Sheringham Point Lighthouse Preservation Society
SHERINGHAM POINT LIGHTHOUSE PRESERVATION SOCIETY
Project Team (Change Canada Consultants Ltd.):
Ian Fawcett (Project Manager)
Kathleen Arnason (Project Coordinator)
Bill Turner (Project Advisor)
Commemorative Book designed and written by Ian Fawcett.
SPLPS: Michael Galizio (President)
Contact: [email protected]
Address: PO Box 1002, Sooke, BC V9Z 1J1
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Exploring the Lighthouse
Sooke Elementary School
The Sheringham Point Lighthouse Preservation Society........................................................................4
Exploring the Lighthouse............................................................................................................................ 5
Exploring the Lighthouse - The Program.................................................................................................. 6
A Brief History of the Lighthouse...............................................................................................................7
Exploring the Lighthouse - Reflecting What You See..............................................................................9
Exploring the Lighthouse - Telling Your Stories...................................................................................10
Photographs and Stories from the Students in Division 2 (Ms. Stirling’s Class)............................11
A BigThank You .........................................................................................................................................59
Raising Funds to Protect the Lighthouse..............................................................................................60
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The Sheringham Point Lighthouse Preservation Society
In 2003, the Government of Canada declared that Sheringham Point Lighthouse was no longer needed to ensure maritime safety. Advances
in technolgoy meant that the Lighthouse was to be discarded – torn down, sold off for other uses or, simply, left to rot and eventually to fall
In response, a small group of neighbours gathered to form the Sheringham Point Lighthouse Preservation Society. They were determined
that the Lighthouse, which had stood for 100 years as a symbol of their community, would not be lost. For the next twelve years, the So-
ciety’s volunteers worked extremely hard to fight for the lighthouse’s protection, doing everything they could to raise awareness about the
threat to the Lighthouse. They rallied their community, local businesses and other groups, lobbied and strategized with all levels of govern-
ment, raised funds and, eventually, put forward a plan to take on the responsibility to care for the Lighthouse themselves.
In 2015, the Society’s efforts were successful. The government agreed to transfer the property to the Society and also, at the same time, they
officially designated Sheringham Point Lighthouse a “Canadian Heritage Lighthouse”. As the new owners and stewards the Society is now
working to restore the Lighthouse to its former glory, and to make sure it will always be accessible for the public to enjoy and appreciate.
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Sooke Elementary School
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.
The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
~ Albert Einstein
Children today have a greater range of opportunities open to them than historians. It’s not just about dates and obscure locations, nor is it just
at any time in recent history, and greater freedoms than ever before. about great battles, world-shaking events, the comings and goings of kings
Thriving in this chaotic environment requires an ability for all children to and queens and presidents. It’s also about the lives of the people who
be able to find a strong foundation from which they can build their lives, lived here before, their struggles and triumphs, their thoughts and ideas
achieve their full potential and realize their dreams. that nurtured their families, built their communities and shaped their
For most of us, that foundation starts with the family, and extends out- world. It’s about the stories our grandfathers told us, and those from our
ward into the community. Just as a tree needs deep roots to grow tall and neighbours. We all have stories in our lives and they are, in their way, as
strong, so does a child draw nourishment and vitality from his or her own full of drama and intrigue as any of the great sagas of our history classes.
roots, from the comfort of belonging, from having a place to call home. It is our stories that shape us, that make us who we are.
Understanding and, in particular, experiencing their own connections to Our history – our heritage – is best lived and experienced, understood
the people and places around them is invaluable for children in so many through the things we can touch and feel, and passed on in a way that
ways. Learning about their own and their community’s history provides a touches our hearts and our imaginations. It’s why we need to work hard to
base from which they can explore their world and help them answer that conserve and appreciate our heritage, not just the castles and stately man-
most fundamental of questions: “how did this come to be?” sions, but the cottages and the old lighthouses as well. Those remnants of
our past have stories to tell.
Our history – our heritage – is not just an academic pursuit to be left to To help children in the local area strengthen their connections to their
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own community, we wanted to provide an opportunity for them to visit
Sheringham Point Lighthouse, to learn about its history and operations,
to appreciate its significance and understand why it is being conserved. It
was also our hope to inspire them – and, through them, their families and
friends – to take a personal interest in further exploring their community
and helping to protect and celebrate the future of the Lighthouse.
We developed a short program, called “Exploring the Lighthouse”. This has Focused in on the visit to the Lighthouse
1. History and Operations – we provide a short presentation outlining It is the Society’s hope that we will be able to find the resources to make
this project an annual event, and to include all the schools in the local
the history of the Lighthouse, and also talk about how lighthouses area.
work and their role in maritime safety and community development.
2. Visit to the Lighthouse – the students visit the Lighthouse to see first-
hand what it’s all about, and to experience its remarkable character
3. Reflections – we ask the students to creatively express their impres-
sions of the Lighthouse site by:
• Taking photographs while they are at the site, focusing on the
features that capture their attention/imagination.
• Writing and illustrating a story (either fictional or non-fic-
tion) about a Lighthouse.
4. Commemorative Book - we compiled the students’ photographs,
stories and art work into this commemorative book, which is being
provided on-line to all of the children, their families and the whole
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A Brief History of the Lighthouse...
SSheringham Point Lighthouse was built in 1912, and illuminated for the Creation of the Light- Under construction - 1912
first time on September 30 of that year. house began in 1911,
The Lighthouse was built in response to the tragic wreck of the steamship with the purchase of 4
SS Valencia, on January 22, 1906. En route from San Francisco to Victoria acres of land from Shir-
and Seattle, late at night and in rough weather, the Valencia missed the ley resident Edwin Clark.
turn into the Strait of Juan de Fuca and steamed directly on to the rocks The following year, the
near Pachena Point. Of the 173 people aboard, 136 were lost. lighthouse tower was
built, along with a small
Newly completed - ca 1912 boathouse and a house
for the lighkeeper and
his family. The first
lightkeeper, Eustace Ar-
den, arrived in Septem-
ber, and continued at the
site until 1946.
The light itself was
a 3rd Order Fresnel
Lens. Originally lit by
oil lamps (and later by
electric lamps), it was
made up of many prisms
which focused the light
into a powerful beam
that could be seen up to
25 km away. The lens ro-
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...A Brief History of the Lighthouse Following construction of the fog alarm building - ca 1926
Following construction of the boat house - 1912
tated through a clockwork mechanism of pulleys and weights – each about
180 kg – that had to be re-wound every three hours. Because of the size
and weight of the lens, it was seated in a bed of liquid mercury, to allow it
to turn without much friction.
In 1925, a fog-alarm building was added to the site, and a new “diaphone”
(two-tone) fog-horn was installed. Originally a wooden, peaked-roof
building, constructed in front of the tower, this building was replaced in
1976 with the concrete block building that is still on site. The diesel en-
gines that provided power for the site were also located in this building.
A number of other structures were added to the site over the years, includ-
ing radio towers and sheds, a fallout shelter (that was actually never used
as such, but was used to grow mushrooms), other utility buildings and, in
1964, a new, more modern house for the Lightkeeper.
During the 1980s, the Lighthouse was automated and it was finally de-
staffed in 1989 when the last lightkeeper left. Except for the tower and
the engine room (fog-alarm building), all the other structures on site were
taken down, or deliberately burned, to avoid vandalism.
Left largely unattended for the next thirty years, the Lighthouse began
to deteriorate and was in danger of being lost forever. Then, after many
years of lobbying by the local community, in 2015, it was transferred to the
Sheringham Point Lighthouse Preservation Society, and it is now being
restored to its original glory.
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“Photography represents the world we know, “The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to
see without a camera.”
and suggests a world beyond what we can see.
~ Dorothea Lange, Photographer
Creativity is the gap between perception and
Reflecting what you see...
Photography is a powerful tool for exploring the world around us. It
~ Emmet Gowin, Photographer causes us to focus more intently on what we are looking at, to look more
closely, pay attention to the details, and take nothing for granted. It cre-
ates an intimate connection with the subject and with the environment
that surrounds it.
While it’s a very personal process, the end result is universal. To appreci-
ate a photograph requires no ability to read, no language in common, no
prerequisite level of education or life experience. Just an ability to see and
to feel, and a willingness to participate.
For this part of the program, we provided each student with a cell phone
camera and some basic instruction in its use, as well a brief overview of
the art of photography. Then we asked them to take photographs while
they were at the lighhouse, focusing on the things that caught their atten-
tion and/or their imagination. When we returned to the school later, each
student chose his or her favourite photo, and explained why they chose it.
There were lots of amazing photographs – creative and insightful! The
following pages showcase their chosen photographs. Enjoy!
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“Tell me the facts and I’ll learn. Tell me the truth and “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would
I’ll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in my never be forgotten.”
~ Rudyard Kipling, Author
~ An old First Nations proverb
Kathleen talks about
Telling your stories... the importance of
Story-telling has always formed the underlying basis of human communi- creativity.
cation. Our stories are the ways that we connect ourselves to one another
and to our communities. They help define who we are and where come Ian tells the story about
from. Children naturally understand the power of story-telling, and we how the Lighthouse was
wanted to provide them with tools and strategies to explore and expand built.
their own story-telling abilities, to share their own stories and to learn
Author Kathleen Arnason spoke to the students about the basic elements
of creative writing, focusing on getting the children to explore their own
feelings and values and to think about what is important and has meaning
Each student was asked to write and illustrate a story (factual or fictional)
about a lighthouse, incorporating what they had learned and what they
had seen throughout the day.
The following pages contain the results of that work, and they speak for
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Photographs and Stories
from the Students in Division 2
(Ms. Stirling’s class)
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Anna-Maria’s Photo Selection:
MY FLOWER OF 2018
“I took this photo because I take a photo of
a flower every time I come there, and that
flower represents the flower of 2018.”
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Anna-Maria’s Pages (continued)
The Twins Who Save the Day
“Knock Knock.” “Who is there?” asked a girl. “Pizza delivery.” So with snakes on her head and her whole body was leathered. She was
the girl opened the door and in that second she turned into stone. sleeping so Nicky tied her legs with tape and her hands with tape.
The rest of the people in the apartment turned into stone. Then the While Alex was calling 911. After they were done the police came.
person walked out and looked at the building and all the windows “Hi and what are you doing?” said the Police. “Saving people,” said
and every brick had turned into stone. But it was not over yet. The Nick with a happy voice. “Guys she is just a girl in a costume,” said
two twins were hiding in the bush. They were only five years old and the police. They came to the lady and said “we’re sorry,“ with a low
their names were normal but people called them super Nicky and voice. But then the costume fell and nobody was there.
super Alex. Then they heard “tick tock.”
It was the woman’s shoes. They waited until the woman was out of 5 years later……..
sight. They went after her. They were talking and thinking about The twins had grown. They were about ten years old and they were
what the woman was up to. They walked and walked until they going on the field trip to the lighthouse. They were playing hide and
reached the gas station and a stone park. The woman entered the seek and they got lost. The bus went to school without them. It was
stone park. But they were smart enough to go in the bush and think raining. They had to go to the lighthouse to be dry. They went in-
of a plan. Nhaa they weren’t thinking of a plan. “Ding dong,” the side. BUT in a second ……….”BOOOO” said the woman who was
door of the stone park opened. A girl who entered the stone park, in the stone park.
she was about ten years old, but they never knew how old she was.
They waited for five minutes. “Ahhhhhhhhhhh” the girl was yell- WHAT WOULD HAPPEN?
ing. “We got to help” said Nicky. “No we can’t,” said Alex. “Why?” Will the woman turn the twins into stone?
said Nicky. “Because if we go inside we will turn into what that girl Or will they be slaves for her?
turned into.” Or will she be nice to them and be like a sister to them?
“That is it,” said both of them. They entered with sunglasses and And why would she hide in a lighthouse?
looking at the woman, which was not a woman at all. She was a lady
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Calvin’s Photo Selection:
“Because it shows the jagged sharp
danger is rocky shores.”
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Calvin’s Pages (continued)
The Lighthouse Trip
It was fun. We took a bus there.
Simon and Mason threw a rock into the water. The lighthouse was
cool. Ms Stuart’s class was there too. I went in the lighthouse. I
held a cool rock. I took a lot of pictures. We learned how to make
stories. After, we wrote stories.
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Carter’s Photo Selection:
THE DEATH WALK
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Carter’s Pages (continued)
...more photos by Carter:
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Claire Ivy’s Pages
Claire Ivy’s Photo Selection:
“I chose a photo of the lighthouse that was
still being repaired. I like the photo because
the background was the ocean and moun-
tains, and also I chose this photo because it
looks cool and a reminder that our class and
Ms Stuart’s class came there.”
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The Scary Doll
by Claire Ivy
Once upon a time there were two kids named Clara and Ivy. They
were visiting this lighthouse close by the ocean, when a storm ap-
proached near it. It was pouring hard, and the two girls ran inside
the lighthouse for safety. As they stayed there they got hungry, so
they went out and ran home as fast as they could.
Early the next morning they went back to the lighthouse, and then
they saw a path way down to the lighthouse basement. They went
down it, then when they reached the bottom of the lighthouse they
saw a creepy doll floating on the water… They ran back as fast as
they can back to the top of the stairs and then straight back home.
They never expected that they would see that, so they told their
parents. Their parents didn’t believe them, so Clara and Ivy said
to come with them. When they arrived at the lighthouse they went
downstairs, but when they showed them where the scary doll was...
it was gone!!!!...
Their parents laughed… But at least they never saw the doll again.
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Ella’s Photo Selection:
Ella was unable to be with us when we visit-
ed the lighthouse. But if she had been there,
we think she’d have taken a photo like this.
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Ella’s Pages (continued)
One day long ago a girl named Allie went to the Sheringham Light- about her research but she had left her papers on the bench she was
house to study. Allie was in 8th grade and was studying lighthouses sitting on. She decided to try and see the inside of the lighthouse
in Canada. Allie was curious about the lighthouse and decided to go before calling someone to come and rescue her. So she stood by the
see what was inside. lighthouse door, put her hand on the door knob and opened it. She
When Allie walked down the path to the lighthouse it got very went inside. On the inside of the lighthouse there was a long stair-
windy. Allie said to herself “It’s very windy, I should go back” but case that led to the top.
all of a sudden the wind stopped. Allie was shocked, so she carried Allie was nervous but she really wanted to see what was up there so
on walking to the lighthouse. When Allie arrived at the lighthouse she went up the stairs. She arrived at the top; the light wasn’t on and
door she heard cracking noises coming from behind her, when everything was dark, but Allie saw something in the corner of her
Allie turned around she saw that the bridge had a huge crack in the eye. Allie was curious of what the light was so she walked towards
middle! She said to herself “If the bridge breaks I won’t be able to it and saw a book. She read the title and it said “The History of All
get home safe’’, but it was too late, the bridge broke in two and Allie the Lighthouses in Canada” Allie was so happy to find it for her
panicked. “What do I do? Will I be able to get home?” research. Than Allie called her friends to come get her.
Then she realized she still had work to do, she had forgotten all The End
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Grace’s Photo Selection:
THE LOVELY TREE
“I chose it for the lovely colours of the tree
and it is nature. The most important part of
life is nature!”
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Grace’s Pages (continued)
Lily and the Lighthouse Keeper
Once upon a time there was a lighthouse and a little girl named Lily they crashed! I will go see if they’re ok Lily.” “Ok,” said Lily. “Hello
all alone and scared. And then there was a lighthouse keeper who anyone out there?”
said “Come in, come in I have hot chocolate on the oven.” “Ok,” said “Yes I’m out on the cliff. I will come up off the cliff. Hello sir my
Lily, “I will come in but you don’t put hot chocolate on the oven.” name is Carlee.” “Well my name is Max, I work here. Come into the
“Mine does,” said Max the lighthouse keeper. “Oh-ok?” lighthouse.” “Ok,” said Carlee. “This is a big house.” “I know,” said
“Ok where are your parents?” “I don’t have parents.” “Oh-ok I’m Max. “And this is Lily. She came here a couple of hours ago.” “Hi, I
sorry you don’t have parents. I can be you parent,” said Max. “Ok,” like children,” said Carlee, “they are full of imagination.” “And this
said Lily. “Up here is your room Lily, for now. Oh I’ve got to move is the dog Dandelion.” “I love dogs.” “Ok, you will love him.” “Well I
the light of the lighthouse, it has been four hours. Ok Lily go to have to go,” said Carlee. “I love your house, thank you.”
sleep.” “Ok Max. There’s a boat Max.” “Oh no! Move!” he yelled, and
then ran outside. There is a cliff side the boat can crash. “Oh no, The end!
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Helix’s Photo Selection:
“I chose it because it’s really old and it talks about the barrier
between the United States and Canada.”
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Helix’s Pages (continued)
The Haunted Lighthouse
There are some kids up the road from the Lighthouse. They like to won't be that easy. So let's start the adventure. On our adventures we
explore. They're going to the lighthouse to explore, but they knew want to find some weapons to destroy the evil spirit. We also need
about a curse. They didn't believe it, so they went in. When they to find some armor. You don't want to get hurt by the evil spirits do
went in the door shut on them! you? We also need to find a base to keep some of our stuff and have
They were looking around, the curse was real. The Lighthouse is the shelter.”
size of a mansion. When they looked they saw a ghost. The ghost “At the top of this Tower we will find him. But I can't go past this
speaks to them, it was saying “Help us, please, There is an evil here. place, you guys have to go alone. Be careful when you go up the
It was the thing that cursed this lighthouse. If you free us from this Tower. There is an enemy behind every door, they will get stronger
curse you will be free and rewarded.” the more floors you go up. There's a total of 14 doors, how will we
“To defeat this evil first you need to defeat the five Evil Spirits, but it win this fight?”
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Jacob’s Photo Selection:
“I like this photo because it looks scary, I
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Jacob’s Pages (continued)
...more photos by Jacob:
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Kairi’s Photo Selection:
“It’s pretty and I just like the look of
the rocks by the water. It has a bit
of green in it and it’s beautiful.”
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Kairi’s Pages (continued)
Once upon a time there were three wolves, Aeva, Lileack and Lely.
They were running away from a hunter when they saw an aban-
doned lighthouse, so they ran in to hide from the hunter. But when
they went in the door shut behind them.
They were trapped and since it was late they went to bed. In the
morning Aeva was chasing a bunny up the stairs when she heard a
noise. With the bunny in Aeva’s mouth she ran down and she saw
Lileack and Lely in the corner. Lileack said they saw a ghost.
Aeva said she caught a rabbit so they ate it then they huddled in
a corner and fell asleep. The next morning Lileack walked up to
see Lely chasing a fox. Somehow the ladder was up and when Lely
turned the corner there was a loud noise. Lely fell all the way down
the ladder, Aeva caught her and then the door somehow opened.
They ran away as fast as they could and they never saw the light-
house again, but sometimes they see the fox in the forest, reminding
them of that night.
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Katherine’s Photo Selection:
“Because they are my favourite flower,
they give me hope and let me know that
spring is here and near. It also reminds
me of my great grandma who died a few
years ago when I was eight.”
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Katherine’s Pages (continued)
My Visit to Sheringham
At Sheringham Lighthouse I really liked being near the ocean and
seeing all the seals pop up out of the ocean. I liked seeing all the
Daffodils growing. I thought it was cool that we could see inside
the Lighthouse. I liked that we had total freedom and that we could
roam where we wanted, as long as we were being careful and safe. I
really liked hearing the rain when the class was under the tree, and
I liked being near my classmates. I thought it was awesome that
we got to make a wish on a three million year old rock! My visit to
Sheringham lighthouse was amazing, I’m so thankful that I got to go
there and hope there will be a lot more visits.
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Kiana’s Photo Selection:
THE BROOM BUSH OF 2018
“I chose a photo of a broom bush because I like the
colour combos and I liked that it was something I
found in nature.”
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Kiana’s Pages (continued)
The Ghost at the Lighthouse
One day long ago there was a girl named Katherine. Katherine and So they went to the top of the lighthouse to check it out. Once they
her class were going to Sheringham Lighthouse on the bus. Once got to the top of the lighthouse they saw the ghost, it was the scariest
they got on the bus Katherine sat with Laylah and they played thing they had ever seen. The ghost got closer and closer but they
games the whole way there. Then they got off and they were handed were as still as statues. Once they could move they went closer to see
a phone for pictures. They were told to explore a little bit. what it was. As they got closer they realized it was not so bad, and it
So they went to explore down by the water and took a picture of was friendly too, so they stayed up there for a while talking with it.
the light house. They could see a little blur in the picture. Laylah They were not scared of the ghost anymore. So every time they go to
asked Katherine “What is that?” Katherine said “I think it might be Sheringham Lighthouse they go to visit the ghost.
a GHOST.” Laylah screamed at the top of her lungs and Katherine THE END
said “Don’t make a noise it might hear you” .Laylah said “We should
tell someone.” Katherine didn’t want to though. She wanted to go
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Laylah’s Photo Selection:
THE CHAIN OF WONDER
“I like this photo because it makes me have
a wonderful feeling in my heart. And it’s so
beautiful, that’s why I chose it.”
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Laylah’s Pages (continued)
At the Lighthouse
One day there was a grade 6/7 class. The kids were very nice, well
most of them. There was a group of kids not listening to their
teacher and yelling bad things about the lighthouse. It was so rude!
Then their bus came. Those kids did not get on the bus, they hid
in the bush waiting until everyone was gone. Then they ran to the
lighthouse. It was very windy and stormy there. A girl named Kiana
and her friends Taylor and Josh and Tory and Glen. They were the
Taylor ran to the lighthouse with Glen and Kiana. Josh was the look-
out. Kiana went in the lighthouse slowly then Taylor came in with
Kiana. Josh yelled “Oh No!” So Kiana ran out with Taylor and Glen.
Josh said “Gotcha!” “Josh!!!” yelled Kiana, “THAT’S NOT FUNNY”
said Taylor. “WOW!” Glen said. “Sorry” said Josh.
Kiana once again went into the lighthouse with Taylor and Glen. “I
found something” said Kiana. “Wait, where’s Tory, oh no!” said Tay-
lor. 1 hour later finally we found Tory. “Where were you Tory?” said
Kiana. “I was at the top of the lighthouse” replied Tory.
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Marc’s Photo Selection:
“It looked very complex.”
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Marc’s Pages (continued)
“My Lighthouse” In my wrestling and in my doubts
by Rend Collective In my failures You won’t walk out
Your great love will lead me through
by Marc You are the peace in my troubled sea
I like this song because I first heard it at my favourite camp, Camp You are the peace in my troubled sea
Imadene. It connects to lighthouses because it is named “My Light- In the silence, You won’t let go
house.” It says “Troubled SEA,” and the sea is where the lighthouses In the questions, Your truth will hold
are. “SHINING in the darkness, carry me safe to SHORE,” because Your great love will lead me through
the lighthouse leads boats to shore and it shines. In a different ver- You are the peace in my troubled sea
sion of the song it says “Fire before us,” and fires is bright, like light. You are the peace in my troubled sea
Done. My lighthouse, my lighthouse
Shining in the darkness. I will follow You
My lighthouse, my lighthouse
I will trust the promise
You will carry me safe to shore (oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
Safe to shore (oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
Safe to shore (oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
Safe to shore
I won’t fear what tomorrow brings
With each morning I’ll rise and sing
My God’s love will lead me through
You are the peace in my troubled sea
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Natalie’s Photo Selection:
“The reason why I choose this photo is
because I like birds and my grandma
has a lot of pictures.”
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Natalie’s Pages (continued)
One dark and stormy night a little girl named Sam was on a ship. voice. The man made Sam some hot chocolate. Sam was very cold
The ship crashed. She was on her way to B.C. but she didn’t make it so the nice man gave Sam a blanket and a pillow and let Sam stay for
all the way there. Where she arrived was on a little island. She knew the night.
she wasn’t far. She saw a light. She had a feeling it was a lighthouse THE NEXT MORNING…
so she went to the ship and found some rope and food to last her the In the morning the man called the doctor.
THE NEXT MORNING Sam woke up at about 8:30 and the doctor was there when Sam had
When she woke up something weird happened. There were elk breakfast. The man checked her heartbeat, it was fine the doctor said
everywhere. There was even one next to her face. She thought they she just had a cold. The doctor said “I think she went for a walk and
kept her warm all night long. She went back to the ship and found couldn’t find her way back.” Sam said “that's not what happened!”
more food, rope and clothing. With all that stuff she found she made She said “my boat crashed on the other side of the island.” Both men
a little boat and she put it the water. She yelled “I'M ON MY WAY!” were surprised. The doctor left around 9:20. The man said “you can
20 HOURS LATER stay with me until we find your mom and dad.” Sam asked “what's
your name?” He said it's Jaxson but call me Jack.
“I’m … almost there she said, cold and shivering.” It began to get 2 months later they finally found Sam’s mom and dad. The mom and
very, very cold and foggy. It was really hard to see now. dad thanked Jaxson. Jaxson said to Sam “come visit anytime.”
She knew she was minutes away from land, she just knew it. She fi- THE END!
nally arrived at the lighthouse. A man said “come in, come in” a soft
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Neko’s Photo Selection:
“I chose my photo because the water looks
shiny and you can see grass in the water.”
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Neko’s Pages (continued)
The Spooky Lighthouse
0nce there was a girl named Emily, she had brown hair and blue A cold breeze blew past her and all of a sudden a hand grabbed her
eyes. One of her friends told her they went to this lighthouse called ankle once again and was pulling her down, she tried to look down
Sheringham Lighthouse and that is was spooky. but the wind was blowing her in both directions while she was try-
That night she went to the lighthouse with a camera to see if she ing to hold on.
could get any photos of a spirit or ghost. She went down the stairs Finally the hand went away with the wind and all was quiet. There
but something grabbed her ankle and she tripped. She got scraped were no sounds and the ocean was silent. She made her way up the
knees but that was not going to stop her. Emily made it down the ladder and on to the roof. The night was clear, it was pitch black
stairs and saw the lighthouse, it was huge! The windows were shat- except for the stars, they were bright. Something slapped the camera
tered, the walls were cracked, the wind was forcing the waves and out of her hands and pushed her off the lighthouse roof. She broke
crashing the rocks, but what made Emily even more scared was that her ankle but that was not going to stop her, she ran as fast as she
the door was opened. could up the stairs and into her car and drove away.
She ignored the door and spotted a ladder attached to the lighthouse
so she climbed up it. Half way up the ladder one of the steps broke
and she nearly fell so the rest of the way up she was extra careful. The end
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Raghed’s Photo Selection:
GREEN ROCKY BEACH
“I like this photo because it has green clear grass, a little
yellow flower and clear blue sea.”
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Raghed’s Pages (continued)
Once upon a time there was an old man at an old lighthouse. When rock in a safe place before he left.
he went inside the lighthouse the light shut down and he got scared Five years later... One day a class came and the teacher found the
so he went out. Then the light opened once he got out. After he said man’s special rock!
to himself, “Why does the lighthouse close when I get in and open She said to herself, ”I remember the old man that I saw making
when I go out?!” He did not pay attention to the sign! a wish on this rock, five years before I came here with the class!”
He went to the sign and it said you need to find a beautiful rock. When the class finished looking at the lighthouse their teacher
Also you should call it LUCKY ROCK. After that he found a pink asked them to make a wish on a rock. Then she told them the story
smooth rock. Then he went inside the lighthouse. The light stayed about what happened five years ago. Her students were surprised,
on so he was happy and EXPLORED the big lighthouse. He made a she was happy and the class went back to the school after that.
wish. THE END
After that he was moving to a different place so he put his special
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Roman’s Photo Selection:
“A metal plate which has the words Sher-
ingham Point Reference Mark on the top. It
looks important, that’s why I chose it.”
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Roman’s Pages (continued)
The Forgotten Lighthouse
Once there was a small village on an island. On that island was a
small lighthouse. The time was 1909 and the island was called “The
Graveyard of Ships” because the lighthouse was never lit up because
the village forgot about the need to do it.
One night some teenagers camped next to the lighthouse which
they remembered from the past. They heard a horn of a steam boat
but they did not know where it was so they tried to get into the
lighthouse to warn the boat about the island ahead of it. The door
was locked so they tried to climb to the top of the lighthouse and it
There was a small window that was open so they went through it
to get to the light, but the oil lamp was not lit. They went down the
stairs to the campfire to light it and ran up the stairs and put the lit
oil lamp in the light. It worked but it was facing the wrong way so
they pulled the weights to turn the light.
The steam boat missed the island and the lighthouse was given an
award (and so were the teenagers). From then on that lighthouse
was always lit and millions of lives were saved by that lighthouse.
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Rylee’s Photo Selection:
“I like this photo because it has beautiful
yellow flowers and one of the things at the
lighthouse that bring it colour.”
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Rylee’s Pages (continued)
The Haunted Lighthouse
One day there was a little girl named Amy, she was wearing a green
raincoat and grey boots. She was walking in a horrible storm be-
cause she was lost and had nowhere to go. She was sopping wet and
She came across a bright light and it was coming from the haunt-
ed lighthouse! She went to the door expecting it to be locked and
surprisingly it wasn’t. Amy stepped in and the door shut. She turned
around and said “I’m trapped! I need to find another way out.”
Amy looked around and only saw stairs so she climbed them. The
stairs were old creaky and rickety. She heard “drip drop drip drop
and creak….creak. She finally made it to the top and found a key.
“Yes!” Amy walked down the stairs and one of the stairs broke!
Amy jumped past the broken stair making it safely and rushed to
the door, unlocked it and then everything went blurry, and it turned
out it was all a dream.
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Simon’s Photo Selection:
“I chose this photo because I like boats.”
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Simon’s Pages (continued)
My Trip to the Lighthouse
It was fun. I really liked it when I threw a rock into the water. I also
liked taking pictures. I also liked the lighthouse and seeing the wa-
ter. And I also liked the drive.
My favourite part was when she told a story. And I also liked when
she taught us how to write better.
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Symon’s Photo Selection:
“I chose it because it’s very cool.”
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