering opportunity!  Remax/Neal Estate is looking for volunteers to help at their 24th annual Easter Egg Hunt with hiding eggs, face painting, cupcake decorating, and other fun Easter activities.  All proceeds go to BC Children's Hospital.  The Egg Hunt is THIS SATURDAY, April 8, 9:30-12:00 @ Elk/Beaver Lake.  See Mrs. Watson in room 222 or email her at for more info.


Would you be interested in gaining work experience related to website design, facebook management, and creating content regarding community news? The Cordova Bay Area Association is looking for a volunteer (with possibly a future as a paid job), for their newsletter, ‘The Cordovan’.  See Mrs. Watson in room 222 or email her at for more information.


Sports for Kids is a before-school sports program created by former Claremont students. A volunteer’s role is to help teach kids ages 5-10 how to play sports and gym games. The program will begin mid-April, running on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30am to 8:30am, at Lochside Elementary.  For more information, see Mrs. Watson in room 222 or email her at


30 Hours of Work Experience/Volunteering

30 Hours of Work Experience OR Volunteering are required for Graduation. Hours can be counted from any grade. See Mrs. Watson in room 222 to find out how to confirm your 30 hours. If you're not working, there are lots of ideas for looking into Volunteerism.  You can discuss ideas with Mrs. Watson and she can point out a list of possibilities, such as:

School District 63 Careers Website:

Volunteer Victoria:

Beacon Community Services:

Saanich Volunteer Opportunities (via the District of Saanich): Website

Spring Break/Summer Camps

Pet Care/Dog Walking

Key Club: See Ms. Pang and/or Ms. Wadsworth

Your Church/Temple

Local Food Bank/Shelter


Retirement Homes/Senior Centres

Seasonal Events

Your local Neighbourhood House

Invasive Plant Removal or other garden/yard help (in your area trails/parks/neighbours)

Personal Training/Sport Coaching

"Meaningful Project" or Entrepreneurial Project

Other ideas?


Summer Employment with Saanich School District

Grade 12 Students: The Saanich School District #63 will be hiring summer staff in the Custodial Department!  Full-time, union positions will be available from the end of June until end of August, with the opportunity for continuing employment.  Earn competitive wages vs. minimum wage.  You must have your own transportation, and you must be a graduate by the end of June. For more information, see Mrs. Watson in office 222, or email her at



COPACS - is seeking a Vice President next year (Sept 2023-June 2024)

The COPACS Vice Presidents support the President. In practice, this means: attending general and executive meetings; liaising with PACs and their voting delegates (i.e. you folks); liaising with education partners; supporting COPACS committees; and taking on other tasks delegated by our esteemed President. The time commitment isn't huge and can be shaped to your availability. If you would like to know more about the executive positions, please reach out to


Join the CPAC Exec Team

We are starting to look ahead to the next school year. If you’re interested in joining the CPAC Exec, please reach out to our team!  A few Exec team members will be leaving this year as their grade 12 kids graduate, so we welcome new team members. During the school year, CPAC Exec holds a parent meeting once a month except for December and March. We’d like to hold the AGM this year in May.

Email us at if you’re interested.


PAC Fundraiser: Country Grocer Receipts

Here is an easy way to support your PAC year-round. Save your Country Grocer receipts and bring them to the school front office. We appreciate your participation in this fundraiser which will benefit our school community with up to $2000 in grocery gift cards.



Peninsula Youth Clinic

The Peninsula Youth Clinic is located at 2379 Bevan Avenue in Sidney and is open every THURSDAY from 5:30-7:30pm for help with any medical concern (physical, mental, and sexual health). Call 250-656-4143 to make an appointment with a physician or counsellor.  Services are 100% free, confidential, and explicitly inclusive of all genders and sexualities!


A copy of the announcements is posted on the wall outside of the main office door.