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Congratulations to all our musical talent here at Journey. Our Rockin’ Roll singers performed with Mr. Rehman and Mr. Hopkins this weekend at the Rotary Club Auction and delighted the crowd. This week our bands competed in the Regional Band String Festival, under the direction of Ms. Bjorklund, with the following results:

  • 4 bands performed–4 received superior rating and 4 invitations to the Nationals in Vancouver in 2018
  • 2 string ensembles performed–2 received excellent plus and 2 invitations to the Nationals in May 2018
  • the adjudicator came to Journey Middle School and was pleased to see that music was flourishing in Sooke.  In 2003 when the adjudicator had looked at Sooke, she was surprised to see that NO band or strings programs existed there at that time.  She was pleased to see the change.
  • 450,000 students compete to obtain invitations to the Nationals and 7000-8000 are asked.
  • Sooke schools had the MOST invitations to the Nationals of all the schools on Vancouver Island

Thanks to all who helped make this happen–teachers, conductors, parents, administration and students.  When we pull together, great things can happen.

Now we will look forward to Year end concerts at Elementary schools, Ayre Manor, and Journey.  Students will be involved in performing at the Rotary Auction, for Music Monday and for the kick-off for Tour de Rock at EMCS on Friday.

PAC Update: Parents are part of what makes Journey a great place to run to. All Parents are welcome to attend our next PAC meeting on May 9th at 7pm in the library where elections will take place for next year. The Journey PAC is hosting our first ever Burger & Beer Night and Silent Auction Fundraiser at Buffy’s on Saturday May 13, 2017. Tickets are only $15 for a burger & beer. There will be a 50/50 draw and a silent auction with AMAZING items to bid on from all of our awesome Sooke and Westshore businesses. You can buy a ticket at the school office or contact Erika at erikas1977@shaw.ca.  We are also collecting items for the auction. If you would like to donate, please contact Erika at erikas1977@shaw.ca.


Journey Spirit Week kicks off today – Wear Journey Colours (we have red & black and when Journey first opened teal & blue. If you have spirit wear please wear that too!

Music Monday – see details above


Journey Spirit Day – Twin Day. Make a plan and dress alike with a friend or friends (triplets and quadruplets are welcome too)

Jazz Band practice in the morning

Tea Time in Foyer – students can enjoy a free cup of tea today at recess. Students are encouraged to bring their own mugs. 

Culture Club – meet at lunch outside Ab Ed room

Div. 9/10 Homework Club – Ms. Kilpatrick’s classroom at lunch

Divisions 1 & 2 Math Support – at lunch in Mr. Constable’s room

Div. 11 – Homework Support at lunch in Ms. Dvorak’s room

Div. 11 Math Club – after school 3-4 p.m. in Ms. Dvorak’s room


Spirit Day – Pajamas. No need to even get dressed or do your hair today, but please brush your teeth! 

PAC Lunch – Pizza 

Student Council meets today at lunch

Meeting tonight – Westshore Skatepark Coalition and Westshore Parks and Recreation is holding on Wednesday, May 3rd from 6:30-8:30 PM in the Galleon Room at the Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre (up the stairs above the rink).  This is a drop-in session intended to get input from the public as to what they would like to see in a new park in the Westshore, and to see the proposed site.  Very exciting!  This is not in Sooke, but there is a connection when it comes to amenities like this in surrounding communities. 


Spirit Day – May the Fourth be with you! Show us your love of everything Star Wars and watch a movie at lunch too.

Exploratories – remember equipment and proper clothing if needed. Work habit marks will be reflected on your report card.


Spirit Day – Cinco de Mayo (celebration of Mexican culture day) piñata in the foyer.  1 hit at the piñata (filled with goodies) for each can of food brought in for the food bank. 

Chess Club @ lunch in Ms. Syme’s room. Experienced and new players welcome


Kick off Tour de Rock at EMCS – Edward Milne has the honour of being chosen as the Kick-Off place for this year’s Tour de Rock, Our Grade 8 students have been busy making signs and will attend the event today. Students and staff will walk to EMCS and bus back at lunch


Freezie Friday $2 each at lunch