Shawnigan Celebrates Diversity

Shawnigan is a school with students of varied backgrounds. This deliberate diversity of languages, customs, and cultures brings opportunities to:

  • open lines of communication
  • break down barriers and prejudices
  • learn from and better understand one another
  • create a welcoming home for our diverse student and staff community.

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.


— Nelson Mandela

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  • Flag Raising Initiative

    Starting in September 2019, flags from represented countries will be displayed on campus and flown prominently for each country’s national holiday. Join the Initiative
  • Celebrations Throughout The Year

    Shawnigan enjoys house-led and student-led events throughout the year, with cultural exchanges of food, music, dress, and traditions.
    Chapel life embraces opportunities to share and reflect with multi-faith services held at different times in the year.
  • Prep House & English+

    The Shawnigan Preparatory Program (“Prep House”) immerses international students in an innovative academic curriculum designed specifically to help students build confidence in language, character and personality. Lessons, cultural experiences, and a small, close-knit, supportive family environment help to prepare students for success at Shawnigan Lake School and beyond.
     
    The English+ Program is a two-or four-week residential English language summer camp designed to help attendees improve their English skills with the goal of attending secondary school or university in English-speaking countries. The comprehensive schedule includes:
    • 25-35 hours of ELL classroom instruction with subjects that include science, art, and leadership
    • a variety of on-campus afternoon sports and fine arts activities
    • special off-campus weekend excursions to further explore British Columbia.

  • Global Exchange

    STUDENT EXCHANGE
    Shawnigan has reciprocal 1-8 week student exchange programs with schools in France, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and Chile. Participating on an exchange program allows students not only to immerse themselves in a different culture and language, but also to learn more about how their own cultures and countries are viewed by others.
     
    GAP PROGRAM
    Shawnigan offers three to four positions each year to gap students from all over the world. Gap students are usually 17- or 18-year-olds who are taking a year out between high school and post-secondary education.
     

    Learn More
    • Headmaster, Larry Lamont, speaks at Prep opening day

      Headmaster, Larry Lamont, speaks at Prep opening day

    • International Food Festival

      International Food Festival

    • Shawnigan English+ Camp

      Shawnigan English+ Camp

Flags Project

Shawnigan is fortunate to have at least 32 nationalities represented amongst students and staff. This project acquires flags for every nation currently represented at the school and proudly displays them throughout the year. We invite you to support this initiative by funding your nation’s flag, supporting student cultural celebrations, or sharing aspects of your culture, language, history, and traditions with the school community.

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