Coming to St. George's


Are you coming to St. George's in the fall of 2018?  Follow this checklist to make sure that you are ready!

  1. Ensure that you have submitted all of the required documents for the Registration Process.  Your contact in Admissions will be in touch if there is anything missing from your profile.  Required documents include a copy of the student's passport photo page, a copy of one parent/legal guardian's passport photo page, the Legal Residency of Parent Form, and proof of BC residence if applicable.

    For international students:

    Ensure that you have also submitted the Custodianship and Health Insurance Information Forms to Admissions.
    Complete and submit an application for a Canadian Study Permit and (if required) a Travel Visa.
    Submit a copy of the approved Canadian Study Visa and Travel Visa (if required) to Admissions.
    If you do not require a visa, check to see if you need to apply for an electronic travel authorization (eTA) to enter Canada.  

    Please note that it is against the law to attend a school as a full time student in Canada until you have received a Letter of Approval to Study in Canada from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

  2. Review the Welcome Letter from the Director of Residential Life and the 2018-2019 Key Dates Document. Make sure that you have your travel plans for the December Break and March Break started!  You should use the following guidelines:

    Start of School
    Arrive on Monday, September 3, 2018 between 12:00 and 4:00

    December Break
    Departure on Thursday, December 20, 2018 - book your tickets for any time this day
    Return on Sunday, January 13, 2019 - please try to return by 6:00 pm if possible

    March Break
    Departure on Friday, March 15, 2019 - book your tickets for any time this day
    Return on Sunday, March 31, 2019 - please try to return by 6:00 pm if possible

    Summer Break
    Departure on Saturday, June 15, 2019


  3. Review the Packing List provided with the Welcome Letter.  Don't over-pack - there is limited space!
     
  4. Arrange your travel to Vancouver in order to arrive on or before September 3, 2018.  For students arriving by air without their families, pick-ups from the airport can be arranged by emailing Shawn Hamilton, Residential Life Assistant.

  5. Make an appointment for a uniform fitting with the School Store.  Your appointment can be any time in advance of move-in day if you arrive in Vancouver before September 3.  Appointments on move-in day are reserved exclusively for new boarders.  Phone 604 221 3899 or email Ashwin Benny, Head of Retail Services, to set up an appointment.
     
  6. Purchase a cell phone and service that will work in Vancouver.  If you are unable to purchase service (international students), ensure that your current phone is unlocked and order service through the school by filling out the Harker Hall Cell Phone Service Request Form.  
     
  7. Read the Harker Hall Activities Program booklet. Download, print and complete the Activities Forms Package.  Ensure that it has been completed by a parent/legal guardian and all originals of the forms must be brought on move-in day.
     
  8. Review the Harker Hall Student Handbook.  A copy of this will be provided to each student when they move in.  A summary document is also available in Chinese.

  9. Review the St. George's School Handbook.  This includes everything you need to know about the start of the year from the perspective of the Senior School.

  10. Download, print and complete the New Student Health Intake Survey.  For students who do not have health care coverage from a Canadian province, the Medical Services Application at the end of this document should also be completed.

  11. Complete the New Student Survey to assist us in pairing you with your roommate.

  12. Book a time to meet online with our student leaders in order for them to get to know you and assign you to a peer mentor.  Time slots are available on August 28 - 30.  You will be sent a link to a Zoom meeting in advance of your meeting date.
     
  13. If required, set up a bank account with TD, RBC, Bank of Montreal or CIBC (all banks with branches near the school).  Students should have a bank card to access funds and should not bring cash with them into residence.

  14. For interested students in grades 10 and 11, we are offering an SAT or ACT course this fall through an external provider.  Interested students should download the SAT/ACT Program Information package (available in August).

  15. September 3: Move-In Day.  Please arrive at the school between 12:00 and 4:00 to get moved in.  You will be assigned to a room, meet staff and student leaders and have the opportunity to set up your room.  There is time to run out to the store to pick up toiletries, basic supplies and anything else you may have forgotten.

  16. September 3: Document Submission.  Please be prepared to submit the Activities Program forms package.  Staff will also make an additional copy of each student's passport, study permit and travel visa.  At this time, you will also confirm health details and insurance coverage with the Health Services team.
     
  17. September 3: Parent Orientation.  Parents and Guardians are requested to attend the orientation at 4:00 pm with the Director of Residential Life, Headmaster and other members of the senior school administration.  Student leaders will be on hand to direct families to the orientation.
     
  18. September 3: Family Barbecue.  All new students and their family members are invited to join us at 6:00 pm for our Family Barbecue on the field in front of Harker Hall.  This is a great chance for families to say goodbye to their sons before families are asked to leave at 8:00 pm.

On the evening of September 3, your boarding experience begins!  The following few days will be busy as our staff and student leaders welcome you to our community and you participate in our orientation program.

If you have any questions about your boarding experience, please contact Shawn Hamilton, Residential Life Assistant or Alan Hesketh, Director of Residential Life.

Founded in 1930, St. George's School is a world-class boys' university preparatory school, offering a day program in Grades 1-12 and an Urban Boarding program in Grades 8-12. With 1160 students, 110 of whom are boarders from over 20 countries worldwide, St. George’s School is a vibrant community committed to authentic learning.
St. George’s School
Junior Campus: 3851 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6S 1T6
Senior Campus: 4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver, BC Canada V6S 1V1
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