Do your best through truth and courage.
To empower and support each of our students to do their best through truth and courage in learning and in life.
To prepare 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.
The foundation of GNS lies in Our Core 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 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.
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 is right, rather than what is easy or popular.
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.
We value and respect the individual and are always mindful of the opinions of others. We enable each student to define and realize 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. We acknowledge and support the uniqueness of each member of our community. We provide a respectful and welcoming environment that cultivates acceptance and inclusion.
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. We recognize the responsibility we have to work with the people who live around us to create a cohesive neighbourhood. We are committed to reaching beyond the boundaries of our school to become a meaningful contributor to the local and global community.
At GNS, we support and celebrate being an inclusive environment. In addition, we oppose and condemn any discriminatory statements or actions including on the basis of race, culture, ethnicity, language, age, physical or mental ability, family status, religion, economic situation, gender identity and expression, or sexual orientation.
We commit to making meaningful changes and efforts to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion across all parts of our community including among our faculty, staff, and students.
We wish to acknowledge and respect the Straits Salish Peoples on whose traditional territory we gather. Specifically, we recognize the Lekwungen Peoples known today as the Songhees Nation and the Esquimalt Nation, whose historical relationships with the land where we live, work, play and learn continue to this day.
I am honoured to be the head of this community school, entrusted with ensuring a quality education for our students from First Steps to Grade 12.
The traditional values that make up our motto—Do your best through truth and courage—have well-established roots at Glenlyon Norfolk School.
GNS is comprised of 3 schools, 2 locations and 1 shared philosophy from First Steps to Grade 12.
The GNS Society Board is committed to fulfilling the GNS motto of Do your best through truth and courage.
The school’s renewed mission statement and new strategic priorities express our ongoing commitment to our community to provide an exceptional experience to our students and their families.
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