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.
Academic Excellence: Grade 8 lays the foundation for independent learning, with a focus on connecting students to the place and culture of Vancouver Island alongside the development of creative inquiry, sustainable study habits, and compassionate service.
Co-curricular Distinction: Introductory OuterEDGE programming immerses Grade 8s in the beautiful wilderness of Vancouver Island, while regular on-campus “try-it” sessions and early Ski Week experiences expand horizons and provide steady integration into the wider School community
Student Life Unparalleled: Dedicated “Great 8” class and Grade 8 House communities create grade-specific bonding opportunities that nurture tolerance and embody diversity, belonging and inclusivity.