In September 2017, we broke ground at Beach Drive, signifying the beginning of the first phase of construction that, when finished, will completely reinvent our iconic campus.
The Phase I focuses on the southern end of the Beach Drive Campus. It includes the creation of a new Junior Kindergarten/Kindergarten complex, as well as a comprehensive updating of the original Rattenbury Boathouse to ensure its long-term preservation as the home of the school-wide Marine Adventure Program.
We have also installed modern, spacious Learning Pavilions that allow GNS to continue offering our unique brand of education to students in all grades of the Junior School, while also maintaining enrolment levels throughout the construction process.
Status: The Learning Pavilions are in use and construction is underway. We anticipate the first phase to be completed in the Fall of 2018, and that the new buildings will be in use shortly thereafter.
Student Life During Construction
The Beach Drive Campus Transformation will not disrupt classroom activities or co-curriculars. Construction personnel park offsite, and deliveries are timed so they do not coincide with drop-off, recess or pick-up.
Students continue to have effective learning spaces thanks to the purpose-built Learning Pavilions. These facilities are spacious, well-lit and are equipped with washrooms.
During construction, student safety will be maintained through excellent planning, highly secure fencing and careful timing. As a waterfront facility, we already have excellent supervision at the Beach Drive Campus, and we will continue to keep students safe throughout the Campus Transformation process.
We continue to plan for all eventualities so that we can always ensure a great learning environment for the children as we deal with the sometimes rather than unpredictable timing that can happen in any construction site.
We are creating two timetables that can go into action depending on where the build is in September. We spend considerable time thinking ahead and planning accordingly.