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EMCS Weekly for September 23rd



STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS – Friday, September 23rd, 2016




  • Parking decals are in – please see Mr. Lyall.


  • A once in a lifetime opportunity!  Europe Spring Break 2017 is now travelling to Dublin, London and Wales!  Visit iconic places such as St. Patrick’s Cathedral, The Tower of London, and Windsor Castle.  Stroll along Grafton Street in Dublin and through Trafalgar Square in London.  There are a few places left on the tour, but the registration deadline is approaching.  If you are interested contact Ms. Garat.


  • Rotary Youth Leadership Opportunity for Gr. 9/10 students – The Rotary Club of Sooke has offered to sponsor 2-3 EMCS Grade 9/10 students to attend the Vancouver Island Rotary Youth Leadership Award program (RYLA) taking place at Camp Qwanoes October 28-30.    RYLA is an intensive leadership training conference and workshop. The program has been carefully designed to provide basic leadership training and experience for young people from Western Washington and Canada. The program will include lectures and discussion periods with skilled and prominent leaders, as well as recreation, good food, and fellowship.  We are looking for Grade 9/10 students who have demonstrated a desire and some ability as a responsible leader of others. These students don’t necessarily have to hold student leadership positions in the school.   Candidates should have high character and a constructive attitude, and are in a position to learn and benefit from this experience.  Students interested in this opportunity should see Mr. Phipps in the counselling suite as soon as possible.


  • We are looking for Grade 9 and 10 Techie students to join our EMCS Tech crew. You will be involved in all the school productions and can earn extra money working for the community theater.  Experience is not necessary as you will learn the required skills. The group meets once a week after school on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:00. Please approach Mr. McLellan in the library or Mrs. McLellan in the theater if this is something that might interest you.


  • EMCS is looking for Grade 10-12 students interested in volunteering as mentors for elementary school students at Saseenos this year.  We are looking for volunteers who are reliable, honest, fun, and mature. Volunteers must have good communication skills and commit to seeing their little buddy at Saseenos once a week (usually Friday after school from 2:00 – 3:00pm).   Both male and female mentors are needed.   If you would like to apply or want to find out more, see Mr. Phipps in the counselling office as soon as possible.





  • Leadership Bottle Drive; Saturday September 24th from 10am-2pm.  The money raised will go to Cops for Cancer and the Leadership Class for school and community events.


  • PACE Christmas Show  Rehearsals for the PACE Christmas show begin this Sunday at the Isabelle Reader Theatre at Spencer School.  New students are welcome.  Grade 7-12 from 2-5 p.m.


  • Junior Boys Basketball – the first practice is Sunday, October 2nd 7pm-8pm.


  • The Sooke Family Resources Society is hosting a Run n Ride 2K event on Saturday, September 24th at 9:30am.  If you would like to run in it or volunteer as a helper please contact Nicky Logins or Sarah Joliffe at the Sooke Family Resource Society – 250-642-5152.


  • Attention ladies! There is a two day conference in Vancouver mid-October called We for She 2016! We will leave after school on a Thursday and return Friday afternoon… all expenses paid. There is room for 25 dynamic females, in any grade, with interest in leadership, careers and connections and opportunities. Those interested are invited to an important meeting this coming Tuesday, September 27th, at lunch in Ms. Verhoven’s Portable 2. If you want your name on the list early please pass it along to Mrs. Brooks this week.






  • Grad Leadership meets over the lunch period in room 1086.  Feel free to bring your lunch.
  • Band practice after school in the band room.



  • Free Math and Science Tutoring; Matthew, one of our Grade 12 students, offers free tutoring every Tuesday and Thursday after school in the counselling suite.  No appointment necessary.  Help is available for all math up to and including Grade 11.



  • Band practice after school in the band room.
  • EMCS Tech Crew – 3:30-5pm



  • Free Math and Science Tutoring; Matthew, one of our Grade 12 students, offers free tutoring every Tuesday and Thursday after school in the counselling suite.  No appointment necessary.  Help is available for all math up to and including Grade 11.





  • Students interested in a career in the military are invited to attend the Soldier for a Day event on November 5th 2016. Introductions to weapons, vehicles, training equipment, military rations, and field tactics will be followed by information on education and employment opportunities with the Canadian Armed Forces. (Must be at least 15 yrs. old.) Details in the Career Centre.


  • Harmony Project Sooke is providing class lessons in violin, viola and cello, to students aged 7 to 10, on Mondays and Thursdays, from 3:30 to 5:30pm, at Journey Middle School. We need a volunteer-helper for each class. Volunteers do not need any musical training, but should enjoy working with young children. Details in the Career Centre.


  • Grade 12’s are welcome to pick up their Grad Transitions packages in the Career Centre during break and lunch. Due dates are posted with the first one being October 3rd. It’s always a good idea to get them started early in the year!


  • Volunteers are needed to help with the Sooke Harbour Player’s upcoming production of “Annie”. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in musical theatre. Details in the Career Centre.


  • Still want to be a firefighter? Pender Island Fire Camp will be held this coming March break. Five days of hands on firefighting training for both female and male students will also gain you four credits toward grad. This camp is only held every second year so this is your chance. You don’t have to be an athlete – your enthusiasm is enough.  Deadline for application is October 7. Details are in the Career Centre.


  • Students interested in business, public policy or politics are invited to attend a free seminar, in Victoria, on Friday October 28th, hosted by the Fraser Institute. Details in the Career Centre.


  • Forum for Young Canadians is Canada’s premiere education program for students interested in politics. The Forum is held in Ottawa in February and March. Students interested in this opportunity can find out more in the Career Centre.



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