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February 28

Daily News - February 28, 2024


Wednesday, February 28, 2024



Spartan Wear

Spartan Wear is on sale now!!  If you would like to buy a Claremont Spartan hoodie,     t-shirt, long-sleeved shirt, sweat pants, or lanyard, please pick up an order form at the Accounting office.  Orders and payments are due to Ms. Waller in the Accounting office by TUESDAY, March 12th.  All sales are pre-order only, and clothing will arrive at school after Spring Break.


Seniors Students Trip to Seattle

For all senior students who are planning to attend the trip to Seattle: please get your application in by TOMORROW (THURSDAY) Feb.29 to Mr. Gardner or Ms. Turnbull.


Pink Shirt Day – TODAY

It is wonderful to see so much pink in the school TODAY.  Thank you, Spartans, for taking part in Pink Shirt Day by wearing and ‘thinking’ pink.  Together, we are proud to raise awareness for kindness, anti-bullying, and creating a safe world for everyone.


2024-2025 Course Selection Forms

Reminder that completed course selection forms for next year are due back in the office THIS FRIDAY March 1. We encourage families to have thoughtful conversations about course choices before making selections.  Please be sure about your choices before submitting your form.

Application Forms for Programs of Choice (Claremont Sports Institute) and Specialty Programs (Pursuit of Excellence, Institute for Global Solutions, Pursuit of Excellence, Linear Dance and Basketball Performance) are available on the Claremont website on the Registration page (click on the Registration Quick Link). Applications for Programs of Choice/Specialty Programs) are also due by THIS FRIDAY March 1 (attached to a Course Selection Form).


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.



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Girls Soccer

For all girls soccer players: team tryouts continue TOMORROW (THURSDAY) after school at Claremont, on the lower grass field.


Golf Team

For all golfers interested in trying out for the Golf Team: there is an important meeting TODAY at the start of lunch in the Textiles room (276).  The meeting starts at 11:55 a.m. so please be on time. If you are unable to attend, please see Mr. Ryan in the PE office at lunch TODAY.



The next tryouts for badminton are TOMORROW (THURSDAY) 3:15-5:15pm. PE strip is mandatory!


Track & Field

For all Track & Field athletes: there is a mandatory meeting TOMORROW (THURSDAY) at lunch in room 321. You will be given the upcoming meet information, practice dates, and clothing order forms.



NEW - The Claremont People’s Union

The Claremont People’s Union will meet TODAY at lunch in room 201. This affinity group is a place for students who identify as IBPOC (Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour) and their allies to connect and build community. The group will meet the last Wednesday of every month in Room 201. Come join us for lunch!


YCI Club

The YCI Club will be handing out bracelets TODAY and THURSDAY at lunch in the student lounge to bring awareness for Eating Disorder Awareness Week. No money needed; just bring your Spartan spirit!


Best Buddies

Best Buddies is starting up again! Best Buddies helps to create friendships between individuals with or without intellectual or developmental disabilities. Our goal is to promote inclusion, acceptance, and friendship. We are looking for kind students who have an interest in spending each MONDAY at lunch having fun, gaining volunteer hours, and making memories. Contact Ms. Gordon-Cooper in room 320 before the end of this week if you would like to participate.



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¬ GRAD 2024

Grad Fundraiser – Victoria Royals Tickets (March 15 Game)

Help support the 2024 grads with purchasing tickets to the Victoria Royals game on March 15 vs. Prince George (at the Save On Foods Arena). Tickets are $20 each. Please contact Miki Speirs at or Paige Mashford at to get your tickets.



Work experience Hours

Important message for Work Experience students: if you want to log work hours over Spring Break, make sure you have met with Mr. Bussoli, and have the required paperwork! Come to the Career Centre (Room 217) for more info.


Dual Credit Courses – Important Info Meeting Feb.28

For all students interested in taking any of the following Dual Credit Courses, you MUST attend an important meeting TODAY at lunch in the Learning Commons.  Please be on time for the meeting, at the start of lunch.

Accounting 110

Biology 116

Business 140

Criminology 154

Economics 103

Marketing 110

Math 100

Psychology 130

TEAC 105

If the course you are looking for is not on the list, come to the meeting anyway to see if that course is running.  This meeting is not about TRADES Dual Credit.  If you are interested in TRADES, see Mr. Bussoli in the Career Centre at a different time.


BCIT Info Night – Feb.28

Reminder that BCIT is holding an online "Big Info Night" TONIGHT. This is a great opportunity to learn about the 300 program offered at BCIT and hear from Program Advisors, Student Services and Indigenous Initiatives.  Questions? Email: or HERE to register.


UVic English and Professional Communications Programs – Info Feb.29

UVic will be visiting Claremont for an info session about their English and Professional Communications Programs TOMORROW (THURSDAY) at lunch in the Career Centre (Room 217).  These programs cover essential topics such as writing for business and government sectors, persuasive communication, technical writing, web design, social media, and fashion communication. Additionally, students can explore internships, co-op placements, and practical projects, allowing them to apply their communication skills in real-world scenarios. Don't miss this important information!


Volunteer Opportunity - Inspire Cup International Gymnastics Competition

The Inspire Cup International Gymnastics Competition is looking for volunteers.  This event will be at the Victoria Convention Centre March 1-3.  Volunteer positions are available in the following areas: athlete registration, volunteer check-in, and/or being access monitors.  Each volunteer gets free admission to the competition for the entire day that they volunteer. 

If you would like to get your volunteer hours by helping people your own age, see Mrs. Watson in the Career Centre, or email her at for info on how to apply.



Planning for New PAC Exec

As we plan ahead - the AGM to vote for the new CPAC Exec for the 2024/25 school year will take place in May. This year we have 3 Exec members leaving with students in grade 12 graduating. We have begun our recruitment early!


See the link below for the CPAC Constitution which details high-level the different roles. Please reach out to if you’re interested. The team is open to discussing any details to help fulfill these roles. Please note that the time commitment is significantly less vs. Elementary or Middle School PACS, which will help with parent busy schedules.


Nominees needed:

President/2 Co-Presidents


Treasurer - key role we need to recruit



CPAC Lead Event Planner (Winter Holidays Staff Event & End of Year Staff Appreciation) with additional support from parent volunteers

Members at Large

All roles are open, as some existing Exec members may consider other roles/or become Members at Large.


We look forward to hearing from you! Please share with any parents in your network with new students entering Gr. 9 at Claremont.


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.



Support & Education for Families with Gender Diverse Children.

FamilySmart has a very informative video giving the perspective of a youth, clinicians and parents, called Supporting the Mental Health of Our Trans and Gender Diverse Children and Youth. (47 minutes long)


Tor Broughton - Transgender Youth

Constance Carrière-Prill - Parent of gender diverse children and Gender Diversity advocate.

Dr. Daniel Metzger - Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Pediatric Endocrinologist at BC Children's Hospital.

Melanie Oliveira - Registered Psychologist and Co-founder of Chilliwack Trans Care Committee

Victoria Keddis - Parent of transgender youth and Manager, Facilitator with FamilySmart


YouTube video HERE.


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.