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S trategic Plan 2017–2022

Message from t he Head of School

It is an honour and a privilege to present the Glenlyon Norfolk School Strategic Plan: 2017–2022.


his plan is truly a community creation. In the last 18 months, we gathered valuable feedback from students, parents, alumni, faculty and staff; we examined all aspects of school life, using the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) standards to guide our investigation; we reviewed the work of other schools to learn how our peers and competitors distinguish themselves; and we welcomed the CAIS Visiting Committee, a team of experts who validated our reflections and made recommendations that support our desire to continually improve. Taken together, the acquired data offered a thorough analysis of how our school is perceived today. Then, under the guidance of a professional strategic planning facilitator, this document began to take shape. The Board and various stakeholders worked closely with the school’s Senior Leadership Team to develop an operational plan to guide our efforts over the next 12 months and beyond. We are confident it will enhance efforts across the school to continue embracing innovation while never forgetting to cherish our heritage and tradition. In no way should this document be perceived as a final product. It is a tool the school will use to continually refine our evolution while providing the very best experience to every student, parent, graduate and colleague. We will refer back to it regularly over the next half decade, in order to guarantee that our work remains focused and that our aspirations are realized. I am absolutely convinced this Strategic Plan will allow us to successfully navigate the next phase of our journey, as we seek to make this already great school truly exceptional. Together, we will ensure Glenlyon Norfolk School continues to thrive as a community of committed, caring and engaged individuals who will make positive impacts on the world for many years to come. I look forward to continuing this important and rewarding work as we do our best through truth and courage.

Dr. Glenn Zederayko Head of School

Our Community

GNS by the Numbers 2017/2018 Total Enrolment: 708

Student Diversity

Gender Breakdown

75 268

260 360


180 Junior








Although Victoria-area students account for more than 85% of the school’s total enrolment, our Family Boarding Program has allowed GNS to create and maintain an exceptionally diverse school community. In 2017/2018, the 75 students who make up our International enrolment come from 20 countries, including: • Australia

• Iran

• South Korea

• United Arab Emirates

• Belgium

• Italy

• Switzerland

• United Kingdom

• China

• Japan

• Taiwan

• United States

• Germany

• Mexico

• Thailand

• Venezuela

• Hong Kong

• Russia

• Tunisia

• Vietnam

Our Values

Truth We act with integrity and honesty. We share and promote a strong sense of fairness and justice, and we strive to respect the dignity and rights of all people. We speak up, we speak the truth and we take responsibility for both our actions and their consequences.

Courage We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination. We embrace challenge as opportunity. We promote a courageous approach to both independent and cooperative work, as we explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of change. We engage all members of our community in contributing to an environment where it is safe and desirable to take risks. We do what’s right, rather than what’s easy or popular.

Caring We demonstrate empathy, compassion and respect. We celebrate the success of others and work together to allow every individual to do their best and realize their full potential. We are committed to service, and we act to create positive differences in the lives of others and in the world around us.

Individuality We value and respect the individual and are always mindful of the opinions of others. We enable each student to define and achieve their own unique version of achievement. We understand there is no singular mould for success. We recognize each student’s strengths and weaknesses, and we work with them in their pursuit of personal excellence.

Community We work collaboratively to realize our common goal of supporting each student to reach their potential. We are sensitive toward others and promote positive interactions and fairness. We select leaders for the Board and the school who embody our values and make intelligent, forward-facing decisions. We celebrate and value each other and our shared GNS heritage. We pull together with kindness and effectiveness at times of stress or crisis.

Our Key Success Factors

Living Our Core Values The foundation of GNS lies in our values: Truth, Courage, Caring, Individuality and Community. These principles guide each member of the “GNS Family,” as we ensure the school remains an exceptional place for students, parents, families, alumni, faculty and staff. We understand, challenge and support every member of our rich, diverse community of students as individuals. There is no mould at GNS. Each student is supported to maximize their potential, defining and realizing a uniquely personal version of achievement that ensures happiness and success throughout their lives. Our engaged community is committed to doing our collective best for each student, for each other and for our school. This dedication extends beyond our immediate community, and we work to create positive differences in the world.

Focus of Efforts • Ensuring each member of our community is supported to act in a manner that promotes our shared commitment • Enabling each student to do their best and realize their potential • Safeguarding each member of the GNS community to be courageous, employing compassion, tact and honesty to address, teach and coach when behaviours do not reflect our values

GNS IB Learner Profile IB Learners at GNS strive to be:

Balanced Caring

Communicators Inquirers

Knowledgeable Open-minded Persevering Principled Reflective

Risk-takers Thinkers

Supporting an Exceptional School Family Members of the GNS community share the courage to lead and watch out for others. We make decisions that are best for our students, our school and our greater community. We are motivated to communicate with each other in ways that are honest, ensuring true understanding and meaningful collaboration. As a family, we are committed to the success of our school and to ensuring we afford each student the ability to realize their potential. Engagement is a hallmark of the GNS Family. We pitch in and do what is needed to allow our school to remain strong and continue to improve. We are self-aware and employ effective strategies to share leadership, enthusiasm and expertise and make the most of our opportunities. As members of a century-old institution, we recognize our responsibility in ensuring the school continues to be dynamic and regarded as a leader in education and in our community.

Focus of Efforts • Meaningfully engaging current parents, former parents and alumni in the school • Developing powerful, significant activities and practices that further enhance our already vibrant community

Ensuring Faculty & Staff Remain Outstanding At GNS we recognize the role each member of our faculty and staff plays in ensuring every child is known and celebrated as an individual. We are committed to challenging, inspiring and supporting students, allowing them to realize their full potential in academics, arts, athletics and citizenship. In a rapidly changing and competitive world, we are steadfast in our work to maximize the personal and professional growth of our colleagues. In turn, our teachers are dedicated, caring and collaborative and always put students first. Each is keenly aware that it is imperative they develop their expertise in an ongoing fashion.

Focus of Efforts • Creating and implementing a new Professional Growth model that includes an increased degree of shared leadership • Supporting each member of our faculty and staff team to continue growing as expert, caring and committed individuals in an everchanging world • Augmenting our Human Resource practices to allow us to continue hiring, training and retaining high-performing professionals who advance the school’s mission and vision in an ongoing fashion

Improving Our Inspiring & Effective Educational Program We are proud of our carefully designed and delivered Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma International Baccalaureate (IB) Programmes. These challenging but rewarding curricula create extraordinarily powerful foundations for life and enable students to achieve their best in academics, the arts, athletics and citizenship. Each program is regularly refined by the International Baccalaureate Organization to keep pace with changes in the world around us. Our talented team of adaptable professionals is committed to inspiring students to reach their potential. We continually develop our capabilities and embrace the responsibility of refining the uniquely GNS versions of the IB Programmes. These efforts guarantee our ability to meet the equally unique needs of our students.

Focus of Efforts • Continuing to develop and implement a school-wide scope and sequence for our educational program from JK to Grade 12, making each year seamless, inspiring and highly effective • Reviewing and revising the design and delivery of the GNS version of the IB Diploma courses, ensuring each offers consistently greater rewards • Supporting more students as they reap the benefits of being engaged in these courses or the full IB Diploma in Grades 11 and 12 • Supporting the University Guidance Office to raise levels of satisfaction of graduates and their families • Developing our ability to support student use of technology as a powerful tool for learning • Continuing to develop our Learning Strategies Program, ensuring students are extremely well served as individuals and able to realize their full potential

Transforming Our Campuses We are committed to complementing our first-class educational experience with facilities that enhance all facets of our program. Our plan will transform our campuses, allowing students to enjoy open, inviting and supportive instruction and gathering spaces that inspire inquiry and collaboration. Our focus is on providing campuses that support teachers to continue employing highly desirable, evolving approaches that include the use of technology as a valuable tool for learning. We strive to enable students to be well prepared for an ever-changing world. We recognize that inspired, environmentally conscious building designs inspire students to interact with their physical surroundings and contribute to the world in a sustainable manner. Because a strong community is a key component of the GNS experience, the new facilities will nurture friendships, creativity and innovation. Students will enjoy many warm, welcoming spaces, inside and out, that stimulate communication and collaboration. Designed to be adaptable for future needs, the transformation of our campuses will support our efforts to do our best in assisting each student to realize their unique potential and lead a happy, rewarding life.

Focus of Efforts • Continuing to develop our culture of giving to support the successful execution of our plans for transformation at the Beach Drive and Pemberton Woods Campuses

Renderings on this page (top to bottom): exterior of Pemberton Woods Senior Block; exterior of Beach Drive Main Building; interior of Beach Drive Main Building. Renderings on opposite page (top to bottom): exterior of Beach Drive Main Building; interior of Pemberton Woods Senior Block.

Continuing to Build Robust Organizational Strength We will work to align all aspects of the school in a manner that best supports the realization of our strategic goals, allowing us to fulfill our mission, realize our vision and deliver our promise to students and families. We will regularly review and strengthen the practices of the Board and Senior Leadership. We will continue to make the safety and support of all members of our community our paramount priorities. We will recognize how the world is changing and allow our programs, our business practices and our school to be adaptable and innovative, producing a positive experience for students, parents, alumni, faculty and staff. We will employ a modern, forward-thinking approach to facility design that will set us apart in our ability to deliver a highly desirable, effective educational program. These efforts will create a high demand for our school in the years to come, driven by positive word of mouth and supplemented by strategic marketing initiatives. That demand will, in turn, further develop our ability to build resources (physical, human and financial) and efficiently utilize them in ways that are highly effective, allowing us to consistently deliver an outstanding educational program with excellent value.

Focus of Efforts • Continue building our reputation through informed, excellent word of mouth and strategic marketing initiatives locally and internationally • Further support improvement in all areas by ensuring the members of the Leadership Team, Society Board and Foundation Board are engaged in highly effective best practices • Building our endowment to augment our bursaries and scholarships to attract excellent well-rounded students who will add significantly to the GNS Family

An Even Brighter Future

On behalf of the Glenlyon Norfolk School Society, I am proud and excited to endorse the Strategic Plan for the school’s next five years.


he responsibility for governing a school with more than a century of history and tradition is not one to be taken lightly. As an educational institution, it is paramount GNS continues to evolve in order to maintain our position as one of the very finest schools anywhere in Canada. And yet, we are keenly aware and deeply respectful of our traditions and our reputation as a warm, inclusive community. Rest assured that as we continue to grow, we will not lose sight of the morals and values that led us to where we are today. There is much to be excited about at both of our idyllic campuses. After years of careful planning, the transformation of Beach Drive is now underway. We have also begun work identifying opportunities to enhance Pemberton Woods, and we expect to be ready to share further updates in the coming months. As we work to develop our facilities, we remain equally focused on building our programs and the overall student experience. The academic, artistic, athletic and service opportunities we offer our students are truly without peer. They are grounded in the IB Programmes we have offered for more than two decades, which are brought to life by a committed, talented group of professionals who work tirelessly to ensure students are prepared for not only tomorrow’s tests, but for all of life’s tests. So many have given so much in guiding our school to where we are today, but we cannot lose sight of the fact that, in many ways, our work is only now beginning. This plan will provide direction for the faculty, staff and administrators of the school as they work to offer the very best educational experience to every one of our 700 students and their families. As members of the GNS Family, you will be updated regularly on our progress and engaged often to share insights and observations. I hope you’ll take the opportunity to help us become an even stronger community. The future is bright for Glenlyon Norfolk School. I look forward to sharing the journey with you.

Chris Denford Chair, Glenlyon Norfolk School Society

Our Promise to Our S tudents We will work to understand, challenge and support you to do your best and realize your potential as a whole person each day and throughout life.

Our Mission To challenge and support each of our students to do their best through truth and courage in learning and in life.

Our Mot to Do your best through truth and courage

Our Vision Glenlyon Norfolk School prepares outstanding citizens of character who will contribute to the world through their leadership, their commitment to service and their understanding that we are all responsible for the future of our communities.


Junior School: 1701 Beach Drive, Victoria, BC Middle and Senior Schools: 801 Bank Street, Victoria, BC Admissions Office: 801 Bank Street, Victoria, BC Canada V8S 4A8 250.370.6801

GNS Strategic Plan 2017–2022  

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