New Beginnings

A new academic year has begun at Shawnigan Lake School, bringing with it a host of activities and events and infusing the School with energy and excitement.
New students received a warm welcome and introduction to Shawnigan in their first few days through special events such as a BBQ in the Quad, an address from school leaders in the Kaye Gardens, an orientation, and a swim test. By Wednesday evening the returning students had arrived, the boarding houses were full once more, and new and returning students were starting to make important connections.

Thursday marked the first day of classes. Nearly every student had a few butterflies in their stomach and more than one student got a little lost on their way to class, but teachers soon put them at ease. Later that afternoon, the fields, docks, courts, and ice rink became hubs of activity as students and coaches participated in the first sports practices of the year.

Students were invited to the Quad in grade groups on Friday afternoon to explore the world of 360 (arts and activities) offerings. With 30 options to choose from – ranging from robotics to search and rescue to musical theatre – everyone can find something that captures their imagination. Students will now submit a list of their top choices to Director of 360 Morgan McLeod, who will sort them into their groups over the weekend, in time for the first 360 sessions of the year on Monday afternoon.

All students met with their advisors on either Thursday or Friday afternoon. These meetings gave advisors and advisees the chance to get to know each other a little better and were an opportunity to go through the Gold Book (student planner) and set goals for the year.

We have asked all advisors to reach out to the parents of their advisees by Saturday lunchtime. We pride ourselves on the quality of our advisor system and value the important connections that are formed between students, parents, and advisors.  

Through it all, new friendships are being formed, passions and talents are being discovered, and memories are being made – all the hallmarks of an exceptional year.

Shawnigan Lake School is adhering to all COVID-19 guidelines released by the BC Ministries of Health and Education.
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.