Launched as a pilot program in September 2021, Beyond the Gates is an exciting opportunity for Grade 9 students at Shawnigan Lake School. This dynamic year-long program takes students out of the classroom and into the beautiful and diverse wilderness of Vancouver Island and beyond. All students participate in a series of experiential learning and outdoor activities, allowing the connection between the classroom curriculum and real-world applications to be explored. This is accomplished by blending lived learning experiences with academic classes, all facilitated by a dedicated team of dynamic education staff. Through these experiences students additionally gain soft skills such as teamwork, leadership, curiosity, and flexibility, all while seeing benefits in mental health and self-confidence. By participating and actively engaging in outdoor adventure, multi-disciplinary projects, and cultural activities students add meaning, experience, and intent to their academic journey.