Shawnigan's Health Centre is staffed by registered nurses, counselors, and athletic therapists. Our team works together with two local family doctors to support students with their day-to-day medical needs. At least one school nurse is on duty or on call at all times, and doctor clinics are held on campus two or three times per week. The Health Centre staff will also manage off-campus medical appointments for students including dental, orthodontics, physiotherapy, and culturally sensitive counseling. Shawnigan’s chaplain is also on hand to support and listen to students with respect and without judgement, and act as a barometer of the overall wellbeing of the community.
Shawnigan supports holistic student health and wellbeing with an expansive co-curricular student life program. We contract a number of renowned external experts in areas such as healthy relationships, cyber safety, and drug and alcohol awareness who are able to connect with our students and provide a progressive education on these topics on a regular basis.
Health and wellness at Shawnigan is also supported by a wide range of other initiatives including our revolutionary student-centered timetable
, our annual Health and Wellness Day, a Health and Wellness committee, and Friday SOULo times for students to pursue independent inquiry-based learning projects. We also have a student- and staff-led committee, BE A JEDI
, dedicated to promoting diversity, inclusion and belonging at the School.
In addition to our health and wellness programming and support systems, Shawnigan considers the safety of its students to be of primary importance. We strongly believe that students in our care are entitled to be protected from harm and to experience a positive educational journey that is characterized by physical safety, social connectedness and inclusivity. As a boarding school, we recognize we hold a heightened responsibility for ensuring an abuse-free environment and we take this responsibility seriously. For more information about our guiding principles of student safety and our safeguarding procedures, please click here