Shawnigan Lake School leads young people in the pursuit of personal excellence through the challenges of a well-rounded education

Our values

We are by intention a school with students of diverse academic, economic, geographic and ethnic backgrounds.

We believe our students must be accountable for their decisions and actions and indeed for their non-decisions and non-actions.

Honesty is fundamental to every aspect of our students' lives.

Mutual respect
The strength of our community derives from respect for the worth and dignity of each individual.

Responsibility & service to the community
We require that our students view service to the community, be it local or global, as an integral part of their responsibility as citizens.

Caring for individuals
This underlies everything we do. The supportiveness of a community is the ultimate measure of its strength.

Values education
In educating the whole person, we emphasize the development of moral values and fine citizenship.

Canadian heritage
Despite the internationalism of our student body, Shawnigan is a Canadian school and very proud of that heritage.

Spiritual life
Our chapel is central to our creation of community. It embraces all faiths or no faiths and prompts all students to reflect upon ethical and spiritual issues.
Shawnigan Lake School's mission and values are inseparable from the fact that we are first and foremost a boarding school and that we are a co-educational university preparatory school with the broader mandate of preparing our young people for successful lives.

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  • Guiding principles

    Guiding Principles of Child Protection and Freedom from Discrimination:
    The following guiding principles are provided to inform all parties serving our children and their families.

    • Children are entitled to be protected from abuse, neglect, harm or threat of harm.
    • The Shawnigan community will ensure that children attending Shawnigan experience a learning environment that enables every child to feel safe, accepted and respected.
    • This will include the protection of the students’ physical safety, social connectedness, inclusiveness as well as protection from all forms of bullying, regardless of their gender, race, culture, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.
    • Shawnigan Lake School takes legal and moral responsibility for the care, safety and well-being of its students while they are with us; thereby supplementing the protection, security and care that they receive at home with their families.
    • The Shawnigan community recognizes a heightened responsibility for ensuring an abuse free school environment given that we are a boarding school.
Our Shawnigan

Strategic Consultation
Summary Report 2020

Shawnigan Lake School is an independent boarding school for Grades 8-12 on Canada's West Coast. Our diverse and innovative programming helps shape the next generation of global leaders.