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Judi Stevenson, School District 61 archivist, shows a 100-year-old geometry set, which features ivory tools. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Greater Victoria School District holds thousands of archival items in temporary site

Many donated items are over 100 years old and show how the education system has changed

Judi Stevenson, School District 61 archivist, shows a 100-year-old geometry set, which features ivory tools. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Greater Victoria School Board to consider reopening schools with new boundaries
Greater Victoria School Board to consider reopening schools with new boundaries
French immersion enrolment is on the rise in the region’s three school districts. (Canadian Parents for French photo)

Sooke, Saanich, Great Victoria school districts address need for French teachers

Enrolment in French immersion programs rapidly rising

  • Oct 31, 2018
French immersion enrolment is on the rise in the region’s three school districts. (Canadian Parents for French photo)
Local schools have different methods when talking to students about marijuana use now that it’s legalized. (File photo)

How schools across Greater Victoria are handling marijuana legalization

Districts and campuses have different approaches to pot use and education

Local schools have different methods when talking to students about marijuana use now that it’s legalized. (File photo)
Mary Ann Watson is concerned about School District 61 safety protocols after her 13-year old son got whiplash after competing in “Bubble Gladiator” against his P.E. teacher. (Twitter/4brevity)

Victoria teen suffers whiplash in school ‘bubble’ soccer game

Middle school students injured in teacher-student competition

Mary Ann Watson is concerned about School District 61 safety protocols after her 13-year old son got whiplash after competing in “Bubble Gladiator” against his P.E. teacher. (Twitter/4brevity)
A section of Torquay Elementary School’s blacktop is blocked off where service lines were installed. (Keili Bartlett / Black Press Media)

Torquay Elementary changes plans for portable on playground

PAC and School District 61 to discuss where to place a new childcare portable

A section of Torquay Elementary School’s blacktop is blocked off where service lines were installed. (Keili Bartlett / Black Press Media)
Five high schools across School District 61 received new media labs in preparation of the upcoming school year. Facebook

SD61 prepares for new school year with major upgrades

Media labs, water fountains, daycare spaces and more will welcome students back

Five high schools across School District 61 received new media labs in preparation of the upcoming school year. Facebook
Victoria High School. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS

Op-Ed: Province must choose education over pricey Vic High upgrade

Taxpayers watchdog Stan Bartlett looks at the costly Vic High seismic upgrade project

  • Jul 8, 2018
Victoria High School. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS
The Greater Victoria School District has voted for a $73.3 million upgrade for Vic High. File photo

School Board votes for $73.3 million upgrade for Vic High, seeks provincial approval

Plans will keep the current building, and add a neighbourhood learning centre

The Greater Victoria School District has voted for a $73.3 million upgrade for Vic High. File photo
Duncan McIntyre (left) and Connor Chan, both grade 5 studetns at Rogers Elementary School, show off their game to a crowd of grade 4/5 students from School District 61 during the CodeQuest Arcade event. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS

WATCH: Designing computer games at age nine

Grade 4/5 students from across SD61 designed games for the Coding Quest Arcade

Duncan McIntyre (left) and Connor Chan, both grade 5 studetns at Rogers Elementary School, show off their game to a crowd of grade 4/5 students from School District 61 during the CodeQuest Arcade event. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS
The Greater Victoria School District Board of Education wants to find out more details about a pair of seismic upgrade options for Victoria High School. They voted unanimously Monday to ask the superintendent to write a report with more detailed costing for the two options, both of which call for the retention of the existing 1914-built section of the school. File photo

Vic High seismic options move forward for costing

Superintendent to pen report outlining further details on upgrade options

The Greater Victoria School District Board of Education wants to find out more details about a pair of seismic upgrade options for Victoria High School. They voted unanimously Monday to ask the superintendent to write a report with more detailed costing for the two options, both of which call for the retention of the existing 1914-built section of the school. File photo
School safety program saved by new non-profit

School safety program saved by new non-profit

Crossing guard program back on track in Greater Victoria School District

School safety program saved by new non-profit
Victoria High School made it onto the top 10 most endangered places list released by the National Trust. will be getting some seismic upgrades rather than being torn down. (file photo)

VIC HIGH: City could lend expertise to district on heritage upgrades, councillor says

National Trust places historic high school on Canada’s Top 10 Endangered Places list

Victoria High School made it onto the top 10 most endangered places list released by the National Trust. will be getting some seismic upgrades rather than being torn down. (file photo)
Students at Shoreline Community Middle School participate in the kick off tour on child and youth rights by the Representative for Children and Youth. (Lindsey Horsting/News Gazette staff)

Tour for child and youth rights launches in View Royal

Shoreline Middle School students participate in leading youth rights

Students at Shoreline Community Middle School participate in the kick off tour on child and youth rights by the Representative for Children and Youth. (Lindsey Horsting/News Gazette staff)
Vic High saved from wrecking ball

Vic High saved from wrecking ball

SD61 committee recommends two seismic upgrade options for aging high school

Vic High saved from wrecking ball
Premier John Horgan displays his best playground “tricks” with students at Quadra elementary, Tuesday May 8. Horgan joined Minister of Education, Rob Fleming, to announce $5 million in annual funding for safer and more accessible playground equipment for schoolchildren across B.C. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS

B.C. invests $5M for new school playground equipment

Fifty-one schools across the province to benefit from new program

Premier John Horgan displays his best playground “tricks” with students at Quadra elementary, Tuesday May 8. Horgan joined Minister of Education, Rob Fleming, to announce $5 million in annual funding for safer and more accessible playground equipment for schoolchildren across B.C. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS
Colette Baty (left), Vancouver Island School of Art board president, and founder/executive director Wendy Welch wonder about the future of the school, which must vacate the building with SD61 taking it back due to expanding enrolment. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS

Vancouver Island School of Art looking for new home

Increasing SD61 enrolment prompts district’s termination of lease with Quadra Street facility

Colette Baty (left), Vancouver Island School of Art board president, and founder/executive director Wendy Welch wonder about the future of the school, which must vacate the building with SD61 taking it back due to expanding enrolment. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS
Some female students in SD61 have been sent home for wearing leggings, prompting a debate around how outdated the district’s current code of conduct might be. The SD61 board of education on Monday approved a reworded dress code policy that leans more on consultation between staff, administrators and parents and less on individual judgments of the appropriateness of students’ clothing. Contributed photo

Greater Victoria School District adopts new dress code policy

Two years in the making, SD61 moves to more inclusionary guidelines

Some female students in SD61 have been sent home for wearing leggings, prompting a debate around how outdated the district’s current code of conduct might be. The SD61 board of education on Monday approved a reworded dress code policy that leans more on consultation between staff, administrators and parents and less on individual judgments of the appropriateness of students’ clothing. Contributed photo
SD61 superintendent Piet Langstraat is eager for public input on how to proceed with seismic upgrades for Vic High. The school is rated an H-1 on the seismic scale, making it the highest, most vulnerable in terms of school buildings in the province. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS

Vic High needs seismic upgrades

It’s ranked as the most vulnerable school in the province

SD61 superintendent Piet Langstraat is eager for public input on how to proceed with seismic upgrades for Vic High. The school is rated an H-1 on the seismic scale, making it the highest, most vulnerable in terms of school buildings in the province. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS
Students who wish to attend SD61 schools outside their catchment area sometimes do so to attend sports programs not offered at their pathway school, such as the rugby academy at Esquimalt High School. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS

Greater Victoria School District student transfer time begins Thursday

Deadline for out-of-catchment transfer applications is Feb. 23

Students who wish to attend SD61 schools outside their catchment area sometimes do so to attend sports programs not offered at their pathway school, such as the rugby academy at Esquimalt High School. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS