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AGM Oct. 22nd

Turn out for our AGM on Oct. 22nd!

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Picture Day is Oct. 24th

Bring your comb (or not, depending on the look you’re going for) October 24th, it’s picture day at IOHS! Remember to bring in your order forms for your memory-making photos before the day!

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Optional Surf Kayaking Trip Oct. 11 & 12

Students are invited to participate in an optional surf kayaking trip to Tofino Oct. 11 & 12. You can choose to surf, or surf kayak. The cost is $180 and all accommodation, rentals, lessons and meals are included. If you’re interested, talk to Georgia, our P.E. teacher.

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Movie Night Oct. 24th, 2014

The Student Committee is hosting a Halloween-Themed Movie night Oct. 24th. This is an opportunity for all students to enjoy social time together outside of classroom hours.

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Parent Evening Oct. 7th

Parent Evening is Oct. 7th, 2014. Teachers will be there to describe their programs, and administrators will answer your questions. If you are a parent, guardian, or host parent, lease plan to attend. We will meet for tea, coffee and refreshments from 7pm to 7:15 pm, then begin the information evening, ending at 8:15pm.

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Summer News

A letter from our new Head of School


Since July, I have been working as Head of School, planning the calendar, timetabling and interviewing teachers. I have also been setting up a Students’ Library, a Teachers’ Library, and a new office space where we can meet parents and students. I hope to be able to finalize our plans for 2014-2015 by the middle of August.

You can contact me at school at (250)701-0400 most mornings or write to me at richard@islandoak.org. For much of August, our Business Administrator, Gary Ward, will also be in the office or reachable at gary@islandoak.org.

I hope you are all enjoying this sunny summer, and I look forward to the new school year with great excitement.


Richard Tibbetts
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Summer Office Hours

Our office hours during this summer break (July and August) is from 9am to 12pm (Monday to Thursday). You could reach us by phone or in person. You could also leave e a message by phone or send us an email. We’ll get back to you soon.

Wish all of you a wonderful SUMMER!

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Island Oak Adds a Grade 8

Traditionally a grade 9-12 secondary school, Island Oak is adding a grade 8 for September 2014. Download an application form from the “Apply” page on this site, complete it and send it in by Email attachment to enrol in the 2014-2015 grade 8 class.

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4 Post-Secondary Must-Do’s for High School Students

High school is over, now what?” For scores of high school graduates this spring, the question can loom. But it doesn’t have to; attention to the following four items adds up to an effortless post-secondary transition.
1. Explore Yourself.
“Identify your skills, values and personality factors”, says Barb Kruger, an independent career professional. Barb uses a combination of assessments, self-reflection tools and coaching to help students know and communicate about themselves and recruit the help they need.
2. Explore the World.
“Learn how to gather information that is meaningful and relevant to yourself and to your goals”, says Barb. At Island Oak High School in Duncan, she has students practice interviewing each other before bringing real-world professionals into the classroom for students to interview. Students then conduct occupational interviews out in the community.
3. Explore Post-Secondary Institutions.
“Practice speaking and writing about your accomplishments”, says Barb. She takes students on post-secondary visits and trains them to express themselves with confidence, then has them practice writing essays that can garner them university acceptances and scholarships.
4. Start in Grade Nine or Earlier.
“Pre-requisites differ from university to university”, says Barb, “you need more than the requirements for a Dogwood Diploma to qualify for most universities.” By grade 10, students need specific maths and sciences courses for some university programs, and documented volunteer and work experiences.”By Grade 12, choices become critical if students want to enter university.” Even adults can go through the steps above, but “ If they start in Grade 9 or earlier, this process will be effortless and fun, with no pressure.”


This is reprinted from an article in the Cowichan Valley Voice magazine by Vivi de Graff, the Communications Coordinator at Island Oak High School in Duncan.

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You could be here!

If you are a British Columbia student, you could be here right now! Put in an application and let’s talk. All of our students are students who really want to be here, which is a big reason there’s such a positive feeling at Island Oak! We admit BC students by interview, not by ability to pay tuition.

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