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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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John Muir 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 8 (Ms. Lovbakke’s Class)..............................11
A BigThank You .........................................................................................................................................61
Raising Funds to Protect the Lighthouse.................................................................................................62
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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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John Muir 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...
Sheringham 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
tated through a clockwork mechanism of pulleys and weights – each about Following construction of the boat house - 1912
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 “The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to
world we know, and suggests a see without a camera.”
world beyond what we can see.
Creativity is the gap between per- ~ Dorothea Lange, Photographer
ception and knowledge.”
Reflecting what you see...
~ Emmet Gowin, Photographer
Photography is a powerful tool for exploring the world around us. It
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
heart forever.” never be forgotten.”
~ An old First Nations proverb ~ Rudyard Kipling, Author
Telling your stories... Kathleen talks about
the importance of
Story-telling has always formed the underlying basis of human communi- storytelling and
cation. Our stories are the ways that we connect ourselves to one another creativity.
and to our communities. They help define who we are and where come
from. Children naturally understand the power of story-telling, and we Ian tells the story about
wanted to provide them with tools and strategies to explore and expand how the Lighthouse was
their own story-telling abilities, to share their own stories and to learn built.
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 8
(Ms. Lovbakke’s class)
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Ada’s favourite photo:
“Because the trees looked mysterious and the
waves looked perfect in the picture…and I loved
the colours in it.”
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On a cold and windy evening, Aztec a boy about 21 years old across this lighthouse.” Susie said “Oh, um, okay.”
was going on a hike. He got lost in the forest. He wanted to THUD. CRASH!!! Susie heard a shrieking scream! She was
find his way back. It was getting pretty dark out. He wanted to shocked in fear, standing very still in place, scared even to
use his phone to navigate, but there was no connection. move. She finally got the courage to look down the cliff to see
Suddenly, Aztec stumbled upon a cliff near the Sheringham Aztec on the bottom of the cliff. She started hearing strange
Point Lighthouse. At that time Susie was finishing up gar- noises in her ear and heard “Hahahaha he’s gone. Now finally I
dening at the lighthouse. Then Aztec heard a strange noise, have a soul to LIVE!” She started running away.
coming from the wind he thought. But then he heard a light The next day Susie told the old lighthouse keeper to knock
whisper in his ear and heard “Bring me your soul. I need your down the cliff. So the lighthouse keeper did and actually
soul to live. Give me your soul…” believed Susie. From that day Susie will always remember the
Aztec snapped out of confusion when Susie, the lighthouse day of the horrible disaster that happened on a Friday evening
gardener, said “Hey! Who are you and what are you doing on a cold and windy night…
here?” Aztec, still shocked, said “I’m lost and I stumbled
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Alexei’s selected photos:
Alexei was unable to join us for our visit to
the Lighthouse. If he had been there wer think
he would have taken some photos like these.
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Annika’s favourite photo:
“I like darkness in the shot and the waves on the beach.”
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Two Months in a Cove
It was a cold windy night. It was my second night on the have washed up on the beach. We made a little hut. I went to
boat 1611. I was travelling with my dog Scout. My name is collect seaweed and shellfish. We cooked shellfish and dried
Annika. I was taking Scout for a walk on the deck when the seaweed. We lived off that for what felt like forever, but it
suddenly there was a big crash and the boat started to sink. was only 2 months.
I grabbed a life preserver and put it on Scout. I grabbed one One day when I was collecting seaweed I heard a noise. It
for me too. We swam to the shore. When we got there we sounded like a car. I ran to see what it was. It was a police
were both wet and cold and shivering. We found some dry car. I was running and waving my arms in the air and yell-
leaves and dried off the best we could. Scout and I slept close ing “HELP PLEASE. I’VE BEEN TRAPPED HERE FOR 2
together, but the cold and salty wind made it hard to stay MONTHS. PLEASE STOP.” He must have heard, because he
warm. pulled over and asked what happened. I told him that when
When we woke up Scout started to sniff his way around, so the storm hit Sooke my boat crashed on the rocks, and how me
I followed him. After 3 or 4 hours of me following him we and my dog swam to the shore and found refuge in the cove.
started to see an opening in the distance. Scout was barking He drove me and Scout back to Sooke. When we got there
and started to run to the opening. We finally got there and we he asked me more questions. When he finished he asked me
could see a logging road. Along the road there was a sign. It what I think would have helped prevent that crash. I thought
read “Sooke 3 miles Port Renfrew 4 miles.” We thought we that we should put a big light that could keep the passing boats
would never make it. from hitting the rocks. That’s when the lighthouses came to
We decided to go to a little cove in the rocks. Me and Scout the world. Scout and I were now the light keepers of the light-
started to collect sticks and any rope we could find that may house. From that day on there were 20% less boat crashes in
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Ava’s favourite photo:
THE MAGICAL OCEAN
“I like this photo because the water has pretty
blue teal colours.”
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The Ocean Spirit
Two girls named Ada and Jamisynn were walking around in ghost Meleen, she would undo the curse. They tried different
a cave and suddenly they saw a lighthouse from afar, and its ways. It worked. Somehow, some way, Meleen is still a spirit
flickering lights. The strong breeze blew them towards the till this day at Sheringham Point Lighthouse. Ada and Jami-
lighthouse. It was dark and spooky looking. synn continue to visit Meleen often and share the beauty of the
There was a spooky legend going around in Sooke saying ocean from the top of Sheringham Point Lighthouse together.
that there was a girl who died there years ago…they called he How did they become friends you may ask? You can make
Meleen. She was so sad and no one came to Sheringham Point friends with spirits and ghosts with signs. My example is that
Lighthouse. She cursed the ocean if anyone dares to touch the if you see strange lights or something shining with colour you
ocean they will disappear. may catch a spirit of light flying around. Ada and Jamisynn
Ada and Jamisynn thought if they became friends with the tried a few times with signs of words with their hands. Finally,
the spirit of Meleen accepts the words of friendship.
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Estevan’s favourite photo:
“Because I think that the blue in it is gorgeous.”
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One quiet day on the blue ocean there was an old seaweed rid- Everyone got salt in their gills and started panicking. Froge
den boat, and there was also a frog named Froge. It had been a got scared, but everyone was counting on him. So he must do
long time since he had seen land, but today it was different be- something. He went to the old wise snake for some advice.
cause he saw a light in the Darkness. So being Froge, the wild The old wise snake said “You better use the snails to cover up
exploring adventurer on the sea, he started paddling as hard as the channel, and you will have to take on the monster your-
he could to the light. Soon, he saw a lighthouse. self.”
He got closer and he saw a lake by the lighthouse. It was an So everyone had to listen to him. All of the snails lined up by
old lake. It was full of algae, fish and snails. When he got there the banks are ready to push down all of the rock the monster
he took refuge there. In the lake there were 12 snails and an cleared out. Froge got ready to fight the monster. It was all
old snake. He got to know some of them, but not the snake. 5 silent and everybody wondered what was going on until Froge
years have passed for Froge. He go older and bigger and fatter said “Go!” It went crazy. The monster hit Froge, all the snails
and cuter. The snails, well they didn’t do much because they’re pushed in the rocks, and Froge hit the monster back. All of
so slow and they got slower. And the old wise snake got even this went on for hours, until Froge finally pulled out a victory.
wiser. He pulled the monster back into the ocean and all the snails
Today everyone got up at 8:00 am but the old wise snake got finished doing what they were told to do. The wise snake was
up at 7:00 am, because he woke up so early. He saw some- proud of Froge for doing such an accomplishment.
thing strange. The channel had been opened up and there It all seems so quiet on the pond. Froge was very happy that
was a strange and ugly monster blocking the way, to stop it. he could find the lighthouse to save everyone and so everyone
lives happily ever after.
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Gavin’s favourite photo:
“Because it is cool.”
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The Big Crash
One stormy night, my friends and I were on a cruise ship. As rates. Inside the cave was a rowboat. We looked to make
we were sailing along, we saw a light. The next thing I knew, sure the ghost wasn’t around then we dragged the boat out of
we crashed on to the rocks by a lighthouse. We were washed the cave to the shore. We loaded the treasure inside the boat.
up on shore and I saw a big pirate ship. I went inside the pirate Once we were off the shore, the pirates followed us, but we
ship and saw a treasure chest. I decided to bring it with me. were too far out to sea.
Suddenly there was a ghost following me. It was the Davey “That was close,” said Gavin. We sailed back to Sooke with
Jones ghost and he was following us. I tried to run. I tripped our treasure chest of diamonds and gold. We were rich and
on a twig and fell on the rocks. I scraped my knee, but my decided to buy a mansion beside the Sheringham Lighthouse,
friends helped me up. We ran to a cave to hide from the pi- because the lighthouse saved our lives!
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Georgia’s favourite photo:
THE ROCKY WATERS
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One day Molly and Georgia were walking by the beach. They “A ghost…Aaaaaahhhhhhhhhh…where?”
saw a trail so they took the trail. It led them into the forest, “Where.”
but Molly and Georgia kept walking and walking. Soon it “Nowhere,” said Georgia.
started to rain, but Molly and Georgia kept on walking until “Are you sure?” said Molly.
they found the lighthouse. Molly walked up to the lighthouse “Yes I’m sure,” said Georgia. “There’s no such thing as ghosts.”
door but it was locked. So she walked away, then suddenly, “You’re lying,” said Molly. “I am scared.”
the lighthouse light came on. Molly and Georgia got scared so “I know,” said Georgia. “I want to be home too Molly, but we
they ran away into the forest. They stopped running, but it was are here now. I wish we could go in to the lighthouse.”
still raining. “I don’t,” said Molly.
“Georgia, I am cold.” “Really?” said Georgia. “Let’s walk.”
“Me too Molly. I want to go home, but we don’t know where it “Sure,” said Molly.
is.” So then they walked and walked. Then Georgia said “I see a
“I know,” said Molly, “but I still want to go home.” “Aaaahhhh- boat.”
hhhhhh!” screamed Molly. “I see it too,” said Molly.
“What?” said Georgia. “Hey that is my Dad,” said Georgia.
“Look look look.” “Really?” said Molly.
“What what what…a dog!” So they waved to him. He saw them, so he came to get them
“Oh I thought there was a ghost.” and take them home. Molly and Georgia were so happy to go
to the lighthouse, but they were really happy to be home.
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Isaac’s favourite photo:
“Because it’s creepy and nice looking,
but happy-ish, for me.”
The Dark Cove – Pt. 1 always Tyler.”
After I say that, I look around. I’m on the grassy ground. When I
by Isaac look behind Shea, I see the dirt outline of the lighthouse, like it was
“Isaac, Isaac! ISAAC!” (gasp). pulled out of the ground. No, that can’t be. “What happened over
Shea is standing in front of me holding a pie. The next thing I see is there?” I said, pointing at the big dirt hole where the lighthouse
pie, In! My! Face! “Ha ha, got you,” Shea says laughing. Tyler runs used to be.
in and says “Wait! don’t throw that pie in his face, he has a concus- “Well,” Shea says, “it was a Giant Lighthouse Monster.” “Dun, Dun!
sion!” I stand up, wipe the pie off my face and say “You’re late as DUN!” Tyler said, making the weirdest face ever.
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“Wait, what did you just say?” The Dark Cove – Pt. 2
“Well, it was a Giant Lighthouse Monster,” Shea says while Tyler says
“Dun, Dun! DUN!” with the weirdest face ever. “So he would owe us. Why wouldn’t you get that?” Tyler asks frus-
“Okay, so, you’re saying that the lighthouse is a monster?” tratedly.
“Yep, let me tell you the tale.” “We wanted the turtle to owe us because we could use her to help
“No.” us fight the Lighthouse Monster,” Shea said, acting like he knew the
“Yes.” next thing I was going to say.
“Fine.” “Well, anyway, let’s get back to the story,” Tyler says, acting like he
“It started in a Dark Cove on a stormy night in a pot in 1979,” (ha had no part in this.
ha), Shea says in a dark voice. Flashback! So, there we were. In. My. Room. Dressing up the tur-
“It was that long ago?” tle! “So now that we have dressed up the turtle let’s fight the Light-
“No, I just did that for DRAMATIC effect. It only happened 2 hours house Monster.”
ago. Time for a flashback!” Shea slaps me in the face. “In that pot “Wait, how did you know about the Lighthouse Monster?”
was a turtle. That turtle was being boiled. For some reason the “The turtle told us,” Tyler butts in. “So he would owe us. Why
turtle got psychic powers.” wouldn’t you get that?” Tyler says.
“Why?” “That can’t be true.”
“I, Don’t, Care, back to the flashback!” Shea slaps me in the face “Well, too bad because Tyler is right.”
again. “So the turtle bascally uses her powers to have a bunch of “How did the turtle tell you, hmm?”
people feed her.” “With psychic powers, remember. Things with psychic powers can
“Did you guys get controlled?” do that.”
“Nope, we just put the turtle in mortal danger and…” “Oh yeah, right.”
“Saved him,” Tyler interrupts. “So basically, we went up to the big Lighthouse Monster and shot
“It was a her.” it with psychic rays with the turtle. It got up, tried to hit us, we
“Who cares.” dodged it and you did the final shot. Yeah, yeah, yeah, you got
“ME!” Shea and I say at the same time. knocked out for five minutes and here we are now.”
“Wait, Isaac why do you care?” “Oh yeah, I remember. Oh, and there is the Lighthouse Monster.”
“Cause I don’t know what happened! So anyway why did you put Dun, Dun! DUN!
the turtle in mortal danger and save her? The end.
“I was just getting to that.”
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J.J.’s favourite photo:
HAUNTED LIGHTHOUSE OF
“Because the lighthouse looks like it’s haunted.”
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The Haunted Lighthouse
One dark stormy night me and my friends found a lighthouse.
It looked haunted, so we ran to it. Somebody fell into the
dark ocean. I looked again. It was my friend who fell into the
dark ocean too. Me and Isaac ran to the lighthouse. Just then
lightning struck! We were so scared. We ran to the gate. Isaac
tripped. I grabbed his hand and ran to the truck. I pushed the
gas and shot a rocket at the lighthouse. It blew up. Now the
lighthouse is gone forever. The people of Sooke didn’t need to
worry about the haunted lighthouse ever again!
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Jack’s favourite photo:
“Because it’s my best photo.”
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Me and the Lighthouse
Hello guys it’s Jack. I’m with my friend kkaalllluumm. We’re
visiting a haunted lighthouse tonight. “OK let’s go in,” said
Kallum. “OK.” We walked in and the door slammed closed
quickly. We checked the door and it was locked. We think the
Lighthouse ghost locked us in.
One hour later, we heard something upstairs. We slowly went
up the stairs to investigate. We saw a ghost that looked like
a rabbit. He told us how to get out. He said to dab (a dance
move). We went back downstairs and we did the “Dab”. The
mean ghost ran away so fast. We could leave now. The door
sprung open. The rabbit ghost stays there in case other people
get trapped. We left and swore never to come again.
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Jamisynn’s favourite photo:
THE FRIENDSHIP PHOTO
“Because it is beautiful, of friendship, and it is
natural and colourful and pretty.”
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The Freaky Lighthouse
One day Mia and Anne were walking to Sheringham Light- So Mia decided to call her parents Julia and Christopher. The
house. When they got there, they smelled something stinky. parents came really quick and fast. When they got there, the
They followed the smell but they saw nothing. The girls really man came out and he told them that he thought they were go-
wanted to look around because it was beautiful. They went ing to vandalize the lighthouse. His job as a lighthouse keeper
back and got to the main spot. They found a spot to sit and was to keep it safe. “The lighthouse is mine. No one should
have a picnic. come here,” he said.
But…Ahhhhhhhh. Something scared them. They looked up We went home and my Mom called the lighthouse society and
and saw a freaky man in a black shirt with curly hair and a long complained about the man. After that a new friendly light-
nose and a frown. After a few minutes he disappeared out of house keeper moved in and everyone was welcome. Then
thin air. They looked for him, but they did not find him. The Sooke was a happy place.
girls continued their picnic. He scared them again for the sec- The end.
ond time, then he disappeared again! The girls were so scared.
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Jaymin’s selected photo:
INSIDE THE LIGHTHOUSE
Jaymin couldn’t be with us on the day we took photos, but we think he’d have taken
one like this.
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The Lighthouse Storm
In the summer me, Zack, Nathan and Alexie went to a light- When my friends realized I wasn’t hurt, they drank all the
house at 4 pm. It was in Victoria. Then a storm came. It was Mountain Dew. I got up from the stairs and drank the Pepsi.
raining hard. It was really windy. We stayed in the lighthouse We looked outside and saw ten feet of water at the bottom of
and played Fortnite on mobile. There was a generator inside the lighthouse. We couldn’t call for help because our phones
the lighthouse. The lights stayed on. died. The generator ran out of gas.
We brought food like Doritos, Mountain Dew and Pepsi. We We slept and when we woke up, there was twenty feet of wa-
started eating after we finished playing the game. The Doritos ter. We went back to sleep and when we woke up at 7 pm, the
bag fell down the stairs. I went to grab it and I fell one foot water was all gone.
down the stairs, landing on my knees. I started eating the Dor- We left and went home and slept again. When we woke up, the
itos while I was on my knees. Good thing the bag was closed house was flooded!!
or there would have been water in it.
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Jesiah’s favourite photo:
“I chose this picture because it is of the light-
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One dark and stormy night in January I happened to be work- water. I went to sleep in the lighthouse.
ing on the SS Carmela. We were lost and off track, when sud- When I woke up in the morning, I saw a trail in the forest. I
denly the ship got hit by a rogue wave. The SS Carmela flipped started to follow it. I walked for hours and hours on end. I
and I was suddenly getting tossed by the waves. Suddenly, was weak, tired and hungry. I was suddenly on a busy street.
just when I gave up all hope, I saw a light. I swam and swam I saw a restaurant. Lucky for me I had some money. I bought
toward the light because I knew what it was. A lighthouse. some fish & chips. They tasted so good. Next I got some new
When I reached the lighthouse the light flickered out. I saw clothes. Then I asked the store keeper where I was. He said
what was an old sign that said Sheringham Lighthouse. I went Victoria, B.C., Canada, and that is where I started my new life
inside the lighthouse. The lighthouse was abandoned. Then I as a logger.
saw what was making the light. The light from the SS Carmela The end.
was reflecting off the lens. By now the SS Carmela was under
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Kallum’s favourite photo:
“It’s blue and black. It’s cool.”
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My Life in a Nutshell
by boom a floom pie aka Kallum
Me, my cat, Vman Gamerjack and people that worked at A&W The monkey climbed to the top of my lighthouse and fired
were at the Sheringham Lighthouse where I live in. WHAT fireballs (menacing) at random places. He fired a fireball at us.
COULD GO WRONG? (I shouldn’t have said that). We deflected them and they disintegrated him. We go out of
When we were all standing on the balcony of the lighthouse, there FAST and contacted the Animal Rescue Society to come
there was a bird that looked like a crane on a rock. Something and get the remains and study it. We continued to live at the
big came out of the water and ate it. We thought we would Lighthouse safe from monsters – WE HOPE.
check it out and see what it was. Everyone went in the water The end!!!!
except me because I can’t swim. We find out it was an evil sea (Shoutouts to all peeps in this story, mostly the youtubers).
monkey. It was very scary, menacing and creepy. We tried to
catch it, but it escaped.
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Kendell’s favourite photo:
THE MYSTERY OF THE OCEAN
“I chose this photo because it’s super pretty and has different colours.”
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The Mysterious Mystical shouted Amy. And they all went under the water. But Ginger didn’t
Ocean!! and that was weird because she can’t swim so she should be under
by Kendell The next morning we were on land by the lighthouse!! Our boats
were not broken and we were on blankets that were a little bit wet,
One dark and stormy night Lizzie and Amy and Amber were on a but not too wet. I saw Ginger, Amy, Amber, Ivy, Gizmo and Spike
boat a.k.a. Lizzie Dads boat and they were lost out on the ocean!! swimming to shore. Another dog was licking me and I called it
They were nowhere near land and they could only see the Ocean Brave. I named it Brave because it looked like it was out here for
and clouds. All of a sudden a light from another boat came in sight. days looking for food and family.
They didn’t know what to do. Lizzie screamed and ran around “We’re alive, yeah,” screamed Lizzie. “Let’s go in the lighthouse,”
and said “Ahhhhhhhhhhhh.” All of their dogs started to bark and said Amy and Nightmare. All of the dogs ran to the lighthouse, but
growl. Only Ginger didn’t bark or growl, and Ginger always barks at not brave because she was scared. She was under my legs, but that’s
everything. “What’s going on with Ginger?” said Amy and Amber okay. “She’s new to the Family and she still needs some time to fit in
at the same time. (They both giggled a little). “Maybe she’s scared or and get comfortable,” said Lizzie. The other dogs ran to the light-
hurt?” house. “I guess that we’re going in,” said Amber. When they did go
“Who are you?” shouted someone. “I’m Lizzie.” “And I’m Amy.” inside it looked bigger on the inside than the outside. They had one
“And I’m Amber, and we’re lost.” “Can you help us please,” said question “How did they get on land???” They forgot all about that
Amy. “Who are you?” said Amy. “I’m nightmare, and my real name and went inside. They did go in. A little little little guy named Jay
is? What is your real name Lizzie?” “We need to go and you are came and picked up the blanket. He jumped in the Ocean but he
wasting our time,” said Amber. “My real name is Ivy and I was just didn’t land in the water. He landed on a rock but it didn’t hurt him.
talking to the lighthouse keeper a few minutes ago. The lighthouse He was mystical and mysterious as the ocean. Was he responsible
was just behind me. A big wave is coming,” shouted Nightmare. for us getting on land???
Both of the boats crashed into each other and everybody and the They lived at the lighthouse forever and never forgot the mystical
dogs fell off. “OMG Ginger can’t swim,” cried Lizzie. “Noooo, man who saw them. They lived there because it was so much room
someone help me get Ginger.” Everyone was cold. Amy and Amber and it had so much food and was just amazing.
swam to all of the dogs and tried helping. Lizzie went under the The end.
water and didn’t come up. “The water looks like it is helping us,”
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Logan’s selected photo:
Logan couldn’t be with us on the day we
took photos, but we think he’d have taken
one like this.
The Missing Lighthouse
One cold winter day there were three boys Logan, Rhys and “Do not try to get in,” says a voice.
Estevan. They met up at a lighthouse on Ella Beach in Sooke. “Who said that?” asked Logan.
“Hey look a lighthouse,” Logan said. “Me,” says the voice.
“Let’s go check it out,” says Rhys. “Come out,” says Estevan.
“Looks like the door is locked,” said Estevan. “Fine.”
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Logan’s Pages...continued “That’s fine,” says Rhys. “We can buy another pane of glass
later.” (Smash!!!!!). They climbed through the window.
Out comes a ghost. “Yo, I’m Talin the keeper of the light- “Why is it so dark in here?” asked Logan. “Because we’re un-
house.” The boys were speechless. For about 10 seconds, the derground,” says Talin.
boys sat there silent. They all looked at each other, screamed All of a sudden they hear a quiet voice. “Um who said that?”
and ran to Logan’s house like maniacs. asked Estevan, shivering in fear. The boys froze with their eyes
The next day, Logan, Rhys and Estevan went down to the closed. The voice got louder and louder until they opened
beach again but the lighthouse was gone. their eyes. There was a guy in a black suit with a knife. The
“Where is the lighthouse” asked Logan. boys all looked at each other, then they burst out laughing.
“I don’t know,” says Rhys. They have never laughed so hard in their lives. All of a sudden
All of a sudden, a ghost came up from underground. “Hey,” the man was gone.
says Talin the ghost. “Hey where did he go?” asked Rhys.
“Oh I know who that is,” said Estevan. “I don’t know,” says Logan, “let’s keep looking around.” Half an
“Yeah you’re right. It’s your boy Talin.” hour later, they found the bedroom. “Whoa look there’s bunk
“Hi Talin,” said the boys. beds,” shouts Estevan.
Rhys asked where the lighthouse went. Talin told them that Later they see that creepy man with the black suit. They ran
the lighthouse was underground. “What?” yelled the boys. away but he chased them. So they hid in a room and he ran
“Well, we want to go inside to check it out,” says Logan. Logan right past them. They seemed to find a weird lever. Rhys pulls
decided to go back to his house and grab some shovels. He it. “Okay,” says Logan, “here it goes.” (Boom!!!!) It seemed
came back with three shovels. “Well, start diggin,” said Rhys. to get lighter so they looked out the window and they saw the
Four hours later, the boys were still digging. “How far down is beach. “Whoa look we’re back,” says Rhys. “Let’s get out of
it?” asked Estevan. Talin the ghost yelled “Look behind you. here before that dude finds us again.”
It’s right there.” The boys got out of the lighthouse and started walking home.
“Wow! Look!” says Rhys, “it’s the lighthouse.” They turned around and waved to Talin and yelled “See you
“Can we go inside now?” asked Estevan. again soon!”
The door was blocked off by a mound of dirt. “Well, you have
to break the window to get in,” said Talin.
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Melaina’s favourite photo:
“I chose this photo because I love the colours
and it is so pretty. There are also many green
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Tby MheleainaHaunted Lighthouse! of the people back to Earth so they could survive. Mia, Hannah
and Zeva pushed all the people back to Earth using their super
One day a lighthouse had just been built on a rock in Sooke. powers. When they got back to Earth, nobody had to go to the
The People of Sooke started walking through the lighthouse, but hospital because everybody was okay. But the alien is still out
once they went in they couldn’t come out. A few days later, a girl there somewhere.
named ia and her dog Zeva and her best friend Hannah went to The girls wanted to capture him. This time only Mia, Hannah
go to investigate. They found traces of an alien around the light- and Zeva went back to the lighthouse. They snuck up the ladder
house. The alien was living in it. When the got closer, the alien in the middle of the night. The alien was sleeping, so the found
tried to suck them in too. The girls ran away as fast as they could. a scroll in his pocket. It said “YOU HAVE TO SUCK EVERY-
The next day, they went back and quietly snuck up to a window BODY INTO OUTER SPACE WHEN THEY COME INTO
behind the lighthouse with a ladder. They tried to shoot him THE LIGHTHOUSE OR ELSE YOU WILL DIE.” SIGNED BY
with a bow and arrow, but before they could the alien saw them. HANNAH. HHHHAAAAHHHHAAAAHHHHAAAAHHH-
They got sucked into Outer Space. There was a bunch of people HAAAA.
in there that could not breathe. The people were all so close to So after Mia was done reading, she looked at Hannah. Hannah
dying. For some reason, only Mia and Hannah and Zeva could had a mean look on her face. Mia grabbed Zeva and ran away
breathe and move, nobody else could. Hannah said “Let’s push very fast. Mia told Hannah’s mom. Hannah’s mom was very
ourselves back to the Earth.” Mia said “No way! We came here mad. The mom’s name is Maddisyn. Maddisyn, Mia and Zeva
to save the people. Let’s grab as many people as we can and push went back to the lighthouse. Hannah said “Mom you’re so stupid.
them back to Earth.” I was doing this the whole time. I’ve been controlling the alien
They got everybody in the hospital and everybody ended up sur- for a long time.” Hannah wanted the lighthouse to herself, so she
viving. Some of them went back to kill the alien but they ended told the alien to suck everyone into outer space. Hannah’s mom
up accidentally getting sucked back in somewhere very far away. was shocked. How could all this happen with her knowing?
It’s a good thing Mia had her binoculars with her. She spotted They called the police and alien busters to come and capture the
the Earth very far away. Mia, Hannah and Zeva had to push all alien for good. Hannah was grounded for four months and the
alien was never seen again!
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Molly’s favourite photo:
“Because it is nice and pretty and cool.”
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The Awesome Lighthouse
Two girls named Molly and Georgia were out playing when gia. “Georgia!” said Molly. “I am not good at swimming,” said
they heard waves crashing into the rocks. “Let’s go see the Georgia.
waves,” said Molly. “Okay,” said Georgia. They went around They climbed on to the rocks and out of the water. “The water
the lighthouse. “I love the lighthouse,” said Molly!!! “Ya,” was cold,” said Georgia. They could see the bottom when they
said Georgia. “It is so awesome,” said Molly. It was sunset. went into the water. “Let’s go home,” said Molly. They went
“Look at the sky,” said Molly. Georgia did not answer. “The home. They went straight to bed and Georgia said “Today was
waves are so big,” said Georgia. Molly leaned really close… a cool day.” “Yeah,” said Molly. “Goodnight,” they both said.
and splash! Molly fell into the water! “Help!!!!” said Molly. The next day they went back to the lighthouse. “It is so cool.
Georgia jumped into the water too. “I am coming Molly,” said Yep,” they both said!!!!!!!!!!!
Georgia. Soon Georgia was in the water. “It’s cold,” said Geor-
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Nathan’s favourite photo:
“I like this photo because it’s a picture of my
friends at the Lighthouse”
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Friends at the Lighthouse
One day there were three boys named Nathan, Zack and Gavin One hour later, they were on the moon. Nathan said “We’re ac-
and they were going to Sheringham Lighthouse to take pictures tually on the moon. Wow this is amazing!!!! OK guys, let’s look
and look at the lighthouse. Suddenly, a UFO came and took the for the UFO!” Zack said “What if the UFO is not on the moon?”
lighthouse! Nathan, Zack and Gavin said “We need to stop this.” Nathan said “I never thought of that but anyway we still need to
They said “How are we going to stop the UFO?” Zack said “It’s a look for the lighthouse and the UFO. OK guys, is there space
UFO. It might be on the moon?” Nathan and Gavin said “How suits? Of course there is. It’s a rocket. It has space suits.” They
are we going to get on the moon? I have a plan. So first we are got on their suits because if they didn’t they knew they would be
gonna have to go to the rocket launching station.” “We will wear dead. They opened the rocket door and started to walk on the
a disguise,” Gavin said. “What are we going to disguise as?” Na- moon. “There’s the UFO,” pointed Nathan. “Let’s go inside.” The
than said “We are going in disguise as rocket fuel delivery guys. boys saw a green ALIEN standing by the ship. “What’s in his
Gavin, you’re gonna be that guy. You’re going to have a carrier hand? It looks like a ray. AHHHHH.” The alien starts shooting
and on the carrier will be a box with me and Zack in it. OK, ev- the ray gun. After running for two minutes, the alien drops his
eryone got that? OK let’s go!” ray. Nathan yells “Get it, so he can’t get us.” Zack grabs the ray
Two hours later, Nathan said “OK we’re finally here. Come on and aims it at the alien. The alien surrenders. Zack said “What
Gavin change into your disguise. OK let’s put this plan into do we do with the ray?” “We destroy the UFO so the alien can’t
action.” Gavin arrived at the front door. Gavin said to the guard come back,” said Gavin.
“Package for the rocket.” The guard let him in. Nathan and Zack Suddenly they see the lighthouse in the distance. “How are we
said “Yes! We’re in! There’s the rocket, now let’s get in.” As they going to get it back?” asked Nathan. The boys grabbed some rope
were heading to the rocket the guards saw them and said “Get from the rocket and Gavin tied the lighthouse to the rocket. They
them!” Zack said “Get in the rocket ship QUICK!” They got in pulled and pulled. Finally, they brought the lighthouse back.
the rocket ship just before the guards got them. “Hit the switch They saved the day and rescued the beautiful lighthouse.
SO WE CAN GO! Launch will begin in five seconds…5 4 3 2 1 The end.
liftoff!” the boys said. “Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.”
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Rhys’ favourite photo:
“Because it is green and forest.”
The Solar Lighthouse
It all started when my great-great-great-great-great grandfather, Jeff “This is the newest built lighthouse, Sheringham Point Lighthouse.
Kevin, was voted to be the first Lightkeeper, in 1850. That was the Now, the first Light Keeper is here, Jeff Kevin. (Cheering applause).
most money my family had in 72 years. I still have the paper that For those of you who didn’t come to Sheringham Point, I will de-
announces the lighthouse opening to its first Lightkeeper. It is by scribe Jeff Kevin to you. He has big boots, black pants, a green and
my second cousin. I will read it to you. yellow striped shirt. He has a permanent smile, a short stubby nose,
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