Originally conceived of as an independent inquiry-based learning project to augment the SOUL (Shawnigan Online Unique Learning) program developed in March 2020, Soul Seeking has since become an integral part of the Shawnigan experience.
These year-long, student-led, interdisciplinary learning projects allow students to pursue a personal passion or area of interest. Students can work on their own or can team up with their peers, with no limit to group size as long as each team member plays an equal role.
Students are expected to keep a journal throughout their Soul Seeking journey to record their goals and progress and then summarize their year of discovery through formal presentations in June. With proper journaling, students in Grades 10 and 11 can even translate their Soul Seeking project into their Grade 12 Capstone project.
A list of dozens of possible topics is supplied for those students wishing to follow a guided inquiry. All students, however, are invited to follow the free inquiry route and come up with their own idea.