The BC Ministry of Education has many useful resources for prospective students. We encourage parents and student to review the important information on these pages, particularly regarding support and graduation, listed below.
Whether you enjoy strolling through gardens, a walk along a beach, swimming, running or any other outdoors activity - Saanich has it all!
Below is a small sampling of some of the recreational activities students can enjoy while studying. Please see Tourism Victoria's website for more information on event, festivals, hotels and places to visit in Victoria and the surounding area.
International Students Impress at Grad Transition Interviews
Every student who achieves a British Columbia High School Graduation must fulfill the “Grad Transition (GT)” requirement in their grade 12 year. This involves completion of several tasks including thirty hours of work-related experience, a log book of their physical activity schedules and successful participation in the “GT Interview”.
Recently, five Stelly’s International Students who will graduate in January impressed the “GT Interview” team consisting of school staff and community representatives with reflections on their experiences in Saanich and their plans for the future.
Reika and Yurie are from Japan while Even, Winnie and Lingbo come from China. Their time in Saanich ranges from 1.5 to 3 years. In their individual interviews, each student explained why they wanted to study abroad and how they have changed since arriving at Stelly’s.
All five described their determination to attend high school in Canada and how they persuaded their parents to let them go. They each had a vision that experiencing a different school system, living in a different culture, learning a new language, meeting new friends and facing unknown challenges would help them grow as independent individuals.
In Canada all students must have medical coverage.
Is your student here for one school year or less?
They will be covered by Guard Me medical for the full length of their stay (see link to policy below)
Please make sure the students have their GuardMe card with them if they need to go to the clinic or hospital
Is your student here for more than one school year?
New students will be covered by Guard Me for the first three months
After the 3 month wait period they will then be placed on B.C. Medical and GuardMe Plus for the remainder of their stay
Returning students who are here for more than one school year will continue on their existing MSP as well as GuardMe PLUS
If your student needs to go to the clinic or hospital please make sure they present their CARE CARD FIRST.
Jose Andre’s from Mexico and Kevin from China are enjoying their grade 8 year at Bayside Middle School in Saanich. Both boys appreciate the differences between their schools back home and what they are experiencing at Bayside. “School is simpler here, we only have four blocks a day and the classes are easier. We don’t have to wear uniforms, we can just wear ordinary clothes.” They also like the approach to learning at Bayside. “Our teachers are very nice, they help us a lot and take the time to answer our questions. We go on field trips and sometimes the teachers show movies that help us learn. That is better than listening to the teacher all the time. There is not so much homework here and it is more interesting. We do projects like biographies or posters so it is more enjoyable.”
Life outside of school is also easier in Saanich. Jose likes his homestay but Kevin lives with his mother who has also come to Canada. “My homestay family is really nice, we have a dog and I have two “brothers” to talk with. My family never says what I can’t do, they just want me to tell them what I am doing.” (Jose) “People are really kind here, when my mother goes shopping, people help her with the money and how to buy things.” (Kevin) Both boys feel very safe when they go out. “Security is good here, I can take a bus at any time and people will always help you if you don’t know where to go.” (Jose) “Back home you always have to be careful on the subway that someone will steal your money, but it’s not like that here in Canada.” (Kevin) The fresh, clean environment is also an advantage of living in Saanich.
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