Copeman's House

Copeman’s House was founded in 1929 and is named for John Y. Copeman, a Victoria lawyer who was Chairman of the Board of Governors for many years.

Colours: Crimson & white
Motto: Ubi crux ibi lux ~ Where there is a cross, there is light
Hymn: "Lift High the Cross"

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Graeme Smith

    Graeme Smith 

    House Director - Copeman's
  • Photo of Remi Anctil

    Remi Anctil 

    Assistant House Director - Copeman's, Social Studies, Coach

Duxbury House

Duxbury House was founded in 1999 and named for Frank Duxbury, a teacher who was Senior Master at the School during the 1950s and early 1960s.

Colours: Royal blue & gold
Motto: Cave lupum ~ beware of the wolf
Hymn: "I Vow to Thee My Country"

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Tom Lupton

    Tom Lupton 

    House Director - Duxbury, Director of Teaching and Learning
  • Photo of Max Sterelyukhin

    Max Sterelyukhin 

    Assistant House Director - Duxbury

Groves' House

Founded in 1927, Groves’ was named after Jocelyn James Douglas Groves, its first Head of House, who later rose to the rank of lieutenant-colonel in the British Army. Groves’ was converted to a girls' residence in 1992 and rebuilt in 2005.

Colours: Maroon & white
Motto: Ex unitate vires ~ From unity, strength
Hymn: "I Feel the Winds of God Today"

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Katrina Cholack

    Katrina Cholack 

    House Director - Groves', Student Life Coordinator
  • Photo of Danielle Robb

    Danielle Robb 

    Assistant House Director - Groves', Events Coordinator

Kaye's House

Founded in 1989 as the second girls’ house, Kaye's House was named in honour of G. Peter Kaye, the School's second Headmaster, whose sons and grandsons also attended Shawnigan.

Colours: Purple & white
Motto: Alis volamus propriis ~ With wings we fly
Hymn: "And Did Those Feet in Ancient Time"

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Amanda Ainsbury

    Amanda Ainsbury 

    House Director - Kaye's, Science Teacher
  • Photo of Clayton Panga

    Clayton Panga 

    Assistant House Director - Kaye's

Lake's House

Lake’s House was founded in 1927 as one of Shawnigan’s two original residences. Lake’s was named after Harry John Lake, its first Head of House, who later became a colonel in the Canadian Army.

Colours: Emerald green & light blue
Motto: Non sibi sed aliis ~ Not for ourselves but others
Hymn: "Amazing Grace"

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Mariel Solsberg

    Mariel Solsberg 

    House Director - Lake's, Fine Art, Physical Education
  • Photo of Salvatore Interlandi

    Salvatore Interlandi 

    Assistant House Director - Lake's

Lonsdale's House

Lonsdale's House was founded in 1968 and named for C.W. Lonsdale, Shawnigan's founding Headmaster.

Colours: Forest green, gold & black
Motto: Ex Fumo Dare Lucem ~ To give light from smoke.
Hymn: "How Great Thou Art"

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of James Pollock

    James Pollock 

    House Director - Lonsdale's, Athletic Advisor, Head Hockey Coach Varsity
  • Photo of Eva Holloway

    Eva Holloway 

    Assistant House Director - Lonsdale's

Renfrew House

Renfrew House was founded in 1996 in order to expand the space for girls wishing to enrol at the School.

Colours: Orange & white
Motto: Solae paulum uniter tantum ~ Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much
Hymn: "Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee"

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Chelsea Russell

    Chelsea Russell 

    House Director - Renfrew, Inclusive Education Teacher
  • Photo of Aren Goodman

    Aren Goodman 

    Assistant House Director - Renfrew, Film Teacher

Ripley's House

One of the Shawnigan's two original houses, Ripley's House was named after Alexander B. Ripley, who was its first Head of House and who later became a lawyer in California.

Colours: Navy & light blue
Motto: Acta non verba ~ Actions, not words
Hymn: "I Hear Thy Welcome Voice"

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Andrew Doyle

    Andrew Doyle 

    House Director - Ripley's, Physical Education, Coach
  • Photo of Carly Haggard

    Carly Haggard 

    Assistant House Director - Ripley's, Physical Education, Head Hockey Female Prep Coach

Strathcona House

Strathcona Lodge School House was founded in 2008 to incorporate the girls from the original School House in the Main Building and to recognize the close historical ties Shawnigan has with Strathcona Lodge School House. Shawnigan has since adopted the former "Old Girls" of "Strath" as honorary Shawnigan alumnae.

Colours: Sky blue & white
Motto: Cherchons ~ Let us seek
Hymn: "Be Thou My Vision"

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Julie Platt

    Julie Platt 

    House Director - Strathcona, Inclusive Education Teacher
  • Photo of Andria Conroy

    Andria Conroy 

    Athletic Coordinator, Physical Education, Coach, Assistant House Director - Strathcona

Samuel House

Samuel House opened in February 2024 as the first co-ed Grade 8 boarding house in Canada, bringing together the former Stanton (girls) and Levien (boys) houses. It was named for long-time Shawnigan staff members Gaynor and Rhodri Samuel, who have filled many roles over their decades of service to the School.

List of 4 members.

  • Photo of Rainbow Bartlett

    Rainbow Bartlett 

    House Director - Samuel
  • Photo of Edward Taylor

    Edward Taylor 

    House Director - Samuel, Science
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  • Photo of Rayna Hyde-Lay

    Rayna Hyde-Lay 

    Assistant House Director - Samuel, Library
  • Photo of Jeff Williams

    Jeff Williams 

    Assistant House Director - Samuel, Head of Physical Education
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