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March 7

Daily News - March 7, 2023


Tuesday March 7, 2023



Spartan Celebration Day – TODAY

We are proud to be Spartans, and TODAY is Spartan Celebration Day!!

We have an altered Class Schedule:

Block 1:   9:00 - 10:10am 

Block 2:   10:16 - 11:36am  (last 10min = load gym) 

Full School Assembly:  11:40 - 12:15pm 

Lunch:     12:15 - 12:45pm 

Block 3:   12:45  -  1:55pm 

Block 4:     2:01  -  3:12pm 


Bake Sale Every Day This Week

Who has a sweet tooth??  A group of students are having a bake sale every day at lunch this week to fund-raise for their upcoming trip to Iceland.  Come by the student lounge TODAY to pick up a treat!!


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.



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Boys Rugby

All Senior and Junior Boys rugby players: please go to Mr Belvedere's room TODAY at lunch to check in for attendance and final instructions.


Golf Team – Info Meeting

For all students interested in learning about the Golf Team and tryouts:  there is an important meeting TODAY at the start of our altered lunch break (12:20). We are meeting in room 276 (textiles room). Golf experience is necessary.


Sr. Girls Soccer

Senior Girls Soccer: tryouts are TODAY & THURSDAY after school until 4:30. Change of location: both tryouts are at Lochside Turf.



The CSI Rowers spent this past weekend at Elk Lake for the first race against non-LVISSAA schools and clubs from across the Pacific Northwest. It also ended up being one of the largest regattas by entry count in Canada, with a total of over 400 entries by 20 teams. Congratulations to all of our athletes who rowed well, demonstrated great sportsmanship, and showed Spartan grit with heavy winds.

Placement Results

First Place Finishes:

U17 Mens Coxed Quad;

Junior Novice Mens Quad


Second Place Finishes:

U17 Men's Single;

Open Mens Pair;

U17 Womens Double;

U17 Womens Single;

Open Lightweight Womens Single;

U17 Womens Quad


Third Place Finishes:

U17 Men's Single;

U17 Mens Quad;

U19 Mens Quad;

U17 Mens Double;

U19 Mens Pair;


Top School Finish:

U17 Mens Coxed Quad;

 Junior Novice Mens Quad;

U17 Mens Quad;

U17 Mens Double;

U17 Womens Double;

U17 Womens Quad


Further results info (asterix indicates we were the top school team):

From the 500m finals on Saturday:

*U17 Men's Single: Radley Finer and Matthew Mcfeely achieved 2nd and 3rd in the A final

*U17 Mens Double (2 oars per person): Radley Finer and Matthew Mcfeely achieved a 3rd place finish in the A final

*U17 Mens Quad (2 oars each): Shawn Song, Jackson Perkins, Cedric Fraser, Aiden Dovey achieved a 3rd place finish which is phenomenal these are novices in an experienced event!

Open Mens Pair (2 people, 1 oar each): Quinn McCoy & Conor Dillion achieved a 2nd place finish losing out to their main rivals at Vancouver College (who are the top ranked pair in the country) but we were gaining at the end! So we look forward to future racing!


From Sunday's full 2km of racing:

U19 Mens Quad: Kai Stenstrom, Ben Passon, Callum Dutchak, Quinn McCoy achieved a very tight 3rd  place finish (top four were all within 2 seconds)

*U17 Mens Coxed Quad: Owen Nozick (cox), Jackson Perkins, Matthew Mcfeely, Radley Finer, Kiefer Wensauer achieved an absolutely dominating performance to get 1st the A final by 10 seconds. Pretty cool considering we only practiced it once!

*U17 Womens Double: Tiegan Szulc & Stella Graham achieved a very tight 2nd place finish, losing out on victory by 1 second. Also of note is Olivia de Kleine and Bella Silva achieving a victory in the B final to be the third ranked school boat. This is a phenomenal achievement for Olivia and Bella considering they are both novices!

U19 Mens Pair: Kiefer Wensauer & Yechan Kim achieved a 3rd place finish.

*U17 Womens Single: Tegan Zecher was once again a powerhouse in the single, achieving a 2nd place finish. She also went on to then head right back out (boat never left the water) to compete in the Open Lightweight Womens Single to achieve a 2nd place finish in that too! Congrats Tegan!

*Junior Novice Mens Quad: Jackson Perkins, Finn McLennan, Aiden Dovey, Cedric Fraser crushed it to get 1st , this is incredible considering all three are in grade 9 racing against grade 12's. Super exciting to have this performance. A sign of cool things to come! Special note that we also had our other half of the novices (Shawn Song, Nuala van Straubenzee, Sam Dervishi, Owen Nozick) also achieve an A final finish to get 6th

U19 Womens Double: Sophie Schlatter and Anna Romberg achieved a 4th place finish in the B final to be ranked 2nd amongst the school teams. Tough event!

*U17 Womens Quad: Stella Graham, Bella Silva, Olivia de Kleine, Tiegan Szulc achieved a 3rd place ranking to be able to be the top finishing school entry. Very cool result to see this early in the season.


Our next race is up at Quamichan Lake at the Maple Bay Regatta on April 16th marking the start of the busy season. This is a great start to the season to the team on our journey to Nationals in June.



Math Club

The deadline to sign up for the Euclid, Fryer, Galois, and Hypatia math contests is this week.  Sign up on the bulletin board outside room 133, or see Mr. Skanks for details.  The Euclid is open to all grades, but the other three are specifically for grades 9, 10 and 11.  Good scores, particularly on the Euclid, are helpful for scholarship applications.



Pizza Lunch

For all International Students: please come to our Pizza Lunch TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) in the Learning Commons.


¬ GRAD 2023

Grad Fundraiser: Purdy’s Easter Chocolates

It is never too early to think about chocolate!  From now until March 20th, you can order Purdy’s treats from our fundraiser by joining our campaign and browsing the tastiest selection of Easter chocolates online. More info about chocolates is HERE.         Thank you for your continued support.


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.



Student Volunteer Opportunity

Organic Farming. If you love being outside with animals and in the garden, you may want to consider organic farming as a future career!  An organic farmer in Saanich is providing an opportunity to educate students about organic composting, pruning vines and trees, low-impact irrigation systems and other areas of small farm practices. There is no set schedule, and your visits can be based on interest and your school schedule.  See Mrs. Watson in room 222 for contact info and more details.


The volunteer team at the Saanich Peninsula Youth Health Clinic is recruiting new volunteers for their Peer Health Educator program.  This is a friendly, confidential and supportive service aimed at helping patients feel more informed and ready for when they meet with the doctor at the clinic.  New volunteers will participate in a weekly training commitment of 2 hours on Thursday evenings from 5:30-7:30pm. The clinic runs through the summer, so volunteers should be available throughout July and August as well.  Applications due March 23.  For more information see Mrs. Watson in room 222, or email her at


Employment Opportunities

LITTLUNIVERSE Spring Break Camp is hiring Camp Leaders. The goal of the camp is to provide STEM based programs (including Lego Robotics and Science Camp) to kids ages 6-14. Camps run during Spring Break:  March 27-31 at Gordon Head Recreation Centre.  For more information and to apply, click HERE.


Victoria Airport Authority is hosting a Career Fair – March 7

Find out about dynamic opportunities at the airport, from aircraft ground handlers, customer service agents, security, food and beverage, and retail service representatives.   TODAY, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Eagles Landing: 3rd Floor, Air Terminal Building – Victoria International Airport.  Click HERE for more information about the fair and participating business partners.


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



CPAC Meeting

The next parent meeting is March 14th @ 7pm, in-person (Learning Commons) or MS Teams. Visit the PACS site HERE or see Principal Aaron Buckham’s upcoming newsletter for details. Spring Funding budget approvals being requested.


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.