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


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

The Board of Education for School District No. 85 (Vancouver Island North) would like to congratulate Mr. Kevin Brand for his appointment to Principal in School District 68 (Nanaimo-Ladysmith) as of January 1, 2015.  Mr. Brand has served Fort Rupert Elementary School students, families and community for the past two and a half years.  We thank him for his exceptional service and dedication and we know that he will continue to thrive as a professional educational leader.

As a result of Mr. Brand's departure, the Board of Education has approved the following administrative appointments:  Ms. Christina MacDonald - Principal, FRES and Ms. Kelly Amodeo, Vice-Principal, EVES.  We know that both Christina and Kelly will adjust quickly to their new assignments and will continue to offer the community excellence in educational leadership and administration.

Any questions may be directed to the District Education Office at 250-949-6618.

Thank you,

Scott Benwell, PhD

Superintendent of Schools/CEO

November 12, 2014


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.

Cape Scott Windfarm

On May 6th twenty students were given a tour of the Cape Scott Windfarm.  After a two hour bus drive, students spotted an enormous wind turbine - the first of 55 currently on the site.  Gordon gave an excellent tour explaining the time it took to bring the project to life and the logistics of moving these enormous turbines to their current location.  Students had numerous questions and were thrilled to view the windfarm that they have heard so much about.

Outdoor Pursuits

 This year, North Island Secondary School is offering its first ever Outdoor Pursuits junior elective course being taught by Greg Muirhead. The course is designed to cover introductory elements in the pursuit of life long recreational activities and introduce students to some new activities.
Jumping back into the school year, and without wasting any time, the class took full advantage of the weather. Mr. Muirhead's Outdoor Pursuits students spent a beautiful fall afternoon exploring some of the local trails in Port McNeill.

Canadian Children's Book Week

 In celebration of Canadian Children’s Book Week, award winning Canadian author Richard Scarsbrook launched his Vancouver Island tour at Eagle View Elementary School. This is the first Canadian Children’s Book week author we have had the privilege to host at our school in well over a decade. Richard has won multiple awards for his poetry, short stories, and fiction; including White Pine award, ReLit Award, and Stellar Book award. He arrived from Toronto yesterday and was heading to Sea View school after us, then various high schools and regional libraries down island.

During the initial presentation for all students in grades 4-7, Richard Scarsbrook shared excerpts from his newest YA (Youth Adult) novel “Nothing Man and The Purple Zero”, as well as one of the fables he has written. He reminded students to work hard and pursue their creative passions. Twenty students selected from grades 4-7 also benefited from a Young Writer’s workshop following the Intermediate Book Talk.

Innovation Academy

 Alert Bay Elementary School is hosting its first Innovation Academy where students blend their math, technology, and science skills in creative ways through hands on activities. Students seen here are working together to design the slowest race track for their marble, using the wall as the track's main support. Another group of students is working with clay animation, moving clay figures in small increments  and using the app "iStopmotion"  to tell a story. At the end of the Academy, the school will host a "Show and Share" of all of the group activities for students, parents and community members.

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P.O. Box 90, Port Hardy, B.C.

Telephone: 250-949-6618
Fax: 250-949-8792

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FNESC Conference Dec. 2013


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!

Grade 7s at Alert Bay Elementary School helped harvest herring eggs (a'ans) from hemlock branches.  Students cleaned the branches and froze the eggs. The eggs will be used in an upcoming celebration. Much sampling was done along the way.