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List of 5 news stories.

  • Grease Is the Word

    The musical Grease has been through many incarnations in the more than 50 years since it premiered in Chicago in 1971, from the original stage production to Broadway to the 1978 movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John to countless revivals.
    Shawnigan is set to put its spin on Grease for the first time since 2012. This is the second production for the creative team of Mr. Sal Interlandi (director), Mrs. Rosalynd Roome ’91 (producer), Ms. Mandy Bryant (musical director) and Ms. Annie Marland (choreographer). Grease is a “demanding show” says Mr. Interlandi, with more dancing than last year’s production, The Addams Family, but the “wonderful cast” can definitely handle it.
    “The students are buying in and having fun,” Ms. Marland says of the dancing in particular. “We’re trying to take some inspiration from the movie and Broadway, incorporating some iconic moves.”
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  • Zoom Film Festival

    Students from Shawnigan’s Film Production 360 (arts and activities) group joined their peers from across the province last weekend to walk the red carpet at the Zoom Film Festival hosted by Mulgrave School in West Vancouver.
    Zoom Fest is an intense 48-hour challenge in which students receive a prop and a theme via email, then have exactly two days to plan, shoot, edit and submit their films. Entries this year came from all over the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, and Kamloops. Organizers received more than 100 submissions in total.
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  • Hatchery Helps Make a Difference

    In addition to teaching students at Shawnigan about conservation, environmental stewardship, the salmon life cycle, and the importance of salmon to our part of the world, the School’s Mark Hobson Hatchery is contributing to the growth of the salmon run in Shawnigan Creek.
    This year marked the fourth year in a row that the Mill Bay and District Conservation Society has transported a record number of fish past the falls so they can spawn in the upper reaches of the creek. The society moved 985 coho salmon this year, surpassing expectations in a year when other streams on southern Vancouver Island saw low returns. Fish return to spawn every three years, so it is important to note that three years ago, 404 fish returned. Three years before that, the number was around 200, and three years before that, just five fish came back to spawn in Shawnigan Creek.
    Some of the fish that came back to spawn in Shawnigan Creek this year would have been released from the School’s hatchery three years ago.
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  • Inter-House Air Band

    Inter-House Air Band is always a wild night at Shawnigan, and this year’s edition was no exception as students shook off their inhibitions and displayed the best of their talents in a spectacular event once again.
    More than any other occasion on the inter-House calendar, Air Band requires the entire House to come together, said drama teacher Mr. Sal Interlandi, whose role in the event was less MC and more ringmaster. That doesn’t just mean performing — it could involve building props or working on the technological side.
    Even though the Houses’ performances are student-led, there is still a lot of learning and relationship-building along the way, and senior students step into leadership roles.
    “It really does showcase that in a good way,” Mr. Interlandi said.
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  • Kicking off Robotics Season

    Students from all over Vancouver Island gathered at Shawnigan last Saturday to test their creations in the first robotics tournament of the school year.
    Seven teams from Shawnigan, including five rookie teams, were joined by 27 groups from six other schools for the day-long competition. They battled each other in a new game, VEX Robotics Over Under.
    Six of the seven Shawnigan teams made the playoffs, and all six bowed out in the quarter-finals. The winning team was a Comox Valley squad that qualified for the world championships last year.
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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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