Happy New Year!

In the world of not-for-profit independent schools in which I have lived for over 28 years, this time of year has always been the 'real' New Year to me. With the enormous sense of shared potential we each bring, I find the start of the school year is even more exciting than January 1! Every September, students, faculty, staff and parents join together to create a truly enjoyable and effective year of teaching and learning in academics, arts, athletics and citizenship. I would like to wish the very best to all members of the GNS community for the 2015/2016 school year.

As the new Head of School at GNS, I have been fortunate to have had many opportunities to visit the school over the past 9 months and learn about the 'GNS Experience' from members of the leadership team, faculty, staff, Board and parents. I would like to thank each of these individuals for their invaluable assistance. In particular, I would like to recognize Simon Bruce-Lockhart for his strong efforts assisting in my transition. After just two months in the office, I am very pleased by how the school is already living up to its reputation for upholding family and community as paramount values. Moreover, I am already seeing how each member of the community strives to do his or her best in all that they do. My colleagues and I have talked about a shared commitment to enable each student to reach his or her full potential in all areas. I am confident that there will be excellent efforts put forth and strong results realized in this endeavour.

In my experience, the educational process for each student is best when there is a strong and positive partnership between home and school. With that in mind, we will work to ensure you know what and how your child is doing. At the same time, if you have a question or a concern, please take the first opportunity to communicate it to the individual most closely related to the issue. If your query remains, do not hesitate to talk to the principal involved. Finally, you are more than welcome to speak with me if you remain unsatisfied. I am confident that we are all here to assist.

In terms of GNS' success, I invite you to celebrate the 79 graduates in our class of 2015 who were engaged and inspired by their teachers in a manner that allowed them to earn $867,550 in scholarship offers. At the same time, it is clear our graduates are able to focus beyond simply getting into university. They leave GNS prepared to do well in their postsecondary studies, of course, but also prepared to carry their success forward into careers and lives as great people in all areas.

In closing, I look forward to meeting you and getting to know your children both over the balance of this year and in the many more great ones to come.

by Glenn Zederayko, Head of School