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When complete, the new Cedar Hill Middle School campus is expected to boast two sports fields, a basketball court, outdoor gathering spaces, additional parking, an on-site pick-up and drop-off space and a multi-use path along Cedar Hill Road with a raised curb and separated pedestrian and bike lanes. (Courtesy SD61)

Greater Victoria school board reveals $46.5M new school design for Cedar Hill

Construction on low-carbon, seismically safe replacement school set to start in summer 2023

 

Students and staff of Monterey Middle School plant a rain garden Nov. 5 in partnership with the Friends of Bowker Creek and Peninsula Streams Society. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Students dig Greater Victoria group one bed closer to 1,000 gardens

Monterey, Campus View kids plant gardens to clean groundwater

 

One of four electric buses to join the Greater Victoria School District fleet. (Courtesy SD61)

Four new, all-electric buses join the Greater Victoria School District fleet

Buses to help reduce fleet’s greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent by 2030

 

Oak Bay will pay for crossing guards to get students to Ecole Willows Elementary safely this school year. (Black Press Media file photo)

Future crossing guard funding remains in Oak Bay crosshairs

Council approves paying this year but questions future funding model

Oak Bay will pay for crossing guards to get students to Ecole Willows Elementary safely this school year. (Black Press Media file photo)
SD61 will be marking the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, also known as Orange Shirt Day, with a week-long online event. Pictured, an Indigenous dancer performs at Victoria’s 2021 Orange Shirt Day ceremony on Sept. 30 (Black Press Media file photo)

Schools mark National Day for Truth and Reconciliation with week-long event

Truth and Reconciliation Week will focus on online event for Grades 1-12

SD61 will be marking the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, also known as Orange Shirt Day, with a week-long online event. Pictured, an Indigenous dancer performs at Victoria’s 2021 Orange Shirt Day ceremony on Sept. 30 (Black Press Media file photo)
School districts are holding elections for trustees, who will work on the school district boards. (Black Press Media file photo)

Who is running for school trustee in SD61, SD62, SD63?

School trustee candidates are on the ballot on general voting day Oct. 15

School districts are holding elections for trustees, who will work on the school district boards. (Black Press Media file photo)
SD61 is set to open a new welcome centre to help newcomers settle into school in a new country. (Black Press Media file photo)

SD61 opens newcomer welcome centre for students

The centre officially opens Sept. 12

SD61 is set to open a new welcome centre to help newcomers settle into school in a new country. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Greater Victoria School District board apologized for segregating Chinese students in the early 1900s. (Black Press Media file photo)

School board issues apology for 1900s segregation of Chinese students in Victoria

Racist policies were among long list of wrongs against Chinese community, board says

The Greater Victoria School District board apologized for segregating Chinese students in the early 1900s. (Black Press Media file photo)
A former SD61 elementary school teacher has been given a lifetime teaching ban after being convicted of child pornography possession. (Black Press Media file photo)
A former SD61 elementary school teacher has been given a lifetime teaching ban after being convicted of child pornography possession. (Black Press Media file photo)
A former SD61 woodshop teacher has been disciplined after a 2020 incident where a student’s hair got ripped out of their head after it got stuck in a wood planer. Other student injuries on the former teacher’s watch also led to discipline. (Black Press Media file photo)

Former Greater Victoria woodshop teacher disciplined for injuries in his class

Christian Michel failed to provide a safe classroom despite repeated reminders, injuries

A former SD61 woodshop teacher has been disciplined after a 2020 incident where a student’s hair got ripped out of their head after it got stuck in a wood planer. Other student injuries on the former teacher’s watch also led to discipline. (Black Press Media file photo)
Greater Victoria communities want SD61 to use municipal funds for crosswalk programs. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria councils push to fund SD61 crossing guards as absence looms

Crossing guard association folding in June makes September return uncertain

Greater Victoria communities want SD61 to use municipal funds for crosswalk programs. (Black Press Media file photo)
The public will have a chance to view and contribute to design plans for the new, seismically safe, Cedar Hill Middle School in Saanich on June 28. (Black Press Media file photo)

Public input session for new Cedar Hill Middle School set for June 28 in Saanich

The public is invited to view plans for the new seismically safe school and provide input

The public will have a chance to view and contribute to design plans for the new, seismically safe, Cedar Hill Middle School in Saanich on June 28. (Black Press Media file photo)
Willows Grade 5 students in the Greater Victoria School District strings program rally in spring 2021 against cuts to program funding for the next school year. The board of education accepted a donation to save the program for next year. (Ian Sharpe photo)

Donation saves orchestral strings program in Greater Victoria schools

Funds allow for specific program available across all 28 elementary schools

Willows Grade 5 students in the Greater Victoria School District strings program rally in spring 2021 against cuts to program funding for the next school year. The board of education accepted a donation to save the program for next year. (Ian Sharpe photo)
The zones in purple outline areas the Greater Victoria School District said its international students can’t attend on Friday and Saturday nights after 5 p.m. (Courtesy of the Greater Victoria School District)

International students told not to enter downtown Greater Victoria amid youth crime concerns

SD61 cited recent incidents downtown in since-reversed letter banning the students

The zones in purple outline areas the Greater Victoria School District said its international students can’t attend on Friday and Saturday nights after 5 p.m. (Courtesy of the Greater Victoria School District)
Greater Victoria School District trustees Diane McNally and Rob Paynter have taken legal action over being suspended from their duties until October for misconduct relating to bullying and harassment complaints. (Black Press Media file photos)

Victoria school board lawyer says suspensions needed to ensure bullying ended

Civil suit pushed by suspended trustees sees final day in court Friday

Greater Victoria School District trustees Diane McNally and Rob Paynter have taken legal action over being suspended from their duties until October for misconduct relating to bullying and harassment complaints. (Black Press Media file photos)
Lawyers on opposing sides of a civil suit against the SD61 board had differing views of legislative authority and whether that could allow school board trustees to suspend their fellow elected officials. (Black Press Media file photo)
Lawyers on opposing sides of a civil suit against the SD61 board had differing views of legislative authority and whether that could allow school board trustees to suspend their fellow elected officials. (Black Press Media file photo)
Cedar Hill Middle School in Saanich will no longer enrol new late French immersion students. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich mom says sudden cut to French immersion program disrupts planning for family’s education

New enrolment being cut off for Cedar Hill Middle School’s late French immersion program

Cedar Hill Middle School in Saanich will no longer enrol new late French immersion students. (Black Press Media file photo)
Greater Victoria School District trustees Diane McNally and Rob Paynter have taken legal action after being suspended from their duties until October for misconduct relating to bullying and harassment complaints. Their case got underway on Wednesday. (Black Press Media file photos)

Civil suit over Greater Victoria school trustees’ suspensions gets underway

One trustee’s lawyer says SD61 board does not have power to effectively end trustees’ terms

Greater Victoria School District trustees Diane McNally and Rob Paynter have taken legal action after being suspended from their duties until October for misconduct relating to bullying and harassment complaints. Their case got underway on Wednesday. (Black Press Media file photos)
The Greater Victoria School District board of trustees approved cuts to various labour positions, as well as elementary strings music programs and two outreach positions in its budget. (Black Press Media file photo)

Greater Victoria trustees finalize music, janitorial cuts and more; budget approved

Day custodial services at elementary, middle schools cut by half, admin positions slashed

The Greater Victoria School District board of trustees approved cuts to various labour positions, as well as elementary strings music programs and two outreach positions in its budget. (Black Press Media file photo)
Colquitz Middle School student Quinn McBride protests outside of the School District 61 building, April 4. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Greater Victoria students walk out, protest proposed budget cuts

Nearly 200 lined the sidewalk against planned cuts to SD 61 music and counselling programs

Colquitz Middle School student Quinn McBride protests outside of the School District 61 building, April 4. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)