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2019

  • October

    Celebrating 30 Years of Women at Shawnigan

    Visiting Shawnigan alumna Vicki Stronge '94 (School House) addressed the School at a recent Saturday chapel service. Her powerful message about gender equality included great insight into her time as a Shawnigan student, and was timely as we celebrate 30 years of co-education this year. Dr. Stronge has given permission for her words to be shared in this week's reflection. 
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  • Reflections on Terry Fox

    In Chapel on Sept. 24, Mr. Lupton gave the following address to students about Terry Fox and the personal impact of his sacrifices regarding the Marathon of Hope. I have asked that this beautifully-written address be posted here, under my weekly Reflections (with Mr. Lupton’s permission). *Caution: Multiple, cool 1980s’ cultural references ahead!
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  • September

    Chapel Reflection – Conservation and Conversation

    The Rev guides me on my reflections in Chapel and often encourages me to speak from the heart and to give the Shawnigan community a window into my soul.
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  • Invisibility and Harry Potter

    In chapel on Sept. 14, Reverend Holland gave the following address to students about the notion of invisibility.  Headmaster Lamont has asked that the address be posted here, with Rev. Holland's permission.
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  • Reflections on “hope” by Milena J. and Mrs. Connolly

    Chapel – September 12, 2019
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  • Opening Address to students and staff

    – Academic Year 2019/20 - Chapel Welcome
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  • June

    Reflecting on 'If'

    This address is inspired by Reverend Holland’s reflection on Saturday about Father’s Day and some recent events both on and off campus – from sports tournaments to exam season, from the Inter-house tug-of-war to prize and prefect selection, from our inaugural Pride Day to the community’s response to the loss of one of us. I asked Maria G., Ciaran B., Paige D., and Jojo T. to read the poem If as a prelude to my reflection this morning.
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  • Reflecting on D-Day

    Last weekend was so exciting with the Provincial finals for Boys Rugby and the CSSRA Rowing Championship at St. Catharines. Heartfelt congratulations to players and coaches alike. You wore black and gold with pride and distinction.
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  • Pride Day

    On June 4, Reverend Holland opened Shawnigan's Pride Day by sharing the following address in the Shawnigan Chapel.
    Headmaster Lamont has asked that the Rev's words be posted here, with permission.
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  • May

    Pigs and Endings

    In chapel on May 28, Reverend Holland gave the following address to students about his writing and 'Leaving Behaviour.'  Headmaster Lamont has asked that the address be posted here, with Rev. Holland's permission.
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  • Grad Gala Address

    It gives me great pleasure to welcome all our guests here this evening to the Graduation Gala of 2019.
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  • Read Crewhouse Opening Address

    It is a great pleasure to welcome you all, as Headmaster of Shawnigan, to this afternoon’s ribbon-cutting reception for the Rogers Wing of the Read Crewhouse, as well as seven new boat christenings and the presentation of the magnificent new docks – with a very special welcome to the Shaw and Rogers families and representatives from Shaw Communications and Rogers Communications.
     
    I would also like to thank George and Jane Hungerford and our Board members Janet Griesdale, Matt Brister, Roy McIntosh, and Zev Shafran for their contributions to the development of this Read Crewhouse project.
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  • April

    Welcome to the Cowichan District Hospital Foundation Gala

    It gives me great pleasure to welcome members of our local Cowichan community to this event, hosted by Shawnigan Lake School.
     
    I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge that we are on the traditional territory of the Coast Salish people.
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  • Melvin

    Reflecting on Mine Awareness Day

    The Rev and I have discussed the theme for this morning’s reflection and we settled upon ‘There is more in us than we think.’
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  • CAIS Student Leadership Conference 2019 – Opening Address

    It is a great privilege to welcome all our student and staff delegates to the 2019 CAIS Student Leadership Conference, hosted here at Shawnigan Lake School.
     
    I would like to begin by acknowledging that the land on which we gather is the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples.
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  • March

    Holocaust and Genocide Symposium – Opening Address

    I would like to begin by acknowledging that the land on which we gather is the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples.
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  • February

    Reflection from the Board Retreat

    On Feb 22nd, Headmaster Lamont addressed a gathering of governors, staff, parents, and students, during the Board of Governors retreat in Victoria.

    This reflection followed a day of conversation.
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  • Reflections on Ski Week 2019

    I thought that I would reflect on Ski Week 2019 – Shawnigan’s 45th adventure in Manning Park.
     
    It was my first experience of Ski Week – alongside many of you new to Shawnigan this academic year.
     
    I have many memories and reflections:
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  • C.W. Lonsdale, Lost and Found

    CW Lonsdale was born on the 1st of February, 1886, and died in 1952 – long before any of us had the opportunity to meet him.

    Thanks to Mr. Jay Connolly's address this week, we all have a much clearer picture of who Lonsdale was and what he can still mean to our school.  

    I have asked that his reflections be republished here, with permission.
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  • January

    Reflecting on the bishop's visit

    It gives me great pleasure to welcome Bishop Logan McMenamie to Chapel this morning.
     
    Bishop Logan has been our bishop for the past five years and has, in this time, been a champion for social justice and action and has recognized both a role and a responsibility to contribute to the healing, reconciliation, and relationship-building with the First Peoples of this land.
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  • Reflection on the Chapel Building

    I thought that this morning that I would reflect on Chapel itself, and how we can treasure it.
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  • Welcome Back!

    I’d like to welcome everyone back after the December break.

    I trust that you have had the opportunity to reconnect with families and friends and your home communities – and have taken time to recharge your batteries for the term ahead.
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