John Barsby Community School

SD #68 (Nanaimo-Ladysmith)
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Important Dates:
  • March 17-21: Spring Break
  • March 24: School Reopens
  • Wed, March 26: Parent/Teacher Interviews 4pm - 6pm
  • March 31: Prom Parents Meeting
  • April 7: PAC Meeting : 7pm
  • April 12-13: Footbakk Frenzy
  • April 18: Good Friday
  • April 21: Easter Monday
  • April 29: Early Dismissal
  • Thurs, May 1: Parent/Teacher Interviews 4pm - 6pm
  • May 5: Non-Instructional Day
Friday Block Rotations:
  • Friday, March 28: 1 2 3 4 (A B C D)
  • Friday, April 4: 3 4 1 2 (C D A B)
  • Friday, April 11: 2 1 4 3 (B A D C)
  • Friday, April 18: Good Friday
  • Friday, April 25: 4 3 2 1 (D C B A)

Updated On: March 28, 2014

Scholarship Info Links
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    Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation : Application and Selection Process
  • Friday, January 17: NLSF Scholarship/Awards Book and General Application form online at and school district website.
  • End of January: Information packages out to schools - including Ministry District Dogwood Application Forms.
  • Friday, February 21: NLSF Scholarship/Award Applications due to Dr.Hoban or Counselling. These forms require parent signatures and other information so don't leave it to the last minute. Have them completed by the 19th in case you have forgotten something. There are procedures that the counsellors have to go through with these documents before they can be submitted. Early completion is better. Once decisions have been made (late May early June) successful applications will be informed.

About JBCS

Welcome to the site of John Barsby Community School. John Barsby is located in the heart of the Harewood community in the beautiful city of Nanaimo. The school has approximately 640 students ranging from grade 8 through 12. The school offers a comprehensive academic program with numerous opportunities for students with diverse interests. Our elective and extra-curricular programs include Culinary Arts, Performing Arts, Leadership, and an abundance of team/club opportunities. Many students receive scholarships and bursaries toward their post-secondary academic programs. John Barsby is a unique school with a long-standing history. Staff, students, and the community make the school an exceptional place for learning. When John Barsby teachers were asked what makes the school great, these were their statements that tell the John Barsby story:

  • We focus on learning and student success
  • Our students are amazing
  • Teachers, staff and administration care about students success in and out of school
  • Caring, supportive, collegial teachers
  • Students are accepting of others
  • Teacher collaboration, closeness, open doors and their connectiveness to the students
  • The students have a sense of humour, and they are diverse, compassionate, and life-experienced
  • The passionate, caring staff works together to improve student learning and happiness
  • Students are down to earth and appreciative
  • New ideas-commitment to change to improve learning

John Barsby welcomes all guests and visitors to our open and inclusive school.


  • What is Barsby all about? Check out our video HERE, created by Mr.Letourneau and images by Laura Erickson and Digital Photography Class
  • Barsby Gym Riot 2012 - Good times had by all! Team Pink Wins! Images HERE!!!
  • Furukawa Visitor Pictures! Check them out HERE!!!
  • School Wide Feast Images Now Online HERE!
  • Northern Games Images Now Online HERE!

Mission Statement

Together we meet the challenges of today and tomorrow in an environment where people make the difference.

John Barsby United Leaders Activities Calendar

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