With the largest number of full-time boarders of any school in Canada, boarding life is the cornerstone of a Shawnigan experience. Beginning in Grade 8, our unique Shawnigan Journey purposefully guides students through a distinct, unparalleled and bold educational experience.
Living away from home presents a unique opportunity for young people to develop strong communication and teamwork skills, self-advocacy, resilience, autonomy and compassion. Boarding at Shawnigan includes all the support that students may need to take this exciting step successfully, from involved and caring staff, to modern, well-equipped dorms and facilities, to an extensive holistic pastoral care program.
A Shawnigan education goes beyond the traditional scope of academics, athletics, and fine arts and extends to preparing our students to live happy, healthy lives. To this end we nurture the growth of a student’s intellectual, emotional, social, physical, artistic, creative and spiritual potential, empowering them to discover the joy of lifelong learning and a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle.
Shawnigan is a living model of our School’s values of curiosity, compassion, community and courage. Each student and staff member has a personal responsibility to integrate these values into their day-to-day life at Shawnigan, bearing in mind our shared purpose to “inspire the best in each to create the best for all.” We aim to empower student initiative and voice, ensure an equitable co-educational experience, and build a tolerant and respectful student community that values and embodies diversity, inclusion, belonging and multiculturalism.
At Shawnigan, we seek to guide our students as community builders, preparing them to thrive and flourish beyond our gates.