COLWOOD – Breaking News

COLWOOD – Breaking News




Sunday, May 20 ~ COLWOOD. A youth battle of the bands is coming up Saturday June 9. Rock the Rink will take place in the Juan de Fuca curling rink from 7 to 10:30 pm.

Five bands with players up to age 18 will compete for the chance to play a set at the big weekend Rock the Shores outdoor concert July 13-15. The competing bands were shortlisted from auditions: Tuesday’s Roadkill, The Colts, Fairfield, Sugar Castle and The Porter Brothers.

West Shore Parks & Recreation is coordinating the Rock the Rink youth event in partnership with Atomique Productions and the Zone @ 91-3.  Proceeds will support regional youth initiatives in Greater Victoria.

A panel of celebrity judges, including Elli Hart, lead singer from Dirty Mountain, and Rock the Shores 2018 performer, will help crown the winner. All bands selected to play Rock the Rink will receive complimentary tickets to attend Rock the Shores on the Friday night. On top of playing Rock the Shores the winning band will be interviewed on the Zone @ 91-3 and will have a band photo shoot courtesy of “Rocktographers”.

The full community (all ages) is invited to attend and support local youth bands. Prizes include a weekend pass to Rock to the Shores. Doors open at 6:30 pm with a limited number of tickets at the door (admission by donation). Tickets can also be purchased by donation online through

Several community organizations including the RCMP, Foundry, and Trans Care BC will be on hand to connect youth to community resources in recreation, mental and sexual health, music and more.  More info online at


Friday, May 16 ~ COLWOOD. A blood donor clinic will be held on Monday of this long weekend, May 21 at the Church of the Advent, 510 Mount View Ave in Colwood. Lots of parking.

The clinic will be open 12 noon to 6:45 pm. Appointments can be made at or just drop in.

The reception process includes a screening by filling out a questionnaire on one of the mobile computer stations. Questions from a nurse are also part of that process for new donors.


Wednesday, May 16 ~ WEST SHORE. A presentation for parents about ‘Raising Digitally Responsible Youth’ will be held this evening, Wednesday, May 16 at 7pm in the theatre at Belmont Secondary School, 3041 Langford Lake Road.

“With society heading in a direction of being constantly connected to technology, what do we need to know as parents to protect our kids and teach them responsible and appropriate use of technology?”, it was pitched to parents by the SD62 school district.

“The parameters of rules and expectations that you put in place at home will undoubtedly guide their behaviour in the years to come.”

  • Social Media Update – The most current apps & trends in their social media lives.
  • Pick Your Battles! – You will have to balance the yin with the yang, promote independence whilst taking a strong stance on certain subjects.
  • Current Research – Brain development & technology, violent video games.
  • Digital Footprint and Reputation – With their future approaching, recruiters and employers are taking note – what will they find?

The presentation will be delivered by Safer Schools Together – an organization focused on promoting a climate and culture of safety in schools through comprehensive education.


Long rows of tomato plants at the Colwood Campus plant sale May 12, 2018 [West Shore Voice News photo]

Saturday, May 12 ~ COLWOOD. A massive plant sale today May 12 in support of the Garden Project at SD62’s Colwood Campus was a big success!

Under bright sunny skies, thousands of potted plants were purchased and taken home by eager gardeners. About 1,100 tomato plants were among the offerings, as well as peas and beans, herbs, blueberry plants and more.

Some purchasers bought one or two plants, and other plant-sale customers left with carloads of plants.

Organizers say about $5,000 in proceeds will probably be the final tally from today’s hard work. Students learned to grow and tend to the plants in the weeks leading up to the sale, as part of their Grade 11 Sustainable Resources class at the Colwood Campus. That high school is part of the Westshore Centre for Learning and Training.

This year the Garden Project requires funds to make up for a $14,000 funding shortfall (for summer labour and supplies) after repeat-funding from the YMCA became unavailable this year.

Some years ago the Colwood Campus was considered part of ‘alternative’ education but the variety of learning opportunities at that SD62 division at 2139 Sooke Road is fast becoming recognized for how some students are better suited to a more hands-on style of learning.


Saturday, May 12 ~ WEST SHORE. Royal Roads & Brookes Westshore team up for teaching & research

Royal Roads University (RRU) and independent school Brookes Westshore (Grades 6 to 12) have signed a 5-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) to foster a relationship between the two educational institutions through mutual cooperation in teaching and research.

Announced May 10, the MOU sets the foundation for future cooperation and collaboration as Brookes Westshore prepares to open to students in Sept 2018 right next door to RRU on Sooke Road in Colwood. They aim to create a hub to benefit students, staff and faculty at both institutions.

“Royal Roads looks forward to collaborating with Brookes Westshore as it offers a high-quality education next to our Hatley Park campus,” says Royal Roads University President and Vice-Chancellor Allan Cahoon. “We share a common vision of the importance of providing our students with an exceptional educational experience, through enhanced global understanding that supports our local community as well as the labour market needs in British Columbia.”

“Brookes is delighted to collaborate with Royal Roads to create a vibrant learning community on the West Shore,” says Jerry Salvador, Director of New School Development and Director of the Americas for Brookes Education Group. “This partnership extends our commitment to innovative education and will create unique learning opportunities for our students and faculty.”

Royal Roads and Brookes Westshore have agreed to cooperate in several areas, including marketing and recruitment, pathways for Brookes students to transition to university learning at Royal Roads, and teacher training.


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