GNS has entered into a lease agreement with the new owners of the Oak Bay Guest House to accommodate a family-style, home-away-from-home for approximately 24 students between the ages of 13 to 18 who will attend our Senior School. Two staff house parents and their families will reside full-time in the home with these youth and they will be responsible for their oversight and care. The goal of this initiative is to strengthen our Family Boarding program by adding this family-style boarding option. We are intentionally committed to remaining, at our heart, a Day School with a small boarding component. Our current international enrolment is 35 students from a diverse group of countries. With this new facility, we expect this number to increase to 60, mainly in the Senior School. While the majority of our students are likely to be international, we also hope to attract students from BC and Canada who would love to have the GNS experience but live beyond practical commuting distance.
“We are excited to embrace the heritage of this property and look forward to maintaining this facility in the highest standard. Live-in staff and school officials will have vehicles at the property but students will not, thereby minimizing parking impacts,” said Chad Holtum, Head of School. “As the development of citizenship is foundational to our school curriculum, we are very excited about this opportunity and look forward to playing a respectful and vibrant role in this Oak Bay neighbourhood in the years to come.”