The Shawnigan Journey

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, please click here.

Grade 8 - Nurture

The Grade 8 experience at Shawnigan provides a safe and supportive environment in which students can take risks as they discover their interests, passions and limits. It encourages individual growth alongside navigating a place within the broader community. Read More

Grade 9 - Discover

The Grade 9 experience at Shawnigan encourages students to be curious in all endeavours as they discover where their passions lie and navigate the challenges that come from learning and supporting peers. Read More

Grade 10 - Choose

The Grade 10 experience at Shawnigan is the catalyst for students to choose their path freely and courageously as they begin to specialize and refine the passions they will pursue in their senior years and beyond. The individual emerges as they reflect on experiences of the past and their place in relation to others, and they chart their individual journey forward. Read More

Grade 11 - Lead

The Grade 11 experience at Shawnigan pushes students to lead themselves towards their post-secondary pursuits and begin to discover how they will lead their peers, and junior students at the school, through various opportunities. Read More

Grade 12 - Inspire

The Grade 12 experience at Shawnigan is the chance for students to give back as they have developed the ability and character to inspire their community in very different personal ways that are usually connected to the areas that have inspired them over the years. This expression of gratitude through their actions is an inspiration to future classes. 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.