News & updates


List of 5 news stories.

  • Enhancing the Hatchery

    A project months in the making reached completion this week with a ceremony to celebrate the placement of 20 pieces of unique artwork created by Grade 11 and 12 Graphic Arts students at the Mark Hobson Hatchery, giving an Indigenous-inspired makeover to a vital piece of the science and experiential education programming on campus.
    The carved salmon, done in a formline style influenced by West Coast First Nations artwork, were created under the guidance of Mr. John Lyall, an artist and member of the Kwakwaka’wakw First Nation. Indigenous art is part of the BC curriculum, and Shawnigan Graphic Arts teacher Mr. Philip Toews wanted to give students a concrete way to experience that – “Part of my goal is to make graphic arts tangible. It’s not real until you can hold it in your hands,” he explained – but he also needed to be careful to teach his students about the subject matter without risking cultural appropriation. His solution to that quandary was to involve local First Nations artists like Mr. Lyall in the process.
    The students started with a pencil and sketchbook, drawing a salmon from a photo, then filled those forms out with shapes that are part and parcel of West Coast First Nations art, which they had studied the meanings of. Those pencil sketches became computer graphics in Adobe Illustrator. Those designs were refined – with continuous feedback from Mr. Lyall during the process – and converted into a format for carving on a CNC (computer numerical control) machine. Cowichan Woodwork then helped cut out the pieces, which the students sealed and painted for outdoor display.
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  • June Sports Update: Provincials and Nationals

    With four programs at the provincial championships and one at nationals over the last two weeks, it has been a busy period for our gifted athletes, but also a fantastic opportunity for Shawnigan to showcase our tremendous athletic programs.
    The First XV and the Iron Women earned silver medals in the boys’ AAA Tier 1 and girls’ AA tournaments, respectively in Abbotsford, while the Colts placed seventh at the junior boys’ championship.
    “All three teams and their coaches can be extremely proud of the improvement and determination shown representing their school,” interim Head of Rugby Mr. John Tait said. “All of our players contributed to successful seasons and wonderful memories and lessons from competing together. The future is bright and no doubt the lessons learned from this year will pay off in the years to come.”
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  • This I Believe

    Always an emotional event as students share their raw feelings in front of their classmates, this year’s “This I Believe” evening of speeches was held in the Chapel this past Tuesday.
    Grade 12 students gathered to hear 12 of their peers read essays they have written in their English classes about a topic of their choice – anything close to their heart. All students composed essays and read them to their classes, and those classes subsequently chose who would read their pieces on Tuesday.
    Shawnigan’s “This I Believe” program was inspired by the 1950s CBS radio series by the same name and many subsequent series that have used the same name.
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  • A Day for Health and Well-Being

    A well-being retreat on Sunday, May 26 gave students a preview of what is to come with the Shawnigan Health and Well-Being Centre.
    Over the course of the day, students were invited to take part in a variety of sessions related to different aspects of physical and emotional health, many of which are currently offered, or will be offered in the future at the new Health and Well-Being Centre.
    “This is one of the first times the building is being used to this degree,” School Counsellor Ms. Jennifer Tully said. “This is exciting and hopeful.”
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  • Film Fest Fulfillment

    Roll out the red carpet for Shawnigan film students!
    Students in both the curricular and 360 film programs came home from the BC Student Film Festival in Vancouver on May 24 and 25 with a total of three prestigious awards.
    Curricular film class students Kenzie G., Charlene K., Owen L., Patricio G. and Adam A. won the award for Best Senior PSA for their impactful film Least Expected.
    The 360 group won Best Junior Documentary for their moving film about Mr. Melvin Gómez, who was Artist in Residence at the School last fall, and Ash B. earned the title of Best Junior Director for the same film.
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Communications office

List of 5 members.

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    Jenny Dunbar 

    Communications & Marketing Manager
  • Photo of Arden Gill

    Arden Gill 

    Communications Associate
  • Photo of Nicole Belanger

    Nicole Belanger 

    Web Coordinator
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  • Photo of Elliot Logan

    Elliot Logan 

    Communications Associate
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    Kevin Rothbauer 

    Communications Associate
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