Lunar New Year and Ice Hockey Seniors' Night

From Marion Hall to the Charlie Purdey Arena, Lunar New Year was celebrated across campus on Friday, March 1.
Students wore red – which symbolizes luck, joy and happiness in Chinese culture – to Marion Hall for a special dinner of Chinese food prepared by the kitchen staff. That was followed by a cultural entertainment provided by students of Asian heritage: singing and dancing, both traditional and modern, with plenty of interaction from the audience.
The Lunar New Year celebration has been a cherished tradition at Shawnigan for many years. Grace Z., who organized the festivities this year, was proud to help carry that tradition forward.
“The concept of sharing cultures and fostering a sense of belonging has been vividly expressed through creative performances, delicious Chinese food, and interactive activities,” Grace said. “The annual Lunar New Year celebration allows Shawnigan students not only to showcase their artistic talents but also to bond with each other, creating memorable communal experiences. Led primarily by students with the school's support, this celebration provides an opportunity for students to develop their leadership and communication skills. Special moments like the lion dance and the “GongXi GongXi” song have become cherished highlights in students' Shawnigan Journey.”
After the performances, the students all moved to the arena, where the U18 Prep girls’ ice hockey team took the ice in distinctive red and gold Lunar New Year jerseys, accompanied by a lion dance on skates. Because the exhibition match against the Vancouver Comets was the last home game of the season for the girls’ team, the nine graduating players on the roster were honoured in an emotional pregame ceremony.
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.