Headmaster'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
    Headmaster

Headmaster's office

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    Richard Lamont 

    Headmaster
    250-743-6202
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    Cheryl Miranda 

    Executive Assistant to the Headmaster
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The Headmaster's Reflections

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  • Strength, Resilience and Adaptability

    Dear parents and guardians,
     
    Last weekend, I called one of my school friends, Guy, to catch up. Based in Putney, London, and with three children currently at home with the UK again in lockdown and schools closed since the beginning of January, I was reminded how fortunate we are to be open here at Shawnigan and delivering in-person and on-campus education. His son is in Grade 10 at Winchester College, our alma mater, but has spent the last two out of three academic terms stranded at home and learning by Zoom. My weekly Zoom calls with boarding school heads across Canada and independent schools in BC are a reminder of the challenges others have been facing with school closures and one BC independent school (with boarding) having to close down its senior school earlier this term for a number of weeks.
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Shawnigan Lake School is an independent co-educational boarding school for ages 13 –18 on Canada’s beautiful West Coast. Our diverse, interdisciplinary and innovative programming helps shape the next generation of global leaders.