In a rapidly-changing world, it is critical that we give our students the skills to thrive and adapt. At Shawnigan, our students engage in powerful hands-on learning experiences, connecting concepts and making decisions, and even mistakes, that will enhance their education far beyond the scope of any textbook.
Our EDGE (Engagement, Development, Gratitude and Experience) Program challenges students to take responsibility for their own experience while engaging with communities in Canada and around the world. Our outdoors and OuterEDGE programs take explorers to local islands by sea kayak, where they learn to brave white-water rapids in rafts and administer first aid in adverse conditions. Our Living Lab teaches participants to test water quality and study local biodiversity. Our salmon hatchery puts fish stock directly in the hands of students. Our Entrepreneurship 12 class faces the pressures of running a popular restaurant. Our Model UN delegates discuss geopolitical crises. Our robotics team must overcome technical glitches while competing on the world stage.
These programs, among many others, allow students to develop critical thinking, resilience and adaptability—skills that will support them in becoming lifelong learners, ready to explore a fast-paced, changing world with curiosity and courage.