Phase 5 is now in the works, and that includes; the development of a new arts wing (to be added to the Senior School building), and a new gymnasium and new athletic teaching space (to replace The Dome).
The 9,000 sq. ft. Great Hall has been completed, and Grade 7 to Grade 12 have moved into this building!
Additionally, a commercial grade kitchen has been completed, and is in full use for the lunch program.
We now own 42 acres, with 3 buildings, and teach Preschool to Grade 12 – a grand total of 500 students.
Enrolment continued to grow, and we needed more space – again!
The 17,000 sq.ft. Senior Hall was started, and we received another wonderful gift of land (27 acres).
Grade 6-11 moved into their very own building! They were delighted to have their own space.
Enrolment continued to grow and we needed more space – cue; the 9,000 square foot building we now call the Early Learning Centre was built.
We retired the Smart Trust and traded parent debt for a conventional mortgage – another good step in the right direction for our financial stability.
The joy of our students and parents as we moved into our new home in March – we could hardly believe our eyes!
A very hardworking group of volunteers on our facilities committee oversaw every aspect of the construction of the 17,000 sq.ft. Junior Hall.
Our parent community helped make this building possible by loaning the school $25,000, per student, in our Smart Trust Program. Without them, we would have had to wait another year or two before construction.
As a gift, we received 19 acres of land in a mountainside forest – just adjacent to UBC's Okanagan campus.
We were very grateful as we were really starting to outgrow our little schoolhouse and 4 portables.
We spent money we didn’t have to conduct a nationwide search for an excellent permanent full time Head of School.
To the very good fortune of Aberdeen Hall, we found Mr. Grieve – and then convinced him and his family to move across the country.
We were thrilled! It was the best investment that we have ever made.
The school our children were attending was closing its doors. During our last assembly in June, there wasn't a dry eye in the building. The song the Headmaster sang, “You can’t always get what you want” – and the bell – do you remember the bell? I get goose bumps when I think of that day.
A key group of parents worked very hard all summer to try and save the school, and was able to open for 3 weeks in September – only to be faced with an unforeseen and insurmountable challenge.
Once again, without a school for our children to attend, we rolled up our sleeves with some other families and set up a nonprofit charity. We believed the school should be governed by a board of volunteers that focused on financial stability and best practices. Fortunately, for us, a local landlord was able to rent a small school house to us for next to nothing that first year. All of the staff and faculty that started in September agreed to move with us to our new home. We had 8 classrooms that first year and taught preschool to grade 3 to about 70 children.