Following my arrival at SJR in July 2014, one of my first opportunities was to develop a new strategic plan for the School that will guide us in the years ahead. Working with the Board of Governors, we set out to create a plan that outlined our broad goals for the next phase of the School’s development along with an annual tactical plan so that we can measure our progress over the years. With the Build our Tomorrow campaign having recently closed and the new Richardson Senior School and the Riley Fitness Centre opening back in October 2014, it was important for the School to look at its guiding principles and the objectives that we are looking to achieve in the future. We have completed the Strategic Plan and are now able to share it with the SJR community.
The new plan should not be seen as a revolution but rather an evolution. It builds on the tremendous work undertaken in the last blueprint, but one of the core aims of the new plan is to articulate very intentionally the proposed development of our educational environment.
The process started with the reaffirmation of the School’s vision and the School’s values, which are the fundamental beliefs that drive our behaviour. There was, however, a small but important change to the statement about who we are as a school. This change acknowledges the fact that we must be more than just a university preparatory school and that we have an important role to play in preparing our students for the challenges of the world beyond.
The process would not have been possible without the input of members of the different constituents within the SJR community; the Board, the Head’s Advisory Council, the SAT, faculty, students, parents and alumni. I am particularly grateful to those members of the School community who shared their personal views with me and all those of you who completed detailed questionnaires about the School. After many rounds of thoughtful and measured discussion we now have a clear roadmap for the future that will help solidify SJR’s position as one of Canada’s leading independent schools.
It is with great pleasure that we share SJR’s Strategic Plan 2015-2020.
Head of School