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  • September

    360 Fair

    The Quad was buzzing last Friday as Shawnigan students explored their options for the 360 program this year. And with 31 options to choose from at the 360 Fair, there was a lot to ponder for students making their after-school plans for the coming year.
     
    A co-curricular after-school program that students take part in twice a week, 360 operates separately from regular classes but is another part of the whole that helps distinguish the Shawnigan experience. Programs are run with a large element of guidance by the students themselves, but are still designed to teach skills and create well-rounded students.
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  • April

    Legally Blonde the Musical

    Shawnigan Lake School’s musical theatre company dazzled in its return to the stage at the McPherson Playhouse in Victoria with its production of Legally Blonde the Musical. This fun, high-energy show, based on the beloved 2001 film of the same name, took those fortunate enough to be in the audience on a magical ride, keeping them grinning from ear to ear, singing along with the songs, and cheering on the protagonists throughout the show. 
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  • Spring Hatchery Update

    It has been all hands on deck this past week as the Mark Hobson Hatchery prepared for the release of thousands of juvenile Coho salmon into neighbouring Hartl Creek for their journey to the Pacific Ocean. Months of hard work go into the rearing of these fish in the on-campus hatchery, and students in Science 9 and Environmental Science 11 and 12, as well as the Fly-tying 360, play an important role in the annual cycle of incubating, caring for, and releasing the fry. Under the watchful eye of science teachers Laura Robson and Justin Wilke, students get hands-on experience while learning about the central role this species plays in the ecosystem of the Pacific Northwest.
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  • Legally Blonde the Musical

    Shawnigan’s musical theatre cast and crew have been busy preparing for their upcoming production of Legally Blonde the Musical. A fabulously fun award-winning musical based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Action-packed and exploding with memorable songs and dynamic dances, this musical is so much fun it should be illegal!
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  • Sunflowers for Ukraine

    As conflict continues in Ukraine, it can be difficult for students at the School to know how to respond. In Saturday’s chapel, Grade 12 student Danica M., a member of the Service 360, addressed the students and announced an initiative for students to show their support for Ukraine and all those affected by the ongoing conflict.
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  • March

    Shawnigan Hosts the VEX Robotics Island Regional Championships

    The Shawnigan Robotics team finished up a great season at the VEX Robotics Island Regional Provincial Championships on Saturday, March 5, hosted here on the Shawnigan campus. Top robots from across the island gathered in the new gym and battled for four berths in the VEX Robotics World Championships, taking place in Texas this summer. The four berths were awarded to teams and their robots in the categories of Excellence and Design, with two spots also given to the Tournament Champions. Our teams fought hard and all made it to the quarter-finals, where they were eliminated in close matches. One Shawnigan team posted the fourth-highest score in the province for individual skills challenges and another team posted the sixth-highest provincial score for skills. This is a huge accomplishment as they have seen great progress year over year.
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  • C.A.S.E.

    There is always something new and exciting going on at Shawnigan Lake School, and for our Communications, Arts, Sciences and Entrepreneurship (C.A.S.E.) program, which encourages innovation in the Applied Arts, that couldn’t ring more true after two new purchases made possible by C.A.S.E. donors and the Bradley Family Foundation. A new white toner transfer printer, as well as a plotter printer, have been put to the test by our students with great results. The white toner transfer printer allows the Digital Arts students to take their artwork and print it onto T-shirts and Hoodies. It has provided the students with extra motivation resulting in better and more thoughtful artwork as well as a physical medium in which to display their designs. Graphic Arts inherently tend to stay digital, and this new printer has meant the students have a fun way of bringing their designs to life for others to enjoy too.
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  • February

    Mark Hobson Hatchery Update

    With signs of spring around us, tucked away in the Mark Hobson Fish Hatchery located in the heart of campus on Lake Omar, there are thousands of salmon eggs at the start of their life cycle under the watchful eye of Shawnigan students. Offering a hands-on learning experience with this little school of fish, the lessons learned while in the hatchery extend outside of the classroom. It all starts with the delivery of the salmon roe which are cared for as they go through their stages of development, from alevin to fry to smolts, when the time comes to release them into nearby Hartl Creek which joins with the larger Shawnigan Creek. With Hartl Creek then becoming their natal creek, it is anticipated that these salmon will return year after year as part of their life cycle. The role the hatchery plays is significant as Shawnigan Creek has one of the largest Coho Salmon returns in the entire Province.
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  • January

    Search, Rescue and Outdoor Skills Goes to New Heights

    The Search and Rescue (SAR) 360 spent a sunny day this week high in the sky as they got fully immersed in rescue training as part of their unit on rope rescue. Taking all of the skills learned while on campus, they ventured over to the local fire department where they participated in high-angle rescue simulations involving injured ‘patients’ (volunteers from the group) who had ‘fallen off a cliff’ and retrieving them on stretchers using ropes. Simulating this scenario allows for first-hand practice with incident command and for these students, the hands-on experience from this is invaluable. The teamwork required to execute such a task, all while learning the do’s and don’ts as you go, is something the students can only benefit from.
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We acknowledge with respect the Coast Salish Peoples on whose traditional lands and waterways we live, learn and play. We are grateful for the opportunity to share in this beautiful region, and we aspire to healthy and respectful relationships with those who have lived on and cared for these lands for millennia.