ENGAGING EXCELLENCE IMPACT REPORT

See the difference you've made.

 
 
 

$10.17 MILLION RAISED

15-MONTH 

CONSTRUCTION PROJECT

OVER 220 DONOR CONTRIBUTIONS

NEW GYM

WITH SEATING FOR OVER 225 PEOPLE 

38 LEARNING

SPACES

50,000 SQUARE FEET ADDED TO SCHOOL

570 STUDENTS ENROLLED

 

WHAT OUR STUDENTS HAVE TO SAY?

 

Headmaster's Message

Dear Grammar community members,

  

Three years ago, our community had a vision to build a One-Grammar home. To do this, we set an ambitious capital campaign goal, indeed the largest capital campaign goal ever undertaken by an independent school in Atlantic Canada.

 

We set out to raise an unprecedented $10 million.

 

Under the inspired leadership of Scott McCrea and Doug Reid, our Engaging Excellence Capital Campaign immediately captured the imagination of the whole Grammar community, and in just twenty-six months, we not only reached our goal, we surpassed it.

 

We raised an astonishing $10. 2 million.

 

For this, we have many to acknowledge. We are greatly indebted to our campaign co-chairs, Scott McCrea and Doug Reid for their vision and passion and to our campaign cabinet for their determination and dedication. And we are forever grateful to the McCrea family, who provided an unmatched lead gift. Yet most of all, we are humbled by all our generous donors who set us on our path to success.

 

We are a truly fortunate community.

 

This One-Grammar achievement will forever remind us that, as a community, we are capable of realizing any dream. 

 

Again, thank you.

 

Yours,

- Steven Laffoley'84

 

MCCREA FAMILY GIFT

Ask Scott Armour McCrea why Halifax Grammar is important to the community and he’ll tell you it goes beyond education. Halifax Grammar not only harnesses the potential of young people, it has a role and impact in attracting and retaining people.

 

“We are strong believers in positive outcomes for young people and freedom of choice in education, the ability to access different learning environments and programming outside of the public system,” says Scott. “There are people coming to the city who are looking for this as an option.”

Scott was involved in the Grammar campus planning committee in the early 2000s when the idea of a consolidated campus first began to percolate. At the time, he believed the quality of teaching was already so high that it was easy to be dismissive of the portables outside of the Atlantic Street campus. But over time he came to believe that the physical space was paramount and that the two-campus structure was holding Grammar back. 

“As a board member, it became clear to me that by consolidating and having one facility that was representative of the same excellence that was expressed elsewhere at Grammar, we had the ability to transcend the original vision for the school.” 

 

With a full business plan in place, Grammar launched the first capital campaign of its kind, and the most ambitious of any independent school in the province. The McCrea family knew the campaign would need a catalyst. Scott volunteered to be co-chair of the capital campaign, and he and his family offered be the lead donor in the hopes of being that catalyst.

 

“We’re proud of being part of it and being associated with it,” says Scott. “It’s a great touchstone of how a place can change the energy of the school. A lot of people believed in this campaign and we were fortunate to contribute in a tangible way.”

Scott's son James graduated in 2019 and was delighted to spend his last year being part of the consolidated school.

 

WHAT OUR DONORS HAVE TO SAY?

THANK YOU

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