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Welcome from the Head of School

Welcome to Glenlyon Norfolk School! I am honoured to be the head of this community school, entrusted with ensuring a quality education for our students from Gryphon First Steps (3 years old) to Grade 12.
If you are reading these words you have already begun an important process. The pages of this website are filled with detailed information and vivid descriptions of student life, both inside and outside the classroom, at each of our two unique and idyllic campuses. We are a proudly Canadian school with a global viewpoint, as demonstrated by our International Baccalaureate (IB) World School designation
You’ll discover the depth and breadth of the IB curricula that underpins every aspect of our academic life, and you’ll learn about the first-class co-curricular opportunities that ensure each and every GNS student has the opportunity to embrace an experience that is well-rounded, challenging and fun.
In that sense, GNS is no different from so many of the other fine schools in BC, across Canada, and around the world.
But GNS is so much more than that.
The GNS experience is an enriched one that meets every student where they are and supports them to do their very best. This is possible because of our people. Our community. The partnership built between the school and our families creates a strong environment for student growth. The relationships forged between students and teachers who know them and care about them as individuals set us apart and make our great school truly exceptional.
As I often state, the foundation of GNS lies in Our Core Values. Truth. Courage. Caring. Individuality. 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. I know that my two boys love it here!
Our collective philosophy is to never miss an opportunity to celebrate one another’s achievements, but to also never miss a chance to grow and to learn. As in many schools, excellence at GNS is measured in part by academic success, but it’s also gauged by the development of empathy, by the discovery of new passions, by a willingness to push beyond comfort zones, and by the ability to create and maintain enduring relationships and friendships that last a lifetime.
We’re so excited that you’re considering joining our community, and we look forward to assisting you through the process. If you have questions, please ask.
The journey you are about to embark on is one that is shared and enhanced by every other member of this community. Together, we will ensure that the future is bright for you, for your family, and for our school.
Chad Holtum
Head of School
    • Chad Holtum, Head of School

Glenlyon Norfolk School

Junior School (JK to Grade 5)

Middle (Grade 6 to 8) and Senior (Grade 9 to 12) Schools

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.