What is Advancement? This is a common question and often answered with “fundraising,” but it is so much more.
Providing the greater school community with opportunities for philanthropy is certainly an aspect of Advancement, but providing our students with an educational experience that supports our school mission—"To challenge and support our students to do their best through truth and courage in learning and in life”—is at the heart of everything we do.
One of the attractions of independent education is opportunity, which is something GNS does well—very well. It’s not just at any school where a Grade 8 girl can try-out for and play on the Senior Girls Soccer team and help lead that team to Provincial victory. Or where a Grade 10 boy can earn the lead role in a full-length Broadway musical after his first-ever audition.
For many schools, opportunity is used as a synonym for variety. At GNS, while we do offer a variety of opportunities, we also ensure that each opportunity offers a quality experience for our students. We believe that each opportunity should provide our students with an experience that enables them to embrace each new challenge with enthusiasm and confidence, in learning and in life.
Providing these learning opportunities requires exceptional and dedicated staff, enhanced curricular and co-curricular programs, and quality resources. And all of these require the support of our parents, grandparents, alumni, parent alumni, employees, and friends in the school community.
Every gift makes a difference; every gift allows us to do our best to help every student, teacher and family experience the best this school has to offer.