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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    Richard Lamont 

    Head of School
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    Cheryl Miranda 

    Executive Assistant to the Head of School

Head's Reflection

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  • National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

    Dear parents and guardians,

    Shawnigan Lake School is joining others across Canada in observing Truth and Reconciliation Week, which began on Monday, September 25th. Like many Canadians, we are emerging in our journey, and we entered this week humbly as we seek to learn about the legacy of residential schools in Canada and to celebrate Indigenous cultures.

    Many of our international parents express an interest in learning more from the School about Truth and Reconciliation Week in order to engage their children in meaningful conversations going forward.
    Members of our Indigenous Advisory Committee (which brings together student, staff, alumni and Board representatives) have prepared some events for this week, with many of them planned for Saturday, September 30th – Canada’s second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (previously known as Orange Shirt Day).
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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.