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School District No. 85 (Vancouver Island North) is dedicated to the academic achievement of all its students. 
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School District No. 85 (Vancouver Island North)
Bringing Learning to Life


The Board of Education for School District No. 85 (Vancouver Island North) is pleased to announce that Ms. Jen Turner will be the new Principal of Alert Bay Elementary School effective August 1, 2015.  Ms. Turner comes to our district with extensive experience as a teacher and elementary principal in School District 71 (Comox Valley) as well as a Master of Education (Leadership).  She is an innovative educational leader and is committed to serving the students and community of Alert Bay.


We welcome Ms. Turner to the SD 85 administrative team and look forward to working closely with her as she transitions from the Comox Valley to the north island.

Scott Benwell

Superintendent of Schools/CEO

April 10, 2015


School District No. 85 (Vancouver Island North)
Bringing Learning to Life


The Board of Education for School District No. 85 (Vancouver Island North) is pleased to welcome Ms. Heather Johnson as the new Principal of Sea View Elementary Junior Secondary School effective August 1, 2015.

Ms. Johnson brings to her new role a wealth of experience teaching at all grade levels and the passion for student learning that is the hallmark of school leadership in these times of educational transformation and changing professional practice.  Ms. Johnson will work closely with Mr. Deacon through the spring and early summer to ensure a smooth transition and continued service to the students and families of Port Alice. 

Congratulations, Ms. Johnson.

Scott Benwell, PhD

Superintendent of Schools/CEO

 March 11, 2015

Sea View Holiday Celebration Feast

 On December 9th, Sea View celebrated Term 1 student learning achievement  with a holiday themed feast.  As a recognition of the strong connections to community that Sea View maintains, staff and families shared in celebrating the progress of all learners.  In addition to enjoying a fabulous meal, students each received a reward package recognizing their accomplishments and encouraging future learning.  Congratulations to all students at Sea View on your learning successes!

Lieutenant Governor's Visit

  Students from Alert Bay School and  the T’lisalagi’lakw School had the opportunity to meet Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon and take a tour of the HMCS Calgary.  The students spent time talking with her, sharing their interests in sports and fishing and asking questions about the HMCS Calgary.

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FNESC Conference Dec. 2013


"Connections" students at North Island Secondary School enjoy a visit the BC Provincial Court of Law Office in Port Hardy.

Students Council at Sunset Elementary School recently planned a "Movember" Moustache fundraiser. STudents paid $1.00 to have a moustache painted on their face. The money raised has been sent to Prostate Cancer Canada. Way to go Sunset!!

North Island Secondary School students in Mr. Pendergast's Biology 11 class traveled to Nimpkish Heights to look at various local species of mushrooms to support their in-class study of mycology.

Woss Lake Elementary students learn about animal husbandry during a visit to the Morrison Creek Alpaca Farm in the Comox Valley.

Sunset's Clayton Harder took home the Western University Entrance Scholarship Bronze Medal at the Canada Wide Science Fair in London Ontario. Clayton was also awarded the Nuclear Management Organization Excellence Award Junior Bronze Medal. Way to go Clayton!