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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"

EVES Dragon Boating

As part of Outdoor Education at Eagle View, Grade 6 and 7 students participate in a Dragon Boating Program  Friday mornings in May and June.  After receiving water safety training by the Coast Guard, students set out on the Millennium Dragon Boat. Through the program, students are learning paddling techniques, commands and synchronization by practicing various drills. Special thanks goes out to the Tri-Port Dragon Boat Society and Port Hardy Rotary for the generous donation of life jackets to the program.

Hakai Beach Institute Field Trip

 On May 4th, ten students from North Island Secondary School boated four hours north to Hakai Beach Institute (HBI) on Calvert Island.  There, they spent four days learning about the unique archeology of the island and the ecological research that is taking place there.  Students participated in hands-on learning but also had the opportunity for formal and casual conversations with some of the coast researchers that operate out of HBI.

The days were filled with both indoor and outdoor activities.  Students attended presentations given by researchers from SFU, UVic, and Washington State University about local discoveries of historic footprints and new technology used to detect First Nation's rock art from the area.  While working with students from Bella Coola, NISS students dug samples at specific locations along transect lines to test hypotheses about clam distributions, as well as designing live traps to inventory local shrew populations.  They also spent time exploring the island, following Sandhill Crane trails and identifying wolf tracks.

Many thanks to HBI for inviting our North Island Secondary students to participate in this unique opportunity.


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. Patti Burt has been hired as the next principal of Port Hardy Secondary School effective August 1, 2015.  Ms. Burt comes to our district from School District No. 81 (Fort Nelson) where she has ten years of school and district (Technology) administrative experience.  She has a Master of Arts Degree in Leadership from Royal Roads and has taught at community colleges including Malaspina (now Vancouver Island University).  With a wealth of technology experience, Ms. Burt will help our district connect our classrooms and schools in innovative ways.

Please help us welcome Patti to Port Hardy Secondary and our north island community.

Thank you.

Scott Benwell, PhD

Superintendent of Schools/CEO

April 27, 2015

Administrative Announcements

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

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6975 Rupert Street
P.O. Box 90, Port Hardy, B.C.

Telephone: 250-949-6618
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FNESC Conference Dec. 2013


EVES hosted "Family Literacy Night" where students, staff, and family members gathered at the school and enjoyed an evening of story telling, puppet plays, music, dress-up photos and a number of other activities.

"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.