Happy Monday to everyone, here’s to a great final week of classes before Winter break! Just a quick reminder to everyone that last day of classes for the break are this Friday, December 19, before returning back in the new year on Monday, January 12. However, we know everyone will be missing what’s still going on at the school so we wanted to take this time to remind everyone of our social media presence. Visit and Like us on Facebook for a slightly less formal place to find up to date news, events, and plenty of photos and links to the goings on around the school; Follow us on twitter for the quickest updates on school-related announcements; and finally follow the newest addition to our online presence, @dwightcanada on Instagram. While our website is a great resource, we are always working on improving our online presence to make sure everyone that wants to can stay as connected as possible. Get the best out of the Dwight School experience by joining us online as well! Follow @dwightcanada
Our Dwight faculty and staff enjoyed a lovely local parents Meet and Greet evening. It was a great chance for us to get to know parents and learn more about our students from local communities. Thank you to all who were able to attend. Nurturing such relationships it what helps us to provide a high quality educational experience and learning environment. We are looking forward to further developing our relationship with parents and students during the following upcoming events: One World Festival in Duncan; Our Kids Expo in Vancouver; and Model United Nations in Mill Bay.
We are excited about the start of another school year with new and returning students! We will be welcoming students from across Canada; Japan; Taiwan; Hong Kong; China; Nigeria; Germany; Vietnam; Mexico; Korea; and local students from Shawingan Lake and the rest of the Cowichan Valley. Orientation begins at 9:00am Tuesday, September 2nd. Get ready for classes but don’t miss out on the fun orientation activities such as swimming, canoeing; Les Misérables in Chemainus; hiking; and the East Sooke Park excursion. We also welcome new faculty members: Ramona Scott, Nancy Young, Amanda MacLean, Ming Ling, Emma Eisner; Isaiah Lansdowne; Katie Lansdowne; Leyla Nikkel, and new non teaching staff: Tiana Ramsay and Deanna Stephenson. We are awaiting your arrival!
Graduating from Dwight School Canada is a major milestone, and just one of many to come. As your life and career paths unfold, our Alumni programs will bridge the gap between life as a student and life after high school, providing opportunities for you to share your achievements with the Dwight community. The alumni program will be launched in the 2014/15 school year, and we look forward to having you join our rapidly growing community of alumni around the globe. Alumni and alumni parents will gain access to exclusive opportunities, such as: · High School Reunion activities · Alumni events · Updates on Dwight alumni around the globe · Access to special Dwight perks such as mentorship opportunities, gifts, discounts with local businesses, and our Refer-A-Friend program We look forward to having you join Dwight’s network of alumni! Provide us your contact details below and we will keep you up to date with Alumni developments, and send you a gift to commemorate your time spent with us. Loading…
Is an International Baccalaureate (IB) education right for your child? Dwight School Canada is hosting an information session entitled Why IB?, to discuss the benefits of an IB education. Recognized worldwide as the “gold standard” in pre-university preparation, Why IB? is an opportunity to find out about the IB Diploma Programme from current IB students, parents of IB students, and Dwight faculty. During this information session, our Dwight staff and students will discuss the benefits and challenges of an IB education and what that education could mean for your child. If you are a parent of a student in grades 7-11, please join us for Why IB? and enjoy a complimentary dinner at our beautiful lakeside campus. Attendees will be entered to win a full bursary for our summer leadership programme, worth $2,500. Wednesday April 16, 2014 6:00 – 7:00 P.M. ~ Dinner ~ 7:00 – 8:30 P.M. ~ Why IB? ~ ~ Please RSVP below, and we look forward to having you join us!
Toni, Sunny, Chloe and Raven relaxing on a beautiful summer day
School has finally begun and students from around the world are meeting one another and learning about different cultures. Dorm parents and assistants help facilitate this process as by ensuring that roommates come from different parts of the word. As a result students learn about different cultures and practice their English. During the first week of orientation, the facilitators led a massive game of “knock-out”, a basketball game in which each student tries to score a point before the student behind him or her scores a point. This game started with approximately fifty students and by the process of elimination, the numbers of competitors decrease until two opponents face one another for the winning title. Fellow students began to cheer for their classmates with laughter and excitement. The two final competitors were Fernando Jorge from Mexico and Robert Spencer from New York. After a heated final round, Robert was triumphant. Both finalists shook hands after the game and were congratulated by their classmates. No matter where a student comes from or what language they speak, the element of sport and friendly competition is a uniting thread that can lead many friendships. During free time, many students initiate a game of basketball or volleyball in the gym.
During the months of July and August, high school students from around the world participated in the ‘Dwight Global Leaders Academy,’ (DGLA) a two-week program that fostered the learning of key leadership and social entrepreneurship skills. Inspirational speakers offered participants words of inspiration, such as world-renowned performer and musician Keith ‘Wildchild’ Middleton, actor and marathon runner Matt Hill, and President of the Institute for Civic Leadership, Kirk Spahn. As a result, participants were prepared and ready to learn the tools to successfully carry out their very own service project while being guided by experienced facilitators. Bryan Kevin Laguna Chavez, a student enrolled in the program from Peru, built his service project with a vision to educate Peruvian children about the spread of Tuberculosis, a common disease which took his Mother’s life many years ago. Chavez had planned to use his passion for art, drawing animated pictures, to help teach children about the characteristics of Tuberculosis. These pictures would indicate how Tuberculosis attacks the lungs and how it can spread from one person to another. Although this academy is only two weeks and as a result, Chavez has not yet completed his project, academy facilitators will follow up with students to offer advice, support and encouragement to ensure that each student completes his or her service project. The amount of talent, inclusiveness and motivation these young participants posses is what makes the academy so remarkable. The DGLA, which takes place annually on the campus of Dwight School Canada, is open to participants aged 15-18. Anyone interested in the academy or would like additional information can visit the Dwight Global Leaders Academy website at dwightleadershipacademy.org
Experience and Explore Canada with Dwight School Canada! Enroll Today in Our Excursion, Immersion, and English Language Program Dwight School Canada invites students between the ages of 12-18 to apply for a three-week learning and exploration program, from January 4-25, 2014. Specially designed for Latin American students, our program offers you the unique opportunity to experience Dwight School Canada’s exceptional education, make new friends, improve your English, and learn about Canadian culture and traditions first-hand. We share the same mission as Dwight School in New York, which has 141-year -old tradition of academic excellence: igniting the “spark of genius” in every child. Through personalized learning, small class sizes, and inspiring faculty, Dwight students discover their passions and develop a love for learning. Beyond our English language program, you will have the opportunity to join Dwight Canadian and other international students in our classrooms, where you will be challenged to use your knowledge of English to participate in classes such as art, social studies, science, and gym. We have also planned many activities and excursions for you to enjoy during after-school hours and on weekends, such as ice hockey, ice skating, and skiing; exploring the surrounding area, including a visit to Victoria, the capital of British Columbia; and lots more! Our 23-acre campus is located on beautiful Shawnigan Lake, where accommodations, meals, and laundry service are all included in the fee of $3,450 Canadian dollars. To register, click here: Registration Form For more information and to enroll, please contact Stephen Johnson at email@example.com or 1.250.929.0506.
CELEBRATE FAMILY DAY 2013 with a “Passport to Shawnigan” Who: This is a family event, so bring the kids & have some fun! What: It’s all happening at Shawnigan! Grab your “Passport” and go on a family adventure in and around Shawnigan to discover some of the great treasures in our community and win and win $hawnigan dollar$ that can be spent at any participating businesses in Shawnigan. How: Register beginning February 2nd to get your family Passport, by dropping your registration and applicable fees to the Shawnigan Lake Museum, the Village Chippery or The Style Centre Barbershop (registration form can be found in the January Edition of the Shawnigan Focus, or simply in person at one of these locations). $1 per family member includes a hot dog and drink. Where: With your passport, you will visit seven designated locations that have been chosen this year to celebrate our Train History. Choo-choo-choose to participate! Take a current snapshot of your family at each destination and bring your photos (printed; or on your camera; on your computer) to the Village Chippery, The Shawnigan Lake Museum or The Style Centre Barbershop where your passport will be stamped for each location visited. The more locations you visit, the better your chances are to win prizes! You have until the wind-up on February 11th to complete your passport. Event: On February 11, attend a wind-up at the Dwight School gym from 11-2 for great family activities – a maple tapping demonstration; a community craft that your family can create which will become part a special outdoor community art display; hot dogs and hot apple cider, to find out about prizes & more For more info, please email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Dwight School Canada
2371 Shawnigan Lake Rd.
Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia
V0R 2W5 Canada