The official opening of two key spaces has added new flavour to the Shawnigan campus.
On Friday, a garden party gave the girls of Kaye's House a chance to show off their new digs.
Renovated over the summer, Kaye's now includes a brand new combined kitchen and common room that opens up to a beautiful new BBQ area.
"The new addition creates a space for the girls to gather all together – something we didn't have before because the common room and kitchen were on completely different floors," says Kaye's House Director Erica Plater. "It has become the heart of the House, a place to connect with each other through cooking and eating and all within a comfortable, well-designed space."
Named The Hollings' Room, the new common room honours Maintenance Manager Ray Hollings' incredible 45 years of service to Shawnigan. A former member of Kaye's, Ray's daughter Emma Rae ’08 contributed a painting of a dove emblazoned with the house's new motto, Alis Volamus Proprus (Latin for 'With wings we fly').
The renovation was supported by a cast of donors and board members in conjunction with the Jim & Kathryn Shaw Foundation.
On Saturday morning, a celebration in the Friesen Centre drew attention to one of the school's most valuable resources.
The Macfarlane-Morris Teaching Kitchen includes state-of-the-art equipment used by a wide variety of school programs. Supporting the Stag Cafe, entrepreneurship classes, Prep Pizza Night, the baking fine art, third parties (like visiting teams), and more, Director of Advancement Rudy Massimo calls it "the most innovative classroom on campus." "Students come in here and learn about real life," Mr. Massimo says, adding "They see their successes and failures right away, and get lessons that can't be replicated in a regular classroom."
Part of the Centennial Campaign, the Macfarlane-Morris Teaching kitchen was generously supported by Board of Governors Vice-Chair Fiona Macfarlane, her husband Iain Morris, and children Kate ’12 and James ’17.
Shawnigan Lake School is a co-educational boarding school on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. The school is home to nationally-ranked academics, arts and athletics, with 100 per cent of graduates accepted to university.