Grade 8 Experience

My house team shaped me as a person by allowing me to balance between my education and social life. - Hayden
One of Shawnigan’s uniquely differentiating features is our carefully crafted Grade 8 experience. For our 12- and 13-year-old Grade 8 students, we have developed a nurturing program that acts as a supportive springboard into the wider Shawnigan community.
Rather than being immersed in a “big House” from the get-go, our Grade 8s begin their Shawnigan journey in the specially-designed Grade 8 Houses with their peers: Stanton for the girls and Levien for the boys. Stanton House and Levien House, each run by a caring team of dedicated House staff, work in tandem to foster a safe co-ed grade culture characterized by close friendships that will shape and support the students’ onward journey at Shawnigan.

In early 2024, Stanton and Levien will come together in our pioneering new boarding house, Samuel House – a co-educational House (with separate wings for boys and girls) designed to build on the success of our distinctive Grade 8 experience by bringing all Grade 8s together under one roof.


My favourite part about Stanton/Levien is the community. Everyone in each house is so close, to the point where you feel like siblings. - Ava


Founded in September 2019 to house the Grade 8 girls. Stanton is named after the first school nurse at Shawnigan, Eleanor Stanton who worked here from 1918 to 1962.

Colours: Pink & White
Motto: Cervae, optime educatae, floreamus” ~ We hinds, brilliantly educated, flourish
House Director: Rainbow Bartlett

“My House Director asks us every morning about how we are feeling....she does an awesome job of giving us enough time to figure things out.” - Yumi


Founded in September 2020 to house the Grade 8 boys after the success of Stanton House. Named after a dedicated and dynamic member of staff from the 1920-1930s, Captain ‘Tiny’ Levien was a colleague of Stanton. He introduced rugby to Shawnigan and taught the younger boys. 
Colours: Brown & Cream
Motto: Iuventutis Vehamus Fortunas ~ Let us bear the fortunes of youth
House Director: Ed Taylor

“Doc T. is very supportive and will do his best to help you through tough stuff…” - Ryland

Grade 8 News

The Shawnigan Journey

As part of the Shawnigan Journey, each grade experience is guided by a single overall concept that is linked to our core values of curiosity, compassion, community and courage. These guiding concepts have been further developed into concrete grade-specific goals—our distinctive “moments that matter”—that fall under each of our three strategic pillars of Academic Excellence, Co-curricular Distinction and Student Life Unparalleled. Read More
We acknowledge with respect the Coast Salish Peoples on whose traditional lands and waterways we live, learn and play. We are grateful for the opportunity to share in this beautiful region, and we aspire to healthy and respectful relationships with those who have lived on and cared for these lands for millennia.