Connecting the Strategic Plan to a Campus Master Plan
As we explored "A Boy's Learning", the first priority in the Strategic Plan
, it became evident that the physical learning environment plays a key role in boys' learning, and that the School's existing facilities are limiting our ability to deliver effective teaching and learning for boys.
In 2011, we engaged a partnership of two architectural firms ≠ Fielding Nair International (FNI), world experts in 21st Century school design and Graham Hoffart Mathieson (GHMA), local architects specializing in school design – who audited the existing facilities, and presented a Discovery Report in February 2012. This helped us to identify the strengths and weaknesses of current facilities, and, with input from School and Community, to gather ideas and develop conceptual plans for facilities that would meet the identified teaching and learning deficiencies.
St. George's has identified a need to renew its facilities to strengthen its position as an internationally significant school.
- The Senior School population will not be expanded.
- The facilities must evolve so that they can fully support a boy-centred, 21st-century approach to teaching and learning.
- Many classrooms are substandard. They are either undersized, lack natural light, or do not have exterior access for fresh air.
- Because of their size and configuration, the current classrooms limit the ability of our teachers to actively engage their students, to integrate educational technology, and to employ varied instructional strategies.
- The School lacks adequate spaces for student collaboration and hands-on, project-based learning.
- The needs of specific programs, including the arts, athletics, and music, are not fully met by the current facilities.
- By isolating teachers, our current facilities discourage professional growth and collaboration. We need to establish departmental offices and more effective classroom groupings.
- The current Senior School boarding house is located on the Junior School campus. In order to fully integrate the boarders and enhance the boarding program, the School needs to relocate Residential Life to the Senior School campus thereby providing enhanced accommodation and recreational and amenity facilities.
- The School facilities must become more environmentally sustainable, while also enhancing views and connections to the natural world.
Key components of the Campus Master Plan:
- building new academic buildings at the Senior School;
- moving boarding from the Junior Campus to the Senior Campus;
- removing portions of the existing Senior School buildings to increase the views to the outdoor and create more green spaces;
- building new athletic facilities at the Senior School;
- ensure that all spaces maximize flexibility and adaptability – both for daily use and the ability to re-configure spaces in the future
- restoring the exterior of the Junior School heritage building and creating more flexible open learning spaces within;
- replacing the 1950s and 1970s additions at the rear of the Junior School with a more architecturally sympathetic structure that provides new spaces for athletics, music, and the arts.
- School rezoning - The School has submitted a rezoning application to the City of Vancouver. Click here to view the School's rezoning application.