A new series sharing the hearts and voices of Shawnigan
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Erica H. '22, Renfrew (Edmonton, AB)
"When I'm not at school, I miss having that sense that I have tons of people around me and supporting me, and just knowing that if I have a bad day or if there’s anything up, I always have someone I can turn too, whether it's staff or a friend — you are never alone. Back at my school at home, I would sometimes feel like I had nobody to turn to, but here at Shawnigan, I have never felt that; I have never had to go through anything alone. Shawnigan is my life, to be completely honest with you. It has shown me so many parts about myself that I never knew I had before coming here, such as my love of field hockey and Model UN, which I feel very passionate about because it's helping shape me into the person I really want to be. Coming to Shawnigan is really terrifying at first, but you aren’t going to learn anything without facing that fear. It definitely puts you outside your comfort zone, but that’s the best way to learn. Just dive in head first; it's so worthwhile."
Shawnigan's Health Centre is staffed by Registered Nurses and school counsellors who work together with local doctors to support students with their day-to-day medical needs. At least one school nurse is on duty or on call at all times, and clinics are held on campus two or three times per week. The Health Centre also arranges all off-campus medical appointments for students and assists with prescriptions and other requirements.
Note: A nurse is always on call when the Health Centre is closed and can be reached by calling local 208.
Shawnigan’s Friesen Centre (“the Ritz”) is the hub of social activity for the School’s students. Located within the new Learning Commons, the Ritz is a popular place for students to study, socialize, play games and relax.
The Friesen Centre is the place to come for cookies, tea, coffee, fruit and vegetables. It's also home to school printers, as well as ping pong and pool tables.
The Ritz is also where, on Tuesday and Friday evenings, the Entrepreneurship 12 class operates the Stag Café — a tremendously-popular restaurant serving paninis, hamburgers, milkshakes and more.
In many ways, Marion Hall is the heart of the Shawnigan campus.
Built in 2002, our 500-seat dining hall features stunning vaulted ceilings and locally-harvested timber. This grand space serves as the perfect setting for another mainstay of the Shawnigan experience — our family-style dining.
At Shawnigan, most meals are served on the table, and students and staff sit together to enjoy a refined, traditional dining experience.
Under the guidance of our executive chef, James McClellan, the Shawnigan kitchen staff caters to all special dietary requirements and proudly serves meals that are the envy of school cafeterias everywhere.
Chapel plays a major role in the life of Shawnigan Lake School. That statement is bound to make some parents and students nervously ask; is this some sort of religious school?
The answer to the question is no. And yes.
One hundred years ago, Shawnigan was founded in the Anglican tradition. We still sing hymns, say prayers and hear parables from the Bible.
More importantly, however, the Shawnigan Chapel opens conversations about values and character. Under the guidance of the Rev. Jim Holland, chapel services address important topics regarding the search for meaning in the world.
Shawnigan's chapel also plays a broader role in school life. It's here that we gather as a community to celebrate our successes. It's here that we congregate to share our concerns and discuss the world around us. And it's here where students share their amazing talents — something that makes chapel a treasured part of the Shawnigan experience, for those of any or no faith.
Chapel services are livestreamed Tuesday and Thursday at 8 a.m. and Saturday at 11:15 a.m. during the academic year.
Shawnigan Lake School is a co-educational boarding school on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. The school is home to nationally-ranked academics, arts and athletics, with 100 per cent of graduates accepted to university.