2017 An Advantageous Trip to Vancouver Island, Canada - Immersion Programme in Shawnigan Lake School ‹ BACK
Our school always motivates students to learn more outside the classroom. This year, three of my fellow schoolmates: Matthew Ng from 1R, Alisha Wong and Eugenia Wong from 2R, joined me on the 2017 Canada Immersion Program,organized by the English Department from 6/4 - 20/4 for a transformative experience on Vancouver Island. We studied at Shawnigan Lake School, with Grade 8 and Grade 9 students, and immersed into Canadians' culture by living with our host families. Our luggage weighed much more on our return flight, as we returned with splendid memories and knowledge.

Shawnigan Lake School is such a vast and diverse place, which has gathered affectionate teachers and students from different nations. Everyone at Shawnigan Lake School was extremely kind-hearted and helpful to us. Despite this, the enormous campus of this school had the four of us 'chickened out by', or afraid of, on our first school day. Furthermore, we were entirely astounded by the efficient and active learning atmosphere of the classes there. Students from there are not only learning to tackle their examinations, but also how to broaden their horizons of the world.

Apart from the fun-filled school life in Shawnigan Lake School, we also had a fantastic homestay experience with our host families. We learned a lot of local culture and perspectives through the conversations with our gracious host families. Also, we went out on weekends to explore more of this charming island. We went to Parksville, downtown Victoria and Kinsol Trestle. The views there are stunningly breathtaking!

The exchange experience in Canada was indeed an eye-opener for us. Memories and friendships which we have established there will linger in our memory for a lifetime. We would like to express our thankfulness to a few people. First of all, thanks to our headmaster, Miss Wong for providing this precious opportunity for us. Also, thanks, Miss Sparrow, our NET teacher, for accompanying us to Canada. Besides, we would like to thank our host families, who helped us to solve the obstacles we faced. Last but not least, we would like to thank Mr. Robertson, the headmaster of Shawnigan Lake School, and Ms. Boudreau, the English panel head of Shawnigan Lake School, for making this unforgettable trip possible.

The world is like a book. You will not learn more if you are not willing to step out of your comfort zone and explore the whole world. I know the first step is always the hardest, but why not give it a try? Trying is not fatal. Instead, trying will lead you to a successful path.

By Arlene Lam Wing Kwan, 3R
  • Matthew and his buddies in front of the Chinatown in Victoria
  • Eugenia and her buddies
  • Arlene and her buddy, Nicole Cherry
  • Alisha and her buddy