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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"

Administrative Announcement

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 Mr. Kaleb Child has been appointed to the position of Director of Instruction effective August 1, 2015.  Mr. Child will continue to serve the First Nations’ Education Council (FNEC) and the School District through his portfolio of Aboriginal Education.  The School District recognizes and appreciates the guidance and leadership of FNEC as we all work toward excellence in learning experiences for all students.

The Director of Instruction is responsible for providing administration, leadership and management in the areas of First Nations Programs and ensuring that effective services are provided to learners of Aboriginal Ancestry and all students.  We know that the community will warmly welcome Mr. Child to this new position and we look forward to his continued leadership in education.

Thank you.

Scott Benwell

Superintendent of Schools/CEO

July 6, 2015

Administrative Announcement

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 the appointment of Ms. Cheryl Lloyd as Principal, Sunset Elementary School in Port McNeill effective August 1, 2015.  Ms. Lloyd was a teacher in our district early in her career and spent some of that time at Sunset.  She returns to the school and district with a wealth of public, international, and independent school leadership experience.  With a proven record of leadership for learning, purpose driven instruction, and a dedication to creating a positive and safe school climate, we know that Ms. Lloyd will be a valuable addition to the SD 85 team.

Please help us welcome Cheryl to Sunset Elementary and our north island community.

Scott Benwell

Superintendent of Schools/CEO

June 24, 2015

Sea View STEM Challenge 2015

 On Wednesday May 27th, Sea View Elementary Junior Secondary School in Port Alice proudly hosted the annual SD85 STEM challenge with approximately 150 participants.  This event brings Grade 6 & 7 students from across School District 85 to work collaboratively using Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics principles in an applied manner.  Students were challenged to re-design and build a replacement for plastic 6 pack rings using sustainable materials and a technical design process.  Following the design and building of this product, students were required to pitch their product to industry professional judges in a Dragon’s Den style presentation.  This highly engaging experience resulted in many exceptional products being presented to the judges; several of which are currently being reviewed by national industry leaders across the country.  Congratulations to all those who participated. 

The Top Design award was presented to a group from Sunset Elementary and the Most Innovative Design award went to Eagle View Team C.  The plaque for Top Overall School was awarded to Eagle View due to consistently high judging scores of all of the school's teams.

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.

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FNESC Conference Dec. 2013


Mr. Minar's math students enjoy the sunshine as they learn about circle geometry using only string and chalk.

Students of Eagle View Elementary School's EcoArt Club proudly display their "Coastal Connections" mural that they created in celebration of David Suzuki's recent visit to Port Hardy.

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


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.


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.