The Greater Victoria School District supports the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation’s request to hold the week from September 27th to October 1st, 2021 for events surrounding the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day.

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Meet our Team


Each September, we look forward to welcoming our littlest learners and their families to our 6 StrongStart Programs and 28 Elementary Schools.

SD61 educators are committed to embracing every student in a safe, inclusive, and culturally responsive learning environment.  Every day, we endeavour to support and improve each learners’ personal and academic growth.

Name (& Email)Phone NumberTitle
David Hovis250-475-4179District Principal
Lindsay Swan250-475-4235District Vice-Principal
Carey Nickerson250-598-5012District Vice-Principal
Charmaine Shortt250-475-4148District Early Learning
Tresa Marshall250-475-4231District Learning Support
Mary Chiappetta250-475-4249District Learning Support
Maureen Von Tigertrom250-475-4194District Counsellor - Elementary

Latest Updates

Literacy Offerings K-5

Literacy Offerings  Register by Friday, October,1, 2021 using the links below. If you have any questions, please reach out to us HERE. Literacy Collaboration Series With Faye Brownlie School collaboration teams will be offered... Read more

POPEY Opportunities

As you start a new school year, we wanted to remind you about our upcoming dates for POPEY's online workshops, including two sessions next week to kick start your new school... Read more

Building Belonging Through Stories

Building Belonging: One Story at a Time This is a recording of the virtual learning session that took place in the first week of school,  The session was an opportunity for... Read more

Early Learning Framework

B.C. has updated the Early Learning Framework (2019) to recognize the new realities of children, families and communities. The new framework was developed in collaboration with early childhood educators, primary... Read more

Strength-based Reading

Strength-based Reading Instruction Breanne Glover and Paul Pantaleo provide a 30-minute presentation on the fundamentals of teaching reading.  Topics include how to use reading levels and observation to assess as we... Read more

Learning for All Podcast

We understand that a child’s learning is not linear or universal, but collective and complex. Our ways of being, our culture, our uniqueness; all of these layers shape how we learn. ... Read more

Building Belonging with Visuals

We are always asking ourselves how we can engage all of our learners. When we offer multiple entry points each learner can find their own pathway into the learning.  In... Read more

Literacy Centre Ideas (K/1 focus)

Our classrooms have diverse needs. By differentiating our instruction we can ensure that all students have access to the same curriculum by providing varied entry points of learning tasks.  Differentiated instruction... Read more

Play Today Handbook

The Play Today B.C. Handbook is a guide to support high quality, play-based learning experiences in the early years, primary grades, and even into the middle years of childhood. The Play... Read more

Library Digital Resources

All student digital resources are available on our school library websites. Visit your school website and click Library & Resources to find what students have access to in terms of... Read more