Copeman's House

Copeman’s House was founded in 1929 and is named for John Y. Copeman, a Victoria lawyer who was Chairman of the Board of Governors for many years.

Colours: Crimson & white
Motto: Ubi crux ibi lux — Where there is a cross, there is light
Hymn: "Lift High the Cross"

Duxbury House

Duxbury House was founded in 1999 and named for Frank Duxbury, a teacher who was Senior Master at the School during the 1950s and early 1960s.

Colours: Royal blue & gold
Motto: Cave lupum — beware of the wolf
Hymn: "I Vow to Thee My Country"

Groves' House

Founded in 1927, Groves’ was named after Jocelyn James Douglas Groves, its first Head of House, who later rose to the rank of lieutenant-colonel in the British Army. Groves’ was converted to a girls' residence in 1992 and rebuilt in 2005.

Colours: Maroon & white
Motto: Ex unitate vires — From unity, strength
Hymn: "I Feel the Winds of God Today"

List of 2 members.

  • David Hyde-Lay 

    House Director - Copeman's, Modern Languages, Coach
  • Remi Anctil 

    Assistant House Director - Copeman's, Social Studies, Coach

List of 2 members.

  • Paul Doig 

    House Director - Duxbury, Science
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  • Jeff Williams 

    Assistant House Director - Duxbury, Head of Physical Education

List of 2 members.

Kaye's House

Founded in 1989 as the second girls’ house, Kaye's House was named in honour of G. Peter Kaye, the School's second Headmaster, whose sons and grandsons also attended Shawnigan.

Colours: Purple & white
Motto: Alis volamus propriis — With wings we fly
Hymn: "And Did Those Feet in Ancient Time"

Lake's House

Lake’s House was founded in 1927 as one of Shawnigan’s two original residences. Lake’s was named after Harry John Lake, its first Head of House, who later became a colonel in the Canadian Army.

Colours: Emerald green & light blue
Motto: Non sibi sed aliis — Not for ourselves but others
Hymn: "Amazing Grace"

Lonsdale's House

Lonsdale's House was founded in 1968 and named for C.W. Lonsdale, Shawnigan's founding Headmaster.

Colours: Forest green, gold & black
Motto: Ex Fumo Dare Lucem — To give light from smoke.
Hymn: "How Great Thou Art"

List of 2 members.

List of 2 members.

  • Wes Plater 

    House Director - Lake's, Social Studies, Intern Coordinator
  • Colin Mattock 

    Assistant House Director - Lake's, Head of Rowing, Learning Centre

List of 2 members.

Renfrew House

Renfrew House was founded in 1996 in order to expand the space for girls wishing to enrol at the School.

Colours: Orange & white
Motto: Solae paulum uniter tantum — Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much
Hymn: "Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee"

Ripley's House

One of the Shawnigan's two original houses, Ripley's House was named after Alexander B. Ripley, who was its first Head of House and who later became a lawyer in California.

Colours: Navy & light blue
Motto: Acta non verba — Actions, not words
Hymn: "I Hear Thy Welcome Voice"

Strathcona House

Strathcona Lodge School House was founded in 2008 to incorporate the girls from the original School House in the Main Building and to recognize the close historical ties Shawnigan has with Strathcona Lodge School House. Shawnigan has since adopted the former "Old Girls" of "Strath" as honorary Shawnigan alumnae.

Colours: Sky blue & white
Motto: Cherchons — Let us seek
Hymn: "Be Thou My Vision"

List of 2 members.

List of 2 members.

  • Andrew Doyle 

    House Director - Ripley's, Physical Education, Coach
  • James Pollock 

    Assistant House Director - Ripley's, Head Hockey Coach Varsity

List of 2 members.

  • Maureen Connolly 

    House Director - Strathcona, Communications Manager
  • Andria Conroy 

    Assistant House Director - Strathcona, Physical Education, Coach
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