Head's Welcome

Head of School's Welcome

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  • Welcome to Shawnigan! Our responsibility as staff here at Shawnigan is to support and inspire our students – with our values-based education at the heart of our teaching – so that they can achieve their potential and live fulfilling lives.

    Shawnigan Lake School's mission and values are inseparable from the fact that we are first and foremost a co-educational boarding school; a welcoming community whose aim it is to prepare our young men and women equally for independent and inspiring futures through the means of a well-balanced, holistic education. 

    Five hundred students, representing over thirty nations, come together each year to live and study in this unparalleled setting on the edge of Shawnigan Lake, Vancouver Island. We encourage all students to develop an understanding of and commitment to the people, the place and the heritage of Canada, British Columbia and Shawnigan. At the same time, we challenge ourselves each year to be relevant, purposeful and of service in a changing and increasingly global world.

    The conversations, connections, sense of community, and friendships forged through these shared experiences are, I believe, part of the magic of our School.

    On this website, we will try to give you a sense of who we are and what we do – and we hope that your exploration of these pages will lead you to visit us in real time and to meet the people who together create this unique and remarkable community at Shawnigan.

    I look forward to meeting you.

    Larry's Signature

    Richard D A Lamont
    Head of School
Project Future

Head's office

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  • Photo of Richard Lamont

    Richard Lamont 

    Head of School
  • Photo of Cheryl Miranda

    Cheryl Miranda 

    Director of the Head's Office
  • Photo of Melody Vouriot

    Melody Vouriot 

    Executive Assistant

Head's Reflection

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  • Step by Step

    In Chapel on November 25, the Reverend Holland gave a powerful address to students about taking life’s journeys one step at a time. I have shared his address here, with his permission. 
    2500 years ago, there lived a man in southern Italy named Zeno. He came up with some rather crazy ideas that philosophers still talk about to this day. One of his crazy ideas was that movement (walking from one place to another) is impossible, theoretically.
    Imagine you are in the middle of a room and want to get to the door. To do so you must walk halfway to the door. And then you must walk halfway from that point to the door, and halfway from there and halfway from there, and so on. So, says Zeno, you will never be able to leave the room. It is theoretically impossible, he reasoned, to get from one place to another because there is an infinite number of half-ways. This is called Zeno’s Paradox of Motion, and you will no doubt run into it in your Intro to Philosophy class in university.
    We know of course that there is a problem with Zeno’s notion. We know that we will leave this Chapel and walk to Marion Hall and eat our lunch whether it is theoretically possible to do so or not.
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We acknowledge with respect the Coast Salish Peoples on whose traditional lands and waterways we live, learn and play. We are grateful for the opportunity to share in this beautiful region, and we aspire to healthy and respectful relationships with those who have lived on and cared for these lands for millennia.