The Shawnigan Journey is an intentional and progressive educational, social and emotional experience that spans Grade 8 to Grade 12. This unique initiative is a carefully researched response to the fast-paced and rapidly changing world in which we now find ourselves. Current and future generations of Shawnigan students will need to adapt more quickly than past generations, and they will be commissioned to tackle monumental political, social, technological, and environmental challenges. Encompassing the British Columbia curriculum’s innovative and highly regarded core competencies, The Shawnigan Journey is designed to equip our students to respond to these challenges and thrive independently beyond the School’s gates.
In order to achieve this goal, our focus is to guide students through a progressive experiential learning journey that is deliberate in fostering curiosity, critical thinking, agility and resilience and is built on a strong foundation of healthy social relationships and personal wellbeing. 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. For more information about the philosophy behind the Shawnigan Journey
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