Earlier this week, students from Entrepreneurship and Marketing 10 held their very own version of the popular show Dragon’s Den, pitching ideas to a panel comprised of the Shawnigan Parents Association. The goal? That their project be selected and provided with a financial investment to make it a reality. Student groups were tasked with coming up with an idea to better our Shawnigan community, and with an audience, including the Head of School, seated comfortably in Mitchell Hall, they courageously addressed the room and pitched their ideas.
The proposals were inspiring, fun and practical, ranging from a permanent events tent, gym upgrades, and installation of lighting at the sports fields to donating portable water filtration devices to those in need and the construction of a mini-golf course. In one way or another, the ideas all contribute to the overall improvement of the student experience on campus. By reaching out to mentors for advice and support and then researching what their proposal would entail, they put together PowerPoint presentations in the hopes that their request will be strong enough to win over the judges and be awarded funding to see it come to fruition.
Through these inquiry-based projects, students learn valuable skills that will benefit them for many years to come. The ability to go from the initial planning stages to researching and then presenting one's ideas can be utilized in so many ways throughout life. For these up-and-coming young entrepreneurs and marketers, the professionalism displayed and the experience gained during events like this are examples of how Shawnigan is preparing its students for the world outside its gates and aligning with the School’s strategic pillar of Inspiring Academic Excellence.
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.
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