Making Choices at the 360 Fair

There was something for everyone in the Quad last Friday.
360 is Shawnigan’s co-curricular after-school program, and the annual 360 Fair gave students an opportunity to check out this year’s offerings — 31 in all — before deciding what option they want to pursue.
360 operates separately from regular classes, but is a vital part of the Shawnigan Journey that helps the School develop well-rounded individuals. It started with a focus on fine arts, but has evolved over the decades to include a wide range of activities, from Astronomy Imaging & Outreach and Grassroots Service to Homework Helpers and Search & Rescue.
Students participate in 360 at least twice a week, with optional sessions available on Saturdays. Programs are run with a large amount of guidance from the students themselves; in fact, some have developed directly out of student initiatives.
Shawnigan has made some significant changes to the 360 program this year for our Grade 8s and some of our Grade 11 and 12 students. For the Grade 8s, the changes will help them adapt to the
From September to Ski Week, the Grade 8s will take part in a tailored program that will cycle them through seven activities, with eight students in each group. Grade 8s will get to sample waterfront rowing and paddle sports, Enviro Club, robotics, clayworks, Model UN and debate, fly tying, and the new broadcasting 360. Each group will go through five sessions before rotating to the next 360 option. After Ski Week, Grade 8s will choose one 360 for the rest of the year. Grade 8 students who successfully audition for a part in the musical will not take part in the rotating program.
Certain Grade 11 and 12 students will be offered flexibility with regard to their 360 or sport commitments this year. Students who are rostered on a competitive first team sport or in lead or leadership roles in the Musical Theatre, Drama, Model UN or Robotics 360s can apply for a reduced slate for half the year. Student-athletes who successfully apply will be asked to attend one session of light 360 a week, as well as a minimum of two sessions of yoga, fitness and conditioning, or individual skill development with a coach. Similarly, 360 students who successfully have their sport commitment reduced will be asked to take part in a light, non-competitive sport option.
Among the students who may qualify for schedule flexibility are the leads in the School musical, which has been announced as Grease, an immensely popular show that has inspired more than 50 years of performances, not to mention a memorable 1978 movie. Auditions are already under way, and performances will take place in February.
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