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List of 5 news stories.

  • Grade 8 Appreciation Night

    Grade 8 students in Samuel House expressed their gratitude to several members of staff and fellow students on April 10, inviting them to the recently opened House for a small celebratory evening.
    “I spoke to the Grade 8s about what they can do to thank people and give back to the community,” House Director Mrs. Rainbow Bartlett said. The Grade 8s then came up with a long list of people they wanted to thank, including their Advisors; Prefects Ella R. and Zach P.; housekeepers Ms. Wendy Manley and Mrs. Charmaine King; Mr. Salim Rana, who served as Assistant House Director in Stanton until Samuel House opened; and Boarding Well-Being Assistant Mrs. Kathy Lowry for her help in getting them settled into Samuel House.
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  • National Honour for Our Athletic Director

    Shawnigan Director of Athletics Mr. Tim Murdy received one of the top national honours in his field when he was presented with the Canadian Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association’s Dave Rozdeba Award for Athletic Director of the Year.
    Mr. Murdy received the award in a well-attended ceremony on Thursday, April 11 as part of the CIAAA national conference in Regina.
    The presentation praised Mr. Murdy’s “honesty, integrity and ethical leadership,” as well as his humility and advocacy for student athletes. It included a testimonial from Harry Jones, a rugby player who was coached by Mr. Murdy in high school in West Vancouver, and who went on to represent Canada at the 2015 Rugby World Cup and 2020 Summer Olympics.
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  • An Estuary Ecology Experience

    The Environmental Science 11 class travelled to the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre in Cowichan Bay on Tuesday, April 9, to get a first-hand look at a significant and sensitive ecosystem as part of their wetland ecology unit.
    “The focus of this field trip was on human impacts to the estuary, and using quadrats to investigate the estuary,” science teacher Ms. Alexandra Ballantyne explained. “A main focus of the quadrat study was to identify species living in the tidal zone and to compare invasive and non-invasive species. We primarily looked at varnish clams and the potential threat of European green crabs.”
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  • The Return of Lecky House

    Lecky House is once again filling the unique niche it was intended for on the Shawnigan campus – as a home-away-from-home for teams and groups visiting the School.
    Built in 2003, it was used for its original purpose for 17 years. It then functioned, with the permission of the Lecky family, as a temporary boarding house – Levien House – from September 2020 until spring 2024, when the Grade 8 boys from Levien and Grade 8 girls from Stanton moved under their shared roof at Samuel House.
    Available once again for visiting teams and groups, Lecky House has already hosted three rugby teams as they stopped at Shawnigan on recent tours: the Danville Oaks Rugby Football Club (Danville, California), Xavier High School (New York City), and Wimbledon College (London, England).
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  • Breaking Away for Spring Break

    Students fanned out across the globe over Spring Break – many to their homes both near and far, but some on a variety of School-sponsored trips and tours related to their academic, athletic, and artistic pursuits at Shawnigan.
    EDGE Jamaica Trip
    Seven students and two staff members flew to Jamaica as part of the EDGE (Engagement, Development, Gratitude and Experience) program, where they took part in projects to improve the lives of children there. They first visited the SOS Children’s Village, a sanctuary for children ages six to 17 who have been separated from their parents. The village houses 40 kids in all, six or seven to a house with an “auntie” who oversees them. The Shawnigan students painted one of the houses, including sanding and preparing the building, and spent three days engaging with the kids.
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    Jenny Dunbar 

    Communications & Marketing Manager
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    Arden Gill 

    Communications Associate
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    Elliot Logan 

    Communications Associate
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    Kevin Rothbauer 

    Communications Associate
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